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11:25 PM ET, May 18, 2021

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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
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:   FBI investigating whether defense contractor gave illegal contributions to Susan Collins: report
Brittany Shammas / Washington Post:
A GOP congressman compared Capitol rioters to tourists.  Photos show him barricading a door.  —  Rep. Andrew S. Clyde (R-Ga.) last week downplayed the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, comparing the mob's breaching of the building to a “normal tourist visit.”  —  But photos from that day show …
Discussion: TheGrio, HuffPost, CNN, PREVAIL and Raw Story
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Chris Cillizza / CNN:
The real reasons for why Kevin McCarthy is afraid of a January 6 commission  —  (CNN)Days after a bipartisan agreement was reached in the House to form a commission to examine the roots and events of the January 6 riot at the US Capitol, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced Tuesday that he opposes the bill.
Peter Stevenson / Washington Post:
At least 7 GOP senators say they're open to a commission focused on Jan. 6
Axios:
McCarthy comes out against bipartisan deal on Jan. 6 commission
Christina Cameron / House Republican Leader:
McCarthy Statement on January 6 Commission Legislation
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Hopes for Jan. 6 commission fade
Discussion: Insider, Washington Post and Breitbart
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.
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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.
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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Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Source: U.S. helped avert Israeli ground invasion of Gaza, hopes rise conflict could end soon  —  The Biden administration is increasingly hopeful that the deadly conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants is in its final stages, and U.S. officials are confident their mostly behind …
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
House Democrats Vote Against Hamas Sanctions
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Examiner
Newsweek:
Will Dems Rebuke the Squad for Parroting Hamas Talking Points?
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: The Intellectualist
ABC News:
Biden floors electric Ford truck in test drive as he pushes infrastructure plan  —  Biden went pedal to the metal while modeling green energy with a test drive.  —  Biden endorses cease-fire in Middle East amid mounting pressure  —  The administration has been focusing on quiet diplomatic efforts behind the scenes.
Discussion: Common Dreams and Insider
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Matt Viser / Washington Post:
'I'm a car guy': Biden zips around in electric Ford truck to boost clean-energy agenda
New York Times:
Tlaib confronts Biden on Israel, saying U.S. support is enabling Netanyahu to commit crimes against Palestinians.  —  Representative Rashida Tlaib, Democrat of Michigan, confronted President Biden on Tuesday over his support for Israel amid its bombing campaign against Hamas in Gaza …
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Michael Wayland / CNBC:
Ford reveals new electric F-150 Lightning pickup during Biden's visit to Michigan plant
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 …
Discussion: New York Times
Leighton Akira Woodhouse / leightonwoodhouse:
“Disinformation” is the New Disinformation  —  The media's dismissal of the Wuhan lab leak hypothesis tells us much more about the media than about the hypothesis.  —  6 hr ago  —  There was no Facebook back in 2003.  YouTube wouldn't exist for another two years, Twitter for another three.
Discussion: Meduza.io
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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 …
Noah Caldwell / NPR:
America's Satanic Panic Returns — This Time Through QAnon  —  The first time sociologist Mary de Young heard about QAnon, she thought: “Here we go again.”  —  De Young spent her career studying moral panics — specifically, what became known as the “Satanic Panic” of the 1980s …
Discussion: Raw Story
A.G. Gancarski / Florida Politics:
Rick Scott continues to plead with Donald Trump to stay out of Senate primaries  —  Will a scorned ex-President play in Senate primaries?  Scott hopes not.  —  U.S. Sen. Rick Scott continues to express hope that former President Donald Trump won't engage against Senate incumbents in 2022.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
NRC:
Eleven children receiving NRC trauma care killed in their homes by Israeli air strikes  —  Global Middle East Palestine Children  —  The Norwegian Refugee Council confirmed today that 11 of over 60 children killed by Israeli air strikes in Gaza over the last week were participating …
Discussion: Insider
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Nevada GOP candidate for governor who hadn't been vaccinated tests positive for coronavirus  —  (CNN)Hours after launching his campaign for governor, a Nevada Republican who had not yet received the coronavirus vaccine said he had just tested positive for the virus.
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Reis Thebault / Washington Post:
For some Navy pilots, UFO sightings were an ordinary event: ‘Every day for at least a couple years’  —  When the Navy pilot first spotted the strange object hovering in restricted airspace off the Atlantic Coast, he was stunned — no exhaust plume, no visible engine and all the makings of something secret …
Discussion: TheBlaze
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.
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 …
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
“They Want Enough Money to Keep Up the Fight”: New York Media's Top Union Erupts in Conflict Over Cash  —  The NewsGuild of New York, overextended from a spate of organizing, is running into opposition from members over footing the bill.  As one source put it: “The Guild basically wants Times employees to underwrite the revolution.”
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
Progressives Ask Biden Not To Name Pharma Allies To Top Patent Posts  —  Liberal groups want the president to ignore corporate-friendly voices and build on his decision to waive intellectual property protections for the COVID-19 vaccine.  —  An array of progressive groups sent President Joe Biden …
Rachel Olding / The Daily Beast:
Judge Tosses Michigan Election Lawsuit That Trump Was Still Clinging To  —  END NOTE  —  Last week, more than six months after the 2020 election, former President Donald Trump released a statement claiming that a pending lawsuit in Michigan would, finally, uncover massive election fraud.
Discussion: Detroit Free Press and RedState
T. Becket Adams / And another thing:
Twitter's Holocaust problem  —  Accounts cheering the slaughter of Jews are in the clear so long as they occasionally delete their pro-genocide tweets.  —  9 hr ago  —  Twitter plays by a bizarre set of rules.  —  Verified users who tweet in support of the slaughter of Jews …
Discussion: Breitbart, IJR and Washington Times
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.
 
 
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Edward Luce / Financial Times:
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Giovanni Russonello / New York Times:
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National Review:
Overturn Roe  —  The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear Mississippi's appeal …
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Greg Walters / VICE:
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
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