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10:35 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
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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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.
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Trump's bid to control election offices hits first battleground
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Post
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 …
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CNN:
Former Attorney General William Barr tentatively agrees to give sworn testimony to January 6 committee
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Right-wing attorney who challenged election results says Trump wrote him handwritten notes
Discussion: The Guardian
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 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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
 
 
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NBC News:
Stefanik's echo of ‘great replacement’ rhetoric offers clues to her national ambitions — and her changing district
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