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8:55 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
Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
Critics on left and right bash Biden's response to Israel-Gaza violence
Discussion: Politico and The US Sun
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 …
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
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
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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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
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: Outside the Beltway and The Hill
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
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.
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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 …
James Arkin / Politico:
Arizona audit divides wobbling state GOP  —  A contractor working for Cyber Ninjas, who was hired by the Arizona State Senate, transports ballots from the 2020 general election at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum on May 1, 2021 in Phoenix, Ariz. |  Arizona Republicans have an opportunity in 2022 …
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.
 
 
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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.
Bloomberg:
Amazon Access to Mailbox Could Be Grounds to Overturn Union Vote
Discussion: Al Jazeera
 Earlier Items: 
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
Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
Walmart to Stop Requiring Masks for Vaccinated Workers and Shoppers
Del Quentin Wilber / Los Angeles Times:
How baseball saved an Iran hostage, not once, but twice