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10:05 PM ET, May 17, 2021

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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 …
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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 …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court issues rulings on policing, climate, criminal defendants' rights
Amy Howe / SCOTUSblog:
Court to weigh in on Mississippi abortion ban intended to challenge Roe v. Wade
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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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.
Jessica Donati / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Blocks U.N. Statement on Violence in Gaza  —  China, holding Security Council presidency, criticizes U.S. for its stance on the proposed statement  —  WASHINGTON—The U.S. blocked a proposed statement being considered by United Nations Security Council members on Monday that would have condemned …
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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 …
Washington Post:
Biden calls for cease-fire in Israel-Hamas fighting as pressure mounts to halt violence
Young Professionals / J Street:   BIDEN ADMINISTRATION MUST CHANGE COURSE, TAKE STRONGER ACTION TO SECURE IMMEDIATE CEASEFIRE AND ADDRESS ROOT CAUSES OF ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT
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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 …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Trump Justice Dept. Tried to Use Grand Jury to Identify Nunes Critic on Twitter  —  An unsealed court filing shows that the social media company fought the subpoena, which the Biden administration is said to have withdrawn.  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department under President Trump secretly obtained …
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.
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 …
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
Harrison Smith / Washington Post:
David Larimer, versatile Washington Post editor, dies at 47  —  David Larimer, a Washington Post editor who helped shape the paper's coverage of college athletics, conflict overseas and the coronavirus pandemic, died May 15 at a hospital in Washington.  He was 47.
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
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
Report: Kamala Harris Keeps Enemies List of Journalists Who Don't ‘Appreciate Her Life Experience’  —  Vice President Kamala Harris keeps a list of reporters and other political types who might be racist, according to a profile published in the Atlantic on Monday.  —  “The vice president and her team tend to dismiss reporters.
Discussion: The Atlantic and Power Line
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Carly Roman / Washington Examiner:
Biden and Harris swipe at Trump in releasing 2020 tax returns
Politico:
Republicans not sold on bipartisan Jan. 6 commission  —  After months of negotiations in the House culminated in a bipartisan deal on a Jan. 6 commission, Republicans might not go along with the agreement after all.  —  Several Senate Republicans on Monday evening expressed worries …
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CNN:   GOP leaders split on the January 6 probe but No. 2 Republican predicts Senate will pass bill ‘in some form’
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.”
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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
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
Politico:
CDC's second-in-command Anne Schuchat to step down  —  Top Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official Anne Schuchat is planning to step down from her role as the agency's principal deputy director this summer, the agency confirmed to POLITICO.  —  Schuchat's retirement …
Discussion: STAT
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Politico:   Mask controversy spurs CDC to rethink its pandemic response
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Crenshaw tries to whitewash Republican brief supporting lawsuit that sought to overturn election  —  ‘Seditious’: See Tapper's reaction to GOP election lawsuit  —  Washington (CNN)Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw tried Sunday to downplay his December decision to sign on to a legal brief …
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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.
Jakob Rodriguez / KSAT-TV:
Abbott: Texas opting out of federal pandemic unemployment benefits effective June 26  —  This includes the $300 weekly unemployment check from federal officials  —  AUSTIN - Gov. Greg Abbott announced to the U.S. Department of Labor on Monday that the state will be opting …
Maryclaire Dale / Associated Press:
‘So I raped you.’ Facebook message renews fight for justice  —  MOORESTOWN, New Jersey (AP) — Shannon Keeler was enjoying a weekend getaway with her boyfriend last year when she checked her Facebook messages for the first time in ages.  A name popped up that stopped her cold.
Discussion: The US Sun and New York Post
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
My Life After COVID  —  It's been almost four months since Joe Biden's inauguration, and most of the people in my life say their minds are calmer, they sleep more soundly, their mental health has improved.  They entered the new year exhausted but optimistic that it would end better than it began.
Erin Murphy / Sioux City Journal:
State board requests information from group that claimed involvement in Iowa elections bill  —  DES MOINES — The state board that monitors lobbying of Iowa's executive branch is asking for more information from a national organization that claimed involvement in the writing …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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 …
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.
Jeremy B. White / Politico:
California recall candidates use auto-donation tactic Trump made famous  —  OAKLAND — California recall candidates are charging donors recurring campaign contributions through a tactic made famous by former President Donald Trump — and condemned by federal election officials.
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
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.
 
 
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Tristan Justice / The Federalist:
New Grassroots Group Launches To Take War Against Cancel Culture On Offense
CNN:
For the sake of children, keep wearing your mask
Discussion: who13.com, CBS News and Deseret News
Robert McCartney / Washington Post:
Republican Glenn Youngkin has a surprisingly good chance of winning Virginia governorship
Discussion: Power Line
Farnoush Amiri / Associated Press:
EXPLAINER: How Ohio's Vax-a-Million lottery will work
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Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
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Discussion: Maryland Matters
Dylan Tokar / Wall Street Journal:
White House to Nominate National Security Veteran for DOJ Post
Gillian Brockell / Washington Post:
A famed folk singer won a presidential pardon after molesting a child. Did he prey on others?
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