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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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Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Trump Isn't the Biggest Republican Threat  —  Three points on the question of whether Republican fear of former President Donald Trump is motivating their various efforts right now:  —  First: As Greg Sargent points out in the Washington Post, Republicans need no excuse to attempt to make it harder for people to vote.
Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times:
Opposition to Newsom recall grows as Caitlyn Jenner, GOP generate little support, poll finds  —  The campaign to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom has failed to gain momentum in recent months as significantly more California voters favor keeping him in office, and only anemic support has surfaced …
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?
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Nathaniel Weixel / The Hill:
Rand Paul clashes with Fauci over coronavirus origins
ABC News:
CDC director Walensky pushes back on criticism of guidance in heated Capitol Hill hearing
Discussion: Fox News
Tom Maguire / justoneminute.typepad.com:
Origin Stories  —  Nicholas Wade, formerly of Nature, Science and the NY Times …
Associated Press:
Rockets kill 2 Israelis; 26 die in Gaza as Israel hits Hamas  —  GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A confrontation between Israel and Hamas sparked by weeks of tensions in contested Jerusalem escalated Tuesday.  Israel unleashed new airstrikes on Gaza, killing a number of militants and civilians …
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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 …
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.
Stephen Rex Brown / New York Daily News:
Students for Trump founder John Lambert sentenced to 13 months for posing as lawyer  —  A judge slammed the founder of Students for Trump as a “cold blooded fraudster” before sentencing him to 13 months in prison for posing as a lawyer.  —  John Lambert, 25, pretended to be as Eric Pope, of the Manhattan-based firm Pope & Dunn.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
This is the most repulsive GOP scam about Liz Cheney yet  —  Opinion by  —  Of all the reasons that Republicans have offered for punishing Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, perhaps the most ludicrous is that she doesn't support the GOP's supposed transition to a “working-class party.”
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Axios:
Pelosi's Republican playbook
Discussion: The Federalist and Breitbart
Clifford Krauss / New York Times:
How the Colonial Pipeline Became a Vital Artery for Fuel  —  Reliance on the pipeline has grown as rising domestic production of oil and gas has led to reduced refining capacity in the Northeast.  —  The Colonial Pipeline  —  The pipeline can carry roughly three million barrels of fuel a day over 5,500 miles from Texas to New York.
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Politico:
Rare Schumer, McConnell showdown previews floor fight on Dems' election bill
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Federal judge denies NRA attempt to declare bankruptcy in win for New York state attorney general  —  A federal judge Tuesday denied an effort by the National Rifle Association to file for bankruptcy protection, ruling that the gun rights group filed the case in an attempt to fend off a civil lawsuit by the New York attorney general.
Discussion: Insider
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.
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.
Uber Newsroom:
Statement from Uber CEO on White House Announcement  —  “Vaccines are our best hope to beat this pandemic and soon everyone in America will be able to take a free Uber to get their shot.  We are honored to deepen our previous global commitments, and partner with the White House and Lyft …
Discussion: CBS News, NPR and CNBC
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Wall Street Journal:
Uber, Lyft to Provide Free Rides to Covid-19 Vaccine Sites Until July 4
Kate Brumback / Associated Press:
Prosecutor plans to seek death penalty in spa shootings  —  ATLANTA (AP) — A man accused of killing eight people, six of them women of Asian descent, in shootings at three Atlanta-area massage businesses was indicted Tuesday on murder charges, and a prosecutor filed notice that she'll also seek hate crime charges and the death penalty.
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.
Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Biden picks Rahm Emanuel as U.S. ambassador to Japan  —  President Biden will nominate Rahm Emanuel, former President Obama's chief of staff, as U.S. ambassador to Japan, the Financial Times first reported and Axios has confirmed.  —  The state of play: Biden will announce the nomination later this month …
Discussion: Fox News and Bloomberg
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Ruy Teixeira / The Liberal Patriot:
Ten More Things We Now Know About the 2020 Election  —  More Blows to the Conventional Wisdom  —  The good folks at Catalist, the Democratic-oriented data analytics firm have dropped their 2020 national analysis of demographic voting trends in the 2020 election.
Ligaya Mishan / New York Times:
The Lure of H Mart, Where the Shelves Can Seem as Wide as Asia  —  The huge grocery chain and other megastores like it have revolutionized the way many Asian-Americans shop and eat.  —  At the H Mart on Broadway at 110th Street in Manhattan, the lights are bright on the singo pears …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox News Unveils Plans to Expand Beyond Politics, Hard News at Upfront … After devoting constant chatter to the 2020 election and the coronavirus pandemic, Fox News wants to make sure to talk about other subjects, including sports and weather.  —  During an upfront presentation to ad buyers …
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Efforts to Weed Out Extremists in Law Enforcement Meet Resistance  —  Oregon, California, Minnesota, Tennessee and Washington, D.C., are seeking to give law enforcement agencies more power to exclude officers with ties to extremist groups.  —  In the battle to stamp out extremism from the ranks …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
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.
Katha Pollitt / The Nation:
Rushing to Judgment on Scott Stringer  —  The facts are too scarce, and the stakes are too high, to jump to conclusions.  —  On April 28, Jean Kim, a political lobbyist, accused Scott Stringer, New York City comptroller and the leading progressive candidate in the upcoming mayoral primary …
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.
Marina Pitofsky / The Hill:
Minnesota governor jokes that residents should 'go get vaccinated so you're alive to vote against me'  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz joked during a meeting with President Biden and other governors that state residents should “go get vaccinated so you're alive …
GOV.UK:
Queen's Speech 2021  —  Her Majesty's most gracious speech to both Houses of Parliament.  —  Delivered on: … My lords and members of the House of Commons.  —  My Government's priority is to deliver a national recovery from the pandemic that makes the United Kingdom stronger, healthier and more prosperous than before.
 
 
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Steve Leblanc / Associated Press:
Utility-backed natural gas booklets spark backlash at school
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Decision on Minuteman to shape US nuclear policy for decades
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
$100 million New Jersey deli: Ex-Trump tax lawyer owned shell company created by mystery investors
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
British elections send a message to Trump, GOP and Biden's Democrats
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Samantha Power wants to restore U.S. prestige by getting American-made vaccines ‘into arms’ around the world
Discussion: The Hill
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Congrats, You're Paying for California's Governor to Bribe the State's Voters
Discussion: Politico
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Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Mollie Hemingway Is Writing The 2020 Election Book The Media Don't Want You To Read
Discussion: Townhall
Keith Gessen / Curbed:
The Destroy-It-to-Save-It Plan for East River Park New York's first climate adaptation battle is here.
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
3 Explanations for the Vaccine Slowdown
Discussion: The Week and HotAir
Nicholas Florko / STAT:
CDC's slow, cautious messaging on Covid-19 seems out of step with the moment, public health experts say
Discussion: HotAir, National Review and Page Array
Phil Helsel / NBC News:
Obamacare sign-ups reach 1 million during special enrollment window