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7:55 PM ET, May 18, 2022


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J. Miles Coleman / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Notes on the State of Politics: May 18, 2022  —  Dear Readers: This is the latest edition of Notes on the State of Politics, which features short updates on elections and politics.  — The Editors  —  KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE  — The race for the Pennsylvania Republican Senate …
Discussion: The Dispatch and NBC News
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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Opinion Say it clearly: Republicans just nominated a pro-Trump insurrectionist
Philip Bump / Washington Post:   Doug Mastriano does not plan to run from the middle
Paul Kane / Washington Post:   GOP voters choose nominees with first loyalty to Trump, not McConnell
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Trump urges Oz to ‘declare victory’ before vote tally complete in Pa.
Taylor Lorenz / Washington Post:
How the Biden administration let right-wing attacks derail its disinformation efforts  —  A ‘pause’ of the Department of Homeland Security's newly created board comes after its head, Nina Jankowicz, was the victim of coordinated online attacks as the administration struggled to respond
Robby Soave / Reason:
Nina Jankowicz's Faulty Record, Not Her Critics, Doomed the Disinformation Board  —  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has placed a “pause” on the newly-minted Disinformation Governance Board; its first executive director, Nina Jankowicz, has resigned.
New York Times:
U.S. health officials say a third of people live in areas with so much virus they should consider masks indoors.  —  Federal health officials on Wednesday warned that one third of Americans live in areas where the threat of infection from the coronavirus is now so high that they should consider wearing …
Michaeleen Doucleff / NPR:
Rare monkeypox outbreak in U.K., Europe and U.S.: What is it and should we worry?  —  There's a monkeypox outbreak in England, Portugal and Spain.  The outbreak is quite small - just 36 suspected cases spread across the three countries, including 8 in England and 20 in Portugal.
Discussion: STAT and Fortune
Mary Kekatos / ABC News:
1st monkeypox case in US this year reported in Massachusetts  —  It comes after nine cases of monkeypox were detected in the U.K. this month.  —  A Massachusetts resident has tested positive for monkeypox, health officials confirmed Wednesday, making it the first case of the rare virus detected in the United States this year.
Meryl Kornfield / Washington Post:
Rare monkeypox case confirmed in Massachusetts
Discussion: Axios, and The Hill
Lora Kolodny / CNBC:
Why Tesla was kicked out of the S&P 500's ESG index  — In a blog post Wednesday, the S&P explained why it kicked Tesla out of its ESG index earlier this month.  — It said that Tesla's “lack of a low-carbon strategy” and “codes of business conduct,” along with racism …
Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
Veterans panel announces bipartisan military toxic exposure healthcare deal  —  The leaders of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee announced a bipartisan agreement on comprehensive legislation that will provide toxic-exposed veterans with healthcare and benefits.
Naomi Lim / Washington Examiner:
White House: Biden unconcerned by his uneven endorsement record
NBC News:
Biden invokes Defense Production Act to address nationwide shortage of baby formula  —  WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday invoked the Defense Production Act in a major step to boost the supply of baby formula.  —  The announcement means the federal government will prioritize key ingredients …
The White House:
FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces New Actions to Address Infant Formula Shortage
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Scoop: Chris Wallace to anchor new show on CNN  —  Warner Bros. Discovery, CNN's new parent company, plans to announce during its upfront presentation to advertisers on Wednesday that Chris Wallace will host a Sunday evening show on CNN. … - CNN struck a multimillion-dollar contract with Wallace last year.
Department of Defense Office of Inspector General:
Whistleblower Reprisal Investigation: Colonel Yevgeny S. Vindman, U.S. Army (DODIG-2022-097)  —  We conducted this investigation in response to a complaint filed with the DoD Hotline on August 18, 2020, alleging that various administration officials, including former President Donald J. Trump …
Discussion: CNN
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.
Victoria Balara / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Georgia's GOP primary race for governor sees Kemp holding wide lead over Perdue  —  Former NFL star Herschel Walker dashes ahead by 58 points in Republican Senate primary contest  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for May 18  —  Incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp leads former …
Discussion: The Hill
Theodore Schleifer / Puck:
Inside S.B.F.'s $12 Million Long Shot  —  Crypto billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried lost big on Tuesday despite airdropping a historic sum into a congressional race in Oregon.  What was he thinking?  The logic, the math, and the aftermath.  —  It was after 11 p.m. on Monday evening …
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Brothers behind Democrats' ‘crypto PAC’ say they're actually pandemic focused
Discussion: Slate and CNBC
Bilge Ebiri / Vulture:
Tom Cruise's Last Stand  —  Thirty-six years after the original, Top Gun: Maverick eulogizes the actor's entire career.  —  I'd never noticed the curiously melancholy overtones of Harold Faltermeyer's famous Top Gun theme until the opening moments of the brand-new Top Gun: Maverick.
Discussion: The A.V. Club, Variety and Deadline
John Haltiwanger / Insider:
Fiona Hill says Putin got ‘frustrated many times’ with Trump because the Russian leader ‘had to keep explaining things’ to him  — Putin often became frustrated with Trump over his lack of knowledge on big issues, Fiona Hill said.  — “He had to keep explaining things, and Putin doesn't like to do that,” Hill said.
Washington Post:
Turkey blocks start of NATO talks on Finland's and Sweden's applications  —  BRUSSELS — Turkey blocked the start of Finland and Sweden's accession talks to NATO on Wednesday shortly after the Nordic nations submitted their formal applications, a signal of what could be a bumpy process to expand …
Grace Panetta / Insider:
Sarah Palin earned more from making Cameo video messages than she would in Congress  — Sarah Palin earned more from making videos on Cameo in 2021 than she would in Congress.  — Palin made $211,000+ from Cameo alone.  That's $37,529 more than the annual salary of a House member.
Luc Cohen / Reuters:
Can dogs be pets, N.Y. judge asks lawyer trying to free Happy the elephant  —  Would granting a female elephant some of the same rights as humans mean people could no longer keep dogs as pets?  —  That was among the questions that judges on New York state's top court during arguments in Albany …
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Opinion U.S. mistakes in Ukraine can't all be pinned on bad intelligence  —  As Ukrainian forces continue to repel the Russian invaders, the United States now says that Ukraine can “win” the war and has dramatically (if belatedly) increased its military assistance.
Kansas City Star:
Kansas Supreme Court upholds congressional map that splits diverse Wyandotte County  —  The Kansas Supreme Court has upheld a Republican-drawn congressional map that divides racially diverse Wyandotte County for the first time in 40 years, finding the boundary lines don't violate the state constitution.
Max Moran / American Prospect:
Anti-Union Consultants Have No Place in the Democratic Party  —  Global Strategy Group is a good case study of the type of PR and advisory firm the Democrats could do without.  —  Signs supporting the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union stand near an Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama, March 10, 2022.
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
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U.S. Department of Justice:
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Discussion: CNBC
Clackamas County vote tally will likely stretch until at least next week, could leave key race for Congress hanging
Pamela Falk / CBS News:
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Zach Cunning / Heartland Signal:
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Associated Press:
Biden warns of ‘another tough hurricane season’ this year
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David Freddoso / Washington Examiner:
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