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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 …
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New York Times:
Hundreds of Epidemiologists Expected Mask-Wearing in Public for at Least a Year
Jason Campbell / Media Matters for America:
Fox News says new CDC recommendations on mask wearing are just a distraction
Discussion: CNN, Washington Examiner and CNBC
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
There's No Vaccine Against the Irrational Fear of Monsters
Discussion: Twitchy, HuffPost and New York Times
abc7NY:   Mask-wearing update in NY, NJ and CT: What to know
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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.
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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Liz Cheney doesn't go far enough
Discussion: IJR, USA Today and The Hill
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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Orlando Sentinel:
Joel Greenberg to plead guilty to 6 counts, cooperate with federal investigators in plea agreement
Discussion: Florida Politics
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.
Hagai El-Ad / Washington Post:
Israel has chosen a two-tiered society. Violence is the inevitable result.
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:
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.
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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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.
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 …
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. …
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
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.
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.) …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
 
 
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The White House:
Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Biden administration mum on tracking migrant kids
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Matthew Smith / YouGov:
Rumble in the jungle: what animals would win in a fight?
Discussion: BroBible
Feargus O'Sullivan / Bloomberg:
Paris Will Ban Through Traffic in City Center
Ali Swenson / Associated Press:
Conservatives seize on gas crunch to blame Biden, stir base
Discussion: Twitchy
Laura Saunders / Wall Street Journal:
The IRS Is Coming for Crypto Investors Who Haven't Paid Their Taxes
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Joseph Cox / VICE:
Pentagon Surveilling Americans Without a Warrant, Senator Reveals
Discussion: TheBlaze, AppleInsider and Gizmodo
Kylee Zempel / The Federalist:
Would An Actual Potato Be Better At Hosting ‘Reliable Sources’ Than Brian Stelter?
homeland.house.gov:
Chairman Thompson Announces Bipartisan Agreement with Ranking Member Katko to Create Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the Capitol
Troy Closson / New York Times:
The Spike in Shootings During the Pandemic May Outlast the Virus
Ian Sample / The Guardian:
Delay in giving second jabs of Pfizer vaccine improves immunity
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
Shannon Bond / NPR:
Just 12 People Are Behind Most Vaccine Hoaxes On Social Media, Research Shows
Politico:
America's vanishing workforce
Associated Press:
Inside one network cashing in on vaccine disinformation
Discussion: Joe.My.God.