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4:00 PM 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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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:
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.”
Washington Post:
Biden's aid programs help buttress McCarthy's district despite GOP leader's complaints about ‘socialist’ spending  —  The California district McCarthy has represented since 2007 is among the poorest in the state  —  BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) …
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and Balloon Juice
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
McCarthy won't support January 6 commission and sides with Republicans downplaying the insurrection
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
House Republicans plan rebellion over mask rules
Discussion: Uphill, HotAir and Political Wire
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi slams GOP for ‘cowardice’ over Jan. 6 commission
Discussion: IJR
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 …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Biden to waive sanctions on company in charge of Nord Stream 2  —  The Biden administration will waive sanctions on the corporate entity and CEO overseeing the construction of Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline into Germany, according to two sources briefed on the decision.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Twitchy
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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Politico:
Feds have asked about Giuliani's consulting on Romania  —  It's not just Ukraine.  Justice Department investigators have asked questions about Rudy Giuliani's work connected to Romania, according to two people familiar with the probe into former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Are the Supreme Court and Biden ready to rumble over Roe?  —  Fifty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the first arguments in Roe v. Wade, a case that not only would transform constitutional law but political divisions in the United States.  Since then, pro-life advocates …
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Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Elena Kagan Has Had Enough of Brett Kavanaugh's Judicial “Scorekeeping”
Discussion: New York Times, Raw Story and RedState
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Shibley Telhami / The Boston Globe:
Biden's bungled response on Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Discussion: Washington Post, New York Times and IJR
Alayna Treene / Axios:
The freshmen in Congress who have missed the most votes  —  The top five are all House Republicans.
Discussion: The Hill
Neil Genzlinger / New York Times:
Charles Grodin, Star of ‘Beethoven’ and ‘Heartbreak Kid,’ Dies at 86  —  A familiar face who was especially adept at deadpan comedy, he also appeared on Broadway in “Same Time, Next Year,” wrote books and had his own talk show.  —  Charles Grodin, the versatile actor familiar from “Same Time …
Amanda Hess / New York Times:
Sinead O'Connor Remembers Things Differently  —  The mainstream narrative is that a pop star ripped up a photo of the pope on “Saturday Night Live” and derailed her life.  What if the opposite were true?  —  Sinead O'Connor is alone, which is how she prefers to be.
Noah Kulwin / The Baffler:
Narrative Napalm  —  Malcolm Gladwell's apologia for American butchery … THERE ARE INFINITE KINDS OF IRRESPONSIBLE BOOKS that a well-credentialed media insider can write.  —  First are the total farces of fact.  These include former New York Times chief Jill Abramson's mangling …
Anna Merlan / VICE:
Unvaccinated TikTok Users Believe They Will Be ‘Lone Survivors’  —  TikTok continues to ignore misinformation on its platform, as it gets weirder and more explicitly vaccine-focused.  —  Anna Merlan  —  TikTok users are falsely claiming that vaccinated people will soon die, leaving them to inherit the earth.
Discussion: Raw Story
Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
Trump DOJ tried to unmask a Twitter account behind ‘mean tweets and bad memes’ that teased Rep. Devin Nunes  —  After Rep. Devin Nunes failed last summer to force Twitter to unmask several accounts dedicated to ruthlessly mocking the California Republican, the Justice Department took aim at one of the congressman's anonymous critics.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Trump Justice Dept. Tried to Use Grand Jury to Identify Nunes Critic on Twitter
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: The Week and Washington Post
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Deon J. Hampton / NBC News:
Ohio sees boost in shots after it announces $1 million vaccination lottery … CINCINNATI — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's $5 million lottery to encourage vaccinations appears to be an early win.  —  State health officials said Monday that more than 25,400 Covid-19 vaccine shots were administered Friday …
Lorraine Woellert / Politico:
Biden and an iconic American truck join forces in the fossil fuel culture war  —  When Ford Motor Co. surveyed American truck owners last year, the automaker received a clear message: “Keep your hands off my truck.”  Only 40 percent said they'd be “excited” about an electric pickup.
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
Capitol Rioters' ‘Trump Defense’ Comes Up Again And Again.  Will It Make A Difference?  —  A few weeks after his arrest for allegedly storming the Capitol on Jan. 6, the man known as the “QAnon Shaman,” Jacob Chansley, floated an idea that dozens of others have tried — that Trump himself deserved some of the blame for his actions.
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
Dark Money Group Faces Ethics Probe After Boasting of Drafting Voter Suppression Laws  —  The conservative dark money group Heritage Action for America is facing a possible ethics investigation in Iowa after Mother Jones reported last week that it had boasted to donors of writing “model legislation” …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: When the media can't move on  —  Welcome to Byron York's Daily Memo newsletter.  —  Was this email forwarded to you?  Sign up here to receive the newsletter.  —  WHEN THE MEDIA CAN'T MOVE ON.  Republicans on Capitol Hill are alarmed, to say the least …
Discussion: CNN and spectator.us
Justin Baer / Wall Street Journal:
Fidelity's Pitch to America's Teens: No-Fee Brokerage Accounts  —  There are some 27 million teens in the U.S., and several million households already have an account with the wealth manager  —  Fidelity Investments Inc. plans to open the door to a new generation of investors who will be able …
Discussion: CNBC, Washington Examiner and Forbes
Sarah Mimms / BuzzFeed News:
Pro-Trump OAN Reporters Are Blatantly Raising Money For A Bogus Election “Audit” In Arizona  —  Two reporters at One America News, a far-right TV station, are running a dark money organization that they say is helping fund a counter-reality “audit” that former president Donald Trump …
Ben Samuels / Haaretz:
House Democrats to Ask Biden to Halt U.S. Arms Sale to Israel Pending Review  —  Rep. Ilhan Omar, who sits on the committee, said it would be ‘appalling’ for the administration to go through with the sale ‘without any strings attached in the wake of escalating violence and attacks on civilians’
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
 
 
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Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Trumper On FBI Capitol Wanted List Attends Giuliani Event For GOPer Who Pushed Big Lie
Discussion: Raw Story
Greg Walters / VICE:
How Doomed Is Matt Gaetz?
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
White House environmental justice advisers express opposition to nuclear, carbon capture projects
Discussion: HotAir
CNN:
LIST: House members who said they were vaccinated against Covid-19
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Joel Kotkin / Claremont Institute:
The Rise of Corporate-State Tyranny
Louise Matsakis / Rest of World:
Venmo is halting some payments referring to Palestine
Discussion: Insider
 Earlier Items: 
John McCormick / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Allies Promote Portfolios Targeting ‘Unwoke Investors’
Barry Ziman / Washington Examiner:
The inconvenience of left-wing antisemitism
Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
How the AP Slanted Border Coverage to Hide the Crisis
Discussion: HotAir and Instapundit
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
DOJ signals scrutiny of popular fundraising gimmick
Wall Street Journal:
AT&T's Hollywood Ending Erased Billions in Value
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: Daily Kos and The Hill
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