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1:35 PM ET, May 16, 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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Josephine Harvey / HuffPost:
State Senator Who Backs White Nationalism Suggests Buffalo Shooting Was False Flag  —  Arizona GOP Sen. Wendy Rogers promoted a deranged conspiracy theory after 10 people were killed in what authorities say was a racist hate crime.  —  A Republican state lawmaker with ties to white nationalists suggested …
Discussion: Raw Story, Insider and Mediaite
Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
Toxic Ideas Can Have Fatal Consequences  —  Plus: The disgraces of Elise Stefanik.  —  Elise Stefanik had a bad week, full of gaffes, Q-adjacent smears, and reminders that the #3 House Republican traffics in Replacement Theory racism.  —  And by “bad,” I mean the sorts of things …
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Yuuuuge SCOTUS news: Ted Cruz can keep fundraising  —  Made you look.  —  When the Supreme Court added today to their decision-release calendar, everyone expected that the justices might want to dispense with the Big Stinky Elephant in the Room — the case of Dobbs v Jackson Womens Health …
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Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Kurt Schrader Blasted Nancy Pelosi as “Truly a Terrible Person” While Killing Biden's Build Back Better … Nancy Pelosi is “truly a terrible person,” Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., told colleagues at the height of his confrontation with the House speaker last fall, according to a new book …
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Elena Schneider / Politico:
Where megadonors are spending big money to shape the Democratic Party's future
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
The Little Red Boxes Making a Mockery of Campaign Finance Laws
Discussion: Election Law Blog
New York Times:
Biden Approves Plan to Redeploy Several Hundred Ground Forces Into Somalia  —  The president also signed off on targeting about a dozen Shabab leaders in the war-torn country, from which Donald J. Trump largely withdrew in his final weeks in office.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden has signed …
Karl Ritter / Associated Press:
Sweden ends neutrality, joins Finland in seeking NATO berth  —  STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's prime minister announced Monday that Sweden will join Finland in seeking NATO membership in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, a historic shift that comes after more than 200 years of military nonalignment in the Nordic country.
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New York Times:
NATO Leaders Say They Will Speed Finland and Sweden Membership Bids
Quartz:
Miami's mayor backed MiamiCoin crypto—then its price dropped 95%  —  On Feb. 2, the city of Miami cashed out its cryptocurrency MiamiCoin for the first time, depositing $5.25 million into city coffers.  Miami mayor Francis Suarez hailed it as a “historic moment” and predicted the cryptocurrency …
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
How Often Can You Be Infected With the Coronavirus?  —  The spread of the Omicron variant has given scientists an unsettling answer: repeatedly, sometimes within months.  —  A virus that shows no signs of disappearing, variants that are adept at dodging the body's defenses …
Discussion: HotAir
Roxanne Roberts / Washington Post:
Ketanji Brown Jackson on being a ‘first’ and why she loves ‘Survivor’  —  The justice-designate spoke with The Post about her career, values and historic confirmation to the high court  —  On a recent morning, Ketanji Brown Jackson spent an hour doing one of her favorite things: talking about the law with young people.
Washington Post:
What everyone gets wrong about evangelicals and abortion  —  Evangelicals started speaking out against legal abortion long before the late 1970s  —  In the wake of Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.'s leaked draft Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade, a familiar narrative has emerged.
Associated Press:
Uyghur county in China has highest prison rate in the world  —  BEIJING (AP) — Nearly one in 25 people in a county in the Uyghur heartland of China has been sentenced to prison on terrorism-related charges, in what is the highest known imprisonment rate in the world, an Associated Press review of leaked data shows.
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 and Mediaite
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Los Angeles Times:
Churchgoers subdued, hog-tied gunman after deadly Laguna Woods church shooting
Alexandra Ulmer / Reuters:
Exclusive: Former top Republican lawmaker in Colorado received leak of voting data  —  A former Republican minority leader of the Colorado legislature is among the recipients of a trove of sensitive voting data leaked by a county official working with an activist seeking to prove President …
Discussion: Political Wire
The White House:
President Biden Announces New Actions to Ease the Burden of Housing Costs  —  New Biden-Harris Administration Housing Supply Action Plan To Help Close the Housing Supply Gap in Five Years  —  As President Biden said last week, tackling inflation is his top economic priority.
Discussion: abc7NY
Frank Figliuzzi / MSNBC:
Why a grand jury looking into secret White House docs at Mar-a-Lago is so serious  —  The New York Times, citing two people who'd been briefed on the matter, reported Thursday the convening of a federal grand jury that is investigating the handling of 15 boxes of classified White House documents …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive: Kathy Barnette Refuses to Support GOP Nominee for Senate if It Is Not Her  —  GOP U.S. Senate candidate Kathy Barnette in an interview on Monday morning refused to support the GOP nominee for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania if she does not win the nomination on Tuesday.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Ankush Khardori / Politico:
John Durham Has Already Won  —  Most people are probably not looking for a reason to revisit the 2016 presidential election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, but if you are, then you're in luck this week.  —  Beginning Monday morning in Washington, special counsel John Durham …
Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Judges accused of sex discrimination, bullying, internal survey shows  —  One federal appeals court judge in D.C. has hired only male law clerks for the past two decades.  Another judge allegedly refused to speak to a staffer for weeks after a child-care emergency caused the assistant to depart work early one day.
Michael Schneider / Variety:
Fox Execs Say ‘Absolutely No Regrets’ in Casting Rudy Giuliani on ‘The Masked Singer’ … Fox execs finally addressed the controversy surrounding Rudy Giuliani being cast on “The Masked Singer,” and according to Rob Wade, the president of aalternative entertainment & specials at Fox Entertainment, the company has “no regrets.”
Jackson Richman / Mediaite:
WHCA Threatens Reporter Who Interrupted Psaki Briefing With Possible Expulsion in Scathing Email  —  A reporter who interrupted Friday's White House press briefing has been threatened with suspension or expulsion from the White House Correspondents Association were he to do the same again.
Parmy Olson / Washington Post:
Google Is Sharing Our Data at a Startling Scale  —  Along with the Pixel phones, watches and earbuds at Google's annual showcase of software and devices last week came a pair of nifty-looking translation glasses.  Put them on and real-time “subtitles” appear on the lenses as you watch a person speaking in a different language.
 
 
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