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9:30 AM ET, May 16, 2021

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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.
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Fares Akram / Associated Press:
DIARY: In Gaza, bombs drop and the conflict again hits home
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 …
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Joe Walsh / Forbes:
Marjorie Taylor Greene Allegedly Broke Georgia Law By Taking Tax Exemptions On Two Homes
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.
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.
Katie Glueck / New York Times:
Maya Wiley Lands Major Endorsement From Rep. Hakeem Jeffries  —  Mr. Jeffries, New York's top House Democrat, said he intended to engage in significant efforts on Ms. Wiley's behalf, including making campaign appearances with her.  —  Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York …
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New York Daily News:   Make it Mayor Garcia: New Yorkers should choose Kathryn Garcia in the Democratic primary
Zeynep Tufekci / The Atlantic:
The Colonial Pipeline Attack Is a Dark Omen  —  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: NPR, Slate and The Verge
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
Washington Post:
Strap in, Virginia — the 2021 governor's race is suddenly at full speed  —  RICHMOND — The reboot began once Glenn Youngkin snagged the Republican nomination for Virginia governor.  —  A video of former president Donald Trump praising the former Carlyle Group executive by name for helping …
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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 …
Elise Dean / Politico:
WATCH: GOP targets Cheney, Fauci and voting rights legislation  —  The monthslong feud between Rep. Liz Cheney and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy officially came to a head this week, as Republicans voted to oust her from her congressional leadership position.
Phil McCausland / NBC News:
‘A sea change’: Subsidies and White House push leads to surge in Obamacare sign-ups … Sheryl Hagen was earning $13.25 an hour after working more than five years at a Missouri grocery store.  But even working full time, she couldn't afford the $300 premium for her employer's health insurance plan — so she went without.
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
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
G.O.P. Pursues Harsher Penalties for Poll Workers in Voting Crackdown  —  Heavy fines, felony charges and jail sentences: Republicans seeking to restrict voting are proposing strict punishments for election officials and workers who make errors or violate the rules.
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: Fox News
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
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 …
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
 
 
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