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2:25 PM 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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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Trump's picks in Tuesday's GOP primaries spent over $400,000 at Mar-a-Lago  — The campaigns of seven Republican candidates endorsed by former President Donald Trump spent over $400,000, combined, at Mar-a-Lago.  — Republican Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker's campaign spent almost $200,000 …
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 …
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
David Perdue makes racist remarks about Stacey Abrams as he ends a lackluster campaign.
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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Timothy Nerozzi / Fox News:
Henry Kissinger says Ukraine must make Russia concessions to end conflict
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Jen Psaki Joins MSNBC as a Host and Commentator  —  Ms. Psaki, President Biden's first press secretary, left her job at the White House this month.  —  Jen Psaki, who rose to fame as President Biden's first White House press secretary, presiding over more than 200 briefings and gaining TikTok stardom …
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Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Jen Psaki joins MSNBC  —  MSNBC on Tuesday announced the hiring of former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.  —  Psaki, who left the White House earlier this month, will appear on NBC's various channels and platforms as part of its politics coverage this fall and will eventually host …
Thomas Brewster / Forbes:
EXCLUSIVE: ISIS Plotting To Assassinate George W. Bush In Dallas  —  Two confidential informants and surveillance of the alleged plotter's WhatsApp account reveal plans to smuggle assassins into the U.S. to murder the former president, according to a search warrant application discovered by Forbes.
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, The Dispatch and Raw Story
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
5 GOP candidates in Michigan ineligible after fraud, election office says  —  Five of 10 Republican candidates for the gubernatorial nomination in Michigan are ineligible to appear on the ballot because of invalid signatures on their nominating petitions, the Michigan elections bureau said in a report Monday …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and HuffPost
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Craig Mauger / Detroit News:
James Craig, Perry Johnson, 3 others shouldn't make ballot, Bureau of Elections says
William Earl / Variety:
Ricky Gervais' Netflix Special Draws Criticism for Graphic Jokes Mocking Trans People … Four minutes into the special, Gervais dives into material about the trans community seemingly calculated to draw controversy.  —  “Oh, women!” he starts.  “Not all women, I mean the old-fashioned ones.
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Sabrina Barr / Metro.co.uk:
Ricky Gervais vows he supports trans rights despite packing Netflix special SuperNature with cruel jokes
Discussion: Variety
Fox Tv / FOX 11 Los Angeles:
Walmart pulls Juneteenth ice cream after backlash: ‘We sincerely apologize’  —  Why Juneteenth is a sacred day for African Americans  —  FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Walmart will remove its ice cream, commemorating Juneteenth amid growing backlash.  —  Photos of the product recently surfaced on social media.
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Rachel Scully / The Hill:   Walmart pulling Juneteenth ice cream after social media backlash
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 …
The Daily Beast:
Newsmax Hires Greta Van Susteren, Bumps Sean Spicer Amid Shakeup  —  The network confirmed that Spicer was getting bumped from his longtime 6 p.m. time slot and said additional changes could be on the way.  —  Right-wing cable network Newsmax made it official on Tuesday when it announced …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Washington Post
Emily Singer / The American Independent:
Ex-girlfriend says anti-abortion Oregon GOP House nominee paid for her abortion  —  Mike Erickson, the GOP nominee in Oregon's new 6th Congressional District, is alleged to have stopped at an ATM for $300 and then dropped his ex-girlfriend off at a clinic.  —  Republicans in Oregon's newly …
New York Times:
Where Death Rates Rose the Most During the Pandemic  —  The United States had more deaths above normal levels during the pandemic than most other wealthy countries, according to data released by the World Health Organization this month.  U.S. deaths were 15 percent above normal …
Dan Pfeiffer / The Message Box:
The GOP War on Freedom  —  Despite claiming to be for small government, the Republicans want politicians in the middle of your personal life.  —  It seems like every week, Republicans propose, pass, or enact another outrageous, authoritarian, retrograde policy.
Zachary Halaschak / Washington Examiner:
New home sales fall to pre-pandemic levels  —  Sales of new homes are tumbling to pre-pandemic lows as inflation rises and mortgage rates climb, raising recession fears.  —  New home sales in April plummeted from just a month ago, dropping a whopping 16.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 591,000 …
Discussion: Politico
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.
Discussion: HotAir and New York Times
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 …
Discussion: Jacobin
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.
Discussion: RedState and The Gateway Pundit
 
 
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Zach Everson / Forbes:
House Ethics Office: ‘Substantial Reason To Believe’ Rep. Ronny Jackson Violated Law By Using Campaign Funds For Personal Expenses
Discussion: Washington Examiner and CNN
Heather Hamilton / Washington Examiner:
WATCH: Trump ad targets Clinton for signing off on since-debunked Trump-Russia smear
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Rumble and Townhall
Paul Rossi / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
VIDEO: New “Racial Literacy Curriculum” for High School Pushes Social Justice in Every Subject, Including Math
Adam Mill / American Greatness:
The Economic Doom Loop Has Begun
Discussion: Instapundit
Reuters:
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Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
How a Tax Case Could Force Roger Stone to Cough Up Jan. 6 Records
Discussion: Raw Story
PRRI:
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
In Colorado, Bennet braces for another red wave
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
New York City to bid on 2024 Democratic National Convention
New York Times:
As Border Crossings Soar, Biden Relies on Shelters to Manage Influx
Discussion: Washington Examiner