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6:10 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 …
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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 …
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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
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Opinion A harsh new ad hitting Elise Stefanik tests ‘replacement’ attack
Discussion: Townhall and Jonathan's Newsletter
Washington Post:   Stefanik echoed ‘great replacement’ theory. But firms kept donating.
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 …
Shannon Vavra / The Daily Beast:
Dictator Reveals Putin's Wet Dream of a ‘New World Order’  —  In a newly released letter, notorious Putin ally Alexander Lukashenko essentially urges world leaders to let Moscow run rampant.  —  Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko delivered a bizarre letter to the United Nations …
Discussion: Daily Mail, BBC, Raw Story and Reuters
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Max Seddon / Financial Times:   Putin ally gives evidence against former Ukrainian president
Karen Townsend / HotAir:
Will Putin be gone by 2023? Ex-MI6 Chief says “Da”
Discussion: Politico, Newsweek and BizPac Review
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Kristy Parker / Just Security:
Prosecuting Trump for the Insurrection: The Well-Founded Case for Optimism
Discussion: Raw Story
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Again: There's no evidence Hillary Clinton triggered the Russia probe  —  The conclusion drawn by the Wall Street Journal editorial board is stark and damning.  —  “[T]he Russia-Trump narrative that Mrs. Clinton sanctioned did enormous harm to the country,” it reads.
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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.
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Fox News:   State Farm accused of pushing LGBTQ+ books on kids, Consumers' Research launches ‘Like a Creepy Neighbor’
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.
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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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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: abc7NY and The Root
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Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Supreme Court sides with Arizona against death row inmates
Discussion: Washington Post and CNBC
Paul Brand / ITV News:
Exclusive: Prime Minister Boris Johnson pictured drinking at Downing Street party during lockdown  —  Watch Paul Brand's exclusive report on the partygate photographs showing the PM drinking with others in No 10 during a strict lockdown  —  Photographs obtained by ITV News cast fresh doubt …
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.
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.
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
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.
Luis Feliz Leon / In These Times:
These Are The Workers Who Took on Amazon, and Won  —  Against all odds, Amazon workers in New York organized a successful union against one of the biggest companies in the world.  Here's how. … Outside of his $23 million, 27,000-square-foot pied-à-terre, a group of Staten Island Amazon workers …
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Republicans plot foreign intervention pullback  —  Republican lawmakers — following former President Trump's lead — are working with a wide range of conservative groups to pull back American support for Ukraine, the Middle East and Europe, officials tell us.
Discussion: Roll Call, Breitbart, Tangle and Daily Kos
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.
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: USA Today and Raw Story
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
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 …
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 …
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
Trump's ‘Civil War’ Rhetoric Is a Growing Belief on Far Right  —  Trump shared a post claiming “civil war” in the U.S. This kind of dangerous message is increasingly en vogue on the hard right.  —  It was only two words, but it says a lot about the mindset of former President Donald Trump and some of his most hardcore supporters.
Discussion: Insider, Raw Story and HuffPost
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Federal Reserve Board issues Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2021 report  —  The Federal Reserve Board on Monday issued its Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2021 report, which examines the financial lives of U.S. adults and their families.
Discussion: Fortune
 
 
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