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8:15 PM ET, May 15, 2021

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Associated Press:
Israel strike in Gaza destroys building with AP, other media  —  GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An Israeli airstrike destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated Press and other media outlets hours after another Israeli air raid on a densely populated refugee camp killed …
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Lauren Easton / The Definitive Source:
AP statement on destruction of Gaza bureau  —  UPDATED 3:40 P.M. ET: AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt issued this statement Saturday after AP's Gaza bureau was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike:  —  Director of Media Relations  —  We are shocked and horrified that the Israeli military …
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Israel bombs building in Gaza City housing AP, Al-Jazeera offices  —  Today Israeli war planes destroyed a Gaza City building housing offices of The Associated Press, Al-Jazeera, and other offices and residential apartments, the AP and Al-Jazeera reported.  The bombing, which came in the course …
Patrick Kingsley / New York Times:
What Is Happening in Israel and Gaza?  Here's What to Know.  —  A little-noticed police action in Jerusalem last month was one of several incidents that led to the current crisis.  —  JERUSALEM — Twenty-seven days before the first rocket was fired from Gaza this week …
Discussion: Brookings, Vox and Forbes
Associated Press:
AP statement on Israeli attack on building housing AP office  —  NEW YORK (AP) — An Israeli airstrike destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated Press and other media outlets on Saturday.  All AP employees and freelancers evacuated the building safely.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
The purging of Liz Cheney is about much more than the future of the GOP  —  It was just another week in Donald Trump's Republican Party, and once again, truth was a casualty.  —  House Republicans replaced a 2020 election truth-teller with a 2020 election truth-denier as the third-ranking member of their leadership.
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Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
The G.O.P.'s Big Cancellation
Discussion: USA Today
New York Daily News:
Make it Mayor Garcia: New Yorkers should choose Kathryn Garcia in the Democratic primary  —  The next mayor of New York will assume leadership of America's largest city at a hinge in its history, and not only because the five boroughs are still reeling from the loss of more than 30,000 lives …
Marc Caputo / Politico:
McKissick whips Wood in South Carolina GOP race  —  Pro-Trump lawyer Lin Wood's bid to bring “chaos” to South Carolina's GOP was halted on Saturday when he failed to unseat the party's chairman after baselessly accusing the incumbent of voter fraud and a host of other slurs.
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
Stolen election myth rattles key GOP race
Discussion: Forbes, KTAR.com and Raw Story
Madeleine Ngo / New York Times:
Covid Live Updates: Major U.S. Retailers Drop Mask Requirements  —  Walmart, Costco, Publix and Starbucks are among the retail giants effectively moving to an honor system.  The union of registered nurses calls on the C.D.C. to revise its mask guidance, saying that “lives are in the balance.”.
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Marisa Iati / Washington Post:   The new mask guidance relies on an honor system. Do we trust each other enough to make it work?
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
Why the CDC Changed Its Advice on Masks
Discussion: HotAir
Joe Walsh / Forbes:
Marjorie Taylor Greene Allegedly Broke Georgia Law By Taking Tax Exemptions On Two Homes  —  Controversial freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R) may have violated property tax laws in her home state of Georgia by listing two different houses as her primary residence, an Atlanta television station alleged Friday.
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Kimberly Leonard / Insider:
How Marjorie Taylor Greene became the Voldemort of Congress. Few lawmakers even want to say her name.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
Neo-Nazi Dumps 3 Dead Bodies at Albuquerque Hospital Then Flees: FBI  —  Richard Kuykendall drove to hospital, removed his shirt and told a security officer “that there were three dead guys in the Chevy,” according to a criminal complaint.  —  A suspected white supremacist is facing charges …
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
‘The right decision wrongly handled’: Inside the Biden administration's abrupt reversal on masks  —  During her opening statement before a Senate health committee Tuesday, Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was adamant that the Biden administration's masking …
Discussion: Bloomberg
New York Times:
University of California Will No Longer Consider SAT and ACT Scores  —  The university system has reached a settlement with students to scrap even optional testing from admissions and scholarship decisions.  —  The University of California will not take SAT and ACT scores into account …
Discussion: The Hill, KRON4 and Bloomberg
Katherine Rosman / New York Times:
Paulina Porizkova on Instagram, Aaron Sorkin and Aging  —  The veteran supermodel is contesting the will of her late husband, Ric Ocasek — and writing herself a splashy new chapter.  —  When the writer and model Paulina Porizkova was asked by Aaron Sorkin to join him at the Oscars …
Oriana Pawlyk / Military.com:
Space Force CO Who Got Holiday Call from Trump Fired Over Comments Decrying Marxism in the Military  —  A commander of a U.S. Space Force unit tasked with detecting ballistic missile launches has been fired for comments made during a podcast promoting his new book, which claims Marxist ideologies …
Barry Meier / New York Times:
Secret Sharers: The Hidden Ties Between Private Spies and Journalists  —  A booming, renegade private intelligence industry is increasingly shaping (and misshaping) the news.  —  Some journalists are happy to knock on the doors of strangers.  I was never one of them, but Christopher Steele …
Discussion: Washington Post
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Conservatives Excommunicated the Last Republican President Who Lost  —  One of the rationalizations Republicans have made for their party's refusal to disavow Donald Trump's authoritarianism is that asking a party to renounce a former president is categorically unreasonable.  “He's an ex-president.
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Jordan Williams / The Hill:
Romney: Capitol riot was ‘an insurrection against the Constitution’  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) called the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol an “insurrection against the Constitution” as some GOP lawmakers sought to minimize the violence this week.
Discussion: Breitbart and JONATHAN TURLEY
Michael Gold / New York Times:
N.Y.C. Pride Taking Steps to Reduce N.Y.P.D. Presence  —  L.G.B.T.Q. police officers will not be allowed to participate as a group in the annual march, and organizers said they will rely on private security for their events.  —  New York City's annual Pride celebration …
 
 
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Emily Wagster Pettus / Associated Press:
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Tim Higgins / Wall Street Journal:
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MSNBC:
‘Maximum pressure’: NY prosecutors work to flip Trump money man
Wall Street Journal:
Almost Nothing You've Heard About Evictions in Jerusalem Is True
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