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11:15 PM ET, May 13, 2022

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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.
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Julian Zelizer / CNN:
It won't be long before extremists in the GOP make Trump look tame
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Post
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  —  Washington's reaction to the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade has been typically myopic.  —  Republicans first tried to make people believe that the issue wasn't the opinion itself but the leak.
Discussion: National Review and BizPac Review
The Lancet:
Why Roe v. Wade must be defended
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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.”
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Adam Wollner / CNN:
This state is Donald Trump's Achilles' heel  —  (CNN)Georgia continues to be a vexing state for Donald Trump.  —  First, Trump became the first Republican to lose Georgia in a presidential election in 28 years, in 2020.  —  Then, Georgia emerged as the focal point of Trump's unfounded claims …
Bob Sechler / Austin American-Statesman:
ERCOT urges Texans to cut back on power usage over weekend  —  The operator of the state's electricity grid is asking Texans to conserve power this weekend, after six generation plants went offline Friday amid unseasonably hot weather.  —  Thermostats should be set to 78 degrees or higher …
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 …
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Rex Huppke / USA Today:
Formula shortage reveals GOP's compassion for American babies, anger over nourished immigrant ones  —  Cearly these Republicans are addressing the baby-formula shortage through the scriptural philosophy of: “All lives are precious, except these little immigrant whiners over here.  They can pound sand.”
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Assistant Secretary / HHS.gov:
Fact Sheet: Helping Families Find Formula During the Infant Formula Shortage
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Forbes
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 …
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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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.
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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Dennis Romero / NBC News:
Dallas salon shooting linked to other shootings at Asian businesses, police investigate as hate crime  —  A shooting at a Dallas hair salon that injured three women of Korean descent may be part of a string of shootings targeting Asian businesses, police said Friday.
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
Variety:
Hulu Passes on Hillary Clinton Series ‘Rodham,’ Claire Danes and Dakota Fanning to Star as 20th TV Shops Project (EXCLUSIVE)  —  Hulu has passed on “Rodham,” writer-producer Sarah Treem's adaptation of the 2020 Curtis Sittenfeld novel that's been in development at the streamer since summer 2020.
Discussion: Deadline and The Wrap
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, Raw Story and delawareonline
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 …
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.
Holman W. Jenkins, Jr / Wall Street Journal:
What Did the Steele Dossier Hoax Cost America?  —  Along with the press, what about the Russia ‘experts’ who played along or failed to oppose the collusion lie?  —  1x  —  A Wall Street Journal investigative report this week underlines just how frivolous were the claims in the Steele dossier …
Joshua Eaton / NBC News:
Federal operation nabs nearly 43,000 illegal gun silencers shipped from China  —  A federal operation underway since 2019 has seized tens of thousands of illegal gun silencers smuggled into the United States from China, leading to the arrests of felons and domestic extremists, authorities say.
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 …
Associated Press:
Biden raised $7.8M since March ahead of bigger money push  —  POTOMAC, Md. (AP) — President Joe Biden 's motorcade sped through the evening rush hour-choked streets of Washington earlier this week bound for Maryland Rep. David Trone's spacious estate close to the Potomac River.
Discussion: Political Wire
 
 
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Kasie Hunt / CNN:
John Fetterman looks to November as primary day in Pennsylvania approaches
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and PennLive
UMass Amherst:
Over Two-thirds of Republicans Think President Biden Should be Impeached if the GOP Retakes the House, According to New National UMass Amherst Poll
Libs of TikTok:
Kindergartners sent home with masturbation assignment
Discussion: Townhall and True North
Ben Lefebvre / Politico:
Biden's battling one energy price nightmare. Here comes another.
Discussion: HotAir, Utility Dive and CBS News
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How Not To Change Your Mind  —  The curious case of Bill Kristol's ideological transformation
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Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Sanctions Shed Light on Putin's Private Life
Jason Groves / mailplus.co.uk:
Boris: Working from home doesn't work
Discussion: Insider
Salon:
“Traditional” Catholics and white nationalist “groypers” forge a new far-right youth movement
Associated Press:
Detention of WNBA's Griner in Moscow extended for 1 month
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: New Trump venture
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
White House prepares to ration vaccines as Covid funding impasse looms
Adam Satariano / New York Times:
Musk Says His Twitter Takeover Is ‘On Hold,’ Then Says He's ‘Still Committed’