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1:30 PM ET, May 13, 2021

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Bloomberg:
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 …
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Politico:
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.
Washington Examiner:
Lines at gas stations are a feature, not a bug, of Biden's green future
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
Washington Post:
The GOP has lost its way.  Fellow Americans, join our new alliance. … The Republican Party made a grievous error this week in ousting Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) from the House leadership for telling the truth about Donald Trump's “big lie,” which has wreaked havoc in our democratic republic by casting doubt over the 2020 election.
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Republicans' Overthrow of Cheney Creates New Problems for Party  —  As the party ties itself ever tighter to Trumpism, some Republicans worry about the implications for 2022 and far beyond.  “I don't think it's a healthy moment for the party,” said one congressman.
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
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.
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Hunter Walker / The Uprising:
Congressman Paul Gosar's Stunning Defense Of The January 6 Rioters  —  Good morning!  It's time to get up!  —  During Wednesday's House Oversight Committee hearing, titled “The Capitol Insurrection: Unexplained Delays and Unanswered Questions,” there were a few key moments that haven't gotten nearly enough attention.
Discussion: Insider, The Week and VICE
Washington Post:
A sprawling investigation: What we know so far about the Capitol riot suspects
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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: Reason, Townhall and Twitchy
Corinne Ramey / Wall Street Journal:
Prosecutors Seek Cooperation of Trump Confidante, Subpoena Manhattan Private School  —  Officials examine tuition payments for the grandchildren of Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg  —  New York prosecutors have subpoenaed a Manhattan private school as they seek the cooperation …
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
Martin E. Comas / Orlando Sentinel:
Joel Greenberg set for federal court hearing Monday, expected to plead guilty  —  A change of plea hearing has been scheduled for Monday in federal court in the case of Joel Greenberg, the former Seminole County tax collector who resigned in disgrace last June.
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Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Gaetz associate signals he will plead guilty in federal case, a worrisome development for the congressman
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
Discussion: HotAir
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McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Is Brett Kavanaugh Out for Revenge?  —  The suburban gentry of Chevy Chase, Maryland, had some difficulty making sense of Brett Kavanaugh's descent into villainy that fall.  He had always seemed so nice and nonthreatening to his neighbors, so normal—the khaki-clad carpool dad who coached …
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
Aaron Zitner / Wall Street Journal:
Trump-Biden Was Worst Presidential Polling Miss in 40 Years, Panel Says  —  Surveys overstated Democrats' support up and down the ballot, as some voters were less inclined to participate in polls  —  Public opinion surveys ahead of the 2020 presidential election were the most inaccurate in 40 years …
Discussion: The Hill and Twitchy
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 …
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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
Deena Winter / Wall Street Journal:
Judge Delays Trial in George Floyd Case  —  Trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter is delayed until March  —  A Hennepin County district judge delayed until March the trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged …
Political Kiwi:
Civil Unrest in Kenosha Likely Helped Donald Trump  —  Introduction  —  The 2020 Presidential Election was one for the history books.  A deadly pandemic, a uniquely unpopular President and mass protests stemming from the Black Lives Matter movement all culminated in an election result …
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 …
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 …
Lee Brown / New York Post:
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to pardon anyone charged for defying COVID rules  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will pardon anyone in the Sunshine State charged for not wearing masks or socially distancing — breaking the news live on air to a gym-owning couple who were facing jail time for defying coronavirus safety recommendations.
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 …
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Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Hillary Clinton to speak at AAPI Unity Summit
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jason Rezaian / Washington Post:
Don't believe the wild rumors on the Iran talks. Here's the real story.
Tyler Kingkade / NBC News:
Biden will nominate Catherine Lhamon to lead Education Department's civil rights office
Discussion: The White House
Deseret News:
‘A call for American renewal’: A manifesto from over 150 Republican Party reformers
Discussion: CNN
Jon Street / Fox News:
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Wall Street Journal:
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TSMC joins US chip coalition in a potential blow to China
Discussion: HotAir
John Daniel Davidson / The Federalist:
The Washington Post's Hit Piece On Josh Hawley Is Really A Hit Piece On All Conservatives
Discussion: Instapundit
Sen. Ron Johnson / Washington Examiner:
Getting vaccinated is a personal choice
Discussion: Forbes
Kristin Tate / The Hill:
Growing inflation is Biden's hidden tax on working Americans
Wall Street Journal:
JPMorgan, Others Plan to Issue Credit Cards to People With No Credit Scores
Discussion: New York Post