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10:50 AM ET, May 13, 2021


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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,” …
POLITICO Playbook: How Palm Beach is preparing for a possible Trump indictment  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  SCOOP: PALM BEACH MAKES CONTINGENCY PLANS IN CASE TRUMP IS INDICTED — Law enforcement officials in Palm Beach County, Fla., have actively prepared for the possibility …
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Cheney: McCarthy ‘not leading with principle’  —  Rep. Liz Cheney ripped into House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday over his loyalty to former President Donald Trump.  —  “I think he is not leading with principle right now,” Cheney (R-Wyo.) said in an interview on NBC's “Today” show.
John Podesta's got a message for Joe Biden: Drop the Republicans  —  A raft of influential progressive and environmental groups has a message for the Biden White House on its efforts to cut an infrastructure deal with Republicans: Don't say we didn't warn you.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The stampede away from the GOP begins  —  Opinion by  —  Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) threw down the gauntlet on Wednesday, refusing to accede to her party's transformation into a cult.  Calling out the liars in her midst, she is now House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's worst nightmare.
Discussion: The Guardian, Balloon Juice and Reuters
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Republicans' Overthrow of Cheney Creates New Problems for Party
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
'It's a scary thing': Cheney expresses dismay after House GOP ousts her from leadership
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
Body-cam footage shows Capitol rioter celebrating as D.C. cop is beaten and Tasered: ‘I got one!’  —  Surrounded by rioters who had dragged him down the U.S. Capitol steps, beaten him and Tasered him, D.C. police officer Michael Fanone screamed in pain.  —  “I got one!” one of the rioters yelled triumphantly.
Discussion: CNN and Washington Examiner
Devan Cole / CNN:
Sally Yates: I never thought that I'd be saying, ‘Yeah, go Liz Cheney’  —  Liz Cheney ousted from GOP leadership post  —  Washington (CNN)Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates bemoaned House Republicans' decision to oust Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership post for challenging former …
NBC News:
Republican loyal to Trump claims Capitol riot looked more like ‘normal tourist visit’
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Rebekah Jones, the COVID Whistleblower Who Wasn't  —  The former dashboard manager alleges a vast data conspiracy in Florida; not a word of it is true.  —  This is a story about Rebekah Jones, a former dashboard manager at the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), who has single-handedly managed …
Discussion: Twitchy
Dana Goldstein / New York Times:
President of Key Teachers' Union Shares Plea: ‘Schools Must Be Open’ in Fall  —  About half the nation's schools are not fully open despite rising vaccination levels, and teachers' unions are getting much of the blame.  Randi Weingarten hopes to carve a path forward.
Colonial Pipeline Paid Hackers Nearly $5 Million in Ransom  — Payment came shortly after attack got underway last week  — FBI discourages organizations from paying ransom to hackers  —  Colonial Pipeline Co. paid nearly $5 million to Eastern European hackers on Friday …
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
Washington Post:
Israel-Hamas fighting poses test for Biden and exposes rifts among Democrats
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: Politico, Raw Story, HotAir and The Hill
Adam Barnes / The Hill:
124 retired generals and admirals question Biden's mental health  —  “We must always have an unquestionable chain of command.”  —  Story at a glance  — A group of retired U.S. military admirals and generals signed a letter released Tuesday questioning President Biden's fitness for office …
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Biden signs executive order to strengthen US cyber security
Discussion: Bloomberg
Sen. Ron Johnson / Washington Examiner:
Getting vaccinated is a personal choice  —  I did not enter the vaccine maelstrom voluntarily.  Two months ago, a Milwaukee reporter asked me if I had received the COVID-19 vaccine.  This was when demand for the vaccine outstripped supply.  Although it's a personal and private decision, I answered the question honestly.
Discussion: Forbes
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 …
Washington Examiner:
Lines at gas stations are a feature, not a bug, of Biden's green future  —  Every now and then, a reminder emerges of just how amazing America's free market economic system really is — the very system that leftists ignorantly decry as “rigged,” “plutocratic,” and conducive to massive inequality.
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Biden administration struggles to limit political damage from gas shortage
Discussion: ABC7, New York Times and NPR
Ezra Klein / New York Times:
Even if You Think Discussing Aliens Is Ridiculous, Just Hear Me Out  —  The most curious subplot in the news right now is the admission, at the most senior levels of the United States government, that the military services have collected visuals, data and testimonials recording flying objects …
Sarah Chaney Cambon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Jobless Claims Fall to Another Pandemic Low  —  Claims now at lowest level since mid-March 2020, when pandemic shut down the economy  —  Jobless claims declined to a new pandemic low last week, in a sign hiring is primed to strengthen as workers return to the labor market.
John Daniel Davidson / The Federalist:
The Washington Post's Hit Piece On Josh Hawley Is Really A Hit Piece On All Conservatives  —  Under the pretext of an investigative profile, the Post smears Sen. Josh Hawley by attacking small-town America, Christians, and the rule of law.  —  The Washington Post this week published …
Discussion: Instapundit
Wall Street Journal:
JPMorgan, Others Plan to Issue Credit Cards to People With No Credit Scores  —  Regulator had asked banks to brainstorm on how to make loans to people who have often been locked out from getting them  —  Some of the largest U.S. banks plan to start sharing data on customers' deposit accounts …
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Florida Man Sentenced After Fraudulently Obtaining $3.9 Million in PPP Loans
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Aaron Zitner / Wall Street Journal:
Trump-Biden Was Worst Presidential Polling Miss in 40 Years, Panel Says
Discussion: Twitchy
Masha Borak / South China Morning Post:
TSMC joins US chip coalition in a potential blow to China
Discussion: HotAir
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
‘A Perpetual Motion Machine’: How Disinformation Drives Voting Laws
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Is Brett Kavanaugh Out for Revenge?
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Government Stats Don't Lie: Biden Is Getting It Wrong across the Board
Mark Hemingway / RealClearInvestigations:
The High-Pressure Business of Selling Woke Corporate Armor
Caitlin McFall / Fox News:
Trump mocks comparisons of Biden to Jimmy Carter: The current president is worse
Discussion: Newsbusters, LifeZette and RedState
 Earlier Items: 
Kristin Tate / The Hill:
Growing inflation is Biden's hidden tax on working Americans
Washington Post:
Here's how to ensure Afghan women are protected after the U.S. withdrawal
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
A bankruptcy trial reveals the deep rot within the NRA
Discussion: Vox, Los Angeles Times and Daily Kos
The Hill:
Biden's infrastructure plan builds a stronger foundation for seniors
Discussion: Brookings and The Daily Caller
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple Says Ads Engineer Leaves Company After Comments Draw Fire
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: FEC drops first of several election complaints against Trump
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story