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6:30 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 …
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Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
The Supreme Court Is Taking Direct Aim at Roe v. Wade  —  On Monday morning, the Supreme Court announced that it will reconsider the constitutional prohibition against abortion bans before fetal viability.  This decision indicates that the ultra-conservative five-justice majority is prepared …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Graham: ‘I accept the results of the election’  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Monday that he accepts the results of the 2020 election, and urged Republicans, including former President Donald Trump, to focus on the upcoming midterm where the party wants to win back control of Congress.
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Perry Bacon / Washington Post:
The misguided identity politics of the anti-Trump Republicans  —  Opinion by  —  It's good that Republicans such as former president George W. Bush, Sen. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) and Sen. Mitt Romney (Utah) have made clear that they oppose former president Donald Trump because of his anti-democratic and racist behavior.
Discussion: USA Today and Political Wire
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
47 percent of GOP prefers changing election laws to improving Republican message
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 …
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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 …
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
Donald G. McNeil Jr.:
How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love the Lab-Leak Theory*  —  In early spring 2020, I reported an article for The New York Times on which I put the tentative headline: “New Coronavirus Is ‘Clearly Not a Lab Leak,’ Scientists Say.”  —  It never ran.  —  For two reasons.
New York Times:
Cuomo Set to Receive $5.1 Million from Pandemic Book Deal  —  The New York governor reported earning $3.1 million last year from his leadership memoir, with additional payments coming in the next two years.  —  Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo reported earning $3.12 million last year from his memoir …
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Washington Post:   Cuomo to receive $5.1 million for his book on the coronavirus pandemic
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
New York Times:
Censorship, Surveillance and Profits: A Hard Bargain for Apple in China  —  Apple built the world's most valuable business on top of China.  Now it has to answer to the Chinese government.  —  GUIYANG, China — On the outskirts of this city in a poor, mountainous province in southwestern China …
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
ABC News:
The IRS says 88% of families will receive a bigger child tax credit.  How much will you get?  —  Eligible families will get benefits beginning July 15.  —  Last-minute tax tips to know before filing  —  Financial expert Humphrey Yang answers tax return questions and walks us through what to do if you need to file an extension.
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The White House:
Statement from President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on the Child Tax Credit
Allie Malloy / CNN:
White House says Biden will release tax returns ‘soon’
Discussion: IJR and POLITICUSUSA
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 …
Jeff Schogol / Task & Purpose:
How ‘Rear Adm. Jack Meehoff’ fooled a bunch of real retired generals and admirals  —  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.”
Amnesty International USA:
Pattern of Israeli Attacks on Residential Homes in Gaza Must Be Investigated As War Crimes  —  Israeli forces have displayed a shocking disregard for the lives of Palestinian civilians by carrying out a number of airstrikes targeting residential buildings in some cases killing entire families …
Discussion: Insider and Reuters
William M. Arkin / Newsweek:
Exclusive: Inside the Military's Secret Undercover Army  —  The largest undercover force the world has ever known is the one created by the Pentagon over the past decade.  Some 60,000 people now belong to this secret army, many working under masked identities and in low profile, all part of a broad program called “signature reduction.”
Discussion: Raw Story
Dylan Tokar / Wall Street Journal:
White House to Nominate National Security Veteran for DOJ Post  —  Uber executive Matt Olsen to be nominated as assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's National Security Division  —  Matt Olsen, Uber Technologies Inc.'s chief trust and security officer and a veteran …
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 …
Popular Information:
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 …
Robin Bravender / Insider:
EXCLUSIVE: Documents reveal how Trump is spending taxpayer money on his post-presidential offices — from printer toner to Stephen Miller's salary  — New documents show the inner workings of ex-president Donald Trump's team.  — Former White House aides Stephen Miller and Dan Scavino are still getting government salaries.
Target Corporate:
Target Statement on Face Coverings for Guests and Team Members  —  (612) 696-3400  —  press@target.com  —  The health and safety of our guests and team members have been Target's top priority throughout the pandemic, and we've closely and consistently followed the CDC's recommendations over time.
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
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
We'll Innovate Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis or Die Trying  —  Climate science and political realism are two bitter tastes that taste even more wretched together.  —  Today's best-case ecological scenario was a horror story just three decades ago.  In 1993, Bill Clinton declared …
Discussion: Maryland Matters
The Dworkin Report:
Senator Hirono just shamed a Republican's lone vote to allow more hate crimes  —  Scott speaks with Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) about her new book “Heart of Fire: An immigrant daughter's story” which chronicles her humble beginnings that led to her five-decade career in public service.
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 …
Kim Bellware / Washington Post:
Trial of ex-police officer who fatally shot Black motorist Daunte Wright may proceed, judge rules  —  Kimberly A. Potter, the former Minnesota police officer who was charged with manslaughter for fatally shooting 20-year-old Daunte Wright, is set to stand trial at the end of the year, a Minneapolis judge ruled Monday.
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: Los Angeles Times and CNN
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: HotAir, IJR, HuffPost, The Week and Insider
Dylan Scott / Vox:
The incomplete promise of Medicaid expansion  —  4 million poor Americans are counting on Democrats to fix the Medicaid expansion gap.  —  In November, Missourians voted to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, granting access to health insurance to roughly 230,000 people living in poverty.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: A disaster entirely of Biden's making  —  Welcome to Byron York's Daily Memo newsletter.  —  Was this email forwarded to you?  Sign up here to receive the newsletter.  —  A DISASTER ENTIRELY OF BIDEN'S MAKING.  The more we learn about the true dimensions …
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Times
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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Elliott Investment Management L.P. / PR Newswire:
Elliott Investment Management Sends Letter to Board of Directors of Duke Energy Corporation
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
Report: Kamala Harris Keeps Enemies List of Journalists Who Don't ‘Appreciate Her Life Experience’
Sally Quinn / Washington Post:
The end of D.C.'s elite social scene
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Vaccine-hesitant Americans cite inaccurate side effects
Discussion: The Hill and HotAir
Washington Post:
Chamber of Commerce draws fire after a risky bet on Democrats
Discussion: americamagazine.org
Ali Velshi / MSNBC:
Israel's bombing of Gaza ignores Palestinians' right to exist
Discussion: CNN, Common Dreams and TheGrio
Politico:
CDC's second-in-command Anne Schuchat to step down
Discussion: STAT
Geoffrey Skelley / FiveThirtyEight:
How The Republican Push To Restrict Voting Could Affect Our Elections
Discussion: HuffPost
 Earlier Items: 
Douglas Schoen / The Hill:
The imminent crises facing Joe Biden
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY and Roll Call
Michael Lee / Washington Examiner:
Michigan paper slams Gretchen Whitmer's decision to shut down oil pipeline amid fuel shortages: ‘Clueless’
Discussion: Newsweek and Townhall
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, a Trump critic, will not run for a second term in 2022
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
My Life After COVID  —  It's been almost four months since Joe Biden's inauguration …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Republican Plot to Turn Poll Workers Into Vote Suppressors
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Black, Brown and extremist: Across the far-right spectrum, people of color play a more visible role
Discussion: National Review and Raw Story
Emily Stewart / Vox:
The black box economy
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Rise of a megadonor: Thiel makes a play for the Senate
Discussion: Raw Story