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9:55 AM ET, May 14, 2021

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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, Japan Times and The CT Mirror
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abc7NY:
Mask-wearing update in NY, NJ and CT: What to know … How mask-wearing update impacts Tri-State  —  NEW YORK (WABC) — So far, New York and New Jersey do not appear to be in a rush to make any changes in mask-wearing policies after the CDC issued new guidance Thursday.  —  But it's a different story in Connecticut.
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:
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
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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Tara Palmeri / Politico:   The Women Who Enabled Jeffrey Epstein
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
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.
Discussion: Washington Post, Fox News and CBS News
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Marjorie Taylor Greene's verbal assault on AOC reflects deranged anti-leftism
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.) …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Alanna Durkin Richer / Associated Press:
Marine Corps officer arrested for assault in Jan. 6 riot
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
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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Ian Sample / The Guardian:
Delay in giving second jabs of Pfizer vaccine improves immunity  —  Study finds antibodies against Sars-CoV-2 three-and-a-half times higher in people vaccinated again after 12 weeks rather than three  —  The UK's decision to delay second doses of coronavirus vaccines has received fresh support …
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
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.
Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
Masks Off!  Now Bring On The Vaccine Passports.  —  Plus: Liz Cheney does Fox  —  That strange feeling that you experienced yesterday afternoon?  Liberation?  Euphoria?  Actual excitement?  —  Shortly after 2 EDT, the director of the CDC, Rochelle Walensky, declared:
Discussion: Washington Post and Balloon Juice
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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Discussion: New York Post and Raw Story
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Matt Stieb / New York Magazine:
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Discussion: HotAir and InsideHook
ABC News:
Most states have reopened. Here's where new COVID outbreaks happened.
Discussion: OutKick and Twitchy
Washington Post:
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Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.