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7:05 AM ET, May 12, 2022


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GOP panics over ‘ultra-MAGA’ Pennsylvania Senate wild card  —  Influential Republicans in Washington and among the nationwide party elite are having a belated “oh s—t” moment over the previously unimaginable prospect that Kathy Barnette could win their party's nomination for the open Senate seat in Pennsylvania.
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Kathy Barnette is the surprise Pa. Senate candidate who just might win.  Now she's getting new scrutiny.  —  Wearing a bright smile, Kathy Barnette shook hands and introduced herself around the patio of a Montgomery County country club: “I'm Kathy, and I'm running for United States Senate,” she said.But many already knew that.
Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
Barnette Campaign Manager Hangs Up on Reporter After Request for Military Records
Discussion: HotAir
Dave Michaels / Wall Street Journal:
Elon Musk's Belated Disclosure of Twitter Stake Triggers Regulators' Probes  —  SEC is investigating Tesla CEO for tardy notification after buying 5% of Twitter's stock; FTC has separate probe under way of purchase reporting  —  WASHINGTON—Federal regulators are investigating Elon Musk's late disclosure …
Associated Press:
Elon Musk, an erratic visionary, revels in contradiction  —  As the uproar over Elon Musk's $44 billion buyout of Twitter reaches a crescendo, another Musk drama, still chaotic four years after it began, has been back in court.  —  Ironically, that spectacle started with a Musk tweet about doing an audacious deal.
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Republicans who support abortion rights have come up with their own bill.  —  Senate Democrats press forward on a bill to protect abortion rights, with failure all but certain.  —  Senate Democrats are pushing forward on Wednesday to force a test vote on legislation that would enshrine abortion rights …
Libby Cathey / ABC News:
Senate Republicans block bill that would codify Roe v. Wade
Kate Scanlon / Washington Examiner:
Senate Democrats fail in effort to codify Supreme Court Roe decision into law
Michelle Ye Hee Lee / Washington Post:
North Korea says it has detected its first covid case of the pandemic  —  TOKYO — North Korea says it has detected a case of the BA.2 omicron subvariant in its capital, Pyongyang, the first time the country has acknowledged a positive coronavirus infection since the pandemic began more than two years ago.
Washington Post:
Intelligence-sharing with Ukraine designed to prevent wider war  —  The United States is sending billions of dollars in military equipment to Ukraine, including heavy artillery, drones and antitank missiles.  Administration officials have publicly enumerated those contributions, practically down to the number of bullets.
CNN:   'It's shameful': Russian-linked billionaires have given enormous sums of money to the West's leading educational and cultural institutions
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
The Far-Right Troll Known As “Baked Alaska” Just Blew Up His Own Jan. 6 Plea Hearing  —  Gionet was set to plead guilty to a misdemeanor for parading at the Capitol.  He proclaimed his innocence instead.  A trial is set for March 7.  —  WASHINGTON — Anthime “Tim” Gionet …
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
Roberts may face roadblocks in probe of Roe leak, reporter who published it says  —  WASHINGTON — One of the two Politico reporters who obtained the Supreme Court draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade questions whether Chief Justice John Roberts has the legal authority to order his fellow justices …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Yes, experts say protests at SCOTUS justices' homes appear to be illegal
The White House:
Statement from President Joe Biden Marking One Million American Lives Lost to COVID-19  —  Today, we mark a tragic milestone: one million American lives lost to COVID-19.  One million empty chairs around the dinner table.  Each an irreplaceable loss.  Each leaving behind a family …
Jonathan O'Connell / Washington Post:
Trump sells D.C. hotel lease to Miami investment group  —  Record-setting price will allow Trump to pay off $170 million loan to Deutsche Bank.  The property will become a Waldorf Astoria hotel.  —  Donald Trump is leaving Pennsylvania Avenue again.  —  The Trump name at the former …
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Biden waives executive privilege for new set of Trump records  —  The president has authorized the National Archives and Records Administration to hand over an eighth tranche of presidential records from the Trump White House to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Is Anti-Zionism Anti-Semitism?  —  In a recent speech, the head of the Anti-Defamation League unequivocally equated the two.  —  Since 2015, Jonathan Greenblatt has served as the director of the Anti-Defamation League, an organization devoted to chronicling and fighting anti-Semitism in American society.
Rick Broadbent / The Times:
'We've all made mistakes' - Greg Norman's gaffe over killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi  —  Greg Norman attempted to brush off questions about the murder of the dissident Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi by saying “we've all made mistakes”.  —  The Australian former golfer …
CBS News:
Biden administration cancels Alaska oil and gas lease sale  —  The Biden administration has canceled one of the most high-profile oil and gas lease opportunities pending before the Interior Department.  The decision, which halts the potential to drill for oil in over 1 million acres …
Discussion: The Hill
Jane Bradley / New York Times:
U.K. Donor Said to Have Funneled Russian Money to Tories  —  The cash was part of a fund-raising blitz that helped propel Prime Minister Boris Johnson's party to victory in 2019.  Records track $630,225 to a Russian bank account.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Discussion: Insider
Brian Melley / Associated Press:
Court: California's under-21 gun sales ban unconstitutional  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — A U.S. appeals court ruled Wednesday that California's ban on the sale of semiautomatic weapons to adults under 21 is unconstitutional.  —  In a 2-1 ruling, a panel of the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court …
Myah Ward / Politico:
‘The great MAGA king’: Biden sharpens midterm attacks  —  Joe Biden midterm mode has officially been activated.  —  The president traveled the country on Wednesday, sharpening his lines of attack against the Republican Party as primary season kicks into full gear.
Daniel Boguslaw / American Prospect:
Susan Rice Criticized for Creating ‘Abusive and Dehumanizing’ Workplace  —  Current and former White House officials say that Rice routinely berates colleagues, including Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra.  —  White House Domestic Policy Adviser Susan Rice speaks at an event …
Kevin Collier / NBC News:
Costa Rica declares state of emergency over ransomware attack  —  Costa Rica has declared a state of emergency after ransomware hackers crippled computer networks across multiple government agencies, including the Finance Ministry.  —  The official declaration, published on a government website Wednesday …
Geoff Ziezulewicz / Navy Times:
The littoral combat ship's latest problem: Class-wide structural defects leading to hull cracks  —  Half of the Navy's littoral combat ship fleet is suffering from structural defects that have led to hull cracks on several vessels, limiting the speed and sea states in which some ships can operate …
Discussion: CNN and Task & Purpose
Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Bill Clinton's special advisor who let Jeffrey Epstein into the White House seven times and flew on the Lolita Express dies at 59 - the latest associate of the former President to suffer an early demise  — Mark Middleton was Bill Clinton's special advisor who admitted Jeffrey Epstein …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Rebecca Rivas / Missouri Independent:
Democrat filibuster derails GOP measure to change initiative petition process  —  Republican push to make it harder to amend the constitution ran into fierce resistance from Democrats  —  After hours of filibustering in the Missouri Senate, including a spirited game of charades …
Discussion: Roll Call, Breitbart and CBS News
Madison Alder / Bloomberg Law:
Biden Names Seven to Restock US Sentencing Commission  —  President Joe Biden announced a bipartisan slate of nominees to the US Sentencing Commission, which would give the panel its first quorum since 2019.  —  The list of seven nominees released Wednesday includes US District Judge Carlton W. Reeves …
Jerod Macdonald-Evoy / Arizona Mirror:
‘Audit’ records show Cyber Ninjas went deep into debt, despite pro-Trump donations  —  Newly released documents by the watchdog group American Oversight show that the Arizona Senate's partisan review of the 2020 presidential election in Maricopa County went over its proposed budget and spent more money than it had available to it.
Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
Sharing LGBTQ Identity A Fireable Offense, Mississippi High School Warned Teacher  —  Mere weeks into the 2021-2022 school year, Pearl River Central High School art teacher Catherine Bass was already exhausted.  Students at the rural South Mississippi school in Carriere, Miss. …
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Fred Bever / NPR:
Solar projects are on hold as U.S. investigates whether China is skirting trade rules
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Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Charlie Andrews / Democrats:
DNC Launches Signature Latino Outreach Program “Adelante” and Spanish Language Ads Across the Country
Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
ZERO HORSEPOWER: Media-Driven Scandal Leaves Border Patrol Agents Without Critical Tool
Discussion: Washington Post and Twitchy
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Democrats seek criminal charges against Trump Interior head
Discussion: Raw Story
Steve Contorno / CNN:
DeSantis-appointed judge signals Florida's congressional map is unconstitutional for diminishing Black representation
Isabella Cota / EL PAÍS:
El Salvador expected to default as bitcoin plummets
Kelly Jensen / BOOK RIOT:
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Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
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