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2:35 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
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
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 …
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
Emily Brooks / Washington Examiner:
House GOP elects Stefanik to replace Cheney as conference chairwoman
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
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.
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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 …
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 …
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.
Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:
DarkSide, Hacking Group Linked to Colonial Pipeline Attack, Says It Is Closing Down  —  The criminal group linked to a cyber attack that disrupted U.S. gasoline deliveries this week told associates it is closing, a security research firm says  —  The criminal group linked to a cyberattack …
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.) …
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
Axios:
Democrats open to user fees for infrastructure deal  —  Some Senate Democrats are open to paying for a compromise infrastructure package by imposing user fees, including increasing the gas tax and raising money from electric car drivers through a vehicle-miles-traveled charge.
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:
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The Spike in Shootings During the Pandemic May Outlast the Virus
 Earlier Items: 
Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
Masks Off! Now Bring On The Vaccine Passports.
Discussion: Washington Post
Ian Sample / The Guardian:
Delay in giving second jabs of Pfizer vaccine improves immunity
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
Neal Rothschild / Axios:
Young people demand vaccination requirements for reopening
Jeff Stein / SpyTalk:
CIA Officer Became ‘Formidable Foe’ of U.S. Government
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