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7:30 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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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Brookings, New York Magazine, Vox and Forbes
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.
Fares Akram / Associated Press:
DIARY: In Gaza, bombs drop and the conflict again hits home
Associated Press:
Statement: AP ‘horrified’ by Israeli attack on its office
Associated Press:
Israel strikes Gaza home of Hamas leader, destroys AP office
Tom Brune / Newsday:
Rep. Zeldin: Biden won and I won't call election ‘illegitimate’  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Lee Zeldin, the front-runner to be the Republican nominee for New York governor, acknowledged in a Newsday interview last week that Joe Biden won the presidency and said he won't call the election “illegitimate,” even though he sought to overturn it.
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Lexi Lonas / The Hill:
McCarthy dings Biden after meeting: Doesn't have ‘energy of Donald Trump’
Discussion: Insider and Fox News
Jonathan Tamari / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Today's Paper  —  On Tuesday, Republican Sean Parnell launched his campaign for U.S. Senate …
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post:
‘The right decision wrongly handled’: Inside the Biden administration's abrupt reversal on masks  —  During her opening statement before a Senate health committee Tuesday, Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was adamant that the Biden administration's masking …
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
Jon Street / Fox News:
Jimmy Carter 2.0: Biden's bundle of crises look increasingly like 1970s  —  During the Carter years, American consumers were forced to pay more for the price of basic goods  —  Biden's America faces growing inflation  —  “Joe Biden is the new Jimmy Carter.”
Discussion: Politico and CNN
New York Times:
University of California Will No Longer Consider SAT and ACT Scores  —  The university system has reached a settlement with students to scrap even optional testing from admissions and scholarship decisions.  —  The University of California will not take SAT and ACT scores into account …
Discussion: The Hill and Bloomberg
David Frost / Daily Mail:
Brexit Minister LORD FROST: The EU must stop point scoring and work with us to protect the peace  —  Just two weeks ago the European Parliament finally ratified our agreement with the EU.  Now we can start to make it work.  —  This agreement gives us full control over our own laws, courts, borders and money.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Politico
Andrew R. Arthur / CIS.org:
More than 40,000 ‘Got-Aways’ at the Border in April  —  And we can't stop most of the drugs entering illegally, but Mayorkas offers no suggestions for policy change  —  DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas appeared before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on Thursday to discuss unaccompanied migrant children.
Discussion: Breitbart
Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
Neo-Nazi Dumps 3 Dead Bodies at Albuquerque Hospital Then Flees: FBI  —  Richard Kuykendall drove to hospital, removed his shirt and told a security officer “that there were three dead guys in the Chevy,” according to a criminal complaint.  —  A suspected white supremacist is facing charges …
Discussion: Raw Story
Nick Burns / New Statesman:
Where have all the intellectuals gone?  —  Who among today's literary figures has any chance of being recognised as a thinker on par with a Dostoevsky or a Marx?  —  “Ibram X. Kendi, Robin DiAngelo, Jordan Peterson, Peter Thiel, Yuval Noah Harari, Steven Pinker, Tyler Cowen, Ta-Nehisi Coates …
Oriana Pawlyk / Military.com:
Space Force CO Who Got Holiday Call from Trump Fired Over Comments Decrying Marxism in the Military  —  A commander of a U.S. Space Force unit tasked with detecting ballistic missile launches has been fired for comments made during a podcast promoting his new book, which claims Marxist ideologies …
New York Daily News:
Make it Mayor Garcia: New Yorkers should choose Kathryn Garcia in the Democratic primary  —  The next mayor of New York will assume leadership of America's largest city at a hinge in its history, and not only because the five boroughs are still reeling from the loss of more than 30,000 lives …
 
 
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Jordan Williams / The Hill:
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Discussion: Breitbart
Frank Pallotta / CNN:
Disney World changes mask requirements for guests
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