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11:50 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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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: Raw Story
Kim Zetter / Zero Day:
Biden Declares State of Emergency While Colonial Pipeline Is Down  —  The move allows fuel that's backed up in Texas and elsewhere to be transported by road while the pipeline remains offline.  Colonial has not said when its pipelines will be back online.  —  1 hr ago
Discussion: Bloomberg, NPR and Talking Points Memo
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Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Russian criminal suspected in Colonial pipeline ransomware attack
Discussion: The Week and Denver Post
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
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
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.
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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.
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.
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: ABC7, New York Times, The Hill and USA Today
Associated Press:
Putin tells Red Square parade that Nazi ideas persist  —  MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin marked the anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe with a speech warning that Nazi beliefs remain strong.  —  Speaking to the annual military parade on Moscow's Red Square …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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 …
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
Trump's ‘Big Lie’ imperils Republicans who don't embrace it  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Allegiance to a lie has become a test of loyalty to Donald Trump and a means of self-preservation for Republicans.  —  Trump's discredited allegations about a stolen election did nothing to save his presidency …
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American Greatness:
The Supine Loser Party
Discussion: Instapundit
 
 
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Ellen L. Weintraub / Washington Post:
Close this FEC loophole that killed the case over Trump's payment to Stormy Daniels
Jenny Hill / BBC:
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CNN:
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Discussion: Twitchy
BBC:
Kabul attack: Families bury schoolchildren of blast that killed dozens
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
As Scrutiny of Cryptocurrency Grows, the Industry Turns to K Street
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Rep. Clyburn says qualified immunity doesn't have to be part of policing reform bill
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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
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
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Tory lessons for Republicans
Discussion: BBC