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12:45 AM ET, May 18, 2022


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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 …
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Are Republicans Now Going to Endorse Doug Mastriano?  —  Doug Mastriano is an insurrectionist, period.  —  He bused supporters to the Capitol on January 6th, was photographed on the Capitol grounds, and ever since has sought to use his limited political powers as a Pennsylvania state senator to overturn the election.
Jazmine Ulloa / New York Times:
Live Updates: Mastriano and Fetterman Win in Pennsylvania; Cawthorn Concedes in North Carolina  —  Doug Mastriano, a far-right state senator, won the Republican nomination for governor, and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman will be Democrats' candidate in one of the fall's most important Senate races.
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
Madison Cawthorn's Self-Destruction Is Complete  —  In 2020, Madison Cawthorn became the youngest Republican elected to Congress in American history.  In 2022, he became the youngest Republican to lose re-election to Congress in American history.  —  A spokesperson for Cawthorn said he conceded …
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Madison Cawthorn Loses Primary After Brutal Barrage Of GOP Attacks  —  The Republican congressman has been at odds with GOP officials in both North Carolina and in the U.S. House.  —  Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) has twice been stopped trying to bring a gun onto a plane.
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
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
New York Times:
Elon Musk says Twitter deal ‘cannot move forward’ without more information.  —  Mr. Musk called on Twitter to provide more data about the number of spam and fake accounts on the social media site.  —  Elon Musk, chaos agent.  —  Mr. Musk, the world's richest man, continued creating confusion around …
Matt Levine / Bloomberg:
Elon Musk Does Not Care About Spam Bots
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.
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
John Fetterman (D-Vibes)  —  The 6 foot 8 goateed Senate candidate prevailed in the Democratic primary less on the strength of detailed policy proposals than on vibes.  —  Even if you don't know a single policy he supports, chances are good that you know what John Fetterman looks like.
Myah Ward / Politico:
Pennsylvania Senate candidate Fetterman has heart procedure after stroke
'She's not racist': House Republicans dismiss furor over Stefanik immigration ad  —  Rep. Elise Stefanik's GOP colleagues are largely defending the New Yorker over an incendiary immigration ad that sparked Democratic charges she was nodding to a racist conspiracy theory.
Discussion: ABC News, PolitiFact, Raw Story and Twitchy
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  —  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
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  —  THE FIRST LADY: I just wanted to say thank you to the families for opening up your hearts to us and for letting us be with you today.
Discussion: RedState
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:   Buffalo shooting spotlights America's tragic race and gun failures. But we can't give up.
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 …
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Trump appointed State Department official met with election deniers on January 6  —  (CNN)A top Trump appointee at the US State Department met on January 6, 2021, with two activists who were pushing false claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.
Discussion: Raw Story
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Senior Trump official at State met with election denial activists Jan. 6
Discussion: Daily Kos, Raw Story and Political 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.
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: All, Mediaite, TheBlaze and The Daily Wire
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
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
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.
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 …
Washington Post:
U.S. sues to compel casino mogul Steve Wynn to register as agent of China  —  The former RNC finance chairman was repeatedly advised to register as an agent of a foreign government but declined to do so, according to prosecutors  —  The Justice Department on Tuesday sued Steve Wynn to compel …
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
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.
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
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 …
Matthew C. Klein / The Overshoot:
Russia Is Losing Access to Imports  —  Comprehensive data from March show that the Russian economy is being denied access to critical manufactured goods.  The initial numbers for April suggest it's only getting worse for the Putin regime.  —  The Putin regime will find it increasingly difficult …
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 and Substack
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 …
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Skyler Swisher / Orlando Sentinel:
DeSantis' office considered a bill to target libel laws, records show
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Nur Ibrahim /
Did WaPo Publish, ‘This Dog is the New Face of Online Homophobia’?
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
Canceled: Senate Dems Nix ‘Disinformation’ Hearing After Embarrassing Jankowicz Videos Surface
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
 Earlier Items: 
Tim Scott / Washington Post:
Opinion Tim Scott: Abortion is not the way to help single Black mothers
Discussion: The Hill and IJR
Walter Shapiro / Roll Call:
Biden's ‘MAGA Republicans’ is a meh-ga slogan
Luis Martinez / ABC News:
Pentagon now reports about 400 UFO encounters: 'We want to know what's out there'
Eugene Daniels / Politico:
Kamala Harris wants to get out of D.C. more. But she literally can't.
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