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3:25 AM ET, May 10, 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.
Washington Post:
The making of a myth  —  Russell J. Ramsland Jr. sold everything from Tex-Mex food to light-therapy technology.  Then he sold the story that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump.  —  Ramsland  —  “We observed an error rate of 68.05%.  This demonstrated a significant and fatal error in security and election integrity.”
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
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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Dana Rubinstein / New York Times:
After Times Square Shooting, Adams and Yang Stress Support for N.Y.P.D.  —  Eric Adams and Andrew Yang, among the front-runners in the New York City mayor's race, said the shooting underlined the importance of public safety.  —  Within hours of a shooting in Times Square that left three bystanders …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Breitbart
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Harry Siegel / New York Daily News:   The fixer is in: What Bradley Tusk sees in Andrew Yang, and in the future of politics
Shant Shahrigian / New York Daily News:
Mayoral hopefuls spar over police, crime in wake of Times Square shooting
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Russian criminal suspected in Colonial pipeline ransomware attack  —  WASHINGTON — A Russian criminal group may be responsible for a ransomware attack that shut down a major U.S. fuel pipeline, two sources familiar with the matter said Sunday.  —  The group, known as DarkSide …
Discussion: Denver Post and The Week
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Joe Drape / New York Times:
Kentucky Derby Winner Medina Spirit Fails Drug Test  —  The Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, whose horses have failed five tests in a little more than a year, was suspended, but he denied wrongdoing.  —  The 2021 Kentucky Derby winner, Medina Spirit, failed a drug test after the race …
Wall Street Journal:
Afghanistan Bomb Attack on Girls Highlights Threat to Women's Education  —  Kabul residents on Sunday buried dozens of schoolgirls killed by explosions outside a school  —  KABUL—Zainab Maqsudi, 13 years old, exited the library and walked toward the main gate of the Sayed Shuhada school …
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BBC:   Kabul attack: Families bury schoolchildren of blast that killed dozens
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.
Marlene Lenthang / ABC News:
Florida reports more than 10,000 COVID-19 variant cases, surge after spring break  —  243 have been hospitalized with variants and 67 have died.  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.  —  Paul Hennessy/Polaris  —  Variant COVID-19 infections skyrocketed following spring break …
Discussion: Deseret News and Raw Story
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Trump 2020 Election Lawsuits Lead to Requests to Discipline Lawyers  —  Courts, licensing bodies consider whether attorneys abused the legal system in challenging vote results  —  Courts are weighing whether some of the failed legal challenges to the 2020 presidential election were frivolous …
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
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
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
As Scrutiny of Cryptocurrency Grows, the Industry Turns to K Street  —  Companies behind digital currencies are rushing to hire well-connected lobbyists, lawyers and consultants as the battle over how to regulate them intensifies.  —  WASHINGTON — When federal regulators late last year accused …
Jenny Hill / BBC:
Sophie Scholl: Student who resisted Hitler and inspires Germany  —  Her name is not widely known outside Germany, but Sophie Scholl is an iconic figure in her native country and her story is extraordinary.  —  This weekend many will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of a young woman …
Eric Ng / South China Morning Post:
Fosun unit, BioNTech to form joint venture to make Covid-19 vaccine  —  The Fosun unit will contribute up to US$100 million of assets including cash and a manufacturing facility, while BioNTech will chip in the licence and know-how Fosun is BioNTech's exclusive partner for the vaccine in mainland China …
Jon Gambrell / Associated Press:
US Navy seizes weapons in Arabian Sea likely bound for Yemen  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Navy announced Sunday it seized an arms shipment of thousands of assault weapons, machines guns and sniper rifles hidden aboard a ship in the Arabian Sea, apparently bound for Yemen to support the country's Houthi rebels.
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.
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 …
 
 
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Ellen L. Weintraub / Washington Post:
Close this FEC loophole that killed the case over Trump's payment to Stormy Daniels
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
Trump's ‘Big Lie’ imperils Republicans who don't embrace it
Associated Press:
Putin tells Red Square parade that Nazi ideas persist
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Rep. Clyburn says qualified immunity doesn't have to be part of policing reform bill
Bryan Pietsch / New York Times:
Maya Angelou and Sally Ride Will Be Honored on Quarters
New York Times:
‘Will I Recognize You?’ She Traveled 2,500 Miles to Reach Her Mother.
Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
Push to electrify mail trucks gains wide support, an unlikely win for both DeJoy and Biden
Discussion: Insider
 Earlier Items: 
Amity Shlaes / The Hill:
Biden as the new FDR: It's the same old bad deal for jobs
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
The Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race
Discussion: New York Times
Christina Zhao / MSN:
Birthing People's Day? Cori Bush Debate Rages Into Mother's Day Weekend
Discussion: Raw Story and Crooks and Liars
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Democrats renew effort to get Donald Trump's financial records
Discussion: Raw Story
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
The next political battleground: school boards
Discussion: New York Times
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Tory lessons for Republicans