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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.
Tim Reid / Reuters:
‘Rationals’ vs. ‘radicals’: Anti-Trump Republicans threaten third party  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Over 100 former Republican officials will sign a letter on Thursday declaring that if the Republican Party does not break with former President Donald Trump and change course, they will back the creation of a third party.
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.
Discussion: Bloomberg and FiveThirtyEight
Axios:
Liz Cheney's game plan  —  As she faces a vote to be thrown out of House Republican leadership, Rep. Liz Cheney has told associates she doesn't plan on going anywhere — and plans to run for re-election.  —  What to watch: In the meantime, as she sees it, she will aggressively pursue a fight …
Discussion: HuffPost, New York Times and NPR
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
A GOP Civil War?  Don't Bet On It.  —  If you've been reading the coverage lately, or listened to gloating Democrats, it's easy to believe the Republican Party is eating itself alive.  —  The former Republican president literally campaigns against incumbents of his own party.
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
Liz Cheney strikes defiant tone in floor speech on eve of her expected ousting from House GOP leadership
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Liz Cheney delivers defiant speech on House floor ahead of vote to oust her from G.O.P. leadership.
Discussion: NBC News
Washington Post:
House Republicans oust Cheney from leadership for calling out Trump's false election claims
The Hill:
GOP votes to dump Cheney from leadership
Discussion: Washington Times, Townhall and IJR
NBC News:
More than 100 Republican former officials to seek reforms, threaten new party
Discussion: The Hill and Joe.My.God.
John Feehery / The Hill:   The right choice to lead the Conference
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Trump G.O.P.'s Plot Against Liz Cheney — and Our Democracy
Discussion: CNN and ABC News
Ivana Saric / Axios:
Liz Cheney: Trump is a threat “America has never seen before”
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.
Discussion: Politico, HotAir and The Daily Caller
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Reade Pickert / Bloomberg:
U.S. Consumer Prices Jump Most Since 2009, Outpacing Estimates  — CPI climbs 0.8%, while core gauge rises most since 1982  — Costs of hotel stays, used cars and airfares post record gains  —  U.S. consumer prices climbed in April by the most since 2009, topping forecasts …
Nihal Krishan / Washington Examiner:
Annual inflation rate rose to 4.2% in April, highest in nearly 13 years
Discussion: Associated Press
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.
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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 …
Discussion: eVille Times
Newsweek:
These Attacks on Jerusalem are Different  —  The news from Jerusalem is depressingly familiar.  —  An emotionally charged landlord-tenant dispute headed for Israel's Supreme Court has become a cause célèbre.  The “international community” has decided to chime in.
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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.
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 …
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
Bryan Bender / Politico:
‘Disturbing and reckless’: Retired brass spread election lie in attack on Biden, Democrats  —  A day after 124 retired generals and admirals released a letter spreading the lie that President Joe Biden stole the election, current and former military officers are speaking out …
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Bryan Bender / Politico:
Nominees for defense budget and intel chiefs face senators
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Insider
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?
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
The White House:
President Biden Announces Third Slate of Judicial Nominees … President Biden has announced his intent to nominate three new Court of Appeals nominees and three new District Court nominees, who will bring deep credentials and qualifications to the federal bench, as well as career-long devotion to our Constitution and the rule of law.
Discussion: The Hill and Reason
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Students for Trump Founder Ryan Fournier Ratted Out Friend To Feds  —  Students for Trump co-founder John Lambert was sentenced to 13 months for operating a fake law firm.  Fournier will not face prosecution, according to court documents.  —  Students for Trump co-founder …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Bulwark+
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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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Anita Kumar / Politico:
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Josh Zumbrun / Wall Street Journal:
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Keith Koffler / Fox News:
Battered Biden under siege as crises confound the White House
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Shayla Love / VICE:
People Aren't ‘Addicted’ to Wearing Masks, They're Traumatized
Discussion: PRESS RUN
Just Security:
The Official and Unofficial Timeline of Defense Department Actions on January 6
Discussion: The Hill
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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
Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Study: Over 99% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients were not vaccinated
Discussion: Plain Dealer and HotAir
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Federal judge denies NRA attempt to declare bankruptcy in win for New York state attorney general