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12:45 AM ET, May 11, 2021

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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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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Top female GOP senator compares Cheney ousting to ‘cancel culture’  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), the only woman in Senate Republicans' elected leadership team, compared efforts to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from leadership to “cancel culture,” …
Elana Schor / Politico:
The House GOP's Trump trap  —  A LEGITIMATE QUESTION — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is backing the removal of his No. 3 leader, Liz Cheney, after her repeated criticism of Donald Trump's baseless claims that the 2020 election was marred by widespread fraud.
Discussion: Washington Post
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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Hannah Dreyfus / Politico:   Yang poised to win backing of most of the city's powerful Orthodox leaders
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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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
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: Common Dreams, KIFI-TV and CNN
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Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:   Pollard: Israel should expel US diplomats
Haaretz:
Live Updates |  Jerusalem Flare-up Leads to 200 Gaza Rockets; 22 Reported Dead in Israeli Strikes  —  Hamas said it fired rockets 'in response to the enemy's aggression in the holy city' ■ Nine Palestinian children reported killed ■ Barrage on Ashkelon wounds three
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Alexander Fulbright / The Times of Israel:
Ra'am freezes coalition talks with ‘change bloc,’ amid violence
Discussion: Breitbart
New York Times:
After Raid on Aqsa Mosque, Rockets From Gaza and Israeli Airstrikes
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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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.
Cheryl Rofer / Foreign Policy:
Claims of Microwave Attacks Are Scientifically Implausible  —  There's little evidence for an unknown weapon being behind “Havana syndrome.”  —  “It's an act of war,” said Christopher Miller, former President Donald Trump's last acting secretary of defense.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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” …
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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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
Britain's Labour Party just collapsed in blue-collar England.  Democrats should consider themselves warned.  —  Opinion by  —  Political trends in the United States and Britain have mirrored one another for decades, so the Labour Party's stunning collapse across blue-collar England …
Discussion: UnHerd
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: The Daily Caller and HotAir
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 …
Charlie Savage / New Republic:
The Rise of Private Spies  —  As WikiLeaks was riding to global fame a decade ago by publishing archives of leaked American military and diplomatic files, its founder, Julian Assange, liked to call his organization an “intelligence agency of the people.”  The slogan conjured an ideal …
Discussion: Bookshop
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Julie K. Brown / Miami Herald:
Palm Beach County's handling of Jeffrey Epstein wasn't corrupt, Florida investigation finds  —  The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has cleared Palm Beach state prosecutors and the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office of any wrongdoing in connection with the lenient criminal prosecution …
 
 
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David Dayen / American Prospect:
Student Loan Servicing Companies Shouldn't Exist
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
“You May Never See Those Numbers Again”: Can Cable News Pass the Post-Trump Test?
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Staffers at The Appeal announced they had formed a union. Five minutes later, management announced layoffs.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump super PAC to hold first fundraiser at Bedminster
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
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Judd Legum / Popular Information:
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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
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
‘Do or die’: Democrats plan revisions to sweeping voting rights bill in Senate committee
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
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