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8:15 PM ET, May 19, 2022


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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 …
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 …
Lis Smith / Washington Post:
Opinion This is not the time to change how we talk about abortion  —  Democratic strategist Lis Smith was a senior adviser to Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign, and is the author of the forthcoming book, “Any Given Tuesday.”  —  We need to talk about how we talk about Roe.
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.
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez engaged to longtime boyfriend Riley Roberts
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 …
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 …
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
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
January 6 committee investigating Capitol tour given by GOP lawmaker on the eve of the insurrection
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, Breitbart and Raw Story
NBC News:
Michigan election chief: Trump suggested I be arrested for treason and executed  —  Jocelyn Benson said she was told that the former president made the remark in a White House meeting.  A Trump spokesman accused Benson of lying.  —  Jocelyn Benson, Michigan's top election official …
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
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 …
Josh Wingrove / Bloomberg:
Biden's Student Loan Plan Is Personal for 30 Top Aides With Millions in Debt
David Gilbert / VICE:
CPAC Head Promotes Abortion Ban to Stave Off ‘Great Replacement’  —  “If you're worried about this quote-unquote replacement, why don't we start there.  Start with allowing our own people to live.”  —  DG  —  BUDAPEST, Hungary — The GOP has come up with a solution for the “great replacement” …
Kelly Jensen / BOOK RIOT:
Barnes & Noble Being Sued in Virginia Beach Over GENDER QUEER, COURT OF MIST AND FURY  —  Last week, Virginia Beach (VA) schools voted to remove Gender Queer from shelves.  It came after school board member Victoria Manning complained about it and several other books within the schools.
Discussion: Holy Bullies … and WAVY-TV
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Berkeley Lovelace Jr / NBC News:
CDC signs off on Pfizer Covid booster for kids 5-11  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday signed off on booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.  —  The final endorsement, from CDC Director Rochelle Walensky …
Adeel Hassan / New York Times:
The U.S. surpasses 1 million Covid deaths, the world's highest known total.  —  The United States officially surpassed one million known deaths from Covid-19 on Thursday, according to a New York Times tally, a cataclysmic outcome that only hints at the suffering of millions more Americans …
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: Daily Kos, CBS News, Slate, Forbes and Mediaite
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
Garrett Ross / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: The Maloney mess gets messier  — BACKING SPM: Speaker NANCY PELOSI.  —  At her weekly news conference today, Pelosi at first demurred on addressing the specifics of the scuttle ("I'm not getting involved in the politics of New York," she said), but eventually offered her support for Maloney.
Discussion: Washington Post and Punchbowl News
‘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 and Washington Post
MPR News:
Minnesota GOP chair Hann apologizes for antisemitic image  —  The chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota apologized Thursday for an image that was projected at the party's state convention of George Soros manipulating the strings of puppets with the faces of two prominent Jewish Democrats.
Discussion: Raw Story and Minnesota Reformer
GOP senators' private meeting with Google turns tense over email bias claims  —  Republican senators laid into a Google executive at the Capitol Wednesday over allegations that the company's filters target GOP emails as spam.  It quickly turned confrontational.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Washington Post:
Just before Buffalo shooting, 15 users signed into suspect's chatroom, says person familiar with review  —  An online chatroom invitation sent shortly before the Buffalo supermarket shooting by alleged gunman Payton Gendron was accepted by 15 users, according to a person with knowledge …
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Jessica Dupnack / WJBK-TV:
Birmingham private school assignment compares Barack Obama to monkeys
Discussion: Raw Story and TheGrio
Ben Casselman / New York Times:
‘I Had to Go Back’: Over 55, and Not Retired After All  —  After leaving the labor force …
Seth Masket / Mischiefs of Faction:
A Really Rough Forecast for Democrats. Probably.
Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Tresa Baldas / Detroit Free Press:
Records: Oxford school shooting suspect hoped massacre would get Biden impeached
Discussion: Raw Story
MI5 agent used secret status to terrorise girlfriend
AnnaMaria Andriotis / Wall Street Journal:
More Subprime Borrowers Are Missing Loan Payments
Discussion: News Items
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Is the Democratic Party Giving Up Already?
The Economist:
The coming food catastrophe