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11:30 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 …
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Why Republican opposition to a Jan. 6 commission could be a blessing in disguise  —  Another week, another milestone in the GOP's transformation into an authoritarian party — an American version of Poland's Law and Justice, Hungary's Fidesz, or Turkey's Justice and Development.
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” …
35 Republicans vote in favor of Jan. 6 commission  —  The House of Representatives voted 252-175 on Wednesday to pass a bill to set up a bipartisan 9/11-style commission to investigate the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riots.  —  Why it matters: Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and GOP leadership oppose …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Republicans are likely to kill the Jan. 6 commission.  But we have other options.  —  Now that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has come out against the commission to examine the Jan. 6 insurrection, it's looking increasingly like Republicans will kill it.
Kurt Bardella / USA Today:
Democrats owe America the facts and nothing but the facts about the Capitol attack  —  From Trump on down, Republicans are increasingly opposed to investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.  Democrats must get the truth with or without them.  —  It makes no sense to expect congressional Republicans …
Washington Post:
House passes bill to create commission to investigate Jan. 6 attack on Capitol, but its chances in the Senate are dim
NY attorney general has been looking into the taxes of Trump Organization CFO for months, sources say  —  (CNN)The New York attorney general's office has opened a criminal tax investigation into top Trump Organization officer Allen Weisselberg, increasing the legal pressure on the long-time aide …
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 …
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Ivanka Trump Is Now Under Criminal Investigation In New York
Discussion: NBC News and HotAir
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.”
Flora Peir / The 19th:
UNC won't offer tenure to Nikole Hannah-Jones after wave of conservative criticism  —  Despite approval from faculty and the tenure committee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist will be the first Knight Chair professor at the university to be denied tenure by the board of trustees.
Discussion: Fox News
Adam Steinbaugh / FIRE:
FIRE statement on UNC trustees' alleged nixing of tenure for ‘1619 Project’ creator
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Examiner
Stephanie Ruhle / MSNBC:
Ice cream parlor raises minimum wage to $15/hr, flooded with job applications  —  As small businesses struggle with hiring shortages, calls for minimum wage increases grow louder.  Jacob Hanchar, the co-owner of Klavon's Ice Cream Parlor in Pittsburgh, joined Stephanie Ruhle to discuss …
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.
Washington Post:
Florida GOP eases path for Trump to pursue casino license  —  Deal negotiated by Gov. Ron DeSantis bars Seminole Tribe from opposing a casino at former president's ailing Doral resort  —  Florida legislators approved a legislative package Wednesday that will dramatically expand gambling …
Discussion: The Hill and WKMG
Doha Madani / NBC News:
Man charged in Capitol riot after allegedly showing video from mob at dentist's office
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
Inspired by Arizona recount, Trump loyalists push to revisit election results in communities around the country  —  At a public meeting last week in Cheboygan County, Mich., a lawyer from Detroit told county commissioners that the voting machines they used in 2020 could “flip” votes and throw an election.
Discussion: The Daily Signal and CNN
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Trump allies seek to import Arizona's election audit to Georgia  —  ‘Exasperated’: GOP Arizona election official reacts to Trump's election lie  —  (CNN)In a bid to bolster former President Donald Trump's lies about widespread fraud in the 2020 election, Trump's Republican allies …
Discussion: Arizona Republic, Raw Story and Forbes
Nina Golgowski / HuffPost:
Tulsa Race Massacre Survivors Recall Century-Old Horrors During Congressional Hearing  —  “I still see Black men being shot, Black bodies lying in the street,” said 107-year-old Viola Fletcher, who testified along with two other survivors of the 1921 attack.
Discussion: Daily Kos
David Rutz / Fox News:
Lightfoot slams ‘overwhelming whiteness’ of Chicago press, defends only speaking to reporters of color  —  ‘Many of [the Chicago City Hall reporters] are smart and hard-working, savvy and skilled.  But mostly white, nonetheless,’ Lightfoot wrote  —  Kentucky State University Professor Wilfred Reilly reacts …
Discussion: HotAir and PIX11
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot will grant interviews only to ‘Black or Brown journalists,’ local reporters say
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 …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Axios is the latest media company to try to make money from local news.  History is not on its side.  —  In the past quarter-century of the media industry's transition from the printed page to the digital space, there's been no category more vexing than local news.  —  The costs are high and the revenue low.
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
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: NPR, Breaking911 and CBS News
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.”
Attack on Jewish diners by members of pro-Palestinian caravan in Beverly Grove investigated as possible hate crime  —  An attack on Jewish diners outside a Beverly Grove restaurant by members of a pro-Palestinian caravan Tuesday night is being investigated by police as a possible hate crime.
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.
Bari Weiss / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
Can You Be a Progressive and Support Israel?  —  A Conversation with Bronx Democrat Ritchie Torres.  —  2 hr ago … BW: Last week you said: “I am here to affirm, as a member of Congress — one who intends to be here for a long time — that I have an unwavering commitment to both the sovereignty …
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.”
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Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
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Michael Brendan Dougherty / National Review:
COVID's End Is Nigh. We Need an Audit
Discussion: HotAir
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Obama Bros Urge Donation to Terror-Linked Charity
Discussion: Fox News
Robby Soave / Reason:
Catherine Lhamon, Obama's Title IX Enforcer, Just Got Her Old Job Back
Discussion: New York Post and Persuasion
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
Column: The evidence is clear — COVID lockdowns saved lives without harming economies
Discussion: Fox News
 Earlier Items: 
Jake Dima / Washington Examiner:
Video shows man trashing George Floyd ‘autonomous’ zone
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
Peter Thiel, J.D. Vance Invest in Rumble Video Platform Popular on Political Right
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
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
An ‘Army of 16-Year-Olds’ Takes On the Democrats
Douglas Perry / Oregonian:
More Oregon counties vote to move into Idaho, part of rural effort to ‘gain political refuge from blue states’