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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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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: The Hill and Raw Story
National Review:
Liz Cheney Is Not the Problem  —  Representative Liz Cheney has likely talked herself out of a Republican leadership position.  —  Cheney was already on the hot seat early this year for breaking with most of her party and voting to impeach President Donald Trump, saying of the January 6 Capitol riot …
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
The Real Reason Republicans Want to Oust Liz Cheney
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Likely Cheney successor appears on Bannon show to tout GOP unity
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
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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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Bob Christie / Associated Press:
US Justice Department worried about Arizona Senate recount  —  PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice expressed concern Wednesday about ballot security and potential voter intimidation arising from the Republican-controlled Arizona Senate's unprecedented private recount …
Jeremy Stahl / Slate:
Arizona's Republican-Run Election Audit Is Now Looking for Bamboo-Laced “China Ballots”
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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Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
How Georgia's voting law works
Discussion: New York Magazine
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Power and Lies and Elise Stefanik
Discussion: Washington Post and Forbes
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 …
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal REVOLUTION:
Patents are Not the Problem!  —  For the last year and a half I have been shouting from the rooftops, “invest in capacity, build more factories, shore up the supply lines, spend billions to save trillions.”  Fortunately, some boffins in the Biden administration have found a better way …
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Voters Can Spot Radical Left-Wing Policy  —  Texas' special election shows Americans are savvy enough to not fall for the Biden spin.  —  While one special election doesn't necessarily set the pattern for the midterms—which are still 18 months off—both parties should study the results of Saturday's …
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Kelly Mena / CNN:
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs restrictive voting bill
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 …
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 …
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 …
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:
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
NY AG finds nearly 82% of net neutrality comments to the FCC were fake  —  In a new report, New York Attorney General Letitia James found that of the more than 22 million public comments the Federal Communications Commission received in 2017 regarding the repeal of net neutrality protections, a whopping 18 million were fake.
Shirin Ghaffary / Vox:
Here's just how much people have stopped talking about Trump on Facebook and Twitter  —  Trump used to be everywhere on social media.  Now he's nowhere.  —  Donald Trump used to be everywhere on social media — but lately, it feels like he's nowhere.  —  Many have noted just how little people …
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 …
Jimmy Vielkind / Wall Street Journal:
New York Tax Officials Crack Down on Remote Workers  —  At issue are refund claims from nonresidents who were commuting before the pandemic; the ‘convenience rule’ comes into play  —  New York state tax officials are scrutinizing refund claims filed by nonresident tax filers who normally commute …
Matt Mauro / FOX31 Denver:
Colorado state Representative calls another ‘Buckwheat’ during session  —  DENVER (KDVR) — A Colorado state representative is drawing fire after referring to a colleague as “Buckwheat” during the House session Wednesday morning.  —  Rep. Richard Holtorf, a Republican who represents …
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 …
Nicole Narea / Vox:
The census shows the US needs to increase immigration — by a lot  —  The 2020 census shows that America isn't full — and that it needs immigrants.  —  The results of the 2020 census are a warning sign that America is on a course for slow population growth.
Discussion: Raw Story and ImmigrationProf Blog
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 …
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 …
ITV:
French fishermen leave Jersey's main harbour  —  Created with Sketch.  — Footage shows two boats colliding in Jersey's harbour  —  A flotilla of French fishermen blockaded Jersey's main harbour this morning (6 May).  —  It came after authorities in Jersey rejected some applications for licences to fish in the island's waters.
Bloomberg:
China's Emissions Now Exceed All the Developed World's Combined  — China spewed 27% of global greenhouse gases in 2019: Rhodium  — OECD's cumulative emissions since 1750 far outweigh China's  —  China now accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions than all of the world's developed …
Eric Morath / Wall Street Journal:
Millions Are Unemployed.  Why Can't Companies Find Workers?  —  Among the reasons potential workers are holding back: fear of getting Covid, lack of child care and enhanced unemployment benefits  —  In a red-hot economy coming out of a pandemic and lockdowns, with unemployment still far higher …
Discussion: HotAir and Raw Story
Politico:
The Biden White House slowly, glacially, returns to normal  —  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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David Smith / The Guardian:
Hillary Clinton: ‘There has to be a global reckoning with disinformation’
Discussion: The Hill and IJR
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
F.E.C. Asks Congress to Ban Prechecked Recurring Donation Boxes
Discussion: Political Wire
Jennifer Taub / Washington Monthly:
Starting with Trump, It's Time for a White Collar Crime Crackdown
Discussion: Raw Story
Kristen Holmes / CNN:
Biden touts electric car company potentially worth millions for his energy secretary
Discussion: Twitchy
The Texas Tribune:
Permitless carry of a handgun in Texas nearly law, after Senate OKs bill
Molly Redden / HuffPost:
Emails Show Famed Prosecutor Linda Fairstein Intervening In Criminal Cases For NYC's Elite
 Earlier Items: 
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
On the most critical issue — vaccines — Biden has failed us
Insider:
Trump is staying out of the Virginia GOP's governor race. His absence is making a chaotic campaign even more bonkers.
Claudia Grisales / NPR:
Bill To Combat Sexual Assault In Military Finally Has Votes To Pass, Senators Say
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
Clean House in 2025  —  When President DeSantis is sworn in at 12:00 pm on January 20, 2025 …
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!’
USA Today:
$2.3 million on travel in 8 months: Trump Navy secretary flew around the world, despite COVID-19
Discussion: Raw Story