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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 …
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
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.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: Why House Republicans have had it with Liz Cheney  —  Welcome to Byron York's Daily Memo newsletter.  —  Was this email forwarded to you?  Sign up here to receive the newsletter.  —  WHY HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE HAD IT WITH LIZ CHENEY.
Discussion: Washington Post, IJR and The Hill
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Power and Lies and Elise Stefanik
Sway / New York Times:
It's His Own Damn Fault,' Top G.O.P. Pollster Says of Trump and Facebook
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Marina Pitofsky / The Hill:
Jordan says ‘votes are there’ to oust Cheney from GOP leadership
Discussion: National Review and Breitbart
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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Alan Rusbridger / The Guardian:
The inside story of how we reached the Facebook-Trump verdict
Discussion: Boston Herald, IJR and BizPac Review
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 …
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CNN:
Trump and legal team approached about Giuliani legal costs
Discussion: Talking Points Memo 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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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: Wall Street Journal and The Hill
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
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.
Discussion: Washington Post, Forbes, HotAir, CNN and The Week
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 …
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 …
Bobby Caina Calvan / Associated Press:
Florida gov signs GOP voting law critics call ‘un-American’  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a sweeping elections bill into law Thursday that he and other Republicans said would place guardrails against fraud, even as they acknowledged there were no serious signs of voting irregularities last November.
USA Today:
$2.3 million on travel in 8 months: Trump Navy secretary flew around the world, despite COVID-19  —  Former Navy Sec. Kenneth Braithwaite traveled the globe as the Trump administration wound down, despite COVID-19 canceling plans of other officials.  —  In eight months he logged 21 flights totaling nearly 300 hours.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Half in U.S. Think Their Taxes Too High, but Also “Fair”  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Heading into this year's delayed tax filing day, half of Americans think their taxes are too high, while 44% consider them about right and 4% too low.  The 50% calling them too high is up slightly from an average 45% …
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Times
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.
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.
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:
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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:
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New York Times:
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Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
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Associated Press:
Biden hits schools goal even as many students still learn remotely
Lahav Harkov / Jerusalem Post:
Australia won't go to anti-Israel Durban Conference, prime minister says
Washington Examiner:
Investigate Cuomo  —  The good times are over for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
 Earlier Items: 
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
Washington Post:
Biden commits to waiving vaccine patents, driving wedge with pharmaceutical companies
Lloyd J. Austin III / Washington Post:
The Pentagon must prepare for a much bigger theater of war