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7:20 PM ET, May 19, 2021


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Manu Raju / CNN:
Republicans fear January 6 probe could undercut 2022 midterm message  —  (CNN)Senior Republicans are making clear they have little interest in moving forward with a sweeping January 6 investigation in part because a detailed probe could become politically damaging and amount to a distraction …
Washington Post:
House passes bill to create commission to investigate Jan. 6 attack on Capitol, but its chances in the Senate are dim  —  Republican leaders are trying to sink legislation establishing an independent commission on the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol that would likely scrutinize former …
Washington Post:
Biden sets deadline for Netanyahu; House backs Jan. 6 commission over opposition of GOP leaders  —  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” …
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Why America Needs a January 6 Commission
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Pelosi battles Republicans over mask mandate
Discussion: The Hill, NBC News and RedState
Tristan Justice / The Federalist:
No Self-Respecting Republican Would Vote For Democrats' Partisan Jan. 6 Commission
Discussion: PolitiFact, The Hill and IJR
Wall Street Journal:
The Jan. 6 Narrative Commission
NBC News:
Republican opposition to Jan. 6 commission coalesces ahead of House vote
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.”
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 …
Kate Murphy / Raleigh News & Observer:
Why didn't Nikole Hannah-Jones get tenure at UNC Chapel Hill?  |  Raleigh News & Observer  —  Did ‘conservative ire’ keep journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones from getting tenure at UNC?  —  Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones will not be a tenured professor …
Discussion: National Review and Twitchy
Flora Peir / The 19th:   UNC won't offer tenure to Nikole Hannah-Jones after wave of conservative criticism
Donald J. Trump:
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, Impeachment Hoax #2 …
New York Times:
New York's Attorney General Joins Criminal Inquiry Into Trump Organization
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Ivanka Trump Is Now Under Criminal Investigation In New York
Discussion: NBC News and HotAir
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.
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
The Democrats Have a Kamala Harris Problem  —  It seems indisputable that the Democratic Party has a real interest in Harris being more popular than she is.  —  mericans have never much liked Kamala Harris.  Despite being theoretically well-placed to dominate the 2020 Democratic primary …
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.
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
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 …
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.
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
SPOTTED: Socialist AOC's Tesla Parked Illegally Outside Whole Foods in Posh DC Neighborhood  —  Like most celebrities, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) doesn't always play by the rules.  Sources inform the Washington Free Beacon that the socialist congresswoman's white Tesla …
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.”
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 …
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 …
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
Peter Thiel, J.D. Vance Invest in Rumble Video Platform Popular on Political Right  —  Backing from conservative venture capitalists comes amid push for alternative social-media channels with looser rules on speech  —  Video platform Rumble said it is receiving an investment from a group …
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.
Dan Vergano / BuzzFeed News:
Basically Everyone Is Mad At The CDC For Being So Confusing About Masks  —  “We spent a year trying very hard to get people to wear masks,” one expert said.  “This kind of sudden, abrupt change, without any kind of signaling that it's coming, will leave people feeling blindsided.”  —  Copy
Discussion: NPR, Politico and The Guardian
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.”
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 …
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 …
Doha Madani / NBC News:
Man charged in Capitol riot after allegedly showing video from mob at dentist's office  —  A New York man was charged in connection with the Capitol riot in Washington after allegedly talking about his involvement in the Jan. 6 mob at his dentist's office.  —  Daniel Warmus, of Alden …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hackwhackers
Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
Mark McCloskey, lawyer facing felony charges for pointing a gun at BLM protesters, announces Senate run  —  Mark McCloskey's star rose quickly in the Republican Party after he and his wife pointed guns at racial justice protesters marching through their gated St. Louis neighborhood last summer …
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: and IJR
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?”
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Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
Column: The evidence is clear — COVID lockdowns saved lives without harming economies
Discussion: Fox News
Washington Post:
Florida GOP eases path for Trump to pursue casino license
Jake Dima / Washington Examiner:
Video shows man trashing George Floyd ‘autonomous’ zone
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
Jimmy Vielkind / Wall Street Journal:
Criminal Probe of Andrew Cuomo Administration Broadens to Covid-19 Testing Issues
American Greatness:
Shilling for Corporations Is Not a Conservative Principle
 Earlier Items: 
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Fed Officials Say They Are Closely Watching for Right Moment to Make Policy Shift
Gabe Kaminsky / The Federalist:
Biden Tells Unamused U.S. Coast Guard Graduates They Are ‘Really Dull’
Michael Hendrix / City Journal:
New York's Mayoral Race: Where It Stands
Discussion: Politico and New York Post
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
An ‘Army of 16-Year-Olds’ Takes On the Democrats
The Daily Beast:
OAN Stars Bolt for Newsmax as Pro-Trump Network Reaches New Levels of Bonkers