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4:50 PM ET, May 22, 2022

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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
My Lunch With President Biden  — Give this article- - - Read in app  —  President Biden invited me for lunch at the White House last Monday.  But it was all off the record — so I can't tell you anything he said.  —  I can, though, tell you two things — what I ate and how I felt after.
CBS News:
More Americans label Republican Party extreme and Democratic Party as weak — CBS News poll  —  With midterm primaries helping set the direction for the Democratic and Republican parties, most Americans, including many of the parties' own voters, aren't terribly happy with the parties or what they're talking about.
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CBS News:
Americans feel uneasy as economic concerns grow — CBS News poll
Discussion: The Daily Wire, The Hill and Axios
Washington Post:
Inside the Republican push to stop Trump's ‘vendetta tour’ in Georgia  —  GOP governors hatched a plan months ago that will culminate in a closely-watched gubernatorial primary on Tuesday  —  Republican governors hatched the plan months ago.  Meeting at the desert Biltmore resort in Phoenix …
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David Siders / Politico:
'No one's paying any attention': The week that Republicans ignored Trump's election lies  —  Donald Trump has been lying about voter fraud for so long that his impugning of yet another election seemed almost inevitable.  —  What was more revealing was that, for the first time, Republicans appeared not to be listening.
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Kemp poised for a big win Tuesday, but Trump's shadow looms large
Discussion: Raw Story and Missoulian
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Kellyanne Conway Book: Trump Toyed With Quitting After Access Hollywood ‘Pussy’ Tape  —  The ex-president's former adviser is dishing on him in her new memoir. … Donald Trump considered dropping out of the 2016 presidential race after the leak of the now-infamous Access Hollywood tape showed …
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Jonathan Lai / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
The Oz and McCormick campaigns are already fighting over undated Pa. mail ballots as Senate primary recount looms
New York Times:
What they can attempt after an election has been certified  — Launch audits and investigations - Attempt to decertify the election  —  The Times's review provides only a glimpse of the ways that state legislatures fueled the movement to deny and challenge the 2020 results.
Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Washington Post:
Explosive Southern Baptist sex abuse report expected to be released Sunday  —  Leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention on Sunday are expected to release the findings of a major third-party investigation into how sex abuse cases have been handled by prominent leaders within the nation's largest Protestant denomination.
who.int:
Multi-country monkeypox outbreak in non-endemic countries  —  Outbreak at glance  —  Since 13 May 2022, cases of monkeypox have been reported to WHO from 12 Member States that are not endemic for monkeypox virus, across three WHO regions.  Epidemiological investigations are ongoing …
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Bloomberg:
More Horrors Await After $550 Billion Retail Earnings Meltdown  —  Soaring costs and swollen inventories have retailers on the ropes, and investors fear that the punishment won't ease anytime soon.  —  With companies from Costco Wholesale Corp. to Dollar General Corp. and Best Buy Co. set …
Dana Goldstein / New York Times:
Lucy Calkins Retreats on Phonics in Fight Over Reading Curriculum  —  Lucy Calkins, a leading literacy expert, has rewritten her curriculum to include a fuller embrace of phonics and the science of reading.  Critics may not be appeased.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Discussion: Althouse
Uliana Pavlova / CNN:
Russian officer reveals why he risked it all to quit Putin's war  —  It took a few weeks of sleeping on crates of grenades for a bed and hiding his face from Ukrainians amid a growing sense of guilt, for the Russian junior officer to come to his conclusion: This wasn't his battle to fight.
Discussion: Selken's Newsletter
Cathy Young / Morning Shots:
Biden Hits the Right Note  —  In the aftermath of tragedy and terror in Buffalo, here's something that has not received much attention: a genuinely presidential speech by Joe Biden on his visit to the city.  —  I know Biden is not a charismatic leader.  But on occasions that call …
Michael Conroy / Associated Press:
78,000 pounds of infant formula arrives in US  —  INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A military plane carrying enough specialty infant formula for more than half a million baby bottles arrived Sunday in Indianapolis, the first of several flights expected from Europe aimed at relieving a shortage …
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Axios, Fox News and WNYW-TV
Wall Street Journal:
Pentagon Weighs Deploying Special Forces to Guard Kyiv Embassy  —  Administration weighs desire to avoid escalating military presence against security of U.S. diplomats in a conflict zone  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. military and diplomatic officials are weighing plans to send special forces troops …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Lara Logan, Once a Star at CBS News, Is Now One for the Far Right  —  The former chief foreign affairs correspondent is now a popular guest on podcasts hosted by vaccine skeptics and deniers of the 2020 election.  — Give this article- - - Read in app  —  When Lara Logan reached the heights …
 
 
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Katie Glueck / New York Times:
Lucy McBath and Carolyn Bourdeaux Battle Over A Georgia District
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BBC:
Zelensky: Only diplomacy can end Ukraine war
CBS News:
Transcript: Sen. Rick Scott on “Face the Nation,” May 22, 2022
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Trump to fundraise for Cheney challenger
Washington Post:
Live Nation subsidiaries got millions in aid meant for independent venues
Washington Post:
From Sandy Hook to Buffalo: Ten years of failure on gun control
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
Bush Dynasty, Its Influence Fading, Pins Hopes on One Last Stand in Texas
JR Ross / WisPolitics.com:
WisPolitics.com: Wisconsin state GOP convention-goers split on another Trump run, plurality supports DeSantis for '24 presidential nomination
Discussion: Florida Politics
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Tressie McMillan Cottom / New York Times:
Student Debt Is Not ‘Good Debt.’ Cancel It.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republicans vow to kill domestic terrorism bill in Senate
Discussion: HotAir and Insider
Nick Bryant / BBC:
Australia election: A great shock to the system
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
The Russian Orthodox Leader at the Core of Putin's Ambitions
Discussion: Washington Post
Khaya Himmelman / The Dispatch:
Fact Checking Dinesh D'Souza's ‘2,000 Mules’