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9:25 PM ET, May 22, 2022

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Russell Moore / Christianity Today:
This Is the Southern Baptist Apocalypse  —  The abuse investigation has uncovered more evil than even I imagined.  —  They were right.  I was wrong to call sexual abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) a crisis.  Crisis is too small a word.  It is an apocalypse.
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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.
Houston Chronicle:
Bombshell 400-page report finds Southern Baptist leaders routinely silenced sexual abuse survivors  —  Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate  —  For 20 years, leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention — including a former president now accused of sexual assault …
Discussion: New York Times
Associated Press:
Report: Top Southern Baptists stonewalled sex abuse victims  —  Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention, America's largest Protestant denomination, stonewalled and denigrated survivors of clergy sex abuse over almost two decades while seeking to protect their own reputations …
New York Times:
Kushner's and Mnuchin's Quick Pivots to Business With the Gulf  —  Weeks before the Trump administration ended, Jared Kushner and Steven Mnuchin met with future investors on official trips to the Middle East.  — Give this article- - - Read in app  —  Shortly before the 2020 election …
New York Times:
Democrats See Headwinds in Georgia, and Everywhere Else  —  Raphael Warnock and Stacey Abrams, viewed as strong candidates by their party, will be running against President Biden's low ratings as well as their G.O.P. rivals.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Discussion: The Hill
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Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
In new book, Kellyanne Conway takes aim at many targets — except Trump  —  Part personal chronicle and part political journey, the book is filled with the sorts of barbed one-liners and bon mots that she dispensed on cable news  —  In 2015, Kellyanne Conway found herself en route to pick …
Discussion: The Hill, Mediaite and Raw Story
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Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Kellyanne Conway Book: Trump Toyed With Quitting After Access Hollywood ‘Pussy’ Tape
Jonathan Lai / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
The Oz and McCormick campaigns are already fighting over undated Pa. mail ballots as Senate primary recount looms
Washington Post:
A grasp at diplomacy as fighting grinds on in Ukraine  —  The Polish president addresses Ukraine's parliament, calling on Russia to withdraw.  —  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the path to ending the war with Russia would require diplomacy and an international agreement …
Discussion: The Hill and UPI
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Wall Street Journal:
Pentagon Weighs Deploying Special Forces to Guard Kyiv Embassy
Discussion: The Daily Wire
BBC:   Zelensky: Only diplomacy can end Ukraine war
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.
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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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Kemp poised for a big win Tuesday, but Trump's shadow looms large
Discussion: Insider, Raw Story and Missoulian
New York Times:
The Ransom: A Look Under the Hood  —  Thousands of pages of original documents, and hundreds of books and articles.  Here are the historians and researchers on which the Haiti project drew.  — Give this article- - - Read in app  —  This series was the work of four reporters and more than a dozen researchers.
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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Ashley Southall / New York Times:
Man Fatally Shot on Manhattan Subway in Unprovoked Attack  —  Riders scrambled for safety when a gunman fired a shot on a Q train in Lower Manhattan on Sunday, killing Daniel Enriquez, 48.  The gunman fled into the streets.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Discussion: WTOP News
Axios:
Democrats' redistricting nightmare  —  Early redistricting wins for Democrats are collapsing across the map, deepening the party's fears of a rout in November's midterm elections. … - Party heavyweights — including House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) and House Oversight Chair Carolyn Maloney …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Washington Post:
Ahead of Biden visit, Israel launches biggest eviction of Palestinians in decades  —  AL-MARKAZ VILLAGE, West Bank — The Najjar family knew what to expect on the morning of May 11 when a neighbor called: “The bulldozer is coming.”  For the second time in five months, the Israeli military had come to knock down their house.
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 …
Aime Williams / Financial Times:
‘Megadrought’ threatens water and power supplies to millions in US  —  Water levels in two largest reservoirs at record lows as study says southwestern drought worst in 1,200 years  —  The “megadrought” gripping the southwestern US has driven water levels at the two largest reservoirs to record lows …
Financial Times:
Business leaders warn that three-decade era of globalisation is ending  —  Executives and investors gather in Davos to discuss mounting economic and financial challenges  —  The three-decade era of globalisation risks going into reverse according to company executives and investors …
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 …
 
 
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Sophia Bollag / San Francisco Chronicle:
‘NIMBYism is destroying the state.’ Gavin Newsom ups pressure on cities to build more housing
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Dave Jamieson / HuffPost:
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Crossing the Line  —  The power of Fox “News”  —  Storytellers are often in search of a moment …
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Wall Street Journal:
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Financial Times:
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Lara Logan, Once a Star at CBS News, Is Now One for the Far Right
Uliana Pavlova / CNN:
Russian officer reveals why he risked it all to quit Putin's war
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CBS News:
Transcript: Sen. Rick Scott on “Face the Nation,” May 22, 2022
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 Earlier Items: 
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Trump to fundraise for Cheney challenger
Cathy Young / Morning Shots:
Biden Hits the Right Note
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Live Nation subsidiaries got millions in aid meant for independent venues
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Washington Post:
From Sandy Hook to Buffalo: Ten years of failure on gun control
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
Dana Goldstein / New York Times:
Lucy Calkins Retreats on Phonics in Fight Over Reading Curriculum
Discussion: Althouse
Nick Bryant / BBC:
Australia election: A great shock to the system
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo