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2:55 PM 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.
Donald J. Trump:
back to feed  —  Liz Cheney is a bitter, horrible human being.  I watched her yesterday and realized how bad she is for the Republican Party.  She has no personality or anything good having to do with politics or our Country.  She is a talking point for Democrats, whether that means the Border …
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.
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.
Washington Post:
House Republicans oust Cheney from leadership for calling out Trump's false election claims  —  House Republicans ousted Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from her leadership post Wednesday because she continues to challenge former president Donald Trump over his false claims about election fraud …
Tim Reid / Reuters:
‘Rationals’ vs. ‘radicals’: Anti-Trump Republicans threaten third party
Sarah Mucha / Axios:
Swing-voter focus group: Ousting Cheney is a mistake
Discussion: Washington Post and Bloomberg
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
100 Republicans are vowing a GOP ‘civil war.’ Here's why that's good news.
ABC News:
House Republicans oust Cheney from leadership as she vows to stop Trump
House Republicans vote to remove Liz Cheney from leadership
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 …
Alexander Smith / NBC News:
Dozens killed as Israel, Palestinians exchange worst violence in years — and prepare for more … In the worst flare-up of violence for seven years, I srael and Palestinian militants launched hundreds of missiles overnight into Wednesday, killing more than 40 people and injuring hundreds …
Blinken assures Israel's Netanyahu of U.S. support, urges deescalation as dozens killed
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Senior Hamas commander killed as Israel strikes Gaza, Palestinians fire rockets
Barak Ravid / Axios:   Biden sends envoy as Israel and Hamas escalate toward war
POLITICO Playbook PM: Cheney unchained
Associated Press:
The Latest: Rosen ‘proud’ of DOJ's response to Capitol riot
Discussion: Insider and Al Jazeera
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.
Reade Pickert / Bloomberg:
U.S. Consumer Prices Jump Most Since 2009, Outpacing Estimates
Discussion: and RedState
Aaron Keller / Law & Crime:
Judge Says George Floyd Knew ‘He Was Likely to Die,’ Clears the Way for Tougher Sentence Against ‘Indifferent’ Derek Chauvin  —  Peter Cahill, the Minnesota judge who presided over the trial of ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, on Tuesday evening agreed that several aggravating factors support …
Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
Judge: Chauvin Treated Floyd With ‘Particular Cruelty,’ Should Get Longer Sentence
Discussion: The Hill and The Root
Amy Forliti / Associated Press:
Ruling paves way for longer sentence in George Floyd's death
Tom Maguire /
Its PolitiFact vs. PolitiFact and Dr. Fauci vs. Reality  —  Dr. Fauci and Sen. Rand Paul had a contentious exchange at a Senate hearing yesterday.  The gist - Se.  Paul said the NIH funded ‘gain of function’ research (say, what!) at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) and Dr. Fauci emphatically denied it.
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: FOX31 Denver, CNN and Reason
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 …
Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
After spreading false claims, Michigan Republican wants to register, fine fact-checkers: ‘You better be right’
Discussion: The Hill
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
Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
Who cares if Biden wears a mask?  —  A media non-story … Subscribe to PRESS RUN  —  After a reporter last week asked President Joe Biden, yet again, why he still sometimes wears a mask while being fully vaccinated, CNN's Jake Tapper highlighted the question during Sunday's “State of the Union.”
Discussion: InsideHook
Shayla Love / VICE:   People Aren't ‘Addicted’ to Wearing Masks, They're Traumatized
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.
Josh Siegel / Washington Examiner:
Daily on Energy: The latest on the Colonial Pipeline shutdown  —  THE LATEST: The Biden administration has set out to prove it has control over the fallout of the cyberattack and shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline, after spending its first months pressing a clean energy and climate agenda on its terms.
Bobby Lewis / Media Matters for America:
Fox News uses Colonial Pipeline attack to push for more pipelines — and war
Discussion: CleanTechnica, ABC News and Earther
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.
New York Times:
With Hugs and Haircuts, U.S. Epidemiologists Start Returning (Carefully!) to Everyday Life  —  Vaccinations mean the pandemic is moving to a phase when behavior will depend on people's individual tolerance for risk.  —  Epidemiologists are starting to hug again.
Discussion: Reason and HotAir
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Yahoo Finance:
US consumer prices rise at fastest pace since 2008
Discussion: Breitbart
New York Times:
Top law enforcement officials say the biggest domestic terror threat comes from white supremacists.
Caroline Delbert / Popular Mechanics:
Russia Is Going to Try to Clone an Army of 3,000-Year-Old Scythian Warriors
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
From Radical Activist to Senate Obstructionist: The Metamorphosis of Kyrsten Sinema
Discussion: Bloomberg
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Carla Marinucci / Politico:
Jenner says she didn't vote in 2020. But records show she did.