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9:35 AM 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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Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Opinion The Black victims of the Buffalo shooting were killed by white supremacy  —  Do not dare look away from the bloody horror that left 10 dead in Buffalo.  Do not dare write off the shooter as somehow uniquely “troubled.”  Those Black victims were murdered by white supremacy …
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.
Talia Lavin / Rolling Stone:
The Buffalo Shooter Isn't a ‘Lone Wolf.’ He's a Mainstream Republican
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Grief and Anger Sweep Through Buffalo a Day After a Racist Massacre
Erie County (New York) Government:
Broome County Teen Arraigned for Killing Ten, Injuring Three in Shooting at Buffalo Grocery Store
Associated Press:
Buffalo shooter targeted Black neighborhood, officials say
Jonathan Lemire / Politico:
Biden starts conceding that the bygone era of D.C. may, indeed, be gone  —  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 …
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Josephine Harvey / HuffPost:
CNN Host Asks Fauci Whether He'd Stay In His Post If Trump Was Reelected
Discussion: Washington Times, al.com and Twitchy
Brad Dress / The Hill:   Fauci says he would not serve under Trump again
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
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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.
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
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Financial Times:
Ukraine war is ‘best opportunity’ for nuclear comeback since Fukushima, industry says
Discussion: Politico
Associated Press:
Finland, Sweden inch closer to seeking NATO membership
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Where megadonors are spending big money to shape the Democratic Party's future  —  House Democratic primaries are drawing record cash — even as they're almost guaranteed to lose their majority.  —  Super PACs and other organizations have already dropped more than $53 million …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:   The Little Red Boxes Making a Mockery of Campaign Finance Laws
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.
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.
Lauren Hirsch / New York Times:
After 32 years, McDonald's Plans to Sell Its Russia Business  —  “This is a complicated issue that's without precedent and with profound consequences,” Chris Kempczinski, the chief executive of McDonald's, wrote in a message to franchises that was obtained by The Times.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Adam Wren / Politico:
Pence returns from the GOP dead  —  Mike Pence's plan is working.  —  After years of loyal service and genuflecting as Donald Trump's former No. 2, Pence is capitalizing on carefully choreographed split screens with his former boss on everything from endorsements and appearances to policy and photo-ops.
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 …
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
Nancy Mace wobbles on the Trump tightrope  —  In early 2021, Rep. Nancy Mace opened her doors to TV cameras that showed her using her House office as a humble abode while she's in Washington.  —  “Walk me through how you live in your office,” an ABC reporter said as the South Carolina Republican showed off …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
As Barnette raises doubts in PA Senate race, some voters move back toward McCormick  —  ALTOONA, Pennsylvania — Just two days ago, Michelle Damiano was very seriously thinking of voting for Kathy Barnette, the insurgent candidate running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania.
Discussion: Fox News, Breitbart and Political Wire
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Azi Paybarah / New York Times:
Kathy Barnette Says She 'Can't Provide a Lot of Context' for Her Anti-Islamic Tweets
Discussion: Big League Politics and Fox News
 
 
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NBC News:
Meet the Press - May 15, 2022  —  CHUCK TODD:  —  This Sunday: Mass shooting in Buffalo.
Discussion: HuffPost
Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Judges accused of sex discrimination, bullying, internal survey shows
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
New Tom Cotton book spotlights what senator calls 'Left's Plot to Sabotage American Power'
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Alex Berenson / Wall Street Journal:
My Lawsuit Will Shine a Light on Twitter Censorship
Discussion: New York Post
Theo Francis / Wall Street Journal:
Pay Packages for CEOs Rise to Record Level
Discussion: Fortune and The Hill
David Rothkopf / The Daily Beast:
If We're Going to Spend More on Defense, Let's Spend Smarter
Wall Street Journal:
Jeff Bezos Criticizes Joe Biden in Twitter Spat Over Inflation
Discussion: Louder With Crowder and RedState
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
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Adrian Carrasquillo / Newsweek:
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Eric Topol / Ground Truths:
The Covid Capitulation  —  As the virus accelerates its evolution, humans retrogress
Discussion: The Guardian
Dan Merica / CNN:
Pennsylvania US Senate candidate Fetterman suffers stroke but says he's ‘well on my way to a full recovery’