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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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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 …
Discussion: CNN, Slate and Florida Politics
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 …
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
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 …
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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Liz Cheney Confronts a House of Cowards  —  House Republicans are about to demonstrate they can't handle the truth about 2020 and Jan. 6.  —  It all comes back to the Capitol insurrection.  It's at the heart of the battle that is, four months later, tearing the House GOP apart.
Politico:
She built her career boosting GOP women. Now Elise Stefanik is elevating herself
Discussion: The Hill and Los Angeles Times
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 …
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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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.
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
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
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
When Trump's Next Coup Happens, the Republican Party Will Fully Support It  —  Throughout the Trump era, Republican Party officials and its professional class have gone through a constant and frequently vicious internecine struggle, pitting the small, but well-placed, bloc of anti-Trump elites …
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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
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 …
Giovanni Russonello / New York Times:
Polling's Prognosis: Wary Conservatives and Eager Liberals  —  A new report points to another problem with surveys: liberals with strong political views who are almost too willing to be polled.  —  Political pollsters know they're having trouble reaching entire swaths of the Trump-supporting electorate …
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ABC News:
‘Trumpy, Trumpier and Trumpiest’: Virginia GOP to vote on nominee for governor in post-Trump era  —  The crowded race is an early test of the lasting strength of Trumpism.  —  The battle over IDs at the ballot box  —  ABC News' Devin Dwyer reports on groups working to help voters without identification …
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Trip Gabriel / New York Times:   Virginia G.O.P.'s Choices for Governor: ‘Trumpy, Trumpier, Trumpiest’
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
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.
Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Economy picked up 266,000 jobs in April, fewer than expected as economy tries to rebound  —  A growing fight between the White House and Republicans over workers and incentives has cast a new light on the labor market  —  The U.S. economy added just 266,000 jobs in April …
Discussion: Forbes
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
Biden Is Going To Scrap A Trump-Era Plan To Force Immigrants To Submit Eye Scans, Voice Prints, And DNA  —  The Biden administration on Friday will scrap a Trump-era proposal that sought to dramatically expand the number of immigrants required to submit biometrics for their applications …
Discussion: The Hill
CNN:
The Axe Files with David Axelrod  —  David Axelrod, the founder and director of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, brings you The Axe Files, a series of revealing interviews with key figures in the political world.  Go beyond the soundbites and get to know some of the most interesting players in politics.
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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 and Political Wire
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 …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Our Pathetic Herd Immunity Failure  —  Could today's version of America have been able to win World War II?  It hardly seems possible.  —  That victory required national cohesion, voluntary sacrifice for the common good and trust in institutions and each other.
Discussion: Washington Post
Hugo Gurdon / Washington Examiner:
Joe Biden's fiscal (and other) follies  —  Conservatives don't have a monopoly on gloom and doom.  For confirmation of this, one need only look at the Malthusian Left's repeated, and repeatedly mistaken, predictions that global warming, now known as climate change, is about to extinguish life on Earth.
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.
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
CNN:
‘Not who we are as a country’: Elise Stefanik once harshly blasted Trump's rhetoric and policies  —  (CNN)New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, one of former President Donald Trump's loudest defenders in Congress, once harshly attacked Trump over both his rhetoric and policies, claiming that she'd be an “independent voice.”
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: Forbes, WZVN-TV and CBS Miami
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.
 
 
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Heather Mac Donald / City Journal:
On the Ground … Diversity Over Discovery  —  Biden's war on merit puts America's scientific edge at risk.
BBC:
Covid: Putin says Sputnik vaccines ‘reliable as Kalashnikovs’
Discussion: Associated Press
Futurism:
Scientists Claim to Spot Fungus Growing on Mars in NASA Rover Photos “Fungi thrive in radiation intense environments.”
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
Maria Cramer / New York Times:
The Pandemic Has Changed Their Shower Habits. How About Yours?
Discussion: The Root
 Earlier Items: 
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.
Discussion: Florida Politics
Olivia Messer / Study Hall:
The COVID Reporters Are Not Okay. Extremely Not Okay.
Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
The Washington Post's ‘Toy Weapons’ vs. Cops
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