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11:25 AM ET, May 24, 2022

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Maya King / New York Times:
Live Updates: What to Watch For in Today's Elections in Georgia and Beyond  —  Alabama, Arkansas and Texas are also holding primaries and runoff elections that will offer new hints of where voters stand on national issues and Donald Trump's standing in the Republican Party.
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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.
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Trump heads for big rebuke in Tuesday's elections  —  Donald Trump wants Georgia Republicans to ditch their governor on Tuesday.  —  If the polls are even remotely in the right ballpark, they're about to tell Trump to take a hike.  —  The Republican base is poised to take a turn delivering Trump …
MSNBC:
Stacey Abrams pledges to ‘lift Georgia up to the greatness we deserve’ if elected governor
Discussion: NBC News
Telegraph:
Henry Kissinger: Ukraine must give Russia territory  —  Former US Secretary of State warns against the defeat of Putin as Western unity on sanctions frays badly  —  Veteran US statesman Henry Kissinger has urged the West to stop trying to inflict a crushing defeat on Russian forces in Ukraine …
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Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
There Has to Be a Backup Plan.  There's a Backup Plan, Right? … On a Tuesday evening in April, nearly half a century after Joe Biden first publicly mused about running for president, an unsettled cross section of the Democratic Establishment assembled at Pinehurst, a golf resort in North Carolina.
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Rudy Giuliani stonewalls Capitol attack investigators during lengthy deposition  —  Trump lawyer testified to panel Friday but declined to discuss involvement of Republicans in bid to overturn election  —  Donald Trump's onetime attorney Rudy Giuliani testified to the House select committee investigating …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Raw Story
Sabrina Barr / Metro.co.uk:
Ricky Gervais vows he supports trans rights despite packing Netflix special SuperNature with cruel jokes  —  Ricky Gervais used ample time in his new Netflix special to mock trans people, saying that ‘old-fashioned women’ are ‘the ones with wombs’ and joking about transitioning to become ‘Vicky Gervais’.
Discussion: Variety and Twitchy
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Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Kellyanne Conway: Yes.  Trump lost  —  One of Donald Trump's most steadfast aides acknowledges in a new book that the president lost the 2020 election and says he was ill-advised by campaign staff and the election deniers who surrounded him.  —  “Despite the mountains of money Trump had raised …
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — Poll: Blake Masters Takes Lead in Arizona GOP Senate Primary  —  Blake Masters has taken a clear lead in Arizona's Republican U.S. Senate primary, edging past Attorney General Mark Brnovich and businessman Jim Lamon, a new poll provided exclusively to Breitbart News ahead of its public release shows.
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.
Eoin Higgins / Salon:
Why is Glenn Greenwald defending Tucker Carlson and the “great replacement”?  —  Pulitzer-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald is now helping launder Tucker Carlson's white supremacist rhetoric  —  There's no plausible way to dispute that Fox News host Tucker Carlson is spreading racist conspiracy theories …
Foeke Postma / bellingcat:
Fascist Fashion: How Mainstream Businesses Enable the Sale of Far-Right Merchandise  —  Fascist fashion items can help promote and provide funds for extremist groups.  In some instances, it appears, their sale relies upon key services provided by prominent businesses that have policies …
Jerusalem Demsas / The Atlantic:
The People Who Hate People  —  Some propositions are so obvious that no one takes the time to defend them.  A few such propositions are that human life is good, that people can and often do provide more benefits to the world than they take away, and that we should design society to support people …
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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Slate:
Clarence and Ginni Thomas Are Telling Us Exactly How the 2024 Coup Will Go Down
Discussion: Raw Story and FIRST DRAFT
Rachel Scully / The Hill:
Walmart pulling Juneteenth ice cream after social media backlash  —  Walmart is recalling its ice cream commemorating Juneteenth after it received heavy backlash on social media, with many critics calling out the company for using the holiday as a marketing scheme.
Andrew Perez / The Lever:
Big Pharma's Signal To Joe Manchin  —  Drug companies are bankrolling West Virginia ads trying to bully the senator after he signaled he might support a drug pricing bill.  —  In the first two years of the Biden presidency, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has become one of big business' favorite lawmakers …
Reuters:
J&J bankruptcy trustee balks at Neal Katyal's $2,465 hourly rate  —  (Reuters) - The United States is objecting to a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary's bid to add Hogan Lovells partner Neal Katyal to its legal team in a high-stakes bankruptcy case, citing his hourly rate of $2,465 — a possible new legal industry high.
Associated Press:
Florida law on social media unconstitutional, federal appeals court says  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the law in 2021.  —  ST. PETERSBURG — A Florida law intended to punish social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter is an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment …
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.
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
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.
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
How a Tax Case Could Force Roger Stone to Cough Up Jan. 6 Records  —  Roger Stone has been reluctant to turn over his financial records.  Now the feds are turning to the courts, and they may find more than they bargained for.  —  Roger Stone is not cooperating.  But soon, he might not have a choice.
Discussion: Raw Story
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Lines short as polls open in Georgia primary election  —  Races for governor, US Senate and statewide offices on the ballot  —  Voters encountered few lines and limited problems as election day got underway in Georgia on Monday, making their voices heard in one of the politically competitive states in the nation.
Caroline Downey / Yahoo News:
State Farm Abandons LGBTQ Children's-Book Program after Whistleblower Email Leak  —  State Farm, the household-name insurance company, has abandoned its program to distribute LGBTQ-themed books to teachers, community centers, and libraries, explicitly targeting children as young as kindergartners …
PRRI:
American Bubbles: Politics, Race, and Religion in Americans' Core Friendship Networks  —  MAPPING AMERICANS' CORE FRIENDSHIP NETWORKS  —  Mapping Americans' Core Friendship Networks  —  To better understand the composition of Americans' core friendship networks, PRRI designed a study …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
In Colorado, Bennet braces for another red wave  —  How precarious is Senate Democrats' majority?  Just ask Colorado's Michael Bennet.  —  The low-key Democratic senator hails from a state that President Joe Biden won by 13 points.  His in-state colleague, Sen. John Hickenlooper …
Joseph Klein / Front Page Magazine:
Biden's Surreal Speech on the Buffalo Shooting Spree  —  Ignoring leftwing extremist threats to domestic security.  —  President Joe Biden went to Buffalo, New York on May 17th to deliver remarks honoring the lives lost from a mass shooter's rampage the weekend before.
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 …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Lachlan Murdoch responds to criticism that Fox News is polarizing  —  Fox Corporation CEO Lachlan Murdoch isn't afraid to clap back at critics who say Fox News' programming has become too divisive.  — “I think when you're in the news business, and you're number one …
Politico:
Kirby's bumpy launch  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.  With help from Allie Bice.  —  The comms specialists inside the White House are facing second-guessing for the way they communicated the recent shakeup at the White House communications shop.
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 …
Adam Mill / American Greatness:
The Economic Doom Loop Has Begun  —  No communist was ever as dedicated to economic suicide as the current class of idiots who rule us.  —  High inflation, overregulation, and a general sense that things are going in the wrong direction remind us of the late 1970s and early '80s.
 
 
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Emily Singer / The American Independent:
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Washington Free Beacon:
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Discussion: Townhall
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
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The White House:
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New York Times:
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Discussion: National Review and New York Post
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Naomi Lim / Washington Examiner:
‘Everything she said is a lie’: Nancy Mace and Trump-backed challenger clash in sole primary debate
Discussion: WSAV-TV and Raw Story
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
McCormick sues over mail-in ballot procedures amid close GOP Senate fight with Oz