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11:15 AM ET, May 14, 2022

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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justice Thomas Says Leaked Opinion Destroyed Trust at the Supreme Court  —  In remarks at a conference in Dallas, he also decried the recent protests at justices' homes and said conservatives would not adopt such tactics.  —  WASHINGTON — The leak of a draft opinion has done irreparable damage …
Discussion: Insider
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Thomas blasts disclosure of draft Supreme Court opinion as ‘tremendously bad’  —  Justice Clarence Thomas, the longest-serving sitting member of the Supreme Court, declared Friday that the publication of a draft majority opinion on abortion has permanently damaged trust within the nation's highest court …
Jennifer Calfas / Wall Street Journal:
Abortion-Rights Marches Planned Across U.S. to Protest Possible Overturning of Roe v. Wade
Discussion: Reuters
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Clarence Thomas says Supreme Court leak has eroded trust in institution
Discussion: Associated Press
Amanda Coletta / Washington Post:
Suspects can use extreme intoxication as defense, Canadian court says
Discussion: scc-csc.ca and Washington Examiner
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Opinion Roe's impending reversal is a 9/11 attack on America's social fabric
Discussion: Opinion Today and National Review
The Lancet:
Why Roe v. Wade must be defended
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Politico:
Trump endorses Mastriano for Pennsylvania governor  —  Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano on Saturday landed the coveted endorsement of former President Donald Trump with days to go before the gubernatorial primary.  —  The prospect of Trump's endorsement of Mastriano …
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Presidentti:
President Niinistö spoke with Russian President Putin  —  Office of the President of the Republic of Finland  —  Press release 32/2022  —  President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö had a phone call with President of Russia Vladimir Putin on Saturday, 14 May 2022.
Discussion: The Hill, Insider, CBS News, Bloomberg and rbc.ru
Mitchell Ferman / The Texas Tribune:
Texans asked to limit electricity use after six power plants go down ahead of a hot weekend  —  The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is asking electricity consumers to keep their thermostats at 78 degrees or above and avoid using large appliances between 3 and 8 p.m. from Friday through Sunday.
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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 …
Discussion: Houston Chronicle
New York Times:
How America Lost One Million People  —  Health workers at the Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York City in late March 2020.  —  Victor J. Blue for The New York Times  —  Becky Bennett, left, and her sister Celestia Hadley tried to persuade their father to get vaccinated.  —  Lindsay D'Addato for The New York Times
Discussion: Bangor Daily News
Akhil Reed Amar / Wall Street Journal:
The End of Roe v. Wade  —  For a constitutional scholar and pro-choice Democrat, there are reasons to endorse the leaked draft opinion overturning the 1973 abortion decision—and to see it as vindication for a range of liberal priorities.  — Copy Link
CNN:
Weekend reads, part one  —  >> TIME's cover story this week: “Olga Rudenko and the Kyiv Independent are giving the world a window into a devastating war...” (TIME)  —  >> Michael Schaffer goes deep on C-SPAN's “unlikely fight for eyeballs” as it gets “walloped by cord-cutting...” (Politico)
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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
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 …
New York Times:
Gearing Up for G.O.P. Gains, White House Braces for Barrage of Inquiries  —  The turbulent aftermath of the Trump era is taking the possibility of a divided government to new levels of intensity, as some Republicans appear eager to target President Biden and his family.
Discussion: NBC News and Florida Politics
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 …
Discussion: Althouse
Doug Ferguson / Associated Press:
Mickelson decides not to defend title at PGA Championship  —  Phil Mickelson withdrew Friday from the PGA Championship, electing to extend his hiatus from golf following his incendiary comments he made about a Saudi-funded rival league he supports and the PGA Tour he accused of greed.
Gordon Corera / BBC:
Ukraine: The spy war within the war  —  The decades-long spy conflict between Russia and the West is intensifying over the Ukraine war.  But what are Russia's intelligence services suspected of doing and how will their officials' expulsion from capitals affect Putin's clandestine overseas operations?
Talal Ansari / Wall Street Journal:
Netflix to Employees: If You Don't Like Our Content, You Can Quit  —  Streaming giant adds new ‘artistic expression’ section in first update to corporate culture guidelines since 2017  —  Netflix Inc. NFLX 7.65%▲ has a new message for its employees: Be prepared to work on content you may not agree with.
Kim Chandler / Associated Press:
Transgender medication law in Alabama blocked by judge  —  MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday blocked part of an Alabama law that made it a felony to prescribe gender-affirming puberty blockers and hormones to transgender minors.  —  U.S. District Judge Liles Burke issued …
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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Jack Detsch / Foreign Policy:
Ukraine Still Wants More Help to Win the War
Discussion: 19FortyFive
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Atlanta to bid to host 2024 Democratic National Convention
Wall Street Journal:
China's Covid Lockdowns Drive Middle-Class Citizens to Go Abroad
Yaron Steinbuch / New York Post:
Child sex abuse center hires professor who faced backlash over pedophile comments
Joshua Eaton / NBC News:
Federal operation nabs nearly 43,000 illegal gun silencers shipped from China
Kasie Hunt / CNN:
John Fetterman looks to November as primary day in Pennsylvania approaches
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
 Earlier Items: 
Rebecca Ratcliffe / The Guardian:
‘Lost’ Picasso spotted in Imelda Marcos's home after son's election win
Discussion: NBC News and Forbes
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
The Crypto Crash Is Just the Start
Barnini Chakraborty / Washington Examiner:
Caught on voicemail: Marjorie Taylor Greene admonishes voter to ‘check yourself’
Char Adams / NBC News:
Bodycam video shows deputies searching Black women's lacrosse team's personal items
Discussion: Reason
Washington Post:
Biden sees a new threat: ‘Ultra MAGA’ Republicans
Andrew Sullivan / The Weekly Dish:
How Not To Change Your Mind  —  The curious case of Bill Kristol's ideological transformation
Politico:
Zinke's wife declaring primary residence in California as he runs in Montana