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9:55 AM ET, May 20, 2022

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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 …
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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 …
National Review:
Yes on Kemp, No on Greene  —  Georgia voters going to the primary polls on Tuesday have some serious choices to make.  They should renominate Brian Kemp for a second term as governor.  But they should reject freshman congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene and nominate Jennifer Strahan in the 14th congressional district.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Trump's real win-loss record  —  With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  SIREN FOR DEMS — Democrats' expanded Affordable Care Act subsidies expire at the end of the year — and many in the party are worried that Congress will fail to renew them, Adam Cancryn and Megan Messerly report.
Discussion: New York Times, Raw Story and CNN
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Trump's bid to control election offices hits first battleground
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Post
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: Wall Street Journal and Al Jazeera
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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.
CNN:
US intel skeptical Putin will be swayed by Russian public opinion over war in Ukraine  —  US intelligence officials are skeptical that any change in Russian public opinion against the Kremlin's war in Ukraine - even a dramatic one - would have an effect in persuading Russian President Vladimir Putin …
Yaroslav Trofimov / Wall Street Journal:
In a Ukrainian Town, a Collaborator Who Worked With the Russians Now Faces Justice
Discussion: Reuters and New York Times
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 …
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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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 …
Politico:
Jan. 6 committee evidence includes official White House photos from day of Capitol riot
Discussion: Raw Story
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Congress members led ‘reconnaissance tours’ of Capitol before attack, evidence suggests
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: HotAir and Political Wire
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Amy Walter / Cook Political Report:
Can Democrats Turn Things Around?
Discussion: Mischiefs of Faction
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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Alex Heath / The Verge:
Meta tells employees to stop discussing abortion at work
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Josh Margolin / ABC News:
2 Secret Service employees being sent home from South Korea ahead of Biden's arrival after alleged incident: Sources  —  Agency spokesman told ABC News they'll be “placed on administrative leave.”  —  Two Secret Service employees — an agent and an armed physical security specialist …
Discussion: Fox News and The Daily 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
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.
David J. Lynch / Washington Post:
Why Biden hasn't killed Trump's China tariffs and made imports cheaper  —  Advisers are split, and economists see little immediate gain for consumers  —  With the stroke of a White House pen, President Biden could lower the cost of thousands of consumer and industrial products and strike …
Wall Street Journal:
Senior Executives, Board Members Flee Russian Oil Giant Rosneft  —  Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schrӧder is leaving board of state-controlled company, which plays pivotal role in Russia's economy  —  Russian state oil giant Rosneft Oil Co. is shedding senior executives and board members …
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
 
 
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Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
Doug Mastriano warned of left-wing ‘Hitlerian Putsch’ in 2001 paper
Discussion: Raw Story
Joshua Eaton / NBC News:
YouTube videos that taught Buffalo suspect to modify his gun are still online
Anemona Hartocollis / New York Times:
Princeton President Recommends Firing Joshua Katz After Uproar
Discussion: New York Post
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Democrats confront North Carolina blues
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Opinion Too many Americans are still in covid denial
Annie Linskey / Washington Post:
Biden's protection from covid: Few close contacts
Discussion: Wide World of News
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Beynon / Military.com:
Soldiers Facing Discrimination from State Laws Could Request Transfers Under Draft Army Policy
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Wire
NBC News:
Stefanik's echo of ‘great replacement’ rhetoric offers clues to her national ambitions — and her changing district
New York Post:
James Baker buries Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann in probe
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
Insider:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez confirms she's engaged to her longtime partner, Riley Roberts: 'Yep! It's true'