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4:35 PM ET, May 15, 2023


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Remy Tumin / New York Times:
Staff Members Attacked With Bat at Congressman's Virginia Office  —  Two people were hospitalized after the attack at the Fairfax office of Rep. Gerry Connolly, a Democrat, and someone was in custody, the police said.  —  A person armed with a baseball bat attacked two congressional staff members …
Gerry Connolly's staff allegedly injured by person with baseball bat  —  “This morning, an individual entered my District Office armed with a baseball bat and asked for me before committing an act of violence against two members of my staff,” the Virginia Democrat said.
United States Capitol Police:
The USCP Launches Joint Investigation into Assault of Congressional Staff in Virginia  —  The United States Capitol Police (USCP) and the Fairfax City Police Department are investigating an assault at the Fairfax, Virginia, District Office of Representative Gerry Connolly.
Discussion: National Review
Special counsel John Durham concludes FBI never should have launched full Trump-Russia probe  —  Special counsel John Durham concluded that the FBI should never have launched a full investigation into connections between Donald Trump's campaign and Russia during the 2016 election …
New York Times:
In Final Report, Trump-Era Special Counsel Denounces Russia Investigation  —  After four years of investigating the Russia inquiry, John Durham turned in a report that was made public on Monday.  —  Reporting from Washington  —  John Durham, the Trump-era special counsel who for four years …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and RedState
John Solomon / Just The News:
John Durham releases final report concluding FBI had no verified intel when it opened probe on Trump  —  Special Counsel John Durham released his final report Monday after more than three years investigating the Russia collusion probe, declaring the FBI has no verified intelligence or evidence …
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
GOP rejected White House effort to close tax loopholes in debt ceiling talks  —  Negotiations are stuck and time is running out, but Republicans have signaled that there cannot be any new tax increases as part of a budget deal.  —  The White House recently gave congressional Republican leadership …
Ryan Cooper / American Prospect:
What Happens if President Biden Caves on the Debt Ceiling?  —  Today's X-Date: A two-year spending cap is going to harm millions of Americans.  —  President Joe Biden speaks on the debt limit during an event at SUNY Westchester Community College, May 10, 2023, in Valhalla, New York.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and NPR
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
The big problem with trying to cut spending in a debt ceiling bill
Discussion: New Republic and The Hill
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Rep. James Comer is looking for anti-Biden evidence.  Also, his informant.  —  Allegations that energize Fox News and the New York Post weaken his argument everywhere else.  —  Soon after the 2020 election, a senior vice president at the Fox Business Network sent a warning to the network's president …
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
'Come ON! Joe Scarborough Laughs at James Comer Losing Biden Informant His ‘Entire Charade Was Built On’
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
Trump puts DeSantis in a bind on 2020: Can he bring himself to say Trump lost?  —  The Florida governor is making the case that he's more electable than Trump.  Just don't ask him if Trump lost.  —  Donald Trump falsely insisting that the 2020 election was “rigged” last week was nothing …
David Byler / Washington Post:   Tim Scott is in a better position than you might think
Mike Allen / Axios:
Scoop: How Trump's team egged him on during CNN town hall  —  President Trump got more aggressive — and more dismissive of moderator Kaitlan Collins — as last week's CNN town hall continued.  Now we know one reason why:  — Backstage during the first commercial break, Axios has learned …
Jack Stripling / Washington Post:
DeSantis signs bill to defund DEI programs at Florida's public colleges  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed a bill into law Monday barring the state's colleges and universities from spending money on diversity, equity and inclusion programs, and limiting how race can be discussed in many courses.
Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
IRS tests free e-filing system that could compete with tax prep giants  —  The prototype program developed by the federal government could be available for a small group of taxpayers by January  —  The Internal Revenue Service has quietly built its own prototype system to allow Americans …
Bethany Bell / BBC:
Austrian train plays Hitler speech over loudspeaker  —  Travellers on an intercity train in Austria were startled on Sunday when a recording of an Adolf Hitler speech was played on board.  —  Instead of the normal announcements, a crowd could also be heard shouting “Heil Hitler” and “Sieg Heil” over the train's speaker system.
Christine Emba / Washington Post:
Why do Americans want guns?  It comes down to one word.  —  At the Nation's Gun Show in Chantilly, spirits seemed high.  People wandered from booth to booth, and the scent of popcorn filled the air.  It could have been mistaken for a state fair or weekend flea market were it not for the rows …
Discussion: The Hill
Public Notice:
Why Smartmatic's case against Fox News is even stronger than Dominion's  —  There are reasons Smartmatic is seeking a tidy $2.7 billion.  —  ∙ Paid … Last month, Fox News agreed to pay an eye-popping $787.5 million sum to settle a defamation lawsuit with Dominion Voting Systems.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Dems' great hope to hold the Senate: GOP primary implosions  —  Despite Republicans' new strategy, Democrats are looking for “extreme candidates” to come out of Senate GOP primaries and give them a leg up in an otherwise bleak electoral map.  —  Most Democrats stay quiet about GOP primaries …
Bradley Devlin / The American Conservative:
The Ratcatcher  —  The Ratcatcher  —  In an exclusive interview with The American Conservative, Florida's Ron DeSantis explains his war with Disney for the soul and sovereignty of America.  —  (Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images)  —  “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master—that is all.”
Fola Akinnibi / Bloomberg:
Eric Adams Is Starving New York City's Universal Pre-K Program  —  One of America's most ambitious child-care experiments is playing out, in part, at a public-housing complex at the far end of Manhattan's East Village.  Tucked behind one of the 13 brick towers that make up the Jacob Riis Houses …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court to weigh South Carolina plan that ‘exiled’ Black voters  —  A lower court said the redrawn district amounted to racial gerrymandering that helped a Republican beat a Democrat  —  The Supreme Court on Monday said it will consider South Carolina's attempt to reinstate …
US Department of Justice:
Massachusetts Man Indicted for Acting as an Illegal Agent of the People's Republic of China  —  Liang Allegedly Reported to PRC Officials on Pro-Democracy Protesters and Founded U.S. Advocacy Group to Covertly Advance the PRC's Agenda in Boston and Surrounding Areas
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
Michael Tomasky / New Republic:
Why Clarence Thomas's Troubles Have Just Begun  —  The scandal that forced Abe Fortas's resignation from the Supreme Court in 1969 revolved around $20,000 he had accepted from the family foundation of an indicted financier (he returned the money).  That $20,000 would be around $167,000 today.
Discussion: Raw Story
Supreme Court wades into Trump hotel records fight  —  The justices are set to mull the power of minority lawmakers to demand records.  —  The Supreme Court has agreed to take up a case that could empower members of the House and Senate minority to compel the Executive Branch to cough up information to congressional investigators.
Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
Chinese court sentences elderly US citizen to life in prison on spying charges  —  An elderly American citizen who is a Hong Kong permanent resident has been sentenced to life in prison by a Chinese court.  —  John Shing-Wan Leung, 78, was detained on April 15, 2021, by state security authorities …
Stephen Neukam / The Hill:
78-year-old US citizen sentenced to life on spying charges in China
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
A Cancer Surgeon and Patient Is Biden's Pick to Lead N.I.H.  —  President Biden said on Monday that he had selected Dr. Monica M. Bertagnolli, who has led the National Cancer Institute since October, to be the next director of the National Institutes of Health.
Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
Supreme Court rejects Alabama's bid to use lethal injection against inmate's wishes  —  Alabama officials sought to execute death row inmate Kenneth Smith by lethal injection despite his preference for lethal gas.  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected Alabama's bid to execute …
A.G. Sulzberger / Columbia Journalism Review:
Journalism's Essential Value  —  The debate around “objectivity”—if that's even the right word, anymore—has become among the most contested in journalism.  In recent years, CJR has served as a forum for that discussion, through numerous pieces, and even a conference, last fall, exploring approaches to the question.
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Jonathan Mattise / Associated Press:
After school shooting, Tennessee governor signs bill to shield gun firms further against lawsuits
Discussion: Washington Post
Ashley Oliver / Breitbart:
Exclusive: Whip Emmer Details How House GOP Passed ‘Strongest’ Border Bill to ‘Ever Hit the Floor’
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Bowser Proposes Stiffer Gun Penalties, More Pretrial Detention In New Legislation
Discussion: NBC4 Washington
Rafael Bernal / The Hill:
Mexican ambassador lashes out at Kennedy for ‘racist and xenophobic insults’
Discussion: The Guardian
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
How A Left-Wing Activist Group Teamed Up With Big Pharma To Push Radical Gender Ideology on American Hospitals
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Times:
Coastal Cities Priced Out Low-Wage Workers. Now College Graduates Are Leaving, Too.
 Earlier Items: 
Jack Goldsmith / Lawfare:
The Failure of Presidential Reform for a Second Trump Presidency
Discussion: Vox
Silvia Foster-Frau / Washington Post:
In Black-led Compton, a Latino majority fights for political power
Matthew Foldi / The Spectator World:
Scoop: sitting congressman running for Senate threatened to ‘execute’ delivery worker
Playbook: A surprisingly positive debt-limit vibe check
Discussion: Semafor, Punchbowl News and Breitbart
Marita Moloney / BBC:
Zelensky arrives in UK for surprise meeting with Sunak

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Blake Brittain / Reuters:
A US judge rules that the Thomson Reuters suit accusing Ross Intelligence of copying Westlaw content to train a competing AI-based platform must go to trial

Sara Fischer / Axios:
Netflix, Paramount, WBD, Comcast, Disney, and others launch a trade group, the Streaming Innovation Alliance; Apple, Amazon, Roku, and others didn't join

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
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