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10:15 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  —  BROMANCE … A person who attended meetings at Epstein's townhouse says Gates enjoyed holding court there.  —  Bachelor sex-offender Jeffrey Epstein gave Bill Gates advice on ending his marriage …
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  —  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 to the violence between Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
Matt Vespa / Townhall:
The ‘Israel Is a Monster for Bombing the Associated Press’ Office Building in Gaza' Narrative Just Collapsed
Discussion: Associated Press, NBC News and Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Israel Rules Out An Immediate Cease-fire With the Palestinians
Shira Rubin / Washington Post:
Israeli airstrikes kill 42 in Gaza as Biden, regional partners push for cease-fire
Discussion: Associated Press
Megan Henney / Fox News:
Democrats take tougher stance against Israel as conflict escalates
Discussion: Jacobin
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 …
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 …
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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
Ben Smith / New York Times:
How a Jeopardy!  Contestant's Hand Gesture Became Part of a Conspiracy  —  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!” …
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: Townhall and Raw Story
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
Hannah Nightingale / The Post Millennial:
CNN contributor tweets ‘The world today needs a Hitler’, has history of anti-Semitism  —  In a now deleted tweet, CNN contributor Adeel Raja posted Sunday that “the world today needs a Hitler.” … Join our mailing list to receive a daily email with all of our top stories
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
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
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.
Neil Munro / Breitbart:
Joe Biden Diverts Healthcare Cash to Help Illegal Migrants  —  President Joe Biden has taken $2 billion from Americans' healthcare programs to help deliver migrant youths and children to their illegal-migrant parents throughout the United States, press reports say.
Discussion: Fox News, TheBlaze, Insider and Politico
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.
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.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The Washington Post will soon have a woman as its top editor.  And yes, that matters.  —  Katharine Graham, the revered former publisher of The Washington Post, famously told an interviewer that she wasn't particularly comfortable in her lofty perch.  —  “I think a man would be better in this job I'm in than a woman,” she said.
 
 
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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
Michael Rothfeld / New York Times:
How Eric Adams, Mayoral Candidate, Mixed Money and Political Ambition
Hannah Natanson / Washington Post:
Alexandria will remove police from public school hallways
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
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
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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
Null / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
A surge of newcomers pack Georgia GOP meetings across state
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Increasingly active younger voters liberalize US electorate
Discussion: HotAir