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2:45 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 …
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.
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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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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Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
FBI opened Alfa-Bank inquiry based on ‘referral’ from DOJ — but it came from Sussmann
Discussion: National Review
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
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.
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.
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
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
How ‘Zuck Bucks’ saved the 2020 election — and fueled the Big Lie  —  If Mark Zuckerberg could have imagined the worst possible outcome of his decision to insert himself into the 2020 election, it might have looked something like the scene that unfolded inside Mar-a-Lago on a steamy evening in early April.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Blowing the Truck Whistle  —  A carbon dioxide delivery driver's long journey to expose issues that he says put his safety and integrity at risk … Globe, Arizona, is an old mining town in Gila County, about 90 miles east of Phoenix, dotted with canyons and gorges and 33 bridges, most constructed in or before the 1960s.
Discussion: The Intercept
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 …
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 and Commentary Magazine
Revolver:
Busted: Disinformation Operative Who Attacked Elon Musk's Push for “Free Speech” Caught Red-Handed in Secret Influence Operation  —  Experience Revolver without ads … It is not yet clear whether Elon Musk's increasingly precarious play for Twitter will result in the restoration of free speech in the “global public square.”
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) …
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?
Ahmad Hemingway / ABC News:
Graduations marred by shootings sign of continuing gun violence in America  —  Firearm homicides increased 40% for those ages 10 to 24 in 2020.  —  Just one week ago, an 18-year-old suspect allegedly gunned down 10 Black people at a Tops grocery store in Buffalo, New York, in what authorities called a “racially motivated hate crime.”
 
 
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Discussion: Insider
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