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8:45 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: New York Post
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:   Power Up: Biden administration approves $735 million weapons sale to Israel, raising red flags for some House Democrats
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 …
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!” …
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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Olivia Beavers / Politico:
Can McCarthy still discipline MTG?  —  GREENE HOUSE EFFECT: Even if Kevin McCarthy wanted to punish Marjorie Taylor Greene for her hallway antics last week, could he?  —  McCarthy (R-Calif.) no longer can deploy his most powerful weapon: removing her from her two committees.
Discussion: The Hill
Politico:   Senate Republicans launch full-court press to woo Sununu
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: Mediaite and Raw Story
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
For Trump, Hamas and Bibi, It Is Always Jan. 6  —  There are many ways to understand what is happening today between Hamas and Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu of Israel, but I prefer to think about it like this: They are each having their own Jan. 6 moment.  —  Just as a mob was unleashed …
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Reuters:
Israel air strikes kill 42 Palestinians, rockets fired from Gaza
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?
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Henry Goldman / Bloomberg:
NYC Mayor's Race Focus on Crime Puts Policing in the Spotlight  — Candidates pushing police action may turn off some voters  — NYC shootings jumped more than 160% in year ending April 2021  —  New York City is gearing up for the last month of a mayoral race that is coinciding …
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Rich Calder / Wall Street Journal:   New York City Mayoral Candidate Eric Adams Pins Campaign to Public Safety
Michael Rothfeld / New York Times:   How Eric Adams, Mayoral Candidate, Mixed Money and Political Ambition
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.
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Sarah Ferris / Politico:
How Dems learned to stop worrying (mostly) and embrace tax hikes
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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
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 …
Scott McDonald / Newsweek:
Texas Reports Zero Deaths 2 Months After Biden Called its Reopening Plan as ‘Neanderthal Thinking’  —  Texas Governor Greg Abbott caught heat from Democratic lawmakers when he announced on March 2 this year he would fully reopen the state by the next week.  Mississippi lawmakers declared a similar reopening plan about the same time.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Kamala Harris's Impossible Vice Presidency  —  Everyone expects Harris to run for president again one day, but her job requires her to avoid even the appearance of preparing for her political future.  —  Air force two is a smaller plane than Air Force One.
Discussion: Politico
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.
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 …
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
Gino Spocchia / The Independent:
Photo emerges of Republican barricading chamber doors during US Capitol attack after he compared rioters to ‘tourists’  —  ‘Do Georgians always barricade doors against normal, everyday tourists?’ one critic asked  —  A photo has emerged of Andrew Clyde, the Republican congressman who claimed …
Discussion: Insider and Washington Post
 
 
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Joe Davidson / Washington Post:
‘You need people to work in the public good’: Four impeachment witnesses on the lessons they learned about American democracy
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:
Should Joe Biden worry about soaring lumber prices?
Discussion: Fox News
Ben Casselman / New York Times:
Rural Areas Are Looking for Workers. They Need Broadband to Get Them.
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
 Earlier Items: 
Jacob Magid / The Times of Israel:
US for 3rd time blocking Security Council joint statement calling for ceasefire — diplomats tell ToI
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
Neil Munro / Breitbart:
Joe Biden Diverts Healthcare Cash to Help Illegal Migrants
Discussion: TheBlaze
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Devin Nunes Goes Full Psycho On Fox And Claims The US Funded COVID 19 Creation
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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
 

 
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Chris Thompson / Defector:
Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Sara Fischer / Axios:
NPR affiliate WAMU is shutting down local news site Dcist and laying off 15 employees to focus on audio and plans to add 10 new positions

Brian Steinberg / Variety:
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