NEW: reporters fume at WH’s frequent use of “background with quote approval”
“The rule treats them like coddled Capitol Hill pages and that’s not who they are or the protections they deserve,” said one reporter.
Psaki responds

Won't stop: Stefanik says again there were election "irregularities" and a "lack of ballot security," won't directly say whether she thinks the election was stolen, refers interviewer back to her January 6 speech (in which she made various false claims). washingtonexaminer.com/news/campaigns…

So @GOPLeader hired Brian Jack - who helped recruit speakers for the 1/6 Stop The Steal rally - to be a top political aide.
No wonder he is fighting a 1/6 commission and trying to purge Cheney. His team was in on it.
@SykesCharlie connects the dots.

A Republican lawmaker in Arizona who originally supported the goofy 2020 election "audit" now says he's embarrassed by the whole thing and that it makes him and his colleagues "look like idiots." nyti.ms/3o6kTKv


I am incredibly excited and grateful for this awesome opportunity. Thank you to everyone who helped get me here! nytimes.com/2021/05/10/bus…


Democrats are rolling the actuarial dice on their agenda every single day they don't pass a bill nytimes.com/2021/05/10/ups…

EXCLU: Russia’s GRU is suspected to be behind directed-energy attacks on U.S. personnel around the world & on U.S. soil, per people briefed. Biden officials are frantically working to reassure lawmakers they’re taking the threat seriously. w/@laraseligman

Sometimes, @ChuckGrassley will tell staff that “I feel a tweet coming on.” politico.com/news/2021/05/1…


New: The plan to vaccinate the world remains the subject of intense debate within the Biden administration.
Several officials conceded the U.S. does not appear to have an overarching strategy but is taking a piecemeal approach.

Stop saying Republicans are "cowards" who "fear Trump." This lets them off the hook in a very fundamental way. They *want* a future in which they treat hated election outcomes as subject to invalidation. They are building this future right now. New piece:
washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/…

Grateful for this @CherylRofer piece, the cleanest articulation yet on the implausibility of a truly secret microwave weapon, capable of causing internal but not external harm on humans foreignpolicy.com/2021/05/10/mic…

you: nooo you can't find a politics angle to J. Lo and Ben Affleck rekindling their romance, it can't be done!

New: Chinese spending on American influence efforts has increased sixfold over the last five years, documents show. The bulk of that money is financing propaganda organs in the US, the latest of which registered as a foreign agent last week axios.com/china-foreign-…

Read @ClintSmithIII’s excellent cover story (and excerpt from his forthcoming book) on how Lost Cause myths about the Civil War and slavery continue to be preserved theatlantic.com/magazine/archi…