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3:30 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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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?
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 …
Matt Vespa / Townhall:
The ‘Israel Is a Monster for Bombing the Associated Press’ Office Building in Gaza' Narrative Just Collapsed  —  I can't believe this has to be said, but if you operate out of the same building as a vicious terrorist organization, you're putting yourself at risk.
Discussion: NBC News and Da Tech Guy Blog
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
ABC News:
Rep. Liz Cheney criticizes ‘disgraceful’ GOP attempts to ‘whitewash’ Capitol attack  —  Cheney talked with ABC's “This Week” shortly after the GOP voted to replace her.  —  ‘I do regret’ voting for Trump in 2020: Rep. Liz Cheney … Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., said Friday it was “indefensible” …
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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
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: Variety
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post, Twitchy, The Hill and ABC11
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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 …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
The ‘frills’ of Biden's infrastructure plan are real needs  —  Critics of Joe Biden's infrastructure bill say the problem is all the frills.  A deal is possible “if we leave out the unrelated provisions,” said Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), the third ranking Republican in the Senate …
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
Zeynep Tufekci / The Atlantic:
The Next Big Gasoline Shortage Is Coming  —  In North Carolina, where I live, only about one-third of gas stations are currently reporting that they have any gas, and that's after some improvement in availability.  A ransomware attack shut down a key pipeline supplying these stations …
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Nicole Acevedo / NBC News:
Colonial Pipeline returns to ‘normal operations’ following shutdown
Discussion: Fox Business, Townhall and NPR
 
 
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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
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: CNN
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
United States Department of State:
Secretary Blinken's Call with Gary Pruitt, President and CEO of the Associated Press
Discussion: The Hill
Nick Burns / New Statesman:
Where have all the intellectuals gone?  —  Who among today's literary figures has any chance …