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5:45 PM ET, May 6, 2021

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Sway / New York Times:
'It's His Own Damn Fault,' Top G.O.P. Pollster Says of Trump and Facebook … Produced by ‘Sway’  —  Donald Trump isn't back on Facebook ... yet.  The platform's oversight board (set up by Facebook as a “Supreme Court” to which it could punt difficult decisions) upheld a ban on Trump's account.
Discussion: Mediaite, IJR, The Hill and Raw Story
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Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Auditioning to replace Cheney, Stefanik calls Trump ‘the strongest supporter’ of the Constitution.  —  Representative Elise Stefanik, campaigning to oust Representative Liz Cheney as the Republican Party's No. 3 leader in the House for calling out President Donald J. Trump's election lies …
Dan McLaughlin / National Review:
Ignoring Trump Is the Least-Bad Republican Approach
Discussion: Politico and Power Line
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Cold, Hard Facts about the Liz Cheney Saga
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Twitter suspends account that was posting Trump statements  —  Twitter suspended an account on Thursday that appeared to be circumventing their ban on former President Donald Trump by posting messages he shared on his own website.  —  The move was more evidence that the social media behemoth …
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Tripp Mickle / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Is Still Banned on YouTube. Now the Clock Is Ticking.
Shirin Ghaffary / Vox:
Here's just how much people have stopped talking about Trump on Facebook and Twitter
Jen Fifield / Arizona Republic:
Department of Justice asks Arizona Senate to respond to concerns about election audit  —  The U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division is asking Arizona Senate President Karen Fann to respond to concerns the department has about the security of ballots and potential voter intimidation …
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CNN:
Justice Department warns Arizona Senate president of civil rights violations in 2020 election audit
Discussion: The Hill and The Dispatch
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Elise Stefanik tried to get election overturned, promoted election lies  —  Stefanik previously called out Trump, now she mirrors his rhetoric  —  Washington (CNN)House Republicans are moving to oust Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney from a party leadership position over her vocal repudiation …
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Chris Otts / WDRB:
University of Louisville rebukes McConnell over 1619 Project comments  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - The University of Louisville has issued a rare rebuke of one of its most famous and powerful graduates, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, over McConnell's comments on Monday …
Discussion: Courier-Journal, Insider and Raw Story
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Olivia Messer / Study Hall:
The COVID Reporters Are Not Okay.  Extremely Not Okay.  —  An underprepared industry is losing a generation of journalists to despair, trauma and moral injury as they cover the story of a lifetime.  —  When I told my editors at The Daily Beast that I needed to quit my job …
NBC News:
Biden administration may bring whole families to U.S. to reunite with separated children, not just parents … WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and the director of the task force to reunite families said on Thursday that the Biden administration is working …
Washington Post:
Chris Ruddy and Newsmax went all-in on Trump.  Now they might pay a price for it.  —  One night last month at Mar-a-Lago, Chris Ruddy positioned himself in a familiar spot: right next to Donald Trump.  —  The occasion came just days before a Republican National Committee fundraiser …
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Democrats wary of appearing to push Justice Breyer out despite their small window to replace him  —  Photos:  —  Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer  —  Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is photographed at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in September 2015.  —  1 of 37  —  Photos:
Charlie LeDuff / Deadline Detroit:
Whitmer Mooches Billionaires' Plane As Father Makes Miraculous Recovery  —  When Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was outed last month for a secretive trip to Florida in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, her office claimed Michigan taxpayers did not foot the bill.  —  What they did not tell us …
Shannon Vavra / CyberScoop:
Russian agent accused of interfering in US elections is back meddling online, Facebook says  —  A man the U.S. intelligence community has assessed is an active Russian agent who interfered in U.S. elections is back stirring the pot on Facebook, the company announced Thursday.
Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
Joe Biden Is Starting to Sound Hawkish About the Deficit.  Uh-Oh.  —  Suddenly, Joe Biden is beginning to sound a little bit hawkish about the deficit.  On Wednesday, reporters asked the president whether he was willing to accept a lower corporate tax hike than the one he proposed to pay for his infrastructure and jobs plan.
Associated Press:
Shooting at Idaho middle school injures 3; student captured  —  RIGBY, Idaho (AP) — A shooting at an eastern Idaho middle school Thursday injured two students and a custodian, and a male student has been taken into custody, authorities said.  —  The victims' injuries were not believed …
Tom Ley / Defector:
What's Happening At ‘The Believer’ Is About More Than Just A Zoom Incident  —  On Feb. 5, a media reporter for The New York Times called me.  She'd received a tip that the day before, my boss at The Believer magazine, Josh Wolf Shenk, had exposed himself on camera during an all-staff Zoom meeting.
Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
The Washington Post's ‘Toy Weapons’ vs. Cops  —  Can you tell which of the pistols above is the “toy,” in the usage of the Washington Post's Pulitzer-winning “Fatal Force” database on killings by police, and which is the real deal?  Answers below.  —  On Monday, April 19 …
George Conway / Washington Post:
What Trump has to fear from Rudy Giuliani  —  Opinion by  —  To borrow the infamous line of his ex-presidential ex-client, it looks like Rudolph W. Giuliani is “going to go through some things.”  Like possibly being charged with a crime.  Worse, some people who might have tried to save …
Discussion: The Guardian and Raw Story
New York Times:
The Wealthy Lobbyist Behind Andrew Yang's Campaign for Mayor  —  Andrew Yang's relationship with Bradley Tusk, a tech investor, has raised concerns about conflicts of interest if he is elected.  —  When Andrew Yang parachuted into the New York City mayor's race from a losing presidential campaign …
Discussion: The Intercept
BBC:
What happened after the pandemic puppy boom  —  Shelters across the US are struggling to take in a growing number of dogs and cats.  Some pets adopted early in the pandemic are being sent back as owners slowly return to normal life.  The financial impact of Covid-19 as well as a puppy boom due …
Pete Williams / NBC News:
FBI still after ‘worst of the worst’ in Capitol riot as new arrests come at steady pace  —  Four months after the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, FBI agents maintain a steady pace of arresting people accused of taking part, as one of the largest criminal investigations in American history keeps growing.
Discussion: Raw Story and Hackwhackers
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
The Athletic Halts Merger Talks With Axios, Eyes New York Times  —  Sports-media outlet's discussions with Axios are no longer active but New York Times Co. seen as leading contender for tie-up  —  Sports-media outlet the Athletic is no longer in merger talks with news publisher Axios …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Giuliani cuts down his entourage  —  Rudy Giuliani, the former personal lawyer for ex-president Donald Trump, has reduced the size of his personal entourage, according to three people familiar with the matter.  —  Giuliani laid off several staffers and independent contractors in the last few weeks …
David K. Li / NBC News:
U.S. Army trainee uses rifle to hijack school bus full of children, S.C. sheriff says … A rifle-toting U.S. Army trainee hijacked a busload of children in South Carolina on Thursday before letting the kids off, abandoning the vehicle and surrendering, officials said.
Discussion: Occupy Democrats, Raw Story and Insider
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
By wrecking state universities, GOP crushes American Dream for its own communities |  Will Bunch  —  You can't destroy the American Dream without building it up first.  At the dawn of the 1960s, amid a Camelot of post-World War II can-do optimism, Pennsylvania injected academic steroids …
Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
An Ex-Blackwater Employee Tied To Erik Prince Provided Security For Rudy Giuliani In Ukraine, Sources Said  —  A former Blackwater employee connected to Erik Prince, the billionaire security magnate who served as an informal adviser to the Trump administration, provided security …
Financial Times:
Moderna CEO 'didn't lose sleep' over US backing of patent waiver  —  Chief of vaccine maker says relaxing protections ‘will not help’ boost Covid jab supplies  —  The chief executive of Moderna said he “didn't lose a minute of sleep” following the US government's decision to support …
Discussion: Common Dreams
Cleve Wootson / Washington Post:
Biden frames infrastructure debate as choice between needed investments and tax breaks for wealthy  —  NEW ORLEANS — Backdropped by a dilapidated bridge that has outlived its expected working life by two decades, President Biden sought to define the debate on his $2 trillion infrastructure plan …
Discussion: New York Times and KIFI-TV
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Bidenomics Really Is Something New  —  Some of the changes are obvious: Compared with the economic strategies of former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, Joe Biden is proposing more new spending and more new taxes than either of his Democratic predecessors, and he's abandoned their support …
 
 
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Los Angeles Times:
L.A. County sheriff refuses to name deputies who open fire, defying state's high court
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
New York Times says goodbye to ‘op-eds’ and hello to ‘guest essays’ — but will it invite in the rest of America?
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Jonathan Bush, brother of President George H.W. Bush, dead at 89
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Morath / Wall Street Journal:
Millions Are Unemployed. Why Can't Companies Find Workers?
Discussion: CNN, HotAir, Raw Story and CBS News
Jimmy Vielkind / Wall Street Journal:
New York Tax Officials Crack Down on Remote Workers
New York Times:
‘Turning the Corner’: U.S. Covid Outlook Reaches Most Hopeful Point Yet
Discussion: HotAir