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8:35 AM ET, May 18, 2022

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Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Are Republicans Now Going to Endorse Doug Mastriano?  —  Doug Mastriano is an insurrectionist, period.  —  The winner of tonight's GOP primary for the governorship of Pennsylvania bused supporters to the Capitol on January 6th, was photographed on the Capitol grounds, and ever since has sought …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Takeaways from the biggest primary night of the year  —  With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  LATEST FROM THE OZ-MCCORMICK NAIL-BITER — “McCormick and Oz neck-and-neck in Pennsylvania as Fetterman gets Dem Senate nod,” by Natalie Allison, Zach Montellaro & Ally Mutnick
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 …
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Election Deniers Thrive Even as Trumpism Drifts: 5 Primary Takeaways  —  Pennsylvania's Republican Senate contest, the biggest and most expensive race of a five-state primary night, is a photo finish between David McCormick, a former hedge fund executive, and Dr. Mehmet Oz, the celebrity surgeon.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Pennsylvania U.S. Senate Primary Election Results  —  The Democratic primary features three major candidates: Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, U.S. Representative Conor Lamb and State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta.  Fetterman has opened a wide lead in fund-raising and in public polls.  Read more
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
John Fetterman (D-Vibes)  —  Even if you don't know a single policy he supports, chances are good that you know what John Fetterman looks like.  Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor is larger than life at 6 foot 8, distinctively bald with a salt-and-pepper goatee, and draped in a baggy shirt or hoodie.
Rami Ayyub / Reuters:
U.S. accuses casino tycoon Wynn of acting as Chinese agent
Discussion: Mediaite
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Madison Cawthorn Loses Primary After Brutal Barrage Of GOP Attacks
Azi Paybarah / New York Times:
North Carolina 11th Congressional District Primary Election Results
Washington Post:
U.S. sues to compel casino mogul Steve Wynn to register as agent of China
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:
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
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 …
Discussion: Washington Times
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Miles Taylor / NBC News:
After Buffalo, saving the GOP means leaving the GOP  —  I thought the Republican Party could be saved.  I was wrong.  —  I've been a political conservative most of my life, having worked for two Republican presidents and for a GOP-controlled Congress.  In the wake of the mass shooting …
Discussion: CNN, The Wrap and HuffPost
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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.
Discussion: HotAir and COVID-19 Policy Update
Axios:
Scoop: DHS preparing for violence following abortion ruling  —  The U.S. government is bracing for a potential surge in political violence once the Supreme Court hands down the ruling that's expected to overturn Roe v. Wade, according to a Department of Homeland Security memo obtained by Axios.
Discussion: Fox News and CBS News
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.
Myah Ward / Politico:
Cawthorn loses primary in North Carolina  —  Rep. Madison Cawthorn lost the Republican primary for his House seat in North Carolina on Tuesday — halting the young, pro-Trump congressman's rise after a series of scandals plagued his short tenure in Washington.
Rachel Monahan / Willamette Week:
Crypto-Backed Oregon Congressional Candidate Lost to Andrea Salinas Despite $13 Million in Backing  —  Salinas projected to be the Democratic nominee in the new Sixth Congressional District.  Carrick Flynn appears to have lost.  —  Expand  —  Oregon's new congressional district saw unprecedented spending …
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.
Discussion: Mediaite and Crooks and Liars
Jeanne Whalen / Washington Post:
China cut tech exports to Russia after U.S.-led sanctions hit  —  Chinese shipments of laptops, phones and other technology to Russia plummeted in March, U.S. Commerce secretary says  —  Chinese technology exports to Russia plummeted in March after U.S.-led sanctions took effect …
Discussion: Marketplace
New York Times:
Finland and Sweden formally ask to join NATO, in potentially its biggest expansion in two decades.  —  Finland and Sweden formally submitted their bids for NATO membership on Wednesday morning, casting aside decades of strategic neutrality to embrace the military alliance in a swift transformation prompted …
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
Double Jeopardy: Princeton Prepares To Axe Star Professor Who Raised Hell Over Woke Lunacy  —  Princeton University is planning to fire one of the most distinguished classics professors in the country, Joshua Katz, after his criticism of the school's racial politics made him the target …
Discussion: National Review
Anna Tong / The San Francisco Standard:
DA Boudin and Fentanyl: Court Data Shows Just 3 Drug Dealing Convictions in 2021 as Immigration Concerns Shaped Policy  —  Despite a surging fentanyl crisis that killed nearly 500 people last year in San Francisco, the office of District Attorney Chesa Boudin did not secure a single conviction …
Discussion: SFGATE and HotAir
The Economist:
The Putin Show  —  How the war in Ukraine appears to Russians  —  When vladimir putin was first elected president of Russia in 2000, he changed little in the office he inherited from Boris Yeltsin.  Yet in place of a pen on the desk, Mr Putin put a television remote control, one visitor noted.
The Times of Israel:
Report: In 1st, US refuelers to take part in major Israeli drill for strike on Iran  —  Collaboration involving Israeli fighter jets and American refuelers seen as message to Iran regarding potential for US assistance in an actual Israeli attack  —  The United States will participate …
Discussion: Axios and The Absurd Word
Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:
House Plans Vote on Baby Formula Legislation Wednesday  —  Democrats have drawn criticism from GOP for not tackling shortage sooner  —  WASHINGTON—Democrats, responding to public anger over the baby-formula shortage, laid out plans for legislation and oversight hearings aimed at boosting supply …
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Billionaire Pal Watered Down GOP Platform on 9/11 for Saudis  —  The feds are now looking into how Trump's billionaire friend Tom Barrack successfully stripped mentions of 9/11 in the 2016 GOP platform to please the Saudis.  —  The Justice Department has updated its indictment …
Discussion: Raw Story
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
Inside a Widow's Scorched-Earth Bid for Her Husband's Old Seat in Congress  —  Former state GOP chair Jennifer Carnahan's campaign to reclaim her late husband's seat isn't inspiring Minnesota Republicans—it's making them grimace.  —  On the surface, Jennifer Carnahan couldn't have a better story to tell.
Discussion: Raw Story
Axios:
Scoop: White House tries to soothe solar probe fallout  —  White House officials told Democratic senators they're committed to resolving the uncertainty the solar industry is facing because of an investigation into whether China is secretly manufacturing solar panels destined for U.S. markets, Axios has learned.
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 …
 
 
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Skyler Swisher / Orlando Sentinel:
DeSantis' office considered a bill to target libel laws, records show
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Matthew C. Klein / The Overshoot:
Russia Is Losing Access to Imports
Josh Barro / Very Serious:
Abortion-Rights Advocates Tell Democrats to Stop Saying ‘Choice,’ Because Reasons
Steve Neavling / News & Views, Detroit Metro Times:
White supremacists are convicted of training for a civil war in Michigan
Discussion: Detroit Metro Times
Nate Raymond / Reuters:
Jackson's first Supreme Court clerks include judiciary workplace reform advocate
 Earlier Items: 
Nur Ibrahim / Snopes.com:
Did WaPo Publish, ‘This Dog is the New Face of Online Homophobia’?
Discussion: Raw Story
Axios:
America more interested in Depp-Heard trial than abortion
Discussion: Breitbart and Substack
Washington Post:
Opinion All eyes are on Ukraine, but another crisis is brewing in Iran
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: Where in the world is David Perdue?
Discussion: HotAir and WTOC
Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
Canceled: Senate Dems Nix ‘Disinformation’ Hearing After Embarrassing Jankowicz Videos Surface
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
Wall Street Journal:
China Eastern Black Box Points to Intentional Nosedive
Matt Levine / Bloomberg:
Elon Musk Does Not Care About Spam Bots