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Zach Montague / New York Times:
Over 100 Republicans, Including Former Officials, Threaten to Split from GOP  —  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.
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Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Liz Cheney delivers defiant speech on House floor ahead of vote to oust her from G.O.P. leadership.  —  Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming delivered a defiant last stand hours before facing a vote to purge her from House Republican leadership for her outspoken repudiation …
Discussion: NBC News
Jeff Flake / Washington Post:
In today's Republican Party, there is no greater offense than honesty … Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona, served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013 and in the U.S. Senate from 2013 to 2019. … Near the beginning of the document that made us free …
Washington Post:
Inside Liz Cheney's plan to take on former president Donald Trump  —  Rep. Liz Cheney may lose her House leadership position Wednesday, but she aims to become an even more influential political figure capable of weakening former president Trump's hold on their party — and continuing to push for his purge.
John Feehery / The Hill:   The right choice to lead the Conference
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Lindsey Graham: If You Try to Drive Trump Out of the GOP, ‘Half the People Will Leave’
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
CNN:
Life after leadership: Liz Cheney plots her long game against Donald Trump
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
Jenner says she didn't vote in 2020.  But records show she did.  —  OAKLAND — Republican gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner told CNN this week that she never voted for president in the November 2020 election and opted to golf instead because she “couldn't get excited” about the dozen measures on the California ballot.
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
Discussion: The Week
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Stephanie Murphy announcing challenge to Marco Rubio  —  Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy is planning to announce a campaign for the U.S. Senate in Florida against Republican Sen. Marco Rubio in early June, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.  —  Why it matters: Murphy is a proven fundraiser.
Discussion: Raw Story and Florida Politics
Detroit News:
Michigan GOP lawmaker floats bill to register, fine ‘fact checkers’  —  Lansing — A Michigan lawmaker who's been at the center of efforts to question the 2020 election introduced a bill Tuesday that would require “fact checkers” to register with the state.  —  Rep. Matt Maddock, R-Milford …
Discussion: Political Wire
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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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?
New York Times:
More Than 30 Dead in Gaza and Israel as Fighting Quickly Escalates  —  Hamas fires rockets at Israeli cities.  Israel hits Gaza with airstrikes.  Civilians suffer the most casualties, but leaders on each side may reap political benefits.  —  ASHKELON, Israel — The worst fighting between Israelis …
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Joyce Karam / The National:   Biden administration ignored warnings about potential crisis in Jerusalem for weeks
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
What is Iron Dome? Key Israeli missile defense system facing severe test
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: Balloon Juice and Bulwark+
Just Security:
The Official and Unofficial Timeline of Defense Department Actions on January 6  —  In advance of Wednesday's congressional hearing on “unexplained delays and unanswered questions” pertaining to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, we are revisiting the day's events, focusing closely on the Defense Department's actions.
Discussion: Associated Press
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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 …
Washington Post:
Fuel shortages crop up in Southeast, gas prices climb after pipeline hack  —  While Colonial Pipeline works to restore service after last week's cyberattack, some gas stations in Virginia, Georgia, Florida and other states are reporting dry pumps and long lines
Shayla Love / VICE:
People Aren't ‘Addicted’ to Wearing Masks, They're Traumatized  —  There's a glaring omission from the discussion about why some “can't quit” pandemic behaviors: the mental and emotional toll of the last year.  —  Shayla Love  —  Around a month ago, Lauren Albanese went to the mall with her uncle and dad.
Discussion: PRESS RUN
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: Plain Dealer and HotAir
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.
Discussion: National Review and Fox News
Bryan Bender / Politico:
Nominees for defense budget and intel chiefs face senators  —  Editor's Note: Morning Defense is a free version of POLITICO Pro Defense's morning newsletter, which is delivered to our subscribers each morning at 6 a.m. The POLITICO Pro platform combines the news you need with tools you can use …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Insider
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
House, Justice Department report deal on McGahn testimony  —  The House Judiciary Committee and the Biden administration have struck “an agreement in principle” to resolve a two-year-old fight over a subpoena for testimony from Don McGahn, a former White House counsel to President Donald Trump …
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
Arizona G.O.P. Passes Law to Limit Distribution of Mail Ballots  —  The new law, signed by Gov. Doug Ducey, will remove people from a widely popular early voting list if they do not cast a ballot at least once every two years.  —  PHOENIX — Arizona Republicans passed a law on Tuesday …
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 …
 
 
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Dan McLaughlin / National Review:
A Response to Bad-Faith Arguments about Trump and Republican Strategy
Andy Puzder / Fox Business:
Post-COVID, no action from Biden, Dems was required for job market to soar. Now look at the mess they've made
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America is having a Black Renaissance. We should learn from it.
Philip Klein / National Review:
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Discussion: Breitbart and New York Post
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