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3:25 PM ET, May 17, 2021

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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Why Justice Breyer May Resist Calls for His Retirement  —  In a recent speech on “the peril of politics,” Justice Stephen G. Breyer said judges must renounce loyalty to “the political party that helped to secure their appointment.”  —  WASHINGTON — Many liberals say Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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CNN:
Supreme Court takes up major abortion case next term that could limit Roe v. Wade  —  (CNN)The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to take up a major abortion case next term concerning a controversial Mississippi law that banned most abortions after 15 weeks, rekindling a potentially major challenge …
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AT&T:
AT&T's WarnerMedia and Discovery, Inc. Creating Standalone Company by Combining Operations to Form New Global Leader in Entertainment  —  Companies with Shared Values, Complementary Assets, and Iconic Brands and Franchises, Will Offer the Most Differentiated Content Portfolio in the World
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Jason Kilar, the WarnerMedia Chief, Is Said to Be Negotiating His Exit  —  Jason Kilar has hired a legal team to negotiate his departure as chief executive of WarnerMedia, according to two people briefed on the matter.  AT&T, which owns WarnerMedia, said on Monday that it had agreed to spin off …
Wall Street Journal:
AT&T Agrees to Merge Its WarnerMedia Assets With Discovery
CNN:
Former Matt Gaetz associate Joel Greenberg pleads guilty to six federal charges  —  Washington (CNN)Joel Greenberg, an indicted close confidant of Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, formally pleaded guilty on Monday morning to six federal charges in a court hearing, admitting to a federal judge …
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Washington Post:
Gaetz associate pleads guilty in sex trafficking case  —  ORLANDO — A Florida politician considered key to the investigation of Rep. Matt Gaetz formally pleaded guilty Monday to sex trafficking of a minor and a host of other crimes, agreeing to cooperate fully with prosecutors and testify in court in hopes of leniency for himself.
Bloomberg:
Biden to Send U.S.-Authorized Vaccines Abroad for First Time  —  President Joe Biden plans to send an additional 20 million doses of U.S. coronavirus vaccines abroad by the end of June — including, for the first time, shots authorized for domestic use, where supply is beginning to outstrip demand, Bloomberg News reports.
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John T. Bennett / Washington Examiner:
What mask confusion? White House says it will take some time for many vaccinated people to feel comfortable
Discussion: Politico
Benjamin Parker / The Bulwark:
The GOP's Telltale Signs of Authoritarianism  —  Trump dominates its money and its mind.  —  The Republican party is an authoritarian party, not just in its unabashed hostility to democracy and the rule of law, but also in its internal organization.  It exhibits many of the classic signs …
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, a Trump critic, will not run for a second term in 2022
The Daily Beast:
Trump Has Blown Off Rudy Giuliani's Pleas for Help as Feds Circle  —  Giuliani appears to be in hot water, and his allies keep asking for Trump's help.  But so far, the ex-president isn't willing to ride to the rescue of his one-time lawyer.  —  In the weeks since the feds raided Rudy Giuliani's apartment …
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Rebecca Davis O'Brien / Wall Street Journal:
Rudy Giuliani's Attorneys Dispute Search Warrants' Legitimacy
Discussion: CNN, New York Times and Bloomberg
Washington Post:
Chinese businessman with links to Steve Bannon is driving force for a sprawling disinformation network, researchers say  —  Guo Wengui, living in self-exile in New York City, is at the center of a digital web pushing election and covid falsehoods, according to Graphika research
Discussion: Graphika and Raw Story
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!” …
Discussion: HotAir, National Review and Mediaite
David Siders / Politico:
‘Biden is not a good bad guy’: GOP rips up midterm playbook  —  When the National Republican Senatorial Committee sought to attack four vulnerable Senate Democrats in a series of new ads this spring, President Joe Biden was nowhere to be found.  Instead, the NRSC juxtaposed photographs of the senators …
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Google, Deloitte, and Citigroup quietly collaborate with GOP group pushing voter suppression  —  Several large corporations that have recently issued public statements supporting voting rights — including Google, Deloitte, and Citigroup — are also funding and collaborating …
Lauren Egan / NBC News:
Monthly child tax credit payments to start hitting bank accounts July 15  —  WILMINGTON, Del. — The Biden administration announced Monday that about 39 million families will begin receiving monthly child tax credit payments for the first time starting July 15.
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Elie Mystal / The Nation:
Marjorie Taylor Greene Is Gunning for AOC—and There's Only 1 Reason  —  A newly discovered video of Greene harassing AOC in 2019, along with Greene's attacks on her colleague on the House floor last week, reveal a racism that is as old as it is scary.  —  Video emerged late last week …
Discussion: CNN
CNN:
US investigates second suspected case of mystery ‘syndrome’ near White House  —  (CNN)Two White House officials were struck by a mysterious illness late last year — including one who was passing through a gate onto the property — newly revealed details that come as investigators …
Gillian Brockell / Washington Post:
A famed folk singer won a presidential pardon after molesting a child.  Did he prey on others?  —  No one from the government notified Barbara Winter about the pardon.  Not the White House, not the Justice Department's Office of the Pardon Attorney, not the prosecutor who handled her case.
Discussion: InsideHook
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
My Life After COVID  —  It's been almost four months since Joe Biden's inauguration, and most of the people in my life say their minds are calmer, they sleep more soundly, their mental health has improved.  They entered the new year exhausted but optimistic that it would end better than it began.
Washington Post:
Black, Brown and extremist: Across the far-right spectrum, people of color play a more visible role  —  Brandon Rapolla is not who springs to mind as the face of the far right.  —  Rapolla's brown skin, a reflection of his multiracial ancestry, is at odds with images of White guys …
Discussion: Raw Story
Chuck Collins / The Hill:
US billionaire wealth skyrocketed 55 percent during pandemic, accelerating inequality  —  Over the last 14 months of the pandemic, millions of Americans have lost their jobs, health and wealth — and almost 600,000 have lost their lives.  At the same time, U.S billionaires and the super-rich …
Discussion: ITEP
Douglas Schoen / The Hill:
The imminent crises facing Joe Biden  —  The worst of the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be over in the United States.  Vaccines have become widespread, and the CDC recently relaxed guidelines on masks and distancing for fully vaccinated Americans.  Many Americans likely credit the Biden administration …
Discussion: Roll Call
Bianca Quilantan / Politico:
Mental health fears cloud school reopenings  —  Editor's Note: Welcome to Weekly Education: Coronavirus special edition.  Each week, we will explore how the pandemic is reshaping and upending education as we know it across the country, from pre-K through grad school.
Discussion: Twitchy
Matt Bruenig / People's Policy Project:
IRS Confirms Major CTC Participation Problems  —  The IRS announced earlier today that it would begin making advanced refundable monthly child tax credit (CTC) payments on July 15 of this year.  In the IRS release, the agency says that 88 percent of children will receive the payments.
April Ryan / TheGrio:
Biden's climate agenda targets Black America with innovation, HBCU funding  —  Exclusive: The Biden-Harris administration is expanding electric vehicle power stations into Black neighborhoods and is investing in HBCU renewable energy research  —  The Biden administration is putting Black America …
Discussion: Breitbart and Politico
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Franklin Graham worries Trump too old to run in 2024  —  The Rev. Franklin Graham says a potential 2024 presidential bid by Donald Trump would “be a very tough thing to do,” the prominent Christian leader told “Axios on HBO.”  —  Why it matters: Graham, the president of the Billy Graham …
Discussion: IJR, HuffPost, The Week and Insider
Jeff Schogol / Task & Purpose:
How ‘Rear Adm. Jack Meehoff’ fooled a bunch of real retired generals and admirals  —  ‘Thank you for standing tall.’  —  A group of more than 100 retired generals and admirals who have accused President Joe Biden of being a communist have been pranked by a faux flag officer going by the nom de guerre “Rear Adm. Jack Meehoff.”
Bloomberg:
The World Economy Is Suddenly Running Low on Everything  —  A year ago, as the pandemic ravaged country after country and economies shuddered, consumers were the ones panic-buying.  Today, on the rebound, it's companies furiously trying to stock up.  —  Mattress producers to car manufacturers …
 
 
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Rebecca Beitsch / The Hill:
DOJ won't ask about employees' vaccine status as federal government goes maskless
Discussion: Breitbart
Tyler Bridges / The Advocate:
Buddy Roemer, Louisiana's former Democrat-turned-Republican governor, dies at 77
Karen Hinton / New York Daily News:
The Andrew Cuomo I have known: A long pattern of harassing staffers, especially women
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Fox News
Donald G. McNeil Jr / Medium:
How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love the Lab-Leak Theory*
Jacob Adelman / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Today's Paper  —  Did the Eagles' rivalry with the New York Giants help sink Philadelphia's chance …
Emily Stewart / Vox:
The black box economy
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Rise of a megadonor: Thiel makes a play for the Senate
Discussion: Raw Story
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Democrats confront reality on voting rights: Congress probably isn't coming to the rescue
Discussion: HotAir, The Hill and IJR
Kat Rosenfield / UnHerd:
Will Democrats mask America forever?