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4:30 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 $11 million from 2013 to 2018, spent it fast  —  Records show Hunter Biden's company made millions from joint venture funded by Chinese company  —  From 2013 through 2018 Hunter Biden and his company brought …
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:   NBC scoop: Hunter's laptop shows he made million$ 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
New York Times:
Oklahoma Legislature Passes Bill Banning Almost All Abortions  —  The legislation would be the nation's strictest, and relies on lawsuits from private citizens to enforce it.  If the governor signs the bill, it would take effect immediately.  —  The Oklahoma Legislature gave final approval …
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.
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.
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 …
Aamer Madhani / Associated Press:
US intel shows Russians fear Mariupol abuse will backfire
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 …
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
January 6 committee investigating Capitol tour given by GOP lawmaker on the eve of the insurrection  —  The House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection has formally requested information from Rep. Barry Loudermilk, a Republican from Georgia, about a US Capitol tour he gave …
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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 …
Lindsey Graham / Fox News:
Why I support a Ukraine aid package before it's too late  —  When it comes to Putin, either we pay now or we pay later  —  Democrats keen on Ukraine aid, but refuse to help struggling Americans  —  There is an ongoing, vicious effort by a maniacal dictator to rewrite the map of Europe.
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Senate passes $40 billion in Ukraine aid, sending bill to Biden
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
AnnaMaria Andriotis / Wall Street Journal:
More Subprime Borrowers Are Missing Loan Payments  —  Borrowers with limited or troubled credit histories are defaulting on credit cards, car loans and personal loans  —  Consumers with low credit scores are falling behind on payments for car loans, personal loans and credit cards …
Discussion: News Items
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.
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 …
Ella Nilsen / CNN:
First on CNN: DOE announces multibillion-dollar project to kickstart a carbon dioxide removal industry in US  —  (CNN)The US Department of Energy is announcing a massive investment in direct air carbon removal projects, in hopes of kickstarting an industry that energy experts say is critical …
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.
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 …
‘They look like a bunch of clowns’: Freedom Caucus hardball antics irritate both parties  —  As House votes unexpectedly dragged late into the evening on Tuesday, Republicans were forced to cancel eight different party fundraisers and lost out on hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign cash …
Discussion: Raw Story
Misty Severi / Washington Examiner:
Former South Korean defense official claims army training is ‘very, very bad’  —  A former deputy commander of South Korea's First Army said the conditions for training soldiers are “very, very bad,” partly because of a high turnover rate in the South Korean military.
Discussion: ABC News, and You searched for
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Ben Casselman / New York Times:
‘I Had to Go Back’: Over 55, and Not Retired After All  —  After leaving the labor force …
Naomi Nix / Washington Post:
The midterms are here. Critics say Facebook is already behind.
Discussion: Abernathy Road
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
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
Fetus-powered street lamps? Republicans ramp up outrageous anti-abortion lies ahead of Roe's demise
Discussion: CBS News and Slate
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel M. Rothschild / Discourse:
The YIMBYest City in America
Discussion: Bangor Daily News
Nicole Hemmer / New York Times:
What Oprah Winfrey Knows About American History That Tucker Carlson Doesn't
Discussion: Mediaite
Benjamin Wermund / San Antonio Express-News:
Rep. Henry Cuellar's allies smear Democratic contender Jessica Cisneros with ‘homewrecker’ billboard
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Kyle Clark / KUSA-TV:
GOP candidate for Colorado governor says eliminate one-person, one-vote system
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors and Raw Story