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3:05 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: The Hill, Raw Story and Washington Post
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Cold, Hard Facts about the Liz Cheney Saga  —  On the menu today: There's one big issue consuming Republican politics these days.  Since some of my comments on the last edition of The Editors were idiotically misconstrued as an effort to “cancel” Liz Cheney, let's walk through the facts, step by step.
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Cheney faces the boot in Washington.  Wyoming isn't looking much better.  —  Rep. Liz Cheney's colleagues are set to boot her from House GOP leadership this month.  Now Republicans back in her home state of Wyoming are plotting how to remove her from Congress entirely.
National Review:
Liz Cheney Is Not the Problem
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: Why House Republicans have had it with Liz Cheney
Discussion: Washington Post, IJR, New York Post and Vox
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
The Real Reason Republicans Want to Oust Liz Cheney
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 Hackwhackers
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: Raw Story
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Mike Jordan / The Guardian:
Idaho governor signs bill to ban critical race theory from being taught in schools
Discussion: TheGrio and Raw Story
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
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 …
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 …
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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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis:
Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Bill to Safeguard the Sanctity of Florida Elections
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: Mediaite and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: RedState, Breitbart and Detroit News
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?  —  Changing a label, in and of itself, never solves anything.  But the New York Times opinion section's big announcement last week that “op-eds” will henceforth be known as …
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.
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 …
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Jonathan Bush, brother of President George H.W. Bush, dead at 89  —  Banking and investment executive, major contributor to campaigns of nephew President George W. Bush  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for May 6  —  Jonathan Bush, a younger brother to the late President George H.W. Bush …
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 …
Gabby Orr / CNN:
Trump aides flood Senate and gubernatorial races as consultants and pollsters  —  (CNN)More than a dozen onetime aides and advisers to former President Donald Trump have signed on to assist Republicans competing in statewide and federal contests across the country, in some cases setting …
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: Raw Story, Occupy Democrats and Insider
 
 
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Sean Ingle / The Guardian:
Trans weightlifter Laurel Hubbard set to make history at Tokyo Olympics
David Smith / The Guardian:
Hillary Clinton: ‘There has to be a global reckoning with disinformation’
Discussion: IJR and The Hill
Eric Morath / Wall Street Journal:
Millions Are Unemployed. Why Can't Companies Find Workers?
Discussion: HotAir and Raw Story
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
F.E.C. Asks Congress to Ban Prechecked Recurring Donation Boxes
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Jimmy Vielkind / Wall Street Journal:
New York Tax Officials Crack Down on Remote Workers
 Earlier Items: 
Molly Redden / HuffPost:
Emails Show Famed Prosecutor Linda Fairstein Intervening In Criminal Cases For NYC's Elite
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
On the most critical issue — vaccines — Biden has failed us
Nicole Narea / Vox:
The census shows the US needs to increase immigration — by a lot
Discussion: Raw Story and ImmigrationProf Blog
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
Clean House in 2025  —  When President DeSantis is sworn in at 12:00 pm on January 20, 2025 …
Politico:
The Biden White House slowly, glacially, returns to normal