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10:30 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!” …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court to review Mississippi abortion law that advocates see as a path to diminish Roe v. Wade  —  The Supreme Court on Monday said it will review a restrictive Mississippi abortion law that opponents of the procedure say provides a clear path to diminish Roe v. Wade's establishment of the right of women to choose an abortion.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, CNBC and NBC News
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Nicholas Rowan / Washington Examiner:
Supreme Court unlikely to strike down Obamacare despite Democratic hysteria
CNN:
Supreme Court takes up major abortion case next term that could limit Roe v. Wade
Discussion: CBS News and Los Angeles Times
Adam Liptak / New York Times:   The Supreme Court will hear a major abortion case.
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
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  — 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 …
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 …
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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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
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
Brian Faler / Politico:
Piggy bank-filling payments for nearly 90 percent of kids will start July 15  —  The federal government will begin sending monthly payments worth up to $300 per child to millions of Americans beginning July 15, in what is perhaps the most ambitious government initiative of the Biden administration so far.
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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 …
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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Associated Press:
Blinken signals no immediate US press for Mideast cease-fire
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 …
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
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 …
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
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: Washington Post
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Tennessee governor signs bathroom bill criticized by advocates for transgender individuals  —  Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) signed a controversial law regarding access to gender-specific bathrooms late last week, prompting cries of discrimination from advocates for transgender individuals.
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Caller
 
 
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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
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Kamala Harris's Impossible Vice Presidency
Discussion: Politico and NBC News
 Earlier Items: 
NBC News:
Should Joe Biden worry about soaring lumber prices?
Discussion: Fox News
Kim Hart / Axios:
The new digital extortion  —  If you run a hospital, a bank, a utility or a city …
Katherine Blunt / Wall Street Journal:
Natural Gas, America's No. 1 Power Source, Already Has a New Challenger: Batteries
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
 

 
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Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Report: Nelson Peltz' Trian Partners reaped ~$1B from its Disney stock after his unsuccessful proxy fight; Disney heeded some of his calls, cutting 8,000 jobs

Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Skydance sweetens its Paramount offer, making it more favorable to both voting and nonvoting shareholders and agreeing to put more money into Paramount

Thomas Buckley / Bloomberg:
A look at Pixar's missteps since COVID-19: movies were released on Disney+ and key executives departed, leading to a focus on sequels to get back on track

 
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