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9:45 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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Associated Press:
Israeli airstrike in Gaza destroys building with AP bureau  —  GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An Israeli airstrike has destroyed a high-rise building that housed The Associated Press' offices in the Gaza Strip.  —  The airstrike Saturday came roughly an hour after the Israeli military ordered people to evacuate the building.
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
With strikes targeting rockets and tunnels, the Israeli tactic of ‘mowing the grass’ returns to Gaza  —  Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated the date that Hamas won Palestinian elections and later seized control in Gaza.  It has been corrected to show that these events took place in 2006 and 2007, respectively.
Wall Street Journal:   Almost Nothing You've Heard About Evictions in Jerusalem Is True
Martin Indyk / Foreign Affairs:
The U.S. Can Neither Ignore nor Solve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post:
As Arab world rallies around Palestinians and bloodshed mounts, Trump-era peace deals fade from view
The Daily Beast:
Rep. Matt Gaetz Snorted Cocaine With Escort Who Had ‘No Show’ Gov't Job  —  GRAND OL' PARTY … Witnesses revealed the wild scene at an after-party for a GOP fundraiser in Orlando.  —  When Rep. Matt Gaetz attended a 2019 GOP fundraiser in Orlando, his date that night was someone he knew well …
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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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CNN:
Biden administration gives House panel documents related to Trump hotel
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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.
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
Why the CDC Changed Its Advice on Masks  —  Two scientific findings altered the calculus: Vaccinated people don't transmit the virus, and the shots are effective against variants.  —  Advice from federal health officials that fully vaccinated people could drop their masks in most settings came …
Discussion: HotAir
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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.
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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Katelyn Fossett / Politico:
Six questions with Sally Buzbee, the Washington Post's new executive editor  —  On Tuesday, the Washington Post announced it has found a new editor to take the helm: Sally Buzbee, the 55-year-old executive editor of the AP, who will be the Post's first woman editor since the paper started publishing in 1877.
Discussion: HotAir
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Paul Volpe / Politico:
‘These Blazing Stars ... Just Disappeared’: The Missing Generation of Women at the Washington Post
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” …
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.
Tim Higgins / Wall Street Journal:
Former Apple Engineer Accuses Company of Defamatory Statements Over Dismissal  —  Author of controversial ‘Chaos Monkeys’ says tech giant was aware of his book's contents before hiring him  —  The prominent advertising-technology engineer let go by Apple Inc. this week amid an uproar …
James Arkin / Politico:
Arizona audit divides wobbling state GOP  —  Arizona Republicans have an opportunity in 2022 to claw back ground they've lost as the state shifted towards Democrats.  But first, the fight over 2020 has to end.  —  Republicans in the state are still divided over the results of the last election …
Discussion: Arizona Mirror, The Hill and Raw Story
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 …
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.
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 …
 
 
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Emily Wagster Pettus / Associated Press:
Mississippi justices toss voter-backed marijuana initiative
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MSNBC:
‘Maximum pressure’: NY prosecutors work to flip Trump money man
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
McCarthy leadership PAC made payments to Luntz firm
Discussion: Political Wire
Associated Press:
Retired Black players say NFL brain-injury payouts show bias
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.
Rebecca Beitsch / The Hill:
Lifted COVID-19 restrictions provide opportunities for domestic extremists, DHS warns
Discussion: Breitbart and Associated Press
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Bloomberg:
Amazon Access to Mailbox Could Be Grounds to Overturn Union Vote
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Businesses Offer Perks to Vaccinated Customers
Discussion: HotAir
Dara Lind / ProPublica:
Documents Show Trump Officials Used Secret Terrorism Unit to Question Lawyers at the Border
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Trump tells followers not to give money to Karl Rove