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5:35 PM ET, May 19, 2021

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Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Why America Needs a January 6 Commission  —  Our last best hope for a baseline of truth.  —  Everyone knows what happened on January 6, 2021: The United States Capitol was breached by Trump supporters who hoped to block Congress from certifying Joe Biden's 2020 victory.
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Mike Pence's Own Brother Opposes The Capitol Riot Commission  —  Rep. Greg Pence (R-Ind.) is against an independent panel to investigate the incident, where a mob was advocating hanging his brother.  —  Rep. Greg Pence (R-Ind.) opposes an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack …
Discussion: Forbes, Mediaite and Associated Press
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
McConnell comes out against Jan. 6 commission, imperiling its chances of becoming law  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that he will oppose legislation to create a commission tasked with investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol — a signal that the legislation …
Washington Post:
Biden sets deadline for Netanyahu; McConnell announces opposition to Jan. 6 commission bill  —  President Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a conversation Wednesday that he expects a “significant de-escalation today on the path to a cease-fire” between Israel and Hamas militants …
Wall Street Journal:
The Jan. 6 Narrative Commission
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Politico:
McConnell turns Senate Republicans against Jan. 6 commission
NC Policy Watch:
PW special report: After conservative criticism, UNC backs down from offering acclaimed journalist tenured position  —  Journalism school will instead offer Nikole Hannah-Jones a fixed five-year contract  —  In her career in journalism, Nikole Hannah-Jones has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize and a MacArthur Fellowship “Genius Grant.”
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Hussman Faculty / Medium:
Stunned: UNC Hussman Faculty Statement on Nikole Hannah-Jones  —  As Hussman School of Journalism and Media faculty, we are stunned at the failure to award tenure to Nikole Hannah-Jones, a Pulitzer Prize, Peabody, and MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” winner and UNC-Chapel Hill 2019 …
Donald J. Trump:
back to feed  —  I have just learned, through leaks in the mainstream media, that after being under investigation from the time I came down the escalator 5 ½ years ago, including the fake Russia Russia Russia Hoax, the 2 year, $48M, No Collusion Mueller Witch Hunt, Impeachment Hoax #1 …
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Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Ivanka Trump Is Now Under Criminal Investigation In New York  —  Ivanka, Don Jr., and Eric Trump are all under criminal investigation as the state of New York is investigating the entire Trump Organization.  —  NBC News reported: … The state probe is different from the Manhattan investigation …
Discussion: NBC News and HotAir
CNN:
New York attorney general adds ‘criminal capacity’ to probe of Trump Organization
New York Times:
New York's Attorney General Joins Criminal Inquiry Into Trump Organization
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Trump calls New York criminal investigation ‘corrupt’ and ‘in desperate search of a crime’
Discussion: MSNBC
Jennifer Morrell / Washington Post:
I watched the GOP's Arizona election audit.  It was worse than you think.  —  Cyber Ninjas is hunting for bamboo fibers and cheese dust.  —  When Arizona's secretary of state asked me whether I would serve as an observer of the Arizona Senate's audit of Maricopa County's ballots, I anticipated that I would see some unusual things.
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Steven Rosenfeld / National Memo:   Arizona Audit's Major Procedural Flaws Will Create Conflict With Official Tally
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
The Inside Story of the Biden-Harris Debate Blowup  —  As president, Joe Biden has made sure to elevate Vice President Kamala Harris, including her in nearly every aspect of his presidency and making her the point person on migration, a top issue.  First lady Jill Biden and second gentleman Doug Emhoff have hit it off.
Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
Senators reach bipartisan deal to overhaul USPS finances, tighten accountability requirements  —  An identical version of the legislation is advancing in the House, where it is said to have enough support to pass  —  A bipartisan group of senators is expected to introduce legislation Wednesday …
Discussion: The Hill, CNBC, Raw Story and Political Wire
Shannon Najmabadi / The Texas Tribune:
Gov. Greg Abbott signs into law one of nation's strictest abortion measures, banning procedure as early as six weeks into a pregnancy  —  The signing of the bill opens a new frontier in the battle over abortion restrictions as first-of-its-kind legal provisions intended to make the law harder …
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Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
GOP to Democrats: If you raise taxes now, we'll cut them back when we win power … WASHINGTON — Republicans are sending a pointed warning to congressional Democrats: If you raise taxes on corporations and top earners, we'll just cut them back when we regain power.
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Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Voters Are More Likely to Sympathize With Israel Than Palestine, Though Many Feel for Both Sides  —  Amid latest conflict, 28% sympathize with the Israelis while 11% side with Palestinians  — 29% say they are equally sympathetic to both sides, and 32% are unsure of their position.
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Douglas Perry / Oregonian:
More Oregon counties vote to move into Idaho, part of rural effort to ‘gain political refuge from blue states’  —  Five eastern Oregon counties voted Tuesday in favor of considering becoming part of Idaho.  Baker, Grant, Lake, Malheur and Sherman counties join Union and Jefferson …
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
CBS Los Angeles:
Police Investigate Possible Jewish Hate Crime Attack At Beverly Grove Restaurant  —  LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) - Authorities are investigating whether an attack on diners that occurred outside a Beverly Grove restaurant late Tuesday night was a Jewish hate crime.  —  The brawl occurred a little …
Clara Hill / Yahoo News:
Capitol rioter allegedly boasted about pushing female police officer down the stairs as the 'coolest thing I've done'  —  Florida man has been arrested and charged for violence at the  —  insurrection, including pushing a female  —  police offer, something the suspect allegedly said was “the coolest thing I've ever done”.
Discussion: Raw Story, HotAir and Forbes
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
Pro-Trump Conspiracy Theorists Are Taking Over State Republican Parties  —  Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox?  Sign up here.  —  The Republican Party chairs of Texas and Wyoming have flirted with secession from the United States.  Oklahoma's Republican chair has called Islam a “cancer.”
Collin Eaton / Wall Street Journal:
Colonial Pipeline CEO Tells Why He Paid Hackers a $4.4 Million Ransom  —  Joseph Blount says he needed to quickly restore service after cyberattack threatened East Coast supply  —  The operator of the Colonial Pipeline learned it was in trouble at daybreak on May 7, when an employee found …
Bloomberg:
Capito Sees More Than 50% Chance of Biden Infrastructure Deal  — Lead negotiator doubts bipartisan bill enacted by July 4  — Senator suggests re-purposing unemployment insurance funds  —  President Joe Biden and Senate Republicans have a greater than 50-50 chance of striking a deal …
Discussion: Insider
The Daily Beast:
Biden's CDC Chief Keeps Changing Her Story—And Confusing Everyone  —  Dr. Rochelle Walensky was supposed to be a breath of fresh air after Trump-era CDC messaging fiascos.  Instead, she's confounding experts and the public alike.  —  The most remarkable moment of national frustration …
Discussion: cobbk12.org and IJR
Sheera Frenkel / New York Times:
Mob Violence Against Palestinians in Israel Is Fueled by Groups on WhatsApp  —  Israeli extremists have formed more than 100 new groups on the Facebook-owned encrypted messaging app in recent days to target attacks.  —  Last Wednesday, a message appeared in a new WhatsApp channel called “Death to the Arabs.”
CREW:
Insurrectionist members have received $2.6 million from corporate interests since January 6th … In just the first few months since the insurrection, corporate and industry PACs have contributed more than $2.6 million to campaigns, leadership PACs, and party committees allied with the 147 members …
Dana Stevens / The Atlantic:
Excuse Me If I'm Not Ready to Unmask  —  In Rob Reiner's 1987 cult comedy, The Princess Bride, Fezzik asks the mysterious man in black a question as they scuffle atop the Cliffs of Insanity: “Why do you wear a mask?  Were you burned by acid or something like that?”
The White House:
President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. to Award the Medal of Honor … On May 21, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., will award the Medal of Honor to Colonel Ralph Puckett, Jr., United States Army, Retired, for conspicuous gallantry during the Korean War.  President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea will join this ceremony.
Discussion: CBS News, NPR and Breaking911
Claire Atkinson / Insider:
2 years after being named CEO of Fox, Lachlan Murdoch is pulling all nighters to prove he is a worthy successor of his father  — Lachlan Murdoch has been running Fox Corp during a tumultuous news cycle and business transition.  — The CEO is showing he's running things, despite working from Australia since March.
Emily Crane / Daily Mail:
Purge at the Pentagon: Outrage as Defense Secretary's woke race adviser plans trawl of military personnel's social media for ‘extremist and concerning behavior’ - using private company to circumvent the First Amendment  — The Pentagon is planning to ‘continuously’ trawl the social media accounts …
 
 
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Axios:
Police recruiting suffers as morale hits new lows
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
Alex Kane / Jewish Currents:
Breaking News: Progressive Legislators to Introduce Resolution Blocking Bomb Sale to Israel
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
House Democrats' 2020 election autopsy: Bad polling hurt and GOP attacks worked