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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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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 …
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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Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Behind the April jobs report: Is there a shortage of jobs or a shortage of workers?  —  Opinion by  —  No two ways about it: The April jobs report was extremely disappointing.  And it's likely to heat up the debate, now preoccupying the White House, over whether government policy might …
Axios:
U.S. adds just 266,000 jobs in April, far below expectations
Discussion: RedState and The Week
Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Economy picked up 266,000 jobs in April, fewer than expected as economy tries to rebound
Discussion: CNN and Forbes
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 …
Washington Post:
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says she won't seek reelection
Discussion: Fox News, The Root and Townhall
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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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.
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
Discussion: The Federalist and National Review
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.
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Brian Stelter / CNN:
Jen Psaki says she talked with the Biden transition team about a roughly one-year term
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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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: Crooks and Liars and Raw Story
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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
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.
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
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 …
Alexa Ura / The Texas Tribune:
Texas GOP's voting restrictions bill could be rewritten behind closed doors after key House vote  —  The House voted 81-64 to advance a pared down version of priority GOP legislation.  Lawmakers huddled off the chamber's floor throughout the night to cut a deal and again rework Senate Bill 7 through a flurry of amendments.
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Washington Post:
Senior CDC official who met Trump's wrath for raising alarm about coronavirus to resign  —  Nancy Messonnier has been director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases since 2016.  —  Nancy Messonnier, a senior health expert at the Centers for Disease Control …
Discussion: Insider
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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Billie Kanfer / Memos:   Memo: 2020 Polling Retrospective
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 …
Antony J. Blinken / United States Department of State:
Restoring Taiwan's Appropriate Place at the World Health Assembly  —  Beginning on May 24, the world will gather virtually for the 74th annual World Health Assembly (WHA).  The Assembly is the decision-making body of the World Health Organization, and it sets the agenda for strengthening …
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.
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: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
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Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:   Tucker Carlson May Be America's Biggest Public Health Problem
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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Helena Bottemiller Evich / Politico:
Hunger rates plummet after two rounds of stimulus
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
Biden Is Going To Scrap A Trump-Era Plan To Force Immigrants To Submit Eye Scans, Voice Prints, And DNA
Discussion: The Hill and ImmigrationProf Blog
David Brooks / New York Times:
Our Pathetic Herd Immunity Failure
Discussion: Washington Post
BBC:
Covid: Putin says Sputnik vaccines ‘reliable as Kalashnikovs’
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 Earlier Items: 
Futurism:
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Discussion: Pharyngula
Tampa Bay Times:
Recording a cop in Florida? One woman got arrested for it.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
BuzzFeed News:
Facebook Is Worried Starbucks May Delete Its Page Over Hateful Comments
Maria Cramer / New York Times:
The Pandemic Has Changed Their Shower Habits. How About Yours?
Discussion: The Root
Insider:
Scientists have taught bees to smell the coronavirus. They can identify a case within seconds.