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12:50 PM ET, May 10, 2021

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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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AP-NORC:
Biden continues to hold on to high approval ratings
Discussion: The Hill
Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
Kevin McCarthy's 1/6 Problem  —  Plus: Elise Stefanik is even worse than you thought  —  The details of the story have been reported, but a very smart friend connects the dots. … Join  —  Elise Stefanik Is Even Worse Than You Thought  —  On Sunday, McCarthy made it official …
Discussion: NBC News and Slate
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Michael Wines / New York Times:
In Arizona, a Troubled Voting Review Plods On as Questions Mount
New York Times:
Rockets Fired at Jerusalem and Hundreds Hurt in Clashes at Aqsa Mosque  —  Gaza militants fired rockets toward Jerusalem and the Israeli police fought with Palestinian protesters in an escalation of violence after a week of increasing tensions.  —  JERUSALEM — In a sudden crescendo of violence …
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Politico:
'It's not phony': Biden hungry for a jobs deal with Republicans  —  The Biden White House this week will make its most concerted push yet to find a middle ground with Republicans on the president's massive infrastructure proposal.  —  And as it does, the president's position on a potential compromise …
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and POLITICUSUSA
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Pippa Stevens / CNBC:
Gasoline futures jump as much of vital pipeline remains shutdown following cyberattack  —  Fuel prices jumped in trading on Sunday night, as much of one of the largest pipelines in the U.S. remains closed following a cybersecurity attack.  —  Gasoline futures jumped 2% to $2.168 per gallon …
Discussion: The National Interest
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Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Russian criminal suspected in Colonial pipeline ransomware attack
Discussion: The Week, Mediaite and KIFI-TV
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Biden administration revives anti-bias protections in health care for transgender people  —  The Biden administration said Monday it would provide protections against discrimination in health care based on gender identity and sexual orientation, reversing a policy of its predecessors …
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HHS News releases:
HHS Announces Prohibition on Sex Discrimination Includes Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Washington Post:
The making of a myth  —  Russell J. Ramsland Jr. sold everything from Tex-Mex food to light-therapy technology.  Then he sold the story that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump.  —  Ramsland  —  “We observed an error rate of 68.05%.  This demonstrated a significant and fatal error in security and election integrity.”
Ayaan Hirsi Ali / UnHerd:
Tribalism has come to the West  —  About a decade ago, when I worked for the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), I had to force myself to go to lunch with a friend.  I dreaded the meeting because I knew that she was going to try to convince me to leave my job.
Discussion: HotAir
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
The Big Lie Is That Cheney Is Still A Republican  —  Good riddance to Liz Cheney - Yo Lizzy, don't go away mad, just go away rejected and humiliated back to the smoldering ruins of your failed dynasty.  Her ejection is the minimum act of political hygiene necessary to demonstrate to the base …
Paulina Villegas / Washington Post:
Fauci says wearing masks could become seasonal following the pandemic  —  Anthony S. Fauci, the nation's leading infectious-disease expert, said Sunday that people may decide to wear face masks during certain seasons after the coronavirus pandemic has ended to help avoid spreading or contracting respiratory illnesses like the flu.
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Chuck Grassley is the 80-something everyone's waiting on  —  OSSIAN, Iowa — Chuck Grassley still gets up at 4 a.m. every day and often goes for a 2-mile run.  The 87-year-old does push-ups, too.  —  “You want me to do 35 for you?” he responded when asked about his regimen as he waited …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
Jim Swift / The Bulwark:
The Virginia GOP's Ridiculous Convention by Car  —  Ballots, Buicks, and a ballroom break-in?  —  Well, it's over.  The Virginia Republican Party has completed its Rube Goldberg exercise to select its slate of candidates to challenge the state's increasingly dominant Democrats.
Matt Grossman / Wall Street Journal:
State Prosecutors Add to Warnings About Instagram's Child-Safety Plans  —  Officials warn that Facebook's planned version of the platform for under-13s could harm kids  —  Attorneys general from 44 states and territories urged Facebook Inc. to abandon plans to launch a version of Instagram for children …
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
School daze: Why Democrats are vulnerable on education  —  Between the slow pace of school reopenings and divisive curricular changes taking place in Democratic jurisdictions, the party's progressive wing is courting a backlash.  —  “Culture wars” has become a shorthand term for a series …
Thomas Colson / Insider:
Biden must not ‘underestimate’ Trump's chances of winning in 2024, says White House chief of staff Ron Klain  — Biden's chief of staff Ron Klain said Donald Trump could prove a formidable opponent if he chooses to run for president in 2024.  — “I wouldn't want to estimate …
Discussion: Axios, The Hill and CNN
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Teen Vogue has a new top editor.  —  The last person hired as the top editor of Teen Vogue resigned before her start date.  Now, the wide-ranging Condé Nast online publication is trying again, with the announcement on Monday that Versha Sharma, a managing editor at the news website NowThis, will be its next editor in chief.
James Salzer / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Kemp signs bill giving big-money donors more impact on key races  —  Without any public notification from his office, Gov. Brian Kemp last week quietly gave his approval to a new law allowing state leaders to set up committees that could raise money during General Assembly sessions while lobbyists are trying to get legislation passed.
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.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
When Covid Hit, China Was Ready to Tell Its Version of the Story  —  The government has been using its money and power to create an alternative to a global news media dominated by outlets like the BBC and CNN.  —  In the fall of 2019, just before global borders closed …
David Siders / Politico:
Why Democrats stopped stressing over big spending  —  It took a recession, a pandemic, massive demographic change and an ideological re-sorting of the two parties, but the Democratic Party has finally exorcised the ghosts of Walter Mondale's landslide 1984 defeat.  —  The proof?
 
 
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Piers Morgan / Daily Mail:
Beware President Biden - if you go woke, you'll go broke, as your self-imploding liberal friends across the pond in Britain are proving
Discussion: HotAir
Katy Stech Ferek / Wall Street Journal:
Business Groups Seek to Pause Rule Aimed at Addressing Security Threats
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Azi Paybarah / New York Times:
Man Bought Lamborghini With PPP Loan, Prosecutors Say
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Aubrey Allegretti / The Guardian:
Boris Johnson being investigated over Caribbean holiday
Discussion: Insider and The Daily Caller
Matthew Yglesias / Slow Boring:
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Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Becerra's cautious border play rankles White House
Discussion: The Hill and HotAir
Clare Malone / New York Magazine:
Andrew Yang's Insider Campaign How did he become the front-runner? Not simply by being a national celebrity and excellent campaigner.
 Earlier Items: 
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
How Trumpists Are Trying to Hijack a Small-Town New Hampshire Ballot Audit
Discussion: Raw Story
Kathy Gannon / Associated Press:
US trashes unwanted gear in Afghanistan, sells as scrap
Discussion: Associated Press and Defense One
New York Post:
The Post says Eric Adams should be NYC's next mayor
Discussion: The Yeshiva World
Bill Hutchinson / ABC News:
Officers shouldn't have fired into Breonna Taylor's home, report says
Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson Should Let His Viewers Know If He Got Vaccinated, Says CNN Medical Analyst: ‘I Am Tired of His Nonsense’
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
MAGA Attorneys General Are Winning a GOP Civil War
Joe Drape / New York Times:
Kentucky Derby Winner Medina Spirit Fails Drug Test