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3:00 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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Kelly Tyko / USA Today:
Trader Joe's is one of the first stores to drop mask requirement for fully vaccinated customers after CDC mask update  —  Trader Joe's has updated its mask policy and will not require customers who are fully vaccinated to wear a mask.  —  The specialty supermarket is believed …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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abc7NY:   Mask-wearing update in NY, NJ and CT: What to know
New York Times:
Hundreds of Epidemiologists Expected Mask-Wearing in Public for at Least a Year
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
There's No Vaccine Against the Irrational Fear of Monsters
Discussion: Twitchy, HuffPost and New York Times
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A cop's anger at GOP lies about Jan. 6 should put Republicans on the defensive  —  Opinion by  —  As the despicable GOP whitewashing of the Jan. 6 insurrection continues apace, House Democrats are set to force a vote on the creation of a commission to examine the assault.
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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 …
David Mastio / USA Today:
After ousting Liz Cheney, Republicans prove they're a bigger threat than 9/11 hijackers  —  The Big Lie that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump is like throwing gasoline on a fire.  It guarantees further violence.  —  The only person who clearly died from the violence on Jan. 6 …
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Liz Cheney doesn't go far enough
Discussion: IJR, USA Today and The Hill
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.
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.
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 …
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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
Department of Homeland Security:
Summary of Terrorism Threat to the U.S. Homeland  —  The Secretary of Homeland Security has issued a new National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin regarding the current heightened threat environment across the United States.  The Homeland is facing threats that have evolved significantly …
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
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 …
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.
Chad Arthur / Democracy Corps:
Home → Battleground Surveys → Trump's Engaged Party Defining The Battle For 2022  —  We conducted a large, mostly cell phone survey with an oversample of Republicans in the 2022 battleground for the U.S. Senate, governorships, and House, and it is painfully clear Don-ald Trump …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Mikael Thalen / The Daily Dot:
Trump hotel purposely spiked prices to keep out QAnon supporters, hacked police data reveals  —  The Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C. purposely spiked its prices in March in an effort to keep out supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory, hacked police data reveals.
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.
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Considers Contenders to Be His New Social-Media Outlet After Big Tech Crackdown  —  CloutHub and Skylab Apps are among companies vying to work with the former president, who was sidelined by Facebook and Twitter  —  Donald Trump, sidelined by Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. …
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 …
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
Melissa Roberto / Fox News:
Ted Cruz fires back at Seth Rogen for ‘fascist’ comments, slams Biden's ‘disastrous policies’ in the process  —  The ‘Long Shot’ actor called the lawmaker a ‘terrible man’  —  Fox News Flash top entertainment headlines for May 13  —  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Friday fired back at actor Seth Rogen …
 
 
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Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
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Ian Sample / The Guardian:
Delay in giving second jabs of Pfizer vaccine improves immunity
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Inside one network cashing in on vaccine disinformation
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Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Giuliani's son tells Russian state TV people don't want to live in America after FBI raided his dad
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