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10:05 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 …
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.
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
Azi Paybarah / New York Times:
North Carolina 11th Congressional District Primary Election Results  —  Democratic Primary  —  Jasmine Beach-Ferrara wins the Democratic primary.  —  Race called by The Associated Press. … Candidate Votes Pct.  Jasmine Beach-Ferrara  —  32,302  —  59.6%  —  Katie Dean  —  13,927
Discussion: NewsNation, Townhall and RedState
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
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
The Democrats Wanted Doug Mastriano, and Now They've Got Him  —  Politico reports that, in Pennsylvania: … How? … And: … It took Republican primary voters — not scheming Democrats — to choose Mastriano once he was on the ballot.  Had those primary voters wanted to, they could …
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Doug Mastriano, a far-right 2020 election denier, is Pennsylvania Republicans' choice for governor.
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Madison Cawthorn Loses Primary After Brutal Barrage Of GOP Attacks
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 …
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
Rami Ayyub / Reuters:
U.S. accuses casino tycoon Wynn of acting as Chinese agent
Discussion: Mediaite
Shashank Bengali / New York Times:
A Russian soldier accused of killing a civilian pleads guilty in a Kyiv court.  —  The Russian Defense Ministry said that nearly 1,000 fighters had surrendered to Kremlin custody at the Azovstal steel plant.  Finland and Sweden formally asked to join NATO, potentially the alliance's biggest expansion in decades.
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 …
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Fearing ‘Extinction-Level Event,’ N.Y. Democrats Turn Against Each Other  —  Newly drawn congressional maps have led some House members to quickly lay claim to certain districts, even if it means challenging fellow incumbents.  —  Two weeks ago, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney warned fellow Democrats …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Politico and CBS News
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: Mediaite, CNN, The Wrap and HuffPost
Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
Dems Pick Hospitalized Fetterman in Crucial Pennsylvania Race  —  The Democratic socialist lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania, who suffered a stroke days before the primary and drew ire on the campaign trail for pulling a gun on an unarmed black man, cruised to victory in Tuesday's Democratic Senate primary.
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
John Fetterman Wins on Vibes
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.
Andrew Das / New York Times:
U.S. Soccer and Top Players Agree to Guarantee Equal Pay  —  Landmark labor agreements with members of the men's and women's national teams will include higher paychecks and shared World Cup prize money.  —  For the first time, soccer players representing the United States men's …
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
All Those Celebrities Pushing Crypto Are Not So Vocal Now  —  Crypto boosters such as Matt Damon, Reese Witherspoon and Gwyneth Paltrow have been criticized for hyping virtual currency without highlighting the risks.  —  In the latest commercial from the virtual currency exchange …
Michelle Ye Hee Lee / Washington Post:
China draws North Korea closer than ever as Biden visits region  —  SEOUL — In December 2017, the U.N. Security Council agreed that the next time North Korea tested a ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States, it would slam down new fuel sanctions to pressure its leader, Kim Jong Un.
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.
New York Times:
As Adams Praised a New Police Tool, a Close Ally Had a Stake in the Maker  —  Mayor Eric Adams and his chief of staff, Frank Carone, say Mr. Adams's endorsement of BolaWrap was entirely coincidental.  —  For years, as an elected official and candidate for New York City mayor …
Brian Stewart / The Bulwark:
Pope Francis Is Dangerously Wrong About Ukraine  —  Sending weapons to help Ukraine fight off a Russian invasion is not “madness.”  —  Since Vladimir Putin's renewed war of conquest in Ukraine in late February, Pope Francis has offered perfunctory condemnations of the “violent aggression against Ukraine.”
Discussion: Reuters
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 …
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.
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
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
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.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Manchin throwing a wrench into Democrats' push for broader gun control
Discussion: Townhall
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Trump Has Uncorked a ‘Toxic Blend of Extremist Orientations’
Discussion: Raw Story
Craig Mauger / Detroit News:
Carone, state Sen. Alexander among those disqualified from primary ballot
Discussion: Raw Story
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Billionaire Pal Watered Down GOP Platform on 9/11 for Saudis
Discussion: Raw Story
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
Inside a Widow's Scorched-Earth Bid for Her Husband's Old Seat in Congress
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Discussion: SFGATE and HotAir
The Times of Israel:
Report: In 1st, US refuelers to take part in major Israeli drill for strike on Iran
Discussion: Axios and The Absurd Word
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Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:
House Plans Vote on Baby Formula Legislation Wednesday
Skyler Swisher / Orlando Sentinel:
DeSantis' office considered a bill to target libel laws, records show
Discussion: Raw Story
Matthew C. Klein / The Overshoot:
Russia Is Losing Access to Imports
America more interested in Depp-Heard trial than abortion
Discussion: Breitbart and Substack
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
Double Jeopardy: Princeton Prepares To Axe Star Professor Who Raised Hell Over Woke Lunacy
Discussion: National Review