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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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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 …
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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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 …
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 and Insider
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
Washington Post:
A grasp at diplomacy as fighting grinds on in Ukraine  —  The Polish president addresses Ukraine's parliament, calling on Russia to withdraw.  —  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the path to ending the war with Russia would require diplomacy and an international agreement …
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Dan Milmo / The Guardian:
YouTube removes more than 9,000 channels relating to Ukraine war
Uliana Pavlova / CNN:
Russian officer reveals why he risked it all to quit Putin's war
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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?
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.
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.
New York Times:
Hochul's Lt. Governor Pick Says He Is Afro-Latino.  Some Latinos Object.  —  The three major Democrats running to become New York's second-in-command have Latino roots, but Antonio Delgado's claim to the heritage is being challenged.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Matt Taibbi / TK News:
Bush is Biden is Bush  —  George W. Bush returns to the news with a tad too much honesty, lifting a veil on Washington's dirtiest open secret: the Biden Democrats have become the Bush Republicans  —  George W. Bush returned to the news last week.  The man who once said, “Our enemies …
Discussion: Big League Politics
New York Times:
The Ransom: A Look Under the Hood  —  Thousands of pages of original documents, and hundreds of books and articles.  Here are the historians and researchers on which the Haiti project drew.  — Give this article- - - Read in app  —  This series was the work of four reporters and more than a dozen researchers.
 
 
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Dem-allied groups drop an A-bomb on Mastriano to start Pa. gov race
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Melissa Murray / New York Times:
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Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
Biden redeployed troops to Somalia. Could Afghanistan someday be next?
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Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
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Reuters:
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Axios:
Democrats' redistricting nightmare
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Wall Street Journal:
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Business leaders warn that three-decade era of globalisation is ending
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Lara Logan, Once a Star at CBS News, Is Now One for the Far Right
Nick Bryant / BBC:
Australia election: A great shock to the system
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