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10:20 AM ET, May 18, 2021

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Axios:
McCarthy comes out against bipartisan deal on Jan. 6 commission  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will oppose a bipartisan deal announced last week that would form a 9/11-style commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, his office announced Tuesday.
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Politico:
Cheney, unbound, settles into the 'bull's-eye of controversy'  —  At her last conference meeting as a House Republican leader, Liz Cheney delivered the morning prayer for the first time.  She chose a Bible verse with a pointed message: “The truth shall set you free.”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, HotAir and Insider
Christina Cameron / House Republican Leader:
McCarthy Statement on January 6 Commission Legislation  —  Washington, D.C. - House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the January 6th commission legislation:
Discussion: USA Today and Mediaite
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
McCarthy announces opposition to bipartisan deal to form January 6 commission  —  House GOP leaders yet to say if they'll back commission on U.S. Capitol attack  —  (CNN)House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday he was opposed to a bipartisan agreement struck last week that would create …
Discussion: Associated Press and Politico
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:   McCarthy says that he will not support bipartisan deal for 1/6 commission
Politico:
Republicans not sold on bipartisan Jan. 6 commission
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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 …
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Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Andrew Giuliani announces 2022 bid for New York governor  —  Andrew Giuliani has dreams of turning next year's gubernatorial race into another “Fight of the Century.”  —  The son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will announce Tuesday that he's officially running for the Republican primary …
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Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Andrew Giuliani, son of former New York City mayor, announces 2022 bid for governor  —  WASHINGTON — Andrew Giuliani, the son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, announced Tuesday that he's officially running for governor of the state in 2022.  —  The 35-year-old …
Discussion: The Week
New York Times:
Cuomo Set to Receive $5.1 Million From Pandemic Book Deal
Adam Brewster / CBS News:
Cuomo set to receive $5.1 million for COVID-19 book
Discussion: CNN and Breitbart
Nathan J. Brown / Carnegie Middle East Center:
Hamas's Fortuitous Opening … Hamas began 2021 preparing for elections to the Palestinian Legislative Council.  Today, it is engaged in a military standoff with Israel.  The movement has approached both with unexpected gusto, but which of the two approaches best represents its soul?  —  Both do.
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Politico:   How Biden Can Be a Leader in an Israeli-Palestinian Conflict That Has None
Reuters:
Israel-Gaza conflict rages on despite U.S., regional diplomacy
Washington Post:
Biden calls for cease-fire in Israel-Hamas fighting as pressure mounts to halt violence
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 …
Alayna Treene / Axios:
The freshmen in Congress who have missed the most votes  —  The top five are all House Republicans.
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Elena Kagan Has Had Enough of Brett Kavanaugh's Judicial “Scorekeeping”  —  Last year, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in Ramos v. Louisiana, prohibiting nonunanimous convictions of criminal defendants.  Under the Constitution, the court declared, a split jury verdict is “no verdict at all.”
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Times
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Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
The Supreme Court Is Taking Direct Aim at 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.
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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
DOJ signals scrutiny of popular fundraising gimmick  —  A little-noticed line in a recent criminal filing suggests federal prosecutors consider a popular political fundraising tactic to be legally questionable.  —  Why it matters: Fundraisers often boast of “5x” or other contribution matches to coax small-dollar donations.
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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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.
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
Wall Street Journal:
AT&T's Hollywood Ending Erased Billions in Value  —  Telecom giant is giving up its dreams of marrying content and distribution—one of the biggest about-faces in corporate deal history  —  Three years ago, AT&T Inc. executives were in a federal courthouse fighting the Justice Department …
Annie Karni / New York Times:
In Biden White House, the Celebrity Staff Is a Thing of the Past  —  President Biden is undoing a longstanding Washington tradition in which staff members enjoy their own refracted fame.  —  WASHINGTON — Mike Donilon is one of the most trusted presidential advisers in the Biden White House …
Discussion: Washington Post
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
The Inside Story of Joe Biden's Most Fateful Decision  —  Joe Biden was in his living room at the Naval Observatory on Election Night 2016.  He hadn't been watching the presidential results.  Hillary Clinton was going to win, obviously, so the vice president was more focused on monitoring …
Discussion: Insider, Washington Post and Roll Call
Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
How the AP Slanted Border Coverage to Hide the Crisis  —  Typically, news organizations rush to cover crises, real or perceived.  The Associated Press has taken a different tack, using its influential style guide to play down the human drama unfolding at the southern border.
Discussion: Instapundit
ProPublica:
REPUBLISH  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they're published.  —  The shoreline communities of Ocean County, New Jersey, are a summertime getaway for throngs of urbanites, lined with vacation homes and ice cream parlors.
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
Why Jerome Powell and the Fed Should Ignore the Inflation Hawks  —  Strong growth and a tight labor market are helping workers make sustained wage gains.  —  After more than a year of unprecedented dislocation, there is good news for America's workers.  Job openings are at record levels, and wages are increasing.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Evan Smith / The Texas Tribune:
Point of Order: George P. Bush supports Donald Trump in 2024, teases primary challenge to Ken Paxton  —  In the latest episode of our podcast about the Texas Legislature, Evan Smith talks to Land Commissioner George P. Bush about the state of the state and the issues in play as the 2021 session winds down …
Sally Satel / Washington Post:
Vaccines probably don't work on me.  So I must rely on others to beat covid-19. … Sally Satel is a visiting professor of psychiatry at Columbia University's Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Republicans eye new House majority through redistricting  —  Republican state legislators see this year's decennial redistricting process as a prime opportunity to gain House seats in next year's midterms — with some believing those gains alone can help the GOP take back the majority.
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.
 
 
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