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9:40 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 …
Devan Cole / CNN:   Sally Yates: I never thought that I'd be saying, ‘Yeah, go Liz Cheney’
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Cheney: McCarthy ‘not leading with principle’
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
'It's a scary thing': Cheney expresses dismay after House GOP ousts her from leadership
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
The GOP's past election lies led to Trump's big one
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,” …
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Politico:
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 …
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: Washington Examiner
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NBC News:
Republican loyal to Trump claims Capitol riot looked more like ‘normal tourist visit’
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Washington Examiner:
Lines at gas stations are a feature, not a bug, of Biden's green future
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Biden administration struggles to limit political damage from gas shortage
Discussion: ABC7, NPR and New York Times
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.
Discussion: Insider
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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Washington Post:
Israel-Hamas fighting poses test for Biden and exposes rifts among Democrats
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 …
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
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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 …
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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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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: The Hill and KIFI-TV
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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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 …
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.
Mark Hemingway / RealClearInvestigations:
The High-Pressure Business of Selling Woke Corporate Armor  —  In 2017, Nandini Jammi helped launch a company called Sleeping Giants to pressure corporate advertisers into boycotting conservative media.  With little more than a Twitter account, a Facebook group and a gift for incendiary rhetoric …
 
 
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Sen. Ron Johnson / Washington Examiner:
Getting vaccinated is a personal choice
Discussion: Forbes
Caitlin McFall / Fox News:
Trump mocks comparisons of Biden to Jimmy Carter: The current president is worse
Discussion: Newsbusters, RedState and LifeZette
Ezra Klein / New York Times:
Our Aliens, Ourselves  —  The most curious subplot in the news right now is the admission …
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
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The Hill:
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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: FEC drops first of several election complaints against Trump
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