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Rich McHugh / Insider:
A SpaceX flight attendant said Elon Musk exposed himself and propositioned her for sex, documents show.  The company paid $250,000 for her silence.  — A flight attendant for SpaceX said Elon Musk asked her to “do more” during a massage, documents show.  — The billionaire founder exposed …
NBC News:
Trump washes hands of Perdue in Georgia as his campaign limps into final stretch  —  Dark on TV.  Trailing badly in polls.  Written off by Republican political insiders nationally and in Georgia.  —  Former Sen. David Perdue's once-spirited primary challenge to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp appears …
Discussion: Raw Story, Insider, WSB-TV and Vanity Fair
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: Republicans running against Herschel warn: 'He can't win.'  —  The Republicans running against Herschel Walker for U.S. Senate are crisscrossing the state this week, looking for every vote they can get and making a similar argument: Walker can't win in a November general election …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Trump's real win-loss record
Discussion: New York Times, Raw Story and CNN
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Eastman provides new details of Trump's direct role in legal effort to overturn election  —  John Eastman, the attorney who architected Donald Trump's last-ditch legal strategy to overturn the 2020 election, revealed Friday that he routinely communicated with Trump either directly or via …
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
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Politico:
Jan. 6 committee evidence includes official White House photos from day of Capitol riot  —  Congressional investigators have obtained a batch of official White House photographs, including images taken on Jan. 6, 2021, according to two sources familiar with the evidence.
Discussion: Raw Story
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Congress members led ‘reconnaissance tours’ of Capitol before attack, evidence suggests
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Oklahoma lawmakers pass bill banning abortions after ‘fertilization’  —  Oklahoma lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill that would ban abortions from the moment of “fertilization,” which if signed into law would effectively prohibit almost all abortions in the state.
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Lis Smith / Washington Post:   Opinion This is not the time to change how we talk about abortion
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Oz, McCormick unleash army of lawyers in Pa. Senate race  —  PHILADELPHIA — Dr. Mehmet Oz is still ahead by a whisker in Pennsylvania's razor-thin Senate GOP contest.  But David McCormick is slowly chipping away at his lead, and both sides are preparing for a drawn-out vote-counting process marked …
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Wall Street Journal:
Welcome to Stop the Steal, Pennsylvania Primary Edition
New York Times:
New Evidence Shows How Russian Soldiers Executed Men in Bucha  —  Witness testimony and videos obtained by The New York Times show how Russian paratroopers executed at least eight Ukrainian men in a Kyiv suburb on March 4, a potential war crime.  —  THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS IMAGES OF GRAPHIC VIOLENCE.
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Mark Trevelyan / Reuters:
Struggling in Ukraine, Russia paves way to sign up over-40s for army  —  In a sign of Russia's urgent need to bolster its war effort in Ukraine, parliament said on Friday it would consider a bill to allow Russians over 40 and foreigners over 30 to sign up for the military.
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Tyler Pager / Washington Post:
Pentagon spokesman Kirby moving to White House in senior communications role  —  Pentagon spokesman John Kirby will move to the White House in a senior communications role, according to two people familiar with the personnel move.  —  Kirby's move to the White House comes after Karine Jean-Pierre took …
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Annie Linskey / Washington Post:   Biden's protection from covid: Few close contacts
Nicholas Riccardi / Associated Press:
Biden's approval dips to lowest of presidency: AP-NORC poll  —  President Joe Biden's approval rating dipped to the lowest point of his presidency in May, a new poll shows, with deepening pessimism emerging among members of his own Democratic Party.  —  Only 39% of U.S. adults approve …
Discussion: Political Wire
Dylan Smith / Yellowhammer News:
Mitch McConnell-aligned super PAC drops $2M against Mo Brooks in U.S. Senate race  —  Alabama's 2022 race for the U.S. Senate has proven that there is no love lost between U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
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Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
Mitch McConnell Dings ‘Isolationist’ Rand Paul: ‘Tiny Percentage of the Senate Republican Conference’
Discussion: The Hill and CNN
Hannah Natanson / Washington Post:
This Florida teacher married a woman.  Now she's not a teacher anymore.  —  MIAMI — Nicolette Solomon felt her mother's words come through the phone and settle, heavy, in her stomach.  —  It was January, and her mother was talking about a new bill, just proposed in the Florida legislature …
CNN:
Former Attorney General William Barr tentatively agrees to give sworn testimony to January 6 committee  —  (CNN)Former Attorney General William Barr has “tentatively agreed to give sworn testimony behind closed doors” to the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection …
New York Post:
James Baker buries Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann in probe  —  WASHINGTON, DC — A former FBI official delivered devastating testimony Thursday against former Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann — saying he's “100% confident” the defendant denied acting …
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Opinion Too many Americans are still in covid denial  —  When Johns Hopkins University announced that the United States had surpassed 1 million deaths from covid-19, I was recovering from my first (and hopefully last) bout of the disease.  I had prepared as much as I could — shout-out to Pfizer …
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New York Times:
Here's Why Tallies of U.S. Covid Deaths Aren't All the Same
Discussion: WebMD Health
David French / The Atlantic:
Murder Is Downstream From Misinformation and Hate, and Everybody Knows It  —  Actions are tied to ideas, and if ideas are toxic, then actions can kill. … There's something incredibly frustrating about America's extremism debate.  There are truths we all know, but we just don't want to apply them consistently.
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson Says Buffalo Shooting Suspect Not Motivated by ‘Hateful Right-Wing Rhetoric,’ But ‘Mental Illness’  —  Tucker Carlson scoffed at the idea that the 18-year-old White man who wrote racist screeds before allegedly murdering 10 Black people in a Buffalo grocery store was motivated by “hateful right-wing rhetoric.”
Mara Hvistendahl / The Intercept:
FBI Provides Chicago Police With Fake Online Identities for “Social Media Exploitation” Team … Brian Campbell couldn't sleep.  It was May 31, 2020, and demonstrations sparked by the murder of George Floyd were spreading around the world.  Before going to bed, the Chicago Police Department officer …
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Group Chat Linked to Roger Stone Shows Ties Among Jan. 6 Figures  —  The roster of participants highlights how Mr. Stone, the pro-Trump political operative, was involved with a strikingly large number of people who sought to overturn the 2020 election.  —  It was known as F.O.S. …
Discussion: Raw Story
Insider:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez confirms she's engaged to her longtime partner, Riley Roberts: 'Yep!  It's true'  — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez confirmed to Insider that she's engaged.  — AOC met her longtime partner, Riley Roberts, when they were students at Boston University.
Aria Bendix / NBC News:
The symptoms and causes of monkeypox infections, which CDC calls an ‘emerging issue’  —  First case of monkeypox identified in U.S. as outbreak grows in Europe  —  New cases of monkeypox were reported in the U.K., Spain, Portugal, Italy and the U.S. this week, a rare occurrence …
Aaron Parsley / People.com:
Kellyanne Conway Writes in New Book of Husband's ‘Cheating by Tweeting’ and Ivanka Trump's Supportive Gesture  —  “I was having a hard time competing with his new fling,” Conway writes in an excerpt of her memoir Here's the Deal of her husband's habit of criticizing President Trump on Twitter
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Meta tells employees to stop discussing abortion at work  —  Employees say the stance runs counter to Meta policies on discussing Black Lives Matter and trans rights  —  A Meta executive told employees on Thursday that they are prohibited from talking about abortion on Workplace …
Politico:
An Obamacare fiasco could blow up on Democrats right before the midterms  —  A little over a year ago, President Joe Biden signed into law a massive expansion of financial aid designed to bolster the Affordable Care Act and make health insurance more affordable for millions.
Discussion: HotAir
 
 
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Democrats confront North Carolina blues
Josh Margolin / ABC News:
2 Secret Service employees being sent home from South Korea ahead of Biden's arrival after alleged incident: Sources
Discussion: The Daily Wire
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Trump's bid to control election offices hits first battleground
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Post
Yaroslav Trofimov / Wall Street Journal:
In a Ukrainian Town, a Collaborator Who Worked With the Russians Now Faces Justice
Steve Beynon / Military.com:
Soldiers Facing Discrimination from State Laws Could Request Transfers Under Draft Army Policy
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Wire
Amy Walter / Cook Political Report:
Can Democrats Turn Things Around?
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Project Veritas says the FBI declared it part of media
NBC News:
Stefanik's echo of ‘great replacement’ rhetoric offers clues to her national ambitions — and her changing district
Politico:
The words Biden DID say  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people …
Jessica Dupnack / WJBK-TV:
Birmingham private school assignment compares Barack Obama to monkeys
Discussion: TheGrio and Raw Story
MPR News:
Minnesota GOP chair Hann apologizes for antisemitic image
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Kelly Jensen / BOOK RIOT:
Barnes & Noble Being Sued in Virginia Beach Over GENDER QUEER, COURT OF MIST AND FURY
Discussion: Holy Bullies … and WAVY-TV
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
A look at the time Tucker Carlson asked Hunter Biden for a favor