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8:50 AM ET, May 18, 2021

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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 …
Discussion: New York Post and Washington Post
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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.
Washington Post:
Biden calls for cease-fire in Israel-Hamas fighting as pressure mounts to halt violence
Reuters:
Israel-Gaza conflict rages on despite U.S., regional diplomacy
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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CNN:   Val Demings plans to run for Senate against Rubio, sources say
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 …
Discussion: Politico, The Hill, Fox News and PIX11
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Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:   Andrew Giuliani, son of former New York City mayor, announces 2022 bid for governor
Adam Brewster / CBS News:
Cuomo set to receive $5.1 million for COVID-19 book
Discussion: CNN and Breitbart
New York Times:
Cuomo Set to Receive $5.1 Million From Pandemic Book Deal
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court filing shows that the social media company fought the subpoena, which the Biden administration is said to have withdrawn.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 …
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 …
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Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Elena Kagan Has Had Enough of Brett Kavanaugh's Judicial “Scorekeeping”
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Times
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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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
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: HotAir
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Politico:   Republicans not sold on bipartisan Jan. 6 commission
CNN:   GOP leaders split on the January 6 probe but No. 2 Republican predicts Senate will pass bill ‘in some form’
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.
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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Max Boot / Washington Post:   There are no Marjorie Taylor Greenes in the Democratic Party
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Christina Maxouris / CNN:
More places in the US lift mask mandates.  One local leader says the honor system is already not working  —  (CNN)Several days since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said fully vaccinated Americans can — for the most part — ditch their masks, more places are announcing changes …
Discussion: Dogwood, Target Corporate and USA Today
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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
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.
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.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
The Inside Story of How Joe Biden Decided to Run for President  —  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 …
Discussion: Washington Post, The Week and Roll Call
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
Alayna Treene / Axios:
The freshmen in Congress who have missed the most votes  —  The top five are all House Republicans.
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
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 …
 
 
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Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Republicans are sprinting away from democracy
Discussion: The Hill, The Federalist, CNN and Fox News
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Republicans eye new House majority through redistricting
Bloomberg:
Labor, Gig Companies Near Bargaining Deal in N.Y.
Discussion: Vox
The Hill:
After losing a congressional seat, California needs a course correction
Richard Fausset / New York Times:
Buddy Roemer, Reformer as a Louisiana Governor, Dies at 77
Discussion: Associated Press and Daily Kos
New York Times:
Biden Is Developing a Pardon Process With a Focus on Racial Justice
Discussion: CNN and The Week
 Earlier Items: 
Jeremy B. White / Politico:
California recall candidates use auto-donation tactic Trump made famous
Politico:
Mask controversy spurs CDC to rethink its pandemic response
Discussion: Deseret News
Jessica Donati / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Blocks U.N. Statement on Violence in Gaza
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg:
Biden, Harris Incomes Dropped in 2020, Tax Returns Show
Sally Quinn / Washington Post:
The end of D.C.'s elite social scene
William M. Arkin / Newsweek:
Exclusive: Inside the Military's Secret Undercover Army
Discussion: Raw Story
Jeff Schogol / Task & Purpose:
How ‘Rear Adm. Jack Meehoff’ fooled a bunch of real retired generals and admirals