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10:50 AM ET, May 18, 2022

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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.
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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
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 …
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 …
Jim Swift / The Bulwark:
Don't Read Too Much Into Madison Cawthorn's Defeat  —  The GOP isn't turning the corner.  —  Come next January, Democrats won't have Madison Cawthorn to kick around anymore.  The freshman North Carolina congressman lost his primary tonight in a close race—33 to 32 percent, as of this writing—to a state senator.
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
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
Madison Cawthorn's Self-Destruction Is Complete
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Doug Mastriano, a far-right 2020 election denier, is Pennsylvania Republicans' choice for governor.
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.
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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.
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
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
Discussion: The Wrap, Associated Press, UPI and Politico
Rami Ayyub / Reuters:
U.S. accuses casino tycoon Wynn of acting as Chinese agent
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
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Punchbowl News:
5/18/22 ☀️ Punchbowl News AM.
Discussion: HotAir and Oregonian
Ben Blanchet / HuffPost:
‘South Park’ Writer Beats Rep. Elise Stefanik To Her Own Website  —  The website mocks the congresswoman's controversial ads echoing the “great replacement theory” in the wake of the Buffalo mass shooting.  —  Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) may have to look for a new domain name come midterms.
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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.
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 Crypto.com …
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.
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Helen Branswell / STAT:
CDC expresses concern about possibility of undetected monkeypox spread in U.K.
Discussion: The Guardian
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.
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
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Trump Has Uncorked a ‘Toxic Blend of Extremist Orientations’  —  Mr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C. on politics, demographics and inequality.  —  The chilling amalgam of Christian Nationalism, white replacement theory and conspiratorial zeal — from QAnon to the …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Steve Neavling / News & Views, Detroit Metro Times:
White supremacists are convicted of training for a civil war in Michigan
Discussion: Detroit Metro Times
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.
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 …
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 …
Susannah George / Washington Post:
U.S. watchdog details collapse of Afghan security forces  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Paranoia riddled the most senior levels of the Afghan government, and chaos overwhelmed the country's security forces in the days and months leading up to their collapse, according to a U.S. government watchdog …
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 …
 
 
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Washington Post:
Opinion The Supreme Court green-lights political corruption — again
Discussion: Balls and Strikes
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Manchin throwing a wrench into Democrats' push for broader gun control
Discussion: Townhall
Michelle Ye Hee Lee / Washington Post:
China draws North Korea closer than ever as Biden visits region
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: HotAir and SFGATE
 Earlier Items: 
Jeanne Whalen / Washington Post:
China cut tech exports to Russia after U.S.-led sanctions hit
Discussion: Marketplace
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
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
John Fetterman Wins on Vibes
Skyler Swisher / Orlando Sentinel:
DeSantis' office considered a bill to target libel laws, records show
Discussion: Raw Story
Josh Barro / Very Serious:
Abortion-Rights Advocates Tell Democrats to Stop Saying ‘Choice,’ Because Reasons
Axios:
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
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: Where in the world is David Perdue?
Discussion: WTOC and HotAir