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Associated Press:
Biden: US would intervene with military to defend Taiwan  —  TOKYO (AP) — President Joe Biden said Monday that the U.S. would intervene militarily if China were to invade Taiwan, saying the burden to protect Taiwan is “even stronger' after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Wall Street Journal:
Biden Says U.S. Would Intervene Militarily if China Invaded Taiwan
Discussion: The Hill and Kyodo News+
CNN:
Biden says US would respond ‘militarily’ if China attacked Taiwan, but White House insists there's no policy change
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
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: GOP jumps on Stacey Abrams' gaffe calling Georgia ‘worst state to live in’  —  At a Gwinnett Democratic gala over the weekend, Stacey Abrams had some harsh words for her home state that Republicans quickly jumped to exploit.  From the Gwinnett Daily Post:"I am tired of hearing …
Curt Yeomans / Gwinnett Daily Post:
Stacey Abrams goes after Republicans during Gwinnett Democrats gala, claims GOP handling of health, incarceration issues made Georgia ‘worst state’ to live in
Discussion: The Daily Wire and RedState
Stephen M. Lepore / Daily Mail:
Stacy Abrams admits she considers Georgia to be ‘the WORST state in the country to live’ - even as she runs for governor and owns two homes there
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 …
Discussion: Insider, POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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:
Southern Baptist leaders covered up sex abuse, kept secret database, report says  —  Among the findings was a previously unknown case of a pastor who was credibly accused of assaulting a woman a month after leaving the presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention
Houston Chronicle:
Bombshell 400-page report finds Southern Baptist leaders routinely silenced sexual abuse survivors
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Pence, Tiptoeing Away From Trump, Lays Groundwork for '24 Run  —  The former vice president is part of a group of Republicans who have visited early nominating states as they weigh a challenge to their party's most dominant force.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Capitol attack panel to hold six public hearings as it aims to show how Trump broke law  —  Panel aims to publicly outline the potentially unlawful schemes that tried to keep the former president in office despite his defeat  —  The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Meta to give researchers more information on political ad targeting.  —  Academics and journalists will be able to see more data about the way political ads are used to target users across Facebook and Instagram.  —  Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram, said that it planned …
Hannah / UN Watch:
Exclusive: Senior Russian Diplomat at U.N. Defects  —  GENEVA, May 23, 2022 — Russia's counsellor to the United Nations in Geneva has resigned, the most senior diplomat to defect since his country's invasion of Ukraine began in February, according to an exclusive report by UN Watch …
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
Rich Lowry / National Review:
The Big Lie about Georgia Voting Has Been Shredded  —  But the perpetrators of the falsehoods will never admit they were wrong.  —  We all know what happens when a tree falls in an empty forest.  What happens when a democracy emerges unscathed from a purported vile racist threat to its very existence?
Caleb Pershan / Columbia Journalism Review:
The bot that saw the Times  —  A few weeks ago, the person behind the New York Times Pitchbot—not a bot at all, but a Twitter account whose posts satirize New York Times headlines and articles—was at his home, in Rochester, New York, doing laundry with one hand while tapping out, with the other …
Popular Information:
Major cinema chain brings the Big Lie to theaters nationwide  —  More than 18 months after the 2020 presidential election, the Big Lie — the discredited claim that Trump won but was the victim of voter fraud — lives on.  The Big Lie has staying power because it has proven to be highly adaptable.
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
How Trump's Fear of Getting Pied in the Face May Come Back to Cream Him  —  Donald Trump's former fixer testified that Trump was unusually afraid of taking a pie to the face and instructed his security to severely beat up anyone who tried to get him.  —  Former President Donald Trump's fear …
Irin Carmon / The Cut:
The Future of Abortions in America An access map.  —  The legal right to abortion is likely to disappear in half the country in a matter of weeks.  Abortion itself, and the need for it, will not, and never has.  The question is what it will cost medically, financially — and criminally.
Lara Seligman / Politico:
Pentagon seizes foreign reporter's phone during official travel  —  The Pentagon seized a foreign reporter's phone and would not allow them to use their electronics while traveling with the Defense Department's No. 2 official on Sunday, according to a person on the trip and an email viewed by POLITICO.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
JONATHAN TURLEY:
No Laughing Matter: The Third Circuit Reverses NLRB Sanction Over Joke  —  In our age of rage, humor was one of the earliest victims.  It is not that humor is not allowed, it is merely selectively tolerated.  Thus, Twitter suspended the satirical site, Babylon Bee, with the support of many who claim to support free speech.
Discussion: HotAir
Reuters:
Houthi top official says group not against extending truce in Yemen  —  The head of Yemen's Houthi Supreme Political Council, Mahdi al-Mashat, on Sunday said the group was not against extending a U.N.-brokered truce, despite describing it as “not encouraging enough”.
Melissa Murray / New York Times:
It's Not Paranoid to Worry That Birth Control Could Be Next  —  The leaked draft opinion of the Supreme Court's decision overturning Roe v. Wade has prompted a flurry of debate about the fate of other so-called unenumerated rights — rights that are not explicitly outlined in the Constitution …
Discussion: New Republic and The Hill
Hailey Fuchs / Politico:
Dem-allied groups drop an A-bomb on Mastriano to start Pa. gov race  —  Democrats and allied groups are launching a $6 million digital, television and voter mobilization campaign attacking GOP Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano, betting that his pledges to completely ban abortion will turn off swing state voters.
Discussion: The Nation, The Guardian and Insider
 
 
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Michael Conroy / Associated Press:
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Discussion: HotAir and Politico
Dan Milmo / The Guardian:
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Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
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Discussion: The Dispatch
Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
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