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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 …
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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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
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
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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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
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   The Jolt: Republicans running against Herschel warn: 'He can't win.'
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
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: Political Wire
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
Discussion: Wide World of News
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
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.
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Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Oklahoma lawmakers pass bill banning abortions after ‘fertilization’
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 …
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.”
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Trump's bid to control election offices hits first battleground  —  Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger will soon face voters for the first time since he refused then-President Donald Trump's pressure to “find” votes to overturn the 2020 election results.
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Post
 
 
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Democrats confront North Carolina blues
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Opinion Too many Americans are still in covid denial
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Meta tells employees to stop discussing abortion at work
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?
Discussion: Mischiefs of Faction
NBC News:
Stefanik's echo of ‘great replacement’ rhetoric offers clues to her national ambitions — and her changing district
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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
Politico:
GOP senators' private meeting with Google turns tense over email bias claims
Discussion: Raw Story
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'