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9:05 AM ET, May 14, 2021

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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: It's not a civil war; it's a purge  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  Thursday was historic: America broke the back of the pandemic.  New cases are at an eight-month low.  Deaths are at a 10-month low.  Best of all, if you're vaccinated, you can take off your damn mask.
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New York Times:
Hundreds of Epidemiologists Expected Mask-Wearing in Public for at Least a Year  —  The C.D.C. said Thursday that vaccinated Americans no longer needed masks in most places.  Other disease experts recently had a different message: that masks were necessary in public.
Discussion: Althouse and Japan Times
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
Is This the End?  —  The announcement seemed to catch everyone off guard: Early Thursday afternoon, the government told Americans that if they were fully vaccinated against COVID-19, they did not need to wear a mask—indoors or outside, in groups small or large.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
A C.D.C. About-Face  —  The C.D.C. responds to scientific evidence and says vaccinated people rarely need masks.  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is finally catching up to the science.  —  For months, research about Covid-19 has pointed to two encouraging patterns.
Discussion: HotAir, NPR and The Daily Beast
Tara Palmeri / Politico:   The Women Who Enabled Jeffrey Epstein
New York Times:
C.D.C.'s New Mask Guidelines: Here's What to Know
New York Times:
Vaccinated Americans now may go without masks in most places, the C.D.C. said.
CNN:
Congressional Democrats have a 100% vaccination rate  —  Washington (CNN)Although the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that people fully vaccinated against Covid-19 do not need to wear masks or practice social distancing indoors or outdoors except under special circumstances …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Joe.My.God.
New York Times:
Activists and Ex-Spy Said to Have Plotted to Discredit Trump ‘Enemies’ in Government  —  The campaign included planned operations against President Trump's national security adviser at the time, H.R. McMaster, and F.B.I. employees, according to documents and interviews.
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Spies Somehow Failed to Get Trump Officials to Call Him Stupid on Hidden Camera
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
Gershom Gorenberg / Washington Post:
Israelis and Palestinians can't go on like this.  Weep for us.  —  Opinion by  —  JERUSALEM — We could go on forever this way, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his cheering squad wanted us to think.  The intifada was long past.  We were secure.
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Washington Examiner:
Biden needs to tell Democrats that Hamas is the bad guy
Washington Post:
Israeli forces escalate campaign in Gaza with tanks, artillery, planes; Hamas launches rockets
Associated Press:
Israel begins firing artillery and tank shells into Gaza
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
For Israel and Hamas, Hard Choices Before Any Talks Could Begin
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Marjorie Taylor Greene's verbal assault on AOC reflects deranged anti-leftism  —  Opinion by  —  As you may have heard, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) verbally harassed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) in the Capitol on Wednesday.  According to Post reporters who witnessed the event …
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David Harsanyi / National Review:
The Squad Is Rooting for Hamas  —  Ocasio-Cortez, usually a font of half-baked socialist economic ideas, now regularly offers thoughts on the Israeli-Palestinian situation to her 12 million Twitter followers.  —  Here is one: … First of all, there are no “expulsions of Palestinians.”
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Stacey Matthews / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Anti-Israel Congressman You Never Heard Of Whines About Why No One Is Attacking Him On Social Media
Discussion: Althouse
Jeff Stein / SpyTalk:
CIA Officer Became ‘Formidable Foe’ of U.S. Government  —  Janine Brookner took on the KGB, sexist rivals and Justice Department lawyers alike during a pioneering career as a spy and lawyer  —  Janine Brookner, who battled communist spies and boorish male bureaucrats alike during …
Mother Jones:
Leaked Video: Dark Money Group Brags About Writing GOP Voter Suppression Bills Across the Country  —  In a private meeting last month with big-money donors, the head of a top conservative group boasted that her outfit had crafted the new voter suppression law in Georgia and was doing the same …
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Giuliani's son tells Russian state TV people don't want to live in America after FBI raided his dad  —  The son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani went on Russian TV to push conspiracy theories about the federal investigation of his father.  —  Andrew Giuliani accused the American government …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
The Daily Caller:
EDITORIAL BOARD: The Intercept's Dirty Smear Job On Our Reporters Deserves A Response  —  Journalist Glenn Greenwald left The Intercept in late October of 2020 - and if Thursday's smear job on Daily Caller reporters is any indication, the publication has gone from journalism to activist garbage in just six short months.
Discussion: Fox News, The Hill, Mediaite and RedState
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The Intercept:
Meet the Riot Squad: Right-Wing Reporters Whose Viral Videos Are Used to Smear BLM
Discussion: spectator.us and National Review
Politico:
'Doesn't matter': Democrats reject GOP's debt limit demands  —  Senate Republicans dramatically changed their party rules to take a hard line on the debt limit in the coming months.  Democrats don't care.  —  In fact, the Democratic majority says it has no intention of negotiating …
New York Times:
Beneath Joe Biden's Folksy Demeanor, a Short Fuse and an Obsession With Details  —  As Mr. Biden settles into the office he has chased for more than three decades, aides say he demands hours of debate from scores of policy experts.  —  WASHINGTON — The commander in chief was taking his time, as usual.
New York Times:
Another Group of Scientists Calls for Further Inquiry Into Origins of the Coronavirus  —  Researchers urge an open mind, saying lack of evidence leaves theories of natural spillover and laboratory leak both viable.  —  A group of 18 scientists stated Thursday in a letter published …
Discussion: Reason
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Associated Press:
Inside one network cashing in on vaccine disinformation  —  The couple in the website videos could be hawking any number of products.  —  “You're going to love owning the platinum package,” Charlene Bollinger tells viewers, as a picture of a DVD set, booklets and other products flashes on screen.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Neal Rothschild / Axios:
Young people demand vaccination requirements for reopening  —  Three-quarters of people between 18-29 say vaccination should be required to return to campus or work, according to new Generation Lab/Axios polling, and 37% would refuse to come back unless those conditions are in place.
Scott MacFarlane / NBC4 Washington:
Former Staffer Sues US Congressman Alleging ‘Reckless’ Approach to COVID-19  —  A former staffer is suing U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., accusing the congressman of taking a “reckless” approach to COVID-19, exposing his staff and himself to the virus.  —  The suit alleges the congressman …
Shannon Bond / NPR:
Just 12 People Are Behind Most Vaccine Hoaxes On Social Media, Research Shows  —  Researchers have found just 12 people are responsible for the bulk of the misleading claims and outright lies about COVID-19 vaccines that proliferate on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Russell Contreras / Axios:
Crime jumps after court-ordered policing changes  —  Most police agencies in recent federally court-ordered reform agreements saw violent crime rates skyrocket immediately, according to an Axios examination of departments under consent decrees since 2012.  —  Why it matters …
Discussion: National Review
Joey Garrison / USA Today:
Cities are getting a windfall from Biden's COVID relief bill.  Now how are they going to spend it?  —  WASHINGTON — Mayors are accustomed to juggling priorities with limited city revenue: Park upgrades or staff pay increases?  Street paving or that long-awaited new community center?
Bloomberg:
‘Covid Zero’ Havens Find Reopening Harder Than Taming Virus  — Places aiming to eliminate virus lag as other countries reopen  — Travel-reliant Hong Kong and Singapore face biggest drawbacks  —  A smattering of places, mainly across the Asia Pacific region, have seen breathtaking victories …
Discussion: Japan Times
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
New Mask Guidance Is a Huge Gamble, Experts Say
Discussion: New York Post and Raw Story
William Kristol / The Bulwark:
Be Worried  —  New polling suggests it's growing likely Republicans will retake the House in 2022.
Matt Stieb / New York Magazine:
New York Yankees Somehow Have 8 COVID Cases in Vaccinated Staff
Discussion: HotAir and InsideHook
ABC News:
Most states have reopened. Here's where new COVID outbreaks happened.
Discussion: OutKick and Twitchy
Washington Post:
Company: Ex-Trump lawyer raiding nonprofit for personal use
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.