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9:20 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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CNN:   I'm a proud progressive who thinks Liz Cheney, Mitt Romney and George W. Bush are true patriots
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
Marooned at Mar-a-Lago, Trump Still Has Iron Grip on Republicans
Brad Bannon / The Hill:
GOP is consumed by Trump conspiracy theories
Discussion: Morning Shots and CNN
Washington Post:
Ransomware attack leads to shutdown of major U.S. pipeline system  —  The attack on top U.S. operator Colonial Pipeline appears to have been carried out by an Eastern European-based criminal gang  —  A ransomware attack led one of the nation's biggest fuel pipeline operators to shut …
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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 …
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Alex Thompson / Politico:   Warren says she will run for reelection in 2024
Tarpley Hitt / The Daily Beast:
Philly DA Candidate Forced to Address Paralegal Found Dead in His Mansion  —  It's just the latest twist in an eventful, bitter race for Philadelphia's District Attorney.  —  On first look, the campaign website for Charles Peruto Jr., a bombastic Republican attorney running …
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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Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Reps. Greene, Gaetz push Trump's grievances, ‘America First’ message at Florida rally  —  Two Republican members of Congress who have been among the most outspoken supporters of former president Donald Trump sought to carry the torch for his “America First” movement, holding a rally …
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Steven Lemongello / Sun-Sentinel:   Controversial U.S. Reps. Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene find refuge at raucous joint rally in The Villages
Thomas Colson / Insider:
Trump's widely-mocked new blog shows he is now just ‘shouting into the void,’ say social media experts
Discussion: Raw Story and Townhall
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,” …
Miami Herald:
Miami-Dade police lieutenant and union official charged with rape in Palm Beach County  —  A Miami-Dade police lieutenant and high-ranking union member was booked into a Palm Beach County jail late Friday on rape charges, records show.  —  Lt. John Jenkins , who last week resigned …
Discussion: NBC 6 South Florida and Raw Story
Erin Schumaker / ABC News:
Vaccination rates lag in communities of color, but it's not only due to hesitancy, experts say  —  Focusing on hesitancy, rather than access, is looking at the problem backward.  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.  —  CJ Gunther/EPA via Shutterstock  —  It started with the op-eds.
Katie Honan / Wall Street Journal:
New York City Government Workers Offered Travel Buddies  —  Municipal employees who feel unsafe taking the subway to their offices can sign up for a commuting partner under a new program  —  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says that crime on the subway is low, but his office is still launching …
Emilio Casalicchio / Politico:
UK Labour descends into civil war after dismal election results  —  Angela Rayner, who was seen as a bridge between moderates and the left of the party, has been sacked as party chair.  —  LONDON — The U.K.'s opposition Labour party was plunged into civil war after leader Keir Starmer sacked …
Richmond Times-Dispatch:
WATCH NOW: GOP convention delegates make picks for governor, other offices; counting starts Sunday  —  Outside the Meadow Event Park in Doswell Saturday, the line of snaking cars carrying delegates coming to vote in the GOP's state convention easily topped 100 - a flow that held steady for hours.
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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” …
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
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
Mass murder and the sin of silence  —  A Libyan militia brutalized this town for years.  No one stopped them.  No one held them to account.  —  TARHUNA, Libya — When the militiamen abducted Abdul Ali al-Falus and his four sons last year, their family had every reason to fear the worst.
 
 
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Maxine Bernstein / Oregonian:
Police investigating armed confrontation on North Portland street
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Associated Press:
States scale back vaccine orders as interest in shots wanes
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Richard Fausset / New York Times:
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Caroline Reinwald / WISN:
Milwaukee FPC votes to ban police chokeholds completely
Julie Bykowicz / Wall Street Journal:
Cannabis Goes Corporate: Lobbyists, Unions Seek to Shape Marijuana Industry
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Anthony Izaguirre / Associated Press:
Election officials face fines, charges in GOP voting laws
Discussion: CNN, Washington Post and POLITICUSUSA
Financial Times:
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Discussion: Common Dreams
CNN:
Fact-checking Sen. Ron Johnson's anti-vaccine misinformation
Discussion: HuffPost, Raw Story and PolitiFact
Wall Street Journal:
Militants Attack Afghan Schoolgirls, Killing 25 People in Blast
HuffPost:
Josh Hawley Says He Doesn't Know If He Saluted Any Rioters, So We Checked