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Biden Revokes Trump Border Policy, Welcomes Migrants Without Means for Health Care

By Penny Starr
  • President Joe Biden will reverse former President Donald Trump’s policy to require immigrants to have the means to pay for health care so they would not rely on government programs, he said during a meeting with so-called Dreamers on Friday.
  • Biden has rolled back a number of Trump-era immigration policies in his first few months in office, moves that some say have contributed to a surge in migrants at the southern border, including border wall construction, increased interior enforcement and the Migrant Protection Protocols, which kept migrants in Mexico while they awaited their hearings.
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Since Truman First Backed Israel, US Jews Have Proved They Are Not a Monolith

By Matthew Rozsa
  • Growing up as an American Jew in the 1990s, I was taught to view Truman as an icon, a hero for the Jewish people, the brave president who opposed his own State Department and became the first world leader to recognize Israel after it declared itself to be a new nation.
  • Wallace only received 3% of the national popular vote, but won 15% of the Jewish vote — running in the year Israel was created and against the president given credit for helping to make that happen.
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California’s biggest schools clash: To Zoom or not to Zoom?

By Mackenzie Mays
  • California Gov. Gavin Newsom and influential state lawmakers are standing firm against allowing distance learning next school year, saying that children are best served by returning to classrooms for social and academic reasons.
  • While he and lawmakers are still working on details, Newsom's plan would impose more rigorous rules for such online instruction, which would likely take place in "virtual academies." That path could mean that students who want to stick with distance learning would have to leave their current campuses.
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$200 Epstein Property Deal Comes Under Fire as ‘Fraudulent’

By Andrew West
  • A shadowy deed filed last year in New Mexico claims ownership of parts of late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s Zorro Ranch, a sprawling 21,000-square-foot desert mansion on nearly 10,000 acres of land, according to a report.
  • Daniel Weiner, an Epstein estate attorney, said Love and Bliss are the same people who filed a fraudulent deed for Epstein’s estate in Florida, which “cost the estate money and court time to get it thrown out.”
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Concern For ‘Irreparable Damage’: Dominion Voting Systems Will Not Release Ballot Tab Passwords To Arizona Audit

By Staff
  • NEW "No company should be compelled to participate in such an irresponsible act": Dominion Voting Systems responds to Arizona Senate Republicans' demand for passwords to ballot tabulators.
  • Although the Board of Supervisors is controlled by Republicans, they’ve refused to comply with demands from the state Senate, which is also GOP-controlled, to hand over election data for an audit.
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GOP Chair Elise Stefanik: Justice Department Is ‘Trying to Block’ Maricopa County Audit

By Jack Phillips
  • Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), who was recently elected as the House Republican Conference chair, said that the Department of Justice’s questions about the audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County, Arizona, may be unconstitutional.
  • The Justice Department on May 5 sent a letter to Arizona Senate Leader Karen Fann, a Republican, inquiring about the custody of the ballots under review by a group of private contractors, alleging that it other processes—including the canvassing of addresses—could be “voter intimidation.”
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11 people shot in 8 bloody hours across NYC, one fatally

  • A man was taken to Lincoln Hospital after being hit by gunfire at 168th Street and University Avenue, and another victim was gunned down at 2579 Decatur Avenue, just steps from Fordham University, according to sources.
  • Three injured men and a woman walked to the hospital after bullets rang out at 9 p.m., while a fourth man died at the 1625 Webster Avenue scene, according to sources.
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Former President Donald Trump Shares Statement – 2020 Election Will Be Known As The ‘Crime Of The Century’

By Staff
  • “In the aggregate, the panel said, polls overstated support for Democratic nominee Joe Biden by 3.9 percentage points in the national popular vote in the final two weeks of the campaign.
  • “The Mainstream Media and Radical Left Democrats want to stay as far away as possible from the Presidential Election Fraud, which should be one of the biggest stories of our time.”
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Minneapolis Suburb OKs Plans to Limit Police in Making Arrests

  • Elected officials in a Minneapolis suburb where a police officer fatally shot Daunte Wright during a traffic stop in April approved a resolution that puts the city on track to major changes to its policing practices.
  • The Brooklyn Center City Council voted 4-1 Saturday in favor of a resolution that would create new divisions of unarmed civilian employees to handle non-moving traffic violations and respond to mental health crises.
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Behind the saga of Biden and Trump lies the fight for democracy around the world

By Paul Rosenberg
  • But there's an air of unreality hovering over all such portrait-mode coverage when a broader landscape view shows that the very survival of democracy is up for grabs — not just in the U.S., where GOP House members are in deep denial about the Jan. 6 insurrection while Republican legislators have introduced voter suppression bills in 47 states, but around the world.
  • " Inspired by the V-Dem model, Grumbach developed a measure of subnational democratic performance called the State Democracy Index.
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Ohio State professor jailed for three years for lying about Chinese funding

By Jerry Dunleavy
  • A former professor at the Ohio State University who had pleaded guilty to making false statements to federal authorities related to concealing his financial ties to China while receiving funding from the National Institutes of Health was sentenced to more than three years in prison on Friday and was ordered to pay millions in restitution.
  • Zheng was arrested in July 2020 while apparently trying to flee to China after he illegally received more than $4 million in grants from NIH while he concealed his affiliation with China’s Talents Plan at Sun-Yat Sen University, and he pleaded guilty in November 2020 to lying to investigators about what prosecutors called an “immunology research fraud scheme.”
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Biden Throws Out Trump Plan That Would Have Barred Immigrants Deemed a ‘Burden’ to US Health Care System

By Andrew Jose, The Western Journal

A Friday proclamation from President Joe Biden effectively revoked a Trump-era order that aimed to deny visas to immigrants deemed to be a burden financially on the United States health care system. “The suspension of entry imposed in Proclamation 9945 of October 4, 2019 (Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Will Financially Burden the United

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Netanyahu Explains Airstrike on Building Housing Press: Contained ‘Palestinian Terrorist Organization’

By Pam Key
  • PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU: Well, we share with our American friends all that intelligence and here’s the intelligence we had, it’s about Palestinian terrorist- an intelligence office for the Palestinian terrorist organization housed in that building that plots and organizes the terror attacks against Israeli civilians.
  • It’s inconceivable you would have talked to him and not shared proof of Hamas in those buildings that housed the journalists.
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WATCH: Democratic Judge Loses It – Smashes Gavel Multiple Times After Lt Gov. Provides Seamless Speech Regarding Voter Integrity

By Staff
  • A few people, two or three judges, that said ‘I know that 55, 60 percent of the people in North Carolina said they want voter ID, but I don’t think so and I’m a king and I know better than you, so I’m going to strike that law down.'”
  • “Am I to believe that black Americans, who have overcome the atrocities of slavery, who were victorious in the civil rights movement and now sit in the highest levels of this government, cannot figure out how to get a free ID to secure their votes?”
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CDC Director Grilled for Creating ‘Confusion’ on Mask Guidelines

By Justin Baragona
  • On Sunday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky found herself struggling to defend the agency’s confusing and abrupt announcement that vaccinated people didn’t need to wear masks anymore, insisting that she was merely “following the science” rather than bowing to political pressure.
  • Pointing to the “increasing pressure” the CDC was facing from politicians and media to relax or eliminate mask guidelines amid plunging COVID cases and deaths, Wallace asked Walensky if she could “state flatly to the American people that pressure had nothing to do with the abrupt shift” in the CDC’s guidelines.
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NYPD Expresses Frustration After Being Banned from Pride Parade

By Andrew West
  • The president of the New York Police Department’s Gay Officers Action League called the New York City Pride Parade’s Saturday decision to ban law enforcement from the festivities “shameful.”
  • Now, the anti-police rhetoric is taking root again in New York City, where officers with the NYPD will be banned from participating in The Big Apple’s gay pride parade until at least 2025.
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Sen. Ernst: Bill On Military Handling of Sex Assault a ‘Template’ of Bipartisanship

  • In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation” along with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D.N.Y., Ernst touted the bill that would, for the first time, move cases out of the chain of command to trained military prosecutors rather than commanders who often lack legal training.
  • Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, on Sunday said a bipartisan effort behind a bill to overhaul the military’s handling of sexual assault cases could serve as a “template” for Congress on how to move legislation, proving “bipartisanship is alive and well.”
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in AZ, Big Liar still tries to overthrow government with more lies to support his unhingery

  • PHOENIX (AP) — The Republican who now leads the Arizona county elections department targeted by a GOP audit of the 2020 election results is slamming former President Donald Trump and others in his party for their continued falsehoods about how the election was run.
  • "We can’t indulge these insane lies." The Republican who now leads the Arizona county elections department targeted by a GOP audit of the 2020 election results is slamming former President Donald Trump for his continued falsehoods about the election.
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Am. Airlines pilot hit with ‘internal review’ for online criticism of critical race theory

By Vivek Saxena
  • American Airlines has caved to the “woke” mob and is now investigating a 32-year veteran pilot for the non-crime thoughtcrime of criticizing his local school district’s embrace of radical critical race theory propaganda.
  • The airline was alerted to 62-year-old pilot Gut Midkiff’s thoughtcrimes by members of the Southlake Anti-Racism Coalition, a coalition of “woke” teens that’s been lobbying to introduce racial essentialist propaganda into the Carroll Independent School District.
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Anti-Fascism Is Not Simply a Moral Objection — It Is a Practical One

By Kevin Van Meter
  • Not that it is a choice against one or the other, or that metapolitics are anti-materialist, but that part of this struggle must be cultural, otherwise the modalities that fascists are offering, which do undermine some of the basic post-enlightenment assumptions, would seem like they’re from another planet to many people.
  • The fascist power inside of the Republican Party — meaning the far right influences that are there in varying degrees at varying points — do have the ability to shift actual state power in the direction of fascism.
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CDC Director Says Change on Mask Guidelines Not Due to Political Pressure

By GQ Pan
  • As host Chris Wallace noted, as of Wednesday night, Walensky was still arguing that fully vaccinated Americans should continue to wear masks indoors.
  • On Thursday, however, the updated CDC guidelines stated that those who have been fully vaccinated “can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic” and do not have to wear a mask or socially distance in most indoor and outdoor settings.
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It’s not cops beating Black people to death. It’s the sickle cell trait, medical examiners allege

By Lauren Floyd
  • Law enforcement officers, their attorneys, and medical examiners have been using the sickle cell trait to avoid accountability in at least 46 cases in which a Black person died in custody, the newspaper reported on Saturday.
  • These are just about half of the Black people whose deaths in police custody were associated in some way with the sickle cell trait, the The New York Times found:
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Japan’s Olympic-Sized Problem

By Matt Alt
  • (The Games were eventually cancelled altogether, after the outbreak of the Second World War.) The 1964 Summer Olympics, in Tokyo, represented a triumphant comeback for a country that in wartime defeat had fallen to the status of a “fourth-rate nation,” as General Douglas MacArthur put it just days after Japan’s surrender.
  • (Due to bureaucratic red tape, Pfizer remains the only vaccine currently approved for use in Japan.) Infections continue to rage in major cities—the nation experienced more deaths from COVID -19 in the first four months of 2021 than it did in all of 2020, and, as a percentage of the population, the death rate in Osaka is currently outstripping that of India.
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‘You Can’t Be A Rubber Stamp’: Michigan Republican Says He’s Not Scared To Oppose Trump

By Elizabeth Louise
  • Republican Michigan Rep. Fred Upton said during a Sunday interview that he’s not afraid to oppose former President Donald Trump, explaining that “you can’t be a rubber stamp.”
  • “I have never been afraid to be for or against a particular president regardless of party and trying to get things done,” he continued, adding that “you can’t be a rubber stamp.”
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Devin Nunes Embarrasses Himself & GOP During Sunday Fox Disaster

By Caleb Newton
  • Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) peddled outrageous conspiracy theories about the origin of COVID-19 during an appearance on the Fox News program Sunday Morning Futures over the weekend, suggesting that the U.S. government could be financially tied to the origin of the virus that has swept the world.
  • In short, the idea is that research funding from U.S. federal authorities may have gone to certain non-profits and supported scientific endeavors that led to the creation of the pandemic-driving pathogen — but just recently, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health repeatedly insisted while under oath at a public Senate hearing that the U.S.
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Unemployment Job Search Requirements Return. Is It Too Soon?

By Sydney Ember
  • Business groups say bringing back work search requirements will help juice the labor market and dissuade workers from waiting to return to their old employers or holding out for remote or better-paying jobs.
  • When he explained his situation to people at the State Labor Department, they suggested that he just say he had looked for work, because the state’s system had no way to account for health cases like his.
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Maya Wiley Lands Major Endorsement From Rep. Hakeem Jeffries

By Katie Glueck
  • The decision by Mr. Jeffries, who is the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and represents parts of Brooklyn and Queens, comes at an inflection point both for Ms. Wiley and in the volatile race more broadly, nearly five weeks before the June 22 primary that is likely to decide the next mayor.
  • Mr. Jeffries, New York’s top House Democrat, said he intended to engage in significant efforts on Ms. Wiley’s behalf, including making campaign appearances with her.
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FBI reclassifies 2017 shooting of GOP lawmakers as domestic terrorism

By Rowan Scarborough
  • Under Republican pressure, the FBI has reclassified the 2017 near-massacre of more than a dozen GOP lawmakers at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, from “suicide by cop” to an act of domestic terrorism.
  • At the same time, the FBI sent Mr. Wenstrup a letter that said, “The FBI considers the Simpson Field shooting an act of domestic terrorism under the umbrella of domestic violent extremism.”
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“Meet the Press” gets heated as Chuck Todd spars with Dan Crenshaw over GOP’s slide into Trumpism

By Brett Bachman
  • Crenshaw, who earlier in the show said that questions over the legitimacy of the 2020 election should be dropped, countered Todd by saying, "You guys in the press love doing this.
  • It was an unusually contentious Sunday morning on NBC's "Meet the Press" as host Chuck Todd sparred with Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, over reporting on the continued falsehoods being pushed by former President Donald Trump about the 2020 election.
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Portland Residents Won’t Visit Riot-Ravaged, ‘Trashed’ And ‘Sad’ Downtown

By Emily Zanotti
  • “Residents in the metro area surrounding Portland, Oregon, say the city’s downtown is dirty, unsafe, and uninviting, and they don’t expect to visit as often,” The New York Post reported Sunday, citing The Oregonian’s poll.
  • Portland, Oregon, residents are increasingly wary of the city’s downtown area, following a sharp spike in violence, a nearly year-long campaign of rioting, and a growing homelessness problem, according t o a poll taken by The Oregonian .
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‘Joe Biden Is The New Jimmy Carter 2.0’: As Several Crises Make Odd Resemblance To The 1970s – More And More Spending

By Staff
  • The last full year of the Carter presidency, the inflation rate, like the price of gas during his administration, had more than doubled to 13.5%.
  • That’s the comparison being made by Republican lawmakers and conservative commentators as the Biden administration confronted a series of familiar crises last week – specifically, gas shortages and rising consumer good prices.
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‘I Prefer Old-Fashioned Bigotry That’s Obvious’: Civil Rights Activist Blasts ‘Insidious’ Critical Race Theory

By Shakhzod Yuldoshboev
  • American civil rights leader Robert Woodson called Critical Race Theory (CRT) a “much more insidious” bigotry that plants the seeds of “black self-doubt and self-destruction” during an interview Sunday.
  • “Governor Stitt said he was removed over what he says is a fairly benign and obvious statement, ‘we’re gonna require that schools don’t teach one race is better or worse than another.’ Your thoughts?”
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Todd Rips Crenshaw For Backing Trump’s Voter Fraud Lies

By John Amato

NBC's Chuck Todd took apart Rep. Dan Crenshaw's nonsensical attacks on the mainstream media, while Crenshaw was defending Traitor Trump and the entire GOP for promoting their outrageous voter fraud lies. The discussion got heated when the Meet the Press host brought up the ouster of Liz Cheney from her leadership position.

Crenshaw pretended Republican voters don't care about the voter fraud lies, Trump, or Liz Cheney. This is ridiculous, given every Republican who has correctly and publicly stated that Trump is lying about the election and the insurrection has been either censored, or kicked out of the GOP. Liz Cheney is just the latest victim of GOP cancel culture.

Todd asked, "Why should anybody believe a word you say, if the Republican party itself doesn't have credibility?"

On Saturday, Traitor Trump published another unhinged rant against leaders McCarthy and McConnell, blaming them for his election loss because of voter fraud, and for not sending the electoral votes back to their states to overturn the 2020 election.

Rep. Crenshaw even signed on to the wacko Texas lawsuit against other states, so Todd reminded him that Trump weaponizes these bogus attempts to delegitimize the 2020 election. He asked the Texas Congressman if he saw Trump's latest unhinged rants from Saturday, since he's the leader of the Republican Party.

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Israel reveals ‘smoking gun’ evidence proving Hamas worked in AP building; reporter contradicts AP president’s claims

By Chris Enloe
  • Former Associated Press reporter Matti Friedman directly contradicted Associated Press President and CEO Gary Pruitt, who claimed Saturday the AP was unaware that Hamas terrorists were using the same building in Gaza City where AP and other media outlets housed their Gaza bureaus.
  • In a statement, Pruitt claimed his staffers "had no indication" Hamas worked from the building, and demanded Israel reveal evidence to prove terrorists, in fact, occupied the building.
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‘It Is A Perfectly Legitimate Target’: Netanyahu Confirms Israel Shared Intelligence Proving AP Building Housed Hamas

By Beth Baumann
  • On Sunday, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed his intelligence agencies shared information with the United States indicating Hamas shared an office building with the Associated Press.
  • As The Daily Wire previously reported, “The IDF’s strikes on terrorist targets inside Gaza comes after terrorists with Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad have fired approximately 3,000 rockets at Israeli citizens over the last week, killing nearly a dozen people and wounding hundreds.
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Finally, Chuck Todd Didn’t “Leave It Right There For Now”

By Timothy Evans
  • During this morning’s Q&A with Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), however, Todd pushed back hard when the lawmaker attempted to distance himself from the “big lie” that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump and that Liz Cheney’s ouster from the GOP’s number three leadership position in the House wasn’t really about her opposition to the former president’s ongoing command to the party.
  • After he showed a clip of Cheney saying that Republicans have “got to be able to tell people you can trust us” and therefore need to reject Trump’s lies about the election, Todd questioned Crenshaw’s insistence that it was merely about a “disagreement” on the election results.
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Israeli Airstrikes Killed 33 Palestinians Sunday as Hamas Fired Morning Rockets into Israel

By Wendell Husebo
  • Meanwhile, the White House told Israel on Saturday the security of journalists is important after Israeli forces destroyed a building where journalist worked and Hamas “placed military assets.”
  • “We have communicated directly to the Israelis that ensuring the safety and security of journalists and independent media is a paramount responsibility,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted after Israeli Defense Forces destroyed a building that housed the Associated Press and Al Jazeera in Gaza City.
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Protests Across Israel Signal Growing Palestinian Solidarity

By Maha Nassar
  • Since May 9, 2021, thousands of Palestinian citizens of Israel, numbering some 1.9 million people and often referred to as “Arab Israelis,” have taken to the streets to express support for their fellow Palestinians in Gaza and Jerusalem.
  • Following Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem in 1967, Palestinian citizens of Israel and those under occupation met one another regularly, leading them to develop a sense of joint struggle .
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AOC Tells Instagram Followers: ‘If You Want to Keep Wearing a Mask, Then Do It’

By Jacob Bliss
  • Fully vaccinated, far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) told her Instagram followers late Friday evening she will “probably” continue to wear a mask despite the new set of guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • The New York Democrat told her 8.8 million followers on the platform’s story setting, “if you want to keep wearing a mask then do it!”
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AZ Epicenter for Potential Voter Fraud Revelations

By Kevin Jackson

The following article, AZ Epicenter for Potential Voter Fraud Revelations, was first published on The Black Sphere.

We now wait for the Arizona recount with all the anticipation of the Durham report. Let’s hope we get results faster than that of John Durham. Who knows how things will turn out. Not because Democrats didn’t cheat. But they continue to cheat. So what America and the world knows that Donald Trump suffered a

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Classic Article on Paranoia By Adolf Meyer

  • It is quite possible that the psychological elements had better be dropped as essentials of a dynamic psychology, and that the maintenance of the sharp division of sensation, idea, emotion and will is not worth the effort, except in their proper place and sphere, especially when we inquire into the specific participation of definite sense-organs and nervous mechanisms for our neurological diagnoses.
  • Broadly speaking, almost every mental activity allows us to recognize relations to two fundamental systems, that of the shaping of the personal physio-psychological ('emotional') attitudes of our circulatory, respiratory and vegetative side, and that of the more fleeting and more impersonal neuro-muscular ('intellectual') relations, based on the sense organs per se and the muscular apparatus carrying and directing them.
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U.S. struggles for leverage in escalating Israeli-Palestinian clash

By David R. Sands
  • At the request of Saudi Arabia, foreign ministers of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation held an emergency virtual summit Sunday calling for an end to Israeli strikes and military activity in the Gaza Strip.
  • The Biden administration struggled to find a diplomatic foothold Sunday in a bid to contain escalating clashes between Israel and Palestinian Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, even as other outside players stepped up their efforts to mediate the crisis.
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Biden Infrastructure Plan Is a Step Toward Equity and Countering Climate Crisis

By C.J. Polychroniou
  • It is not the least bit surprising that lots of people, including investors and businesses of all sizes, as well as high-end individual taxpayers, would be worried about Biden’s proposed tax increases to finance the Jobs and Families plans….
  • In this exclusive interview for Truthout, one of the world’s leading progressive economists, Robert Pollin, distinguished professor of economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, explains what Biden’s economic plan means for the majority of American people and how it will help create a somewhat fairer tax system.
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Space Force Officer Relieved After Denouncing Marxism, Critical Race Theory in Military

By Jack Phillips
  • A U.S. Space Force officer was relieved of his post after he published a book that warned of the spread of Marxism and critical race theory in the military.
  • Matthew Lohmeier of command of the 11th Space Warning Squadron, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, May 14, due to loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead,” the Space Force said in a statement to various news outlets over the weekend.
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Trump Hails ‘Trump Vaccine’ as ‘Greatest Bet in History’

  • "I did something which was maybe the greatest bet ever made in history, in a sense, because I bought billions and billions of dollars of the vaccine, before it was approved, before they knew for sure that it was going to work," Trump told Cosby.
  • Trump's Operation Warp Speed pushed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to get the vaccines researched, developed, tested, approved, and distributed in nine months – and that work was not without risk.
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Kyrsten Sinema Just Wondering How Democrats Will Pass Voting Rights Bill That She’s Helping The GOP Block

By Stephen Robinson
  • That's sweet and all, but meanwhile, in Tucson, Arizona, which is the state Sinema safely represents in the bipartisan way, the executive director of Heritage Action, Jessica Anderson, bragged to donors last month in a leaked video about how “quickly and quietly" they were able to pass these voter suppression laws.
  • Kissing the police's blue meanie asses is a longstanding American tradition, but it's not going to help Sinema pass the For the People Act. She should try actively countering Republican lies about the bill and even occasionally mentioning that the legislation exists.
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Liz Cheney Calls On FBI To Investigate Kevin McCarthy’s ‘Complicit’ Role In Jan. 6 Attack

By David
  • During an interview on Fox News, Cheney told host Chris Wallace that she was ousted from Republican leadership because she refused to be "complicit" in spreading former President Donald Trump's so-called "Big Lie" about the 2020 election being stolen.
  • Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) on Sunday suggested that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is withholding "important information" about the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
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Liz Cheney: McCarthy and Stefanik Are Complicit in Spreading the ‘Big Lie’

By Justin Baragona
Fox News Sunday

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) called out House Republican leadership on Sunday morning, claiming they are complicit in spreading former President Donald Trump’s “Big Lie” that the 2020 election was stolen from him. Appearing on Fox News Sunday just days after she was replaced as the House Republican conference chair by Trump loyalist Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), who recently said the GOP was “unified in working with” Trump, Cheney recounted recent comments she made to her colleagues.

“What I said in my last remarks to the conference as chairwoman of the conference was that if they were looking for leaders who would be complicit in spreading the big lie, I wasn’t their person, that there were plenty of other people that would do that,” she said, prompting anchor Chris Wallace to ask if she was saying Stefanik and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy are complicit.

“They are. And I’m not willing to do that,” she replied, adding: “What’s happening right now with Donald Trump and his continued attacks on the Constitution and the rule of law is dangerous and we all have an obligation to stand up against that.”

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Israel to continue Gaza operation, officials rule out cease-fire for now

By Barak Ravid
  • Driving the news: Senior officials and cabinet members who are closely involved in the Gaza operation told me before the meeting that military achievements against Hamas so far, along with growing international pressure against civilian casualties and the degrading humanitarian situation in Gaza warrant a gradual move to cease-fire talks.
  • The Israeli security cabinet on Sunday decided to continue the Gaza operation, according to military plans.
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Biden’s America: Democrats see competence, Republicans see chaos

By Matt Viser and Sean Sullivan
  • As Biden and his aides seek to project steadiness, many Republicans are offering an alternative interpretation: The world is increasingly engulfed in chaos on Biden’s watch as gas prices surge, crime rates rise, border crossings grow and the costs of consumer goods threaten to spike.
  • The White House is approaching the problems — all politically sensitive — with a degree of calm and caution, even as some allies want Biden to be more forceful before events spiral further.
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An Election Audit of Voting Machines in Small New Hampshire Town Could Have Far-Reaching Implications

By Jack Davis
  • As New Hampshire Public Radio noted, the core issue is that there was roughly a 400-vote difference between the vote totals that separated two candidates for state representative on election night and the totals that emerged after a state-operated recount took place a week later.
  • When something didn’t add up about the vote in tiny Windham, New Hampshire, a chain of events unfolded that resulted in an audit of the town’s voting machines beginning last week.
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Essential Workers Concerned About CDC’s New Mask Guidance

By Laura Clawson

The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union, which represents many grocery workers, is not happy about the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions’ (CDC) new guidance that vaccinated people can go unmasked indoors. Food and retail workers, after all, have been contending all along with people who refused rules about masks, and are now guaranteed to have to contend with people who may be lying about being vaccinated. The honor system guidance doesn’t take these workers into account.

“Millions of Americans are doing the right thing and getting vaccinated, but essential workers are still forced to play mask police for shoppers who are unvaccinated and refuse to follow local COVID safety measures. Are they now supposed to become the vaccination police?” UFCW President Marc Perrone said in a statement. “With so many states already ending their mask mandates, this new CDC guidance must do more to acknowledge the real and daily challenge these workers and the American people still face.”

The UFCW wants the CDC to clarify how exactly workers will be kept safe. And then there’s this:

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Nunes says U.S. intel failed on COVID, demands Biden probe Wuhan lab theory

By John Solomon
  • "As Members of Congress responsible for overseeing U.S. intelligence agencies, we believe the IC failed to properly support policymakers with timely products and analysis," Nunes wrote Haines, just days after the Biden intelligence chief acknowledged that a lab accident was one of two prevailing theories about how COVID-19 started in China.
  • The House Intelligence Committee's top Republican declared Sunday that U.S. intelligence failed to properly investigate the origins of COVID-19, and pleaded with President Biden to launch a whole-of-government review to determine if the deadly virus emanated from a lab accident in China.
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Running for Virginia attorney general: ‘You couldn’t get Democrats to speak up until we did!’

By SquireForYou
  • While the national attention was on the governor's race, the nail-biter of the night month for Virginians was the race to replace current Trump darling Ken Cucinelli as attorney general, Three weeks after Election Day, the state Board of Elections finally certified the results: Democrat Mark Herring was declared the winner, by a mere 165 votes out of more than 2.2 million cast.
  • As proud as he is of his work converting the office of the attorney general from the Republican Party's personal law firm and of being a champion for things like marriage equality, preserving Planned Parenthood support, and guaranteeing DREAMers an equal education, Herring knows "there is still so much more we need to do."
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‘It’s A Free-For-All’: Dana Bash Presses CDC Director On Leaving Locals To Fend For Themselves On Mask Rules

By Shakhzod Yuldoshboev
  • CNN host Dana Bash pressed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky on Sunday for the “mixed message” people and businesses are receiving with regards to mask mandates.
  • Walensky said the updated guidance was meant as a recommendation at the individual level rather than a requirement for businesses.
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Chris Watts, Who Killed Family, Is an ‘Outcast’ in Prison

By Tracy Connor
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Chris Watts, the Colorado man serving life for murdering his wife and two daughters while having an affair, is a despised “outcast” in prison who spends most of his free time corresponding with female penpals, People magazine reports. Watts marks his 36th birthday in prison on Sunday. A source who speaks with him told the magazine that Watts is in protective custody because “if he’s around other inmates, he’d be in real danger.” The source added, “He’s probably the most hated man in that prison because he killed children. There’s a definite pecking order in jail, and someone who hurts or kills kids is at the very bottom.” Watts pleaded guilty to strangling wife Shannan in 2018 and then smothering his kids, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3.

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Netanyahu doesn’t see ‘immediate’ end to latest Israeli-Palestinian conflict

By Aubree Eliza Weaver
  • "Well, we hope that it doesn't continue very long," Netanyahu told CBS News' John Dickerson on "Face the Nation." "But we were attacked by Hamas on our national day, Jerusalem Day — unprovoked attacks on Jerusalem and then thousands of rockets and missiles on our cities.
  • On Saturday, Israeli forces targeted a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed the local offices of Al-Jazeera, the Associated Press and other media outlets.
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Apple’s Tiny New Gadget Turns Into a Nightmare for Us All as Hacker Breaks In, Reveals What He Thinks It Can Do

By C. Douglas Golden
  • Thomas Roth, who goes by the online sobriquet Stacksmashing, told the publication he found a way to hack into the hardware of the AirTag and have it send a malicious NFC, or near-field communication, signal to your device.
  • There’s an Apple device for that: the new AirTags, which can be attached to things you frequently lose so you can find them easily.
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IN THE GOP, TRUTH IS A NICHE PRODUCT

By Steve M.
  • Before securing the GOP nomination for Virginia governor, Glenn Youngkin sidestepped questions about whether President Biden had legitimately won the White House....
  • But days after winning both the nomination and Trump’s endorsement, Youngkin appeared to change his rhetoric, saying in an interview on Fox Business : “I have said before that Joe Biden was legitimately elected our president.
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HEADS UP: The fate of healthcare coverage for 30 million Americans may be decided TOMORROW.

  • This would lead to perhaps the strangest situation: On the upside, major parts of the ACA like Medicaid expansion, closure of the Medicare Part D “donut hole” and so forth would remain in place, as would the financial subsidies for ACA exchange enrollees...but the ACA’s patient protections such as Guaranteed Issue, Community Rating, Essential Health Benefits, caps on out of pocket expenses, and the ban on annual/lifetime coverage limits would all be GONE.
  • In other words, insurance carriers would be able to go back to medical underwriting for major medical policies...which means they could once again deny coverage of people with pre-existing conditions (PECs), or charge those with PECs exorbitantly higher rates, or simply refuse to cover the particular condition itself (like cancer, for instance).
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GOP Congressman Defects From Trump & GOP During ‘NBC Sunday’

By Caleb Newton
  • During an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press over the weekend, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) — one of the ten House Republicans who voted in favor of impeaching Trump over the January insurrection — spoke out in defense of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and condemned continued election lies from the former president.
  • If you saw the press releases he put out yesterday about this is the lie of the century, the greatest crime of the century… I believe [Trump] is the leader of the Republican Party right now, because Kevin McCarthy gave him his leadership card.
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‘Thankfully, We Don’t Have Those Mean Tweets’: Pete Hegseth And Will Cain Mock ‘Master Of Disaster’ Biden

By Virginia Kruta
  • Hegseth went on to point out the illegal immigration surge that followed the Biden administration’s complete reversal of all former President Donald Trump’s border policies and the stimulus money that he argued was keeping people from returning to the job market.
  • Cain and Hegseth, joined by cohost Carley Shimkus, cited a New York Post editorial board piece referring to Biden as the “Master of Disaster” and comparing him to one-term former Democratic President Jimmy Carter.
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Gov. Abbott: There Has Been an ‘800% Increase April Over April of the Amount of Fentanyl’ Caught at Border

By Jack Davis
  • Deadly illegal drugs are flowing across the southern border in unprecedented quantities, according to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
  • Abbott said Texas state authorities have apprehended about 30,000 illegal immigrants and arrested more than 900 people ever since he decided that the state would do what the federal government will not.
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From political protest to perceived slights, 7 reasons why actors have rejected their awards

By Ashlie D. Stevens
  • The past several weeks have seen actors, Hollywood deal-makers and advocates for equity in film intensify their criticism of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the voting body behind the increasingly out-of-touch Golden Globe awards, due to allegations of racism, sexism and flawed "pay to play" system.
  • Why and how they refused: As The Hollywood Reporter wrote in 2019, Downey told Howard Stern during an interview that he politely declined to campaign for an Oscar for his role as Tony Stark, specifically in the movie "Avengers: Endgame."
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NYC Pride Bans NYPD Officers From Pride Parade, Votes To ‘Reduce’ Law Enforcement Presence

By Emily Zanotti
  • It is not clear whether Heritage of Pride has the authority to force law enforcement to draw down its presence at the parade, given that New York City has seen an increasing crime rate, and the Pride Parade is traditionally a large event, but the organization believes it does have the authority to ban officers from “participating” in the parade, per ABC News.
  • Heritage of Pride, the organization that hosts New York City’s annual LGBT Pride Parade, voted to ban police from participating in the 2021 Pride Parade, even going so far as to cancel the annual march of LGBT New York Police Department officers, and is working to “reduce” the presence of law enforcement because the NYPD “represents…violence.”
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HHS Diverting $2 Billion From COVID-19 Relief To Cover Cost Of Housing Thousands Of Child Migrants At Border

By Emily Zanotti
  • “The Department of Health and Human Services has diverted more than $2 billion meant for other health initiatives toward covering the cost of caring for unaccompanied immigrant children, as the Biden administration grapples with a record influx of migrants on the southern border,” the outlet noted.
  • The Biden administration’s Health and Human Services Department diverted more than $2 billion meant for COVID-19 relief to the cost of caring for thousands of child migrants who have come across the southern border as the White House continues to struggle to get a border crisis under control.
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GOP members press Biden, DNI Haines for more information on COVID lab leak theory

By Morgan Phillips
  • The letter demands that the intelligence community turn over all of its information on COVID-19's origins, specifically requesting any reporting on a possible "collaboration" between the Wuhan lab and the Chinese military.
  • Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee have written letters to President Biden and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines demanding information on the origin of COVID-19, claiming they'd found evidence to support the theory that the virus originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology lab.
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Chuck Todd Challenges Dan Crenshaw: ‘Why Should Anybody Believe a Word You Say?’

By Justin Baragona
  • Meet the Press host Chuck Todd repeatedly confronted Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) on the Republican Party’s willingness to embrace former President Donald Trump’s election lies, asking the conservative lawmaker point-blank on Sunday why anyone should “believe a word you say” since the GOP has lost credibility.
  • Days after House Republicans booted Liz Cheney (R-WY) from leadership over her refusal to go along with the “Big Lie” that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump, Todd asked Crenshaw—who claimed on Sunday he’s no “Trump loyalist” —whether he agrees she was ousted for not carrying Trump’s water.
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Rochelle Walensky, CDC director, defends abrupt shift in mask guidance

By Seth McLaughlin
  • “If you are vaccinated, we are saying you are safe, you can take off your mask and you are not at risk of severe disease or hospitalization from COVID-19,” she said on “Fox News Sunday.”
  • The change created some immediate confusion at the state and local level as officials adjusted to the new federal guidelines, which said fully vaccinated people could now safely go most places, indoors or outdoors, without a mask.
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CDC Director Hits Back At ABC Host’s Hints At Vaccine Passports: We Were Always Going To Get To A Point Where We Could Take Masks Off

By Beth Baumann
  • “There are people who refuse to get vaccinated, about a quarter of the country, and who oppose mask-wearing, who could see this as a green light to go wherever they want, putting others at risk, especially in those indoor settings, including children and the immunocompromised.”
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky on Sunday slammed ABC News host Martha Raddatz for hinting that the federal government is considering implementing vaccine passports.
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Everything you wanted to know about food poisoning but were too busy puking to ask

By Mary Elizabeth Williams
  • While food poisoning generally only lasts several hours, the stomach bug can last two to three days." Another crucial difference is that the flu is contagious.
  • I had earlier in the day made a simple salad for lunch with odds and ends from the fridge — nothing that smelled or tasted off, nothing that said, "Prepare, for I am going to wreak unholy havoc on your insides." A few hours later, however, I was curled up in bed, feverish, shivering and whimpering in pain.
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With Pipeline Operations Fully Restored, The Great Gas Panic of 2021 Is Officially Over

By Matt Vespa
  • Cybercrime group DarkSide said it has lost control of its web servers and some of the money it’s made off ransom payments after the FBI confirmed that the gang was behind the $5 million ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline last week that spurred gas shortages and panic buying across the Southeast.
  • The shutdown caused gas shortages in areas served by Colonial and prices reportedly hit as high as $6.99 per gallon in Virginia this week.
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Nunes Urges Biden to Order Probe of CCP Virus Origin

By Ivan Pentchoukov
  • According to a letter from Nunes to the commander-in-chief ( pdf ), Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee are concerned by circumstantial evidence that the virus could have leaked from a research lab in Wuhan, China, which had received millions in funding from the U.S. government.
  • House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) urged President Joe Biden on May 16 to order a whole-of-government investigation into the origins of the CCP virus .
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These Republicans think they can still save the GOP. Here’s why they’re wrong.

By Charlie Sykes
  • Even as the GOP moved to purge Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming from the ranks of its leadership, a group of former officials is giving the party one last chance to clean up its act.
  • It would be nice to think that a group of former Republican officeholders — folks who have won state and national elections — would be able to make one last stand to save the party from the extremists and the cranks.
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Associated Press Blasts Israel After Bombing of Gaza Headquarters

By Brandon Gage
  • The Associated Press is demanding that the Israeli government provide evidence that Hamas fighters were hiding out in the organization’s headquarters in Gaza City, which the Israeli Defense Force ordered evacuated before bombing it to the ground on Saturday.
  • Associated Press President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt said in a statement that Israel’s actions were “disturbing” and stressed that AP staff and their colleagues “had no indication” that Hamas was using their building to launch attacks against Israel.
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Biden Throws Out Trump Plan That Would Bar Immigrants Deemed a ‘Burden’ to US Health Care System

By Andrew Jose
  • A Friday proclamation from President Joe Biden effectively revoked a Trump-era order that aimed to deny visas to immigrants deemed to be a burden financially on the United States health care system.
  • Biden’s action comes as the United States faces an ongoing crisis at the southern border, with an unprecedented influx of illegal immigrants seeking to enter the country unlawfully.
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The Islamic State Is in Congo. What Now?

By hingramguest
  • Haroro Ingram and Lorenzo Vidino of George Washington University’s Program on Extremism assess the Islamic State’s new affiliate in Congo, detailing the nature and extent of the relationship.
  • Three factors explain the dogged commitment by some to denying links between the Islamic State and its Congo affiliate: persistent misunderstandings about the Islamic State’s global strategy, lack of access to primary sources, and justifiable fears about the policy implications of such an assessment.
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Canada’s Refusal to Waive Intellectual Property Rights on COVID-19 Vaccines Should Be a Crime Against Humanity

  • So when Trudeau says he wants Canada to play mediator, to bring about a balance between protecting companies and improving vaccine access to poorer countries, he’s talking about a balance between profit and life.
  • Except, the pharmaceutical companies claiming ownership to the recipes to the vaccines didn’t even bring these products to the market with their own funds.
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University of California System to Phase Out Standardized Test Requirement for Admissions

By Landon Mion
  • In the settlement with students and advocacy groups, the university said that SAT and ACT scores sent as part of admissions applications between fall 2021 and spring 2025 will not be considered in admission decisions.
  • The University of California system said Friday in a legal settlement that it will be putting an end to SAT and ACT score admission requirements.
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Larry Hogan: Ousting Liz Cheney was a mistake

By Aubree Eliza Weaver
  • Removing Rep. Liz Cheney from her role as the House's No. 3 Republican is "kind of doubling down on failure," Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Sunday morning.
  • "I think it was a mistake," Hogan said on CNN's "State of the Union." "Liz Cheney is a solid conservative Republican who voted with the president 93 percent of the time.
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Chris Wallace presses Liz Cheney on Trump supporters: ‘Why alienate them?’

By Megan Henney
  • Rep. Liz Cheney, ousted this week as the third-ranking House Republican, defended her outspoken criticism of former President Donald Trump during an interview on " Fox News Sunday," and said that the 74 million Americans who voted for him were "misled" and "betrayed."
  • Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., arrives to speak to reporters after House Republicans voted to oust her from her leadership post as chair of the House Republican Conference, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, May 12, 2021.
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“Get the vaccine and enjoy life with no masks”: Kate McKinnon returns as SNL’s Dr. Fauci

By Cameron Peters
  • This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that fully vaccinated people can discard their masks in most circumstances — and Saturday Night Live brought back Kate McKinnon as Anthony Fauci to celebrate, and explain, in its latest cold open.
  • However, SNL ’s “CDC Players” don’t quite end up modeling the behavior they should: In the first scene, Beck Bennett, playing a CDC doctor playing a bar patron, takes off his mask before revealing that he is still unvaccinated.
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Largest Nurses’ Union Condemns New CDC Guidance on Masks: “Not Based on Science”

By Daniel Politi
  • “This newest CDC guidance is not based on science, does not protect public health, and threatens the lives of patients, nurses, and other frontline workers across the country,” National Nurses United Executive Director Bonnie Castillo said in a statement .
  • National Nurses United has condemned the CDC for its new guidance that says vaccinated people don’t have to wear masks in most settings and has called for a reversal.
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Republican congressman calls out ‘bogus’ claims by GOP colleagues downplaying Capitol riot

  • Upton told Bash he wasn't sure what was motivating his colleagues to make such claims, but that those statements stand as a reason why he supports a bipartisan commission to investigate the attack.
  • I heard the noise -- the flash bangs, I smelled some of the gas as it moved my way," the Michigan congressman told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union" when asked about comments made by several congressional Republicans last week who attempted to re-write what happened on January 6.
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Ghosts of Highway 20 Revisited

By Bruce Lerro
  • I met Stephanie from Berkeley, California on a train on my way to work and spent two days with her where I grilled her about whether or not it was possible to be a political radical and spiritual at the same time.
  • One of the things I tried to do in hitchhiking was stay off the interstate highways because they bypass the towns where people live.
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Cheney Hints at 2024 Presidential Run — Important We Present Conservative Principles to Voters

By Pam Key
  • Jon Karl asked, “Jim Jordan talking about a possible Trump 2024 run said, ‘There’s no way he is losing.
  • Cheney said, “I think it’s really important that we as Republicans be in a position where we can present to our voters, to my voters in Wyoming and to our voters across the country, a set of issues and policies that reflect conservative principles, but also hope and opportunity, and inspiration.”
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Police Lieutenant Who Was Fired for Donating to Kyle Rittenhouse Files Grievance

By Jack Phillips
  • A former Norfolk, Virginia, police lieutenant who was fired by the department after donating to an anonymous fundraiser for Kyle Rittenhouse said that he was fired just days after he made the donation and is now seeking due process.
  • “I only read the portion that was in relation to me, and I immediately called my boss, let him know what had happened,” Kelly said, adding that at the time, “I didn’t think it was going to be that big of a deal.”
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After the Republicans’ ouster of Cheney, is the media ready to use the f-word?

By Dartagnan
  • But as we watch the Republican Party willingly embrace what is now being routinely described as the Big Lie among traditional media—the lie propagated by Donald Trump to explain away his defeat in the 2020 election; the lie that the election was somehow stolen from him through a mysterious and amorphous act of fraud by Democrats—it appears that one word still constitutes a bridge too far for many in the media-verse.
  • There is no shortage of real urgency and alarm right now about what is occurring in the Republican Party, specifically its adoption of Trump’s Big Lie and the implications for the future of this country.
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End Military Aid to Israel

  • Militant right-wing Jewish settlers encouraged and protected by the government of corrupt Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are trying to evict hundreds of Palestinian families from homes they have owned for decades in East Jerusalem, the Arab-dominated future capital of a Palestinian state if one is ever established.
  • The Israelis are brutalizing protesters and bombing Gaza; the Hamas government of Gaza is firing rockets into Israel.
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Janitor Who Rose to Fame as ‘Creator’ of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Is Branded a Fraud

By Barbie Latza Nadeau
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The janitor who rose to fame as the unlikely creator of the binge-worthy Flamin’ Hot Cheetos has been outed as a fraudster. Richard Montañez, whose (quite literally) unlikely story led him from the ground floor to the upper echelons of Frito-Lay’s management, was a pure invention of his own making, the Los Angeles Times reports. As the story goes, the humble Mexican-American came up with the idea for the super spicy snack and took it to the company CEO. The flavor became so popular it was featured in memes, videos and even streetwear. All the while, Montañez capitalized on the fame, writing two memoirs, speaking across the country, and becoming the focus of an upcoming biopic directed by Eva Longoria.

Frito-Lay did nothing to stop the mythical story despite the fact that the snack was actually the brianchild of Lynne Greenfeld, a junior employee, who came up with the name in 1989 and whose recent query into why she got none of the credit spurred an internal investigation. “None of our records show that Richard was involved in any capacity in the Flamin’ Hot test market,” Frito-Lay wrote in a statement to the L.A. Times. “That doesn’t mean we don’t celebrate Richard, but the facts do not support the urban legend.”

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Trump Not Looking to Make GOP ‘Be the Party of Trump’

  • "I'm loving what I do, and I'm loving the results that we've had, and I think people will be very happy with my decision," he told Crosby at the end of a 31-minute radio interview.
  • Former President Donald Trump will remain active in helping the Republican Party adopt the policies that made his administration and movement strong, but he said "it's not about me, it's about the country": policy and not personality.
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Inflation Myths: US Economic Rebound 2021

By Jack Rasmus
  • A fiscal spending of at most $800 billion this year—which has hardly even hit the US economy yet—is not sufficient to generate excess demand by households to cause inflation.
  • A closer look at the CPI shows that the problem of recent rising prices is a SUPPLY problem in business, not a DEMAND problem due to households’ excess income.
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Exclusive – Sean Parnell on Senate Campaign: We Want Pennsylvania’s Working-Class Democrats ‘on Board’

By Ashley Oliver
  • “We raised more money in western Pennsylvania than any Democrat or Republican incumbent or challenger in general election history because of the people, so we’re not beholden to the Republican Party.
  • Parnell, a U.S. Army veteran and western Pennsylvania native, formally announced his campaign to fill the seat of retiring Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) this week and emphasized Saturday to host Matthew Boyle that he is aiming to garner support in the contentious battleground state from swingable Democrats.
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WATCH: Liz Cheney Explains Why She Can’t Just Ignore Trump’s Lies

By Steph Bazzle
  • "I cannot imagine a more important issues then whether or not the Republican Party is going to be a party that embraces and defends the rule of law and the Constitution." – @Liz_Cheney when asked if this was the hill she was prepared to politically die on.
  • Cheney has already been removed from her leadership position among House Republicans, and she says that both House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, who removed her via a dissent-silencing voice vote, and Elise Stefanik, who replaced her, are complicit in Donald Trump’s lies, and in Cheney’s own words, his “attacks on the Constitution and the rule of law.”
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GOP Governor Defends Cheney & Dumps Trump On ‘CNN Sunday’

By Caleb Newton
  • During an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union over the weekend, Maryland Republican Governor Larry Hogan spoke out in defense of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) after House Republicans recently voted her out of a position in party leadership.
  • Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan thinks it was “a mistake” for House Republicans to oust Rep. Liz Cheney from leadership: “To ostracize somebody, remove them from their leadership position, is crazy … It's kind of doubling down on failure” #CNNSOTU https://t.co/QhsRh8lXmV pic.twitter.com/Bcqm99lH8K
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Not sweating allegations, Gaetz jokes: ‘I’m being falsely accused of exchanging money for naughty favors’

By Robert Jonathan
  • Yet, Congress has reinstituted a process that legalizes the corrupt act of exchanging money for favors, through earmarks, and everybody knows that that’s the corruption,” Gaetz quipped on Saturday, according to NBC News .
  • Gaetz made the above remarks at the Ohio Political Summit in Strongsville, located in the state’s 16th congressional district represented by pro-impeachment, second-term Republican Anthony Gonzalez, an ex-professional football player.
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Report: Israel Showed U.S. Intelligence ‘Smoking Gun’ on Hamas Using Media Building

By Joel B. Pollak
  • Israel reportedly showed U.S. officials “smoking gun” intelligence Sunday indicating that the Palestinian Hamas terrorist organization was using the Jala Tower in Gaza, which also housed the Associated Press, Al Jazeera, and other international news outlets.
  • Israel shared intelligence with the US showing how Hamas operated inside the same building with the Associated Press and Al-Jazeera in Gaza, officials in Jerusalem said on Sunday.
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Biden Revokes Trump’s Order Targeting Online Censorship

By Hank Berrien
  • In Trump’s Executive Order 13925 of May 28, 2020, he wrote that the policy of the United States should be that “an internet provider be exposed to liability like any traditional editor and publisher that is not an online provider.”
  • In particular, subparagraph (c)(2) expressly addresses protections from “civil liability” and specifies that an interactive computer service provider may not be made liable “on account of” its decision in “good faith” to restrict access to content that it considers to be “obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing or otherwise objectionable.”
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States fight a pandemic-driven surge in street racing

By Associated Press
  • Police warned motorists to stay away amid reports of guns being brandished and fireworks going off as street racers clogged a stretch of interstate in Aurora, Colorado, on March 7.
  • Jaye Sanford, a 52-year-old mother of two, was driving home in suburban Atlanta on Nov. 21 when a man in a Dodge Challenger muscle car who was allegedly street racing crashed into her head-on, killing her.
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Liz Cheney: Donald Trump is ‘danger to our system’

By Seth McLaughlin
  • In a pair of interviews Sunday, Ms. Cheney said that Mr. Trump is a “continuing danger to our system” and that his lies about the election are damaging the Republican Party’s brand.
  • Rep. Liz Cheney is plowing ahead with her criticism of former President Donald Trump despite getting booted from House GOP leadership, saying she regrets supporting Mr. Trump in the 2020 election.
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The Inoculation Project 5/16/2021: Literature and Sciences

This week, we’re focusing on books for fourth- and fifth-grade students —novels in Cleveland, and science books in Oklahoma City.We hope that readers who support quality public school education will help by sharing or supporting our featured projects.

The Inoculation Project is an ongoing, volunteer effort to crowdfund science and math projects for red-state public schools in low-income neighborhoods.As always, our conduit isDonorsChoose.org,a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporationthat facilitates tax-deductible donations to specific, vetted projects in public schools.

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NYC Pride Moves to Reduce Police Presence at Events

By Amy Furr
  • Organizers will work with a private security firm and ask the New York Police Department (NYPD) to remain a block away from events including the march, according to the ABC 7 report.
  • The decision comes after years of pressure from LGBTQ activists who “have maintained that law enforcement was out of place at a march with roots in the 1969 anti-police riot outside the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan,” according to the New York Times .
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Romney calls Capitol riot an ‘insurrection against the Constitution’ as GOP agrees to 9/11-style commission

By Jon Dougherty
  • Sen. Mitt Romney once again referred to the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol Building as an “insurrection against the Constitution” after Republicans came to an agreement with Democrats over the formation of a special committee to look into the origins of the incident.
  • The fifth person was an unarmed Trump supporter and Air Force veteran, Ashli Babbitt, who was shot and killed by someone believed to be a Capitol Police officer as she attempted to climb through a smashed door window near the House chamber the day of the riot.
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A Spray by Any Other Name — Agent Orange or Clear-Cut Agent?

By Paul Haeder
  • The landmark case, filed in 2014, has pitched Tran To Nga, a 79-year-old who says she was a victim of Agent Orange, against 14 firms, including U.S. multinational companies Dow Chemical and Monsanto, now owned by German giant Bayer.
  • ÉVRY, France — Almost six decades after the U.S. military began dropping a toxic herbicide known as Agent Orange in the Vietnam War, a French courtroom in a Parisian suburb has become the unlikely setting for a faceoff between a woman who says she was a victim and some of the world’s largest chemical and pharmaceutical corporations that supplied the substance.
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Media unwittingly assists Israeli military in luring Hamas militants to their ultimate doom

By Ashley Hill
  • In the wee hours of the morning on Friday, the Israeli army expanded their arsenal to include the media by issuing a vaguely worded statement on Twitter simultaneously in Hebrew and Arabic: “IDF air and ground troops are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip.”
  • Apparently, about two hours later, and not until several large news outlets had reported the assumed invasion, the Israeli military “clarified” that there were no ground operations inside Gaza.
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Pope Francis Condemns ‘Growing Hatred and Violence’ in Israeli Palestinian Conflict

By Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
  • In his Italian-language address, the pontiff warned that “the escalating hatred and violence that is affecting various cities in Israel is a serious wound to fraternity and peaceful coexistence among citizens, which will be difficult to heal if we do not open up to dialogue immediately.”
  • ROME — Pope Francis denounced escalating violence in Israel on Sunday, especially the “unacceptable” killing of children.
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Editorial: The trouble with ‘civilian review’ over LAPD

By The Times Editorial Board
  • But in fact, Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City Council had just a few years earlier sent voters a ballot measure that moved sharply in the opposite direction, eroding the police chief’s powers to fire or otherwise penalize bad officers.
  • Watching L.A.’s elected leaders last year as they scurried to align themselves with Black Lives Matter protesters and criminal justice reformers, you’d think they were longtime police skeptics who had spent their careers pushing for tougher discipline of officers who use excessive force or commit other serious misconduct.
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South Dakota’s Noem ignites more 2024 speculation

By Paul Steinhauser
  • Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming made headlines last month when said "I’m not going to rule anything in or out" when asked by the New York Post about a possible 2024 presidential bid.
  • But two developments this past week are sparking further speculation that the first term conservative governor and strong supporter of former President Trump – whom political pundits consider a potential contender - likely has national ambitions in the next race for the White House.
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Liz Cheney Says Her Father Wants Her to Run for President

  • Intensifying her criticism of Trump, Cheney called his defiance to the 2020 election result “dangerous”— and akin to the Chinese Communist Party’s position that democracy is a failed system and America a failed nation,
  • She added a “handful” of lawmakers believe the presidential election was stolen, putting the GOP is in “really dangerous” position — and that she regrets her vote for Trump.
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Mike’s Blog Round Up

By Batocchio

Alicublog: Roy Edroso breaks it down.

Teri Kanefield: The radicalization of the Republican Party and drifting toward totalitarianism.

Letters from an American: Thoughts from political historian Heather Cox Richardson.

annieasksyou: Misinformation threatens democracy; how do we counter it?

Finally, check out Crooked Timber's series of posts on The Ministry for the Future, Kim Stanley Robinson's new book on climate change, including a reply from the author.

This installment by Batocchio. E-mail tips to mbru AT crooksandliars DOT com.

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Senate Hearing: At Long Last, Audit The Pentagon

By Common Dreams

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday presided over a Senate Budget Committee hearing convened to examine waste and fraud at the Pentagon, a department that receives hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding each year despite its rampant and well-documented accounting abuses.

The hearing came as President Joe Biden continued to face progressive backlash for proposing a $715 billion budget for the Pentagon for Fiscal Year 2021, an increase from the current $704 billion level approved under former President Donald Trump.

Sanders (I-Vt.), who supports cuts to the Defense Department's bloated budget, vowed that Wednesday's hearing would take a "hard look at waste, fraud, and cost overruns at the Pentagon."

"The Pentagon remains the only agency in the federal government that cannot pass an independent audit," Sanders added. "Not acceptable."

In a statement ahead of the hearing, the Vermont senator noted that the United States "spends more on our nation's military than the next nine countries combined and over half of our discretionary spending goes to the Pentagon."

"Meanwhile," Sanders continued, "half of our people are struggling paycheck to paycheck, over 40 million Americans are living in poverty, and over 500,000 Americans are homeless including roughly 40,000 veterans."

Republished from Common Dreams (Jake Johnson, staff writer) under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0).

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NYC Pride Parade Excludes Police at Inclusion Event

  • New York City's Pride parade organizers announced they are excluding police officers' participation in their inclusion event at the end of June.
  • "Heritage of Pride (NYC Pride) has long been a valued partner of our organization and its abrupt about-face in order to placate some of the activists in our community is shameful," the group wrote in a statement on its website.
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German Bishop Condemns Anti-Semitic Rally in Gelsenkirchen

By Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
  • Germany vowed “unwavering” protection of its synagogues after scattered demonstrations over the escalating conflict in the Middle East saw protesters shout anti-Israeli slogans and burn Israeli flags, and around 180 people shouted anti-Israeli slogans at a march in Gelsenkirchen in the evening of May 12, 2021.
  • The Catholic Bishop of Essen, Franz-Josef Overbeck, has denounced last week’s anti-Jewish protests near the Gelsenkirchen synagogue while expressing his solidarity with the Jewish community.
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Iran Gears Up for Return to Oil Market as US Talks Advance

  • It would take 12 to 15 months after the lifting of sanctions to increase production to 3.8 million barrels a day, Reza Padidar, head of the energy commission of the Tehran Chamber of Commerce, said in an interview.
  • “Even if the sanctions are not removed, depending on their ability to sell oil in the gray market, they will increase their production further,” said Sara Vakhshouri, president of consultancy SVB Energy International LLC in Washington.
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Rapper Lil Reese Shot in Chicago

By Alana Mastrangelo
  • “The 27-year-old male victim was struck multiple times to the body and was transported to Northwestern Hospital initially reported in critical condition.”
  • “The 20-year-old male victim was struck twice to the knee and was transported to Stroger Hospital initially reported in good condition,” the police continued.
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Cheney on direction of GOP: ‘Dangerous’

By Aubree Eliza Weaver
  • Cheney, who was stripped of her position as the party's House conference chair, went on to say that continuing to support individuals who question the 2020 election results and the democratic process could lead to more incidents like the Jan. 6 attacks.
  • Cheney told ABC in an interview that aired Sunday that her party's decision to replace her with New York Rep. Elise Stefanik — a staunch supporter and ally of former President Donald Trump — is "dangerous."
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Gaetz Blows Off Sex-Trafficking Probe in Ohio Speech

By Tracy Connor
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Rep. Matt Gaetz’s wingman just struck a plea agreement that could see him offering evidence against the Florida Republican in a sex-trafficking probe. But in a speech in Ohio this weekend, Gaetz tried to downplay the scandal—and compare it to a Congressional budget procedure. “I’m being falsely accused of exchanging money for naughty favors,” Gaetz said at the Ohio Political Summit in Strongsville on Saturday, according to NBC News. “Yet, Congress has reinstituted a process that legalizes the corrupt act of exchanging money for favors, through earmarks, and everybody knows that that’s the corruption.” Last week, The Daily Beast reported that witnesses can place Gaetz in a hotel room after a 2019 GOP fundraiser, snorting cocaine with an escort.

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Jan Resseger: Will the Biden Administration Revive the Failed Policies of NCLB and Obama?

  • Carmel Martin now has Rodriguez’ old job as White House education advisor, and Rodriguez has Martin’s old job as assistant Secretary for Planning, Policy, and Evaluation.
  • Now, as the Biden Administration and Cardona’s Department of Education staff up, it is becoming apparent that Education Department and White House staff will include key people returning from President Barack Obama’s administration—people who helped design and implement these test-and-punish policies,
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CDC chief said change on mask guidance not due to public pressure

By Aubree Eliza Weaver
  • And as host Chris Wallace noted, Walensky was still arguing as of Wednesday night that even those who have been fully vaccinated should continue to wear masks indoors — a stark contrast to Thursday's CDC announcement.
  • The CDC's recent decision to update its mask guidance had nothing to do with pressure from the American people, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said Sunday morning.
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Struggling Disney CEO Says Attendance Caps at Parks Being Raised

By Breitbart News
  • During an earnings call on Thursday, Disney CEO Bob Chapek hinted that there could be a change to the mandatory mask requirement at Disney parks in the near future after the CDC said people could stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings.
  • Chapek said the parks had already started raising the number of people allowed in, as least in Florida, based on relaxed restrictions coming from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office.
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I went on a mini-break – and realised how truly confused I am about the Covid rules

By Zoe Williams
  • In the end, it didn’t matter; when you really drill into the regulations, it turns out that Scottish hotels at that point weren’t allowed to serve alcohol indoors (this changes on 17 May), so we spent all our time outdoors anyway, like Mary and Joseph, who also had a lot of trouble convincing people they were married.
  • “Is it because I’m older than you,” I once asked, miffed, “or because they think you’re out of my league?”
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Biden Administration Shown ‘Smoking Gun’ Evidence Proving Terrorists In AP Office Building: Report

By Ryan Saavedra
  • “Israel shared intelligence with the US showing how Hamas operated inside the same building with Associated Press and Al-Jazeera in Gaza,” The Jerusalem Post reported .
  • “The U.S. was the only country to inquire about the IDF strike on the building, which the military said housed Hamas military intelligence offices, as well as AP and Al Jazeera, other news outlets, and other offices and apartments.”
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Space Force Commander With Penchant for Conspiracy Theories Fired

By Barbie Latza Nadeau
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Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier, author of a conservative book that pushes the conspiracy theory that Marxist thinking has infiltrated the military, has been relieved of his post with the Space Force program, CNN reports. The firing came after Lohmeier spoke on The Steve Gruber Show about his self-published book, Irresistible Revolution: Marxism’s Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military that backs up his theory. “Since taking command as a commander about 10 months ago, I saw what I consider fundamentally incompatible and competing narratives of what America was, is and should be,” he told Gruber. “That wasn’t just prolific in social media, or throughout the country during this past year, but it was spreading throughout the United States military. And I had recognized those narratives as being Marxist in nature.” Lohmeier went on to back up his theory by criticizing The New York Times’ 1619 project as fundamentally un-American.

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