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5:05 PM ET, May 11, 2021

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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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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Liz Cheney is vowing behind the scenes that she won't stop fighting Trump over election ‘Big Lie’  — GOP Rep. Liz Cheney is vowing behind the scenes that she will not stop slamming former President Donald Trump for repeating the lie that the election was stolen from him.
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Trump Isn't the Biggest Republican Threat
Axios:
Pelosi's Republican playbook
Discussion: The Federalist and Breitbart
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Trump family members got ‘inappropriately close’ to Secret Service agents, book claims  —  Concerns over bonds involving Trump's then daughter in-law Vanessa and daughter Tiffany revealed in Carol Leonnig's Zero Fail  —  Two Trump family members got “inappropriately - and perhaps dangerously …
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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New York Times:
Biden Administration Approves Nation's First Major Offshore Wind Farm
Discussion: HuffPost, Earther and Political Wire
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 …
Nathaniel Weixel / The Hill:
Rand Paul clashes with Fauci over coronavirus origins  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  Anthony Fauci on Tuesday clashed with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) over the role of the Wuhan, China, virology lab in the origins of COVID-19.  —  During a Senate hearing on the pandemic response …
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Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
Anthony Fauci let the coronavirus pandemic happen, why isn't there a criminal investigation?
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 …
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.
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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 …
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.
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Alexis Stevens / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Atlanta spa shootings suspect indicted, will face hate crime charges
Discussion: Forbes
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 and POLITICUSUSA
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.
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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.
Discussion: Insider
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
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.
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.
Politico:
Rare Schumer, McConnell showdown previews floor fight on Dems' election bill  —  The typically staid Senate Rules Committee hosted a rare dramatic showdown on Tuesday: the majority leader versus the minority leader, sparring over Democrats' expansive election and ethics bill.
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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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
Trump official says he feared sending troops Jan. 6 would look like coup attempt  —  Christopher Miller, former President Trump's acting defense secretary, plans to tell Congress Wednesday he was concerned that sending troops to the Capitol Jan. 6 would fuel fears of a military coup, according to his prepared remarks.
Discussion: Just Security
 
 
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Robert Tuttle / Bloomberg:
Enbridge Vows to Keep Oil Moving as Michigan Deadline Nears
Discussion: RedState and Common Dreams
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
Marina Pitofsky / The Hill:
Minnesota governor jokes that residents should 'go get vaccinated so you're alive to vote against me'
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
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.
Nicholas Florko / STAT:
CDC's slow, cautious messaging on Covid-19 seems out of step with the moment, public health experts say
Discussion: National Review, HotAir and Page Array