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8:30 PM ET, May 12, 2021

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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 …
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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
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.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Cheney unchained
New York Times:
Biden's ‘Big 4’ Meeting: President Meets Top Congressional Leaders
Tim Reid / Reuters:
‘Rationals’ vs. ‘radicals’: Anti-Trump Republicans threaten third party
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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Will Englund / Washington Post:
Panic buying strikes Southeastern United States as shuttered pipeline resumes operations  —  A sudden fuel shortage worsened across the eastern half of the United States on Wednesday after a cyberattack crippled a major pipeline, as long lines, sharp words and pumps gone dry greeted unhappy drivers …
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.
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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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  —  I spent Monday between rage and a sense of loss.  I watched the Israeli government and security forces make one decision after another to escalate an already bloody situation.
Discussion: spiked, Jacobin, TheBlaze and Foreign Policy
Alexander Smith / NBC News:
Dozens killed as Israel, Palestinians exchange worst violence in years — and prepare for more
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 …
Discussion: The Hill
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Lara Seligman / Politico:
Trump ‘Havana syndrome’ probe found more than a dozen instances in 5 years
Discussion: ABC News
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.
ABC News:
Manchin to support measured voting reform in lieu of sweeping Democratic proposal  —  He said election reform should be done in a bipartisan way to regain confidence.  —  The Breakdown: Spotlight on voting rights as Senate reconvenes  —  Plus, Arizona's election audit concerns the Justice Department …
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E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
The GOP's past election lies led to Trump's big one
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 …
The White House:
FACT SHEET: President Signs Executive Order Charting New Course to Improve the Nation's Cybersecurity and Protect Federal Government Networks … Today, President Biden signed an Executive Order to improve the nation's cybersecurity and protect federal government networks.
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ABC News:
Biden signs executive order to improve government response to cyberattacks
Discussion: Bloomberg and Politico
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Inhofe tells EPA nominee, 'if you don't behave, I'm going to talk to your daddy'  —  (CNN)Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe told a female Environmental Protection Agency nominee on Wednesday that if she did not “behave,” then “I'm going to talk to your daddy.”  —  The awkward exchange …
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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Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
Former U.S. Military Leaders Sign Bizarre Open Letter Pushing Election Lies  —  Over 120 retired generals and admirals signed on to a letter falsely claiming the 2020 election was stolen in a move other veterans say erodes democratic norms.  —  Over 120 retired U.S. generals and admirals published …
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Bryan Bender / Politico:
‘Disturbing and reckless’: Retired brass spread election lie in attack on Biden, Democrats
The White House:
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, May 11, 2021  —  MS. PSAKI: Hi, everyone.  Good afternoon.  We have three guests joining us today: Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm …
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Ellie Hall / BuzzFeed News:
Buckingham Palace Told A “Trump Train” Bus To Stop Using The Queen's Image  —  Buckingham Palace has made a formal request to have a doctored image of Queen Elizabeth II wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and a QAnon brooch removed from a “Trump Train” bus that was seen at a rally held …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
Gwynn Guilford / Wall Street Journal:
Consumer Prices Jumped as Economic Recovery Picked Up  —  Consumer price index rose 4.2% from year earlier, highest 12-month level since the summer of 2008  —  U.S. consumer prices surged in April as the economic recovery picked up, reflecting surging demand as the pandemic eased and higher prices due to supply bottlenecks.
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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.
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.
 
 
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
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Discussion: Fox News
Kevin Duchschere / Star Tribune:
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Discussion: The Hill and WCCO | CBS Minnesota
Will Oremus / The Atlantic:
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Lucy McBride / The Atlantic:
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Aaron Keller / Law & Crime:
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Newsweek:
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New York Times:
They Haven't Gotten a Covid Vaccine Yet. But They Aren't ‘Hesitant’ Either.
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Reality Winner was the FBI's ‘head on a pike’ for Trump. It's time to set her free.