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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 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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
heinrich.senate.gov:
N.M. Congressional Democrats Call On President Biden To Expedite Solar Tariff Investigation Impacting Jobs, Investments In New Mexico  —  WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Teresa Leger Fernández (D-N.M.) …
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Canary Media:
Chart: US solar installations could fall 50% or more under new tariffs
Discussion: Segue Sustainable …
Kevin Robinson-Avila / Albuquerque Journal:   Solar industry in crisis over US trade dispute
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.
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”.
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New York Times:
Ukraine begins a trial of a Russian soldier accused of a war crime, a first since the conflict began.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Politico:
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.
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Jan. 6 panel's historic subpoenas to House GOPers — and what's next
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 and Joe.My.God.
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.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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.
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
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.
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 …
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Fox Business:
House of Representatives to give staff free Peloton memberships, costing taxpayers  —  The House of Representatives is planning to announce they will give staffers in Washington, D.C., and in district offices, free Peloton memberships using taxpayer dollars each month amid skyrocketing inflation.
Discussion: Townhall and Twitchy
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 …
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.
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Chandelis Duster / CNN:
Mike Pence to campaign for Gov. Brian Kemp ahead of Georgia primary
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Opinion J.D. Vance, migrant babies and the unhinged GOP enemy hunt  —  Just when you thought our politics couldn't get any dumber, this week brought two new GOP attacks that spectacularly defied expectations.  The Biden administration, we were told, is redirecting scarce infant formula …
Ryan Saavedra / The Daily Wire:
Netflix Fires Major Warning Shot At Its Woke Employees With New ‘Culture Memo’  —  A new corporate culture memo from Netflix is taking a hardline stance on attempts to silence artistic expression by warning those who are offended by the streaming service's content that they may want to go find a job somewhere else.
Discussion: RedState
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Salon:
“Traditional” Catholics and white nationalist “groypers” forge a new far-right youth movement  —  Activist arm of right-wing Catholic outlet Church Militant is increasingly entwined with racist “groyper” movement … The activist wing of Church Militant is called the Resistance network.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jason Groves / mailplus.co.uk:
Boris: Working from home doesn't work  —  EXCLUSIVE: In my experience you make a coffee, go to the fridge, hack off a piece of cheese and walk very slowly back to your computer, PM tells Mail  —  WORKING from home doesn't work, Boris Johnson said today - as he called for a return to the workplace to ‘drive up productivity’.
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 …
 
 
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Timothy Noah / New Republic:
If You Can't Love Biden, He'll Settle for You Hating Trump
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Douglas MacMillan / Washington Post:
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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: CNSNews and The Daily Caller
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
House Oversight opens investigation into baby formula shortage: Exclusive
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Deiaa Haj Yahia / Associated Press:
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Biden pivots to Asia as Ukraine war rages on
CNN:
US intelligence community launches review following Ukraine and Afghanistan intel failings
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Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Opinion An inflation conspiracy theory is infecting the Democratic Party
Discussion: HotAir and Common Dreams
Anthea Butler / MSNBC:
How the conservative Christian right is hijacking homeschooling
Discussion: The Daily Wire
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
John Durham Goes to Court
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
Judy Woodruff Announces Plans To Step Down As Anchor Of ‘PBS NewsHour,’ Will Transition To Reporting And Special Projects
James Hibberd / Hollywood Reporter:
Norm Macdonald Shot Secret Final Netflix Stand-Up Special Before Passing
William Bredderman / The Daily Beast:
Congressman Paid $424K in Campaign Cash to Hypnotist Wife
Discussion: Raw Story
Rich Lowry / New York Times:
Why Ron DeSantis Is the New Republican Party