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12:40 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 …
Discussion: ABC News, The Nation and New York Times
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Making Sense of the Racist Mass Shooting in Buffalo
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 …
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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Paul Blumenthal / HuffPost:
The Supreme Court Makes Ted Cruz A Half-Million Dollars Richer
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
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 …
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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 …
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Financial Times:
Ukraine war is ‘best opportunity’ for nuclear comeback since Fukushima, industry says
Discussion: Politico
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
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.
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 …
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
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
New Tom Cotton book spotlights what senator calls 'Left's Plot to Sabotage American Power'  —  Arkansas senator, Iraq-Afghanistan veteran has been helping fellow Republicans in 2022 midterms as he mulls 2024 presidential run  —  Tom Cotton: How America can help Ukraine win
Grid News:
Larry Ellison has only tweeted once.  Why is he pouring $1 billion into Elon Musk's Twitter bid?  —  Oracle has lobbied aggressively against Big Tech and funded a dark money group attacking the platform as anti-conservative.  —  When Larry Ellison pledged $1 billion to back Elon Musk's Twitter takeover …
 
 
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Gizmodo:
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