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8:00 PM ET, May 13, 2022

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Michael Kruse / Politico:
'He's Not OK': The Entirely Predictable Unraveling of Madison Cawthorn  —  HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — In August of 2015, 16 months after the accident that nearly killed him and left him unable to walk, Madison Cawthorn exchanged text messages with the friend who had fallen asleep at the wheel and careened into a concrete wall.
Discussion: Twitchy and Raw Story
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CNN:
GOP eyes Pelosi as party weighs payback for January 6 subpoenas  —  January 6 committee subpoenas 5 GOP lawmakers  —  (CNN)House Republicans, furious that five of their own have been subpoenaed by the January 6 select committee, are discussing their own plans to retaliate if they win back the majority …
CNN:
GOP looks to marginalize Cawthorn if he wins Tuesday primary  —  (CNN)Republicans are publicly and privately rooting for Rep. Madison Cawthorn to lose his North Carolina primary race on Tuesday.  But they're also preparing for an alternate scenario: how to deal with the embattled freshman …
Margaret Atwood / The Atlantic:
I Invented Gilead.  The Supreme Court Is Making It Real.  —  In the early years of the 1980s, I was fooling around with a novel that explored a future in which the United States had become disunited.  Part of it had turned into a theocratic dictatorship based on 17th-century New England Puritan religious tenets and jurisprudence.
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Opinion Roe's impending reversal is a 9/11 attack on America's social fabric
Discussion: BizPac Review
The Lancet:
Why Roe v. Wade must be defended
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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Christian Datoc / Washington Examiner:
Psaki heckled throughout tearful White House briefing room send-off  —  Jen Psaki's final White House press briefing featured tearful goodbyes, a handful of guests, and repeated heckling from a reporter in the room.  —  Psaki, who also served as communications director in the Obama White House …
Adam Satariano / New York Times:
Musk Says His Twitter Takeover Is ‘On Hold,’ Then Says He's ‘Still Committed’  —  Mr. Musk said he wanted to confirm Twitter's findings that spam and fake accounts make up less than 5 percent of its users.  —  Elon Musk escalated the drama surrounding his $44 billion bid to purchase Twitter on Friday …
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Washington Post:
Elon Musk tweeted that Twitter deal is temporarily on hold
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
We wanted to endorse in Republican primaries this year.  We can't.  —  With Pennsylvania voters headed to the polls Tuesday to choose the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor and U.S. Senate, it's as if the primaries are occurring on two different planets.On the Republican side …
Axios:
Scoop: Trump leans toward endorsing Doug Mastriano for Pa. governor  —  Former President Trump is leaning strongly toward endorsing highly controversial Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano for governor, according to three sources familiar with his private deliberations.
Rebecca Ratcliffe / The Guardian:
‘Lost’ Picasso spotted in Imelda Marcos's home after son's election win  —  Artwork's appearance fuels fears family will use return to power to further stifle efforts to recover ill-gotten wealth  —  The glimpse of a possible Picasso in the home of Imelda Marcos seen during a visit by her son …
Orlando Sentinel:
DeSantis picks Cord Byrd as secretary of state, husband of QAnon, Capitol riot supporter  —  TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis replaced outgoing Secretary of State Laurel Lee on Friday with state Rep. Cord Byrd, who cursed at Black Democratic lawmakers during the session and whose wife …
Discussion: Florida Politics
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
For Many Pennsylvania Voters, Trumpism Is Bigger Than Trump  —  Interviews show Dr. Mehmet Oz struggling in the G.O.P. Senate primary, despite a Trump endorsement.  Voters remain devoted to Donald Trump but seem less swayed by his guidance.  —  LAUGHLINTOWN, Pa. — Michael Testa, 51 …
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Kasie Hunt / CNN:
John Fetterman looks to November as primary day in Pennsylvania approaches
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
The Crypto Crash Is Just the Start  —  Sign up for Derek's newsletter here.  —  The American economy isn't looking great right now.  U.S. GDP shrank last quarter, despite a hearty showing from American consumers.  Inflation is high; markets are down; both wages and personal-savings rates show some troubling statistical signals.
Discussion: Bustle
Brian Fung / CNN:
Texas has declared open season on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube with censorship law  —  (CNN)Texas residents can now sue Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for allegedly censoring their content after a federal appeals court sided Wednesday with the state's law restricting how social media sites can moderate their platforms.
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Washington Post:
The Technology 202: The future of social media could be decided by the Supreme Court
Discussion: Protocol
Washington Post:
Biden sees a new threat: ‘Ultra MAGA’ Republicans  —  The president has taken to using the term to warn of Republican extremism.  Some Trump followers have embraced it.  —  Last Wednesday, during a speech on the economy, President Biden coined a new phrase — “ultra MAGA.”
U.S. Department of Defense:
Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Call With Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu  —  Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following readout:  —  On May 13, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu for the first time since February 18.
Discussion: NPR, VICE, Snow on the Horizon and Axios
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Ellen Mitchell / The Hill:
Austin speaks with Russian counterpart for first time since start of war in Ukraine
Matt Levine / Bloomberg:
Elon Musk Trolls Twitter  —  Programming note: Money Stuff was supposed to be off today, but then my boss, Elon Musk, called me in to work anyway.  —  Oh Elon  —  No, absolutely not:  —  None of this!  Come on.  — “Temporarily on hold” is not a thing.
Barnini Chakraborty / Washington Examiner:
Caught on voicemail: Marjorie Taylor Greene admonishes voter to ‘check yourself’  —  EXCLUSIVE — ROME, Georgia — Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is the rare House freshman to become a household name.  —  The Republican was a polarizing figure even before she took office as Georgia's 14th …
Alyssa Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Gov. Abbott, taking formula from migrant babies would be illegal — and vicious  —  In the debate over how to address the widespread shortage of infant formula in the United States, some Republicans have advanced a novel — and ugly — idea: Take food from migrant babies in federal detention and give it to American children.
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Politico:
Infant formula shortage suddenly Topic A in Washington  —  A national shortage of infant formula that was months, if not years, in the making, is suddenly consuming Washington as both Democrats and Republicans try to wrest control of the political narrative.
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Assistant Secretary / HHS.gov:
Fact Sheet: Helping Families Find Formula During the Infant Formula Shortage
Kevin Hurler / Gizmodo:
NASA's Curiosity Rover Spotted a ‘Doorway’ on Mars  —  Though it looks like the entrance to an alien tomb, mission scientists say it's a natural feature.  —  Alerts  —  NASA's Curiosity rover took a photo of a Lovecraftian feature on the surface of Mars last week: a seemingly rectangular …
president.columbia.edu:
Jelani Cobb Appointed Dean of Columbia Journalism School  —  Dear fellow members of the Columbia community:  —  It is with great pleasure that I write to announce my appointment of Jelani Cobb as the next Dean of Columbia Journalism School, as of August 1, 2022.
Politico:
Zinke's wife declaring primary residence in California as he runs in Montana  —  Ryan Zinke, the former Trump Interior secretary now running for Congress again in Montana, has long faced questions about whether he lives in the state or in California.  —  Now, new tax records uncovered …
Char Adams / NBC News:
Bodycam video shows deputies searching Black women's lacrosse team's personal items  —  Bodycam video contradicts sheriff's statement on lacrosse team search  —  Newly released body camera footage of Georgia sheriff's deputies stopping a majority-Black lacrosse team's bus shows …
Discussion: Reason, delawareonline and Raw Story
Associated Press:
Detention of WNBA's Griner in Moscow extended for 1 month  —  MOSCOW (AP) — The lawyer for WNBA star Brittney Griner said Friday her pre-trial detention in Russia has been extended by one month.  —  Alexander Boykov told The Associated Press he believed the relatively short extension …
Andrew Sullivan / The Weekly Dish:
How Not To Change Your Mind  —  The curious case of Bill Kristol's ideological transformation  —  If you live long enough, and haven't been lobotomized, you'll change a lot of your views and opinions.  Life does that.  The world changes; you change; and for most people …
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
White House prepares to ration vaccines as Covid funding impasse looms  —  A painful and foreboding reality is setting in for the White House as it enters a potentially dangerous stretch of the Covid fight: It may soon need to run its sprawling pandemic response on a shoestring budget.
 
 
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UMass Amherst:
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Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
Russian media present ‘alternate universe’ coverage of war in Ukraine: Diplomat
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Ben Lefebvre / Politico:
Biden's battling one energy price nightmare. Here comes another.
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Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
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Boris: Working from home doesn't work
Salon:
“Traditional” Catholics and white nationalist “groypers” forge a new far-right youth movement
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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: New Trump venture
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Ryan Lizza / Politico:
‘He absolutely betrayed me’: Steve Schmidt tells all about John McCain
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Examiner