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7:50 AM ET, May 15, 2021

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David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
A Press Corps Deceived, and the Gaza Invasion That Wasn't  —  A spokesman led the international media to believe that Israeli forces had entered Gaza.  They hadn't.  But the army wanted Hamas to think they had.  —  The Israeli military abruptly announced after midnight on Friday …
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Wall Street Journal:   Almost Nothing You've Heard About Evictions in Jerusalem Is True
Washington Post:
As Arab world rallies around Palestinians and bloodshed mounts, Trump-era peace deals fade from view
Martin Indyk / Foreign Affairs:
The U.S. Can Neither Ignore nor Solve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Discussion: CNN
Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
Critics on left and right bash Biden's response to Israel-Gaza violence
Discussion: Politico and The US Sun
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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Former Gaetz Confidant Pleads Guilty and Agrees to Cooperate
Justin Gray / WSB-TV:
Investigation: Marjorie Taylor Greene filed homestead exemptions on 2 homes, violating state law  —  ATLANTA — A Channel 2 Action News investigation has found that Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and her husband have two active homestead exemptions, which is against Georgia law …
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
The G.O.P.'s Big Cancellation  —  The party's cancel mob runs wild on Capitol Hill.  —  Mr. Potato Head is under siege.  —  So are the Muppets, baseball and Coca-Cola.  —  Even a horse fell victim.  “It was like a cancel culture kind of thing,” the trainer of Medina Spirit told Fox News …
Discussion: The Dispatch
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Caroline Kelly / CNN:
Cheney says some GOP members voted against impeachment out of fear for their lives  —  Washington (CNN)Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, whose criticism of former President Donald Trump led to her ouster from House Republican leadership, said Friday that several Republican members of Congress …
CNN:
Biden administration gives House panel documents related to Trump hotel
Discussion: Raw Story
John Harwood / CNN:
Neera Tanden joins White House as a senior adviser after withdrawing Cabinet nomination  —  Neera Tanden releases statement on pulling her nomination  —  (CNN)Neera Tanden, the new administration's only Cabinet nominee rebuffed by the Senate, has become a senior adviser to President Joe Biden, a White House official told CNN.
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Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Neera Tanden lands in the White House, after all  —  A contentious nomination process kept Neera Tanden out of President Joe Biden's Cabinet, but she still landed in the White House.  —  The White House confirmed on Friday that Biden had appointed Tanden to be a senior adviser.  She will start on Monday.
BuzzFeed News:
We Found Joe Biden's Secret Venmo.  Here's Why That's A Privacy Nightmare For Everyone.  —  BuzzFeed News found President Joe Biden's Venmo account after less than 10 minutes of looking for it, revealing a network of his private social connections, a national security issue for the United States …
Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
FBI quietly admits 2017 GOP baseball shooting was domestic terrorism after all  —  The FBI quietly admitted Friday that the 2017 Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field shooting that nearly killed Rep. Steve Scalise has been classified as “domestic terrorism” carried out by a “domestic violent extremist” …
Discussion: Federal Bureau … and TheBlaze
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Rebecca Beitsch / The Hill:
Lifted COVID-19 restrictions provide opportunities for domestic extremists, DHS warns
Discussion: Associated Press and Breitbart
Yascha Mounk / Persuasion:
Take Off That Mask  —  If you are fully vaccinated, the time to resume normal life is now.  —  1 hr ago  —  Yesterday evening, I went out to dinner with a few friends.  Since it had gotten a little chilly, and we are all fully vaccinated, we decided, on the spur of the moment, to dine indoors.
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Jordan Williams / The Hill:
Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks
Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
Walmart to Stop Requiring Masks for Vaccinated Workers and Shoppers
Julius Whigham II / Palm Beach Post:
Damon Weaver, kid reporter who interviewed President Obama, dies at age 23  —  As an intrepid student reporter whose dreams carried him all the way to an interview in the White House with President Barack Obama, Damon Weaver found himself in the national spotlight at a young age.
Discussion: The Hill
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Kristine Phillips / USA Today:
‘You left us’: Proud Boys leader Ethan Nordean slams Trump in expletive-laden message  —  WASHINGTON - Proud Boys leader Ethan Nordean lashed out at President Donald Trump, accusing him of misleading his supporters and then deserting them despite their unwavering loyalty.  —  “We are now and always have been on our own.
Discussion: HuffPost and Joe.My.God.
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Trump voter in Colorado faces stunning voter fraud allegations  —  A couple of days after Joe Biden was declared the president-elect last fall, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) announced that he'd be willing to pay up to $1 million as a reward to those who could produce evidence of voter fraud.
Alexandra Hutzler / Newsweek:
Arizona, West Virginia GOP Voters Back Democrats' Election Bill as Conservative Opposition Mounts  —  While conservative groups are raising their pressure campaign against HR 1, new polling shows that Republicans in Arizona and West Virginia overwhelmingly support the sweeping election bill.
Dara Lind / ProPublica:
Documents Show Trump Officials Used Secret Terrorism Unit to Question Lawyers at the Border  —  In newly disclosed records, Trump officials cited conspiracies about Antifa to justify interrogating immigration lawyers with a special terrorism unit.  The documents also show that more lawyers were targeted than previously known.
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Matt Taibbi / TK News:
On the Hypocrites at Apple Who Fired Antonio Garcia-Martinez  —  Much easier to ruin a career than mess with a corporate cash cow  —  I'm biased, because I know Antonio Garcia-Martinez and something like the same thing once happened to me, but the decision by Apple to bend to a posse …
William Zheng / South China Morning Post:
China lands Zhu Rong Mars rover after ‘nine minutes of terror’  —  Landing a rover on Mars involves a communications blackout period during which it must land without human intervention Only half of all attempts to land on the red planet have succeeded because of its challenging atmosphere …
Associated Press:
Retired Black players say NFL brain-injury payouts show bias  —  PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Thousands of retired Black professional football players, their families and supporters are demanding an end to the controversial use of “race-norming” to determine which players are eligible for payouts …
 
 
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
McCarthy leadership PAC made payments to Luntz firm
Discussion: Political Wire
The Economist:
A new analysis uncovers the demographic shifts that led to Joe Biden's victory
Daniel Trilling / The Guardian:
Cruel, paranoid, failing: inside the Home Office
Adam Korzeniewski / The American Mind:
Fictive Counting  —  Serious irregularities in the 2020 Census process must be addressed now.
Bloomberg:
Amazon Access to Mailbox Could Be Grounds to Overturn Union Vote
Discussion: Al Jazeera
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Businesses Offer Perks to Vaccinated Customers
Discussion: HotAir
Paul Volpe / Politico:
‘These Blazing Stars ... Just Disappeared’: The Missing Generation of Women at the Washington Post
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Trump tells followers not to give money to Karl Rove
Del Quentin Wilber / Los Angeles Times:
How baseball saved an Iran hostage, not once, but twice
Molly Beck / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Wisconsin Supreme Court rejects Republican-backed effort on redistricting rules
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Chad Arthur / Democracy Corps:
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