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7:20 PM ET, May 17, 2021

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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
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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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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
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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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 …
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 …
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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.
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CBS News:
Matt Gaetz associate Joel Greenberg pleads guilty to 6 federal charges
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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 …
Carly Roman / Washington Examiner:
Biden and Harris swipe at Trump in releasing 2020 tax returns  —  President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took a swipe at former President Donald Trump when releasing their 2020 tax returns on Monday.  —  The White House's press release noted Biden and Harris were continuing an …
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Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
Report: Kamala Harris Keeps Enemies List of Journalists Who Don't ‘Appreciate Her Life Experience’
Discussion: The Atlantic
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.”
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 …
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.
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Biden administration approves $735 million weapons sale to Israel, raising red flags for some House Democrats  —  Anchor of Power Up … On the Hill  —  FIRST IN POWER UP: The Biden administration has approved the sale of $735 million in precision-guided weapons to Israel …
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Sally Quinn / Washington Post:
The end of D.C.'s elite social scene  —  It will never be the same after Trump and covid.  And that's a good thing.  —  One night in 2017, soon after Donald Trump was inaugurated, several top administration officials showed up at Cafe Milano, a popular Washington hangout run by Franco Nuschese for the past three decades.
Maura Ewing / The Appeal:
The Battle for D.A. Is Testing Philadelphia's Commitment to Reform  —  Larry Krasner ended an era of tough-on-crime policies in the DA's office and sparked a nationwide movement.  Now voters will decide whether to continue on this path.  —  The opposition campaign against Philadelphia …
Discussion: New York Times
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, Reuters and The Intercept
Michael Wines / New York Times:
Arizona G.O.P. Is Split on Vote Review: 'We Can't Indulge These Insane Lies'  —  Top local Republicans are hitting back at Donald J. Trump and fellow party members in the State Senate over a review of Arizona ballots.  —  The Republican leaders of Arizona's most populous county issued …
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 …
Ali Velshi / MSNBC:
Israel's bombing of Gaza ignores Palestinians' right to exist … Here's something that gets lost these days when we talk about the Middle East: There is currently no existential threat to the state of Israel.  That's a matter guaranteed by the United States, whose long-standing technological assistance …
Discussion: The Guardian, CNN, Common Dreams and TheGrio
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.
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.
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
Washington Post:
Chamber of Commerce draws fire after a risky bet on Democrats  —  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the nation's biggest business lobby, is encountering challenges on multiple fronts as it seeks warmer relations with Democrats after years of lockstep loyalty to Republicans …
Discussion: RedState and americamagazine.org
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Vaccine-hesitant Americans cite inaccurate side effects  —  An alarming amount of vaccine-hesitant people who list side effects as a top concern falsely believe the vaccines cause death, DNA alteration, infertility or birth defects, according to recent Harris polling.
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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
Emily Bohatch / The State:
SC Gov. McMaster signs execution bill into law, electric chair ready for use  —  South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed a bill into law Friday officially bringing back the electric chair and introducing the firing squad to perform executions of death row inmates.
 
 
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Farnoush Amiri / Associated Press:
EXPLAINER: How Ohio's Vax-a-Million lottery will work
Maryclaire Dale / Associated Press:
‘So I raped you.’ Facebook message renews fight for justice
Discussion: New York Post
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: A disaster entirely of Biden's making
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Times
Politico:
CDC's second-in-command Anne Schuchat to step down
Discussion: STAT
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
47 percent of GOP prefers changing election laws to improving Republican message
Discussion: IJR, The Hill and Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Geoffrey Skelley / FiveThirtyEight:
How The Republican Push To Restrict Voting Could Affect Our Elections
Discussion: Washington Post
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
My Life After COVID  —  It's been almost four months since Joe Biden's inauguration …
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
Elie Mystal / The Nation:
Marjorie Taylor Greene Is Gunning for AOC—and There's Only 1 Reason
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and CNN
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Rise of a megadonor: Thiel makes a play for the Senate
Discussion: Raw Story