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7:00 AM ET, May 13, 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 …
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
Liz Cheney's Unforgivable Sin  —  One of the many Republican principles that Donald Trump obliterated was what was known as Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican.”  Like several of the stone-tablet dictates (the prohibitions on committing adultery …
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
The GOP's past election lies led to Trump's big one
John McCormack / National Review:
House Republicans Boot Liz Cheney from Leadership, Then Give Her a Standing Ovation
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Times
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Freedom Caucus Republican says Cheney was ‘cancelled’
Yousef Munayyer / Foreign Policy:
Green-Lined Vision Is Blurring Reality in Israel-Palestine  —  Policymakers can no longer rely on an imaginary border that supposedly divides two states as a one-state reality takes shape on the ground.  —  Just as events in Jerusalem and Gaza put the Palestinian struggle for freedom back on center stage …
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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: The Nation, spiked, Yahoo News and Jacobin
Associated Press:
Escalating Mideast violence bears hallmarks of 2014 Gaza war
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: HotAir, Raw Story 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
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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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?
Eric Geller / Politico:
Biden orders federal cyber upgrade after barrage of hacks  —  President Joe Biden on Wednesday ordered a sweeping overhaul of the federal government's approach to cybersecurity, from the software that agencies buy to the security measures that they use to block hackers, as his administration …
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The White House:
Executive Order on Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity
The White House:
FACT SHEET: President Signs Executive Order Charting New Course to Improve the Nation's Cybersecurity and Protect Federal Government Networks
Discussion: CNBC, Bloomberg and NBC 6 South Florida
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: NPR, Washington Post and KIFI-TV
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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 …
Discussion: KIFI-TV
Marianna Sotomayor / Washington Post:
Rep. Greene aggressively confronts Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, causing New York congresswoman to raise security concerns  —  Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene aggressively confronted Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday and falsely accused her of supporting “terrorists,” …
Discussion: Fox News
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Liel Leibovitz / Tablet Magazine:
Playing American Race Politics in the Middle East  —  New York Congressman Jamaal Bowman and others are grafting a domestic psychodrama onto a foreign region—and endangering American Jews in the process
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Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
WATCH: Ex-Secretary of Defense says Trump wanted the National Guard ‘to protect the demonstrators’  —  Former Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller said Wednesday that Donald Trump was interested in the deployment of the National Guard during their Jan. 3 discussion.
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: The Week and Raw Story
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
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
A bankruptcy trial reveals the deep rot within the NRA  —  Opinion by  —  The political graveyard is full of men who thought they were irreplaceable.  We may soon learn whether that maxim applies to the man who leads the most powerful lobby in America.  —  For three decades …
 
 
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