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9:05 AM ET, May 16, 2021

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Lahav Harkov / Jerusalem Post:
Israel showed US ‘smoking gun’ on Hamas in AP office tower, officials say  —  “We showed them the smoking gun proving Hamas worked out of that building,” a source close to Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said.  “I understand they found the explanation satisfactory.”
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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, New York Magazine, Vox and Forbes
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.
Discussion: The Hill
Fares Akram / Associated Press:
DIARY: In Gaza, bombs drop and the conflict again hits home
Associated Press:
Israel strikes Gaza home of Hamas leader, destroys AP office
Null / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
A surge of newcomers pack Georgia GOP meetings across state  —  The grassroots effort to punish Gov. Brian Kemp largely fizzled at key Republican meetings across the state this weekend even as record crowds of activists continued a relentless focus on former President Donald Trump's lies …
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Joe Walsh / Forbes:
Marjorie Taylor Greene Allegedly Broke Georgia Law By Taking Tax Exemptions On Two Homes
Associated Press:
Republican Arizona election official says Trump ‘unhinged’  —  PHOENIX — The Republican who now leads the Arizona county elections department targeted by a GOP audit of the 2020 election results is slamming former President Donald Trump and others in his party for their continued falsehoods about how the election was run.
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
Katie Glueck / New York Times:
Maya Wiley Lands Major Endorsement From Rep. Hakeem Jeffries  —  Mr. Jeffries, New York's top House Democrat, said he intended to engage in significant efforts on Ms. Wiley's behalf, including making campaign appearances with her.  —  Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York …
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New York Daily News:   Make it Mayor Garcia: New Yorkers should choose Kathryn Garcia in the Democratic primary
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Increasingly active younger voters liberalize US electorate  —  President Biden, the oldest man ever elected to the White House, won on the strength of an emerging cohort of younger voters who are increasingly finding their political voice — and growing their influence in an electorate in which older voters are losing sway.
Nicole Acevedo / NBC News:
Colonial Pipeline returns to ‘normal operations’ following shutdown  —  Colonial Pipeline officials said early Saturday morning they “have returned the system to normal operations” after the company was forced to shut down operations last week following one of the most disruptive cyberattacks in history.
Discussion: NPR, Slate and The Verge
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Zeynep Tufekci / The Atlantic:   The Colonial Pipeline Attack Is a Dark Omen
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 …
Washington Post:
Strap in, Virginia — the 2021 governor's race is suddenly at full speed  —  RICHMOND — The reboot began once Glenn Youngkin snagged the Republican nomination for Virginia governor.  —  A video of former president Donald Trump praising the former Carlyle Group executive by name for helping …
Discussion: CNN
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Matthew McConaughey making calls as he weighs running for Texas governor  —  He's a beloved home-state star, but pundits are skeptical that the acclaimed actor has a chance at unseating Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.  —  Matthew McConaughey speaks onstage during HISTORYTalks Leadership & Legacy at Carnegie Hall.
Jon Street / Fox News:
Jimmy Carter 2.0: Biden's bundle of crises look increasingly like 1970s  —  During the Carter years, American consumers were forced to pay more for the price of basic goods  —  Biden's America faces growing inflation  —  “Joe Biden is the new Jimmy Carter.”
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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 and Bloomberg
Andrew R. Arthur / CIS.org:
More than 40,000 ‘Got-Aways’ at the Border in April  —  And we can't stop most of the drugs entering illegally, but Mayorkas offers no suggestions for policy change  —  DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas appeared before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on Thursday to discuss unaccompanied migrant children.
Discussion: Breitbart
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
G.O.P. Pursues Harsher Penalties for Poll Workers in Voting Crackdown  —  Heavy fines, felony charges and jail sentences: Republicans seeking to restrict voting are proposing strict punishments for election officials and workers who make errors or violate the rules.
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.
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Lexi Lonas / The Hill:
McCarthy dings Biden after meeting: Doesn't have ‘energy of Donald Trump’
Discussion: Fox News
David Frost / Daily Mail:
Brexit Minister LORD FROST: The EU must stop point scoring and work with us to protect the peace  —  Just two weeks ago the European Parliament finally ratified our agreement with the EU.  Now we can start to make it work.  —  This agreement gives us full control over our own laws, courts, borders and money.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Politico
 
 
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Nick Burns / New Statesman:
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Jordan Williams / The Hill:
Romney: Capitol riot was ‘an insurrection against the Constitution’
Discussion: Breitbart
Frank Pallotta / CNN:
Disney World changes mask requirements for guests
Discussion: Breitbart and who13.com
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Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
Neo-Nazi Dumps 3 Dead Bodies at Albuquerque Hospital Then Flees: FBI
Discussion: Raw Story
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
Isolated Biden in bid to forge UN consensus on conflict
Discussion: The Economist
New York Times:
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Discussion: Forbes
The Intercept:
The Intercept Stands By Its Reporting on Gab and the Riot Squad
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Conservatives Excommunicated the Last Republican President Who Lost