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12:20 PM ET, May 17, 2022

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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Most Extremist Violence in the U.S. Comes From the Political Right  —  The Buffalo killings are part of a pattern: Most extremist violence in the U.S. comes from the political right.  —  Over the past decade, the Anti-Defamation League has counted about 450 U.S. murders committed by political extremists.
Discussion: Silver Linings
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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” …
Adam Gabbatt / The Guardian:
Fox News suddenly goes quiet on ‘great replacement’ theory after Buffalo shooting  —  Suspect was allegedly motivated by the theory, but network has barely mentioned gunman's reasoning, even after Tucker Carlson pushed the concept in more than 400 of his shows
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Racist Attack Spotlights Stefanik's Echo of Replacement Theory
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 raised further doubts about the future of his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter on Tuesday …
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Nicholas Grossman / The Bulwark:
“Free Speech” Ought to Mean More than Mocking Trans People  —  Elon Musk, social media content moderation, and a culture of free speech.  —  Explaining why he wants to (maybe) buy Twitter, Elon Musk said that he values free speech.  Here's how he defined it: “By ‘free speech’, I simply mean that which matches the law.
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’
Matthew Loh / Insider:   Elon Musk says he'll vote Republican in ‘this election’ despite ‘overwhelmingly’ voting for Democrats in the past
Nika Shakhnazarova / New York Post:
Tax filings reveal how BLM co-founder spent charity funds  —  Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors used charity funds to pay her brother and child's father eye-watering sums of cash for various services, according to tax documents filed with the IRS.
Discussion: TheGrio
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Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
Living With The Far-Right Insurgency In Idaho  —  A radical GOP faction, in open alliance with extremists, is seizing power and targeting its opponents with cruelty.  Some wonder: Is it time to leave?  —  IDAHO — White nationalist Vincent James Foxx had a new video for his nearly 70,000 subscribers …
Discussion: Raw Story
Adam Staten / Newsweek:
Donald Trump Jr. Throws Cold Water on Finland Joining NATO  —  Donald Trump Jr., a prominent and vocal member of the MAGA crowd, has some concerns when it comes to Finland possibly joining NATO.  —  On Monday morning, Trump Jr. shared his thoughts on the possibility that the European country …
Discussion: CNN and RedState
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Jon Henley / The Guardian:
Turkey says it will not approve Sweden and Finland joining Nato
Berkeley Lovelace Jr / NBC News:
FDA authorizes Pfizer Covid booster for children 5 to 11 years old  —  FDA to approve Pfizer booster for children aged 5-11  —  The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday authorized a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.
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Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Dinesh D'Souza's 2000 Mules Is a Hilarious Mockumentary  —  A tour de force exploring the limits of how many suckers there are willing to pay for fantasy.  —  Dinesh D'Souza's 2000 Mules is Plandemic for election truthers.  For the non-insane, it's a hilarious mockumentary.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Russian Atrocities Prompt Bipartisan Push to Expand U.S. War Crimes Law  —  WASHINGTON — Leading senators of both parties have struck a deal over a draft bill that would expand a 1996 war crimes law to give American courts jurisdiction over cases involving atrocities committed abroad …
Discussion: Muzzle Velocity
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Washington Post:
Inside the Jan. 6 committee, key questions remain as hearings loom  —  The committee is reckoning with how closely to focus on former president Donald Trump  —  When the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol gathered for a private retreat last month …
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
FBI Records Reveal Matt Gaetz Was in Chaos Mode as Scandal Broke  —  Just minutes before Matt Gaetz went on Tucker Carlson the night it was revealed he was under investigation for sex crimes, he was yelling at the FBI.  —  Fifteen minutes before Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was due …
Discussion: Raw Story
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Senior Trump official at State met with election denial activists Jan. 6  —  The confirmation of the meeting provides new evidence of the success that the president's allies had in gaining access to top administration officials  —  On Jan. 6, 2021, around the time that thousands …
Discussion: Political Wire
NBC News:
Trump waded into GOP primaries.  Democrats hope he sticks around.  —  WASHINGTON — Donald Trump has inserted himself into the Republican primaries this week in Pennsylvania, much to the chagrin of some GOP members there, who think he may have picked the wrong candidates and needlessly shuffled the race.
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Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
You may want to watch the House UFO hearing today  —  We previewed this last week, but now the day has arrived.  Shortly after this article goes live, the House “3C” subcommittee on intelligence will open up the first congressional hearing on the subject of UFOs in more than half a century.
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Tim Wallace / Telegraph:
Bank of England warns of ‘apocalyptic’ global food shortage  —  Governor Andrew Bailey says he is ‘helpless’ in face of surging inflation  —  The Governor of the Bank of England has warned of “apocalyptic” global food price rises and said he is “helpless” in the face of surging inflation …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Insider
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.
Discussion: NBC News and Associated Press
James Fallows / New York Times:
America's Wars Are Fought by Relatively Few People.  That's a Problem for Phil Klay. … When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission.  —  UNCERTAIN GROUND  —  Citizenship in an Age of Endless, Invisible War
 
 
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Felice Belman / New York Times:
The governor of Vermont, a Republican in a liberal state, launches a bid for re-election.
Discussion: WCAX-TV
Kayla Gogarty / Media Matters for America:
Hate speech and misinformation proliferate on Meta products, with 13,500 policy violations documented in the past year alone
Mike Elk / Payday Report:
Woodland Hills Alumni Push Summer Lee Across the Finish Line
Discussion: Deseret News
Timothy Nerozzi / Fox News:
White House makes 3rd round of free COVID-19 tests available to order
Washington Post:
Facebook quietly bankrolled small, grassroots groups to fight its battles in Washington
New York Times:
10 Republicans on President Trump's Sway in Georgia, Ohio and Pennsylvania
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Justin George / Washington Post:
Metro GM retires one day after transit agency announces recertification lapses
KQED:
Plot to Blow Up Democratic Headquarters Exposed California Extremists Hiding in Plain Sight
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
GOP blame game erupts in Pennsylvania governor's race
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
Discussion: Townhall and RedState
Miami Herald:
Reversing Trump measures, U.S. will expand flights to Cuba and resume family reunifications
Washington Post:
Store guard confronted Buffalo suspect during March visit, online account says