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6:55 AM ET, May 18, 2021

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Washington Post:
Biden calls for cease-fire in Israel-Hamas fighting as pressure mounts to halt violence  —  President Biden on Monday called for a cease-fire to end a week of fierce fighting between Israel and Hamas militants, urging both sides to “protect innocent civilians” in a statement that amounted …
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Reuters:
Israel-Gaza conflict rages on despite U.S., regional diplomacy  —  Israel pummeled Gaza with air strikes on Monday and Palestinian militants launched rockets at Israeli cities despite a flurry of U.S. and regional diplomacy that has so far failed to halt more than a week of deadly fighting.
New York Times:
Democrats, Growing More Skeptical of Israel, Pressure Biden  —  Among Democrats in Congress, attitudes toward Israel have grown more critical as the party base expresses concern about the human rights of Palestinians.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden's carefully worded statement …
Young Professionals / J Street:   BIDEN ADMINISTRATION MUST CHANGE COURSE, TAKE STRONGER ACTION TO SECURE IMMEDIATE CEASEFIRE AND ADDRESS ROOT CAUSES OF ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT
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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Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
The Supreme Court Is Taking Direct Aim at Roe v. Wade
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
Rosalind Helderman / Washington Post:
‘Our democracy is imperiled’: Maricopa County officials decry 2020 recount as a sham and call on Arizona Republicans to end the process  —  The Republican-dominated Maricopa County board of supervisors Monday denounced an ongoing audit of the 2020 vote as a “sham” and a “con,” …
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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 …
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
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Insider:
Donald Trump donated his federal salary, but he's taken $65,600 in pension payments since January 20
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.
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 …
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg:
Biden, Harris Incomes Dropped in 2020, Tax Returns Show  — Both would still pay higher tax rates under Biden proposal  — Bidens earned $607,336 in 2020, paid $157,414 in federal tax  —  President Joe Biden's income fell dramatically to $607,336 in 2020 as he dropped lucrative speaking engagements …
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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’
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.
Adam Brewster / CBS News:
Cuomo set to receive $5.1 million for COVID-19 book  —  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is set to earn $5.1 million from his memoir about leading New York through the COVID-19 pandemic, according to information provided by his office on Monday.  Cuomo received $3,120,000 in gross income …
Discussion: CNN and Breitbart
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New York Times:
Cuomo Set to Receive $5.1 Million From Pandemic Book Deal
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Val Demings to run for Senate against Rubio  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida Rep. Val Demings is planning to run for the U.S. Senate, rather than governor, providing Democrats with a big-name candidate to take on Republican Sen. Marco Rubio next year.  —  For months, Demings mulled …
Discussion: Florida Politics
Donald G. McNeil Jr / Medium:
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.
Mike Pence / National Review:
Violence in Israel Is the Price of Biden's Weakness  —  In the Middle East, he has replaced strength with weakness, moral clarity with confusion, and loyalty with betrayal.  —  The Trump-Pence administration opened the door to a future of peace in the Middle East founded on our strong and unwavering commitment to the state of Israel.
Bryan Lowry / Kansas City Star:
Kansas Chamber cuts ties with U.S. Chamber of Commerce over Sharice Davids endorsement  —  The Kansas Chamber of Commerce has cut ties with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce after the national business group endorsed Democratic Rep. Sharice Davids last year.  —  The U.S. Chamber's decision …
Bloomberg:
Labor, Gig Companies Near Bargaining Deal in N.Y.  — Draft bill would give gig workers the right to unionize  — A compromise could take political pressure off Uber and Lyft  —  New legislation creating collective bargaining rights for gig-economy workers is poised to be introduced …
Lateshia Beachum / Washington Post:
Black Lives Matter activists said a man tried to hit them with his car.  The suspect turned out to be a judge.  —  A North Carolina court of appeals judge was summoned by a criminal court Friday after being accused of nearly hitting Black Lives Matter protesters at a demonstration in downtown Fayetteville on May 7.
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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
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.”
The Hill:
After losing a congressional seat, California needs a course correction  —  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,  California's leading exports are computers and electronic products.  But these days, it feels like the top exports are jobs, residents and misguided public policy.
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 …
Politico:
Mask controversy spurs CDC to rethink its pandemic response  —  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky is shaking up the agency's Covid-19 response to consolidate oversight amid mounting criticism over its guidance for vaccinated people, according …
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
The Voting Rights Act Now Has Bipartisan Support As Lisa Murkowski Calls For Reauthorization  —  The John Lewis Voting Rights Act now has bipartisan Senate support, as Sen. Murkowski (R-AK) has joined Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) in calling for reauthorization.  —  Manchin and Murkowski wrote …
Discussion: RedState, Becker News and Forbes
Richard Fausset / New York Times:
Buddy Roemer, Reformer as a Louisiana Governor, Dies at 77  —  He came into office as the answer to the scandal-plagued Edwin Edwards administration but was nevertheless ousted by Mr. Edwards four years later.  —  Buddy Roemer, a clean-government advocate whose four years as Louisiana governor …
Discussion: Associated Press and Daily Kos
 
 
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Jeremy B. White / Politico:
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CNN:
For the sake of children, keep wearing your mask
Discussion: Deseret News, who13.com and CBS News
Shawna Chen / Axios:
Biden administration to send 20 million U.S.-authorized vaccine doses abroad
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Robert McCartney / Washington Post:
Republican Glenn Youngkin has a surprisingly good chance of winning Virginia governorship
Discussion: Power Line and Breitbart
Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
He was banned from having guns after his Capitol riot arrest. Then he shot a mountain lion, feds say.
Maryclaire Dale / Associated Press:
‘So I raped you.’ Facebook message renews fight for justice
Discussion: New York Post
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William M. Arkin / Newsweek:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
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