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5:15 PM ET, May 9, 2021

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Wall Street Journal:
Melinda Gates Was Meeting With Divorce Lawyers Since 2019 to End Marriage With Bill Gates  —  Melinda Gates had discussions with divorce lawyers in October 2019 around when Bill Gates's ties to Jeffrey Epstein became public  —  The split between Bill and Melinda Gates, announced last week, has been in the works for a long time.
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Kinzinger compares Republican Party to the Titanic  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) on Sunday compared the Republican Party to the Titanic amid an internal battle surrounding Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and the push to oust her from her GOP leadership position.
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Sandra Tan / Buffalo News:
Free beer offer results in more vaccinations than all Erie County first-dose clinics last week  —  The idea of getting vaccinated had been rolling around in the back of Tyler Morsch's mind for weeks.  As a 28-year-old, he didn't feel in any particular danger, but he finally decided …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Dana Goldstein / New York Times:
Schools Are Open, but Many Families Remain Hesitant to Return  —  Even as fears of the coronavirus abate, many students are continuing to opt out of in-person learning.  Some school leaders are trying to woo — or push — them back.  —  Pauline Rojas's high school in San Antonio is open.
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Stef W. Kight / Axios:
The next political battleground: school boards  —  The debate over coronavirus precautions and school reopening has fueled a surge of new candidates for school boards across the country.  —  Why it matters: What was traditionally a nonpartisan, hyper-local role is now at center of a swirling national political debate.
Harry Siegel / New York Daily News:
The fixer is in: What Bradley Tusk sees in Andrew Yang, and in the future of politics  —  Maybe it says something about the limits of Bradley Tusk's argument that the old political gatekeepers (newspaper columnists very much included) are basically dead wood just one good whack or gust …
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Shant Shahrigian / New York Daily News:
Mayoral hopefuls spar over police, crime in wake of Times Square shooting
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Larry Krasner deserves a second term as Philly district attorney |  Endorsement  —  The Democratic primary for Philadelphia district attorney has been drawing national attention, and understandably so.  Aside from its colorful main characters — an incumbent DA who's a national icon in progressive circles …
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Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:   Police robbed these Black men of their lives, too, but we're not talking about this
Jesus Jiménez / New York Times:
2 Oklahoma Boys Pulled From Class for ‘Black Lives Matter’ T-Shirts  —  In addition to the disciplinary action they have faced, the boys' mother said that at least one of her three sons has been bullied because of the shirts.  —  Two brothers, 8 and 5, were removed from their Oklahoma …
Discussion: The Hill
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Tory lessons for Republicans  —  Opinion by  —  Local and regional election results across Britain last week hold lessons for American politicians.  Not least is this: A Trumpist Republican Party that had taken the coronavirus pandemic more seriously and had delivered tangible benefits …
Discussion: BBC
Jesse Naranjo / Politico:
Fauci predicts ‘dramatic difference’ in pandemic outlook if more are vaccinated  —  Top Biden health adviser Anthony Fauci on Sunday predicted that the country's coronavirus situation will be dramatically different a year from now if larger proportions of the population are vaccinated.
Discussion: RedState, CNN and National Review
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Davone Morales / ABC News:
Vaccinations are the ‘end game’ to the COVID-19 crisis in India: Fauci
Discussion: The Hill and Fox News
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
GOP governors slash jobless aid to try to force more Americans to return to work  —  Arkansas, Montana and South Carolina have acted in recent days to end extra $300 weekly payments to unemployed Americans, even as the Biden administration maintains generous benefits are not deterring people from seeking work
C. Ryan Barber / Insider:
FBI director Chris Wray barely survived the Trump era.  Now he's working with Biden's attorney general taking on domestic terrorism and probing Trump allies.  — Then-Attorney General Bill Barr threatened to quit last spring when Trump tried to fire FBI Director Chris Wray, Insider has learned.
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Bryan Pietsch / New York Times:
Maya Angelou and Sally Ride Will Be Honored on Quarters  —  The coins are part of a new U.S. Mint program that will feature as many as 20 American women.  —  The writer and poet Maya Angelou and the astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, are the first women …
Associated Press:
Former Delaware Governor Pierre ‘Pete’ Du Pont IV Dies  —  THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (The Associated Press)  —  Wilmington, Del. (AP) — Pierre S.  “Pete” du Pont IV, a former Delaware governor and congressman who sought the Republican presidential nomination in 1988, has died.  He was 86.
Discussion: The Hill, New York Times and USA Today
Deanna Paul / Wall Street Journal:
Alvin Bragg Leans on Harlem Roots in Manhattan District Attorney Race  —  Bragg, the only Black candidate, has emerged as a front-runner in the crowded field seeking to replace Cyrus Vance  —  | Photographs by Thalia Juarez/The Wall Street Journal  —  Growing up in Harlem during …
Harry Enten / CNN:
Why politicians won't reach the vaccine hesitant  —  (CNN)Poll of the week: A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll finds that 64% of American adults have gotten or want a Covid-19 vaccine as soon as possible, 15% will wait and see and 19% will either definitely not get one or will only get one if it is required.
Christina Zhao / MSN:
Birthing People's Day?  Cori Bush Debate Rages Into Mother's Day Weekend  —  An online debate sparked by Missouri Democratic Congresswoman Cori Bush calling women “birthing people” has raged on into Mother's Day weekend.  —  On Thursday, Bush drew praise and criticism after she used the term …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Raw Story
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Democrats renew effort to get Donald Trump's financial records  —  House committee is arguing to federal judge that with Trump out of office, he no longer has a viable claim to withhold materials  —  A powerful Democrat-led House committee is pushing a federal judge to order Donald Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
The Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  Former President Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama are more willing than ever to speak frankly about race.  —  At one time, political risk — and a guaranteed storm of criticism …
Amity Shlaes / The Hill:
Biden as the new FDR: It's the same old bad deal for jobs  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  President Biden doesn't want merely to showcase Franklin Roosevelt.  He wants to replicate him.  As President Roosevelt once did with the New Deal, Biden intends to spend to spur growth …
Washington Post:
As convention ends, Virginia Republicans wait for governor nominee to emerge  —  Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly labeled a list of candidates running for the Republican nomination for attorney general of Virginia as lieutenant governor candidates.  The article has been corrected.
Discussion: Blue Virginia
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Graham Moomaw / Virginia Mercury:   ‘Tired of getting whupped’: GOP convention voters offer competing visions for a red Virginia
 
 
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New York Times:
Ma'Khia Bryant's Journey Through Foster Care Ended With an Officer's Bullet
New York Times:
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Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
Push to electrify mail trucks gains wide support, an unlikely win for both DeJoy and Biden
Discussion: Insider
Ido Efrati / Haaretz:
Israel's Active COVID Cases Fall Below 1,000 for the First Time in Over a Year
Mica Soellner / Washington Examiner:
GOP in Utah county moves to censure Romney, despite state party's vote against it
Erwin Chemerinsky / Washington Post:
Justice Breyer should learn from Justice Ginsburg's mistake — and retire now
Discussion: Insider
 Earlier Items: 
NBC News:
Terry McAuliffe's popularity in Virginia dims some Democrats' hopes for first Black female governor
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Free Speech Inc.: The Democratic Party finds a new but shaky faith in corporate free speech
Discussion: Fox News
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
The one that gets away: Joe Biden's jaded romance with Iran
Emily Peck / New York Times:
Policymakers Used to Ignore Child Care. Then Came the Pandemic.
Alex Walker / Media Matters for America:
Fox News is already distorting the American Families Plan
Ted Cruz / Wall Street Journal:
Your Woke Money Is No Good Here  —  Corporations have taken advantage of Republicans for too long.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
Chinese Rocket Debris Reportedly Crashes Into Indian Ocean
Discussion: The Week and UPI
Washington Post:
South Carolina may bring back electric chair, once used to execute a 14-year-old boy later exonerated