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10:20 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!” …
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 …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
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Ed Hammond / Bloomberg:
AT&T Is Preparing to Merge Media Assets With Discovery
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 …
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
Can McCarthy still discipline MTG?
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:   Voter suppression is bad. But this tactic is even worse.
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 …
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 …
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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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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 …
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
 
 
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Nicholas Rowan / Washington Examiner:
Supreme Court unlikely to strike down Obamacare despite Democratic hysteria
Discussion: Politico
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Meet Rep. Cori Bush and Her Fellow Faith Healers
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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
NBC News:
Should Joe Biden worry about soaring lumber prices?
Discussion: Fox News
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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 …
Katherine Blunt / Wall Street Journal:
Natural Gas, America's No. 1 Power Source, Already Has a New Challenger: Batteries
Miriam Jordan / New York Times:
From India, Brazil and Beyond: Pandemic Refugees at the Border
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Breitbart
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Devin Nunes Goes Full Psycho On Fox And Claims The US Funded COVID 19 Creation
Discussion: Washington Examiner