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9:00 PM ET, May 16, 2021

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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 …
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Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Directors Decided Bill Gates Needed to Leave Board Due to Prior Relationship With Staffer  —  Company's board members began investigation in 2019 into woman's allegations of prior sexual relationship with Bill Gates; Mr. Gates's spokeswoman says decision to leave board in 2020 wasn't related to the matter
The Daily Beast:   Jeffrey Epstein Gave Bill Gates Advice on How to End ‘Toxic’ Marriage, Sources Say
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:
Live Updates: No Sign of Israel-Gaza Conflict Ending
Matt Vespa / Townhall:
The ‘Israel Is a Monster for Bombing the Associated Press’ Office Building in Gaza' Narrative Just Collapsed
Discussion: NBC News, Da Tech Guy Blog and Politico
Leana Wen / Washington Post:
The CDC's mask guidance is a mess.  Biden needs to clean it up.  —  Opinion by  —  Last Thursday's abruptly announced guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has devolved into a giant mess.  Governors and mayors were caught by surprise, leading to a flurry of rapid changes …
Discussion: CNN, HotAir, Fox News and Twitchy
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Megan Molteni / STAT:
Mask mandates might be going away, but don't ditch yours just yet, scientists caution
Discussion: IJR, Vox and HotAir
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
Discussion: Washington Post
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
Washington Post:
Strap in, Virginia — the 2021 governor's race is suddenly at full speed
Discussion: CNN and No More Mister Nice Blog
Axios:
Episode 9: Trump's war with his generals  —  Axios' “Off the rails” series documents the end of the Trump administration, from election night 2020 through the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol.  —  One important piece is only now beginning to emerge: Former President Donald Trump's last-minute bid …
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 and New York Post
Glen Johnson / Axios:
Scoop: Lincoln Project offshoot aims to boost civics education  —  An offshoot of the Lincoln Project is launching Tuesday, aiming to unify people opposed to partisan dysfunction and authoritarianism through civics education and grassroots organizing, Axios has learned.
Discussion: Raw Story
Ben Smith / New York Times:
I'll Take ‘White Supremacist Hand Gestures’ for $1,000  —  How hundreds of “Jeopardy!” contestants talked themselves into a baseless conspiracy theory — and won't be talked out of it.  —  It is an ironclad rule of the private Facebook group of past “Jeopardy!” contestants that nobody post …
Derek Hawkins / Washington Post:
Dallas prosecutor disbarred for withholding evidence that could have cleared men of murder charges  —  When former Dallas County prosecutor Richard E. Jackson put two homeless Black men on trial in 2000 for the murder of a local pastor, he allegedly withheld a heap of evidence that could have cleared them.
Discussion: KTAR.com
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.
Michael Rothfeld / New York Times:
How Eric Adams, Mayoral Candidate, Mixed Money and Political Ambition  —  Mr. Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, has called money the “enemy of politics.”  But his fund-raising has repeatedly pushed the boundaries of campaign-finance and ethics laws.  —  Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president …
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Katie Glueck / New York Times:
Maya Wiley Lands Major Endorsement From Rep. Hakeem Jeffries
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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 and Military.com
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 …
Hannah Natanson / Washington Post:
Alexandria will remove police from public school hallways  —  The city of Alexandria will pull all police officers from public school hallways — ending a program that began nearly three decades ago — following a narrow and contentious vote by the city council earlier this month.
Bill Whitaker / CBS News:
UFOs regularly spotted in restricted U.S. airspace, report on the phenomena due next month  —  Bill Whitaker reports on the regular sightings of unidentified aerial phenomena, or UAP, that have spurred a report due to Congress next month.  —  We have tackled many strange stories on 60 Minutes, but perhaps none like this.
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
 
 
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Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Devin Nunes Goes Full Psycho On Fox And Claims The US Funded COVID 19 Creation
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Washington Post:
Finally, the NRA faces a long-overdue reckoning
Discussion: Raw Story
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The Washington Post will soon have a woman as its top editor. And yes, that matters.
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
Megan Henney / Fox News:
Democrats take tougher stance against Israel as conflict escalates
Discussion: Jacobin
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
 Earlier Items: 
Nihal Krishan / Washington Examiner:
Inflation accelerating faster than expected, says Obama economist Lawrence Summers
Adam Wren / Insider:
The demise of ‘thoughts and prayers’: How the clichéd greeting-card condolence died amid a rash of mass shootings
New York Post:
Joe Biden is proving even more of a ‘master of disaster’ than Jimmy Carter
Discussion: The Daily Caller
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Democracy depends on two guys named Joe
Discussion: spectator.us and NBC News
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Jail Time and Big Fines: G.O.P. Seeks Harsh Penalties for Poll Workers
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Increasingly active younger voters liberalize US electorate
Discussion: HotAir
 

 
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