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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.
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John McCormack / National Review:
House Republicans Boot Liz Cheney from Leadership, Then Give Her a Standing Ovation  —  Elise Stefanik is on a glide path to becoming the next House GOP conference chair.  —  n the end, they didn't even record the vote: House Republicans ousted Liz Cheney from her post as the conference's third-ranking member on a voice vote.
Discussion: Breitbart
Axios:
Liz Cheney's game plan  —  As she faces a vote to be thrown out of House Republican leadership, Rep. Liz Cheney has told associates she doesn't plan on going anywhere — and plans to run for re-election.  —  What to watch: In the meantime, as she sees it, she will aggressively pursue a fight …
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
The GOP's past election lies led to Trump's big one  —  Opinion by  —  The political defenestration of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) is not just the act of a party that has given up truth for Donald Trump, though it is surely that.  The journey toward Wednesday's voice vote to remove …
Tim Reid / Reuters:
‘Rationals’ vs. ‘radicals’: Anti-Trump Republicans threaten third party
New York Times:
Biden's ‘Big 4’ Meeting: President Meets Top Congressional Leaders
Associated Press:
Escalating Mideast violence bears hallmarks of 2014 Gaza war  —  GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Rockets streamed out of Gaza and Israel pounded the territory with airstrikes Wednesday as the most severe outbreak of violence since a 2014 war took on many hallmarks of that devastating 50-day conflict …
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Alexander Smith / NBC News:
Dozens killed as Israel, Palestinians exchange worst violence in years — and prepare for more
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Israel's ‘full scale’ war, US gas crisis take backseat to media's Cheney obsession
Abraham Gutman / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
As my family shelters in Tel Aviv, I'm unsettled that progressive Americans aren't speaking up for Palestinians | Opinion
Discussion: spiked, Jacobin and Foreign Policy
Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
'You're ridiculous': Democratic House member rebukes Trump defense secretary during Capitol riot testimony  —  A Democrat on the House Oversight Committee criticized former acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller for what the lawmaker claimed to be inconsistencies with his testimony.
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CNN:
Colonial Pipeline not likely to pay millions in ransom demanded by hackers  —  Washington (CNN)The ransomware group that carried out a crippling cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline has demanded millions in bitcoin payment, though at this point the company has not paid, according to people familiar with the matter.
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The White House:
Statement from Press Secretary Jen Psaki … Last night, Homeland Security Advisor Liz Sherwood-Randall and National Economic Council Director Brian Deese convened the inter-agency principals leading the administration's whole of government response to the Colonial Pipeline incident.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Cheney unchained
Jake Dobkin / Gothamist:
What Is The Best New York Book Of All Time?  —  On June 22nd, New Yorkers will go to the polls to vote in a new type of primary, featuring ranked-choice voting.  To help prepare for this new style of election, which asks the voter to order their favorite candidates from most preferred to least, we've been conducting simulations.
Donald J. Trump:
back to feed  —  Liz Cheney is a bitter, horrible human being.  I watched her yesterday and realized how bad she is for the Republican Party.  She has no personality or anything good having to do with politics or our Country.  She is a talking point for Democrats, whether that means the Border …
Mihir Zaveri / New York Times:
Yang Walks Back Stance on Israel After Ocasio-Cortez Calls It ‘Shameful’  —  Mr. Yang said his initial statement in support of Israel, which drew criticism from progressives, “failed to acknowledge pain on both sides.”  —  As the Israeli-Palestinian conflict erupted this week …
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Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Inflation speeds up in April as consumer prices leap 4.2%, fastest since 2008  — The Consumer Price Index rise for April from a year earlier was the sharpest since September 2008.  — Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been looking for an increase of 3.6%.
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Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
The new CNN is more opinionated and emotional.  Can it still be ‘the most trusted name in news’?  —  As the first presidential debate of the 2020 general election came to a close last fall, CNN's top anchors and political correspondents stepped up to offer their seasoned perspective and analysis.
Tom Maguire / justoneminute.typepad.com:
Its PolitiFact vs. PolitiFact and Dr. Fauci vs. Reality  —  Dr. Fauci and Sen. Rand Paul had a contentious exchange at a Senate hearing yesterday.  The gist - Se.  Paul said the NIH funded ‘gain of function’ research (say, what!) at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) and Dr. Fauci emphatically denied it.
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New York Times:
Mysterious Ailments Are Said to Be More Widespread Among U.S. Personnel  —  The Biden administration has begun more aggressively investigating episodes that left spies, diplomats, soldiers and others with brain injuries.  —  WASHINGTON — Mysterious episodes that caused brain injuries in spies …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Reality Winner was the FBI's ‘head on a pike’ for Trump.  It's time to set her free.  —  At 25, Reality Leigh Winner was a remarkable young woman.  Fluent in Farsi and other languages spoken in Iraq and Afghanistan, she was, in 2017, a decorated Air Force veteran working as a contractor for the National Security Agency.
New York Times:
With Hugs and Haircuts, U.S. Epidemiologists Start Returning (Carefully!) to Everyday Life  —  Vaccinations mean the pandemic is moving to a phase when behavior will depend on people's individual tolerance for risk.  —  Epidemiologists are starting to hug again.
Discussion: Reason and HotAir
Kathryn Dill / Wall Street Journal:
WeWork CEO Says Workers Who Want Back Into the Office Are the Most Engaged  —  Time in the office is essential, even in flexible, hybrid-work models, Sandeep Mathrani says  —  The CEO of WeWork thinks there is an easy way for companies to spot their most engaged employees: They're the ones who want to come back to the office.
New York Times:
They Haven't Gotten a Covid Vaccine Yet.  But They Aren't ‘Hesitant’ Either.  —  Much has been said about people opposed to or skeptical of coronavirus vaccines.  But there's another group that has yet to get shots, and their reasons are more complex.  —  It had been weeks since Acy Grayson III …
Discussion: eVille Times
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
Republicans should be nervous about the proposed third party.  Democrats should be, too.  —  Opinion by  —  More than 100 Republicans, including former officeholders and high-ranking staffers, reportedly plan to create a third party if the GOP doesn't pull back from its embrace of former president Donald Trump.
The Verge:
Apple employees circulate petition demanding investigation into ‘misogynistic’ new hire  —  ‘We demand an investigation into how his published views on women and people of color were missed or ignored’  —  A group of Apple employees has written a petition asking for an investigation …
Bryan Bender / Politico:
‘Disturbing and reckless’: Retired brass spread election lie in attack on Biden, Democrats  —  A day after 124 retired generals and admirals released a letter spreading the lie that President Joe Biden stole the election, current and former military officers are speaking out …
The White House:
President Biden Announces Third Slate of Judicial Nominees … President Biden has announced his intent to nominate three new Court of Appeals nominees and three new District Court nominees, who will bring deep credentials and qualifications to the federal bench, as well as career-long devotion to our Constitution and the rule of law.
 
 
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