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12:20 AM ET, May 15, 2021

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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  —  Joel Greenberg, a former tax collector in Florida, admitted to sex trafficking a minor and agreed to help in prosecutions of others.  —  A former confidant of Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Raw Story
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CNN:
Since-deleted video shows Marjorie Taylor Greene harassing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's office during 2019 Capitol Hill visit
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 …
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
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.
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
In a shift, GOP nominee for Va. governor admits Biden ‘legitimately’ elected
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 …
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Max Greenwood / The Hill:   Trump tells followers not to give money to Karl Rove
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: Breitbart and Associated Press
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A cop's anger at GOP lies about Jan. 6 should put Republicans on the defensive  —  Opinion by  —  As the despicable GOP whitewashing of the Jan. 6 insurrection continues apace, House Democrats are set to force a vote on the creation of a commission to examine the assault.
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Olivia Beavers / Politico:
Cicilline seeks to censure Republicans who dismiss Jan. 6 insurrection
Washington Post:
As Arab world rallies around Palestinians and bloodshed mounts, Trump-era peace deals fade from view  —  ISTANBUL — The videos from East Jerusalem showing Israeli police violently arresting Palestinian protesters were galvanizing the Arab world, evoking sympathy and long-standing anger over injustice …
Discussion: New York Times and NPR
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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.
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Discussion: FOX31 Denver and Political Wire
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Dara Bitler / FOX31 Denver:
Suzanne Morphew's husband, accused in her murder, charged with submitting presidential ballot in her name
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 …
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.
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 …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Former Army Green Beret Sentenced for Russian Espionage Conspiracy  —  WASHINGTON - A Virginia man and former Army Green Beret was sentenced today to 188 months in prison for conspiring with Russian intelligence operatives to provide them with U.S. national defense information.
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.
 
 
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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.
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
Paul Volpe / Politico:
‘These Blazing Stars ... Just Disappeared’: The Missing Generation of Women at the Washington Post
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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
Jason Campbell / Media Matters for America:
Fox News says new CDC recommendations on mask wearing are just a distraction
Chad Arthur / Democracy Corps:
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Mikael Thalen / The Daily Dot:
Trump hotel purposely spiked prices to keep out QAnon supporters, hacked police data reveals