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4:10 PM ET, May 2, 2022


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Mike Allen / Axios:
Scoop: Esper says Trump wanted to shoot protesters  —  Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper charges in a memoir out May 10 that former President Trump said when demonstrators were filling the streets around the White House following the death of George Floyd: “Can't you just shoot them?
NBC News:
A note to our readers  —  To our readers:  —  A review by NBC News has found 11 articles written by a reporter over the last year that did not meet our standards for original material.  The articles contained passages from other news organizations that were used without attribution.
Jonathan Lemire / Politico:
Bidenworld wants to make the midterms more about Trump and hopes Elon Musk helps  —  President Joe Biden and fellow Democrats have struggled to overcome historical headwinds and worrisome economic trends in the lead-up to the midterms.  —  So aides are scheming up something else …
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Judge rejects RNC bid to block email, fundraising data from Jan. 6 panel  —  House probes whether Trump, RNC profited from and stoked violence through false, inflammatory claims of election fraud  —  A federal judge late Sunday rejected the Republican National Committee's bid to block …
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Former president Bill Clinton lunches with Biden at the White House
Discussion: The Hill, Fox News and Political Wire
Katie Glueck / New York Times:
Democrats' Mystery: How to Brighten a Presidency and a National Mood
POLITICO Playbook PM: Jan. 6 committee looking into potential Trump pardons  —  PARDON US, BUT WE WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO YOU — The Jan. 6 select committee today requested testimony from three more House Republicans who are connected to former President DONALD TRUMP's push to overturn …
Israel outrage at Sergei Lavrov's claim that Hitler was part Jewish
Washington Post:
Big majority of Americans back sanctions on Russia, aid to Ukraine, poll finds
Shawn McCreesh / New York Magazine:
Everybody Used to Be In On the Same Joke at the White House Correspondents' Dinner  —  I was at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday night — pushing rubbery food around my plate while President Biden admonished that “American democracy is not a reality show.”
Discussion: Power Line
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
Holy Crap, Look at All These Fancy Nerds (PHOTOS)  —  Over the weekend, America's journalists toasted themselves at the White House Correspondents' Dinner and at numerous afterparties and brunches in our nation's capital.  They dressed up, mingled with celebs, and posed for the cameras like a bunch of fancy nerds.
Discussion: Politico
Natalie Allison / Politico:
Arizona GOP Senate frontrunner loses lead amid air assault  —  Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has fallen out of first place in the state's Republican Senate primary, a slide that corresponds with aggressive advertising spending by his opponents — and Donald Trump's ire.
Bolts:   What Primaries to Watch from May 3 to May 10?  —  The 2022 primary cycle, which began …
Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
Supreme Court rules for group in dispute with Boston over flying Christian Flag  —  The court ruled the city of Boston violated the group's First Amendment rights.  —  A unanimous Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the city of Boston violated the First Amendment when it denied a civic group …
John Fritze / USA Today:   Supreme Court: Boston can't deny Christian flag if it flies other flags on City Hall flagpole
Mike Allen / Axios:
First look: Jared Kushner to publish White House memoir in August  —  Jared Kushner will be out Aug. 8 with “Breaking History: A White House Memoir,” with the publisher promising never-before-reported tales from the 2016 campaign, the Russia investigation, impeachment and COVID.
Discussion: New York Post
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Tucker Carlson Is a White Nationalist, and Conservatives Are Okay With It … Ten years ago, National Review fired longtime contributor John Derbyshire over a column urging white and Asian American parents to warn their children that Black people posed a danger to them.
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
This Is How America's Culture War Death Spirals  —  Sign up for Derek's newsletter here.  —  The drama in Florida between Governor Ron DeSantis and the Walt Disney Company has taken so many unusual turns in so little time that providing a truly straightforward account of what's transpired is not easy.
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Based and Reformed
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Caroline Kitchener / Washington Post:
The next frontier for the antiabortion movement: A nationwide ban  —  Advocates and some GOP lawmakers have started mobilizing around potential federal legislation to outlaw abortion after six weeks of pregnancy  —  Leading antiabortion groups and their allies in Congress have been meeting behind …
Discussion: Jezebel and Activate
Sudhin Thanawala / Associated Press:
Herschel Walker, other candidates test skipping debates  —  ATLANTA (AP) — Herschel Walker is expected to skip a second debate against his Republican rivals for a crucial U.S. Senate seat on Tuesday after missing the first one.  —  Ted Budd has skipped four Republican primary debates …
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Former N.Y.P.D. Officer Convicted of Assault in Jan. 6 Case  —  Thomas Webster was found guilty in federal court after assaulting a Washington, D.C., police officer with a metal flagpole during the riot at the Capitol last year.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Joseph Zeballos-Roig / Insider:
Kyrsten Sinema nearly walked out on Biden last year during a heated exchange over his economic agenda, book says  — Sen. Kyrsten Sinema almost walked out on Biden last year in a tense exchange over Build Back Better.  — The Arizona Democrat was angry with Biden for disclosing her spending demands in a White House meeting.
Discussion: National Review
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New York Times:
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The Daily Beast:
Trump Organization Accused of Hiding Witness Who Knew if Trump Lied
Discussion: Raw Story
Adam Wren / Politico:
The GOP senator who faulted Trump for Jan. 6 — and lived to tell about it