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1:30 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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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: Associated Press and New York Post
Lauren Easton / The Definitive Source:
AP statement on destruction of Gaza bureau
United States Department of State:
Secretary Blinken's Call with Gary Pruitt, President and CEO of the Associated Press
Discussion: The Hill
Aubree Eliza Weaver / Politico:   Netanyahu doesn't see ‘immediate’ end to latest Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Shira Rubin / Washington Post:   Israeli airstrikes kill 42 in Gaza as Biden, regional partners push for cease-fire
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
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire, Daily Kos and Forbes
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.
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 …
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, The Hill and ABC11
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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.
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 Guardian and Mediaite
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 …
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 …
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
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
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.
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
Jesus Jiménez / New York Times:
Fall River Ex-Mayor, Who Impressed Voters With His Zeal, Is Convicted of Corruption
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
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Jail Time and Big Fines: G.O.P. Seeks Harsh Penalties for Poll Workers
 Earlier Items: 
Katie Glueck / New York Times:
Maya Wiley Lands Major Endorsement From Rep. Hakeem Jeffries
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
New York Times:
How a Genetic Trait in Black People Can Give the Police Cover
Discussion: Daily Kos
Nick Burns / New Statesman:
Where have all the intellectuals gone?  —  Who among today's literary figures has any chance …
Jeff McDonald / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Manchester's political contributions, ambassador nod are subject of criminal probe
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
University of California Will No Longer Consider SAT and ACT Scores
Discussion: Townhall and The Hill