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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 …
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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 …
Axios:
Institutionalizing Trumpism  —  Republican officials are rendering an unequivocal verdict: They want to cement former President Trump's politics and policies into the foundation of the GOP for many years to come.  —  Why it matters: The debate over Trump's post-election hold on the GOP is over …
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 …
David Siders / Politico:
How Trump is hunting down the GOP's leading families  —  In the civil war between Donald Trump and the GOP's waning establishment, no Republican has crossed the former president and come out ahead.  —  Yet as Rep. Liz Cheney's likely ouster from House leadership lays bare …
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 …
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  —  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 …
Discussion: The Week, UPI and Twitchy
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Behind the April jobs report: Is there a shortage of jobs or a shortage of workers?
Discussion: The Intercept and Slate
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 …
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms won't run for reelection
Washington Post:
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says she won't seek reelection
Discussion: The Root and Townhall
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Grace Segers / CBS News:
Historian Jon Meacham says GOP “has descended into fantasy, conspiracy and falsehoods” - on “The Takeout”
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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
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.
Discussion: Religion News Service
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: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
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Brian Stelter / CNN:
Jen Psaki says she talked with the Biden transition team about a roughly one-year term
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 …
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Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Congress is finally investigating the lab accident covid-19 origin theory
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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Daniel Nichanian / The Appeal:
Nevada Prosecutors Are Standing in the Way of Abolishing the Death Penalty  —  Time is running out for the state Senate to advance a bill repealing the death penalty.  Two influential Democratic senators also work as prosecutors, and the state's DA association is fighting the reform.
YouTube:
We're in it Together!  Bobby Valentine for Stamford  —  With great humility and perspective from a lifetime of service, I'm asking for your support to be the next Mayor of Stamford - the city I'm proud to have alw...
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
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.
Cathy Merrill / Washington Post:
As a CEO, I worry about the erosion of office culture with more remote work … 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 with when and how to safely reopen …
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Is Fox's Peter Doocy Just Asking Questions — Or Trolling the White House?  —  It was late March, days before Joe Biden would hold his first formal news conference, and the on-air personalities at Fox News were setting the stage for a titanic collision between the president and the network's new, 33-year-old White House correspondent.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
United States Capitol Police:
USCP Response to OIG Report #3  —  The United States Capitol Police has already taken significant steps to implement the recommendations detailed in the Office of Inspector General's (OIG) third flash report on counter-surveillance and threat assessments.  —  All recommended policy updates …
Discussion: Insider, CNBC, Politico, CBS News and Forbes
Jason Snead / Washington Examiner:
Busting the Left's myths about Georgia's voting law  —  Myth and reality collided on Capitol Hill recently.  Senate Democrats convened a hearing provocatively titled “Jim Crow 2021” and featuring a who's who of liberal activist witnesses, including Stacey Abrams.
 
 
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Adam Harris / The Atlantic:
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