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9:10 AM ET, May 12, 2021

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Zach Montague / New York Times:
Over 100 Republicans, Including Former Officials, Threaten to Split from GOP  —  More than 100 Republicans, including some former elected officials, are preparing to release a letter this week threatening to form a third party if the Republican Party does not make certain changes, according to an organizer of the effort.
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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.
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
Liz Cheney strikes defiant tone in floor speech on eve of her expected ousting from House GOP leadership  —  (CNN)Rep. Liz Cheney vowed Tuesday evening not to remain silent as former President Donald Trump continues to spread lies that the election was stolen from him, striking a defiant tone ahead …
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Liz Cheney delivers defiant speech on House floor ahead of vote to oust her from G.O.P. leadership.  —  Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming delivered a defiant last stand hours before facing a vote to purge her from House Republican leadership for her outspoken repudiation …
Discussion: NBC News
Sarah Mucha / Axios:
Swing-voter focus group: Ousting Cheney is a mistake  —  As House Republicans meet to oust Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership post for criticizing Donald Trump, swing voters in Axios' latest Engagious/Schlesinger focus groups hold a near-unanimous view that Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and his caucus are making a mistake.
Axios:
Liz Cheney's game plan
John Feehery / The Hill:   The right choice to lead the Conference
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
A GOP Civil War? Don't Bet On It.
NBC News:
More than 100 Republican former officials to seek reforms, threaten new party
Discussion: The Hill, Joe.My.God. and CNN
The Guardian:
Israel-Gaza violence: death toll rises as UN envoy warns over escalation  —  Further airstrikes and rocket fire reported in worst violence since 2014 war between Israel and Hamas  —  Israeli jets and Palestinian militants have traded fresh airstrikes and rocket fire as the UN's Middle East envoy warned …
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Newsweek:   These Attacks on Jerusalem are Different
New York Times:
More Than 30 Dead in Gaza and Israel as Fighting Quickly Escalates
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
Jenner says she didn't vote in 2020.  But records show she did.  —  OAKLAND — Republican gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner told CNN this week that she never voted for president in the November 2020 election and opted to golf instead because she “couldn't get excited” about the dozen measures on the California ballot.
Mack Lamoureux / VICE:
Anti-Maskers Ready to Start Masking—to Protect Themselves From the Vaccinated  —  An anti-vaccine conspiracy about the vaccinated are leading some anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers to contemplate wearing a mask and social distance.  —  Mack Lamoureux  —  TORONTO, CA
Discussion: The Week
Detroit News:
Michigan GOP lawmaker floats bill to register, fine ‘fact checkers’  —  Lansing — A Michigan lawmaker who's been at the center of efforts to question the 2020 election introduced a bill Tuesday that would require “fact checkers” to register with the state.  —  Rep. Matt Maddock, R-Milford …
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Stephanie Murphy announcing challenge to Marco Rubio  —  Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy is planning to announce a campaign for the U.S. Senate in Florida against Republican Sen. Marco Rubio in early June, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.  —  Why it matters: Murphy is a proven fundraiser.
Discussion: Raw Story and Florida Politics
Mihir Zaveri / New York Times:
It's a Home in Brooklyn.  What Could It Cost?  $100,000?  —  Shaun Donovan and Raymond J. McGuire, candidates for mayor of New York, were way, way off when asked to estimate the median home price in the borough.  —  Do you know the median sales price for a home in Brooklyn?
Nancy Cook / Bloomberg:
Inflation Surge Gives Boost to Republicans Slamming Biden Plans  — They say prices will rise if Congress passes Biden's proposals  — Biden aides say inflation would be temporary as U.S. rebounds  —  A surge in inflation is fueling a political threat to President Joe Biden's plans …
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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 …
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Federal judge denies NRA attempt to declare bankruptcy in win for New York state attorney general  —  A federal judge Tuesday denied an effort by the National Rifle Association to file for bankruptcy protection, ruling that the gun rights group filed the case in an attempt to fend off a civil lawsuit by the New York attorney general.
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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.  —  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.
Just Security:
The Official and Unofficial Timeline of Defense Department Actions on January 6  —  In advance of Wednesday's congressional hearing on “unexplained delays and unanswered questions” pertaining to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, we are revisiting the day's events, focusing closely on the Defense Department's actions.
Discussion: Associated Press
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Bryan Bender / Politico:
Nominees for defense budget and intel chiefs face senators  —  Editor's Note: Morning Defense is a free version of POLITICO Pro Defense's morning newsletter, which is delivered to our subscribers each morning at 6 a.m. The POLITICO Pro platform combines the news you need with tools you can use …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Insider
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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.
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
4 Women Say Matt Gaetz's Wingman Pressured Them to Have Sex  —  “I wasn't really in a position to say I didn't want to do this.  I wasn't in my right mind.  I was in over my head and it was kind of scary.”  —  Multiple women paid by Rep. Matt Gaetz's wingman and close associate Joel Greenberg claim …
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Trump family members got ‘inappropriately close’ to Secret Service agents, book claims  —  Concerns over bonds involving Trump's then daughter in-law Vanessa and daughter Tiffany revealed in Carol Leonnig's Zero Fail  —  Two Trump family members got “inappropriately - and perhaps dangerously …
Shayla Love / VICE:
People Aren't ‘Addicted’ to Wearing Masks, They're Traumatized  —  There's a glaring omission from the discussion about why some “can't quit” pandemic behaviors: the mental and emotional toll of the last year.  —  Shayla Love  —  Around a month ago, Lauren Albanese went to the mall with her uncle and dad.
Discussion: PRESS RUN
 
 
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Anita Kumar / Politico:
Harris once opposed the border closure. As vice president, she supports it.
Discussion: U.S. Customs … and HotAir
The White House:
President Biden Announces Third Slate of Judicial Nominees
Discussion: The Hill
Josh Zumbrun / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Tariffs Drive Drop in Chinese Imports
Keith Koffler / Fox News:
Battered Biden under siege as crises confound the White House
Discussion: Washington Examiner
The Daily Beast:
The Feds Are Now Probing Rudy's Dodgy Ukraine-Biden Dossier
Discussion: Raw Story
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Adam Wren / Insider:
‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author J.D. Vance launches exploratory bid for US Senate seat in Ohio
Discussion: National Review and Fox News
Paul M. Duggan / Washington Post:
Girl, 15, pleads guilty to murder in fatal carjacking of Uber Eats driver in D.C.
Discussion: NBC News, The Hill and New York Post
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Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Study: Over 99% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients were not vaccinated
Discussion: Plain Dealer and HotAir