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5:15 PM ET, May 19, 2022


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Matt Viser / Washington Post:
A look at the time Tucker Carlson asked Hunter Biden for a favor  —  The Fox News host often ridicules the president's son, but years ago, the two were close  —  Tucker Carlson and his wife were looking to get their son a leg up in his college application to Georgetown University when they turned …
Discussion: Twitchy and POLITICUSUSA
NBC News:
Analysis of Hunter Biden's hard drive shows he, his firm took in about $11 million from 2013 to 2018, spent it fast  —  Records show Hunter Biden's company made millions from joint venture funded by Chinese company  —  From 2013 through 2018 Hunter Biden and his company brought …
Garrett Ross / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: The Maloney mess gets messier
Discussion: Punchbowl News
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:   NBC scoop: Hunter's laptop shows he made million$ off China, Ukraine while The Big Guy was VP
Hansi Lo Wang / NPR:
These 14 states had significant miscounts in the 2020 census  —  Loading...  For the 2020 census, all states were not counted equally well for population numbers used to allocate political representation and federal funding over the next decade, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released Thursday.
Michael Wines / New York Times:
Census Likely Miscounted the Population of 14 States, a Review Finds
Discussion: HotAir
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.
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Jan. 6 panel requests interview with GOP lawmaker who it says gave Capitol tour on Jan. 5  —  Reps. Cheney and Thompson asked to meet with Rep. Loudermilk next week — just weeks ahead of public hearings scheduled to start on June 9  —  The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 …
January 6 committee investigating Capitol tour given by GOP lawmaker on the eve of the insurrection
Tina Nguyen / Puck:
Trump Forgot How to Spell MAGA  —  Has the movement Trump created now moved beyond him?  —  The last time Donald Trump gave a speech that truly roused his supporters was on January 6th, 2021.  As he stood behind a wall of bulletproof glass in front of tens of thousands of roaring MAGA fans …
Discussion: Raw Story and Power Line
Aaron Parsley /
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
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Raw Story
Timothy Snyder / New York Times:
Russia's War on Ukraine Shows That It Is Fascist  —  Dr. Snyder is a professor of history at Yale University and the author of many books on fascism, totalitarianism and European history.  —  Fascism was never defeated as an idea.  —  As a cult of irrationality and violence …
Associated Press:
Captive medic's bodycam shows firsthand horror of Mariupol
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Elon Musk says he doesn't plan to donate to GOP super PACs in upcoming elections — despite feud with Biden  — “No super PAC anything going on,” Elon Musk said when asked if he plans to finance a super PAC in the upcoming elections.  — Musk didn't respond to follow up emails when asked …
Discussion: The Hill, Deseret News and Mercury News
Washington Post:
Nearly 200 Republicans vote against bill to ease baby formula shortage  —  House GOP leaders were among the 192 Republicans who voted against providing $28 million in aid to the Food and Drug Administration to address the shortage of baby formula — within days of criticizing President Biden for not doing enough on the issue.
Introducing our crisis misinformation policy  —  Around the world, people use Twitter to find reliable information in real time.  During periods of crisis - such as situations of armed conflict, public health emergencies, and large-scale natural disasters - access to credible …
Suzy Weiss / Common Sense:
He Was a World-Renowned Cancer Researcher.  Now He's Collecting Unemployment.  —  In 2018, David Sabatini was a world-renowned molecular biologist.  He was a tenured professor at MIT.  He ran a major lab at the Whitehead Institute, overseeing a team of 39 researchers, postdocs and technicians.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Bill Barr in discussions to cooperate with Jan. 6 committee  —  President Trump's attorney general Bill Barr is in active discussions with the Jan. 6th investigative committee to appear for a formal transcribed interview, according to two sources with direct knowledge.
Discussion: CNBC and CNN
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Is the Democratic Party Giving Up Already? … The Democratic Party has a lot of problems right now.  Many of these problems lie outside its control: A global wave of inflation and continuing waves of coronavirus infection have prevented the recovery Joe Biden imagined when he took office last year …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Dems stand back and watch Chuck and Joe show
Discussion: Insider
MI5 agent used secret status to terrorise girlfriend  —  An MI5 spy used his status to terrorise his partner before moving abroad to continue intelligence work while under investigation, the BBC has found.  —  A video shows the man threatening to kill the woman and attacking her with a machete.
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Senate passes $40 billion in Ukraine aid, sending bill to Biden  —  The Senate voted Thursday to deliver more than $40 billion in new military and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine, sending the measure to President Biden after a week-long delay sparked by a lone senator's objection.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
World's worst slip of the tongue  —  WORLD'S WORST SLIP OF THE TONGUE.  Former President George W. Bush gave a speech Wednesday at the Bush Center at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.  He spoke as part of an all-day event titled “Elections — A More Perfect Union” …
Discussion: NPR, alicublog, TheBlaze and Insider
The IO Offensive: Information Operations Surrounding the Russian Invasion of Ukraine  —  INFLUENCE OPERATIONS ADVANCED PERSISTENT THREATS (APTS) ANALYSIS CHINA RUSSIA  —  The recent phase of Russian aggression toward Ukraine, manifested by Russia's full-scale invasion …
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and The Register
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
Fetus-powered street lamps?  Republicans ramp up outrageous anti-abortion lies ahead of Roe's demise  —  During a House hearing, the GOP demonized patients and doctors with QAnon-style conspiracy theories  —  It was only one half-hour into Wednesday's congressional hearing on abortion access …
Discussion: CBS News and Slate
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Poll: Two-thirds say don't overturn Roe; the court leak is firing up Democratic voters  —  About two-thirds of Americans say they do not support overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in the United States, according to the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.
Ben Casselman / New York Times:
‘I Had to Go Back’: Over 55, and Not Retired After All  —  After leaving the labor force in unusual numbers early in the pandemic, Americans approaching retirement age are back on the job at previous levels.  —  When Kim Williams and millions of other older Americans lost their jobs early …
The Daily Beast:
Progressives Drag ‘Shameful’ Dem Leader As NY Election Map Chaos Grows  —  “If you're the head of the DCCC... you can't abandon the district you largely represent to switch to a safer district,” said Leah Greenberg, co-chair of Indivisible.  —  This Friday, when New York finalizes …
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Orban tells right-wing CPAC allies to recruit ‘troops’ to ‘reconquer’ American institutions  —  On Thursday, according to U.S. News & World Report, far-right Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told the Conservative Political Action Conference in Budapest that liberals are threatening Western civilization …
Jessica Chasmar / Fox News:
At least 135 teachers, aides charged with child sex crimes this year alone  —  102 of the cases, or 76%, involved alleged sex crimes against students  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for May 17  —  At least 135 teachers and teachers' aides have been arrested so far this year …
Discussion: BizPac Review
The Economist:
The coming food catastrophe  —  War is tipping a fragile world towards mass hunger.  Fixing that is everyone's business  —  By invading ukraine, Vladimir Putin will destroy the lives of people far from the battlefield—and on a scale even he may regret.  The war is battering …
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Discussion: WAVY-TV
‘They look like a bunch of clowns’: Freedom Caucus hardball antics irritate both parties
Discussion: Raw Story
Misty Severi / Washington Examiner:
Former South Korean defense official claims army training is ‘very, very bad’
Discussion: ABC News, and You searched for
Naomi Nix / Washington Post:
The midterms are here. Critics say Facebook is already behind.
Discussion: Abernathy Road
Ella Nilsen / CNN:
First on CNN: DOE announces multibillion-dollar project to kickstart a carbon dioxide removal industry in US
Laura Jedeed / New York Magazine:
The ReAwaken America Tour Is the Start of QAnon 2.0
Discussion: Raw Story
Seth Masket / Mischiefs of Faction:
A Really Rough Forecast for Democrats. Probably.
Discussion: The Hill
Tresa Baldas / Detroit Free Press:
Records: Oxford school shooting suspect hoped massacre would get Biden impeached
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Nicole Hemmer / New York Times:
What Oprah Winfrey Knows About American History That Tucker Carlson Doesn't
Discussion: Mediaite
AnnaMaria Andriotis / Wall Street Journal:
More Subprime Borrowers Are Missing Loan Payments
Discussion: News Items
David Roth / Defector:
The Secret History Of Richard Nixon, Mets Sicko
Emily Flitter / New York Times:
At Wells Fargo, a Quest to Increase Diversity Leads to Fake Job Interviews
Discussion: New York Post