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11:05 PM ET, May 15, 2022

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New York Times:
A Fringe Conspiracy Theory, Fostered Online, Is Refashioned by the G.O.P.  —  Replacement theory, espoused by the suspect in the Buffalo massacre, has been embraced by some right-wing politicians and commentators.  —  Inside a Pittsburgh synagogue in 2018, a white man with a history …
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Marianna Sotomayor / Washington Post:
Stefanik echoed racist theory allegedly espoused by Buffalo suspect  —  The No. 3 House Republican, who ran Facebook ads parroting the “great replacement” conspiracy theory, illustrates the radical turn taken by an increasing number of Republicans.  —  Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) …
Talia Lavin / Rolling Stone:
The Buffalo Shooter Isn't a ‘Lone Wolf.’ He's a Mainstream Republican  —  The shooter is just the latest to act on it  —  There's no such thing as a lone wolf — an appellation often given, in error, to terrorists who act alone, particularly those of the white supremacist variety.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Fox News, The Atlantic and UPI
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Making Sense of the Racist Mass Shooting in Buffalo  —  An expert on the white-power movement and the “great replacement” theory puts the act of terror in context.  —  On Saturday, a gunman murdered ten people and wounded three others at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.
New York Times:
Classmates recall the suspect as ‘quiet’ and reclusive.  —  Grief and anger sweep through Buffalo a day after a racist attack.  —  BUFFALO — A day after one of the deadliest racist massacres in recent American history, law enforcement officials in New York descended on the home …
Associated Press:
Buffalo shooter targeted Black neighborhood, officials say  —  BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The white 18-year-old who fatally shot 10 people at a Buffalo supermarket researched the local demographics and arrived a day in advance to conduct reconnaissance with the intent of killing as many Black people as possible, officials said Sunday.
Erie County (New York) Government:
Broome County Teen Arraigned for Killing Ten, Injuring Three in Shooting at Buffalo Grocery Store
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Conservative media is familiar with Buffalo suspect's alleged ‘theory’
Washington Post:
Buffalo suspect allegedly inspired by racist theory fueling global carnage
Discussion: Mediaite
NBC News:
The Buffalo supermarket shooting suspect posted an apparent manifesto repeatedly citing ‘Great Replacement’ theory
Los Angeles Times:
Churchgoers subdued, hog-tied gunman after deadly Laguna Woods church shooting  —  A gunman attacked a lunch banquet at a Taiwanese church in Laguna Woods, killing one person and wounding five others Sunday before congregants hogtied him with an extension cord and disarmed him of two weapons, authorities said.
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Los Angeles Times:
‘Why?  Why our community?’:  Laguna Woods shattered by mass shooting at church  —  Cindy Frazier was running errands Sunday afternoon when she heard the overwhelming sound of police and fire engine sirens as they raced to Geneva Presbyterian Church.  —  It was an unusual scene …
Discussion: Insider
Jonathan Lemire / Politico:
Biden's new recipe for the midterms: Less honey, more vinegar  —  The fever didn't break.  And for the Biden White House, efforts at bipartisanship have finally taken a backseat.  —  To the frustration of many Democrats and some of his closest advisers, President Joe Biden has steadfastly spent …
Discussion: Fox News, Axios, Yahoo News and Newsbusters
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Democracy is at stake in the midterms.  The media must convey that.  —  We journalists have to try harder and find new ways to convey to voters how badly things could turn out.  —  I was mesmerized this past week by two astonishing videos, watching them both multiple times.
Discussion: The Hill
New York Times:
Growing evidence of a military disaster on the Donets pierces a pro-Russian bubble.  —  The destruction wreaked on a Russian battalion as it tried to cross a river in northeastern Ukraine last week is emerging as among the deadliest engagements of the war, with estimates based …
Discussion: The Guardian
Azi Paybarah / New York Times:
Kathy Barnette Says She 'Can't Provide a Lot of Context' for Her Anti-Islamic Tweets  —  Her sudden rise in the Pennsylvania Senate primary has some Republicans worried about her prospects in November.  —  Kathy Barnette, a Republican Senate candidate in Pennsylvania who has climbed …
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Associated Press:
Finland, Sweden inch closer to seeking NATO membership  —  BERLIN (AP) — Finland's government declared a “new era” is underway as it inches closer to seeking NATO membership, hours before Sweden's governing party on Sunday backed a plan to join the trans-Atlantic alliance amid Russia's war in Ukraine.
New York Times:
After Buffalo Shooting Video Spreads, Social Platforms Face Questions  —  Gunmen say they are influenced by online screeds and broadcasts of past shootings.  Do social media sites have a responsibility to rein in hateful and violent content?  —  In March 2019, before a gunman murdered 51 people …
Discussion: Fox News, Bloomberg and New York Post
Financial Times:
Ukraine war is ‘best opportunity’ for nuclear comeback since Fukushima, industry says  —  Domestically generated power is geopolitically safer than gas imports, according to Japan's largest reactor maker  —  Russia's war in Ukraine has created the “best opportunity” for Japan's nuclear industry …
Dan Merica / CNN:
Pennsylvania US Senate candidate Fetterman suffers stroke but says he's ‘well on my way to a full recovery’  —  John Fetterman, Pennsylvania lieutenant governor and Democratic US Senate candidate, announced Sunday that he had a stroke and went to the hospital on Friday, but said in a statement …
Devan Cole / CNN:
Nebraska GOP governor says he will call a special session to pass total abortion ban if Roe is overturned  —  Washington (CNN)Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts of Nebraska said Sunday that he will call a special session of his state's legislature to pass a total ban on abortion if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade this term.
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