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11:00 AM 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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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.
Elana Schor / Politico:
The House GOP's Trump trap
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
McCarthy tells House Republicans to expect vote to remove Cheney, says GOP must stop ‘relitigating the past’
Demetri Sevastopulo / Financial Times:
Rahm Emanuel to be appointed US ambassador to Japan  —  Former Chicago mayor will boost Washington's alliance with Tokyo as China's influence grows  —  Joe Biden has chosen Rahm Emanuel, a former congressman and Chicago mayor, to be US ambassador to Japan, according to eight people familiar …
Discussion: The Hill, Japan Times and Raw Story
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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 …
Daniel Strauss / The Guardian:
Biden picks ex-Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel as US ambassador to Japan  —  Selection ends months of speculation over whether Obama's first chief of staff would be nominated to an administration role  —  Joe Biden has picked former Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel to be his ambassador to Japan.
Discussion: Bloomberg
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.
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.
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Washington Post:
Sally Buzbee named executive editor of The Washington Post … The Washington Post today named Sally Buzbee executive editor of The Washington Post, effective June 1, 2021.  —  “Sally Buzbee has an exceptional record of achievement and a tremendous wealth of experience in leading a global news organization …
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 …
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New York Times:
Shootings and Subway Attacks Put Crime at Center of N.Y.C. Mayor's Race
Discussion: Fox News
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.
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Glenn Youngkin Wins G.O.P. Nomination for Virginia Governor  —  Mr. Youngkin, a wealthy newcomer to politics who walked a line between the Trump base of the G.O.P. and business interests, will look to test Democrats' strength in the blue-leaning state in November.
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German Lopez / Vox:
Got the vaccine?  Experts say you can relax about your Covid-19 risk now.  Really.  —  I asked health experts about their post-vaccination lives.  Most no longer worry about their own risk of Covid-19.  —  White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci said he will not go into restaurants …
Discussion: PolitiFact and The Daily Caller
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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
WTXL-TV:
Gas outages reported in Big Bend and south Georgia after pipeline shut down  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Gas shortages are being reported the Big Bend area and south Georgia after the Colonial Pipeline in Alpharetta shut down.  —  ABC 27 received a report that police are directing traffic …
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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
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.
American Greatness:
Why Is the Government Hiding January 6 Video Footage?  —  The American public still doesn't know exactly what happened on January 6—and it's clear the government will use any means necessary to keep it that way.  —  Joe Biden calls it the worst attack since the Civil War.
Discussion: LifeZette
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
What's Behind the Vaccine Slowdown?  —  For a few weeks this spring, the United States was a world leader in vaccines, administering shots to a larger share of its population than even the United Kingdom or Israel.  But since the middle of April, our vaccine campaign has stalled.
Discussion: The Week, HotAir and USA Today
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Democrats' election overhaul is expected to clear a major Senate hurdle, but the road ahead is unclear.  —  A key Senate committee is expected to vote as soon as Tuesday to advance Democrats' sweeping elections overhaul, stamping its approval on a landmark voting rights expansion as Washington tries …
Discussion: The Hill, CNN, Roll Call and Just The News
Associated Press:
Migrant children held in mass shelters with little oversight  —  The Biden administration is holding tens of thousands of asylum-seeking children in an opaque network of some 200 facilities that The Associated Press has learned spans two dozen states and includes five shelters with more than 1,000 children packed inside.
Discussion: National Review and Twitchy
Politico:
Reporters fume at White House ‘quote approval’ rules  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration. … Email us at [email protected].  —  If you've read a quote from an administration official in a newspaper or a wire story recently …
Jill Tucker / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. seniors might go back to school for only one day before term ends.  Parents are furious  —  When the teachers union over the weekend announced the “exciting news” that San Francisco's high school seniors will get a chance to go back to classrooms starting Friday, they left out details about the plan …
Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
Gov. Reeves Ending Federal Aid for Unemployed Mississippians, Rejecting ‘Rescue Act’ Funds  —  Unemployed Mississippians will no longer be eligible for $300 per week in federal COVID-19 unemployment benefits after Gov. Tate Reeves announced today that Mississippi will opt out next month.
Peter Beinart / Jewish Currents:
Teshuvah: A Jewish Case for Palestinian Refugee Return  —  IN APRIL, when Joe Biden announced that he would restore US funding for The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which provides education, health care, and other services to Palestinian refugees, establishment American Jewish groups reacted with dismay.
Phil Helsel / NBC News:
Obamacare sign-ups reach 1 million during special enrollment window  —  One million people have signed up for health coverage under an Affordable Care Act special enrollment period announced earlier this year, officials said Tuesday.  —  “That's one million more Americans who now have the peace …
Lauren McGaughy / Dallas Morning News:
Texas House OK's bill to ban plant-based foods from using ‘meat’ and ‘beef’ on labels  —  The bill needs one more vote of approval in the House before heading to the Senate for more debate.  —  AUSTIN — Plant-based and other meatless products could be accused of misleading consumers under a bill approved in the Texas House on Monday.
Discussion: The Hill
Theodoric Meyer / Politico:
Ted Cruz bets big on Facebook  —  Sen. Ted Cruz isn't up for reelection until 2024.  But the Texas Republican has spent more on Facebook advertising over the past two months than all but one senator, an investment strategy that other lawmakers have used in recent cycles to help set the stage for presidential runs.
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org and Raw Story
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 …
Nicholas Florko / STAT:
CDC's slow, cautious messaging on Covid-19 seems out of step with the moment, public health experts say  —  WASHINGTON — Nearly a year ago, amid concerns about how to prevent transmission of the virus causing Covid-19, scientists were beginning to conclude that rigorous disinfection of surfaces …
 
 
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KK Ottesen / Washington Post:
Sen. Tammy Duckworth says it was food stamps that allowed her to stay in high school
Discussion: The Hill
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
White House says Biden will release updated health information this year
Discussion: The Hill, CBS News and CNN
Eric Morath / Wall Street Journal:
Job Openings Rise Despite Hiring Slowdown
Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
Rockefeller Foundation Bankrolls COVID-19 Commission Led by Beijing Sympathizer
Amanda Becker / The 19th:
Kyrsten Sinema doesn't feel the need to explain herself
Discussion: Politico and Reuters
Washington Examiner:
Joe Biden's imperiled economy
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
State Department Covid review blasts ‘void of U.S. international leadership’ under Trump and Pompeo
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Texas's population boom should be a boon to Democrats. But Republicans are reaping the gains.
Discussion: The Atlantic and LifeZette
spectator.us:
Fauci must answer for his role in Wuhan's COVID lab
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
The Supreme Court considers an important showdown over abortion this week
Washington Post:
Sheikh Jarrah highlights the violent brazenness of Israel's colonialist project
Discussion: KIFI-TV, CNN and Common Dreams
Cheryl Rofer / Foreign Policy:
Claims of Microwave Attacks Are Scientifically Implausible
Discussion: Politico and Balloon Juice
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
Britain's Labour Party just collapsed in blue-collar England. Democrats should consider themselves warned.
John McWhorter / It Bears Mentioning:
CAN WE PLEASE DITCH THE TERM “SYSTEMIC RACISM”?
Discussion: Power Line