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1:10 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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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
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.
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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: ACA Signups, Japan Times and Althouse
abc7NY:   Mask-wearing update in NY, NJ and CT: What to know
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 …
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 …
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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 and CNBC
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
Nicholas Waller / New Europe:
Gaza media rules
Discussion: The Federalist
Gershom Gorenberg / Washington Post:
Israelis and Palestinians can't go on like this. Weep for us.
Discussion: Informed Comment
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
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.
Discussion: Insider, Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
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.
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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 …
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.
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
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 …
Clara Hill / Yahoo News:
Liz Cheney calls for criminal investigation into Trump in first interview since being ousted  —  Representative  —  Liz Cheney, who was ousted from her GOP congressional leadership post on Wednesday, has called for a criminal investigation into former president Donald
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.
Lara Seligman / Politico:
Turner to lead House GOP push for military sexual assault overhaul  —  Rep. Mike Turner is announcing plans on Friday to lead a new Republican effort in the House to overhaul how the military handles sexual assault and other serious crimes, amid a rise in cases in the ranks.
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John M. Donnelly / Roll Call:   Gillibrand military sexual assault bill gets supermajority status
The Hill:
GOP votes to replace Cheney with Stefanik after backing from Trump  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  House Republicans on Friday elevated Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) to replace Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) as the party's conference chair, capping a tumultuous three-week stretch …
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Emily Brooks / Washington Examiner:
House GOP elects Stefanik to replace Cheney as conference chairwoman
 
 
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Laura Saunders / Wall Street Journal:
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Joseph Cox / VICE:
Pentagon Surveilling Americans Without a Warrant, Senator Reveals
Discussion: AppleInsider and Gizmodo
Kylee Zempel / The Federalist:
Would An Actual Potato Be Better At Hosting ‘Reliable Sources’ Than Brian Stelter?
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
Jeff Stein / SpyTalk:
CIA Officer Became ‘Formidable Foe’ of U.S. Government
 Earlier Items: 
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Politico:
America's vanishing workforce
Bloomberg:
‘Covid Zero’ Havens Find Reopening Harder Than Taming Virus
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
Alanna Durkin Richer / Associated Press:
Marine Corps officer arrested for assault in Jan. 6 riot
New York Times:
Activists and Ex-Spy Said to Have Plotted to Discredit Trump ‘Enemies’ in Government