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3:05 PM ET, May 13, 2021


 Top Items: 
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 …
John Podesta's got a message for Joe Biden: Drop the Republicans
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 …
New York Times:
Vaccinated Americans now may go without masks in most places, the C.D.C. said.  —  In a sharp turnabout from previous recommendations, federal health officials on Thursday advised that Americans who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus may stop wearing masks or maintaining social distance …
Discussion: NPR
Associated Press:
AP source: Govt to ease up guidance on indoor mask-wearing  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday will ease indoor mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to safely stop wearing masks inside in most places, according to a person briefed on the announcement.
Washington Post:
CDC says fully vaccinated Americans no longer need masks indoors or outdoors in most cases  —  The relaxation of restrictions incentivizes people to get the shots and paves the way for a full reopening of society.  —  PLEASE NOTE  —  The Washington Post is providing this important information about the coronavirus for free.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Erika Edwards / NBC News:
CDC plans to drop mask requirements for fully vaccinated people  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to announce that people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 no longer need to wear masks or physically distance, indoors or outdoors in most circumstances …
Discussion: IJR, Forbes, Deseret News and KIFI-TV
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.
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: Balloon Juice and Reuters
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Republicans' Overthrow of Cheney Creates New Problems for Party
Cheney on Trump: 'He's going to unravel the democracy to come back into power'
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Gaetz associate signals he will plead guilty in federal case, a worrisome development for the congressman  —  A Florida politician who is central to the investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz for possible sex trafficking of a minor signaled Thursday that he will plead guilty in his own federal case …
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.
Washington Post:
A sprawling investigation: What we know so far about the Capitol riot suspects
Discussion: HuffPost and Washington Examiner
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Exclusive: Newly obtained bodycam footage shows moment DC police officer attacked by pro-Trump rioters
Devan Cole / CNN:
Sally Yates: I never thought that I'd be saying, ‘Yeah, go Liz Cheney’
Discussion: The Hill and KIFI-TV
Associated Press:
Israel begins firing artillery and tank shells into Gaza  —  GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel has begun firing artillery and tank shells into Gaza, and scores of families are fleeing their homes, Palestinian witnesses in the Gaza Strip said Thursday.  —  The use of artillery fire marks …
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Why Hamas Starts Wars It Always Loses
Liel Leibovitz / Tablet Magazine:
Playing American Race Politics in the Middle East
Discussion: HotAir and The Federalist
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: Townhall, Reason 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 …
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, Law & Crime and Raw Story
U.S. Department of Justice:
Active Duty U.S. Marine Corps Officer Arrested for Assault on Federal Law Enforcement Officer During Jan. 6 Capitol Breach  —  Defendant, Stationed in Virginia, Defied, Pushed and Resisted Capitol Police to Help Other Rioters Break into the U.S. Capitol  —  Note: A full copy of the charging documents can be viewed here.
Discussion: CBS News, CNBC, CNN, Forbes, Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Today's Paper  —  At first blush, the minimum-wage crowd manning the drive-thru at a Wendy's in the small town of Wadesboro, N.C., wouldn't seem to have much in common with the cosmopolitan staffers of Washingtonian, a magazine that serves the D.C. area.  But for a time earlier this month …
Discussion: Forbes
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
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 …
Discussion: HotAir
David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
Andrew Yang's Rivals Accuse Him of Cheating ... on a Pop Quiz  —  Did Andrew Yang know all the answers to a New York Times test about the city because he is the Math Guy, or does he know all the answers because he looked them up?  —  Some of Yang's rivals, all trailing the front-runner …
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 …
Ethan Chen / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Splitting of the Ticket Split  —  Dear Readers: We are excited to feature a first-time Crystal Ball contributor today, UVA student Ethan Chen.  He examines an interesting phenomenon in the 2020 House elections: a much more significant incumbency advantage for Republicans compared to Democrats.
Discussion: Bloomberg, USA Today and HuffPost
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 …
Discussion: New York Times, NPR and ABC News
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Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
EPA revokes Trump-era policy that loosened clean-air rules
Arutz Sheva:
Jew walking to synagogue is stabbed - in Lod
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Declan Garvey / The Dispatch:
'I Probably Won't Ever Speak to Her Again'
Discussion: The Daily Beast, HotAir and CNN
Michael E. Kanell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia to join GOP-led states ending extra jobless aid payments
Jake Lahut / Insider:
Cuomo attempts to define harassment at tense press conference: ‘If I make someone feel uncomfortable, that is not harassment’
Kevin Daley / Washington Free Beacon:
Judiciary Committee Splits on Controversial Justice Department Nominee
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: COVID-19 Vaccine Access, Information, and Experiences Among Hispanic Adults in the U.S.
Discussion: New York Times
 Earlier Items: 
Political Kiwi:
Civil Unrest in Kenosha Likely Helped Donald Trump
Discussion: HuffPost and Page Array
Deseret News:
‘A call for American renewal’: A manifesto from over 150 Republican Party reformers
Discussion: CNN
Wall Street Journal:
A Dangerous Pick at Justice
Wall Street Journal:
JPMorgan, Others Plan to Issue Credit Cards to People With No Credit Scores
Discussion: New York Post