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8:50 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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Zach Montague / New York Times:
Dozens of Republicans Plan to Threaten to Form Third Party  —  More than 100 Republicans, including some former elected officials, are preparing to release a letter this week threatening to form a third party if the Republican Party does not make certain changes, according to an organizer of the effort.
Discussion: Political Wire
CNN:
Life after leadership: Liz Cheney plots her long game against Donald Trump  —  Washington (CNN)Liz Cheney entered this week knowing it would likely be her last as a member of the House Republican leadership team.  —  The Wyoming congresswoman fully expects to lose her position as the No. 3 Republican …
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
Stefanik faces first public House conservative foe in her push to replace Cheney  —  Elise Stefanik on Tuesday faced her first formal pushback from a conservative colleague on her apparent glide path to the House GOP's No. 3 leadership spot after Liz Cheney's expected ouster from the role.
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
Liz Cheney strikes defiant tone in floor speech on eve of her expected ousting from House GOP leadership
Discussion: Washington Post
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Liz Cheney is vowing behind the scenes that she won't stop fighting Trump over election ‘Big Lie’
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Lindsey Graham: If You Try to Drive Trump Out of the GOP, ‘Half the People Will Leave’
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and Raw Story
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Trump Isn't the Biggest Republican Threat
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
This is the most repulsive GOP scam about Liz Cheney yet
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Liz Cheney's Liberal Critics Are Missing the Point
Discussion: RedState, Washington Post and Mediaite
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 …
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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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Students for Trump Founder Ryan Fournier Ratted Out Friend To Feds
Discussion: Bulwark+
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.
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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 …
Mihir Zaveri / New York Times:
It's a Home in Brooklyn.  What Could It Cost?  $100,000?  —  Shaun Donovan and Raymond J. McGuire, candidates for mayor of New York, were way, way off when asked to estimate the median home price in the borough.  —  Do you know the median sales price for a home in Brooklyn?
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
Just Security:
Investigating Jan. 6 — Key Unanswered Questions for Congress and Media to Ask  —  On Wednesday, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform will hold a hearing to examine the events of Jan. 6 chaired by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.).  In a statement, the committee said …
Discussion: New York Times, Bloomberg and The Hill
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Lucas Manfredi / Fox Business:
Colonial Pipeline gas shortages widen: State-by-State breakdown  —  Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia among hardest states hit with fuel outages  —  Fuel shortages have widened across the East Coast as consumers continue to panic buy amid the fallout from a cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline …
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Katherine Doyle / Washington Examiner:
After Colonial Pipeline hack, White House weighs Jones Act waiver amid fuel shortage
Discussion: ABC News and Townhall
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 …
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New York Times:
More Than 30 Dead in Gaza and Israel as Fighting Quickly Escalates
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
What is Iron Dome? Key Israeli missile defense system facing severe test
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
4 Women Say Matt Gaetz's Wingman Pressured Them to Have Sex  —  “I wasn't really in a position to say I didn't want to do this.  I wasn't in my right mind.  I was in over my head and it was kind of scary.”  —  Multiple women paid by Rep. Matt Gaetz's wingman and close associate Joel Greenberg claim …
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Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Study: Over 99% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients were not vaccinated  —  The Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday released a study showing that 99.75% of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 between Jan. 1 and April 13 were not fully vaccinated, according to data provided to Axios.
Discussion: HotAir
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.
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Oakland Athletics to start looking at relocating elsewhere  —  The Oakland Athletics on Tuesday said they will start exploring the possibility of relocating with the blessing of Major League Baseball, a move that could put pressure on local government officials to greenlight a new stadium project that has spent years in limbo.
Mack Lamoureux / VICE:
Anti-Maskers Ready to Start Masking—to Protect Themselves From the Vaccinated  —  An anti-vaccine conspiracy about the vaccinated are leading some anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers to contemplate wearing a mask and social distance.  —  Mack Lamoureux  —  TORONTO, CA
Paul M. Duggan / Washington Post:
Girl, 15, pleads guilty to murder in fatal carjacking of Uber Eats driver in D.C.  —  A 15-year-old girl charged as a juvenile in the fatal carjacking of a food delivery driver in the District has pleaded guilty to felony murder in return for several other charges being dismissed, a D.C. Superior Court spokeswoman said Tuesday.
Discussion: The Hill, NBC News and New York Post
Ryan Broderick / Eater:
Your Least Favorite Gross Viral Food Videos Are All Connected to This Guy  —  Whether it's Spaghetti-Os pie or table-top nachos, everything can be traced back to (literal) magician Rick Lax  —  Sometimes a meteorite will reach a velocity fast enough to traverse the vacuum of space …
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 and Joe.My.God.
Adam Wren / Insider:
‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author J.D. Vance launches exploratory bid for US Senate seat in Ohio  — ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author J.D. Vance has formed an exploratory committee called Ohio Values Project.  — Vance could announce his candidacy to replace retiring-Sen. Rob Portman as early as the summer, according to an associate.
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.
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Border arrests rose slightly in April, but fewer minors crossing without parents eases pressure on Biden administration  —  Immigration arrests and detentions along the U.S.-Mexico border rose slightly in April to 178,622, the highest one-month total in two decades, according to U.S. Customs …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, CNN and spectator.us
David Weigel / Washington Post:
The Trailer: 2020, Continued: How post-Trump voting laws would have changed the last election  —  In this edition: How new election rules would have changed the 2020 race, the Virginia GOP picks its 2021 ticket, and the policing debate spills over in New Mexico.
Discussion: Politico, The Hill, The Week and KRQE-TV
 
 
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Philip Klein / National Review:
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Discussion: Breitbart
Wendell Husebo / Breitbart:
Exclusive—Sean Parnell Announces Bid to Claim Pennsylvania's Open U.S. Senate Seat in 2022
Pam Fessler / NPR:
‘The Stakes Could Not Be Higher’: Senate Panel Debates Voting Overhaul
Suzanne Gamboa / NBC News:
Over half of eligible Latinos voted in 2020 — a historic first
Robert Tuttle / Bloomberg:
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Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Decision on Minuteman to shape US nuclear policy for decades
Kate Brumback / Associated Press:
Prosecutor plans to seek death penalty in spa shootings
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Dan Mangan / CNBC:
$100 million New Jersey deli: Ex-Trump tax lawyer owned shell company created by mystery investors
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
Ligaya Mishan / New York Times:
The Lure of H Mart, Where the Shelves Can Seem as Wide as Asia