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12:50 AM ET, May 18, 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
Trevor Aaronson / The Intercept:
Hamas Official Denies Group Used Destroyed Gaza Media Tower for Intelligence … The Israeli government's claim that Hamas operated a military intelligence unit in a Gaza City building that housed the offices of the Associated Press and Al-Jazeera is false, a Hamas official has told The Intercept.
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Jessica Donati / Wall Street Journal:   U.S. Blocks U.N. Statement on Violence in Gaza
Washington Post:
Biden calls for cease-fire in Israel-Hamas fighting as pressure mounts to halt violence
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
As Arizona Republicans erupt over Trump's lies, a big truth is exposed
Discussion: HotAir, Raw Story and Crooks and Liars
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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Young Professionals / J Street:   BIDEN ADMINISTRATION MUST CHANGE COURSE, TAKE STRONGER ACTION TO SECURE IMMEDIATE CEASEFIRE AND ADDRESS ROOT CAUSES OF ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT
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.
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, The Hill and Political Wire
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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Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
Report: Kamala Harris Keeps Enemies List of Journalists Who Don't ‘Appreciate Her Life Experience’
Discussion: HotAir, Power Line and The Atlantic
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
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’
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 …
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Politico:
CDC's second-in-command Anne Schuchat to step down
Discussion: STAT
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.
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.
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.”
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:
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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Shawna Chen / Axios:   Biden administration to send 20 million U.S.-authorized vaccine doses abroad
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
They're Vaccinated and Keeping Their Masks On, Maybe Forever  —  Face coverings have been a political flash point for more than a year.  But now, the backlash is directed at people who don't plan to take them off.  —  Whenever Joe Glickman heads out for groceries, he places an N95 mask …
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 …
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.
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
 
 
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Matt Ford / New Republic:
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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.
Discussion: The Hill
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
Jeremy B. White / Politico:
California recall candidates use auto-donation tactic Trump made famous
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
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
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Robert McCartney / Washington Post:
Republican Glenn Youngkin has a surprisingly good chance of winning Virginia governorship
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Maryclaire Dale / Associated Press:
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Discussion: The US Sun and New York Post
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Dylan Tokar / Wall Street Journal:
White House to Nominate National Security Veteran for DOJ Post
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
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