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May 03, 2021
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“Vax On, Mask Off.”

In This Episode

Donald Trump and his allies are winning the GOP’s civil war, Rudy Giuliani and Matt Gaetz may face indictments, and the Biden Administration weighs steps to speed up Covid vaccinations in the U.S. and around the world. Then, in the Under the Radar segment, Jon, Jon, and Tommy offer updates on the border situation and the fight against misinformation.


Show Notes



  • WaPo: For Republicans, fealty to Trump’s election falsehood becomes defining loyalty test 
  • Reuters: Trump lashes out at McConnell again, saying Republicans need new leadership 
  • Stalk Lake Tribune: Utah GOP state convention delegates defeat move to censure Sen. Mitt Romney 
  • Salt Lake Tribune: Mitt Romney booed at raucous Utah GOP convention as speakers attack the Biden agenda 
  • The Hill: GOP frustration with Liz Cheney ‘at a boiling point’ 
  • Axios: Scoop: GOP leaders threaten Cheney ouster 
  • NBC: Tensions simmer as McCarthy won’t say whether Cheney should remain in House GOP leadership 
  • AP: Cheney: ‘Wishful thinking’ by Trump she won’t seek 4th term 
  • Politico: Mike Pence reemerges. But Trumpworld is moving on. 
  • Politico: Pence hits the 2024 circuit 
  • Politico: Dems get locked out of Texas special election 
  • Politico: Trump gets tested in suburban Texas 
  • WaPo: Democrats face growing list of swing-district retirements, dimming midterm prospects 
  • NYT: F.B.I. Searches Giuliani’s Home and Office, Seizing Phones and Computers  
  • NYT: Firing of U.S. Ambassador Is at Center of Giuliani Investigation 
  • Politico: Giuliani: ‘I never, ever represented a foreign national’ 
  • HuffPost: Rudy Giuliani’s Neighbor Becomes Twitter Star After ‘Hilarious’ Witness Account 
  • Daily Beast: Rudy Giuliani Taps Alan Dershowitz for Legal Advice Following Federal Raid 
  • WaPo: FBI was aware prominent Americans, including Giuliani, were targeted by Russian influence operation
  • Daily Beast: Bombshell Letter: Gaetz Paid for Sex With Minor, Wingman Says 
  • Politico: Gaetz, Greene plan national tour to call out RINOs 



  • CNN Poll: About a quarter of adults say they won’t try to get a Covid-19 vaccine 
  • Ipsos: Expectations have never been higher 
  • HealthDay: Poll: Public Lost Trust in CDC During COVID-19 Crisis 
  • CBS News: More than 101 million Americans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, CDC says 
  • CNN: Why so many people are skipping their second Covid shot — and why they shouldn’t 
  • CNN: These are the key things America now needs to tackle in its Covid-19 vaccination efforts 
  • NPR: COVID ‘Doesn’t Discriminate By Age’: Serious Cases On The Rise In Younger Adults 
  • WaPo: Nearly one-third of the U.S. is fully-vaccinated; India sets another grim record as global cases top 150 million 
  • WaPo: U.S. coronavirus cases drop as spring wave of infections ebbs 
  • ABC News: Michigan unveils reopening plan tied to COVID-19 vaccination rates 
  • Business Insider: CNN’s Jake Tapper questions why Biden is still wearing a mask outside even after a change in CDC guidelines 
  • AP: Adviser suggests Biden still wears a mask outside out of habit
  • NYT: Mask On or Off? Life Is Getting Back to Normal, and We’re Rusty
  • AP: CDC says many Americans can now go outside without a mask 
  • HuffPost: What To Know About The Growing Debate Over COVID-19 Vaccine Patents And Equity  
  • WaPo: Biden officials say they are doing all they can to help India 
  • Business Insider: Sen. Bernie Sanders says US drug companies should relinquish intellectual property rights to COVID-19 vaccines because ‘millions of lives are at stake around the world’ 
  • The Wall Street Journal: India’s Covid-19 Crisis Raises Pressure to Waive Vaccine Patents 
  • WaPo: White House is split over how to vaccinate the world 
  • NPR: India Is Counting Thousands Of Daily COVID Deaths. How Many Is It Missing? 
  • WaPo: Nearly one-third of the U.S. is fully-vaccinated; India sets another grim record as global cases top 150 million 
  • Reuters: Lawmakers urge Biden to back ‘moral’ patent waiver to speed vaccine access
  • Politico: Why waiving patents might not boost global access to coronavirus vaccines 



  • NYT: The number of migrant children in Border Patrol custody is down significantly. 
  • Deadline: Newsmax Issues Apology, Settles Lawsuit Filed By Dominion Employee Over False Election Rigging Claims 
  • WaPo: The politicians who tried to overturn an election — and the local news team that won’t let anyone forget it 


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