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7:35 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: Washington Post and New York Post
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!” …
Ed Hammond / Bloomberg:
AT&T Is Preparing to Merge Media Assets With Discovery  — WarnerMedia businesses would merge with reality-TV giant  — Companies control networks ranging from HBO to Animal Planet  —  AT&T Inc. is preparing to spin off its media business and merge it with Discovery Inc. in a tax-friendly deal …
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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 …
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
Reuters:
Israel air strikes kill 42 Palestinians, rockets fired from Gaza
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
David Siders / Politico:
Teflon Joe muddies GOP's midterm strategy  —  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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Politico:
Senate Republicans launch full-court press to woo Sununu  —  Recruiting the sitting governor of New Hampshire for one of the country's tightest Senate races paid off for Democrats six years ago.  Now the GOP is aiming to replicate that strategy.  —  Republicans have launched an all-out effort …
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’
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
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 …
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 …
Kim Hart / Axios:
The new digital extortion  —  If you run a hospital, a bank, a utility or a city, chances are you'll be hit with a ransomware attack.  Given the choice between losing your precious data or paying up, chances are you'll pay.  —  Why it matters: Paying the hackers is the clear short-term answer …
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
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
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?
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: The US Sun, The Week and New York Post
Ben White / Politico:
Tax the rich?  Executives predict Biden's big plans will flop  —  President Joe Biden wants to fund his $4.1 trillion infrastructure and family policy agenda with a huge pile of tax increases on corporations and the wealthy.  The business community is dismissing the threat.
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
 
 
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Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
‘The Filthy Pigs Theory’: AP Photojournalist in Morocco Has History of Antisemitic Tweets and Public Comments
Discussion: The Right Scoop
The Daily Beast:
Trump Has Blown Off Rudy Giuliani's Pleas for Help as Feds Circle
Discussion: Raw Story
Josh Mitchell / Wall Street Journal:
Biden's Plan for Free Community College Faces Resistance
Katherine Blunt / Wall Street Journal:
Natural Gas, America's No. 1 Power Source, Already Has a New Challenger: Batteries
Axios:
Biden's danger: The great overreaction
THE CITY:
Mayoral Candidate Dianne Morales Water-Meter Bribe Probe Preceded 2004 Departure from Big City Schools Job
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Devin Nunes Goes Full Psycho On Fox And Claims The US Funded COVID 19 Creation
Discussion: Washington Examiner
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Finally, the NRA faces a long-overdue reckoning
Discussion: Raw Story
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The Washington Post will soon have a woman as its top editor. And yes, that matters.
Derek Hawkins / Washington Post:
Dallas prosecutor disbarred for withholding evidence that could have cleared men of murder charges
Hannah Natanson / Washington Post:
Alexandria will remove police from public school hallways
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
Sam Dean / Los Angeles Times:
The man who didn't invent Flamin' Hot Cheetos
Discussion: Variety and New York Post