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11:45 PM ET, May 12, 2021

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CNN:
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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
New York Times:
Biden's ‘Big 4’ Meeting: President Meets Top Congressional Leaders
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” …
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Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
'You're ridiculous': Democratic House member rebukes Trump defense secretary during Capitol riot testimony
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
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: RedState, CNN and NPR
Michael Gartland / New York Daily News:
Andrew Yang back on top of mayoral field, clocks 21% support in latest poll  —  With just weeks until the primary election, Andrew Yang has regained his lead in the contest to become the next mayor of New York City, a new poll revealed Wednesday.  —  Yang, a former entrepreneur who's dominated …
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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.
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: Raw Story, HotAir and 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
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple Says Ads Engineer Leaves Company After Comments Draw Fire  — Antonio Garcia Martinez made remarks considered sexist, racist  — Apple employees were in uproar about hire, sent memo to execs  —  Apple Inc. said Antonio Garcia Martinez, a former Facebook Inc. product manager …
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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 …
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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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: Washington Examiner and KIFI-TV
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Harper Neidig / The Hill:
McGahn to sit for closed-door interview with House Democrats, ending long legal battle
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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
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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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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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 …
The Hill:
Biden's infrastructure plan builds a stronger foundation for seniors  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  Infrastructure is not the only thing that's aging in America.  Every day, 10,000 Americans turn 65.  And like countless communities and across the U.S., our growing senior population …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
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
 
 
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