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11:05 AM ET, May 17, 2021

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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
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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 …
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!” …
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 …
Discussion: CBS News, HotAir and Los Angeles Times
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
The Supreme Court will hear a major abortion case.
Discussion: Forbes
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
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
Can McCarthy still discipline MTG?
Discussion: The Hill
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
Chuck Todd clashes with Dan Crenshaw over GOP fraud claims: ‘Why should anybody believe a word you say?’  —  Days after House Republicans ousted Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from her leadership position for challenging former president Donald Trump's false claims of election fraud, Rep. Dan Crenshaw …
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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 …
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 …
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Ed Hammond / Bloomberg:
AT&T Is Preparing to Merge Media Assets With Discovery
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 …
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: Raw Story
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: The Hill and Raw Story
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: Boing Boing and Washington Post
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Thomas Colson / Insider:   A Republican congressman who denied there was an insurrection and likened Capitol rioters to tourists was photographed barricading the chamber doors against them
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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Kevin Randall / Washington Post:
Social app Parler is cracking down on hate speech - but only on Apple devices  —  Shut down after the Jan. 6 riot, Parler is using a new artificial intelligence moderation system with more stringent standards for the App Store than other platforms.  —  When social media network Parler came …
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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American Greatness:   How to Ensure a Middle East War in Five Easy Steps
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Hackwhackers and Raw Story
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: Insider, HuffPost and The Week
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 …
NBC News:
Should Joe Biden worry about soaring lumber prices?  —  WASHINGTON — If a tree falls in a Canadian forest and a logger has to drive 16 hours to haul it out, does it crush the U.S. president's economic agenda?  —  That improbable question may be on the minds of some in Washington …
Discussion: Fox News
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 …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
What Kamala Harris Has Learned About Being Vice President  —  Air Force Two is a smaller plane than Air Force One.  The exterior is the same light-blue and white, but unlike the commander in chief's plane, the vice president's aircraft is open plan—from the back, you can see all the way to the front …
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
 
 
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Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Tennessee governor signs bathroom bill criticized by advocates for transgender individuals
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Caller
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
Voter suppression is bad. But this tactic is even worse.
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Meet Rep. Cori Bush and Her Fellow Faith Healers
Discussion: Twitchy
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Democrats confront reality on voting rights: Congress probably isn't coming to the rescue
Discussion: IJR
Kat Rosenfield / UnHerd:
Will Democrats mask America forever?
Scott McDonald / Newsweek:
Texas Reports Zero Deaths 2 Months After Biden Called its Reopening Plan as ‘Neanderthal Thinking’
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
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Casselman / New York Times:
Rural Areas Are Looking for Workers. They Need Broadband to Get Them.
Kim Hart / Axios:
The new digital extortion  —  If you run a hospital, a bank, a utility or a city …
Jacob Magid / The Times of Israel:
US for 3rd time blocking Security Council joint statement calling for ceasefire — diplomats tell ToI
Ben White / Politico:
Tax the rich? Executives predict Biden's big plans will flop
Miriam Jordan / New York Times:
From India, Brazil and Beyond: Pandemic Refugees at the Border
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Breitbart