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2:15 PM ET, May 14, 2021

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CNN:
Since-deleted video shows Marjorie Taylor Greene harassing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's office during 2019 Capitol Hill visit  —  (CNN)Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene confronted Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez outside the House chamber on Wednesday afternoon.
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MSNBC:
Rep. Greene ‘aggressively confronts’ Rep. Ocasio-Cortez in halls of Congress
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
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 …
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.
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abc7NY:   Mask-wearing update in NY, NJ and CT: What to know
CNN:
House strikes deal to create independent January 6 commission  —  Capitol officer to lawmakers downplaying insurrection: I don't get it  —  (CNN)The top Democrat and Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee struck a deal to create a bipartisan commission to investigate …
Discussion: Politico, POLITICUSUSA and IJR
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homeland.house.gov:
Chairman Thompson Announces Bipartisan Agreement with Ranking Member Katko to Create Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the Capitol
Sheera Frenkel / New York Times:
Lies on Social Media Inflame Israeli-Palestinian Conflict  —  Misinformation has flourished on Twitter, TikTok, Facebook and other social media about the violence between Israelis and Palestinians.  —  In a 28-second video, which was posted to Twitter this week by a spokesman …
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David Harris:
An open letter to Trevor Noah  —  I just watched your 10-minute monologue on the Israeli-Hamas conflict for your popular television program “The Daily Show” (May 11).  —  Frankly, it wasn't easy viewing.  In fact, I began talking back to the screen, but, obviously, to no avail, so I chose instead to write you this open letter.
Nicholas Waller / New Europe:
Gaza media rules
Discussion: The Federalist
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David Mastio / USA Today:
After ousting Liz Cheney, Republicans prove they're a bigger threat than 9/11 hijackers
The Hill:
GOP votes to replace Cheney with Stefanik after backing from Trump
Emily Brooks / Washington Examiner:
House GOP elects Stefanik to replace Cheney as conference chairwoman
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.
Benjy Sarlin / NBC News:
What do Republicans want on the economy?  They're not sure anymore  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was not a supporter of former President Donald Trump's quest to overturn the election.  But he has declined to weigh in on the party's ongoing purge of anti-Trump Republicans …
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Insider:
Matt Gaetz associate Joel Greenberg will plead guilty to 6 felony counts including sex trafficking, wire fraud, and identity theft  — The Matt Gaetz associate Joel Greenberg plans to plead guilty to six felony counts in a plea deal.  — The charges include sex trafficking, wire fraud, and identity theft.
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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Former Gaetz Confidant Pleads Guilty and Agrees to Cooperate  —  Joel Greenberg, a former tax collector in Florida, admitted to sex trafficking a minor and agreed to help in prosecutions of others.  —  A former confidant of Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida …
Dara Bitler / FOX31 Denver:
Suzanne Morphew's husband, accused in her murder, charged with submitting presidential ballot in her name  —  CHAFFEE COUNTY, Colo. — Prosecutors have filed new charges against Barry Morphew, alleging the man accused of murdering his missing wife submitted a presidential ballot in her name.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Slate, National Review and Raw Story
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Tara Palmeri / Politico:   The Women Who Enabled Jeffrey Epstein
Adam S. Minsky / Forbes:
College Cancels Student Loan Debt Using Money From Biden's Stimulus Bill  —  President Biden's recent stimulus bill provided funding for colleges and universities to cancel student loan debt, and some student loan borrowers are beginning to see the benefits.
Mikael Thalen / The Daily Dot:
Trump hotel purposely spiked prices to keep out QAnon supporters, hacked police data reveals  —  D.C. police say the hotel raised its rates as a ‘security tactic’ ahead of a prominent date in QAnon lore.  —  The Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C. purposely spiked its prices in March in an effort …
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.
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.
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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
American Greatness:
House Republicans Defy the January 6 Narrative  —  The script about that day might have been concocted by Democrats and the media but the true account of what happened before, during, and after is still being written.  —  It's about time.  —  U.S. Representative Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) …
Laura Saunders / Wall Street Journal:
The IRS Is Coming for Crypto Investors Who Haven't Paid Their Taxes  —  On the hunt for tax cheats, Uncle Sam is winning court battles to force cryptocurrency exchanges to reveal their customers.  Your big unreported profits on bitcoin, ether or dogecoin could translate into big problems with the IRS.
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.
 
 
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Joseph Cox / VICE:
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Lara Seligman / Politico:
Turner to lead House GOP push for military sexual assault overhaul
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Ian Sample / The Guardian:
Delay in giving second jabs of Pfizer vaccine improves immunity
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Russell Contreras / Axios:
Crime jumps after court-ordered policing changes
Discussion: National Review
Neal Rothschild / Axios:
Young people demand vaccination requirements for reopening
Jeff Stein / SpyTalk:
CIA Officer Became ‘Formidable Foe’ of U.S. Government
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America's vanishing workforce
Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Japan Times
Associated Press:
Inside one network cashing in on vaccine disinformation
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Giuliani's son tells Russian state TV people don't want to live in America after FBI raided his dad
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA