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12:50 AM ET, May 16, 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 …
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, Forbes and Washington Post
United States Department of State:
Secretary Blinken's Call with Gary Pruitt, President and CEO of the Associated Press  —  The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:  —  Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke this evening with Gary Pruitt, the President and CEO of the Associated Press.
Associated Press:
AP statement on Israeli attack on building housing AP office
Barbara Plett Usher / BBC:
Israeli-Palestinian conflict gives Biden foreign policy headache
Discussion: The Economist
Virginia Pietromarchi / Al Jazeera:
Israeli air raid flattens Gaza building housing Al Jazeera
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: Japan Times
Jeff McDonald / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Manchester's political contributions, ambassador nod are subject of criminal probe  —  Records obtained by the Union-Tribune show subpoena being issued, witness summoned to testify in secret proceeding  —  A federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., has begun issuing subpoenas in a criminal investigation …
Discussion: Raw Story
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, UPI and Bloomberg
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 …
Tom Brune / Newsday:
Rep. Zeldin: Biden won and I won't call election ‘illegitimate’  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Lee Zeldin, the front-runner to be the Republican nominee for New York governor, acknowledged in a Newsday interview last week that Joe Biden won the presidency and said he won't call the election “illegitimate,” even though he sought to overturn it.
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
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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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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
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
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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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
Gay Officers Action League / goalny:
GOAL Reaction to the Decision of Heritage of Pride to Kick #CopsOutOfPride  —  New York, NY - May 14, 2021.  The Gay Officers Action League ("GOAL") is disheartened by the decision to ban our group from participating in New York City Pride.  Heritage of Pride (NYC Pride) …
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Nick Burns / New Statesman:
Where have all the intellectuals gone?  —  Who among today's literary figures has any chance of being recognised as a thinker on par with a Dostoevsky or a Marx?  —  “Ibram X. Kendi, Robin DiAngelo, Jordan Peterson, Peter Thiel, Yuval Noah Harari, Steven Pinker, Tyler Cowen, Ta-Nehisi Coates …
Marisa Iati / Washington Post:
The new mask guidance relies on an honor system.  Do we trust each other enough to make it work?  —  As soon as Michelle Garrett verified that the new federal mask guidelines were real, she turned to her 14-year-old daughter, who just became eligible for vaccination against the coronavirus this week.
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Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
Why the CDC Changed Its Advice on Masks
Discussion: HotAir
 
 
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