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12:30 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
Michael Wines / New York Times:
In Arizona, a Troubled Voting Review Plods On as Questions Mount  —  A makeshift review of the vote in the state's largest county has pleased followers of former President Donald J. Trump but is being widely criticized as a partisan exercise.  —  Directly outside the Veterans Memorial …
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Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
Kevin McCarthy's 1/6 Problem
Discussion: NBC News and Slate
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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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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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 …
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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.”
Associated Press:
Israeli police change route of contentious Jerusalem march  —  JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police have changed the route of a contentious march by Jewish ultranationalists in Jerusalem, in an apparent attempt to avoid confrontations with Palestinian protesters.
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Barak Ravid / Axios:
Israel calls on Biden administration to stay out of Jerusalem crisis
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 …
Hayes Brown / MSNBC:
How Trump's Twitter ban is helping the GOP ditch Liz Cheney  —  Here's a paradox for you: Former President Donald Trump has been sidelined.  His megaphones on social media have been silenced.  And yet, in his absence, the Republican Party is slowly and steadily moving toward cementing …
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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
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
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?
Matthew Yglesias / Slow Boring:
Tema Okun's “White Supremacy Culture” work is bad  —  Prestigious universities and worthy nonprofits shouldn't push nonsense  —  Debating abstractions is difficult and frustrating, and the discourse about “wokeness” and “cancel culture” has become a snakepit of semantic debates, bad-faith actors …
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Becerra's cautious border play rankles White House  —  Xavier Becerra spent decades urging congressional leaders to support liberalized legal immigration.  But he's sounding a different note as Health secretary, responsible for caring for upwards of 21,000 migrant children.
Discussion: The Hill and HotAir
 
 
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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:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
Azi Paybarah / New York Times:
Man Bought Lamborghini With PPP Loan, Prosecutors Say
Discussion: Raw Story
Aubrey Allegretti / The Guardian:
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Discussion: Insider and The Daily Caller
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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
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New York Post:
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Amy Qin / New York Times:
China Targets Muslim Women in Push to Suppress Births in Xinjiang
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
Wall Street Journal:
Trump 2020 Election Lawsuits Lead to Requests to Discipline Lawyers
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