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7:10 AM ET, May 17, 2022


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Daniel Arkin / NBC News:
Fox News' Tucker Carlson under fresh scrutiny after Buffalo mass shooting  —  Fox News personality Tucker Carlson is facing intense scrutiny from extremism experts, media watchdogs and progressive activists who say there is a link between the top-rated host's “great replacement” …
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Racist Attack Spotlights Stefanik's Echo of Replacement Theory  —  WASHINGTON — Over the past week, Representative Elise Stefanik of New York, the third-ranking House Republican, has falsely claimed that President Biden is shipping infant formula to undocumented immigrants at the expense of Americans amid a nationwide formula shortage.
Media Matters for America:
We're all trying to find the guy who did this — Fox News struggled to shift coverage of Buffalo mass shooting away from the racist theory it frequently promoted  —  Fox News' silence on the “great replacement” theory spoke volumes … Fox News programming went virtually silent …
New York Times:
Biden Heads to Buffalo to Mourn Shooting Victims and Denounce Those Espousing Hate  —  The challenge for a president who came to office preaching unity may be how to take on those preaching hate.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden will travel to Buffalo on Tuesday to denounce the racist massacre …
New York Times:
Republicans Play on Fears of ‘Great Replacement’ in Bid for Base Voters  —  The mass shooting in Buffalo was the work of a lone gunman but not the product of an isolated ideology.  —  In a manifesto, the suspect detailed how he viewed Black people as “replacers” of white Americans.
PR Newswire:
Twitter Files Preliminary Proxy Statement for Acquisition by Elon Musk  —  Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) today announced that it has filed its preliminary proxy statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with the previously announced agreement for Twitter to be acquired …
Project Veritas:
Twitter Senior Engineer Talks Elon Musk Takeover in NEW Undercover Video: ‘Twitter Does Not Believe in Free Speech’ ... Admits Employees at Tech Giant are ‘Commie as F**k’  — Project Veritas published a new story on Monday night featuring footage of Twitter Senior Engineer, Siru Murugesan …
Matthew Loh / Insider:
Elon Musk says he'll vote Republican in ‘this election’ despite ‘overwhelmingly’ voting for Democrats in the past
Discussion: NBC News
Musk Says Twitter Deal at Lower Price Is ‘Not Out of the Question’
Corin Faife / The Verge:
Elon Musk's silence on how he'd moderate the Buffalo shooting livestream is deafening
NBC News:
Buffalo suspect considered attacking elementary schools, churches, according to online chat logs  —  Rising hate crimes in the U.S. and how social media could fuel violence  —  An account with the same handle used by the primary suspect in the mass shooting at a Buffalo, New York …
Discussion: Raw Story
Melissa Chan / NBC News:
New York's red flag law should have helped thwart the Buffalo mass shooting. What went wrong?
Buffalo Massacre Suspect Mapped Plans on Discord App for Months
GOP blame game erupts in Pennsylvania governor's race  —  PHILADELPHIA — The election isn't until Tuesday, but the blame game is already well underway.  —  With far-right state Sen. Doug Mastriano on the verge of capturing the Pennsylvania GOP gubernatorial nomination, Republicans are lashing out …
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 …
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Estonia's Tough Voice on Ukraine Urges No Compromise With Putin  —  Kaja Kallas, the prime minister, remembers Soviet annexation and repression and sees the same brutality in occupied Ukraine, which she believes is fighting for all of Europe.  —  TALLINN, Estonia — Kaja Kallas, now 44 …
Discussion: CEPA
Anne Flaherty / ABC News:
FDA, Abbott agree on plan to resume production of infant formula at Michigan plant  —  The three-month closure has contributed to a nationwide shortage.  —  The Food and Drug Administration and Abbott Nutrition have agreed on a plan to resume operations at its infant formula facility in Sturgis …
Christina Jewett / New York Times:
F.D.A. and Abbott Reach Agreement on Baby Formula to Try to Ease Shortage
John Revill / Reuters:
Neutral Switzerland leans closer to NATO in response to Russia  —  Switzerland's fabled neutral status is about to face its biggest test in decades, with the defence ministry tilting closer to Western military powers in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Discussion: Al Jazeera, Insider and New York Times
Jon Henley / The Guardian:
Turkey says it will not approve Sweden and Finland joining Nato
Steven Shepard / Politico:
It's Midterm Super Tuesday.  Here are the people, places and big political questions at stake.  —  Of the 20 separate dates on the 2022 midterm primary calendar, none is more important — and potentially dramatic — than this Tuesday.  —  Former President Donald Trump is staking his claim …
Discussion: CNN, The Hill, FiveThirtyEight and NPR
Nathaniel Rakich / FiveThirtyEight:
16 GOP Primaries To Watch In North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Idaho And Oregon
Discussion: Vox, The Dispatch and My Dear Friend,
Justin George / Washington Post:
Metro GM retires one day after transit agency announces recertification lapses  —  The transit agency was also cited as early as 2015 for not having a consistent recertification program.  —  Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld, who has led Metro for six years, announced Monday evening …
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Supreme Court greenlights corruption  —  There are few meaningful limits remaining on money in politics.  As a result, politics has become increasingly dominated by the wealthy.  The average U.S. Senator is a multi-millionaire.  On Monday, the Supreme Court made the situation a little bit worse.
Discussion: New Republic, Vox and Slate
Washington Post:
How Trump's pact with the Club for Growth turned into a grudge match  —  The influential GOP group is challenging Trump's picks in key Senate races amid competing claims to the MAGA mantle  —  David McIntosh, head of the influential conservative group the Club for Growth, used to fly on Air Force One …
Discussion: Politico and New York Times
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
How Trump's Dr. Oz endorsement could cost the GOP in Pennsylvania
Prominent OC doctor killed while trying to stop Laguna Woods church shooting suspect, sheriff says  —  “Without the actions of Dr. Cheng, it is no doubt that there would be numerous additional victims in this crime,” officials said.  —  OC doctor killed while trying to stop church shooting suspect
Discussion: Insider
Orange County Register:
Laguna Woods church shooter was motived by hate of Taiwan, sheriff says
Discussion: Breitbart, UPI and Los Angeles Times
Carron J. Phillips / Deadspin:
White fans were entertained by Black athletes a day after a racist killed Black people in Buffalo — this is what white supremacy looks like  —  You can be sure that Jayson Tatum and Chris Paul have more than Game 7 wins and losses on their mind after this weekend  —  Sports only serve as an escape from society if you're white.
Discussion: RedState
Aaron Morrison / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Black Lives Matter has $42 million in assets  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The foundation started by organizers of the Black Lives Matter movement is still worth tens of millions of dollars, after spending more than $37 million on grants, real estate, consultants, and other expenses, according to tax documents filed with the IRS.
Discussion: Fox News
Ray Stern / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Senate to investigate Wendy Rogers over social media post on Buffalo shooting  —  An effort to expel the state senator, led by the Democrats, failed.  —  View Comments  —  The Arizona Senate will investigate a social media post from state Sen. Wendy Rogers that suggested the shooter …
The White House:
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, May 16, 2022  —  MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Good afternoon, everybody.  Hello.  I know that was a long two minutes.  I apologize.  —  Okay, let's get started.  So, before we start the briefing, I want to take a moment to recognize the lives lost and forever changed in Buffalo.
Michael Bamberger / The Fire Pit Collective:
Trumped  —  From the events of Jan. 6 to Phil Mickelson's WD, the 2022 PGA has been defined by controversy.  —  The major protagonists have one thing in common: the Saudis  —  By Michael Bamberger  —  May 16, 2022  —  In the annals of golfing weirdness, here's a double whammy for the ages …
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Discussion: Washington Examiner
Alex Pareene / New Republic:
The Disastrous Legacy of the New Democrats
Andrew Pantazi / The Tributary:
Florida judge orders officials to use new congressional redistricting map
Discussion: Raw Story
Miami Herald:
Reversing Trump measures, U.S. will expand flights to Cuba and resume family reunifications
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National Review:
Madison Cawthorn Doesn't Belong in Congress
Discussion: Insider and Wall Street Journal
Trump's campaign committee dodges penalty as federal watchdog deadlocks on complaint it laundered hundreds of millions of dollars
Discussion: Election Law Blog
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
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Discussion: HotAir