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3:15 PM ET, May 8, 2021

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Washington Post:
Liz Cheney's months-long effort to turn Republicans from Trump threatens her reelection and ambitions.  She says it's only beginning.  —  Rep. Liz Cheney had been arguing for months that Republicans had to face the truth about former president Donald Trump — that he had lied …
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Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
Marooned at Mar-a-Lago, Trump Still Has Iron Grip on Republicans  —  The vilification of Liz Cheney and a bizarre vote recount in Arizona showed the damage from his assault on a bedrock of democracy: election integrity.  —  Locked out of Facebook, marooned in Mar-a-Lago and mocked …
Brad Bannon / The Hill:
GOP is consumed by Trump conspiracy theories  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  President Joe Biden's happy 100 days have been a sad time for Republicans.  While the new president has unified Americans behind his proposals for building America back better, the Republican Party has been consumed by conspiracy theories.
Discussion: CNN and Morning Shots
Charlotte Alter / TIME:
The ‘Handmaiden of Trump’: How Elise Stefanik Went From Moderate to MAGA  —  When Elise Stefanik was elected to the House of Representatives in 2014, she was hailed as the fresh face of the new GOP.  Stefanik had run for office in her 20s, determined to modernize the Republican Party to attract …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Elizabeth Warren's Book Shows She Has No Idea Why Her Campaign Failed  —  The 2020 Democratic primary took place in a disorienting atmosphere.  The 2016 election, in which the supposedly unelectable candidate had defeated the supposedly safe one, seemed to overturn all the conventional assumptions …
Discussion: Scripting News
Heather Long / Washington Post:
It's not a ‘labor shortage.’ It's a great reassessment of work in America.  —  Hiring was much weaker than expected in April.  Wall Street thinks it's a blip, but there could be much deeper rethinking of what jobs are needed and what workers want to do on a daily basis.
Discussion: Common Dreams, Althouse and CNBC
Miguel Bustillo / Wall Street Journal:
Cyberattack Forces Closure of Largest U.S. Refined-Fuel Pipeline  —  Operator of the Colonial Pipeline, the leading fuel conduit to the East Coast, said it had temporarily halted operations after discovering the threat Friday  —  The Colonial Pipeline, the main conduit carrying gasoline …
Wall Street Journal:
Murders Are Rising the Most in a Few Isolated Precincts of Major Cities  —  A handful of neighborhoods with histories of violence are the primary source of a recent surge in killings in Chicago, New York and elsewhere  —  A murder wave in U.S. cities that started last year is carrying forward into 2021 …
Discussion: Power Line
HuffPost:
Josh Hawley Says He Doesn't Know If He Saluted Any Rioters, So We Checked  —  The junior senator from Missouri has been saying he waved to peaceful demonstrators who had nothing to do with the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.  —  On Jan. 6, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) walked outside the U.S. Capitol …
Heather Knight / San Francisco Chronicle:
Alison Collins wants $87 million for damage to her career.  These SFUSD employees say she destroyed theirs  —  When San Francisco school board member Alison Collins sued her colleagues and her own district for $87 million, she described how they “sprinted to judgment” before coming after her …
Yahoo News:
‘Conspiracy is hard’: Inside the Trump administration's secret plan to kill Qassem Soleimani  —  Three teams of Delta Force operators peered through their scopes from concealed locations at Baghdad International Airport last January, waiting for their target: Qassem Soleimani, Iran's most powerful military commander.
Christopher F. Rufo / City Journal:
On the Ground … The Wokest Place on Earth  —  Disney mounts an internal campaign against “white privilege” and organizes racially segregated “affinity groups.”  —  The Social Order  —  The Walt Disney Corporation famously bills its amusement parks as “the happiest place on Earth,” …
Thomas Colson / Insider:
Trump's widely-mocked new blog shows he is now just ‘shouting into the void,’ say social media experts  — Donald Trump's new blog shows he is now just “shouting into the void,” since being banned by Facebook and Twitter, say experts.  — Trump has struggled for attention since the bans announced in January.
Discussion: Raw Story and Townhall
Wall Street Journal:
Militants Attack Afghan Schoolgirls, Killing 25 People in Blast  —  The attack on Shiite area amplifies concerns that Afghanistan will slip into sectarian violence as U.S. withdraws  —  KABUL—Militants killed at least 25 people in three explosions targeting girls outside a school …
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
How the White House Polices Language in Washington  —  At Wilmington Country Club recently, after playing his first round of golf as president, Joe Biden engaged in another cherished pastime: He made a gaffe.  Speaking to reporters, Biden used the term crisis to refer to the state of the U.S.-Mexico border …
Discussion: Mediaite, Bloomberg and Althouse
Jimmy Vielkind / Wall Street Journal:
Andrew Cuomo Investigation Expands as State Attorney General Looks at Aide's Calls  —  Inquiry into sexual-harassment allegations looks at whether a top adviser linked access to Covid-19 vaccines to support for the governor  —  ALBANY, N.Y.—The state attorney general's office has expanded …
Discussion: Breitbart, New York Post and Bloomberg
New York Times:
As Republicans Advance Voting Laws, Democrats Scramble to Push Back  —  Lacking effective legislative or legal ways to stop Republicans from introducing new voting limits, Democrats are applying pressure on their allies in Washington and trying to energize supporters.
JONATHAN TURLEY:
“Keep As Much Money As You Can”: Hunter Biden Disclosures Offer New Details On His Chinese Financial Dealings And Associations  —  There are new disclosures from Hunter Biden's laptop that offer an added perspective on his dealings with Chinese figures, including Patrick Ho …
Steven Lemongello / Sun-Sentinel:
Controversial U.S. Reps. Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene find refuge at raucous joint rally in The Villages  —  By STEPHEN M. DOWELL / ORLANDO SENTINEL “,sourceId: “QPEEXRFYSZCJTHWTR7BW5I2DJE”, shareUrl: “https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sun-sentinel.com%2Fv isuals%2Fos- pictures-gaetz-greene-20210508 …
Julie Bykowicz / Wall Street Journal:
Cannabis Goes Corporate: Lobbyists, Unions Seek to Shape Marijuana Industry  —  Lobbying on federal marijuana policy picked up in the first quarter of 2021, as banks and tobacco and alcohol companies begin to weigh in  —  HARTFORD, Conn.—The rally at the state capitol on April 20 …
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Trump Justice Department secretly obtained Post reporters' phone records  —  The Trump Justice Department secretly obtained Washington Post journalists' phone records and tried to obtain their email records over reporting they did in the early months of the Trump administration on Russia's role …
Joyce Vance / MSNBC:
Judge Amy Berman Jackson's Barr rebuke opens the door to DOJ accountability  —  Good government requires transparency.  It's why we have a free press, enshrined in the First Amendment.  It's why Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once wrote, “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants …
Caroline Reinwald / WISN:
Milwaukee FPC votes to ban police chokeholds completely  —  Public had chance to comment before vote  —  Hide Transcript Show Transcript  —  The latest breaking updates, delivered straight to your email inbox.  —  Submit  —  Privacy Notice  —  The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission …
Katrina Manson / Financial Times:
Has America had enough of war? … On a Tuesday evening in March, veterans of America's war in Afghanistan are sitting at an outdoor patio bar in Washington, DC.  The presence on the menu of steak tartare, lobster ceviche and truffled chips is the only clue that this is a rarefied hotel in Georgetown …
Anthony Izaguirre / Associated Press:
Election officials face fines, charges in GOP voting laws  —  In 2020, election officials tried to make voting easier and safer amid a global pandemic.  Next time, they might get fined or face criminal charges.  —  Republicans are creating a new slate of punishments for the county officials …
Discussion: CNN, POLITICUSUSA and Washington Post
Zeynep Tufekci / New York Times:
Why Covid's Airborne Transmission Was Acknowledged So Late  —  Dr. Tufekci is a contributing Opinion writer who has extensively examined the Covid-19 pandemic.  —  This article has been updated.  —  A few sentences have shaken a century of science.  —  A week ago, more than a year …
Financial Times:
Vaccine diplomacy: inside Biden's decision on Covid patents  —  US president faced down pharma lobby and some in his administration  —  Before becoming president, Joe Biden pledged to upend the US government's approach to the pharmaceutical industry by backing a move to end companies' rights …
Discussion: Common Dreams
 
 
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Laurie Garrett / Foreign Policy:
Stopping Drug Patents Has Stopped Pandemics Before
Discussion: Spiegel Online
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
McDonald's Workers Will Strike for $15 an Hour in 15 Cities
CNN:
Fact-checking Sen. Ron Johnson's anti-vaccine misinformation
Discussion: Raw Story and PolitiFact
Julianne McShane / New York Times:
The Stealth Sticker Campaign to Expose New York's History of Slavery
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
As Virginia GOP readies for nominating convention, Trump looms large
Discussion: Fox News, Vox, KIFI-TV and New York Times
Michael Brendan Dougherty / National Review:
The Next Reality Candidate
Discussion: HotAir
Caroline Downey / National Review:
California Population Fell by More Than 180,000 in 2020, State's First Ever Yearly Drop
Discussion: Fox News and Associated Press
Brianna Scott / NPR:
Amid Wave Of Anti-Trans Bills, Trans Reporters Say ‘Telling Our Own Stories’ Is Vital
Discussion: On the Media
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BuzzFeed News:
The Oath Keepers Are Facing New Obstacles To Recruit And Raise Money Since The Capitol Riot
Hayes Brown / MSNBC:
Why a Black ‘Superman’ movie could be bigger than ‘Black Panther’
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor / New Yorker:
The Emerging Movement for Police and Prison Abolition
Erica Pandey / Axios:
Biden: Disappointing jobs report shows recovery is a “marathon,” not a “sprint”
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
Trump's mental health chief lands civil service post at DEA
Pradheep J. Shanker / National Review:
Tucker Carlson's Faulty Complaint about Coronavirus Vaccines
Discussion: HotAir