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2:25 PM 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 …
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
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: The Guardian, Balloon Juice and Reuters
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Republicans' Overthrow of Cheney Creates New Problems for Party
Devan Cole / CNN:
Sally Yates: I never thought that I'd be saying, ‘Yeah, go Liz Cheney’
Discussion: The Hill and KIFI-TV
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
'It's a scary thing': Cheney expresses dismay after House GOP ousts her from leadership
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 …
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.
Gaetz ally plans to plead guilty and cooperate with prosecutors  —  (CNN)The ex-Florida tax collector with close ties to Rep. Matt Gaetz is planning to plead guilty on Monday in a federal court in Florida, according to a new filing Thursday.  —  As part of the deal, Joel Greenberg will cooperate …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Key player in federal probe into Gaetz set to plead guilty
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.
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 …
Washington Post:   CDC says fully vaccinated Americans no longer need masks indoors or outdoors in most cases
Erika Edwards / NBC News:
CDC plans to drop mask requirements for fully vaccinated people
Discussion: IJR, Forbes and Deseret News
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.
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, HuffPost, The Week and VICE
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
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 …
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Why Hamas Starts Wars It Always Loses  —  According to its exiled political leader, Hamas's war strategy — if that's the proper term for raining hundreds of randomly fired rockets on Israel — is working.  In a televised address on Tuesday evening, Ismail Haniya called the barrage a “victory” and “an honor for our people.”
Liel Leibovitz / Tablet Magazine:
Playing American Race Politics in the Middle East
Discussion: HotAir and The Federalist
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: CNBC, CNN, Forbes, Joe.My.God. 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
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 …
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: Insider, Raw Story, Politico, 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 …
Discussion: ABC News
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
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 …
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 …
Gaby Galvin / Morning Consult:
Nearly 3 in 5 Unvaccinated Adults Say a Big Financial Incentive Would Sway Them to Get a COVID-19 Shot  —  Survey indicates some vaccination incentives and requirements could move the needle for unvaccinated adults  — 57% of unvaccinated adults said a $1,000 savings bond would sway …
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Michael E. Kanell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia to join GOP-led states ending extra jobless aid payments
Discussion: New York Times
Ethan Chen / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Splitting of the Ticket Split
Discussion: HuffPost
Jake Lahut / Insider:
Cuomo attempts to define harassment at tense press conference: ‘If I make someone feel uncomfortable, that is not harassment’
The White House:
FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration to Invest $7 Billion from American Rescue Plan to Hire and Train Public Health Workers in Response to COVID-19
Discussion: and Breitbart
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
Political Kiwi:
Civil Unrest in Kenosha Likely Helped Donald Trump
Discussion: HuffPost
 Earlier Items: 
Deseret News:
‘A call for American renewal’: A manifesto from over 150 Republican Party reformers
Discussion: CNN
Jon Street / Fox News:
Chick-fil-A sauce shortage blamed on 'Joe Biden's America'
Wall Street Journal:
A Dangerous Pick at Justice
Sarah Chaney Cambon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Jobless Claims Fall to Another Pandemic Low
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
Wall Street Journal:
JPMorgan, Others Plan to Issue Credit Cards to People With No Credit Scores
Discussion: New York Post