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8:20 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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Kathy Frankovic / YouGov:
71% of Republicans under 45 back increasing public spending, even if it means taxes increase
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Facing summer deadline, Biden ramps up fresh infrastructure talks with Congress
Discussion: KIFI-TV
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.  —  Opinion by  —  Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Republican of Illinois, deserves great credit for demanding that his party fully repudiate Donald Trump's big lie about the 2020 election and acknowledge its role in inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection.
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: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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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 …
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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Politico:
Reporters fume at White House ‘quote approval’ rules
Discussion: New York Post
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
Reuters:
U.S. military ship fires 30 warning shots after encounter with Iranian vessels  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A U.S. Coast Guard ship fired about 30 warning shots after 13 vessels from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) came close to it and other American Navy vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, the Pentagon said on Monday.
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Robert Burns / Associated Press:
US ship fires warning shots in encounter with Iranian boats
Discussion: The Daily Caller
CNN:
US Coast Guard ship fired around 30 warning shots at Iranian fast boats in latest tense encounter
Discussion: NBC News and Bloomberg
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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 …
John Gregory / KET:
A Conversation with U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell  —  Renee Shaw talks with Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky's Republican senior senator and minority leader in the U.S. Senate, about vaccine hesitancy, President Biden's proposed jobs and infrastructure plans, police reform, the teaching of systemic racism and more.
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
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
EXCLUSIVE: How corporate PACs are plotting to “move beyond” January 6  —  Following the attack on the United States Capitol on January 6, dozens of corporations announced they were suspending PAC donations to the 147 Republicans who voted to overturn the election.  Many more announced they were suspending all PAC activity.
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 …
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
Sheelah Kolhatkar / New Yorker:
Robinhood's Big Gamble  —  In eliminating barriers to investing in the stock market, is the app democratizing finance or encouraging risky behavior?  —  Early on the morning of January 19th, Cody Herdman woke to the vibration of his smartphone alarm under his pillow.
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.
 
 
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John McWhorter / It Bears Mentioning:
CAN WE PLEASE DITCH THE TERM “SYSTEMIC RACISM”?
Francis X. Rocca / Wall Street Journal:
Catholic Priests in Germany Bless Gay Couples, Defying Pope
Discussion: New York Times
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
New Voters Helped Propel Biden in 2020
Discussion: Vox, Washington Post and The Hill
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Prosecutors Hint at Plea Deal for Ex-Trump Official Accused of Being on Front Lines of Jan. 6th Capitol Siege
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
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Newsmax Hires OAN Host to Co-Anchor Primetime Show With Ex-Trump Advisor
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
Ohio Man Allegedly Posed as CIA, FBI, and DEA in Single Traffic Stop
Discussion: Raw Story
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
James Salzer / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Kemp signs bill giving big-money donors more impact on key races
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
The Big Lie Is That Cheney Is Still A Republican