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11:05 PM ET, May 12, 2021


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The Daily Beast:
The Real Reason Liz Cheney Had to Go  —  TRUTH TO POWER  —  “That says more about the state of the conference and its fealty to Trump's ludicrous BS than it does about her,” said one GOP aide.  —  Minutes before her removal from House leadership on Wednesday, Liz Cheney told her colleagues …
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
Behind the scenes with Liz Cheney  —  US Rep. Liz Cheney sits in her office as she prepared to give a speech on the House floor on Tuesday.David Hume Kennerly/Center for Creative Photography/University of Arizona  —  After being voted out as the third-ranking member of the House's Republican leadership …
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 …
New York Times:
Biden's ‘Big 4’ Meeting: President Meets Top Congressional Leaders
Washington Post:
Inside Liz Cheney's plan to take on former president Donald Trump
NBC News:
Republican loyal to Trump claims Capitol riot looked more like ‘normal tourist visit’  —  Multiple Republican members of Congress on Wednesday offered a false retelling of the devastating events that occurred during the Capitol riot, with one calling the entire event a “bold faced lie” …
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
At hearing, Republicans recast Jan. 6 rioters as victims  —  Less than an hour after Republicans ousted Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney from her role in conference leadership for criticizing former President Donald Trump, House Republicans sought to recast the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol …
POLITICO Playbook PM: Cheney unchained
Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
'You're ridiculous': Democratic House member rebukes Trump defense secretary during Capitol riot testimony
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.
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 …
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: HotAir, Raw Story and The Hill
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.
Michael Gartland / New York Daily News:   Andrew Yang back on top of mayoral field, clocks 21% support in latest poll
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 …
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, National Review and Slate
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Israel's ‘full scale’ war, US gas crisis take backseat to media's Cheney obsession
Discussion: CNN, RedState and NPR
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 …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:   Apple Says Ads Engineer Leaves Company After Comments Draw Fire
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 …
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.
ABC News:
Biden signs executive order to improve government response to cyberattacks
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: FEC drops first of several election complaints against Trump  —  The Federal Election Commission has voted not to investigate allegations that Trump campaign representatives — including Donald Trump Jr. — solicited illegal foreign assistance in 2016, Axios has learned.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Ex-WH counsel McGahn to testify behind closed doors about Trump efforts to obstruct Russia investigation  —  Washington (CNN)Former Trump White House counsel Don McGahn will testify before the House Judiciary Committee behind closed doors about then-President Donald Trump's attempts to obstruct …
Discussion: The Hill and KIFI-TV
Will Oremus / The Atlantic:
The Blue Check Mark's Evil Cousin  —  On Clubhouse, a black badge was meant to identify trolls.  It's become an emblem of the app's dysfunctional moderation system.  —  To block someone on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter is not, in the scheme of things, a big deal.
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.
Linley Sanders / YouGov:
Most Americans don't know Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff  —  Economist/YouGov Poll Politics & current affairs  —  Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff has recently been traveling around the United States to promote President Joe Biden's infrastructure plan, but data from the Economist/YouGov poll shows …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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.
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Donald J. Trump:
back to feed  —  Liz Cheney is a bitter, horrible human being.  I watched her yesterday …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Reality Winner was the FBI's ‘head on a pike’ for Trump. It's time to set her free.