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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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Eliana Johnson / Politico:
The Real Reason Republicans Want to Oust Liz Cheney  —  To hear most media observers tell it, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) is being martyred for having the courage of her convictions, and the House Republican Conference can no longer abide her truth-telling.  Republican lawmakers, the narrative goes …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
From Paul Ryan acolyte to Trump disciple: Elise Stefanik sets out to replace Liz Cheney in GOP leadership  —  Elise Stefanik entered the political arena eight years ago out of admiration for Paul D. Ryan, the conservative darling who had just returned to the House after his stint as Republican vice-presidential nominee.
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
CNN's Jamie Gangel: Kevin McCarthy ‘Very Concerned’ Jan 6.  Commission Could Force Him to Testify About Call With Trump During Riot  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is concerned about being called as a witness by a commission looking into the events of January 6th, CNN reported Wednesday.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Power and Lies and Elise Stefanik
Jonah Goldberg / The G-File:   Whining Is Winning  —  Liz Cheney is not the reason the Republican Party cannot move on from January 6.
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trumpland thought he'd get back on Facebook.  Now, they're anxious and scrambling.  —  Republicans on Wednesday expressed outrage over news that Donald Trump's Facebook suspension would remain in place for the time being.  Privately, many of them, including some close to the former president, were panicked.
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Alan Rusbridger / The Guardian:
The inside story of how we reached the Facebook-Trump verdict
Discussion: Boston Herald, IJR and BizPac Review
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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Jan Hoffman / New York Times:
Poll Shows Parents Are Reluctant to Get Their Children Vaccinated for Covid-19  —  The new survey also found that only 9 percent of adults who hadn't gotten the shot planned to do so, suggesting the country is nearing the limit of people planning to get immunized.
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KFF:
KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor - April 2021
Discussion: Washington Post, Bloomberg and Forbes
CNN:
Trump and legal team approached about Giuliani legal costs  —  Rudy Giuliani's son: I'm not concerned my father will be charged  —  (CNN)Allies of Rudy Giuliani continue to call on former President Donald Trump and Republicans to pay for his efforts around the election and, in turn …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Republicans promote pandemic relief they voted against  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y., said it pained her to vote against the $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan.”  —  But in the weeks that followed, the first-term Republican issued a news release celebrating …
Discussion: The Hill
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Marisa Iati / Washington Post:
Teen accused of rigging vote to become homecoming queen will be tried as an adult  —  On the day she was crowned homecoming queen, Emily Grover wore a sparkly silver dress.  A bouquet of roses rested in the crook of her arm, and a crown adorned her curled blond hair.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Washington Post:
Biden commits to waiving vaccine patents, driving wedge with pharmaceutical companies  —  Developing countries have sought waiver, arguing it would boost coronavirus response  —  The Biden administration on Wednesday threw its support behind a controversial proposal to waive intellectual property protections …
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Jeffrey Collins / Associated Press:
South Carolina House adds firing squad to execution methods  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina House voted Wednesday to add a firing squad to the state's execution methods amid a lack of lethal-injection drugs — a measure meant to jump-start executions in a state that once had one of the busiest death chambers in the nation.
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Emily Bohatch / The State:
SC House passes bill bringing back electric chair, introducing firing squad
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Times:
‘Turning the Corner’: U.S. Covid Outlook Reaches Most Hopeful Point Yet  —  Cases and deaths have dipped, and vaccinations make scientists hopeful, even as variants mean the coronavirus is here to stay.  —  After weeks of coronavirus patients flooding emergency rooms in Michigan …
New York Times:
Biden Leans Into Plans to Tax the Rich  —  “We're not going to deprive any of these executives of their second or third home, travel privately by jet,” the president said at the White House.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden delivered a clear and punchy message to America's highest earners on Wednesday …
Emily Anthes / New York Times:
Covid-19 Live Updates: Studies Indicate Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Protects Against the Most Severe Outcomes of Some Virus Variants  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is incredibly effective against severe disease caused by two variants, studies say.
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Chris Smith / Vanity Fair:
“It's the Gift That Keeps On Giving”: Gavin Newsom's Team Is Thrilled That Caitlyn Jenner Is Running for Governor
Discussion: Fox News, Politico and The Wrap
New York Times:
Protests Explode in Colombia, Leaving At Least 24 Dead  —  The eruption of anger in Colombia, where at least 24 have died as the government cracks down on the protests, could spread to other countries in the region that share the same combustible conditions.
Discussion: OHCHR, CBS News and Washington Post
Peter Hermann / Washington Post:
D.C. police officer who fought Capitol rioters pens letter to officials: ‘The time to fully recognize these Officers actions is NOW!’  —  A D.C. police officer injured battling pro-Trump rioters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 is seeking more recognition for those on the front lines …
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 …
Washington Examiner:
Investigate Cuomo  —  The good times are over for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  —  No more glow-up media profiles and softball interviews.  It's time for the Empire State nepotist to face consequences for his administration's efforts to cover up New York's COVID-19 nursing home death toll.
Lahav Harkov / Jerusalem Post:
Australia won't go to anti-Israel Durban Conference, prime minister says  —  “We will not associate Australia with one-sided and contentious language that singles out Israel or with an event that champions such language,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.  —  Australia will not participate …
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
Thomas Fuller / New York Times:
Daylight Attack on 2 Asian Women in San Francisco Increases Fears  —  The stabbing on Market Street this week and other attacks have caused some older Asian-American residents in the Bay Area to fear going outdoors, community leaders said.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — From her flower stand on Market Street …
Politico:
Biden wants the nation to ‘return to normal.’ Will the White House follow?  —  President Joe Biden is preparing to make his first international trip as president.  White House and administrative staff are beginning to trickle into the West Wing in greater numbers.  And additional journalists are working at the White House.
 
 
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Associated Press:
Feds may have raided home of wrong woman involved in Capitol riot in search for Pelosi's laptop
Discussion: Raw Story
USA Today:
$2.3 million on travel in 8 months: Trump Navy secretary flew around the world, despite COVID-19
Discussion: Raw Story
Academic Freedom Alliance:
After AFA Intervention, Two Universities Decline to Sanction Professors Over Speech
Discussion: Breitbart and Reason
Kevin Rector / Los Angeles Times:
Photojournalists sue LAPD, L.A. County sheriff over alleged abuses at protests
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
Biden Labor Board Counsel Revives Fired Googlers' Claims
Discussion: The Verge
ABC News:
Transcript for The Breakdown: President Joe Biden to cancel all Pentagon-funded border wall projects
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
McCaffrey Blauner / The Daily Beast:
Grandmother's Gossip Helps FBI to ID New Jersey Man as Capitol Rioter
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
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Lloyd J. Austin III / Washington Post:
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Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
Eric Adams edges out Yang for first time in public poll
Discussion: New York Post and THE CITY
Jonathan Blitzer / New Yorker:
A Mother, Separated from Her Children at the Border, Comes Home