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1:25 PM ET, May 23, 2022

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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 …
Discussion: Bloomberg and New York Post
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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 …
CNN:
Biden says US would respond ‘militarily’ if China attacked Taiwan, but White House insists there's no policy change  —  President Joe Biden said Monday that the United States would intervene militarily if China attempts to take Taiwan by force, a warning that appeared to deviate …
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New York Times:
Biden to Begin New Asia-Pacific Economic Bloc With a Dozen Allies  —  The goal is a resurgence in U.S. influence in the region, especially vis-à-vis China, after Trump's withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  — 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 …
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Kristy Parker / Just Security:
Prosecuting Trump for the Insurrection: The Well-Founded Case for Optimism  —  Since Jan. 6, 2021, a national debate has swirled around whether former President Donald Trump will be investigated and prosecuted for any crimes he may have committed through his efforts to remain in office despite his clear election loss.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Discussion: Faithwire and Twitchy
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Katherine Tully-McManus / Politico:
Herschel, it's Mitch
Discussion: The Hill
Melissa Murray / New York Times:
It's Not Paranoid to Worry That Birth Control Could Be Next
Discussion: New Republic and The Hill
Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
D.C. attorney general sues Zuckerberg over Cambridge Analytica scandal  —  The suit, filed Monday, accuses the Meta CEO of being directly involved in the decision-making that led to the siphoning of personal data of millions of Facebook users  —  D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine (D) …
Discussion: CNBC, The Hill, ABC13 and Protocol
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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 …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Opinion A harsh new ad hitting Elise Stefanik tests ‘replacement’ attack  —  The third-highest-ranking member of the House GOP leadership is playing footsie with a rancid and racist conspiracy theory with a history of inciting mass murder, apparently including the Buffalo massacre.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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Washington Post:
Stefanik echoed ‘great replacement’ theory. But firms kept donating.
Discussion: The Hill
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Warren Rojas / Insider:
Mike Pence is swooping into Georgia ahead of Tuesday's GOP primary to help Gov. Brian Kemp defeat Trump-endorsed David Perdue
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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 …
CNN:
Supreme Court makes it more difficult for prisoners to argue they had ineffective counsel  —  The Supreme Court said Monday that state prisoners may not present new evidence in federal court in support of a claim that their post-conviction counsel in state court was ineffective in violation of the Constitution.
Discussion: The Root
Jose A. Del Real / Washington Post:
The reinvention of a ‘real man’  —  In cowboy country, a father and husband troubled by suicide reimagines American masculinity, one conversation at a time  —  Bill Hawley believes too many men are unwilling or unable to talk about their feelings, and he approaches each day as an opportunity to show them how.
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 …
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.
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 …
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
Guy Fieri, Elder Statesman of Flavortown  —  TV's spike-haired rhapsodist of roadside eats is still playing it for laughs.  But he's also winning food-world respect as a sort of graying eminence.  —  MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Guy Fieri looks as if he has prepared his whole life to be a middle-aged rock star.
Sonny Bunch / The Atlantic:
No One Has a Position Anymore  —  Hypocrisy is the only modern sin and a bit overplayed, a term deployed to justify one's own power grabs and political-professional faults.  I hardly notice it anymore.  But I confess I'm a little shocked by the abrupt about-face on the issue of corporate speech …
Jeremiah Poff / Washington Examiner:
State Farm donating transgender books for 5-year-olds to schools in Florida  —  The auto insurance company State Farm is encouraging its agents in Florida to donate books promoting transgenderism to 5-year-olds to their local schools or public libraries, according to an email shared by a whistleblower.
Discussion: Fox News, TheBlaze and National Review
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.
 
 
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Scott Whitlock / Newsbusters:
STUDY: When There's a Slaughter, the Press Loves to Blame Conservatives
Matt Egan / CNN:
First on CNN: White House explores tapping emergency diesel reserve to ease price spike
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
A Conservative Lawyer's New Target After Abortion: Affirmative Action
Karen Townsend / HotAir:
Will Putin be gone by 2023? Ex-MI6 Chief says “Da”
Discussion: Politico and Newsweek
Associated Press:
Seven years later, still no trial for Texas AG Ken Paxton
Discussion: Fox News
Marjorie Hernandez / New York Post:
Accused Dave Chappelle attacker Isaiah Lee reveals why he tackled comedian
Alex Harris / Miami Herald:
Sunshine State solar slowdown: Installers scrambling for panels, big projects delayed
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Blowing the Truck Whistle
Discussion: The Intercept
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CREW:
The Secret Service spent nearly $2 million at Trump properties
Discussion: Insider
Alexandra Jacobs / New York Times:
‘Secret City,’ an Epic Narrative History of the Closet in the Capital
New York Times:
Hochul's Lt. Governor Pick Says He Is Afro-Latino. Some Latinos Object.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Hailey Fuchs / Politico:
Dem-allied groups drop an A-bomb on Mastriano to start Pa. gov race
Discussion: The Nation
Rich Lowry / National Review:
The Big Lie about Georgia Voting Has Been Shredded
JONATHAN TURLEY:
No Laughing Matter: The Third Circuit Reverses NLRB Sanction Over Joke