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11:15 PM ET, May 23, 2022

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CNN:
Former US soldier now fighting in Ukraine tells of days trapped in ‘house of horrors’  —  Special forces vet in Ukraine: ‘It really comes down to good vs. evil’ 03:13  —  Irpin, Ukraine (CNN)Kevin, a stocky American in his early 30s, climbs over the charred rubble of a former sauna and shines …
Discussion: New York Times
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New York Times:
Russian Diplomat Resigns Over Ukraine War  —  GENEVA — A diplomat in Russia's mission to the United Nations in Geneva quit his post on Monday, expressing shame over Russia's invasion of Ukraine and describing it as a crime against both countries.  —  Boris Bondarev, a counselor …
Max Seddon / Financial Times:
Putin ally gives evidence against former Ukrainian president
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Opinion Don't worry about Putin's feelings. Russia must pay for its invasion.
Discussion: BBC and Daily Kos
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
David Perdue makes racist remarks about Stacey Abrams as he ends a lackluster campaign.  —  Mr. Perdue, who badly trails Gov. Brian Kemp in the Republican primary for governor, accused Ms. Abrams of “demeaning her own race” in describing the state's problems.
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Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Perdue Slumming With Bannon for Votes on Election Eve  —  He should be embarrassed by his last-ditch attempt to avoid embarrassment at the polls in Tuesday's primary.  —  Former President Donald Trump's favorite sacrificial Senate lamb, David Perdue, spoke on Monday with one of Trump's indicted-and-pardoned former campaign managers.
Discussion: New York Times, Newsweek and CNN
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Biaggi Seeks to Block Sean Patrick Maloney's Chosen Path to Re-Election  —  Mr. Maloney, who leads the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, upset some Democrats by opting to run in a district currently represented by a Black congressman.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Discussion: The Hill and New York Magazine
Slate:
Clarence and Ginni Thomas Are Telling Us Exactly How the 2024 Coup Will Go Down  —  On Friday, the Washington Post broke the news that Ginni Thomas sent emails to Arizona elections officials asking them to set aside the will of the voters and submit a slate of fake electors who would support Donald Trump …
Craig Mauger / Detroit News:
James Craig, Perry Johnson, 3 others shouldn't make ballot, Bureau of Elections says  —  Lansing — Former Detroit police Chief James Craig and businessman Perry Johnson, two of the top candidates for the Republican nomination for governor, didn't submit enough valid petition signatures to make the ballot …
Discussion: Bridge Michigan and MLive.com
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Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
Leading GOP Candidates For Michigan Guv Could Be Disqualified Over Wave of Fraudulent Signatures  —  A signature forgery scandal has turned the race for the GOP nomination to be Michigan's next governor on its head: Two leading Republican candidates did not collect enough signatures to qualify …
Luke Broadwater / New York Times:
Ronny Jackson Used Campaign Funds for Exclusive Club, Ethics Office Alleges  —  The office said the House Republican from Texas may have broken campaign finance regulations.  It also said Representative Alex X. Mooney, Republican of West Virginia, may have acted improperly.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Discussion: Roll Call
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Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
MAGA Rep. Accused of Making Staff Drive Hundreds of Miles to Walk His Dog
Discussion: Raw Story
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
McCormick sues over mail-in ballot procedures amid close GOP Senate fight with Oz  —  U.S. Senate candidate David McCormick has filed a lawsuit in a Pennsylvania court to compel the counting of Republican mail-in ballots submitted without a handwritten date on the outside envelope in a bid …
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Maria Cheng / Associated Press:
Expert: Monkeypox likely spread by sex at 2 raves in Europe  —  LONDON (AP) — A leading adviser to the World Health Organization described the unprecedented outbreak of monkeypox in developed countries as “a random event” that appears to have been caused by sexual activity at two recent raves in Europe.
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Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: U.S. negotiating deal among Saudis, Israelis and Egyptians  —  The Biden administration has been quietly mediating among Saudi Arabia, Israel and Egypt on negotiations that, if successful, could be a first step on the road to the normalization of relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel.
Anemona Hartocollis / New York Times:
Princeton Fires Tenured Professor in Campus Controversy  —  Joshua Katz's dismissal is related to his inappropriate conduct with a female student, the university said.  He says criticism of a campus protest group is the issue.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Deirdre Bosa / CNBC:
Airbnb is closing its domestic business in China, sources say  — All mainland Chinese listings — homes and experiences — will be taken down by this summer, but Airbnb will continue to maintain an office in the country to focus on outbound travel.  — Airbnb formally launched …
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
The Lincoln Project Just Released A Brutal Must Watch Take Down Of Elise Stefanik  —  The Lincoln Project ad calls Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) a backstabber who is on an evil quest for power and using white replacement theory to become a MAGA leader.  —  Video of the ad:  —  Video
Discussion: Washington Post and Townhall
Los Angeles Times:
Anaheim mayor resigns amid corruption probe into his role in Angel Stadium land sale  —  Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu resigned Monday in the midst of a federal public corruption investigation linked to the $320-million sale of Angel Stadium and allegations that a secretive “cabal” of power brokers controlled the city's politics.
Kipp Jones / Mediaite:
Trevor Reed Rips Marjorie Taylor Greene For Stalling Resolution to Free Him From Russian Prison: ‘How Do You Justify That?’  —  Trevor Reed, a former U.S. Marine who spent 985 days behind bars in Russia, ripped Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) after she stalled a resolution calling on his release last year.
Meghan Faulkner / CREW:
Trump profited off visit to Vegas shooting victims … Three days after the October 1, 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, then-President Trump visited Las Vegas and met with victims of the shooting and first-responders.  But that visit appears to have also benefited Trump financially.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Biden Veers Off Script on Taiwan.  It's Not the First Time.  —  Offhand remarks that vary from the official talking points have become a feature of the Biden presidency, even as they leave his staff scrambling to spin them away afterward.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Christopher Ingraham / The Why Axis:
The leaded generation  —  More than half of Americans alive today were exposed to dangerous levels of lead as kids  —  The average Gen Xer lost about 6 points of IQ due to early childhood lead exposure, according to a study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science.
Ryan Mac / New York Times:
SpaceX executive defends Elon Musk against misconduct accusations.  —  Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX's president and chief operating officer, addressed sexual harassment allegations against Mr. Musk in a company email last week.  —  A top executive at the rocket maker SpaceX said she “personally” …
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
The Supreme Court just condemned a man to die despite strong evidence he's innocent  —  The Court effectively overruled two of its previous decisions, and it is likely an innocent man will die as a result.  —  In 1995, Barry Jones was convicted of murdering Rachel Gray, his girlfriend's 4-year-old daughter, and sentenced to die.
Megan Cassidy / San Francisco Chronicle:
Sources: San Francisco police shot both suspect and victim in alleged Dogpatch knife assault  —  San Francisco police who responded to a reported assault by a knife-wielding man shot the alleged assailant as well as the victim, who was unarmed, according to two law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation.
Kay Smythe / The Daily Caller:
Footage Appears To Show Jack Posobiec Being Questioned By Swiss Police  —  Conservative journalist Jack Posobiec was briefly surrounded by Swiss police Monday at the World Economic Forum in Davos.  —  Various videos were posted to social media that showed Swiss police encircling Posobiec …
Discussion: RedState, CNBC and Human Events
Louis Jacobson / PolitiFact:
Raphael Warnock may love puppies.  But that beagle was borrowed  —  • The dog in a series of popular campaign ads was lent to Warnock's campaign by a supporter for the purpose of filming the commercials.  —  • Warnock had lived with dogs on several earlier occasions, but not while the ad was being filmed.
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Georgia GOP primary for secretary of state to test endurance of Trump's election lie  —  When Georgia voters go to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in the Republican secretary of state primary, it won't just be a GOP nominee in a down-ballot race they're choosing.
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
New Justice Dept. policy says agents must intervene if they see abuse  —  Memo from Attorney General Merrick Garland is the first such policy update in 18 years.  —  The Justice Department has updated its use-of-force policy for the first time in 18 years, telling federal agents they have a duty …
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Progressives Can't Stop Republican Censorship  —  Andrew Breitbart, founder of the right-wing website Breitbart News, once said that “politics is downstream from culture,” and conservatives have been reverentially repeating his maxim ever since.  —  This belief contributes to the right's eternal sense of victimization.
Callie Patteson / New York Post:
Biden praises high gas prices as part of ‘incredible transition’  —  Out of touch as ever, President Biden tried to look on the bright side of record-high gas prices Monday, gushing that the pump pain was part of “an incredible transition” of the US economy away from fossil fuels.
Discussion: Washington Times and Instapundit
Jeb Bush / TIME:
Ron DeSantis  —  During the pandemic, most people stayed home, and those who didn't probably moved to Florida.  Despite relentless criticism, Governor Ron DeSantis kept schools open, ensured Florida's economy remained open for business, and allowed individuals to determine their own risk tolerance.
Reuters:
German economy minister expects EU embargo on Russian oil ‘within days’ -ZDF  —  The European Union will likely agree an embargo on Russian oil imports “within days,” Germany's economy minister said on Monday, but making a dent in Russia's war chest may require capping global oil prices.
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
House Ethics Committee probes Rep. Madison Cawthorn for cryptocurrency promotion, relationship with staffer  — The House Ethics Committee is investigating Rep. Madison Cawthorn for his possibly improper promotion of a cryptocurrency in which he may have had an undisclosed financial interest.
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
80-year-old former NYC lawmaker considering run for Congress in same district as Bill de Blasio  —  Even though she's 80 years old, trailblazing former New York lawmaker and prosecutor Elizabeth Holtzman is considering running for Congress in the same district as former Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Daily News has learned.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Kellyanne Conway memoir: Husband's attacks “sneaky, almost sinister”  —  Kellyanne Conway, who was counselor to former President Trump, writes in a memoir out tomorrow, “Here's the Deal,” that she was stunned by attacks from her husband, lawyer George Conway, who has 1.9 million Twitter followers.
Discussion: Raw Story and USA Today
 
 
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Eric Utter / American Thinker:
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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
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Discussion: Fortune
Bloomberg:
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Sonny Bunch / The Atlantic:
No One Has a Position Anymore  —  Hypocrisy is the only modern sin and a bit overplayed …
Jose A. Del Real / Washington Post:
The reinvention of a ‘real man’
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