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9:35 PM ET, May 10, 2021

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US Food and Drug Administration:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Emergency Use in Adolescents in Another Important Action in Fight Against Pandemic  —  For Immediate Release:  —  Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded the emergency use authorization (EUA) …
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Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
The F.D.A. authorizes the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children 12 to 15.  —  The Food and Drug Administration on Monday authorized use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds in the United States, a crucial step in the nation's steady recovery from the pandemic and a boon …
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Washington Post:
FDA authorizes Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for adolescents 12 to 15 years old  —  The Food and Drug Administration cleared the first coronavirus vaccine for emergency use in children as young as 12 on Monday, expanding access to the Pfizer-BioNTech shot to adolescents ahead of the next school year …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Meet Kevin McCarthy, political hollow man  —  Opinion by  —  I hereby nominate House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for the James Buchanan prize, awarded for monumental smallness in a time demanding leadership.  The 15th president, you might recall, was a politician who tried …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Stop saying Republicans are ‘cowards’ who fear Trump. The truth is far worse.
Kristin Wilson / CNN:
Kinzinger: Cheney ‘is being run out for one thing: her consistency’
New York Times:
Kathryn Garcia for Mayor  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.  It is separate from the newsroom.  —  The mix of optimism and anxiety that New Yorkers feel as the coronavirus is beaten …
Discussion: The Hill
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Hannah Dreyfus / Politico:   Yang poised to win backing of most of the city's powerful Orthodox leaders
Politico:
GOP weighs going bigger on infrastructure  —  Senate Republicans are signaling that they could raise the price tag of their infrastructure offer to President Joe Biden, days ahead of a pivotal series of meetings that could make-or-break Biden's hopes for a bipartisan deal.
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Kathy Frankovic / YouGov:
71% of Republicans under 45 back increasing public spending, even if it means taxes increase
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Emma Green / The Atlantic:
The Texas Republican Asking His Party To Just Stop  —  Will Hurd is the kind of politician who loves to find the middle ground.  He spent six years as a Republican congressman from one of the most competitive districts in the country, a sprawling expanse that traces the southwest border of Texas along the Rio Grande.
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
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Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Biden approval buoyed by his pandemic response  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is plunging into the next phase of his administration with the steady approval of a majority of Americans, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
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Ben Cost / New York Post:
Leonardo DiCaprio unrecognizable in first photos of new Scorsese film  —  Apple has released the first-ever photos from Martin Scorsese's highly anticipated Western, “Killers of the Flower Moon.”  —  The pics depict Leonardo DiCaprio and Lily Gladstone as Ernest and Mollie Burkhart …
Discussion: Mediaite
CNN:
US Coast Guard ship fired around 30 warning shots at Iranian fast boats in latest tense encounter  —  Washington (CNN)A US Coast Guard ship fired approximately 30 warning shots as a “large group” of Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy fast boats conducted “unsafe and unprofessional maneuvers” …
Discussion: NBC News and Bloomberg
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Robert Burns / Associated Press:
US ship fires warning shots in encounter with Iranian boats
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Politico:
Russian spy unit suspected of directed-energy attacks on U.S. personnel  —  U.S. officials suspect that a notorious Russian spy agency may be behind alleged attacks that are causing mysterious health issues among U.S. government personnel across the world, according to three current …
Discussion: HotAir and The Daily Caller
New York Times:
Violence Shakes Israel, With Rocket Fire and Police Battling Palestinians  —  Gaza officials say nine people were killed.  The exchange followed clashes between the Israeli police and Palestinian protesters at Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem after a week of increasing tensions.
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Associated Press:
Israeli police change route of contentious Jerusalem march
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Pollard: Israel should expel US diplomats  —  Israel should leave the UN, which is “Knesset of hate,” he tells Merkaz Harav yeshiva  —  If the United States returns its consulate in Jerusalem to represent America to the Palestinian Authority, Israel should expel all US diplomats working there …
National Review:
DOJ Pick Susan Hennessey's Long, Sordid History of Partisan Conspiracy-Mongering  —  Susan Hennessey, the Biden administration's pick to serve as senior counsel for the National Security Division at the Justice Department, made a name for herself during the Trump years by pushing …
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Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
DOJ's Top National Security Lawyer Slammed Investigation Into Government Wrongdoing in Surveillance of Trump Aide
Discussion: National Review and The Federalist
bellingcat:
Where in the World is Q?  Clues from Image Metadata  —  The hunt to identify the person or group behind the QAnon conspiracy theory continues.  Known only as “Q,” this individual or collective is responsible for the many posts, or “drops,” that appeared on internet imageboards between October 2017 and December 2020.
Politico:
Reporters fume at White House ‘quote approval’ rules  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration. … Email us at [email protected].  —  If you've read a quote from an administration official in a newspaper or a wire story recently …
Grace Panetta / Insider:
J. Lo and Ben Affleck were spotted together in Montana, which is set to gain a new House seat in redistricting  — Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, engaged in the early 2000s, were spotted together in Montana.  — Montana is gaining a seat in Congress after the 2020 census due to its population growth.
HHS News releases:
HHS Announces Prohibition on Sex Discrimination Includes Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity  —  HHS Office for Civil Rights to Enforce Prohibitions on Sex Discrimination in Line with Supreme Court Decision  —  Washington D.C. - Today …
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Ian Prasad Philbrick / New York Times:
‘We May Not Have a Full Two Years’: Democrats' Plans Hinge on Good Health  —  In a narrowly divided Congress, an illness or a death could upend the balance of power and threaten an ambitious agenda.  —  On March 21, 1950, an Illinois congressman named Ralph Church suddenly slumped in his seat while testifying before a House committee.
Discussion: National Review, HotAir, The Hill and CNN
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Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
‘Do or die’: Democrats plan revisions to sweeping voting rights bill in Senate committee
John McWhorter / It Bears Mentioning:
CAN WE PLEASE DITCH THE TERM “SYSTEMIC RACISM”?  —  As a linguist I know we can't, but systemic racial inequities can almost never be undone by “getting rid of the racism.”  —  3 hr ago  —  The Elect are direly committed to teaching us the difference between personal racism and systemic racism.
Gazette:
Colorado Springs mass shooting leaves 7 dead, including suspect, at birthday party: police  — Olivia Prentzel, Erin Prater & Breeanna Jent The Gazette  —  A gunman killed six members of an extended family Sunday at a birthday party at a mobile home in Colorado Springs before turning the gun on himself …
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Paris Teenager's New Gig: Would-Be Queen of Italy.  A Nation Shrugs.  —  The son of Italy's last king has tapped his teen granddaughter to eventually lead the House of Savoy, pretenders to Italy's defunct throne.  “Totally illegitimate,” says a rival clan.
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
China increases spending 500% to influence America  —  New foreign-agent filings are finally detailing a massive Beijing propaganda operation that's fueled a sixfold increase in Chinese foreign influence efforts in the United States in recent years.  —  Why it matters: Propaganda is central …
Kevin Yamamura / Politico:
California has a staggering $75.7B budget surplus  —  SACRAMENTO — California expects a staggering $75.7 billion surplus despite a year of pandemic closures — an amount that surpasses most states' annual spending and prompted Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday to propose sending cash back to residents as he faces a recall election.
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
After Black driver is handcuffed and arrested, Va. prosecutor says she never should have been pulled over  —  Virginia State Police trooper spotted car with taillights out, later pulled driver out of car and attempted DWI arrest, but driver tested 0.0 blood-alcohol content
Discussion: The Hill and The Root
 
 
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Julie K. Brown / Miami Herald:
Palm Beach County's handling of Jeffrey Epstein wasn't corrupt, Florida investigation finds
Francis X. Rocca / Wall Street Journal:
Catholic Priests in Germany Bless Gay Couples, Defying Pope
Discussion: New York Times
Sheelah Kolhatkar / New Yorker:
Robinhood's Big Gamble
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
EXCLUSIVE: How corporate PACs are plotting to “move beyond” January 6
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
New Voters Helped Propel Biden in 2020
Discussion: Washington Post, Vox and The Hill
Clint Smith / The Atlantic:
Why Confederate Lies Live On
Discussion: Florida Politics
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
The people who want to keep masking: 'It's like an invisibility cloak'
Discussion: The Federalist and Althouse
 Earlier Items: 
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Newsmax Hires OAN Host to Co-Anchor Primetime Show With Ex-Trump Advisor
Discussion: Raw Story
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
Ohio Man Allegedly Posed as CIA, FBI, and DEA in Single Traffic Stop
Discussion: Raw Story
James Salzer / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Kemp signs bill giving big-money donors more impact on key races
Ayaan Hirsi Ali / UnHerd:
Tribalism has come to the West
Discussion: The Daily Caller and HotAir