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11:10 AM ET, May 20, 2022

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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
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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.
Yaroslav Trofimov / Wall Street Journal:
Ukraine Will Fight Until All Russian Forces Are Expelled, Military Intelligence Chief Says  —  Kyiv must reclaim territory in Crimea and the east effectively seized by Russia in 2014, Maj. Gen. Budanov says  —  KYIV, Ukraine—Ukraine's military intelligence chief said the country …
CNN:
US intel skeptical Putin will be swayed by Russian public opinion over war in Ukraine
Discussion: ABC News, New York Times and Reuters
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.
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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 …
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 …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Trump's real win-loss record
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Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Right-wing attorney who challenged election results says Trump wrote him handwritten notes  —  (CNN)Right-wing attorney John Eastman revealed in a late-night court filing that he was in touch directly with then-President Donald Trump about plans to overturn the 2020 election, which included receiving Trump's handwritten notes.
Discussion: The Guardian and Raw Story
CNN:
Former Attorney General William Barr tentatively agrees to give sworn testimony to January 6 committee
Politico:
Jan. 6 committee evidence includes official White House photos from day of Capitol riot
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 …
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, Forbes and Political Wire
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Amy Walter / Cook Political Report:
Can Democrats Turn Things Around?
Discussion: Mischiefs of Faction
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Reuters:
Biden Secret Service agents sent home after drunk assault report in South Korea  —  Two U.S. Secret Service agents who were working on Joe Biden's trip to Asia are being sent home after one was accused of drunkenly assaulting a South Korean the day before the president arrived in Seoul, officials said.
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Meta tells employees to stop discussing abortion at work  —  Employees say the stance runs counter to Meta policies on discussing Black Lives Matter and trans rights  —  A Meta executive told employees on Thursday that they are prohibited from talking about abortion on Workplace …
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Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Oklahoma lawmakers pass bill banning abortions after ‘fertilization’
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
Washington Post:
As Trump falsely assails another election, Pa. officials gird for November
Discussion: Puck and Associated Press
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 …
Paul Gattis / al.com:
Brooks surging in Alabama Senate poll as Britt continues to lead  —  Two months after losing former President Donald Trump's endorsement, a new poll of Alabama's Republican Senate primary has U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks closing in on the lead.  —  A poll released today, conducted by Cygnal …
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Dylan Smith / Yellowhammer News:   Mitch McConnell-aligned super PAC drops $2M against Mo Brooks in U.S. Senate race
Anemona Hartocollis / New York Times:
Princeton President Recommends Firing Joshua Katz After Uproar  —  Joshua Katz says he was targeted because of his criticism of a campus protest group.  A university report says the concerns are related to his inappropriate conduct with a female student.  —  In July 2020, as social justice …
Discussion: New York Post
Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
Doug Mastriano warned of left-wing ‘Hitlerian Putsch’ in 2001 paper  —  The Pennsylvania GOP governor nominee's thesis argued morally debauched political leaders weren't fit to oversee the U.S. military  —  Two decades before he was Republican nominee for Pennsylvania governor …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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
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
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 …
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.
 
 
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Jonathan Franklin / NPR:
Bird-watcher wrongfully accused in Central Park video gets a bird-watching TV show
Discussion: CBS News and NBC New York
Ed Pilkington / The Guardian:
FBI failing to address white supremacist violence, warns former special agent
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Beast
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
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Gabrielle Fonrouge / New York Post:
Ben Crump vows to sue accomplices to Buffalo shooting
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Wall Street Journal:
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Democrats confront North Carolina blues
Discussion: Indigenous Wire
Mara Hvistendahl / The Intercept:
FBI Provides Chicago Police With Fake Online Identities for “Social Media Exploitation” Team
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Opinion Too many Americans are still in covid denial
New York Post:
James Baker buries Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann in probe