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7:05 AM ET, May 24, 2022

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Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
David Perdue makes racist remarks about Stacey Abrams as he ends a lackluster campaign.  —  Mr. Perdue, who badly trails Gov. Brian Kemp in the Republican primary for governor, accused Ms. Abrams of “demeaning her own race” in describing the state's problems.
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Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Perdue Slumming With Bannon for Votes on Election Eve  —  He should be embarrassed by his last-ditch attempt to avoid embarrassment at the polls in Tuesday's primary.  —  Former President Donald Trump's favorite sacrificial Senate lamb, David Perdue, spoke on Monday with one of Trump's indicted-and-pardoned former campaign managers.
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Biaggi Seeks to Block Sean Patrick Maloney's Chosen Path to Re-Election  —  Mr. Maloney, who leads the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, upset some Democrats by opting to run in a district currently represented by a Black congressman.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Hill
Maria Cheng / Associated Press:
Expert: Monkeypox likely spread by sex at 2 raves in Europe  —  LONDON (AP) — A leading adviser to the World Health Organization described the unprecedented outbreak of monkeypox in developed countries as “a random event” that appears to have been caused by sexual activity at two recent raves in Europe.
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Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
As Monkeypox Cases Rise, Nations Are Urged to Examine Vaccine Stores
Denise Roland / Wall Street Journal:
Smallpox Vaccine Enters Wider Production Amid Monkeypox Outbreak
Discussion: HotAir and Fortune
CNN:
Former US soldier now fighting in Ukraine tells of days trapped in ‘house of horrors’  —  Special forces vet in Ukraine: ‘It really comes down to good vs. evil’ 03:13  —  Irpin, Ukraine (CNN)Kevin, a stocky American in his early 30s, climbs over the charred rubble of a former sauna and shines …
Discussion: Graham's Newsletter, NBC News and BBC
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Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: U.S. negotiating deal among Saudis, Israelis and Egyptians  —  The Biden administration has been quietly mediating among Saudi Arabia, Israel and Egypt on negotiations that, if successful, could be a first step on the road to the normalization of relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel.
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 …
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
Election deniers want to control the 2024 election.  And they're getting closer  —  (CNN)Proponents of Donald Trump's discredited lie about rampant fraud in 2020 are running for positions of authority over election administration in virtually every state expected to decide the 2024 presidential race …
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Luke Broadwater / New York Times:
Ronny Jackson Used Campaign Funds for Exclusive Club, Ethics Office Alleges  —  The office said the House Republican from Texas may have broken campaign finance regulations.  It also said Representative Alex X. Mooney, Republican of West Virginia, may have acted improperly.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Discussion: Roll Call
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Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
MAGA Rep. Accused of Making Staff Drive Hundreds of Miles to Walk His Dog
Discussion: Raw Story
Reuters:
German economy minister expects EU embargo on Russian oil ‘within days’ -ZDF  —  The European Union will likely agree an embargo on Russian oil imports “within days,” Germany's economy minister said on Monday, but making a dent in Russia's war chest may require capping global oil prices.
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Kipp Jones / Mediaite:
Washington Post Deletes Tweet Wrongly Declaring George Floyd Was ‘Shot’ by Police  —  The Washington Post falsely reported on Monday George Floyd died two years ago this week after he was “shot and killed” while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department.
Discussion: Twitchy and The Daily Wire
John Sudworth / BBC:
The faces from China's Uyghur detention camps  —  Thousands of photographs from the heart of China's highly secretive system of mass incarceration in Xinjiang, as well as a shoot-to-kill policy for those who try to escape, are among a huge cache of data hacked from police computer servers in the region.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Kipp Jones / Mediaite:
Trevor Reed Rips Marjorie Taylor Greene For Stalling Resolution to Free Him From Russian Prison: ‘How Do You Justify That?’  —  Trevor Reed, a former U.S. Marine who spent 985 days behind bars in Russia, ripped Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) after she stalled a resolution calling on his release last year.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Greta Van Susteren Will Join Newsmax Early-Evening Lineup in June … Greta Van Susteren says she just couldn't stay away from the immediacy of cable news.  —  For the past few years, Van Susteren, one of the few anchors who can say they have been employed by CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel …
Craig Mauger / Detroit News:
James Craig, Perry Johnson, 3 others shouldn't make ballot, Bureau of Elections says  —  Lansing — Former Detroit police Chief James Craig and businessman Perry Johnson, two of the top candidates for the Republican nomination for governor, didn't submit enough valid petition signatures to make the ballot …
Discussion: Bridge Michigan and MLive.com
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Biden Veers Off Script on Taiwan.  It's Not the First Time.  —  Offhand remarks that vary from the official talking points have become a feature of the Biden presidency, even as they leave his staff scrambling to spin them away afterward.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Anemona Hartocollis / New York Times:
Princeton Fires Tenured Professor in Campus Controversy  —  Joshua Katz's dismissal is related to his inappropriate conduct with a female student, the university said.  He says criticism of a campus protest group is the issue.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
New Justice Dept. policy says agents must intervene if they see abuse  —  Memo from Attorney General Merrick Garland is the first such policy update in 18 years.  —  The Justice Department has updated its use-of-force policy for the first time in 18 years, telling federal agents they have a duty …
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Times
Financial Times:
Sunak orders plan for windfall tax on electricity generators  —  Treasury scheme would come in addition to levies on North Sea oil and gas producers  —  Chancellor Rishi Sunak has ordered officials to draw up plans for a possible windfall tax on more than £10bn of excess profits …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Ryan Mac / New York Times:
SpaceX executive defends Elon Musk against misconduct accusations.  —  Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX's president and chief operating officer, addressed sexual harassment allegations against Mr. Musk in a company email last week.  —  A top executive at the rocket maker SpaceX said she “personally” …
Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Economy grows as priority on Russia response  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are becoming less supportive of punishing Russia for launching its invasion of Ukraine if it comes at the expense of the U.S. economy, a sign of rising anxiety over inflation and other challenges, according to a new poll.
Discussion: Opinion Today
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: Insider, The Daily Beast and Raw Story
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Progressives Can't Stop Republican Censorship  —  Andrew Breitbart, founder of the right-wing website Breitbart News, once said that “politics is downstream from culture,” and conservatives have been reverentially repeating his maxim ever since.  —  This belief contributes to the right's eternal sense of victimization.
Discussion: Off the Kuff
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
International military aid for Ukraine accelerates, Pentagon says  —  The Pentagon announced Monday that about 20 countries have pledged new security assistance packages for Ukraine, including new anti-ship missiles, additional attack helicopters and tanks.  —  Forty-seven nations now have joined …
Discussion: NewsNation, The Hill and The Federalist
Naomi Lim / Washington Examiner:
‘Everything she said is a lie’: Nancy Mace and Trump-backed challenger clash in sole primary debate  —  Katie Arrington, the Trump-endorsed candidate hoping to usurp Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC), used her only primary debate to slam the incumbent for voting to certify the 2020 election results and for working with congressional Democrats.
Discussion: WSAV-TV and Raw Story
Heather Barr / Human Rights Watch:
Afghans Call to #FreeHerFace  —  Campaign Opposes Taliban Forcing On-Air Female Journalists to Cover Faces  —  Associate Director, Women's Rights Division … A new social media campaign, #FreeHerFace, has Afghan male journalists and others posting selfies with their faces covered …
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
The White House:
Quad Joint Leaders' Statement  —  Today, we - Prime Minister Anthony Albanese of Australia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan, and President Joe Biden of the United States - convene in Tokyo to renew our steadfast commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific that is inclusive and resilient.
Discussion: NBC News and Reuters
Deirdre Bosa / CNBC:
Airbnb is closing its domestic business in China, sources say  — All mainland Chinese listings — homes and experiences — will be taken down by this summer, but Airbnb will continue to maintain an office in the country to focus on outbound travel.  — Airbnb formally launched …
New York Times:
After Stroke, Doctors Look at Fetterman's Campaign Trail Prospects  —  The medical team for the Democratic nominee in Pennsylvania's Senate race has not spoken about John Fetterman's prognosis.  But cardiac experts saw clues in campaign statements.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Discussion: Associated Press and New York Post
Jennifer Gonnerman / New Yorker:
Flight Attendants Fighting Back  —  Sara Nelson, the head of the flight attendants' union, leads her members through turbulent times and mounts a major organizing drive at Delta. … At the beginning of 1996, Sara Nelson was twenty-two years old, living in St. Louis, and working as a waitress at a California Pizza Kitchen.
 
 
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Bloomberg:
Zelenskiy Calls For Sanctions on Russian Oil, Tech: Davos Update
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Chas Danner / New York Magazine:
Welcome to the Next COVID Wave
Discussion: HotAir
Louis Jacobson / PolitiFact:
Raphael Warnock may love puppies. But that beagle was borrowed
Los Angeles Times:
Anaheim mayor resigns amid corruption probe into his role in Angel Stadium land sale
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
House Ethics Committee probes Rep. Madison Cawthorn for cryptocurrency promotion, relationship with staffer
 Earlier Items: 
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
McCormick sues over mail-in ballot procedures amid close GOP Senate fight with Oz
Megan Cassidy / San Francisco Chronicle:
Sources: San Francisco police shot both suspect and victim in alleged Dogpatch knife assault
Callie Patteson / New York Post:
Biden praises high gas prices as part of ‘incredible transition’
Discussion: Washington Times and Instapundit
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
80-year-old former NYC lawmaker considering run for Congress in same district as Bill de Blasio
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
The Lincoln Project Just Released A Brutal Must Watch Take Down Of Elise Stefanik
Discussion: Townhall
Christopher Ingraham / The Why Axis:
The leaded generation  —  More than half of Americans alive today were exposed to dangerous levels of lead as kids