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11:45 AM ET, May 13, 2022


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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 …
Washington Post:
Elon Musk tweeted that Twitter deal is temporarily on hold  —  The Tesla CEO, who has been seeking Twitter investors as his EV company sheds $400 billion in value, later says that he's ‘still committed’ to the acquisition  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Elon Musk tweeted early Friday that his $44 billion bid …
Washington Post:
How Twitter lost the celebs
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.
Amy Walter / Cook Political Report:
Electability Argument Falling Flat in 2022  —  For the last six years, the one thing that has kept the Democratic Party unified and motivated is Donald Trump.  Fear and loathing got Democrats to turn out in the 2018 midterms, and kept those voters engaged in 2020.
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:   Conor Lamb Had All the Makings of a Front-Runner. So Why Is He Struggling?
Ece Toksabay / Reuters:
Erdogan says Turkey not supportive of Finland, Sweden joining NATO  —  President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday it was not possible for NATO-member Turkey to support plans by Sweden and Finland to join the pact, saying the Nordic countries were “home to many terrorist organisations”.
New York Times:
Ukraine begins a trial of a Russian soldier accused of a war crime, a first since the conflict began.  —  A report released by Stockholm signaled that it would likely follow Finland's lead in vowing to apply for NATO membership.  The moves come as the Group of 7's agricultural ministers met …
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Pence to headline Georgia rally for Kemp in new break with Trump  —  Former Vice President Mike Pence will headline a get-out-the-vote rally with Gov. Brian Kemp on the eve of Georgia's May 24 primary, marking a new split with Donald Trump as each maneuver for a possible 2024 White House run.
Washington Post:
Alito reluctant to discuss state of Supreme Court after Roe leak  —  In his first public address since the explosive leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion he wrote that would overturn Roe v. Wade, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. breezed through a detailed examination of statutory textualism …
Tyler O'Neil / Fox News:
Roe reversal draft fallout: Alito gives update on Supreme Court status amid abortion protests
Washington Free Beacon:
House Dems Insert Poison Pill Into Bipartisan Bill To Protect Supreme Court Justices
Washington Post:
Georgia county under scrutiny after claim of post-election breach  —  Effort by county official to investigate 2020 contest underscores growing threat to election security, experts say  —  A former elections supervisor in rural Coffee County, Ga., has told The Washington Post that she opened …
Discussion: Political Wire
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: New Trump venture  —  Donald Trump has found a new way to milk his ex-presidency — and test another — hitting the lucrative motivational speaking circuit with more fervor than any other active U.S. politician in history. … - It's privately run — and, according to organizers, it's driving huge audience interest.
Discussion: Raw Story
Ryan Lizza / Politico:
‘He absolutely betrayed me’: Steve Schmidt tells all about John McCain  —  This week on Playbook Deep Dive, we sat down over Zoom with Steve Schmidt, the architect of the late Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential run, to hear what amounts to an untold chapter of that exhaustively chronicled campaign.
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.
Discussion: ABC News, Insider and Reuters
Pjotr Sauer / The Guardian:
‘They were furious’: the Russian soldiers refusing to fight in Ukraine  —  Troops are saying ‘no’ to officers, knowing that punishment is light while Russia is not technically at war  —  When the soldiers of an elite Russian army brigade were told in early April to prepare for a second deployment …
Associated Press:
Rand Paul blocks quick passage of $40 billion Ukraine aid package
“Children in Ukraine need an end to this war - their futures hang in the balance”
Discussion: The Hill and USA Today
POLITICO Playbook: SCOOP: Behind the McCarthy subpoena  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  PENCE TO HOLD RALLY FOR TRUMP FOE — Georgia Gov. BRIAN KEMP may be one of former President DONALD TRUMP's biggest GOP targets in this year's primaries.  But that's not stopping former VP MIKE PENCE from openly embracing him.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Jan. 6 panel's historic subpoenas to House GOPers — and what's next
Margaret Atwood / The Atlantic:
I Invented Gilead.  The Supreme Court Is Making It Real.  —  I thought I was writing fiction in The Handmaid's Tale.  —  About the author: Margaret Atwood is a Canadian poet, short-story writer, and the author of more than a dozen novels.  —  In the early years of the 1980s …
Discussion: Raw Story
US intelligence community launches review following Ukraine and Afghanistan intel failings  —  Washington (CNN)The US intelligence community is carrying out a sweeping internal review of how it assesses the fighting power of foreign militaries amid mounting pressure from key lawmakers …
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
House Oversight opens investigation into baby formula shortage: Exclusive  —  “Do they have the supply to meet the demand?”  Rep. Maloney told ABC News.  —  The House Oversight Committee is launching an investigation into the nationwide shortage of baby formula, and demanding records …
Discussion: CNN, Reuters, Raw Story and The Atlantic
New York Times:
Cryptocurrencies Melt Down in a ‘Perfect Storm’ of Fear and Panic  —  A steep sell-off that gained momentum this week starkly illustrated the risks of the experimental and unregulated digital currencies.  — Give this article- - - Read in app  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The price of Bitcoin plunged to its lowest point since 2020.
Rich Lowry / New York Times:
Why Ron DeSantis Is the New Republican Party  —  Two weeks ago, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida appeared with the Fox News host Laura Ingraham for a town hall that lasted the full hour of her prime-time show.  That kind of airtime tends to be reserved only for Donald Trump, but Mr. DeSantis has had a meteoric rise.
Douglas MacMillan / Washington Post:
The dangerous business of dismantling America's aging nuclear plants  —  Accidents at New Jersey's Oyster Creek power plant have spurred calls for stricter oversight of the burgeoning nuclear decommissioning industry  —  FORKED RIVER, N.J. — The new owner took over the Oyster Creek Nuclear …
James Hibberd / Hollywood Reporter:
Norm Macdonald Shot Secret Final Netflix Stand-Up Special Before Passing  —  In a comedy first, the late actor-comedian self-shot a final hour of new stand-up to be released in the event of his death: “The material's fantastic. ...  I hope people appreciate that he did this.”
Deiaa Haj Yahia / Associated Press:
Israeli Police Launch Stun Grenades at Palestinian Journalist's Funeral Procession  —  In an interim report from the Israeli military's probe says investigators are still unable to determine who killed Shireen Abu Akleh  —  The funeral procession of slain Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh …
Kevin Robinson-Avila / Albuquerque Journal:
Solar industry in crisis over US trade dispute  —  The prospect of new U.S. tariffs on solar panel imports from some Asian countries has thrust the local and national solar industry into crisis, causing project cancellations and layoffs in New Mexico and elsewhere.
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Opinion An inflation conspiracy theory is infecting the Democratic Party  —  A conspiracy theory has been infecting the Democratic Party, its progressive base, even the White House.  It's not quite as self-sabotaging as the horse-dewormer-cures-covid false theory that swept up many Republicans last year …
Discussion: HotAir and Common Dreams
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
Judy Woodruff Expected To Step Down As Anchor Of ‘PBS NewsHour,’ With Plans For Amna Nawaz And Geoff Bennett To Succeed Her  —  PBS NewsHour is preparing for a major transition in its broadcast, with plans for Judy Woodruff to step down from the anchor chair and for Amna Nawaz and Geoff Bennett to succeed her.
Discussion: Variety
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The White House:
FACT SHEET: President Biden Issues Call for State and Local Leaders to Dedicate More American Rescue Plan Funding to Make Our Communities Safer - And Deploy These Dollars Quickly
Discussion: The Daily Caller and CNSNews
Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
Biden pivots to Asia as Ukraine war rages on
Mary Katharine Ham / CNN:
Democrats' support for school closings comes back to bite
Craig Gilbert / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Ron Johnson needs to maximize his base, and draw in some anti-Trump Republicans, to win reelection
Discussion: Raw Story
Anthea Butler / MSNBC:
How the conservative Christian right is hijacking homeschooling
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
John Durham Goes to Court
 Earlier Items: 
Conversations with Bill Kristol:
Michael Luttig: Lessons of January 6 & the Ongoing Threat
Discussion: Election Law Blog
Barbara Bradley Hagerty / The Atlantic:
Did James Parsons Kill His Wife?
William Bredderman / The Daily Beast:
Congressman Paid $424K in Campaign Cash to Hypnotist Wife
Discussion: Raw Story
AJ McDougall / The Daily Beast:
Missouri Looks to Ban Pharmacists From Disputing Efficacy of Ivermectin
Christie Zizo / WKMG:
Florida's secretary of state to resign ahead of upcoming elections
Surging GOP candidate Kathy Barnette has long history of bigoted statements against gays and Muslims
Katie Porter goes after Trump, uncovering potential bribery scheme
Discussion: Raw Story