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Emma Brown / Washington Post:
Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court justice, pressed Ariz. lawmakers to help reverse Trump's loss, emails show  —  Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, pressed Arizona lawmakers after the 2020 election to set aside Joe Biden's …
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.
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New York Times:
Russia moves toward dropping age limits for military service.  —  Finland's state energy provider said Russia had cited the company's failure to pay in rubles, but Moscow is also angry over Finnish moves to join NATO.  Gerhard Schröder, the former German chancellor …
Yaroslav Trofimov / Wall Street Journal:   Ukraine Will Fight Until All Russian Forces Are Expelled, Military Intelligence Chief Says
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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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   The Jolt: Republicans running against Herschel warn: 'He can't win.'
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Trump's real win-loss record
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
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 …
The 19th:
A lesbian mom raised her son for two years.  An Oklahoma judge erased that in 15 minutes.  —  Kris Williams was removed from her son's birth certificate in a case experts say could test the boundaries of marriage equality.  —  For the first two years of her son's life, Kris Williams read him the book …
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 …
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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.
Sam Adler-Bell / New York Magazine:
The Liberal Obsession With ‘Disinformation’ Is Not Helping  —  On Wednesday, the Washington Post's Taylor Lorenz reported on the disastrous rollout of the Department of Homeland Security's Disinformation Governance Board.  Announced on April 27 with a hazy remit to “coordinate countering …
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Charlie Warzel / The Atlantic:
The Disinformation Board Is the Latest Cursed News Story
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 …
Ryan Cooper / American Prospect:
The 2024 Presidential Election Is on the Ballot This Year  —  If Republicans seize control of swing-state election administration in the midterms, they will steal the presidency.  —  State Sen. Doug Mastriano, the Republican candidate for governor of Pennsylvania, gestures to the crowd during …
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Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
De Blasio Will Run for House Seat in Newly Drawn District  —  Bill de Blasio, the ex-mayor of New York City, said on Friday that he would run for Congress in a new district that includes parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan.  —  Bill de Blasio, the former mayor of New York City …
Discussion: HuffPost
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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 …
CBS News:
2 killed, 8 wounded in mass shooting outside a Chicago McDonald's  —  A suspect is in custody after two people were killed and eight others wounded in a mass shooting in downtown Chicago late Thursday night.  —  Police said it happened just after 10:40 p.m. outside a McDonald's a few blocks …
Hailey Fuchs / Politico:
Eric Garcetti's parents register to lobby for their son's ambassador bid  —  The parents of Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti have enlisted the help of prominent lobbyists to aid their son's beleaguered nomination to serve as U.S. ambassador to India.  —  McGuireWoods Consulting registered …
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
CNN:
Exclusive: Trevor Reed details surviving horrendous conditions in Russian psychiatric treatment facility  —  You can watch Jake Tapper's exclusive interview with Trevor Reed in a CNN Special Report: “Finally Home: The Trevor Reed Interview,” on CNN and CNN International on Sunday, May 22, at 8 p.m. ET.
Discussion: Washington Examiner, The Hill and IJR
Alice McCool / VICE:
The Daily Wire Spent Thousands of Dollars Promoting Anti-Amber Heard Propaganda  —  The conservative media outlet ran Facebook and Instagram ads for stories backing Johnny Depp, an investigation by media non-profit the Citizens for VICE World News found.  —  AM  —  MN
Discussion: El País, Jezebel and New York Post
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
Jerod Macdonald-Evoy / Arizona Mirror:
The Yuma sheriff isn't investigating election fraud because of ‘2000 Mules’  —  Conservative activist and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza told a conservative podcast that “2000 Mules,” his film making flawed and faulty claims about election fraud in 2020, directly led the Yuma County Sheriff's Office …
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: Washington Post and HotAir
Christian Schneider / The Bulwark:
In Defense of Unwritten Rules  —  Today's culture combatants show no mercy, make no apologies—and have no decency.  —  VIA THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS  —  Under normal circumstances, nobody would think twice about San Francisco Giants shortstop Mauricio Dubón trying to bunt his way to first base against the San Diego Padres.
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 …
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
 
 
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CNN:
Clarence Thomas calls out John Roberts as Supreme Court edges closer to overturning Roe v. Wade
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HuffPost:
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Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Prepares for ‘War’ With AIPAC and Its Super PAC
Danny Gold / Vanity Fair:
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Marisa Kabas / New Republic:
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Jamie Grierson / The Guardian:
PM's father Stanley Johnson ‘secures French citizenship’
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Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
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Wall Street Journal:
Senior Executives, Board Members Flee Russian Oil Giant Rosneft
David J. Lynch / Washington Post:
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
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