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5:35 PM 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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Will Wright / New York Times:
No End in Sight to Violence in Israel and Gaza, Netanyahu Says  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  Netanyahu says there is no clear end in sight.  —  Speaking on CBS' Face The Nation on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said there was no clear end in sight …
Fares Akram / Associated Press:
DIARY: Shouts, a hurried evacuation, and then the bombs came  —  GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — My colleagues' shouts awakened me, and the pounding of my heart drowned out the racing of my mind.  What was happening?  Had someone been injured on the streets of Gaza City, or worse?
Matt Vespa / Townhall:
The ‘Israel Is a Monster for Bombing the Associated Press’ Office Building in Gaza' Narrative Just Collapsed
Discussion: NBC News and Fox News
Megan Henney / Fox News:
Democrats take tougher stance against Israel as conflict escalates
Discussion: Jacobin
Shira Rubin / Washington Post:   Israeli airstrikes kill 42 in Gaza as Biden, regional partners push for cease-fire
Aubree Eliza Weaver / Politico:
Netanyahu doesn't see ‘immediate’ end to latest Israeli-Palestinian conflict
New York Times:
Long Before Divorce, Bill Gates Had Reputation for Questionable Behavior  —  Melinda French Gates voiced concerns about her husband's relationship with Jeffrey Epstein and a harassment claim against his money manager.  —  By the time Melinda French Gates decided to end her 27-year marriage …
CBS News:
Republicans weigh in on Liz Cheney and direction of GOP — CBS News poll  —  When House Republicans ousted Congresswoman Liz Cheney from her leadership post, it spoke to the direction of the Republican Party in at least one specific way: what should happen to those who publicly break with former President Donald Trump?
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ABC News:
Rep. Liz Cheney criticizes ‘disgraceful’ GOP attempts to ‘whitewash’ Capitol attack
Washington Post:
Republicans' conflicting message: Embracing Trump election lie is key to prominence, just stop asking us about it
Elise Dean / Politico:
WATCH: GOP targets Cheney, Fauci and voting rights legislation
Discussion: ABC News and Washington Post
Davone Morales / ABC News:
New mask guidance does not grant permission for widespread mask removal: Walensky  —  Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the CDC director, appeared on ABC's “This Week.”  —  CDC director discusses new mask guidance for fully vaccinated Americans  —  Dr. Rochelle Walensky talks about the Centers …
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Leana Wen / Washington Post:
The CDC's mask guidance is a mess. Biden needs to clean it up.
Discussion: Fox News, Twitchy, HotAir and CNN
Washington Post:   Confused Americans grapple with CDC's new mask rules: ‘It caught us off guard’
CNN:   Public health experts: Why we're going to keep wearing our masks
Sam Dean / Los Angeles Times:
The man who didn't invent Flamin' Hot Cheetos  —  For the last decade, Richard Montañez has been telling the story of how he invented Flamin' Hot Cheetos.  The world has been eating it up.  —  It goes like this: He was working as a janitor at Frito-Lay's Rancho Cucamonga plant …
Discussion: New York Post and Variety
Joe Concha / The Hill:
CDC's about-face on masks appears politically motivated to help a struggling Biden  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) decision to lift mask restrictions on those vaccinated for COVID-19 is being hailed as “a great day for America” by president Biden …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Washington Post:
Man charged with wife's murder illegally cast her ballot for Trump, officials say: ‘I just thought, give him another vote’  —  The county clerk immediately knew something strange was going on last fall.  A mail ballot had arrived from Suzanne Morphew — a woman missing since May.
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 …
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.
CNN:
Space Force commander fired after comments made on conservative podcast  —  Washington, DC (CNN)A Space Force lieutenant colonel has been removed from his command after appearing on a conservative podcast criticizing the United States military.  —  Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier joined …
Discussion: Townhall, pjmedia.com and Military.com
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Matthew McConaughey making calls as he weighs running for Texas governor  —  Alright, alright, alright ... he might, he might, he might.  —  Matthew McConaughey has publicly said a run for Texas governor in 2022 is a “true consideration.”  —  But the Academy Award-winning actor's interest goes …
Adam Wren / Insider:
The demise of ‘thoughts and prayers’: How the clichéd greeting-card condolence died amid a rash of mass shootings … The wordsmith-in-chief found himself flummoxed.  It was June 2015, and President Barack Obama had been invited to a memorial service for nine Black churchgoers gunned …
Henry J. Gomez / NBC News:
Matt Gaetz equates sex trafficking investigation with earmarks in Ohio speech  —  STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — Rep. Matt Gaetz, the Florida Republican mired in controversy, told a crowd of Republican activists Saturday that sexual misconduct allegations involving him are as benign as legislative earmarks.
Discussion: The Hill, The Guardian and Mediaite
New York Post:
Joe Biden is proving even more of a ‘master of disaster’ than Jimmy Carter  —  President Joe Biden entered office poised to oversee a record recovery and a return to the booming economy and all-round stability of pre-pandemic life.  Instead, he's turned out to be a master of disaster …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Jon Street / Fox News:
Jimmy Carter 2.0: Biden's bundle of crises look increasingly like 1970s
Discussion: Politico and CNN
 
 
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Hannah Natanson / Washington Post:
Alexandria will remove police from public school hallways
Roxanne Reid / FULL-COURT-PRESS:
FULL EPISODE: 5/16/21 Sen. Intel Chair Mark Warner on the pipeline hack; Sen. Mike Rounds talks House GOP's new #3
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
Biden's America: Democrats see competence, Republicans see chaos
Discussion: National Journal
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
The ‘frills’ of Biden's infrastructure plan are real needs
Nihal Krishan / Washington Examiner:
Inflation accelerating faster than expected, says Obama economist Lawrence Summers
Meredith Deliso / ABC News:
Police banned from participating in NYC Pride events and march through 2025
Jesus Jiménez / New York Times:
Fall River Ex-Mayor, Who Impressed Voters With His Zeal, Is Convicted of Corruption
 Earlier Items: 
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Democracy depends on two guys named Joe
Discussion: spectator.us and NBC News
George Packer / The Atlantic:
Can Civics Save America?
Discussion: Althouse
Phil McCausland / NBC News:
‘A sea change’: Subsidies and White House push leads to surge in Obamacare sign-ups
Washington Post:
Strap in, Virginia — the 2021 governor's race is suddenly at full speed
Discussion: No More Mister Nice Blog and CNN
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Jail Time and Big Fines: G.O.P. Seeks Harsh Penalties for Poll Workers
Katie Glueck / New York Times:
Maya Wiley Lands Major Endorsement From Rep. Hakeem Jeffries
Discussion: The Hill
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Increasingly active younger voters liberalize US electorate
Zeynep Tufekci / The Atlantic:
The Next Big Gasoline Shortage Is Coming