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8:15 AM ET, May 14, 2022

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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
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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.
Discussion: San Antonio Current
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  —  Trump: Barnette will never win Pennsylvania  —  Julian Zelizer, a CNN political analyst, is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and author of the forthcoming book “The Presidency of Donald J. Trump: A First Historical Assessment.”
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Post
Kasie Hunt / CNN:
John Fetterman looks to November as primary day in Pennsylvania approaches
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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 …
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Washington Post:
Biden sees a new threat: ‘Ultra MAGA’ Republicans
Washington Post:
More Republicans are working to undermine Trump endorsements
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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 …
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 …
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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
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
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The Lancet:
Why Roe v. Wade must be defended
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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: NBC News and Forbes
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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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.
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 …
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?
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story, New York Times and WTOP News
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
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Atlanta to bid to host 2024 Democratic National Convention  —  Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens said Friday that Georgia's capital city would compete to host the 2024 Democratic nominating convention, which would give one of the nation's premier battleground states an even more prominent role in the next race for the White House.
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 …
Amanda Coletta / Washington Post:
Suspects can use extreme intoxication as defense, Canadian court says  —  TORONTO — Canada's Supreme Court ruled Friday that criminal defendants may argue that they were so intoxicated that they were in a state of automatism and therefore not responsible for some violent crimes, including assault and sexual assault.
Discussion: scc-csc.ca and Washington Examiner
Wall Street Journal:
China's Covid Lockdowns Drive Middle-Class Citizens to Go Abroad  —  More Chinese citizens want to emigrate because of discontent with Beijing's Covid strategy, but many face hurdles in obtaining passports and paperwork  —  More than two years of border restrictions and a protracted lockdown …
Jack Detsch / Foreign Policy:
Ukraine Still Wants More Help to Win the War  —  Kyiv pleads for advanced gear as the Donbas fighting drags on, but advocates fear there's “not enough political will.”  —  Ukrainian lawmakers and anti-corruption activists are concerned that the United States remains too worried …
 
 
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Federal operation nabs nearly 43,000 illegal gun silencers shipped from China
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
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Associated Press:
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