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7:40 AM ET, May 7, 2021

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Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Forced to Choose Between Trump's “Big Lie” and Liz Cheney, the House G.O.P. Chooses the Lie  —  “Liz is a living reproach to all these cowards,” a friend of Cheney's said, but the cowards have the votes.  —  On January 11, 2017, Donald Trump held his first Presidential press conference following …
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Tina Nguyen / Politico:
MAGAworld pans Stefanik  —  Donald Trump has called Elise Stefanik “a new Republican star,” a “smart communicator” and — perhaps his highest praise — “tough.”  —  But the MAGA faithful aren't so sure.  —  Within minutes of Trump's endorsement of the New York congresswoman for GOP conference chair …
David Siders / Politico:
How Trump is hunting down the GOP's leading families  —  In his attempt to exercise full dominion over the Republican Party, Donald Trump has reserved a special fury for the dynasties that helped shape it.  —  In the civil war between Donald Trump and the GOP's waning establishment …
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Biden once asserted Republicans would have an ‘epiphany.’ Now he admits he doesn't understand them.  —  Joe Biden was speaking in a barn to a sparse campaign crowd in Iowa when he offered a prediction.  “If we defeat Donald Trump,” he said that summer day in 2019, “you're going to see, as we say in southern Delaware, an altar call.
ABC News:
‘Trumpy, Trumpier and Trumpiest’: Virginia GOP to vote on nominee for governor in post-Trump era
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Auditioning to replace Cheney, Stefanik calls Trump ‘the strongest supporter’ of the Constitution.
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Liz Cheney Has Only Herself to Blame
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms won't run for reelection  —  By J.D. Capelouto - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wilborn P. Nobles III - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Greg Bluestein - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution  —  In a stunning announcement Thursday night …
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: Why Keisha Bottoms isn't running for election - and who might jump in now  —  Politics is a fickle beast.  In the span of two years, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has gone from one of President Joe Biden's most prominent surrogates — important enough to get vetted as a potential VP pick …
Discussion: UPI, New York Post and The Hill
Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson Doubles Down on Batsh** Vaccine Fearmongering, Blames Biden For His Inability to Understand Facts  —  Fox News' Tucker Carlson gets great ratings, frequently beating the competition in his timeslot.  You'd think that he would have a vested interest in keeping his audience members alive …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Beast
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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Sean Hannity used to rule Fox. But in the post-Trump era, Tucker Carlson is king
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:   Tucker Carlson May Be America's Biggest Public Health Problem
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Twitter suspends account that was posting Trump statements  —  Twitter suspended an account on Thursday that appeared to be circumventing their ban on former President Donald Trump by posting messages he shared on his own website.  —  The move was more evidence that the social media behemoth …
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Joe Concha / The Hill:   Social media's ban on Trump: Our ‘silence of the lambs’ moment
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Facebook told to investigate its role in insurrection
Discussion: mailchi.mp
The Daily Beast:
Melinda Gates Warned Bill About Jeffrey Epstein  —  After a secret meeting between the couple and the wealthy sex offender, Melinda was furious and told friends she wanted nothing to do with Epstein, The Daily Beast has learned. … Melinda Gates met with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein alongside …
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
F.E.C. Drops Case Reviewing Trump Hush-Money Payments to Women  —  The case had examined whether Donald Trump violated election law with a $130,000 payment shortly before the 2016 election to a pornographic-film actress by his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.
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Jordan Williams / The Hill:
FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments
Discussion: KIFI-TV and Washington Times
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
Jenner has hangar pains after Hannity interview  —  OAKLAND — Move over French Laundry, there's a new social media obsession: Hangar Guy.  —  GOP recall candidate Caitlyn Jenner may have played right into Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom's hands when she lamented on Fox News …
Becky Sullivan / NPR:
New Study Estimates More Than 900,000 People Have Died Of COVID-19 In U.S.  —  A new study estimates that the number of people who have died of COVID-19 in the U.S. is more than 900,000, a number 57% higher than official figures.  —  Worldwide, the study's authors say …
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Insider:
Scientists have taught bees to smell the coronavirus.  They can identify a case within seconds.  — Dutch scientists have trained bees to smell COVID-19.  — Every time the bees were exposed to an infected sample, they stuck out their tongues.  — The animals could be a low-tech solution for identifying COVID-19 cases.
David Scheer / Bloomberg:
Dimon on Raising Taxes: 'Just Throwing Money, It Doesn't Work'  —  JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon urged lawmakers to spell out — very specifically — targets for building roads, funding college degrees and creating jobs if they embark on a massive spending spree to bolster the economy.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Texas Democrats waging all-night fight against restrictive election bill  —  Texas Democrats are waging an all-night fight against a restrictive election bill, vowing to file more than 100 amendments in an effort to derail or limit the impact of legislation that would create criminal penalties …
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David Voreacos / Bloomberg:
‘We Build The Wall’ Co-Founder Kolfage Indicted in Tax Case  — Kolfage charged in Florida after facing New York indictment  — Trump pardoned Bannon in ‘We Build the Wall’ fraud case  —  Brian Kolfage, whose work with Stephen Bannon to raise money for a U.S.-Mexico border wall resulted …
Discussion: The Daily Beast, CNN, Raw Story and Insider
BuzzFeed News:
Facebook Is Worried Starbucks May Delete Its Page Over Hateful Comments  —  Facebook is scrambling to prevent Starbucks from leaving its platform after the world's largest coffee company said it was dismayed by hateful comments left on its posts about racial and social justice issues.
Olivia Messer / Study Hall:
The COVID Reporters Are Not Okay.  Extremely Not Okay.  —  An underprepared industry is losing a generation of journalists to despair, trauma and moral injury as they cover the story of a lifetime.  —  When I told my editors at The Daily Beast that I needed to quit my job …
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
The Secret Papers of Lee Atwater, Who Invented the Scurrilous Tactics That Trump Normalized  —  An infamous Republican political operative's unpublished memoir shows how the Party came to embrace lies, racial fearmongering, and winning at any cost.  —  It's a Washington axiom …
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Long March 5B, a Chinese Rocket, Expected to Tumble Back to Earth  —  The chances of it hitting a populated area are small, but not zero.  That has raised questions about how the country's space program designs its missions.  —  No, you are almost certainly not going to be hit by a 10-story …
BBC:
Covid: Putin says Sputnik vaccines ‘reliable as Kalashnikovs’  —  President Vladimir Putin has heralded Russia's vaccine offering as “reliable as a Kalashnikov assault rifle”.  —  The comment was made during a video conference on Thursday with Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova.
Discussion: Associated Press
Cathy Merrill / Washington Post:
As a CEO, I want my employees to understand the risks of not returning to work in the office … Cathy Merrill is chief executive of Washingtonian Media.  —  Like many of my fellow small-business owners, I am excited about the prospect of returning to in-person work but am struggling …
Maria Cramer / New York Times:
The Pandemic Has Changed Their Shower Habits.  How About Yours?  —  Some people said they started bathing less during the pandemic.  As long as no one complains, they say they plan to keep the new habit.  —  Robin Harper, an administrative assistant at a preschool on Martha's Vineyard, grew up showering every day.
Discussion: The Root
Taylor Dolven / Miami Herald:
DeSantis ban on vaccine proof may send one company's cruise ships out of Florida  —  If Florida won't allow Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for passengers and crew, the company's CEO says it will take its ships elsewhere.
Discussion: WZVN-TV and CBS Miami
Michael Wines / New York Times:
Arizona Review of 2020 Vote Is Riddled With Flaws, Says Secretary of State  —  Arizona's top election official said the effort ordered by Republican state senators leaves ballots unattended and lacks basic safeguards to protect the process from manipulation.
WCCO | CBS Minnesota:
Gov. Walz Says Politicization Around Masks 'One Of The Worst Things That's Happened To This Country' And ‘It Cost Lives’  —  MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — During a press conference outlining his plan to end most COVID-19 restrictions, Gov. Tim Walz spoke out about the politicization around masks, saying “it cost lives.”
 
 
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Kristin Tate / The Hill:
Census results show White House doubling down on failure
Tampa Bay Times:
Recording a cop in Florida? One woman got arrested for it.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Ellen Mitchell / The Hill:
Defense contractor Honeywell fined $13M for sharing documents with China, other countries
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Breitbart
Robin Bravender / Insider:
Florida Democrat Nikki Fried and Matt Gaetz are pals. Political insiders are dishing about how that could complicate her bid to unseat Gov. Ron DeSantis.
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Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
Personal ties: Harris' family in India grapples with COVID
Discussion: The Indian Express and The Hill
Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
The Washington Post's ‘Toy Weapons’ vs. Cops
NY State Attorney General:
Attorney General James Takes Legal Action Against Conspiracy Theorists For Threatening Robocalls to Suppress Black Voters
Pete Williams / NBC News:
FBI still after ‘worst of the worst’ in Capitol riot as new arrests come at steady pace
Discussion: Cowboy State Daily and Raw Story