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New York Times:
Firing of U.S. Ambassador Is at Center of Giuliani Investigation  —  Prosecutors want to scrutinize Rudolph W. Giuliani's communications with Ukrainian officials about the ouster of the ambassador, Marie L. Yovanovitch.  —  Two years ago, Rudolph W. Giuliani finally got one thing …
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Washington Post:
FBI warned Giuliani, key Trump ally in Senate of Russian disinformation campaign targeting Biden  —  The FBI warned Rudolph W. Giuliani in late 2019 that he was the target of a Russian influence operation aimed at circulating falsehoods intended to damage President Biden politically ahead …
Discussion: Washington Times and Politico
Deadline:
Joe Biden's Address To Congress Snares 22.6M Viewers In Near Final Numbers; Way Down From Trump As ABC Tops Broadcast & Cable - Update  —  UPDATED, 12:56 PM PT: Joe Biden's first address to a joint session of Congress drew 22.6 million viewers across seven major networks.
The Daily Beast:
Bombshell Letter: Gaetz Paid for Sex With Minor, Wingman Says  —  PEN PALS … The Daily Beast has obtained a confession letter that Joel Greenberg wrote after asking Roger Stone to help him obtain a pardon.  —  A confession letter written by Joel Greenberg in the final months …
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Gaetz, Greene plan national tour to call out RINOs  —  Matt Gaetz is going on tour.  With Marjorie Taylor Greene.  —  Rocked by a steady stream of leaks about a federal investigation into alleged sex crimes, the Florida congressman is planning to take his case on the road by holding rallies across …
Discussion: Fox News and Political Wire
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Emily Brooks / Washington Examiner:
Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene launching rally series
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
‘A lot of confusion’: Virginia Republicans stumble over their own voter ID requirement … WASHINGTON — As Republicans across the country insist more laws are needed to protect election integrity, Virginia Republicans have found themselves in a bit of a voter ID quagmire.
Eve Crawford Peyton / Slate:
I Was 12 When We Met  —  Blake Bailey was my favorite teacher.  Years later, he forced himself on me.  Why did I seek his approval for so long?  —  More than 20 years before I got up the courage to send an open letter to the New York Times accusing my former English teacher Blake Bailey …
Marie Fazio / New York Times:
The World Knows Her as ‘Disaster Girl.’ She Just Made $500,000 Off the Meme.  —  Zoë Roth, now a college senior in North Carolina, plans to use the proceeds from this month's NFT auction to pay off student loans and donate to charity.  —  The name Zoë Roth might not ring any bells.
David Martosko / Newsweek:
U.S. Capitol Police to Be Sued for $10 Million for Killing Unarmed Rioter  —  The family of Ashli Babbitt—the only person shot during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol—plans to sue the U.S. Capitol Police department, and the officer who shot her, for at least $10 million, their attorney said.
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Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Capitol rioter Ashli Babbitt's family to seek $10 million from USCP in lawsuit
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Joe Rogan walks back anti-vaccination comments  —  Joe Rogan back-pedaled on statements he made on his podcast last week when he suggested young people who are healthy do not need to get the coronavirus vaccine.  —  Why it matters: Rogan's comments drew swift backlash from critics, including multiple Biden officials.
Mike Hixenbaugh / NBC News:
Texas enabled the worst carbon monoxide poisoning catastrophe in recent U.S. history … By Mike Hixenbaugh, Suzy Khimm, Perla Trevizo, ProPublica/The Texas Tribune, Ren Larson, ProPublica/The Texas Tribune and Lexi Churchill, ProPublica/The Texas Tribune
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ProPublica:   Co-published with NBC News and The Texas Tribune
Nicholas Rowan / Washington Examiner:
Roberts, Gorsuch, and Barrett join liberals in immigration case  —  Chief Justice John Roberts, as well as Justices Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett, on Thursday, joined the liberal wing of the Supreme Court to rule against the federal government in an immigration case.
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Devin Dwyer / ABC News:   Supreme Court sides with undocumented immigrant fighting deportation
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Tim Scott speech buzzing in Iowa and New Hampshire  —  Sen. Scott's GOP response to Biden address puts spotlight on rising Republican star from South Carolina  —  Sen. Scott on reaction to his Biden rebuttal, potential presidential run, racial division  —  Sen. Tim Scott's GOP rebuttal …
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Michael Ginsberg / The Daily Caller:
Sen. Tim Scott Responds To Racist Attacks: ‘They Are Literally Attacking The Color Of My Skin’
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Sen. Tim Scott discusses police reform legislation with George Floyd's brother, advocates
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Exclusive: Biden's $400,000 tax cap for individual earnings, not joint filers  —  President Biden's promise not to raise taxes on Americans who make less than $400,000 only applies to individuals — not married couples filing jointly, a White House official clarified to Axios on Wednesday.
Ron Charles / Washington Post:
The Philip Roth biography is canceled, Mike Pence's book could be next — and publishing may never be the same  —  Judge the book, not the author.  —  That old saying was always more pretense than rule, but this week, it's in the trash bin.  —  Tuesday afternoon, W.W. Norton announced …
Discussion: Reason and Balloon Juice
Ina Fried / Axios:
Exclusive: Coalition calls on Biden to form disinformation task force  —  A coalition of groups is calling on President Biden to create a task force that can explore ways to crack down on deliberate disinformation campaigns in ways that don't unduly limit free expression.
CNN:
US investigating possible mysterious directed energy attack near White House  —  Washington (CNN)Federal agencies are investigating at least two possible incidents on US soil, including one near the White House in November of last year, that appear similar to mysterious …
NBC News:
As forgeries spread, CDC tells states to pull vaccination card templates from web  —  Specific directions showing how to forge Covid-19 vaccination cards have proliferated on conspiracy, pro-Trump and anti-vaccination forums throughout the internet in recent weeks, as users have exploited a largely makeshift verification system.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Fox News Channel Press:
FOX NEWS CHANNEL ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE PROMOTIONS  —  Megan Albano and Jerry Andrews Join Network's Weekend Programming Leadership Team in New York  —  Greg Headen Promoted to Vice President of News Coverage  —  Doug Rohrbeck Elevated to Senior Vice President of DC News
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Chrissy Clark / The Daily Wire:
WATCH: Professor Berates Student For Calling Police ‘Heroes’  —  A professor at Cypress College in Southern California berated a student during a Zoom class for calling the police “heroes.”  —  During a communications class, Braden Ellis gave a presentation about “cancel culture” and why it is …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
James D. Walsh / New York Magazine:
Trolled Lawyer Richard Luthmann was a Roger Stone-worshipping member of the Staten Island political scene.  Then the fake Facebook posts began.  —  Late one night in December 2017, Richard Luthmann and his wife settled into their Staten Island living room to watch a movie.
Ben Popken / NBC News:
U.S. economy grew at 6.4 percent annual rate in first quarter as consumer spending drives robust recovery  —  The reopening economy surged in President Joe Biden's first 100 days, with U.S. gross domestic product hitting 6.4 percent, the best quarterly reading since 2003.
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Josh Mitchell / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Economy Grew Robustly in First Quarter
Andy Mannix / Star Tribune:
Feds plan to indict Chauvin, other three ex-officers on civil rights charges  —  Ex-cop would face federal charges in two cases; three others just in Floyd case.  —  TEXT SIZE  —  MORE  —  Leading up to Derek Chauvin's murder trial, Justice Department officials had spent months gathering evidence …
Katherine Rosman / New York Times:
Rachel Hollis, Lifestyle Author, Faces Backlash  —  Rachel Hollis, the best-selling author and motivational speaker, built a blockbuster business sharing her “authentic” self.  Then things got a little too real.  —  May 14 was supposed to mark Rachel Hollis's return to her happy place: a stage in front of an adoring audience.
FiveThirtyEight:
Advantage, GOP  —  In tennis, the two players switch sides of the court after every odd game — to even out any advantages that one player might have due to the sun.  Democracy is no tennis game, but it is nevertheless a competition.  —  And in the U.S., the competition is far from fair.
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
'They're Very Ungracious People': Trump Rails at Biden Admin for Not Acknowledging His ‘Accomplishments’ in Office  —  Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo primed former President Donald Trump to go on the attack against Joe Biden's administration for not doing more to recognize the “accomplishments” of his predecessor.
USA Today:
Joe Biden's economy 100 days in: An inflationary disaster?  Or a policy for the people?  —  USA TODAY, Opinion  —  USA TODAY asked opinion contributors to weigh in on President Joe Biden's economic record during his first 100 days.  —  Building a bright, prosperous future
Discussion: NBC News and Insider
Christian Piquemal / The American Mind:
Twilight in Paris  —  Twenty French generals implore the government to take a firm hand against chaos. … Mister President,  —  Members of the Cabinet,  —  Members of Parliament,  —  The hour is late, France is in peril, threatened by several mortal dangers.
Leana Wen / Washington Post:
With masks and distancing, Biden's speech sent the wrong message about the power of our vaccines  —  With his speech before a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, President Biden missed his biggest opportunity to reduce vaccine hesitancy.  —  The problem wasn't the content of his speech — it was the setting.
Michael Kruse / Politico:
Trump's Battle to Win the First 100 Days  —  There's not just one 100-day clock that's reached its peak this week—there are two.  —  First, of course, is Joe Biden's—the collective assessment of what he's said and done since his inauguration as the 46th president on January 20.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Mark Kelly bucks Biden on the border  —  Mark Kelly is a reliable ally of President Joe Biden.  Except when it comes to the border.  —  The Arizona Democratic senator sounded a rare note of criticism after Biden's Wednesday night address to Congress, asking the president for more federal resources …
 
 
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Andrew Kerr / The Daily Caller:
100 Days Into Biden's Presidency, Hunter Still Owns Stake In Chinese Private Equity Firm, Business Records Show
Madeline Peltz / Media Matters for America:
Tucker Carlson's new racist insult: calling MSNBC's Joy Reid “the race lady”
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
Stringer loses more backing as he tries to rally support
Washington Post:
As Trump seizes on Arizona ballot audit, election officials fear partisan vote counts could be the norm in future elections
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Democrats seek to push Medicare expansion as part of Biden's $1.8 trillion families plan, defying White House
Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
Biden's abortion rights stance triggers coming debate among Catholic bishops on Communion
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Republicans are raising self-sabotage to an art form
Karen Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Stocks Are Off to Best Start to a Presidential Term Since Great Depression
 

 
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Emma Roth / The Verge:
Popular Science drops its magazine product, which became all digital in 2021; it will continue to offer articles on its website and a PopSci Plus subscription

Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Sources: Paramount and WBD stopped posting under certain corporate handles on X due to brand safety concerns; Disney-affiliated X accounts have also gone dark

Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Scott Havens, who became Bloomberg Media CEO in January 2022 after Justin Smith's exit, leaves to become president of business operations for The New York Mets

 
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