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8:30 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 …
David Siders / Politico:
How Trump is hunting down the GOP's leading families
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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.
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
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 …
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
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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Dakin Andone / CNN:
Federal grand jury indicts four former Minneapolis police officers in George Floyd's death
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 …
Neil Irwin / New York Times:
The Jobs Report: The Boom That Wasn't  —  April's anemic job creation was so out of line with what other indicators have suggested that it will take some time to unravel the mystery.  —  It's a little secret of the news business that for some anticipated events, like a Supreme Court decision …
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Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Behind the April jobs report: Is there a shortage of jobs or a shortage of workers?
Discussion: The Intercept, Slate and Daily Kos
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.
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 …
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
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: CNN and Political Wire
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
European Allies Ask U.S. to Slow Afghan Withdrawal, Officials Say  —  Turkey says it may leave job of security at Kabul airport, adding to difficulties  —  WASHINGTON—European allies are pushing the U.S. to delay its withdrawal from Afghanistan—which U.S. officials had suggested …
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
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: Common Dreams and 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: The Daily Beast, Raw Story and KIFI-TV
Kaelan Deese / Washington Examiner:
Oklahoma governor signs bill banning schools from teaching critical race theory  —  Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law on Friday banning the teaching of critical race theory in public schools and universities.  —  “Now more than ever, we need policies that bring us closer together - not rip us apart.
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Eric Adams Says He Has Something to Prove.  Becoming Mayor Might Help.  —  Mr. Adams is the top fund-raiser in the New York City mayoral race, with key endorsements and strong polling, but he still faces questions about his preparedness for the job.  —  Nearly three decades ago …
 
 
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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!
Ben Jacobs / Washington Examiner:
Colonialism or democracy?  —  Democrats increasingly believe that the American electoral system is skewed against them.
Discussion: HuffPost
Financial Times:
Olympics sponsors duck questions over Beijing 2022 as boycott calls grow
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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Peter Stone / New Republic:
How America Became the Money Laundering Capital of the World
YouTube:
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Danya Hajjaji / Newsweek:
Marjorie Taylor Greene Insists Capitol Rioters Weren't Trump Supporters
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Raw Story
Louis Keene / The Forward:
‘They Own The Media’: New Van Morrison song amplifies antisemitic trope