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11:05 AM ET, May 31, 2022


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NBC News:
Inside a Biden White House adrift  —  WASHINGTON — Faced with a worsening political predicament, President Joe Biden is pressing aides for a more compelling message and a sharper strategy while bristling at how they've tried to stifle the plain-speaking persona that has long been one of his most potent assets.
Mattie Kahn / Harper's BAZAAR:
A First Lady Undeterred  —  A pandemic.  A war.  A country at its breaking point.  Dr. Jill Biden has faced it all with the grace and conviction that has guided her all her life—showing up for her students, her friends and family, the American people, her husband, and herself.  —  STORY BY
Discussion: The Hill, Mediaite and New York Post
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Jill Biden says she, president settle arguments by ‘fexting’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden disagree, they don't hash it out in front of other people.  Instead, she says, they argue by text — “fexting” as they call it.
Discussion: CNN
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Biden sees exodus of Black staffers and some frustration among those who remain  —  At least 21 Black staffers have left the White House since late last year or are planning to leave soon.  Some of those who remain say it's no wonder why: They describe a work environment with little support …
Discussion: HotAir
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
James Biden — presidential brother, family helper, political wild card
Discussion: Mediaite and Power Line
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Gun Talks Put Senate's Tattered Credibility on the Line  —  After a string of Democratic failures on marquee issues, Senator Chuck Schumer's decision to give bipartisan gun talks time is a test of the Senate — and of democracy itself.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Chantal Da Silva / NBC News:
Memorial Day weekend marked by more than a dozen mass shootings in the U.S.  —  12 killed, 15 wounded in Philadelphia weekend shootings  —  Amid calls for gun control after last week's massacre at a Uvalde, Texas, elementary school, shots rang out across the country over the Memorial Day weekend …
ABC News:
‘Full of victims’: Video appears to show Texas 911 dispatchers relaying information from children in classroom  —  “Child is advising he is in the room,” the dispatcher can be heard saying.  —  Video obtained by ABC News, taken outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas …
Discussion: Mediaite
Uvalde tragedy captures America's fleeting attention
Discussion: Daily Kos and New York Post
Anayeli Ruiz / KHOU-TV:
11-year-old who survived Uvalde massacre struggles to deal in aftermath
Discussion: Insider and Fox News
Exclusive: Supreme Court leak investigation heats up as clerks are asked for phone records in unprecedented move  —  (CNN)Supreme Court officials are escalating their search for the source of the leaked draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade, taking steps to require law clerks …
New York Times:
We Clerked for Justices Scalia and Stevens.  America Is Getting Heller Wrong.  —  Ms. Shaw is a professor of law at Cardozo Law School.  Mr. Bash is an attorney in private practice in Austin, Texas.  —  In the summer of 2008, the Supreme Court decided District of Columbia v. Heller …
Discussion: Reason and Washington Monthly
Thomas Lecaque / The Bulwark:
Doug Mastriano, Christian Nationalism, and the Cult of the AR-15  —  The Republican nominee for Pennsylvania governor has ties to a gun-worshiping sect.  But the real scandal is just how common many of their beliefs have become on the right.  —  The horrific mass shootings at Buffalo …
Discussion: Raw Story and
Joseph R. Biden Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Joe Biden: My Plan for Fighting Inflation  —  I won't meddle with the Fed, but I will tackle high prices while guiding the economy's transition to stable and steady growth.  —  1x  —  The global economy faces serious challenges.  Inflation is elevated, exacerbated by Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine.
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Kevin McCarthy's Jan. 6th Coverup is Underway  —  The man who wants to be speaker of the House refuses to cooperate with the Jan. 6th investigation.  —  Conditioned to accept the idea that most Republican officials are zombified “ultra MAGA” automatons for former President Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Tyler Cowen / Marginal REVOLUTION:
How did the IR community get Russia/Ukraine so wrong?  —  In proper Tetlockian fashion, I thought I would look back and consider how well IR experts did in the time leading up to the current war in Ukraine.  In particular, how many of them saw in advance that a war was coming?
Discussion: Thinking about
Thomas Grove / Wall Street Journal:
Russia Extends Control Over Key Ukraine City as U.S. Plans to Boost Kyiv's Firepower
Discussion: Raw Story and
Quentin Sommerville / BBC:
'I watched from afar Russia's latest merciless assault on Severodonetsk'
POLITICO Playbook: Inside Biden's June pivot to the economy  —  With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  The Biden White House is rolling out a new monthlong economic campaign today to try to “communicate on our accomplishments to date on the economy,” according to a White House official.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:   Economic Pessimism Growing in U.S.
Former Trump aide Navarro says he has received a grand jury subpoena related to Jan. 6  —  Peter Navarro, a former White House aide to Donald Trump, says he's been served a grand jury subpoena by federal prosecutors probing the Jan. 6 insurrection — and claims they have asked for records of …
Richard Raycraft / CBC News:
Government tables bill to limit handguns, pledges to buy back assault-style weapons  —  Legislation stops short of full handgun ban but sets hard limit on number in Canada  —  New legislation aims to cap legal handguns in Canada  —  The federal government has tabled new gun control legislation …
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Is America heading for civil war?  —  A clutch of books makes an alarmingly persuasive case that the warning lights are flashing redder than at any point since 1861  —  In the summer of 2015, America caught a glimpse of how its future could unfold.  The US military conducted a routine exercise …
Alyssa Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Breastfeeding isn't ‘free.’ Here's what it cost me.  —  “TRY BREASTFEEEDING!  It's free and available on demand.”  “God literally designed mothers to feed their babies.”  This is cruel to any parent who can't make the milk their child needs.  And it's not true.  —  Even in the best-case scenario, breastfeeding isn't free.
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Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
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Discussion: Election Law Blog
Michael Gartland / New York Daily News:
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Jacob Magid / The Times of Israel:
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Discussion: Breitbart and The New Arab
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Why Masks Work, but Mandates Haven't
Fredreka Schouten / CNN:
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Discussion: Raw Story
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Nolan Clay / The Oklahoman:
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Discussion: HuffPost
Vaughan Jones / KJZZ:
Republican Rep. Debbie Lesko heckled, exits stage during graduation speech in Glendale
Discussion: Pitt's Newsletter and Raw Story
New York Times:
20 Bruckner Boulevard  —  They were transforming a century-old Bronx ice house into a charter school.
Laurie Fiorenza / West Cook News:
OPRF to implement race-based grading system in 2022-23 school year
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Maloney vs. Nadler? New York Must Pick a Side (East or West)
Discussion: Raw Story
Quinn Yeargain / Bolts:
“A Systematic Assault”: GOP Rushes to Change Election Rules to Block Medicaid in South Dakota