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2:50 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 …
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Opinion How Elise Stefanik and the GOP sanitize ‘great replacement’ ugliness  —  Nothing gets Republicans like Rep. Elise Stefanik angrier than reciting their own words back to them at a politically inconvenient moment.  So it is that the New York lawmaker is lashing out at critics who have noted …
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
The Supreme Court just made it much easier to bribe a member of Congress  —  A case brought by Ted Cruz is a huge boon to rich candidates and moneyed lobbyists.  —  The Supreme Court's conservative majority has been at war with campaign finance laws for more than a dozen years …
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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 …
Politico:
Supreme Court chips away at campaign finance regulation — thanks to Ted Cruz
Discussion: New York Times, Roll Call and Townhall
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court agrees with Cruz, strikes campaign contribution restriction
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
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 …
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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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Ryan Grim / The Intercept:   Kurt Schrader Blasted Nancy Pelosi as “Truly a Terrible Person” While Killing Biden's Build Back Better
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
The Little Red Boxes Making a Mockery of Campaign Finance Laws
Discussion: Election Law Blog
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 …
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.
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.
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.
David Dayen / American Prospect:
The Age of Rationing  —  From pandemic supply chain snarls to baby formula shortages, we forgot that physical production isn't magic, and we need to engineer it for stability.  —  Baby formula is a concentrated industry led primarily by two conglomerates that aren't reliant on formula for their success.
Discussion: Tangle, Bloomberg and Eschaton
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Associated Press:
Biden offers logistics support to ease formula shortage
Discussion: WTOP News
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
Washington Post:
Opinion The Washington Post guide to writing an opinion article … Each month, The Washington Post publishes dozens of op-eds from guest authors.  These articles — written by subject-matter experts, politicians, journalists and other people with something interesting to say …
Discussion: Althouse
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Ben Bernanke Sees ‘Stagflation’ Ahead  —  The former chairman of the Federal Reserve has a new book out on Tuesday explaining the powers of the Fed and Congress to juice or slow our economy amid a supply-chain crunch and sky-high demand.  —  Standing in his kitchen one morning in Washington …
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
Gizmodo:
We're Publishing the Facebook Papers.  Here's How Facebook Killed News Feed Fixes Over Fear of Conservative Backlash.  —  Facebook said it did not “build and withhold any News Feed changes based on potential impact on any one political party.”  Internal documents say otherwise.  —  Alerts
City & State New York:
Draft house maps released by special master  —  The map seems to spell bad news for New York Democrats, who could have more competitive general elections than ever.  —  The court appointed, neutral special master tasked with redrawing New York's Congressional and state Senate district maps released …
Discussion: Axios, The Hill and Fox News
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.
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: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Joshua Yaffa / New Yorker:
A Ukrainian City Under a Violent New Regime  —  How the Russian occupation transformed life in Melitopol. … It was still dark on the morning of February 24th when Ivan Fedorov, the mayor of Melitopol, a midsize city in southern Ukraine, awoke to the sound of explosions.
 
 
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Naomi Lim / Washington Examiner:
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The White House:
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