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7:40 PM ET, May 7, 2021

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Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Trump Justice Department secretly obtained Post reporters' phone records  —  The Trump Justice Department secretly obtained Washington Post journalists' phone records and tried to obtain their email records over reporting they did in the early months of the Trump administration on Russia's role …
Jessie Balmert / Cincinnati.com:
Ohio GOP calls on Rep. Anthony Gonzalez to resign for impeaching ex-President Trump  —  Congressman Anthony Gonzalez, R-Rocky River  —  COLUMBUS - The Ohio Republican Party's leaders called on Rep. Anthony Gonzalez to resign for voting to impeach former President Donald Trump, a stunning rebuke of one of their own.
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Washington Post:
Trump's out-of-power agenda: Retribution against foes, commanding the spotlight and total domination of GOP  —  Former president Donald Trump is moving to handpick members of the House GOP leadership team — relentlessly attacking Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the No. 3 House Republican …
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
The Big Lie is the GOP's one and only truth  —  Liz Cheney's downfall shows how the GOP threat to democracy is getting worse.  —  Rep. Liz Cheney (WY), the third-ranking Republican in the House, is set to be stripped of her leadership post.  Her crime?  Voting to impeach Trump and then …
Politico:
Stefanik privately pledges to serve only through 2022 in House GOP leadership  —  Rep. Elise Stefanik is only looking to serve one term in GOP leadership.  —  The New York Republican is telling her GOP colleagues that she intends to finish out the rest of this current cycle as conference chair …
David Siders / Politico:
How Trump is hunting down the GOP's leading families
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
April's expected hiring boom goes bust as nonfarm payroll gain falls well short of estimates  — Hiring was a huge letdown in April, with nonfarm payrolls increasing by a much less than expected 266,000.  — The unemployment rate rose to 6.1%, the Labor Department said.
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Neil Irwin / New York Times:
The Jobs Report: The Boom That Wasn't
Discussion: The Week and Twitchy
Tom Hebert / Americans for Tax Reform:
OOPS: Every House Democrat Endorsed By U.S. Chamber Voted for Job-Killing Biden Bucks
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Behind the April jobs report: Is there a shortage of jobs or a shortage of workers?
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Intercept and Slate
Associated Press:
Chamber of Commerce seeks end to enhanced US jobless aid
Discussion: VICE
New York Times:
The virus is an airborne threat, the C.D.C. acknowledges.  —  Federal health officials on Friday updated public guidance about how the coronavirus spreads, emphasizing that transmission occurs by inhaling very fine respiratory droplets and aerosolized particles, as well as through contact …
Associated Press:
4 ex-cops indicted on US civil rights charges in Floyd death  —  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted the four former Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd's arrest and death, accusing them of willfully violating the Black man's constitutional rights …
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Four Former Minneapolis Police Officers Indicted on Federal Civil Rights Charges for Death of George Floyd; Derek Chauvin Also Charged in Separate Indictment …
Dakin Andone / CNN:
Federal grand jury indicts four former Minneapolis police officers in George Floyd's death
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Heather Murphy / New York Times:
4 Years After an Execution, a Different Man's DNA Is Found on the Murder Weapon  —  Lawyers' request to conduct additional DNA testing before Ledell Lee was executed had been denied.  —  For 22 years, Ledell Lee maintained that he had been wrongly convicted of murder.
Discussion: Slate
CNN:
The ‘headache’ Trump left behind for Biden on the White House lawn  —  (CNN)The project that's currently tearing up the White House's South Lawn initially landed on Donald Trump's desk.  —  The White House was in need of substantial upgrades to its future security apparatus …
Discussion: Bloomberg, Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Ted Cruz said his election objections weren't about blocking Biden.  Then someone asked about it.  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) was not about to let an upstart like Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) outmaneuver him in pandering to Donald Trump's base of support.  So when Hawley announced a few days …
Wall Street Journal:
Police-Overhaul Bill Draws Bipartisan Agreement on Key Issues  —  Congressional aides reach compromise on military equipment, no-knock warrants and chokeholds; differences remain on prosecution and liability of individual police officers  —  WASHINGTON—Democratic and Republican staff …
Discussion: KIFI-TV and Political Wire
Robert Barnett / Foreign Policy:
China Is Building Entire Villages in Another Country's Territory … In October 2015, China announced that a new village, called Gyalaphug in Tibetan or Jieluobu in Chinese, had been established in the south of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR).  In April 2020, the Communist Party secretary of the TAR …
Max Fisher / New York Times:
‘Belonging Is Stronger Than Facts’: The Age of Misinformation  —  Social and psychological forces are combining to make the sharing and believing of misinformation an endemic problem with no easy solution.  —  There's a decent chance you've had at least one of these rumors, all false …
Discussion: Angry Bear
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Elon Musk: Memelord or Meme Lifter?  —  The billionaire has been posting content creators' work without credit.  Some are frustrated; others, simply puzzled.  —  Elon Musk — the Tesla chief executive, SpaceX founder and soon-to-be “Saturday Night Live” host — is an open admirer of memes.
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Here's what Florida's new elections law actually does  —  On Thursday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an elections bill that makes it more difficult to vote.  —  The Florida law is part of a cross-country Republican effort - in the wake of President Donald Trump's lies …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Wuhan-Lab Theory Is Not Far-Fetched.  Just Look at China's Reckless Rocket Program  —  On the menu today: The Chinese space program is about as careful and safety-conscious as the Chinese viral-research program; a deep look at the mounting evidence pointing to a lab leak …
Paul Szoldra / Task & Purpose:
Retired Army Lt. Col. Allen West embarrasses himself in one-man push-up contest  —  Video evidence shows retired Army Lt. Col. Allen West can move his body as if doing a push-up but it is unclear whether or not he can still do one correctly.  —  West challenged a reporter to a push-up contest on Wednesday …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Scarred DeSantis staffers form a support group  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  There may be turbulence ahead for Rep. ELISE STEFANIK as she wrestles the GOP leadership post from Rep. LIZ CHENEY (R-Wyo.) next week.  DONALD TRUMP is sold on the New York Republican after her unbending show …
United States Department of State:
United States Joins Christchurch Call to Action to Eliminate Terrorist and Violent Extremist Content Online  —  The United States endorses the Christchurch Call to Action to Eliminate Terrorist and Violent Extremist Content Online, formally joining those working together under the rubric …
Discussion: The White House
Pradheep J. Shanker / National Review:
Tucker Carlson's Faulty Complaint about Coronavirus Vaccines  —  The cable-news host has misinterpreted data to support a dangerous strain of vaccine skepticism.  —  ocial media have been a source of fabulous exchanges of data, ideas, and suggestions during this coronavirus pandemic …
Discussion: HotAir
The White House:
Visitor Logs … The White House will post visitor log records on this page pursuant to President Biden's voluntary disclosure policy.  Visitor log disclosures will occur on a monthly basis.  Read more about visitor logs in our press release announcing the policy.
Financial Times:
Macron slams ‘Anglo-Saxons’ hindering vaccine exports  —  Brussels calls on manufacturers such as US to supply share of domestic production  —  France's president sought to turn the tables on the Biden administration following its call for vaccine patent waivers, accusing “Anglo-Saxon” …
Discussion: Associated Press and Al Jazeera
Louis Keene / The Forward:
‘They Own The Media’: New Van Morrison song amplifies antisemitic trope  —  Legendary singer-songwriter Van Morrison released a new song on streaming platforms Thursday whose title espouses a classic antisemitic trope.  —  The lyrics of the song, “They Own The Media,” never indicate who the pronoun in its title refers to.
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Idaho governor signs bill allowing culling of wolves  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  Idaho Gov. Brad Little (R) this week signed a measure that would eliminate most limits on hunting wolves in the state.  —  Under the law, which will take effect in the months ahead …
Discussion: Raw Story
Anna Massoglia / OpenSecrets.org:
FARA filings spotlight Giuliani's foreign entanglements amid probe  —  Federal investigators executed search warrants last week as part of an investigation into Rudy Giuliani and whether he may have acted as an unregistered foreign agent while serving as the personal lawyer to former President Donald Trump.
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
Ben Leonard / Politico:
McSally's former deputy campaign manager pleads guilty to stealing campaign funds  —  Anthony Barry faces up to five years in prison.  —  Then-Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sen. Martha McSally speaks to supporters at the AZGOP Headquarters on November 2, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Danya Hajjaji / Newsweek:
Marjorie Taylor Greene Insists Capitol Rioters Weren't Trump Supporters  —  Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has sought to distance supporters of former President Donald Trump from the January 6 Capitol riot.  —  During a town hall in Rockmart, Georgia held on Wednesday, Greene …
Discussion: Raw Story and Crooks and Liars
 
 
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Maria L. La Ganga / Los Angeles Times:
Caitlyn Jenner struggles to go from OMG moment to a campaign for California governor
Discussion: Twitchy and Washington Post
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
The Message Washington Needs to Hear Right Now: STOP!
WSFA-TV:
Portion of Highway 80 to be named after John R. Lewis
Discussion: The Hill
Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Justice Dept. rule would aim to crack down on ‘ghost guns’
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and CNN
Peter Stone / New Republic:
How America Became the Money Laundering Capital of the World
Corey Kilgannon / New York Times:
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