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6:45 AM ET, May 23, 2022

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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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Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Washington Post:
Southern Baptist leaders covered up sex abuse, kept secret database, report says  —  Among the findings was a previously unknown case of a pastor who was credibly accused of assaulting a woman a month after leaving the presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention
Houston Chronicle:
Bombshell 400-page report finds Southern Baptist leaders routinely silenced sexual abuse survivors  —  Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate  —  For 20 years, leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention — including a former president now accused of sexual assault …
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 …
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
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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Christian Datoc / Washington Examiner:
Biden launches Indo-Pacific Economic Framework with Japan, South Korea, and others  —  President Joe Biden and the leaders of a dozen Indo-Pacific countries launched a new partnership with the specific goal of stabilizing the region's economic future.  —  The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework …
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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
Discussion: Financial Times and Kyodo News+
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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Uliana Pavlova / CNN:   Russian officer reveals why he risked it all to quit Putin's war
Wall Street Journal:
Pentagon Weighs Deploying Special Forces to Guard Kyiv Embassy
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Wire
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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New York Times:   The Root of Haiti's Misery: Reparations to Enslavers
CNN:
Biden says US willing to respond ‘militarily’ in event of Chinese attack on Taiwan  —  President Joe Biden said Monday that the United States would respond militarily if China intervenes in Taiwan by force, telling reporters in Tokyo, “That's the commitment we made.”
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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 …
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
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Washington Post:
Inside the Republican push to stop Trump's ‘vendetta tour’ in Georgia
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
Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
Biden redeployed troops to Somalia.  Could Afghanistan someday be next?  —  President Joe Biden campaigned on ending the “forever wars,” and while he lived up to that promise by withdrawing from Afghanistan last August, he may have done the opposite with the redeployment of troops to Somalia.
Discussion: The Dispatch
Reuters:
Houthi top official says group not against extending truce in Yemen  —  The head of Yemen's Houthi Supreme Political Council, Mahdi al-Mashat, on Sunday said the group was not against extending a U.N.-brokered truce, despite describing it as “not encouraging enough”.
Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
Trump Spends Weekend on TRUTH Social Furiously Ranting About ‘RINO’ WSJ, Scolding Mo Brooks, and Sharing a Call for Civil War  —  Former President Donald Trump is not having a good weekend, if the postings on his TRUTH Social account are any indication of his mood.
Nick Bryant / BBC:
Australia election: A great shock to the system  —  Victory belongs to Anthony Albanese, only the fourth Labor leader since World War Two to oust a Liberal prime minister, but the 2022 Australian election was primarily a rejection of Scott Morrison and the brand of politics he has come to personify.
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Wall Street Journal:
Why Is the FDA Seizing Baby Formula During a Baby Formula Shortage?  —  With trusted sellers shut down, parents are being driven to untested suppliers.  —  1x  —  Hundreds of thousands of parents in the U.S. are scrambling to find formula for their babies, and President Biden has invoked …
Discussion: New York Post
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John Harwood / CNN:
Why Washington can't have an honest debate about inflation
Discussion: The Daily Wire
Matt Taibbi / TK News:
Bush is Biden is Bush  —  George W. Bush returns to the news with a tad too much honesty …
Discussion: Big League Politics
Sophia Bollag / San Francisco Chronicle:
‘NIMBYism is destroying the state.’ Gavin Newsom ups pressure on cities to build more housing
Discussion: Breitbart
Axios:
Democrats' redistricting nightmare
Discussion: New Republic and Political Wire
Aime Williams / Financial Times:
‘Megadrought’ threatens water and power supplies to millions in US
Financial Times:
Business leaders warn that three-decade era of globalisation is ending
 Earlier Items: 
Financial Times:
Saudi Arabia signals support for Russia's role in Opec+ as sanctions pressure mounts
Discussion: rbc.ru
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Lara Logan, Once a Star at CBS News, Is Now One for the Far Right
CBS News:
Transcript: Sen. Rick Scott on “Face the Nation,” May 22, 2022
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Bloomberg:
More Horrors Await After $550 Billion Retail Earnings Meltdown
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Trump to fundraise for Cheney challenger
Dana Goldstein / New York Times:
Lucy Calkins Retreats on Phonics in Fight Over Reading Curriculum
Discussion: Althouse