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5:20 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 …
CNN:   I'm a proud progressive who thinks Liz Cheney, Mitt Romney and George W. Bush are true patriots
Brad Bannon / The Hill:
GOP is consumed by Trump conspiracy theories
Discussion: CNN and Morning Shots
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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 …
Amanda Little / Bloomberg:
A Baby Boom Would Be Bad  —  The 2020 census reported the lowest rate of population growth in the U.S. since the post-Depression decade, inspiring a chorus of economic Cassandras who want to reverse this trend.  To shore up economic growth, they argue, we need to “raise fertility” and …
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 …
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: Althouse, Common Dreams and CNBC
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 …
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,” …
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Obama family dog Bo dies  —  Bo and Sunny were highly popular in the Obama White House  —  US Marine veteran heals with help from his dog Fred  —  Former President Barack Obama announced Saturday that the family's dog Bo, who lived with the Obamas while they were in the White House, passed away.
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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
Andrew Oxford / Arizona Republic:
Auditors won't knock on voters' doors in Arizona election review, Senate president tells DOJ  —  The Arizona Senate is dropping, for now, a controversial plan to go door-to-door to ask local residents about their voting history as part of its audit of Maricopa County's election.
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 …
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.
Steven Zeitchik / Washington Post:
Elon Musk is being brought in to save SNL's sagging ratings.  He could sink the show in other ways.  —  In the entertainment and business worlds, there is an argument in favor of the unorthodox host — as well as plenty of warnings  —  The days before a new episode of “Saturday Night Live” …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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, Washington Post and POLITICUSUSA
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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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Financial Times:
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