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2:05 PM ET, May 21, 2022

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Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Georgia electrical vehicle factory becomes Kemp, Perdue campaign battle  —  RUTLEDGE, Ga. — There are few things politicians love more than creating jobs and cutting ribbons.  —  But what if those jobs are on the wrong side of the culture war?  —  Plans to build a massive electric vehicle factory …
Discussion: The Hill
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New York Times:
Perdue Had Trump.  In Georgia, Kemp Had Everything Else.  —  David Perdue challenged Gov. Brian Kemp because of Donald Trump's fury over his 2020 loss.  Thoroughly outflanked and failing to gain traction, he is now staring down defeat.  —  In September 2021, former Senator David Perdue …
Discussion: Insider, Washington Post and CNN
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Trump Faces Another Round of Humiliation in Georgia  —  Last December, when Donald Trump talked former U.S. senator David Perdue into challenging his bitter enemy, Georgia governor Brian Kemp, in the state's May 24 Republican primary, it initially looked like a political coup for the ex-president.
Discussion: HuffPost, Raw Story and Slate
Damien Cave / New York Times:
Australia's Labor Party Wins as Scott Morrison's Coalition Concedes  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  Labor wins the government after a long stretch of conservative leadership.  —  Anthony Albanese and his opposition Labor Party ended nine years of conservative government in Australia on Saturday …
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Rod Mcguirk / Associated Press:
Australian prime minister concedes election defeat  —  CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister conceded defeat after an election Saturday that could deliver a minority government.  —  Scott Morrison acted quickly despite millions of votes yet to be counted …
Discussion: Associated Press
Jon Levine / New York Post:
Eric Adams eyeing White House run in 2024: sources  —  Mayor Adams may be eyeing a White House run if President Biden doesn't seek a second term, confidantes and City Hall insiders told The Post.  —  “Eric has told me repeatedly that he thinks that he has a platform to run for national office, for president in 2024.
Discussion: Fox News, Insider and TheBlaze
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Politico:
National Dems are calling in a new communications expert: Eric Adams
Discussion: No More Mister Nice Blog and PIX11
Washington Post:
Poll: Black Americans fear more racist attacks after Buffalo shooting  —  Two years after George Floyd's murder, nearly 8 in 10 Black Americans say there has been little or no improvement in how police treat Black people, according to a Washington Post-Ipsos poll
Discussion: The Hill
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Washington Post:   Telling George Floyd's story gave us a deeper understanding of racism
New York Times:
The Root of Haiti's Misery: Reparations to Enslavers  —  Lire en français Li an Kreyòl  —  DONDON, Haiti — Adrienne Present steps into the thin forest beside her house and plucks the season's first coffee cherries, shining like red marbles in her hands.  —  The harvest has begun.
Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:
Herschel Walker's ties to veterans program face scrutiny  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Herschel Walker, the football legend and leading Republican Senate candidate in Georgia, often boasts of his work helping service members and veterans struggling with mental health.
Discussion: HotAir and Raw Story
Bess Levin / Vanity Fair:
Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy: Our Maternal Death Rates Are Only Bad If You Count Black Women  —  “If you correct our population for race, we're not as much of an outlier as it'd otherwise appear.”  —  As conservatives across the country wage war on reproductive rights …
Washington Post:
Voting is surging in Georgia despite controversial new election law  —  Tuesday's primary is the first big test of new election legislation, which was opposed by voting-rights groups and Democrats.  —  GRIFFIN, Ga. — When the Spalding County Board of Elections eliminated early voting on Sundays …
Discussion: Election Law Blog and POLITICUSUSA
CNN:
First on CNN: Giuliani meets with January 6 committee for more than 9 hours  —  (CNN)Rudy Giuliani, former President Donald Trump's onetime personal attorney and a lead architect of his attempt to overturn the 2020 election results, on Friday met with the House select committee investigating the January 6 …
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Luke Broadwater / New York Times:
Giuliani Meets With Jan. 6 Committee for Over 7 Hours
Discussion: HuffPost
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Judge Approves N.Y. House Map, Cementing Chaos for Democrats  —  The new district lines, approved late Friday night, will create pickup opportunities for Republicans and force Democratic incumbents to run against each other.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Politico:
Court ruling could upend Pa. Senate race  —  A little-watched federal court case could upend the neck-and-neck Republican Senate primary in Pennsylvania between Dr. Mehmet Oz and David McCormick.  —  On Friday afternoon, a three-judge panel for the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals issued …
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Yascha Mounk / The Atlantic:
The Doom Spiral of Pernicious Polarization  —  Until a few decades ago, most Democrats did not hate Republicans, and most Republicans did not hate Democrats.  Very few Americans thought the policies of the other side were a threat to the country or worried about their child marrying a spouse who belonged to a different political party.
Eric Levai / The Daily Dot:
EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Loudermilk gave a radio interview that blows up his denials about hosting Jan. 6 protesters in his office  —  The Daily Dot has obtained a radio interview from Jan. 6, 2021, from WBHF in Cartersville, Georgia, in which Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) says, “about a dozen” …
Discussion: Forbes and Peach Pundit
Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
Russia bans 963 Americans, including Biden and Harris — but not Trump  —  Russia is permanently banning nearly 1,000 Americans, including President Biden and Vice President Harris, from entering the country in response to the United States' support of Ukraine and the historic sanctions facing …
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Va. Gov. Youngkin restores voting rights to thousands of ex-felons  —  RICHMOND — Gov. Glenn Youngkin, a conservative Republican who has typically projected a tough-on-crime image, announced Friday that he has restored voting and other civil rights to 3,496 ex-felons.
Discussion: WRIC-TV
Will Welch / All:
Have I Been Redistricted?  Search Your Redrawn Political Districts in New York  —  After a chaotic redistricting process, New York's political boundaries have finally been set for the 2022 election season.  A lot has changed.  The new lines mean some congressional veterans will vie for the same seat.
Jay Michaelson / Rolling Stone:
MAGA Law: How the Trump Judges Twist U.S. Justice  —  And they'll be in power for a generation  —  The hard right's takeover of the Supreme Court is real, and is having real consequences.  But despite that leaked decision that would overturn Roe, this takeover isn't just about abortion, and it's not just about the Supreme Court.
Discussion: RedState
NBC News:
Biden signs $40 billion Ukraine aid package as Russia steps up assault in the east  —  “Look forward to new, powerful defense assistance,” Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.  “Today it is needed more than ever.”  —  Russia steps up attacks on Kharkiv after Ukrainian forces regain territory
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Wall Street Journal:
Princeton Targets a Dissenting Professor  —  The school may purge Joshua Katz after he criticized a faculty letter.  —  1x  —  Everyone knows American universities are dangerous places these days if you dare to express unpopular views.  But Princeton University's handling …
NBC News:
McKinsey & Co. worked with Russian weapons maker even as it advised Pentagon  —  Russia has fired more than 2,000 missiles on Ukraine since invading in February.  The engines for many of these missiles were manufactured by a massive state-owned enterprise called Rostec …
Kate Lý Johnston / Heartland Signal:
Sen. Ron Johnson's campaign communications director resigns  —  Sen. Ron Johnson's (R-WI) campaign for a third term is already getting messy, as his communications director quit three months into the job.  —  Jake Wilkins, who started working for Johnson last February …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Pete Davidson Expected to Exit ‘Saturday Night Live’ (EXCLUSIVE) … Chad, Li'l Baby Aidy, Barbara DeDrew and Baby Yoda are all leaving Studio 8H.  —  Pete Davidson, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon and Kyle Mooney are all expected to leave “Saturday Night Live” after it ends its 47th season tomorrow evening …
 
 
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Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
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Reuters:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Eric Cortellessa / TIME:
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Karen Townsend / HotAir:
Second look? John Kirby moves to White House communications job
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John Sexton / HotAir:
Report confirms White House had advance knowledge of the NSBA's ‘domestic terrorism’ letter and promised ‘we have your back’
Discussion: Breitbart and Fox News
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
Teen Rapist's High-Profile Lawyer Says He Violated Bond 50 Times Because He Was Depressed
Discussion: Raw Story and WCSC-TV
Bill McKibben / New Yorker:
Could Google's Carbon Emissions Have Effectively Doubled Overnight?
Discussion: The Crucial Years
Isabela Dias / Mother Jones:
Meet the Muslim Mom Who Has Mobilized Asian American Parents in the War on Public Schools
Jack Ewing / New York Times:
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Discussion: Raw Story