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11:50 AM 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.
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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Washington Post:
Biden: U.S. exploring monkeypox vaccines; ‘everybody’ should be concerned  —  President Biden said Sunday that the United States is looking into what vaccines might be available to protect people against monkeypox — saying that “everybody” should be concerned as an outbreak of the disease continues …
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Politico
Nick Bryant / BBC:
Australia election: A great shock to the system  —  Victory belongs to Anthony Albanese, only the fourth Labor leader since World War Two to oust a Liberal prime minister, but the 2022 Australian election was primarily a rejection of Scott Morrison and the brand of politics he has come to personify.
Washington Post:
Live Nation subsidiaries got millions in aid meant for independent venues  —  Congress wrote a pandemic relief law that excluded Live Nation and companies like it.  But the Small Business Administration gave nearly $19 million to Live Nation subsidiaries or companies in which it has a significant investment.
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
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Scorned by Trump, Mo Brooks Rises in Alabama Senate Race  —  Mr. Brooks, a hard-right representative, seems to be making an unlikely comeback in a Senate race in which the Trump endorsement may not determine votes of Trump supporters.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Discussion: Raw Story, Politico and Breitbart
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republicans vow to kill domestic terrorism bill in Senate  —  Senate Republicans are lining up against a House-passed bill that would authorize special offices within the government to investigate and monitor domestic terrorism, which is being pushed in the wake of a racist shooting in Buffalo that left 10 people dead.
Discussion: Insider
Washington Post:
From Sandy Hook to Buffalo: Ten years of failure on gun control  —  Biden has played a central role in the unsuccessful efforts to enact significant firearms legislation amid thousands of mass shootings  —  Gabrielle Giffords huddled with Vice President Joe Biden in his private office …
Tressie McMillan Cottom / New York Times:
Student Debt Is Not ‘Good Debt.’ Cancel It.  —  If it weren't for all of the Black women students milling about, Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C., would be the picture of Hollywood's idea of a small liberal arts college.  The red-brick architecture anchors a manicured quad.
Eric Peterson / Salt Lake Tribune:
Utah hunting guide faces felony charge for Donald Trump Jr.'s big-game hunt  —  Court documents say guide Wade Lemon used ‘a pile of grain, oil and pastries’ to lure a bear that Trump Jr. then killed.  —  The following story was written and researched by The Utah Investigative Journalism Project …
JR Ross / WisPolitics.com:
WisPolitics.com: Wisconsin state GOP convention-goers split on another Trump run, plurality supports DeSantis for '24 presidential nomination  —  Contact: WisPolitics.com Editor JR Ross, 608-669-8418  —  MIDDLETON — Republican Party of Wisconsin conventioneers voting in a WisPolitics.com straw poll …
Discussion: Florida Politics
 
 
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J. David Goodman / New York Times:
Bush Dynasty, Its Influence Fading, Pins Hopes on One Last Stand in Texas
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’
Jenny Goldsberry / Washington Examiner:
Gen. Mark Milley tells West Point graduates technology will change the future of war
Discussion: Townhall, Associated Press and Fox News
Davey Alba / Bloomberg:
Dangerous DIY Baby Formula Recipes Go Viral as Parents Get Desperate
Discussion: Rolling Stone
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Politico:
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James Gordon / Daily Mail:
Virginia board is set to return names of the Confederate generals Stonewall Jackson, Turner Ashby and Robert E Lee to two schools after they were changed during George Floyd protests
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump reacts to testimony that Clinton spread Russia allegations: ‘Where do I get my reputation back?’
New York Times:
WHAT FRANCE DEMANDED … In 1825, France demanded five annual payments of 30 million francs.
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
Lauren Boebert targeted by same group that took out Madison Cawthorn
Discussion: The Daily Beast