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9:40 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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
GOP defections over Jan. 6 commission deliver rebuke to McCarthy  —  House GOP divisions were on full display Wednesday as dozens of Republicans broke with their party leadership and former President Donald Trump to support a proposed commission investigating the Jan. 6 siege on the Capitol.
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Pelosi battles Republicans over mask mandate
Discussion: The Hill, RedState and NBC News
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 …
Deanna Paul / Wall Street Journal:   Tali Farhadian Weinstein's Immigrant Story Shapes Campaign for Manhattan District Attorney
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
New York Daily News:
N.Y. AG has criminally probed Trump at least since March, adding to ex-president's legal woes
Discussion: NPR, Law & Crime and Raw Story
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
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 …
Adam Steinbaugh / FIRE:
FIRE statement on UNC trustees' alleged nixing of tenure for ‘1619 Project’ creator
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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 …
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.”
CBS Los Angeles:
Police Investigate Possible Jewish Hate Crime Attack At Beverly Grove Restaurant
Bari Weiss / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:   Can You Be a Progressive and Support Israel?
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
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, Fox News, Politico and Forbes
The Daily Beast:
Biden's CDC Chief Keeps Changing Her Story—And Confusing Everyone
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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J. David Goodman / New York Times:
U.S. Inquiry Into Cuomo Widens to Examine Virus Tests for ‘Specials’
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
PRO Act Holdout Mark Kelly Served on Gig and Restaurant Company Boards
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
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
Jake Dima / Washington Examiner:
Video shows man trashing George Floyd ‘autonomous’ zone
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
Peter Thiel, J.D. Vance Invest in Rumble Video Platform Popular on Political Right
The White House:
President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. to Award the Medal of Honor
Discussion: CBS News, NPR and Breaking911
Insurrectionist members have received $2.6 million from corporate interests since January 6th
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
An ‘Army of 16-Year-Olds’ Takes On the Democrats
Dana Stevens / The Atlantic:
Excuse Me If I'm Not Ready to Unmask