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10:55 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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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
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 …
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Elise Dean / Politico:
WATCH: GOP targets Cheney, Fauci and voting rights legislation  —  The monthslong feud between Rep. Liz Cheney and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy officially came to a head this week, as Republicans voted to oust her from her congressional leadership position.
Discussion: ABC News and Washington Post
Lexi Lonas / The Hill:
McCarthy dings Biden after meeting: Doesn't have ‘energy of Donald Trump’
Discussion: Fox News
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.
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
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Democracy depends on two guys named Joe  —  Opinion by  —  Two Joes will determine whether we protect the voting rights of all Americans.  And one may have to persuade the other to get the job done.  —  These are no ordinary Joes.  I am, of course, speaking of President Biden and Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.).
Discussion: spectator.us and NBC News
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
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
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 …
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.
Mitch Smith / New York Times:
Mask?  No Mask?  New Rules Leave Americans Recalibrating, Hour by Hour  —  The C.D.C. said fully vaccinated people could safely go most places without a mask.  Not everyone was sure, or ready.  —  CHICAGO — For Americans whose bare faces had scarcely been seen in public for a year, there were suddenly options.
Discussion: ABC News, The Hill and Slate
Jesus Jiménez / New York Times:
Fall River Ex-Mayor, Who Impressed Voters With His Zeal, Is Convicted of Corruption  —  Jasiel F. Correia II, who at 24 was the Massachusetts city's youngest mayor, was convicted of charges related to extorting marijuana vendors and defrauding investors.  —  The former mayor of Fall River …
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 …
Phil McCausland / NBC News:
‘A sea change’: Subsidies and White House push leads to surge in Obamacare sign-ups … Sheryl Hagen was earning $13.25 an hour after working more than five years at a Missouri grocery store.  But even working full time, she couldn't afford the $300 premium for her employer's health insurance plan — so she went without.
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
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
 
 
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George Packer / The Atlantic:
Can Civics Save America?
Discussion: Althouse
Jon Street / Fox News:
Jimmy Carter 2.0: Biden's bundle of crises look increasingly like 1970s
Discussion: Politico and CNN
David Frost / Daily Mail:
Brexit Minister LORD FROST: The EU must stop point scoring and work with us to protect the peace
Discussion: Bloomberg and Politico
Andrew R. Arthur / CIS.org:
More than 40,000 ‘Got-Aways’ at the Border in April
Discussion: Breitbart
Washington Post:
Top Democrat warns Biden he could miss rare diplomatic opening in Venezuela
New York Times:
How a Genetic Trait in Black People Can Give the Police Cover
Nick Burns / New Statesman:
Where have all the intellectuals gone?  —  Who among today's literary figures has any chance …
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
University of California Will No Longer Consider SAT and ACT Scores
Discussion: Townhall and The Hill
Washington Post:
‘The right decision wrongly handled’: Inside the Biden administration's abrupt reversal on masks
Discussion: Politico and The Guardian
Barry Meier / New York Times:
Secret Sharers: The Hidden Ties Between Private Spies and Journalists
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
Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
Neo-Nazi Dumps 3 Dead Bodies at Albuquerque Hospital Then Flees: FBI
Discussion: Raw Story