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1:40 PM ET, May 5, 2022


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Washington Post:
White House scrambles for ways to protect abortion  —  The White House is looking for actions it can take to protect abortion rights, but its options are limited  —  In the hours after a leaked Supreme Court document signaled the court was poised to overturn Roe v. Wade in the coming weeks …
Charlie Warzel / The Atlantic:
Why Are the Right Such Sore Winners?  —  I want to take a moment and share a few observations about the GOP reaction to the leaked draft opinion of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade (with the obvious caveat that scope of the decision could still change before it becomes public next month).
William Saletan / The Bulwark:
The Politics of Overturning Roe Are Bad for Republicans  —  The polling is conclusive and overwhelming.  —  On Tuesday, at a Republican press conference, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was asked three times about the big story of the week: A draft Supreme Court opinion, leaked to Politico …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The media fell for ‘pro-life’ rhetoric — and helped create this mess  —  A conversation with the journalist son of the doctor who endured Buffalo's abortion wars (and delivered my firstborn).  —  About three decades ago, an obstetrician and gynecologist named Shalom Press delivered my first child at Children's Hospital in Buffalo.
Discussion: Raw Story
Nate Raymond / Reuters:
U.S. Supreme Court's Alito cancels conference appearance after abortion ruling leak  —  (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has canceled an appearance at a judicial conference set to begin on Thursday after a draft decision he wrote indicating the high court would overturn …
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
What's Not Going to Happen After Roe Falls  —  Since someone leaked a draft of the Supreme Court's opinion in this year's big abortion case, two questions have emerged about the scope of conservative policy goals.  Will Republicans try to ban abortion by federal statute if Roe v. Wade is overruled, or leave the issue to the states?
Greg Hilburn / The Daily Advertiser:
'We can't wait on the Supreme Court': In Louisiana, abortion could become a crime of murder
Why the Supreme Court's Leak Investigation Is a Sham
Philippe J. Fournier / Politico:
338Canada: Why Canada's conservatives are keeping quiet on abortion
Discussion: ABC News, HuffPost and Jacobin
New York Times:
U.S. Intelligence Is Helping Ukraine Kill Russian Generals, Officials Say  —  Targeting assistance is part of a classified effort by the Biden administration to provide real-time battlefield intelligence to Ukraine.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
U.S. Department of Justice:
$300 Million Yacht of Sanctioned Russian Oligarch Suleiman Kerimov Seized by Fiji at Request of United States  —  Fijian law enforcement executed a seizure warrant freezing the Motor Yacht Amadea (the Amadea), a 348-foot luxury vessel owned by sanctioned Russian oligarch Suleiman Kerimov.
Mari Saito / Reuters:
Love letter, ID card point to Russian units that terrorised Bucha  —  Eyewitness testimony, discarded documents and social media posts point to the Russian soldiers and chain of command in the bloody occupation of the Ukrainian town of Bucha  —  At the end of March, when Russian troops retreated from Bucha …
Washington Post:
Kremlin is targeting Ukraine resupply infrastructure, officials say
New York Times:
In Musk's Past, a South Africa Rife With Misinformation and White Privilege  —  Elon Musk grew up in elite, nearly all white enclaves littered with anti-Black government propaganda and sheltered from the atrocities of apartheid.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Trump reasserts his GOP dominance  —  Mitt Romney and Josh Hawley, polar opposites in today's GOP, agree on one thing: Donald Trump's status as Republican kingmaker.  —  After the former president's endorsement of a former critic rocketed J.D. Vance to the GOP Senate nomination in Ohio …
Niki Griswold / Austin American-Statesman:
Abbott says Texas could ‘resurrect’ SCOTUS case requiring states to educate all kids  —  Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that Texas would consider challenging a 1982 U.S. Supreme Court decision requiring states to offer free public education to all children, including those of undocumented immigrants.
Monique Beals / The Hill:
Abbott says Texas could challenge Supreme Court ruling that states educate all, including undocumented
J. Lee Hammond / Joe Pags:
WATCH: TX Gov Tells Pags ‘Abortion Should be Regulated by the People Who Are Elected’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Rasmussen Reports:
Biden Shouldn't Run in 2024, Most Voters Say  —  A majority of voters think President Joe Biden shouldn't seek reelection in 2024, and he would lose a rematch with former President Donald Trump by double-digit margins.  —  A new national telephone and online survey by Rasmussen Reports …
A Biden-Trump rematch is increasingly likely. But neither side wants to move first.
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Madison Cawthorn May Have a New Ethics Violation to Handle  —  Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) has been embroiled in scandal after scandal.  But this one, while much more traditionally Washington, could still be a problem. … Overpaying a staff member hardly seems like Rep. Madison Cawthorn's biggest scandal …
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
‘Not Good for Learning’  —  New research is showing the high costs of long school closures in some communities.  — Give this article- - - Read in app  —  When Covid-19 began to sweep across the country in March 2020, schools in every state closed their doors.
Mark Maxwell / KSDK-TV:
Miller campaign volunteer was convicted for luring young boy for sex  —  The conservative firebrand quickly made a name for herself in Congress purporting to protect children from ideas she considers offensive  —  ST. LOUIS — If you signed a petition to help put U.S. Rep. Mary Miller …
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
In Arizona, a Swing State Swings to the Far Right  —  In the run-up to an August primary, a number of Republicans on the ballot in Arizona — like those in Ohio — have rushed to embrace Donald J. Trump and his stolen-election falsehoods.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Michael Graham / DV Journal:
Mastriano Meltdown: GOP Gov. Candidate Abruptly Ends Podcast Interview Over Questions About QAnon-Linked Rally  —  GOP gubernatorial candidate state Sen. Doug Mastriano abruptly ended a podcast interview with Delaware Valley Journal, angry over questions about his participation in a rally linked to QAnon conspiracy advocates.
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Manu Raju / CNN:
Paul Gosar spends most in House on taxpayer-funded travel even as he rails against ‘bloated’ government
Julianne McShane / NBC News:
Some religions support abortion rights. Their leaders are speaking up.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Mayorkas's claim that undocumented immigrants are ‘promptly removed’
Discussion: HotAir
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
Fox News contributor Joe Concha is scheduled to do a GOP fundraiser despite “Fox News employee policy”
Patricia Murphy / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: Leaked audio reveals David Perdue's post-Trump runoff strategy
Discussion: NPR and Raw Story
Matt Egan / CNN:
First on CNN: Biden administration launches plan to refill emergency oil reserve
Discussion: Power the Future
NBC New York:
NYC Mayor Eric Adams Says He Was With Dave Chappelle After ‘Horrific’ Onstage Attack
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Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
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