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10:20 AM 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.
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Olafimihan Oshin / The Hill:
Trump calls for Jan. 6 commission debate to end ‘immediately’  —  Former President Donald Trump called for an immediate end to the debate over a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot on the eve that the House is expected to approve the plan.  —  “Republicans in the House and Senate …
Wall Street Journal:
The Jan. 6 Narrative Commission  —  There's little chance of a fair-minded inquiry in today's Washington.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  Democrats are forcing a House vote Wednesday to establish a commission to investigate the events of Jan. 6, despite opposition from Republican leaders.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Sources: McConnell opposed to current Jan. 6 commission
Politico:
McCarthy races to contain GOP defections on Jan. 6 commission
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.
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New York Times:
New York's Attorney General Joins Criminal Inquiry Into Trump Organization  —  The move increased the investigative muscle looking into the former president and his family business.  —  Donald J. Trump and his family came under increasing pressure from New York investigators …
Washington Post:
Investigation of Trump Organization now exploring possible criminal conduct, N.Y. attorney general's office says  —  NEW YORK — New York Attorney General Letitia James's investigation into the Trump Organization is now considered a criminal matter, James's office said Tuesday night …
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
New York AG's office opens criminal probe into Trump Organization
Discussion: HotAir and POLITICUSUSA
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.”
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
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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Politico:
Liberals to Biden: Ditch the infrastructure talks with Republicans  —  Progressives are ready to pull the plug on President Joe Biden's weeks of infrastructure negotiations with Republicans.  —  Liberal Democrats are speaking out at an awkward time, as Biden's Cabinet officials held …
Eli Stokols / Los Angeles Times:
‘What an old politician understands’ — Biden turns the age issue to advantage
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
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Washington Post:   Democrats think voters will reward them for sending checks. What if they're wrong?
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.
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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Eric Bradner / CNN:
Arizona auditors now say voter data is intact, after sparking GOP feud
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
How the Storming of the Capitol Became a ‘Normal Tourist Visit’  —  Mr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C. on politics, demographics and inequality.  —  It is no wonder that Republican leaders in the House do not want to convene a truth and reconciliation commission to scrutinize the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
Discussion: The Federalist, FiveThirtyEight and CNN
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David Zweig / New York Magazine:
New Research Suggests Number of Kids Hospitalized for COVID Is Overcounted  —  The reported number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, one of the primary metrics for tracking the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, was grossly inflated for children in California hospitals, two research papers published Wednesday concluded.
Jana Winter / Yahoo News:
Facial recognition, fake identities and digital surveillance tools: Inside the post office's covert internet operations program  —  The post office's law enforcement arm has faced intense congressional scrutiny in recent weeks over its Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP) …
Jason Samenow / Washington Post:
White House brings back climate scientist forced out by Trump administration  —  Michael Kuperberg has returned as the executive director of the U.S. Global Change Research Program  —  The Biden administration has reinstalled the director of the federal climate program that produces …
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
New York Times:
Where Abortion Access Would Decline if Roe v. Wade Were Overturned  —  Impact on legal abortion  —  States with trigger laws and others deemed likely to ban abortion  —  The Supreme Court's decision Monday to hear a case about a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks …
Christian Datoc / Washington Examiner:
‘Spare me’: Why reporters should have been prepared for Biden's team to edit quotes  —  Media figures complaining about the Biden administration's liberal use of a tool many experts say limits government transparency shouldn't be so surprised, former Trump administration officials say.
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The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Today's Paper  —  Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner easily defeated Democratic primary challenger Carlos Vega on Tuesday, taking a giant step toward winning a second term after campaigning on his record of criminal justice reform.  —  The Associated Press projected Krasner as the winner over Vega late Tuesday night.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: An insider's guide to Biden and Israel
Yousef Munayyer / New York Times:
When Palestine Shook  —  Mr. Munayyer is a writer and political analyst who focuses on Palestinian issues.  —  For those who periodically tune in and tune out of the Israel-Palestine situation, the events of recent days and weeks might seem like a replay of a movie they have seen before …
Ian Lovett / Wall Street Journal:
Russell Moore, Southern Baptist Official Who Criticized Trump, Resigns  —  One of the most influential figures in evangelical Christianity sparked a backlash with his comments during the 2016 campaign  —  Russell Moore, one of the top-ranking officials in the Southern Baptist Convention …
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Trump ditches Florida and heads north for the summer  —  (CNN)As reliably as seasons change, so does Donald Trump shift his primary residence.  —  After establishing Mar-a-Lago, his lavish Palm Beach, Florida, resort, as his post-White House home and office for the last four months …
Discussion: Insider
Patricia Murphy / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: Brad Raffensperger: “Yes, I'm running again” … Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has become the full-time scapegoat for former President Donald Trump and the Georgia GOP, who all falsely claim the secretary of state somehow stood by while the 2020 elections were rigged against Trump.
Discussion: New York Magazine and Politico
RealClearInvestigations:
Accused Russiagate ‘Spy’ Kilimnik Speaks — and Evidence Backs His ‘No Collusion’ Account  —  Konstantin KiIimnik says his standard red passport, above, disproves the Mueller report's claim he used a diplomatic passport, a tipoff to being a Russian agent.  See “Kilimnik Passport” section below.
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 …
Andrea Salcedo / Washington Post:
Three GOP lawmakers fined $500 for defying House mask rules amid Republican backlash: ‘Worth it.’  —  As the House finished voting on Tuesday afternoon, a group of Republicans gathered on the floor, smiled and huddled for a selfie.  None wore masks.  —  They were among about a dozen Republican lawmakers …
 
 
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Williamson M. Evers / Wall Street Journal:
California Leftists Try to Cancel Math Class
Jack Suntrup / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
St. Louis attorney famous for waving gun at protesters is running for U.S. Senate
Discussion: HuffPost, National Review and The Hill
Bloomberg:
Fixing Transit Is More Than Just Infrastructure
Associated Press:
US eases asylum restrictions at border amid legal challenges
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
More Than Half of GOP Voters Now Dislike Cheney After Her Ouster From Leadership
Rich Noyes / Newsbusters:
Liberal TV Touts GOP ‘Civil War’ Over Biden's Policy Debacles
Brian Faler / Politico:
Going after tax cheats to pay for Dems' spending plans? There's just one problem.
 Earlier Items: 
Leighton Akira Woodhouse / leightonwoodhouse:
“Disinformation” is the New Disinformation  —  The media's dismissal of the Wuhan lab leak …
Discussion: unz.com
Rachel Olding / The Daily Beast:
Judge Tosses Michigan Election Lawsuit That Trump Was Still Clinging To
Discussion: Detroit Free Press and RedState
Noah Caldwell / NPR:
America's Satanic Panic Returns — This Time Through QAnon
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Biden to waive sanctions on company in charge of Nord Stream 2