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GOP dumps defiant Trump critic Cheney from top House post
Republicans dumped GOP Rep. Liz Cheney from her House leadership post Wednesday for her persistent repudiation of Donald Trump’s election falsehoods, underscoring the hold the defeated and twice-impeached former president retains on his party.

GOP purged Cheney for ‘unity,’ but Trump bent on retribution - AP

Israel steps up Gaza offensive, kills senior Hamas figures - AP

The vote to oust Liz Cheney took only 16 minutes. Here's what happened - CNN

Biden team moves swiftly to tackle pipeline political peril - AP

GOP removes Cheney from House leadership for rebuking Trump's election lies - NBC

"Normal tourist visit": Some Republicans downplay January 6 riot amid Democratic objections - CBS

Biden courts Hill leaders, but GOP won’t budge on big deal - AP

Third way? Republican critics of Donald Trump talk about third party - USA Today

What Liz Cheney told Republican colleagues before they quickly voted her out - FOX

GOP senators to seek compromise in meeting with Biden, or "this is just a joke" - CBS

Cheney vows to lead fight to break Trump's grip on GOP - NBC

McConnell: 'Good chance' of deal with Biden on infrastructure - The Hill

Biden, congressional leaders didn’t get anywhere on infrastructure during big White House meeting - CNBC

Hearing on Jan. 6 violence exposes stark partisan divisions - AP

Sen. Joe Manchin won't support For the People Act, says path forward is John Lewis Voting Rights Act - CNN

AG Garland says Jan. 6 insurrection was 'most dangerous threat to our democracy' - ABC

Trump takes victory lap after Cheney's ouster from House Republican leadership - NBC

How Trump Hurts GOP Populism - Politico

White House on Liz Cheney: 'Disturbing' to see her attacked for speaking truth - Yahoo

Anti-Trump former GOP officials readying threat to start a third party: report - FOX

The GOP just handed Liz Cheney a megaphone - CNN

Senate Intel chair calls for mandatory reporting of hacks after pipeline attack - CNBC

40 acres and a mule won't cut it anymore. What the fight for reparations looks like in 2021 - NBC

Biden punts on the 'Liz Cheney-McCarthy thing' - Wash. Examiner

Takeaways: Partisan discord instead of Jan. 6 answers - AP

‘Death by a thousand cuts’: How the House GOP took down Cheney - Politico

Secret Service seizes, returns to states $2 billion in fraudulent unemployment payments - CNBC

Biden open to passing parts of his jobs plan without GOP support - NBC

Biden was unprepared to respond to the worst violence Israel-Palestine has seen in years - BI

Trump critics push new direction for GOP - The Hill

Trump mocks comparisons of Biden to Jimmy Carter: The current president is worse - FOX

Would a secret ballot have saved Liz Cheney from ouster? - USA Today

Cheney ousted by U.S. House Republicans, but will seek re-election - Reuters

House Dem warns Biden against nominating Emanuel as ambassador - Wash. Examiner

Fact check: Republicans continue to push false narratives about January 6 - CNN

Amid warnings of a 'full scale war,' Biden administration dispatches envoy to Middle East - USA Today

Former acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller walks back Trump blame for Jan. 6 riots - FOX

Biden signs order to beef up federal cyber defenses - AP

Biden to finish section of Trump's border wall in TX - Wash. Examiner

Republicans Try To Rewrite History During Capitol Attack Hearing - HP

Over 70 killed as Israel, Hamas exchange worst violence in years — and prepare for more - NBC

McConnell calls changes to 2017 tax law a "red line" - CBS

McGahn to sit for closed-door interview with House Democrats, ending long legal battle - The Hill

Don't blame the filibuster for blocking Democrats' agenda - FOX

Trump ‘Havana syndrome’ probe found more than a dozen instances in 5 years - Politico

'A death sentence': Lawmakers warn Pentagon of impending bloodbath for Afghan partners - NBC

'Just the Trump party:' Liz Cheney's demotion proves Trump still rules Republican politics, experts say - USA Today

Garland says why Capitol riot prioritized over summer riots - Wash. Examiner

Biden urged to dump ‘abysmal’ Harris as border czar - Wash. Examiner

Analysis: Takeaways from a day of congressional Republicans embracing Trump and downplaying the US Capitol riot - CNN

Elon Musk backtracks, says Tesla won't accept bitcoin - NBC

McConnell says he's 'great admirer' of Liz Cheney but mum on her removal - The Hill

Israel-Gaza: Rockets pound Israel after militants killed - BBC

Chip Roy weighs a last-minute challenge to Stefanik for House GOP No. 3 - Politico

Analysis: We just witnessed another major turning point in US political history - CNN

Gaza teeters on the brink as fighting with Israel escalates - AP

Trump's Pentagon chief says he was trying to avoid another Kent State on Jan. 6 - ABC

As More Migrants Arrive, U.S. Expands Efforts To Identify And Admit Most Vulnerable - NPR

Elise Stefanik: What to know about GOP's potential new conference chair - FOX

Don McGahn will testify about Trump’s alleged efforts to have Mueller fired - Wash. Examiner

Stefanik's pro-Trump transformation fueled her rapid rise. Her voters seem just fine with that. - NBC

McCarthy after ousting Cheney: 'I don’t think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election' - Politico

GOP state officials undeterred in challenging tax cut rule in COVID aid bill - CBS

Federal probe of NYPD officers reveals 'unabashedly racist' texts - The Hill

Colonial Pipeline has no plan to pay ransom to hackers -sources - Reuters

Ruling paves way for longer sentence in George Floyd’s death - AP

House Republicans demand investigation into teachers unions 'influence' on CDC's school reopening guidance - FOX

US environmental agency releases climate report delayed by Trump - BBC

No, You Are Not Imagining It. Prices For A Lot Of Things Did Jump In April - NPR

Scientists urge 'eruption plan' as world's largest volcano simmers - The Hill

Larry Summers sends inflation warning to White House: Dominant risk to economy is 'overheating' - CNN

Gas prices hit $3 a gallon for 1st time in nearly 7 years amid Colonial Pipeline saga - ABC

Deanne Criswell and the 121 major disasters she's managing as FEMA administrator - CBS

EXPLAINER: With bankruptcy tossed, what’s next for the NRA? - AP

Biden assures Israel’s Netanyahu of U.S. support, urges calm as fighting kills dozens - Politico

US hits China and others for repressing religious freedom - AP

Caitlyn Jenner voted in 2020 despite telling CNN that she didn't - CNN

More than 75 Asian, LGBTQ groups oppose anti-Asian crime bill - The Hill

Biden calls Netanyahu after criticism he was silent on Israeli-Palestinian violence - ABC

Dems reach new fundraising deal, with boost for GOP states - AP

Blinken stresses US resolve in call with Russia - ABC

Evolving and salacious: The Matt Gaetz allegations, explained - Politico

Federal prosecutor overseeing Rudy Giuliani probe stepping down - CNN

Kerry: US weighs sanctions on China solar over forced labor - AP

Immigration hawks raise concerns about Stefanik's voting record as she launches GOP leadership bid - FOX

Colonial Pipeline restarts operations days after major hack - AP

Lawyers spar over proposed evidence of Ahmaud Arbery's past law enforcement encounters - CBS

Deal reached for ex-White House counsel McGahn’s testimony - AP

Biden: McCarthy's support of Cheney ouster is 'above my pay grade' - The Hill

'It's Against All Of Us': Israel-Hamas Violence, As Seen From The Ground - NPR

The Latest: Hearing on Capitol riot wraps; little new info - AP

Times Square shooting suspect arrested in Florida - ABC

Coronavirus News and Updates:

US advisers endorse Pfizer COVID shot for kids 12 and up - AP

Governor resorts to $1 million prizes to increase vaccinations - ABC

Johnson & Johnson vaccine linked to 28 cases of blood clots, CDC reports - NBC

WHO review panel says pandemic was preventable - ABC

Newsom says Californians not required to wear masks in most cases starting June 15 - FOX

Biden urges Americans 12 and older to get vaccinated - CBS

COVID vaccines and kids: What parents should know - ABC

Bodies found floating in the Ganges as India battles second Covid wave - NBC

Schools ditch mask requirements in growing numbers - ABC

Data undermines Biden's claim vaccine hesitancy is not a problem - Wash. Examiner

Covid-tracing apps may finally get their moment - Politico

Volunteers risk lives to collect bodies of COVID-19 victims in India - CBS

Colombia's deadly protests likely to continue as Covid cases set to rise - NBC

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