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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
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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 …
Emily Rauhala / Washington Post:
Russian diplomat resigns protesting Putin's ‘aggressive war’  —  A diplomat at Russia's mission to the United Nations in Geneva has resigned over the war in Ukraine, writing that he has never been “so ashamed” of his country, in a rare public rebuke of the war from within the Russian government.
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
Katherine Tully-McManus / Politico:
Herschel, it's Mitch  —  Presented by The Zero Emission Transportation Association  —  With help from Burgess Everett, Andrew Desiderio and Sarah Ferris  —  McCONNELL COACHES UP HERSCHEL— The Georgia primary is tomorrow and Mitch McConnell is already coaching Herschel Walker on how to stiff arm Democrats for the next five months.
Discussion: The Hill
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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
Melissa Murray / New York Times:
It's Not Paranoid to Worry That Birth Control Could Be Next
Discussion: New Republic and The Hill
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 and Digby's Hullabaloo
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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
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.
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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
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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?
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, Insider and The Guardian
Hannah Grossman / Fox News:
NSBA letter drafts called for National Guard and military to be deployed  —  NSBA letter to Biden, which called protesting parents ‘domestic terrorists,’ more extreme in its early stages  —  National School Boards Association apologizes for letter comparing parents who speak out to ‘domestic terrorists’
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.
Alex Harris / Miami Herald:
Sunshine State solar slowdown: Installers scrambling for panels, big projects delayed  —  Florida solar installers are scrambling for panels amid a nationwide market slowdown, and some are turning to older, less efficient models to get the job done.  —  The utility with the nation's biggest solar …
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
 
 
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
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Yuliya Talmazan / NBC News:
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Associated Press:
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Discussion: Outside the Beltway
JONATHAN TURLEY:
No Laughing Matter: The Third Circuit Reverses NLRB Sanction Over Joke
Lara Seligman / Politico:
Pentagon seizes foreign reporter's phone during official travel
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Examiner