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12:45 AM ET, May 17, 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 …
Discussion: The Verge
Jacob Magid / The Times of Israel:
US for 3rd time blocking Security Council joint statement calling for ceasefire — diplomats tell ToI  —  NEW YORK — For the third time in a week, the US is blocking a joint statement from the Security Council calling for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, two diplomats involved tell The Times of Israel.
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:   For Trump, Hamas and Bibi, It Is Always Jan. 6
Lahav Harkov / Jerusalem Post:
Israel showed US ‘smoking gun’ on Hamas in AP office tower, officials say
Wall Street Journal:
Israel Rules Out An Immediate Cease-fire With the Palestinians
Discussion: Al Jazeera and Algemeiner.com
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
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 …
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!” …
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’
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
Los Angeles Times:
AT&T to spin off HBO, other WarnerMedia assets in a huge deal with Discovery.  What went wrong?  —  Three years ago, AT&T Inc. marched into Hollywood with big ambitions to be a 21st century media colossus, connecting its booming cellphone business with legendary media properties — HBO …
Miriam Jordan / New York Times:
From India, Brazil and Beyond: Pandemic Refugees at the Border  —  Fleeing virus-devastated economies, migrants are traveling long distances to reach the United States and then walking through gaps in the border wall.  The Arizona desert has become a favorite crossing point.
Rich Calder / Wall Street Journal:
New York City Mayoral Candidate Eric Adams Pins Campaign to Public Safety  —  The Democratic Brooklyn borough president says he is proud of the 22 years he worked in law enforcement  —  A leading Democratic candidate to become New York City's next mayor says his path to a career in law enforcement …
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Michael Rothfeld / New York Times:   How Eric Adams, Mayoral Candidate, Mixed Money and Political Ambition
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
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
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
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
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.
Discussion: New York Post
Axios:
Biden's danger: The great overreaction  —  Some Democrats and economists have begun to worry that President Biden, intent on FDR-like transformation of a wounded America, is doing too much, too fast.  —  Why it matters: Some economists fear that all this spending will crank up inflation, and put Biden's economic legacy at risk.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
THE CITY:
Mayoral Candidate Dianne Morales Water-Meter Bribe Probe Preceded 2004 Departure from Big City Schools Job  —  Brooklyn Democratic primary contender lied to an investigator before acknowledging she directed her dad to pay $300 to make a $12,500 utility bill vanish, city records state.
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: TheBlaze, Fox News and Politico
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.
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Devin Nunes Goes Full Psycho On Fox And Claims The US Funded COVID 19 Creation  —  Video: … Nunes said on Fox's Sunday Morning Futures: … This is about bioweapons, this is about biowarfare.  This is very concerning and I think what senator Rand Paul was — was getting to is this really something …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
 
 
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Ben White / Politico:
Tax the rich? Executives predict Biden's big plans will flop
Gino Spocchia / The Independent:
Photo emerges of Republican barricading chamber doors during US Capitol attack after he compared rioters to ‘tourists’
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Post:
Finally, the NRA faces a long-overdue reckoning
Discussion: Raw Story
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: spectator.us and National Journal
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
The ‘frills’ of Biden's infrastructure plan are real needs
Joe Concha / The Hill:
CDC's about-face on masks appears politically motivated to help a struggling Biden
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Man charged with wife's murder illegally cast her ballot for Trump, officials say: ‘I just thought, give him another vote’
Adam Wren / Insider:
The demise of ‘thoughts and prayers’: How the clichéd greeting-card condolence died amid a rash of mass shootings
Null / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
A surge of newcomers pack Georgia GOP meetings across state
 

 
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Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:
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