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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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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Marjorie Taylor Greene's verbal assault on AOC reflects deranged anti-leftism
MSNBC:
Rep. Greene ‘aggressively confronts’ Rep. Ocasio-Cortez in halls of Congress
Discussion: HuffPost
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: Japan Times, Althouse 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 …
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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
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Elise Stefanik elected to replace Liz Cheney as House GOP Conference chair
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.
Discussion: Breitbart and Althouse
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
Deadline:
‘Real Time With Bill Maher’ Cancels This Week's Show After HBO Host Tests Positive For Covid-19  —  EXCLUSIVE: HBO has scrapped this week's episode of Real Time with Bill Maher after the comedian tested positive for Covid-19.  Maher, who is vaccinated and asymptomatic, tested positive during …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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
Nicholas Waller / New Europe:
Gaza media rules  —  No sooner had Palestinian “worshipers” on the Temple Mount chanted “Bomb, bomb Tel Aviv,” than Hamas gladly obliged and fired hundreds of rockets at Israeli civilians.  To the applause of some of Jerusalem's Palestinian residents, the Islamists' first target was the very city …
Discussion: The Federalist
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Gershom Gorenberg / Washington Post:
Israelis and Palestinians can't go on like this. Weep for us.
Discussion: Informed Comment
homeland.house.gov:
Chairman Thompson Announces Bipartisan Agreement with Ranking Member Katko to Create Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the Capitol  —  (WASHINGTON) - Today, Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) announced that he has reached an agreement …
Discussion: CBS News, Insider, NBC News and Mediaite
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
Kylee Zempel / The Federalist:
Would An Actual Potato Be Better At Hosting ‘Reliable Sources’ Than Brian Stelter?  —  I can never forget about Brian Stelter for as long as I'd like to before his name, voice, or melodrama seep into my Twitter feed one way or another.  On Wednesday, it was because the CNN host liked …
 
 
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Joseph Cox / VICE:
Pentagon Surveilling Americans Without a Warrant, Senator Reveals
Discussion: AppleInsider and Gizmodo
Lara Seligman / Politico:
Turner to lead House GOP push for military sexual assault overhaul
Discussion: Roll Call
Amara Omeokwe / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Shoppers Continued Stimulus-Fueled Spending in April
Discussion: The National Interest
Mario H. Lopez / The Bulwark:
The Racist Roots of the Anti-Immigration Tanton Network
Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
Masks Off! Now Bring On The Vaccine Passports.
Discussion: Washington Post and Balloon Juice
Russell Contreras / Axios:
Crime jumps after court-ordered policing changes
Discussion: National Review
Neal Rothschild / Axios:
Young people demand vaccination requirements for reopening
Shannon Bond / NPR:
Just 12 People Are Behind Most Vaccine Hoaxes On Social Media, Research Shows
 Earlier Items: 
Politico:
America's vanishing workforce
Bloomberg:
‘Covid Zero’ Havens Find Reopening Harder Than Taming Virus
Discussion: Japan Times
New York Times:
Another Group of Scientists Calls for Further Inquiry Into Origins of the Coronavirus
Discussion: Reason
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
New Mask Guidance Is a Huge Gamble, Experts Say
Discussion: New York Post
Mother Jones:
Leaked Video: Dark Money Group Brags About Writing GOP Voter Suppression Bills Across the Country