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11:40 AM ET, May 11, 2021

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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
A Misleading C.D.C. Number  —  We have a special edition of the newsletter on a misleading C.D.C. statistic.  —  When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines last month for mask wearing, it announced that “less than 10 percent” of Covid-19 transmission was occurring outdoors.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Sally Buzbee of the Associated Press named executive editor of The Washington Post, the first woman to lead the newsroom  —  The Washington Post has named veteran journalist Sally Buzbee of the Associated Press as its executive editor, marking the first time a woman has been appointed to lead the 144-year-old news organization.
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Washington Post:   Sally Buzbee named executive editor of The Washington Post
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Could McCarthy face a Cheney backlash?  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  We're T minus one day till LIZ CHENEY gets the boot from GOP leadership.  And as we enter that crazy news cycle, it's important to remember that this is about one man's ambitions.
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Elana Schor / Politico:
The House GOP's Trump trap
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
The Real Steal Is Coming  —  Who will prevent the next attempt to overturn the will of the voters?  —  War is peace.  —  Freedom is slavery.  —  Ignorance is strength.  —George Orwell, 1984  —  Welcome to the funhouse world the Republican party is building.  Up is down.  Black is white.
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Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
The biggest threat to America is the Republican break with reality
Washington Post:
Sheikh Jarrah highlights the violent brazenness of Israel's colonialist project … The young Palestinian writer Mohammed El-Kurd sits quietly in front of his laptop with a grin on his face, preparing for the launch of his most recent manuscript, “Rifqa.”  He seems excited …
Discussion: KIFI-TV, CNN and Common Dreams
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Hayes Brown / MSNBC:
The latest Israel-Palestine crisis isn't a ‘real estate dispute.’ It's ethnic cleansing.  —  As we're watching what might well turn into a third intifada play out in Jerusalem, images of fires burning among the trees outside the Al-Aqsa mosque and reports of children being injured in a new volley …
Associated Press:
Rockets kill 2 Israelis; 26 die in Gaza as Israel hits Hamas
Demetri Sevastopulo / Financial Times:
Rahm Emanuel to be appointed US ambassador to Japan  —  Former Chicago mayor will boost Washington's alliance with Tokyo as China's influence grows  —  Joe Biden has chosen Rahm Emanuel, a former congressman and Chicago mayor, to be US ambassador to Japan, according to eight people familiar …
Discussion: The Hill, Japan Times and Raw Story
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Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:   Biden picks Rahm Emanuel as U.S. ambassador to Japan
Daniel Strauss / The Guardian:
Biden picks ex-Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel as US ambassador to Japan
Discussion: Bloomberg
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 …
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New York Times:
Shootings and Subway Attacks Put Crime at Center of N.Y.C. Mayor's Race
Discussion: Fox News
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
Trump's blog isn't lighting up the internet  —  Four months after former President Donald Trump was banished from most mainstream social media platforms, he returned to the web last Tuesday with “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump,” essentially a blog for his musings.
Discussion: Twitchy
Phil Helsel / NBC News:
Obamacare sign-ups reach 1 million during special enrollment window  —  One million people have signed up for health coverage under an Affordable Care Act special enrollment period announced earlier this year, officials said Tuesday.  —  “That's one million more Americans who now have the peace …
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Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Biden announces 1 million have enrolled in special ObamaCare sign-up period
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
Grievance, rebellion and burnt bridges: Tracing Josh Hawley's path to the insurrection … LEXINGTON, Mo. — Joshua Hawley was 13 years old, living comfortably as the son of a bank president, when his parents gave him a book about political conservatism for Christmas.  —  Hawley became enamored with the ideology.
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:
Federal investigators press for cooperation from two key witnesses in Gaetz probe  —  Washington (CNN)Federal investigators scrutinizing Rep. Matt Gaetz are seeking the cooperation of a former Capitol Hill intern who was once a girlfriend of the Florida Republican, sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Glenn Youngkin Wins G.O.P. Nomination for Virginia Governor  —  Mr. Youngkin, a wealthy newcomer to politics who walked a line between the Trump base of the G.O.P. and business interests, will look to test Democrats' strength in the blue-leaning state in November.
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NBC News:
Virginia Republicans nominate Glenn Youngkin for governor
German Lopez / Vox:
Got the vaccine?  Experts say you can relax about your Covid-19 risk now.  Really.  —  I asked health experts about their post-vaccination lives.  Most no longer worry about their own risk of Covid-19.  —  White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci said he will not go into restaurants …
Discussion: PolitiFact and The Daily Caller
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
What's Behind the Vaccine Slowdown?  —  For a few weeks this spring, the United States was a world leader in vaccines, administering shots to a larger share of its population than even the United Kingdom or Israel.  But since the middle of April, our vaccine campaign has stalled.
Discussion: The Week, HotAir and USA Today
Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
Anthony Fauci let the coronavirus pandemic happen, why isn't there a criminal investigation?  —  Fauci exploited a loophole that allowed him to fund research at the Wuhan Lab that likely became COVID-19  —  Tucker: Why isn't Dr. Fauci investigated for his role in COVID pandemic?
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Breitbart and Econlib
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spectator.us:
Fauci must answer for his role in Wuhan's COVID lab
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Uber, Lyft to Provide Free Rides to Covid-19 Vaccine Sites Until July 4  —  New transportation partnership comes as Biden administration explores ways to encourage people to get vaccinated  —  WASHINGTON—The White House will announce a new partnership with ride-sharing companies Uber Technologies Inc …
Discussion: The White House
American Greatness:
Why Is the Government Hiding January 6 Video Footage?  —  The American public still doesn't know exactly what happened on January 6—and it's clear the government will use any means necessary to keep it that way.  —  Joe Biden calls it the worst attack since the Civil War.
Discussion: LifeZette
Associated Press:
Migrant children held in mass shelters with little oversight  —  The Biden administration is holding tens of thousands of asylum-seeking children in an opaque network of some 200 facilities that The Associated Press has learned spans two dozen states and includes five shelters with more than 1,000 children packed inside.
Discussion: National Review and Twitchy
Reuters:
U.S. fuel supplies tighten as energy pipeline outage enters fifth day  —  Stephanie KellyDevika Krishna KumarLaura Sanicola  —  Supplies of gasoline tightened further in parts of the United States on Tuesday as the shutdown of the nation's biggest fuel pipeline by hackers entered its fifth day …
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Trump family members got ‘inappropriately close’ to Secret Service agents, book claims  —  Concerns over bonds involving Trump's then daughter in-law Vanessa and daughter Tiffany revealed in Carol Leonnig's Zero Fail  —  Two Trump family members got “inappropriately - and perhaps dangerously …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jill Tucker / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. seniors might go back to school for only one day before term ends.  Parents are furious  —  When the teachers union over the weekend announced the “exciting news” that San Francisco's high school seniors will get a chance to go back to classrooms starting Friday, they left out details about the plan …
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Democrats' election overhaul is expected to clear a major Senate hurdle, but the road ahead is unclear.  —  A key Senate committee is expected to vote as soon as Tuesday to advance Democrats' sweeping elections overhaul, stamping its approval on a landmark voting rights expansion as Washington tries …
Theodoric Meyer / Politico:
Ted Cruz bets big on Facebook  —  Sen. Ted Cruz isn't up for reelection until 2024.  But the Texas Republican has spent more on Facebook advertising over the past two months than all but one senator, an investment strategy that other lawmakers have used in recent cycles to help set the stage for presidential runs.
Discussion: The Hill, OpenSecrets.org and Raw Story
Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
Gov. Reeves Ending Federal Aid for Unemployed Mississippians, Rejecting ‘Rescue Act’ Funds  —  Unemployed Mississippians will no longer be eligible for $300 per week in federal COVID-19 unemployment benefits after Gov. Tate Reeves announced today that Mississippi will opt out next month.
 
 
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KK Ottesen / Washington Post:
Sen. Tammy Duckworth says it was food stamps that allowed her to stay in high school
Discussion: The Hill
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
White House says Biden will release updated health information this year
Discussion: The Hill, CBS News and CNN
Ligaya Mishan / New York Times:
The Lure of H Mart, Where the Shelves Can Seem as Wide as Asia
Lauren McGaughy / Dallas Morning News:
Texas House OK's bill to ban plant-based foods from using ‘meat’ and ‘beef’ on labels
Discussion: The Hill
Peter Beinart / Jewish Currents:
Teshuvah: A Jewish Case for Palestinian Refugee Return
Eric Morath / Wall Street Journal:
Job Openings Rise Despite Hiring Slowdown
Washington Examiner:
Joe Biden's imperiled economy
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Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
State Department Covid review blasts ‘void of U.S. international leadership’ under Trump and Pompeo
WTXL-TV:
Gas outages reported in Big Bend and south Georgia after pipeline shut down
Washington Post:
Texas's population boom should be a boon to Democrats. But Republicans are reaping the gains.
Discussion: The Atlantic and LifeZette
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
The Supreme Court considers an important showdown over abortion this week
Nicholas Florko / STAT:
CDC's slow, cautious messaging on Covid-19 seems out of step with the moment, public health experts say
Cheryl Rofer / Foreign Policy:
Claims of Microwave Attacks Are Scientifically Implausible
Discussion: Politico and Balloon Juice
John McWhorter / It Bears Mentioning:
CAN WE PLEASE DITCH THE TERM “SYSTEMIC RACISM”?
Discussion: Power Line