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4:50 PM ET, May 24, 2022

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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.
CNN:
‘They were shooting directly at the journalists’: New evidence suggests Shireen Abu Akleh was killed in targeted attack by Israeli forces  —  This story contains a disturbing image.  —  (CNN)Several shots ring out in quick succession, cutting through a clear, blue spring morning in Jenin, in the West Bank.
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 …
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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.
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.
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Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:   Will Biden Run in 2024?  —  Spoiler: There is no alternative.  —  1. Plan B
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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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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ABC News:
At least 2 children dead in ‘active shooter’ incident at Texas elementary school  —  The district advised people to stay away from Robb Elementary School.  —  Children get on a school bus as law enforcement personnel guard the scene of a suspected shooting near Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, May 24, 2022.
Sarah Emerson / BuzzFeed News:
Someone Stole Seth Green's Bored Ape, Which Was Supposed To Star In His New Show  —  Actor and producer Seth Green was robbed of several NFTs this month after succumbing to a phishing scam that inadvertently threw a monkey wrench into the plan for his new animated series.
Discussion: The A.V. Club
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Crypto billionaire says he could spend a record-breaking $1 billion in 2024 election  —  Democratic cryptocurrency exchange founder Sam Bankman-Fried says he expects to spend “north of $100 million” in 2024, with “soft ceiling” of $1 billion  —  WASHINGTON —Democratic billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried …
Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
Poll: 61% of Trump voters agree with idea behind ‘great replacement’ conspiracy theory  —  A new Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows that more than 6 in 10 Donald Trump voters (61%) agree that “a group of people in this country are trying to replace native-born Americans with immigrants and people …
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Washington Post:   Bases named for Confederates should honor women, minorities instead, panel says
The Kyiv Independent:
The Kyiv Independent's response to the New York Times editorial board  —  The New York Times editorial, “The War in Ukraine Is Getting Complicated, and America Isn't Ready,” published on May 19, immediately caused an uproar in Ukraine.  —  A veiled manifesto of appeasement from a newspaper known …
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 …
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 …
Orlando Sentinel:
Central Florida ‘ghost’ candidate, other figures tied to scandal charged  —  Jestine Iannotti, one of three “ghost” candidates who ran as independents for Florida Senate seats in 2020, has been arrested on several criminal charges, alongside a political consultant involved in launching …
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 …
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.
Discussion: TheBlaze
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Matthew Goldstein / New York Times:
Here are the investors putting $1 billion into Trump Media.  —  A draft document contains the names of dozens of hedge funds and others behind the $1 billion private investment announced in December.  —  When former President Donald J. Trump's fledgling social media company …
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.
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 …
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Peter Thiel puts another $3.5 million behind Blake Masters in Arizona  —  Tech entrepreneur upped his investment in the Senate contest, where his friend is courting Trump's endorsement  —  Peter Thiel, the billionaire venture capitalist and tech entrepreneur, put another $3.5 million …
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Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:   Exclusive — Poll: Blake Masters Takes Lead in Arizona GOP Senate Primary
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
Ryan Busse / The Bulwark:
Even the Gun Industry Knew We Would End Up Here  —  When mass access to guns merges with political fetishization, nothing good can happen.  —  Last week's Buffalo murders are the byproduct of a gun industry business model designed to profit from increasing hatred, fear, and conspiracy.
 
 
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Catharine Tunney / CBC News:
Canada should rethink relationship with U.S. as democratic ‘backsliding’ worsens: security experts
Discussion: Raw Story
Houston Keene / Fox News:
Gun rights group's ATF report accuses agency of making ‘illegal gun registry’ as Cruz takes aim in Senate
Abdujalil Abdurasulov / BBC:
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Zachary Halaschak / Washington Examiner:
New home sales fall to pre-pandemic levels
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Marc Levy / Associated Press:
GOP intervenes in Pa. Senate race vote-counting lawsuit
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Kirby's bumpy launch
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Emily Singer / The American Independent:
Ex-girlfriend says anti-abortion Oregon GOP House nominee paid for her abortion
Reuters:
J&J bankruptcy trustee balks at Neal Katyal's $2,465 hourly rate
Burgess Everett / Politico:
In Colorado, Bennet braces for another red wave
Eoin Higgins / Salon:
Why is Glenn Greenwald defending Tucker Carlson and the “great replacement”?