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11:55 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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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 …
Discussion: Al Jazeera and UPI
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 …
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
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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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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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 and Raw 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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Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Oz, McCormick unleash army of lawyers in Pa. Senate race
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Opinion Cult or a conspiracy? The GOP sure isn't a normal political party.
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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
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
Jonathan Franklin / NPR:
Bird-watcher wrongfully accused in Central Park video gets a bird-watching TV show  —  Christian Cooper, the bird-watching Black man who was the target of false accusations during an encounter in New York City's Central Park in 2020, has a new TV show airing on National Geographic.
Discussion: CBS News and NBC New York
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 and Washington 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
Anya van Wagtendonk / Grid News:
Q&A: Why is the MAGA right huddling up in Hungary?  —  The pro-Trump CPAC conference kicked off Thursday in Budapest.  Grid asked an expert: What's going on?  —  The biggest pro-Donald Trump political group in the United States held a major conference this week in Hungary …
Discussion: Raw Story, The Guardian, Salon and WITF
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 …
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.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
It's time for local journalists to reckon with the racism we overlooked  —  The massacre in Buffalo exposed not just violent racial hatred but the legacy of inequitable policies from years ago.  —  BUFFALO — When a gunman opened fire at a Buffalo supermarket last weekend …
 
 
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Marisa Kabas / New Republic:
George W. Bush Makes a Brutal Return to Our Psyche
Ed Pilkington / The Guardian:
FBI failing to address white supremacist violence, warns former special agent
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Beast
Gabrielle Fonrouge / New York Post:
Ben Crump vows to sue accomplices to Buffalo shooting
Discussion: The Root and NewsOne
Jamie Grierson / The Guardian:
PM's father Stanley Johnson ‘secures French citizenship’
Discussion: Political Wire
Charlie Warzel / The Atlantic:
The Disinformation Board Is the Latest Cursed News Story
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Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
How a Social Security program piled huge fines on the poor and disabled
Joshua Eaton / NBC News:
YouTube videos that taught Buffalo suspect to modify his gun are still online
David J. Lynch / Washington Post:
Why Biden hasn't killed Trump's China tariffs and made imports cheaper
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
New York Post:
James Baker buries Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann in probe