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5:40 PM ET, May 16, 2022

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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 …
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New York Times:
A Fringe Conspiracy Theory, Fostered Online, Is Refashioned by the G.O.P.
Chauncey DeVega / Salon:
Buffalo: This is where Donald Trump's race-war fantasies lead
Bloomberg:
Musk Says Twitter Deal at Lower Price Is ‘Not Out of the Question’  —  Elon Musk stoked speculation that he could seek to renegotiate his takeover of Twitter Inc., saying a viable deal at a lower price wouldn't be “out of the question.”  —  Twitter shares briefly pared losses in afternoon trading.
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Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
‘Like Throwing Money Down a Hole’: Kara Swisher Breaks Down Elon Musk's Chaotic Bid to Take Over Twitter  —  Kara Swisher thinks — well, knows — that Elon Musk is having second thoughts about buying Twitter for $44 billion.  —  “He has to be.  This price is too high,” she told me on the latest episode of The Interview.
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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Briar Napier / Oil City News:
Sen. Cynthia Lummis apologizes after ‘two sexes’ comment evokes jeers, boos at UW commencement  —  A University of Wyoming commencement speaker has apologized after a controversial statement she made in reference to sex and gender Saturday evoked jeers by some in attendance.
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Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:   Cynthia Lummis Booed For ‘Two Sexes’ Claim During Commencement Speech
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
Abbott / PR Newswire:
Abbott Enters into Consent Decree with U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its Sturgis, Mich., Plant; Agreement Creates Pathway to Reopen Facility  — After FDA approval, Abbott could restart the site within two weeks; from the time of restart it would take six to eight weeks before product is available on shelves
Discussion: CBS News and The Hill
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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 …
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Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Court's Redistricting Plan Erases Democratic House Gains in New York
Discussion: TheBlaze and New York Post
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: New York Post and The Daily Caller
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.
National Review:
Madison Cawthorn Doesn't Belong in Congress  —  By one, and only one, metric has Madison Cawthorn succeeded in his first term in Congress — gaining notoriety.  —  That's enough for backbench Republicans to become huge stars these days, but it may well lead to Cawthorn's defeat …
Discussion: Insider and Wall Street Journal
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.
Ken Klippenstein / The Intercept:
Congressional Democrats Demand FBI Probe Into Killing of Palestinian Journalist … A pair of congressional Democrats are circulating a letter demanding an FBI investigation into the killing of Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, according to three sources with knowledge …
Dan Sabbagh / The Guardian:
Putin involved in war ‘at level of colonel or brigadier’, say western sources  —  President helping determine movement of Russian soldiers, say sources, as head of UK armed forces says Ukraine is winning  —  Vladimir Putin has become so personally involved in the Ukraine war …
Discussion: Raw Story
Marc Caputo / NBC News:
GOP candidates unleash wave of ads targeting transgender rights  —  Two leading Republican Senate hopefuls in Pennsylvania are savaging each other in TV ads over who supported transgender surgery more.  In Missouri, another GOP candidate for Senate surged when she criticized transgender swimmer Lia Thomas in a commercial.
Insider:
Trump's campaign committee dodges penalty as federal watchdog deadlocks on complaint it laundered hundreds of millions of dollars  — The Federal Election Commission has “evenly divided” on a case involving Donald Trump's 2020 re-election committee.  — A complaint alleged …
Charles R. Kesler / Claremont Review of Books:
The Supreme Court Leak  —  The overturning of Roe v. Wade will intensify the battle between the progressives' constitution and the founders' Constitution.  —  Lenin allegedly said, “There are decades when nothing happens, and there are weeks when decades happen.”
Discussion: Townhall
Washington Post:
Store guard confronted Buffalo suspect during March visit, online account says  —  Two months before Payton Gendron allegedly killed 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo, he was confronted by a security guard at the store during a trip on which he compiled detailed plans of the location …
Discussion: The Hill 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: HotAir and Wall Street Journal
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
 
 
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Reuters:
U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve drops to lowest level since 1987
Discussion: Twitchy
Stan Dorn / Families Usa:
Unless Congress Acts, Health Care Costs Will Soon Skyrocket for People Who Buy Their Own Insurance
Discussion: Insider and HuffPost
Lauren Windsor / #ExposeAuxin:
Wall Street's Solar Squeeze
Matthew Kassel / Jewish Insider:
Echoes of OH-11 in heated Pittsburgh House race
Discussion: Vox
JONATHAN TURLEY:
The GW Commencement Controversy: A Response To Rep. Susan Wild
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Twitchy
Alexandra Ulmer / Reuters:
Exclusive: Former top Republican lawmaker in Colorado received leak of voting data
Discussion: Political Wire
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Charlotte Klein / Vanity Fair:
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Discussion: The Hill
Associated Press:
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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
Joshua Yaffa / New Yorker:
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Gizmodo:
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Grid News:
Larry Ellison has only tweeted once. Why is he pouring $1 billion into Elon Musk's Twitter bid?
Washington Post:
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