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5:20 PM ET, May 7, 2021

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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 …
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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 …
David Siders / Politico:
How Trump is hunting down the GOP's leading families
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Cheney GOP conference deputy has complained about ‘coronation’ of Stefanik: report
Grace Segers / CBS News:
Historian Jon Meacham says GOP “has descended into fantasy, conspiracy and falsehoods” - on “The Takeout”
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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
Discussion: The Week and Twitchy
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Behind the April jobs report: Is there a shortage of jobs or a shortage of workers?
Discussion: Daily Kos, IJR and National Review
Associated Press:   Chamber of Commerce seeks end to enhanced US jobless aid
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 …
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
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, POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Politico:
Jobs surprise triggers battle over federal aid  —  The steady jobs recovery from Covid-19 slowed dramatically in April, stunning Wall Street analysts and raising questions about the strength of the pandemic comeback and the impact of generous unemployment benefits.
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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 …
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
Paul Szoldra / Task & Purpose:
Retired Army Lt. Col. Allen West embarrasses himself in one-man push-up contest  —  Zero, zero, zero...  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.
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.
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.
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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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 …
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: CNN and Raw Story
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 …
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
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 …
FOX 35 Orlando:
Florida Gov. DeSantis to unemployed: Start looking for a job  —  TALLAHASSEE - Floridians receiving unemployment benefits will soon have to provide proof that they're looking for a job, according to statements made by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday.
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 …
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 …
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: CNBC, NPR, UPI and Insider
Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Justice Dept. rule would aim to crack down on ‘ghost guns’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Friday released a proposed rule that would broaden the definition of a firearm, requiring some gun-making kits to include a serial number as the Biden administration moves forward to combat so-called “ghost guns.”
Discussion: CNN
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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Thaleigha Rampersad / Washington Free Beacon:
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Discussion: Washington Examiner and ABC News
Peter Stone / New Republic:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: The Hill and Sports Illustrated
Corey Kilgannon / New York Times:
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Busting the Left's myths about Georgia's voting law
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Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
Democrats on FEC blast decision to drop probe into Trump hush-money payment to Stormy Daniels: ‘Defies reality’
Adam Harris / The Atlantic:
The GOP's ‘Critical Race Theory’ Obsession
Mari Yamaguchi / Associated Press:
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