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Kadia Goba / Axios:
Scoop: McCarthy trashes Cheney on hot mic  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Tuesday he's “lost confidence” in Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) during a moment of candor caught on a hot mic, a tape reviewed by Axios shows.  —  What he's saying: “I think she's got real problems …
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Wall Street Journal:
Purging Liz Cheney  —  GOP leaders shouldn't have to lie about 2020 to keep their job.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  This should be a hopeful moment for House Republicans.  While they're playing defense in the minority for now, their prospects for picking up the five net seats they need …
Axios:
Trump and inner circle hang on Facebook verdict  —  Donald Trump and his inner circle are anxiously awaiting Facebook's decision about whether to reinstate him to the platform, viewing it as the propellant for an increasingly likely second presidential campaign in 2024.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Trump's Big Lie Devoured the G.O.P. and Now Eyes Our Democracy  —  President Biden's early success in getting Americans vaccinated, pushing out stimulus checks and generally calming the surface of American life has been a blessing for the country.  But it's also lulled many into thinking …
New York Times:
House Republicans Have Had Enough of Liz Cheney's Truth-Telling  —  Conservative lawmakers are plotting a fresh bid to dethrone Ms. Cheney from her leadership post.  Her transgression: continued repudiation of Donald J. Trump and his false election claims.  —  WASHINGTON — The first time defenders …
John McCormack / National Review:
Liz Cheney Digs In, as Support Sinks over Blunt Trump Talk  —  No chance she'll step down, one source says.  If Republicans want her out, they're going to have to hold yet another vote to do it.  —  t's official: Liz Cheney is — for the second time in 2021 — the most controversial member inside the House GOP conference.
Discussion: Politico
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
Liz Cheney's biggest problem has nothing to do with Trump
Discussion: CNN, NBC News and The Hill
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Secret William Barr memo saying not to charge Trump must be released, judge says  —  A federal judge this week rejected the Justice Department's attempts to keep secret a departmental opinion to not charge former President Donald Trump with obstruction at the end of the Mueller investigation …
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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Judge Says Barr Misled on How His Justice Dept. Viewed Trump's Actions  —  Judge Amy Berman Jackson said in a ruling that the misleading statements were similar to others that William P. Barr, the former attorney general, had made about the Mueller investigation.
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge orders release of DOJ memo justifying not prosecuting Trump  —  A federal judge has ordered the release of a key Justice Department memo supporting former Attorney William Barr's conclusion that former President Donald Trump should not be prosecuted for obstruction of justice …
Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel / CREW:
Judge orders DOJ release Trump obstruction memo
Discussion: The Hill
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump launches new communications platform months after Twitter, Facebook ban  —  The space will allow Trump to post comments, images, and videos
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Politico:
'It really f—ks the other ‘24 wannabes’: How Facebook could give Trump a huge boost  —  Former President Donald Trump's potential reemergence on Facebook this week could dramatically upend politics.  But it's not the megaphone the platform offers him — it's the money.
New York Times:
Giuliani's Legal Bills Are Growing.  His Allies Want Trump to Pay Them.  —  As Rudolph Giuliani faces an escalating federal investigation and defamation suits, his advisers believe he should benefit from a $250 million Trump campaign war chest.  —  As a federal investigation …
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CNN:
Prosecutors seek ‘special master’ to review items FBI seized from Giuliani
Rebecca Davis O'Brien / Wall Street Journal:
Prosecutors Seek Outside Review of Materials Seized From Rudy Giuliani
Discussion: Insider and New York Post
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Biden weighs posting LA Mayor Garcetti to India  —  President Biden is considering naming Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to a high-profile ambassadorship, possibly India, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.  —  Why it matters: The potential exit of the Democratic executive …
David Zweig / New York Magazine:
Experts: CDC's Summer-Camp Rules Are ‘Cruel’ and ‘Irrational’  —  From the peak on January 8 to today, following the trajectory of new COVID cases in the U.S. is like a descent on the Matterhorn.  The mortality rate has taken a similar plunge over the past few months.
Discussion: HotAir
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Robby Soave / Reason:   The CDC's Guidance for Summer Camps Is Insane
Ariel Zilber / Associated Press:
Derek Chauvin juror LIED about protest: Cop's hope of appeal boosted after picture emerges of juror at BLM rally wearing ‘Get Your Knee Off Our Necks’ T-shirt despite telling court he'd never been on a march  — Brandon Mitchell was one of 12 jurors who convicted Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin …
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Politico:
Biden team prepares a Mike Lindell, yes, Mike Lindell oppo file  —  With help from Allie Bice and Daniel Payne  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people of the Biden administration. … President JOE BIDEN has kept his public focus on combating the pandemic and passing his infrastructure plan.
Discussion: Fox News and Mediaite
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Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
DNC gathers opposition research on over 20 potential GOP presidential candidates
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Lisa Bonos / Washington Post:
If Bill and Melinda Gates can't make a marriage work, what hope is there for the rest of us?  —  Just imagine how many hours of couples therapy you can afford when you're among the world's richest people.  Or the shared sense of purpose you could forge while raising three children and running …
Charles Sykes / Politico:
Paul Ryan, It's Time for You to Stand Up to Fox  —  Dear Paul:  —  I'm often asked whether we are still friends.  I usually answer: Yes, but we're taking a break and seeing other people.  —  I'd like to talk to you about some of those other people today, specifically your colleagues at Fox.
Discussion: Raw Story, POLITICUSUSA and CNN
Ian Haworth / The Daily Wire:
EXCLUSIVE: ‘People Are Going To Be Very, Very Happy When I Make A Certain Announcement!’  Donald Trump Hints At 2024 Run  —  One question at the forefront of the minds of supporters and critics alike of former President Donald Trump is whether he will return to the campaign trail and run for president once more in 2024.
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Jessie Balmert / USA Today:
Ohio GOP will discuss possible censure of Rep. Anthony Gonzalez for impeaching Trump
KFF:
Supply vs Demand: Which States are Reaching their COVID-19 Vaccine Tipping Points?  —  We recently estimated that the U.S. was close to its “COVID-19 vaccine tipping point” - that is, the point at which vaccine supply may start to outstrip demand.  We also noted that national averages may mask important differences by state.
Discussion: USA Today
Rachel Metz / CNN:
Anyone can use this powerful facial-recognition tool — and that's a problem  —  (CNN Business)You probably haven't seen PimEyes, a mysterious facial-recognition search engine, but it may have spotted you.  —  If you upload a picture of your face to PimEyes' website, it will immediately show …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jessica Winter / New Yorker:
The Allegations Against Blake Bailey and the Shock of the Familiar  —  As a teacher, Bailey was a type, a stock character, the sort whose behavior is often trailed by public silence.  —  In the opening pages of Philip Roth's novel “I Married a Communist,” from 1998, Nathan Zuckerman delivers …
Emma Green / The Atlantic:
The Liberals Who Can't Quit Lockdown  —  Lurking among the jubilant Americans venturing back out to bars and planning their summer-wedding travel is a different group: liberals who aren't quite ready to let go of pandemic restrictions.  For this subset, diligence against COVID-19 remains …
Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
Massive family reunification effort starts with a mother and son at the border  —  An earlier version of this article incorrectly quoted attorney Carol Anne Donohoe as saying her law firm applied in February to bring Sandra Ortíz across the U.S. border and was denied.
Denitsa Tsekova / Yahoo Finance:
Only the ‘lucky few’ will pay higher taxes under Biden's plan, analysis finds  —  President Joe Biden is planning to raise revenue to fund his infrastructure plans through numerous tax hikes that would mostly hit the top 0.7% of Americans, a new analysis found.
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China Is Set to Rule Electric Car Production  —  Fueled with money from Wall Street and local officials, automakers plan to build eight million electric cars a year there, more than Europe and North America combined.  —  ZHAOQING, China — Xpeng Motors, a Chinese electric car start-up …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Second Member Of “Boogaloo Bois” Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to Hamas  —  WASHINGTON - A Minnesota man pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to provide material support and resources, namely property, services and weapons, to what he believed was Hamas …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
U. San Diego Law Prof. Tom Smith Vindicated: Blog Criticising Chinese Government Held Protected By Academic Freedom  —  University of San Diego Provost: “we sought to determine whether the blog post at issue was protected by our policy on academic freedom.  After a thorough legal review …
Discussion: Reason and Instapundit
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
'We're terrorized': LA sheriffs frequently harass families of people they kill, says report  —  Los Angeles sheriff's department has routinely retaliated against victims' relatives who speak out, NLG and ACLU say in report  —  Los Angeles sheriff deputies frequently harass the families …
Deanna Paul / Wall Street Journal:
Manhattan District Attorney Candidates Clash in First Debate  —  The event marks a potential moment that could influence the outcome of the crowded race to succeed Cyrus Vance Jr.  —  The Democratic candidates for Manhattan district attorney clashed in a televised debate on Tuesday night …
The Intercept:
DOJ Threatened MIT Researchers With Subpoena in Collaboration With Bolivian Coup Regime … A Justice Department trial attorney repeatedly contacted Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers asking, eventually under threat of subpoena, about research they had conducted …
The Intercept:
Claims by Scott Stringer Accuser Unravel as Progressives Flee New York Mayoral Candidate … In the wake of the allegations made by Tara Reade against then-presidential candidate Joe Biden in 2020, Maya Wiley co-authored a thoughtful essay framing how to respond to such claims in a fraught time.
Discussion: Gothamist
Tom Krattenmaker / USA Today:
Corporations aren't ‘woke,’ they just know their customers.  Watch and learn, Republicans.  —  Why are corporations for democracy, against racism and invested in fighting climate change?  They're trying to please people and turn profits.  —  Have corporations been absorbed by the “woke mob …
Discussion: The Editorial Board
 
 
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New York Times:
Israeli Officials Had a Plan to Prevent Tragedy at Mt. Meron. It Was Ignored.
Discussion: Washington Post
Martin Chulov / The Guardian:
Meeting between Saudi and Syrian intelligence chiefs hints at detente
CNN:
Biden's plan to fight domestic terror will mark shift from Trump
Kevin Daley / Washington Free Beacon:
Supreme Court Seems Unlikely to Support Reduced Sentences for Crack Offenders
Discussion: Washington Post
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Mass Georgia voter cancellations begin using info from other states
Discussion: Democracy Docket
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Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney / The Hill:
To get things done for the American people, Democrats must end the Senate filibuster
Discussion: Breitbart and Townhall
Kiran Stacey / Financial Times:
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Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Kirsten Grind / Wall Street Journal:
Inside ‘Facebook Jail’: The Secret Rules That Put Users in the Doghouse
Lynn Vavreck / New York Times:
$100 as an Incentive to Get a Shot? Experiment Suggests It Can Pay Off.
Discussion: Political Wire
Gaby Del Valle / Eater:
The Lie of ‘No One Wants to Work’
Discussion: HuffPost and Lawyers, Guns & Money