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10:05 AM ET, May 19, 2021

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Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Why America Needs a January 6 Commission  —  Our last best hope for a baseline of truth.  —  Everyone knows what happened on January 6, 2021: The United States Capitol was breached by Trump supporters who hoped to block Congress from certifying Joe Biden's 2020 victory.
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Olafimihan Oshin / The Hill:
Trump calls for Jan. 6 commission debate to end ‘immediately’  —  Former President Donald Trump called for an immediate end to the debate over a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot on the eve that the House is expected to approve the plan.  —  “Republicans in the House and Senate …
Wall Street Journal:
The Jan. 6 Narrative Commission  —  There's little chance of a fair-minded inquiry in today's Washington.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  Democrats are forcing a House vote Wednesday to establish a commission to investigate the events of Jan. 6, despite opposition from Republican leaders.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Sources: McConnell opposed to current Jan. 6 commission
CNN:
New York attorney general adds ‘criminal capacity’ to probe of Trump Organization  —  (CNN)New York Attorney General Letitia James is joining the Manhattan district attorney's office in a criminal investigation of the Trump Organization, James' office said Tuesday.
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New York Times:
New York's Attorney General Joins Criminal Inquiry Into Trump Organization  —  The move increased the investigative muscle looking into the former president and his family business.  —  Donald J. Trump and his family came under increasing pressure from New York investigators …
Washington Post:
Investigation of Trump Organization now exploring possible criminal conduct, N.Y. attorney general's office says  —  NEW YORK — New York Attorney General Letitia James's investigation into the Trump Organization is now considered a criminal matter, James's office said Tuesday night …
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
New York AG's office opens criminal probe into Trump Organization
Discussion: HotAir and POLITICUSUSA
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Feds investigating alleged scheme to illegally finance Collins' reelection bid  —  The FBI is investigating what it describes as a massive scheme to illegally finance Sen. Susan Collins' 2020 reelection bid, Axios has learned.  —  What's happening: A recently unsealed search warrant application shows …
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Wall Street Journal:
FBI Probes Defense Contractor's Contributions to Sen. Susan Collins
Discussion: Bloomberg
NC Policy Watch:
PW special report: After conservative criticism, UNC backs down from offering acclaimed journalist tenured position  —  Journalism school will instead offer Nikole Hannah-Jones a fixed five-year contract  —  In her career in journalism, Nikole Hannah-Jones has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize and a MacArthur Fellowship “Genius Grant.”
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
House Democrats' 2020 election autopsy: Bad polling hurt and GOP attacks worked  —  For the second time in four years, Rep. Sean Maloney (D-N.Y.) drew one of the toughest assignments: investigating what went wrong in a disappointing election.  —  The 2017 after-action review followed …
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Washington Post:   Democrats think voters will reward them for sending checks. What if they're wrong?
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
GOP to Democrats: If you raise taxes now, we'll cut them back when we win power … WASHINGTON — Republicans are sending a pointed warning to congressional Democrats: If you raise taxes on corporations and top earners, we'll just cut them back when we regain power.
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Politico:
Liberals to Biden: Ditch the infrastructure talks with Republicans  —  Progressives are ready to pull the plug on President Joe Biden's weeks of infrastructure negotiations with Republicans.  —  Liberal Democrats are speaking out at an awkward time, as Biden's Cabinet officials held …
Eli Stokols / Los Angeles Times:
‘What an old politician understands’ — Biden turns the age issue to advantage
Discussion: New York Times
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
The Inside Story of the Biden-Harris Debate Blowup  —  As president, Joe Biden has made sure to elevate Vice President Kamala Harris, including her in nearly every aspect of his presidency and making her the point person on migration, a top issue.  First lady Jill Biden and second gentleman Doug Emhoff have hit it off.
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
How the Storming of the Capitol Became a ‘Normal Tourist Visit’  —  Mr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C. on politics, demographics and inequality.  —  It is no wonder that Republican leaders in the House do not want to convene a truth and reconciliation commission to scrutinize the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
Discussion: The Federalist, FiveThirtyEight and CNN
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David Zweig / New York Magazine:
New Research Suggests Number of Kids Hospitalized for COVID Is Overcounted  —  The reported number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, one of the primary metrics for tracking the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, was grossly inflated for children in California hospitals, two research papers published Wednesday concluded.
Jana Winter / Yahoo News:
Facial recognition, fake identities and digital surveillance tools: Inside the post office's covert internet operations program  —  The post office's law enforcement arm has faced intense congressional scrutiny in recent weeks over its Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP) …
Jason Samenow / Washington Post:
White House brings back climate scientist forced out by Trump administration  —  Michael Kuperberg has returned as the executive director of the U.S. Global Change Research Program  —  The Biden administration has reinstalled the director of the federal climate program that produces …
Discussion: The Hill
Christian Datoc / Washington Examiner:
‘Spare me’: Why reporters should have been prepared for Biden's team to edit quotes  —  Media figures complaining about the Biden administration's liberal use of a tool many experts say limits government transparency shouldn't be so surprised, former Trump administration officials say.
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Eric Bradner / CNN:
Arizona auditors now say voter data is intact, after sparking GOP feud  —  ‘Exasperated’: GOP Arizona election official reacts to Trump's election lie  —  (CNN)Auditors hired by the Arizona state Senate backtracked Tuesday from claims that a key database had been deleted …
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The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Today's Paper  —  Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner easily defeated Democratic primary challenger Carlos Vega on Tuesday, taking a giant step toward winning a second term after campaigning on his record of criminal justice reform.  —  The Associated Press projected Krasner as the winner over Vega late Tuesday night.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: An insider's guide to Biden and Israel
Ian Lovett / Wall Street Journal:
Russell Moore, Southern Baptist Official Who Criticized Trump, Resigns  —  One of the most influential figures in evangelical Christianity sparked a backlash with his comments during the 2016 campaign  —  Russell Moore, one of the top-ranking officials in the Southern Baptist Convention …
New York Times:
Where Abortion Access Would Decline if Roe v. Wade Were Overturned  —  Impact on legal abortion  —  States with trigger laws and others deemed likely to ban abortion  —  The Supreme Court's decision Monday to hear a case about a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks …
RealClearInvestigations:
Accused Russiagate ‘Spy’ Kilimnik Speaks — and Evidence Backs His ‘No Collusion’ Account  —  Konstantin KiIimnik says his standard red passport, above, disproves the Mueller report's claim he used a diplomatic passport, a tipoff to being a Russian agent.  See “Kilimnik Passport” section below.
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Trump ditches Florida and heads north for the summer  —  (CNN)As reliably as seasons change, so does Donald Trump shift his primary residence.  —  After establishing Mar-a-Lago, his lavish Palm Beach, Florida, resort, as his post-White House home and office for the last four months …
Discussion: Insider
Yousef Munayyer / New York Times:
When Palestine Shook  —  Mr. Munayyer is a writer and political analyst who focuses on Palestinian issues.  —  For those who periodically tune in and tune out of the Israel-Palestine situation, the events of recent days and weeks might seem like a replay of a movie they have seen before …
Jason Abbruzzese / NBC News:
Obama on UFO videos: 'We don't know exactly what they are' … Former President Barack Obama on Monday offered a blunt assessment of the videos of unidentified aerial phenomenon that have continued to gain attention in the United States.  —  “What is true, and I'm actually being serious here …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Intellectualist
Andrea Salcedo / Washington Post:
Three GOP lawmakers fined $500 for defying House mask rules amid Republican backlash: ‘Worth it.’  —  As the House finished voting on Tuesday afternoon, a group of Republicans gathered on the floor, smiled and huddled for a selfie.  None wore masks.  —  They were among about a dozen Republican lawmakers …
Jack Suntrup / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
St. Louis attorney famous for waving gun at protesters is running for U.S. Senate  —  McCloskey and his wife, Patricia, pleaded not guilty in October to charges of unlawful use of a weapon and evidence tampering.  —  After the gun-waving incident last June made international headlines …
Discussion: HuffPost, National Review and The Hill
Brian Faler / Politico:
Going after tax cheats to pay for Dems' spending plans?  There's just one problem.  —  Democrats want to raise billions of dollars by giving the IRS more money to go after tax cheats — and use the money to pay for their infrastructure spending plans.  —  There's one problem: That isn't allowed under Congress's arcane budget rules.
 
 
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American Greatness:
Rage of the NeverTrumpers  —  Their fury now is designed to assuage their guilt.
Williamson M. Evers / Wall Street Journal:
California Leftists Try to Cancel Math Class
Bloomberg:
Fixing Transit Is More Than Just Infrastructure
Associated Press:
US eases asylum restrictions at border amid legal challenges
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
More Than Half of GOP Voters Now Dislike Cheney After Her Ouster From Leadership
Rich Noyes / Newsbusters:
Liberal TV Touts GOP ‘Civil War’ Over Biden's Policy Debacles
 Earlier Items: 
Leighton Akira Woodhouse / leightonwoodhouse:
“Disinformation” is the New Disinformation  —  The media's dismissal of the Wuhan lab leak …
Discussion: unz.com
Rachel Olding / The Daily Beast:
Judge Tosses Michigan Election Lawsuit That Trump Was Still Clinging To
Discussion: Detroit Free Press and RedState
Noah Caldwell / NPR:
America's Satanic Panic Returns — This Time Through QAnon
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Biden to waive sanctions on company in charge of Nord Stream 2