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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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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.
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 …
Erick-Woods Erickson / Erick Erickson's Confessions …:
Associated Press CEO Gary Pruitt Confirms the AP Works in a Hamas Operated Facility  —  Was the AP paying rent to terrorists or accepting a gift from terrorists?  —  1 hr ago  —  The CEO of the Associated Press claims he is “shocked and horrified that the Israel military would target …
Barbara Plett Usher / BBC:   Israeli-Palestinian conflict gives Biden foreign policy headache
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: Blue Virginia and CNN
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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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 …
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
The G.O.P.'s Big Cancellation
Discussion: The Dispatch
Jonathan Tamari / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Today's Paper  —  On Tuesday, Republican Sean Parnell launched his campaign for U.S. Senate …
Discussion: CNN
Brian Klaas / Washington Post:
Why personality cults and democracy don't mix
Discussion: LifeZette
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.
Discussion: The Hill, HotAir and Political Wire
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
Stolen election myth rattles key GOP race  —  To get an idea of how deeply the myth of a stolen election has taken root within the GOP, one need only look to South Carolina.  —  In a key early voting state that plays an outsized role in presidential primaries, the contest to lead …
Discussion: Associated Press and Raw Story
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 …
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Kimberly Leonard / Insider:
How Marjorie Taylor Greene became the Voldemort of Congress.  Few lawmakers even want to say her name.  — House members say they are done answering questions about Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.  — Democrats told Insider they were relieved they didn't have to work with her on committees.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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 …
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.  In parts of the U.S., nearly all older adults have been vaccinated.  —  RIGHT NOW Taiwan hits a daily case record.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
Why the CDC Changed Its Advice on Masks
Discussion: HotAir
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 …
The Intercept:
The Intercept Stands By Its Reporting on Gab and the Riot Squad … Over the past several days, wild and unfounded accusations have been hurled at The Intercept.  We publish corrections and clarifications when we get something wrong, but none of these attacks have any merit whatsoever.
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.
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.
New York Times:
Tensions Among Democrats Grow Over Israel as the Left Defends Palestinians  —  Divisions within the party have burst into public view, with the party's ascendant left viewing the Mideast conflict as a searing racial justice issue that carries echoes of U.S. politics.
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.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
McCarthy leadership PAC made payments to Luntz firm  —  The Fact Checker … — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), in an interview on “Fox & Friends,” May 4  —  When House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was first asked about living in a luxury apartment owned by pollster Frank Luntz …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
 
 
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CNN:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Retired Black players say NFL brain-injury payouts show bias
Adam Korzeniewski / The American Mind:
Fictive Counting  —  Serious irregularities in the 2020 Census process must be addressed now.
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China lands Zhu Rong Mars rover after ‘nine minutes of terror’
Alexandra Hutzler / Newsweek:
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John Harwood / CNN:
Neera Tanden joins White House as a senior adviser after withdrawing Cabinet nomination