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Liz Cheney / Washington Post:
The GOP is at a turning point.  History is watching us. … Liz Cheney, a Republican, represents Wyoming's at-large congressional district in the U.S. House.  —  In public statements again this week, former president Donald Trump has repeated his claims that the 2020 election was a fraud and was stolen.
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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 …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Ernst defends fellow Republican leader Cheney — but calls for intra-GOP peace  —  INDEPENDENCE, Iowa — Sen. Joni Ernst doesn't agree with Liz Cheney's opposition to former President Donald Trump.  The Iowa Republican still says her fellow GOP leader has the right to stand her ground.
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  —  Rep. Liz Cheney's fate appears sealed: Republicans are set to oust the Wyoming Republican as the No. 3 in the House GOP leadership, and will most likely replace her with Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, whose loyalty to Donald Trump remains unquestioned.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Liz Cheney's top donors stand with her despite Republicans' push to oust her from House leadership
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
McConnell Is Rebounding With Republicans as He Looks ‘to the Future’
Discussion: The Hill, Townhall and Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
Purging Liz Cheney
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 …
New York Times:
Facebook Ban Hits Trump Where It Hurts: Messaging and Money  —  Facebook has increasingly become one of the most vital weapons in a political campaign's arsenal, and few had tapped into its potential for advertising and fund-raising as aggressively as Mr. Trump's.
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Washington Post:
Facebook's Oversight Board upheld the social network's decision to ban Trump
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 …
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Cassidy Morrison / Washington Examiner:
Judge overturns federal pandemic eviction moratorium  —  A federal judge vacated the nationwide moratorium on evictions established last year to protect renters who could not pay their rent due to restrictions meant to limit the spread of the coronavirus.  —  “The pandemic has triggered …
Discussion: ABC News and The Federalist
Kyle Swenson / Washington Post:
Federal judge vacates CDC's nationwide eviction moratorium
Brittany Bernstein / National Review:
Federal Judge Tosses National Eviction Moratorium
Doug Palmer / Politico:
Biden team says it supports waiving patent protections on Covid-19 vaccines  —  The United States said on Wednesday that it backs waiving valuable patent and other intellectual property protections for Covid-19 vaccines to help expand production of the life-saving shots worldwide.
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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.
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite
Tia Mitchell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
AJC Poll: Georgians narrowly back Biden, but state remains polarized on many issues  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Six months after the 2020 elections, a new poll suggests Georgians like the way President Joe Biden is responding to the coronavirus pandemic, but they are more divided on his economic proposals …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Hill
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Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Majority of Georgians oppose moving of MLB All-Star Game from state: poll
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 …
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: CBS News, New York Post and TMZ.com
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Lauren Thomas / CNBC:
Peloton recalling all treadmills after reports of injuries, one death
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.
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite, more at Mediagazer »
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
ICE deportations fell in April to lowest monthly level on record, enforcement data shows  —  The number of deportations carried out by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement last month fell to the lowest monthly level on record, a drop that comes as illegal border crossings remain at a 20-year high …
Discussion: HotAir
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.
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 …
 
 
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Brian Flood / Fox News:
CNN's Brian Stelter returns from vacation to host lowest-rated ‘Reliable Sources’ of year
Alix Culbertson / Sky News:
UK to send two Royal Navy ships to Jersey after France threatens blockade of island port
Discussion: Bloomberg, Politico and Mercury News
Alec MacGillis / ProPublica:
Kushner Companies Violated Multiple Laws in Massive Tenant Dispute, Judge Rules
Vicky Prodeline / Monmouth University Polling …:
Majority Approval for Murphy, Biden
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
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
Treasury warns of need to deal with national debt limit
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
‘I Used to Like School’: An 11-Year-Old's Struggle With Pandemic Learning
Discussion: Twitchy
CREW:
Trump family travel cost $140,000+ in just the first month post-presidency
Discussion: Joe.My.God., Forbes and Raw Story
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
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: Jared Kushner founds “Abraham Accords Institute”
KFF:
Supply vs Demand: Which States are Reaching their COVID-19 Vaccine Tipping Points?