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11:35 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 …
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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 …
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
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.
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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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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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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