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Oversight Board:
Oversight Board upholds former President Trump's suspension, finds Facebook failed to impose proper penalty  —  The Board has upheld Facebook's decision on January 7, 2021, to restrict then-President Donald Trump's access to posting content on his Facebook page and Instagram account.
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Charlie Warzel / Galaxy Brain:
Trump's New Blog Is a Trap  —  The only way to win is not to play … A Quick Thought on Facebook's Oversight Board Decision  —  This morning the Board delivered its long-awaited decision with this slippery, misleading headline: Oversight Board upholds former President Trump's suspension …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Facebook Oversight Board Upholds Social Network's Ban of Trump  —  A company-appointed panel ruled that the ban was justified at the time but added that the company should reassess its action and make a final decision in six months.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A Facebook-appointed panel of journalists …
Michael Kruse / Politico:
The Facebook Ban Hurt Trump in Surprising Ways  —  STRONGSVILLE, Ohio—  Joe Poldruhi wasn't sure what to believe about his local congressional race.  He hadn't heard it straight from Donald Trump.  —  I had come to Ohio's 16th District to report on Trump's vengeance-fueled decision …
Washington Post:
Facebook's Oversight Board upheld the social network's decision to ban Trump
Politico:
Cheney isn't fighting McCarthy push to replace her in leadership  —  Liz Cheney is not fighting to hold onto her job as House GOP conference chair, even as top Republican leaders openly campaign to replace her in the No. 3 spot.  —  To the frustration of many fellow Republicans …
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
The effort to dump Liz Cheney is the consequence of a party that lost its way  —  The growing effort to remove Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from the third-ranking Republican leadership position in the House further accelerates her party's full capitulation to Donald Trump's big lie about the 2020 election.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How GOP rage at Liz Cheney makes a future stolen election more likely
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Report: Trump, McCarthy, Scalise all back Elise Stefanik to replace Cheney in caucus leadership
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Trump, House GOP leaders endorse Elise Stefanik to replace Liz Cheney
Wall Street Journal:
Purging Liz Cheney
Brad Stone / Bloomberg:
The Untold Story of How Jeff Bezos Beat the Tabloids  —  When a gossip rag went after the CEO, he retaliated with the brutal, brilliant efficiency he used to build his business empire.  In an exclusive excerpt from the new book Amazon Unbound comes an unrivaled tale of money, sex, and power.
Annie Nova / CNBC:
Federal judge overturns national eviction ban  — A federal judge struck down on Wednesday the national eviction moratorium, potentially leaving millions of Americans at risk of losing their homes.  — Housing advocates have said that the national ban is necessary to stave off …
Discussion: HotAir, New York Post and Raw Story
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Cassidy Morrison / Washington Examiner:
Judge overturns federal pandemic eviction moratorium
Discussion: National Review and The Federalist
Wall Street Journal:
Peloton Recalls All Treadmills as CEO Apologizes  —  Home-fitness company now offering customers refunds, halts sales of Tread+ machine  —  Peloton Interactive Inc. has agreed to recall its treadmills, and its chief executive apologized for the company's initial refusal to comply …
Discussion: TMZ.com and New York Post
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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
CPSC and Peloton Announce: Recall of Tread+ Treadmills After One Child Death and 70 Incidents; Recall of Tread Treadmills Due to Risk of Injury
Jessica M. Goldstein / Washingtonian:
The Awkward Feeling of Rooting for the White House Press Secretary  —  Half of America is smitten with Jen Psaki, while a swath of the White House press corps sounds quite taken with how polite she is.  —  In her first three months on the job, White House press secretary Jen Psaki has yet …
Neal Rothschild / Axios:
Trump's spell over the media broke once he lost his megaphones  —  Social media interactions about former President Trump have fallen 91% since January, according to exclusive data from NewsWhip.  —  Why it matters: When Trump lost his social media accounts, he lost his once-immense power …
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
Nature at its craziest: Trillions of cicadas about to emerge  —  COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) — Sifting through a shovel load of dirt in a suburban backyard, Michael Raupp and Paula Shrewsbury find their quarry: a cicada nymph.  —  And then another.  And another.  And four more.
Claire Williams / Morning Consult:
Biden's $1.8 Trillion American Families Plan Is Supported by Nearly 60% of Voters  —  While just 1 in 4 Republicans back the package, they expressed more support for the proposal's individual provisions  — 86% of Democrats support Biden's plan, compared with 54% of independents and 25% of Republicans.
Discussion: Insider, The Hill, Daily Kos and Forbes
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Mariko Paulson / Issues:
President Biden's American Families Plan: Budgetary and Macroeconomic effects
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.
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Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Giuliani evidence should be reviewed by an outside lawyer, Justice Dept. says
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
Treasury warns of need to deal with national debt limit  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department says it will employ measures to avoid an unprecedented default on the national debt this summer, but officials say those measures could be exhausted “much more quickly” …
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Kate Davidson / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Treasury Evaluating Various Scenarios for Debt Limit Reinstatement
Discussion: Bloomberg
Larry McShane / New York Daily News:
Please buy this newspaper: A Daily News reporter begs a local owner to rescue the tabloid from Alden Global Capital  —  Like any good tabloid headline, it's simple, snappy and succinct: DAILY NEWS NEEDS NEW OWNER.  —  And not just any owner: a New York owner, someone who knows the city …
Jonathan Blitzer / New Yorker:
A Mother, Separated from Her Children at the Border, Comes Home  —  The Biden Administration has begun a massive effort to reunite more than a thousand families torn apart by Trump.  —  For the past two years, Keldy Mabel Gonzáles Brebe de Zúniga kept a daily ritual.
Signal Blog:
The Instagram ads Facebook won't show you  —  Companies like Facebook aren't building technology for you, they're building technology for your data.  They collect everything they can from FB, Instagram, and WhatsApp in order to sell visibility into people and their lives.
Ronald Radosh / New Republic:
Our Friend, the Trump Propagandist  —  According to our old friend David Horowitz—the radical leftist turned thoughtful conservative turned Trump propagandist whom we've been acquainted with, in his various political guises, for more than 60 years—America is on the brink of destruction …
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Strongmen who got cozy with Trump get the cold shoulder from Biden  —  The Biden administration has zinged Russia and China over human rights and alleged thuggery against their neighbors, cut off some arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and stiff-armed Turkey's increasingly authoritarian leader.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
There's an Extremely Stupid Reason Congress Doesn't Want a Good IRS  —  Yesterday, Treasury secretary Janet Yellen noted that, in this decade, uncollected federal taxes will amount to roughly $7 trillion.  Former IRS commissioners Fred Goldberg and Charles Rossotti have calculated that …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Kevin McCarthy says he rented a ‘room’ — in a 7,000-square-foot penthouse  —  “Frank [Luntz] has been a friend of mine for more than 30 years. ...  I've rented a room from Frank for a couple of months, but don't worry, I'm back to — going back to where I normally am, on my couch in my office.
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
What's really going on down in Georgia  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  Georgia's Republican state legislature — after an election fueled by a huge Black turnout that helped elect a Democratic president and two Democratic U.S. Senators for the first time in a quarter century …
Discussion: MinnPost and Digby's Hullabaloo
 
 
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Kiss off: Vaccinated Harris, husband smooch with masks on
Washington Post:
White House grapples with reports of labor shortage, inflation as recovery picks up steam
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Insider
Washington Free Beacon:
Dem Megadonors, Officials Financially Tied to Electric Bus Company Boosted by Biden
New York Times:
‘I Used to Like School’: An 11-Year-Old's Struggle With Pandemic Learning
Amir Tibon / Haaretz:
Canadian Jews Protest ‘Antisemitic’ Allegations Against Former Ambassador to Israel
CREW:
Trump family travel cost $140,000+ in just the first month post-presidency
Discussion: Forbes and Raw Story
Ankush Khardori / New Republic:
Biden Isn't Holding Trump Accountable. Sheldon Whitehouse Is Very Concerned.
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump attorney, other allies launch voter fraud organization
Michael Tesler / FiveThirtyEight:
Republicans' Pessimistic Views On The Economy Have Little To Do With The Economy
Tia Mitchell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
AJC Poll: Georgians narrowly back Biden, but state remains polarized on many issues
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: Jared Kushner founds “Abraham Accords Institute”
Theodoric Meyer / Politico:
Steyer paid settlements to 5 former campaign staffers
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
They Were Promised a Socialist Paradise, and Ended Up in ‘Hell’
Discussion: Washington Post
KFF:
Supply vs Demand: Which States are Reaching their COVID-19 Vaccine Tipping Points?