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9:45 PM ET, May 17, 2022

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New York Times:
Justice Dept. Is Said to Request Transcripts From Jan. 6 Committee  —  The committee has interviewed more than 1,000 people so far, and the transcripts could be used as evidence in potential criminal cases or to pursue new leads.  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has asked …
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C. Ryan Barber / Insider:
Donald Trump and his associates just had a no good, very bad day thanks to a cascading series of Justice Department moves  — Bad news for Trump and associates as a key Democrat confirms DOJ asked for January 6 transcripts.  — A federal grand jury also returned more charges …
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
U.S. Department of Justice:
Justice Department Sues to Compel a U.S. Businessperson to Register Under the Foreign Agents Registration Act  —  Complaint Alleges That Stephen A. Wynn Lobbied the Then-President and Former Administration Officials at the Request of the People's Republic of China
Discussion: Washington Post
Niraj Chokshi / New York Times:
U.S. Accuses Steve Wynn of Lobbying Trump on Behalf of China
Aruna Viswanatha / Wall Street Journal:
Steve Wynn Sued by Justice Department
Discussion: Politico, Associated Press, CNN and Reuters
Matt Levine / Bloomberg:
Elon Musk Does Not Care About Spam Bots  —  Programming note: Money Stuff will be off tomorrow, back on Thursday.  Unless.  You know.  —  Oh Elon  —  Elon Musk is the richest person in the world, and an active Twitter user.  When he tweets, he gets a lot of spammy replies, many of which seem to be written by automated bots.
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Lee Brown / New York Post:
Twitter engineer recorded saying ‘Commie as f-k’ staff ‘censors the right’  —  A senior Twitter engineer has been secretly recorded admitting that the social media giant is “censoring the right” — and that he and his co-workers are “Commie as f-k.”  —  “Twitter does not believe in free speech …
New York Times:
Elon Musk says Twitter deal ‘cannot move forward’ without more information.  —  Mr. Musk called on Twitter to provide more data about the number of spam and fake accounts on the social media site.  —  Elon Musk, chaos agent.  —  Mr. Musk, the world's richest man, continued creating confusion around …
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Republican Senate candidates promote ‘replacement’ theory  —  NEW YORK (AP) — A half-dozen mainstream Republican Senate candidates are drawing on the “great replacement” conspiracy theory once confined to the far-right fringes of U.S. politics to court voters this campaign season …
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Most Extremist Violence in the U.S. Comes From the Political Right
Politico:
'She's not racist': House Republicans dismiss furor over Stefanik immigration ad
Discussion: ABC News, PolitiFact and Raw Story
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Live Updates: Republicans Poised to Elevate Candidates Who Dispute the 2020 Election  —  Polls have closed in North Carolina, and voters in Pennsylvania are also picking candidates for open seats.  Oregon, Idaho and Kentucky have primary contests, too.  —  Republicans appear likely …
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Shawn Hubler / New York Times:
With Plunging Enrollment, a ‘Seismic Hit’ to Public Schools  —  The pandemic has supercharged the decline in the nation's public school system in ways that experts say will not easily be reversed.  —  ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. — In New York City, the nation's largest school district has lost some 50,000 students over the past two years.
ABC News:
Chinese plane crash that killed 132 caused by intentional act: US officials  —  The Eastern Airlines jet crashed into a mountain after a steep dive.  —  The China Eastern Airlines plane crash that killed 132 people is believed to have been caused by an intentional act, according to U.S. officials who spoke to ABC News.
Discussion: Bloomberg and UPI
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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Supreme Court makes it easier for rich donors to bankroll candidates  —  The Supreme Court has boosted high-dollar donors' abilities to personally enrich candidates — including ones like the wealthy individuals pouring millions into their own campaigns this year — if they prevail on Election Day.
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John Nichols / The Nation:
The Supreme Court Just Streamlined the Process for Bribing Senators
Christina Prignano / The Boston Globe:
Map: A county-by-county look at COVID-19 transmission in the United States  —  As the Northeast and other parts of the country grapple with a highly transmissible offshoot of the Omicron variant, community transmission levels are once again rising, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
Double Jeopardy: Princeton Prepares To Axe Star Professor Who Raised Hell Over Woke Lunacy  —  Ivy League school leans on second investigation into Joshua Katz's decade-old consensual relationship with a student  —  Princeton University is planning to fire one of the most distinguished classics professors …
Discussion: National Review
Bernadette Hogan / New York Post:
Bill de Blasio eyeing run at newly drawn NY seat Jerrold Nadler has left behind  —  Just when you thought he was out ...  Ex-New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told a state lawmaker he plans to run for New York's newly drawn 10th Congressional district — the seat entrenched Rep. Jerrold Nadler …
Discussion: The Daily Wire, All and Mediaite
Robert Legare / CBS News:
Prosecutors allege Michael Sussmann planned “October Surprise” against Trump in September 2016 FBI meeting, as trial gets underway  —  Washington - Special counsel John Durham's first jury trial in the three years since his appointment by Trump Attorney General Bill Barr commenced Tuesday …
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Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
‘A trial about privilege’: Durham and Sussmann lawyers clash in opening to trial
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Ukraine aid splinters the GOP  —  The Republican establishment is striking back against a right flank attempt to turn its opposition to Ukraine aid into an “America First” talking point.  —  Congress' nearly $40 billion package of help for the war-torn nation is taking heat from a growing number …
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
UFO hearing features historic testimony from Pentagon officials  —  Congress held a rare public hearing Tuesday into the existence of what the government calls unidentified aerial phenomena, more commonly known as UFOs, a subject of scrutiny by the Pentagon and U.S. intelligence agencies following …
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Associated Press:
FBI investigating Dallas' Koreatown shooting as hate crime  —  DALLAS (AP) — Police have arrested a suspect in connection with a shooting that wounded three women in a hair salon in the city's Koreatown and federal officials have launched a hate crime investigation, authorities said Tuesday.
Politico:
Dems question whether Maloney can run DCCC while battling freshman colleague  —  House Democrats could find themselves picking sides in a deeply uncomfortable primary this summer: their campaign chair versus a Black freshman.  And a growing swath of the caucus is blaming its midterm chief …
Josh Barro / Very Serious:
Abortion-Rights Advocates Tell Democrats to Stop Saying ‘Choice,’ Because Reasons  —  Abortion can be a winning issue for Democrats but they have to make it one, instead of playing language games  —  Last Thursday, Politico congressional reporter Sarah Ferris reported on a memo circulated …
Tom Dreisbach / NPR:
A pro-Trump film suggests its data are so accurate, it solved a murder.  That's false  —  A conservative “election integrity” group called True The Vote has made multiple misleading or false claims about its work, NPR has found, including the suggestion that they helped solve the murder of an eight-year-old girl in Atlanta.
Daniel Bergner / New York Times:
Doctors Gave Her Antipsychotics.  She Decided to Live With Her Voices.  —  A new movement wants to shift mainstream thinking away from medication and toward greater acceptance.  —  Caroline Mazel-Carlton began hearing voices when she was in day care.  Mornings, by the time she was in middle school …
Discussion: Power Line, Freddie deBoer and Althouse
Eugene Daniels / Politico:
Kamala Harris wants to get out of D.C. more.  But she literally can't.  —  On Sunday afternoon, Vice President Kamala Harris led an American delegation to the United Arab Emirates to express condolences after the death of the federation's president.  By Monday morning, she was on her way home.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: Where in the world is David Perdue?  —  We looked high and low for David Perdue near the end of his last campaign, when the then-senator loaded his schedule with a statewide bus tour and dozens of meet-and-greets, but he was almost impossible to access for most reporters.Now we're asking …
Discussion: HotAir and WTOC
CNBC:
Trump fundraiser Barrack sought UAE investment while lobbying for country, prosecutors say  — A billionaire fundraiser for former U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign sought investment from two United Arab Emirates sovereign wealth funds at the same time he was illegally lobbying for the country, prosecutors said on Tuesday.
Greg Olear / PREVAIL:
Eight Ways Rand Paul is a Kremlin Stooge  —  “The senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin,” John McCain said.  Take him at his word.  —  Randal Howard “Rand” Paul, the only sitting member of Congress to be beaten up by his next-door neighbor, made headlines last week for blocking U.S. aid to Ukraine.
Nur Ibrahim / Snopes.com:
Did WaPo Publish, ‘This Dog is the New Face of Online Homophobia’? … A screenshot of a supposed Washington Post article headlined, “This dog is the new face of online homophobia,” with a photograph of a dog, went viral in the spring of 2022.  But the article is not real.
Discussion: Raw Story
Nate Raymond / Reuters:
Jackson's first Supreme Court clerks include judiciary workplace reform advocate  —  (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice-designate Ketanji Brown Jackson has selected a diverse set of lawyers to serve as her first four law clerks, including one who has advocated for the judiciary to do more to prevent sexual harassment.
 
 
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Barbara Starr / CNN:
US assesses North Korea preparing for possible long range missile test within days as Biden prepares to travel to Asia
Discussion: Bloomberg
Lindsey Bever / Washington Post:
Florida bans protests outside homes
Steve Neavling / News & Views, Detroit Metro Times:
White supremacists are convicted of training for a civil war in Michigan
Discussion: Detroit Metro Times
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Blue Star registers retroactively for Burisma work
Discussion: CNBC and Washington Post
Washington Post:
Opinion All eyes are on Ukraine, but another crisis is brewing in Iran
Bloomberg:
US to Ease Sanctions on Venezuela, Enabling Cargoes to Europe
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, CNN and UPI
Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
Canceled: Senate Dems Nix ‘Disinformation’ Hearing After Embarrassing Jankowicz Videos Surface
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 Earlier Items: 
David Covucci / The Daily Dot:
EXCLUSIVE: The Secret Service was worried Trump would get hit with a milkshake
Discussion: Raw Story
Walter Shapiro / Roll Call:
Biden's ‘MAGA Republicans’ is a meh-ga slogan
Myah Ward / Politico:
Pennsylvania Senate candidate Fetterman has heart procedure after stroke
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
GOP Rep. Pushes Bizarre Bill to ‘Expunge’ Trump's Jan. 6 Impeachment
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
David Badash / Raw Story:
Republicans block bill to stop price gouging at the pump as gas hits new record high
Discussion: HotAir and Washington Times
Adam Staten / Newsweek:
Donald Trump Jr. Throws Cold Water on Finland Joining NATO
Discussion: CNN