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10:55 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 …
C. Ryan Barber / Insider:
Trump and his associates just had a 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 against the ex-chair of Trump's 2017 inaugural committee.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Doug Mastriano, a far-right 2020 election denier, is Pennsylvania Republicans' choice for governor.  —  Doug Mastriano, a central figure in former President Donald J. Trump's efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election in Pennsylvania, won the state's Republican primary for governor on Tuesday …
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 …
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Live results: Girondins vs. Montagnards in Pennsylvania
Discussion: New York Magazine, NPR and Fox News
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.
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.
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 …
'She's not racist': House Republicans dismiss furor over Stefanik immigration ad
Discussion: ABC News, PolitiFact and Raw Story
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Most Extremist Violence in the U.S. Comes From the Political Right
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.
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.
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
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 …
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: TheBlaze, All, Mediaite and The Daily Wire
Wall Street Journal:
China Eastern Black Box Points to Intentional Nosedive  —  Flight data suggests someone in cockpit pushed Boeing 737-800 into near-vertical descent, according to a preliminary U.S. assessment  —  Search-and-rescue workers in March sorted through aircraft debris at the China Eastern crash site in southern China.
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.
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 …
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 …
Kipp Jones / Mediaite:
BREAKING: Madison Cawthorn Loses Primary After Series of Scandals, Concedes (UPDATED)  —  Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) narrowly lost his primary Tuesday, according to a projection by Dave Wasserman of Cook Political Report.  —  With 92% reporting, Cawthorn trails by two percentage points.
Discussion: HuffPost, Fox News and Breitbart
Brian Broome / Washington Post:
Opinion Black people want the hate to stop.  But it is only getting worse.  —  I keep telling my Black friends that it's just going to get worse.  —  I keep telling them that some White men, fed a steady diet of nonsense and statistics about the state of Whiteness in the United States …
Discussion: Twitchy, TheBlaze and Buffalo News
Tim Scott / Washington Post:
Opinion Tim Scott: Abortion is not the way to help single Black mothers
Discussion: The Hill and IJR
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 …
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.
John Nichols / The Nation:
The Supreme Court Just Streamlined the Process for Bribing Senators  —  Ted Cruz manufactured a case to upend anti-corruption provisions, and it worked.  —  Bribing members of Congress is generally thought of as a bad thing.  That's why there was widespread support for the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act …
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
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.
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.
Steve Neavling / News & Views, Detroit Metro Times:
White supremacists are convicted of training for a civil war in Michigan  —  The Base is a pro-Hitler movement that advocates a race war against non-white people  —  Three members of a militant white supremacist group were the first in Michigan to be convicted of conspiring to train …
Discussion: Detroit Metro Times
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
America more interested in Depp-Heard trial than abortion  —  The defamation trial between actors and former spouses Johnny Depp and Amber Heard has quickly amassed more online attention than some of the country's biggest and most pressing news stories, including the leaked Supreme Court decision and Russia's war in Ukraine.
Discussion: Breitbart, Substack and The Daily Wire
Nur Ibrahim /
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
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U.S. sues to compel casino mogul Steve Wynn to register as agent of China
The White House:
Remarks by President Biden and First Lady Biden Honoring the Lives Lost in Buffalo, New York, and Calling on All Americans to Condemn White Supremacy
Discussion: RedState
Matthew C. Klein / The Overshoot:
Russia Is Losing Access to Imports
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
Greg Olear / PREVAIL:
Eight Ways Rand Paul is a Kremlin Stooge
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Blue Star registers retroactively for Burisma work
Discussion: Washington Post and CNBC
Washington Post:
Opinion All eyes are on Ukraine, but another crisis is brewing in Iran
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
Buffalo shooting spotlights America's tragic race and gun failures. But we can't give up.
 Earlier Items: 
Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
Canceled: Senate Dems Nix ‘Disinformation’ Hearing After Embarrassing Jankowicz Videos Surface
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
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
Eugene Daniels / Politico:
Kamala Harris wants to get out of D.C. more. But she literally can't.
Bill Glauber / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alex Lasry files for extension on statement of economic interests until after Aug. 9 primary
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