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10:35 PM ET, May 18, 2022


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J. Miles Coleman / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Notes on the State of Politics: May 18, 2022  —  Dear Readers: This is the latest edition of Notes on the State of Politics, which features short updates on elections and politics.  — The Editors  —  KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE  — The race for the Pennsylvania Republican Senate …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Opinion Say it clearly: Republicans just nominated a pro-Trump insurrectionist
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Trump urges Oz to ‘declare victory’ before vote tally complete in Pa.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:   GOP voters choose nominees with first loyalty to Trump, not McConnell
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Election Deniers Thrive Even as Trumpism Drifts: 5 Primary Takeaways
Taylor Lorenz / Washington Post:
How the Biden administration let right-wing attacks derail its disinformation efforts  —  A ‘pause’ of the Department of Homeland Security's newly created board comes after its head, Nina Jankowicz, was the victim of coordinated online attacks as the administration struggled to respond
Robby Soave / Reason:
Nina Jankowicz's Faulty Record, Not Her Critics, Doomed the Disinformation Board  —  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has placed a “pause” on the newly-minted Disinformation Governance Board; its first executive director, Nina Jankowicz, has resigned.
Michaeleen Doucleff / NPR:
Rare monkeypox outbreak in U.K., Europe and U.S.: What is it and should we worry?  —  There's a monkeypox outbreak in England, Portugal and Spain.  The outbreak is quite small - just 36 suspected cases spread across the three countries, including 8 in England and 20 in Portugal.
Mary Kekatos / ABC News:
1st monkeypox case in US this year reported in Massachusetts  —  It comes after nine cases of monkeypox were detected in the U.K. this month.  —  A Massachusetts resident has tested positive for monkeypox, health officials confirmed Wednesday, making it the first case of the rare virus detected in the United States this year.
Meryl Kornfield / Washington Post:
Rare monkeypox case confirmed in Massachusetts  —  Massachusetts health authorities confirmed a case of monkeypox Wednesday after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was monitoring the possible spread of the rare but potentially serious viral illness.
Discussion:, Axios and Fortune
John Haltiwanger / Insider:
Fiona Hill says Putin got ‘frustrated many times’ with Trump because the Russian leader ‘had to keep explaining things’ to him  — Putin often became frustrated with Trump over his lack of knowledge on big issues, Fiona Hill said.  — “He had to keep explaining things, and Putin doesn't like to do that,” Hill said.
Lora Kolodny / CNBC:
Why Tesla was kicked out of the S&P 500's ESG index  — In a blog post Wednesday, the S&P explained why it kicked Tesla out of its ESG index earlier this month.  — It said that Tesla's “lack of a low-carbon strategy” and “codes of business conduct,” along with racism …
Scoop: DHS preparing for violence following abortion ruling  —  The U.S. government is bracing for a potential surge in political violence once the Supreme Court hands down the ruling that's expected to overturn Roe v. Wade, according to a Department of Homeland Security memo obtained by Axios.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Scoop: Chris Wallace to anchor new show on CNN  —  Warner Bros. Discovery, CNN's new parent company, plans to announce during its upfront presentation to advertisers on Wednesday that Chris Wallace will host a Sunday evening show on CNN. … - CNN struck a multimillion-dollar contract with Wallace last year.
Theodore Schleifer / Puck:
Inside S.B.F.'s $12 Million Long Shot  —  Crypto billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried lost big on Tuesday despite airdropping a historic sum into a congressional race in Oregon.  What was he thinking?  The logic, the math, and the aftermath.  —  It was after 11 p.m. on Monday evening …
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Brothers behind Democrats' ‘crypto PAC’ say they're actually pandemic focused
Discussion: Slate and CNBC
NBC News:
Biden invokes Defense Production Act to address nationwide shortage of baby formula  —  WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday invoked the Defense Production Act in a major step to boost the supply of baby formula.  —  The announcement means the federal government will prioritize key ingredients …
The White House:
FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces New Actions to Address Infant Formula Shortage
Department of Defense Office of Inspector General:
Whistleblower Reprisal Investigation: Colonel Yevgeny S. Vindman, U.S. Army (DODIG-2022-097)  —  We conducted this investigation in response to a complaint filed with the DoD Hotline on August 18, 2020, alleging that various administration officials, including former President Donald J. Trump …
Discussion: UPI and CNN
Victoria Balara / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Georgia's GOP primary race for governor sees Kemp holding wide lead over Perdue  —  Former NFL star Herschel Walker dashes ahead by 58 points in Republican Senate primary contest  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for May 18  —  Incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp leads former …
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Bilge Ebiri / Vulture:
Tom Cruise's Last Stand  —  Thirty-six years after the original, Top Gun: Maverick eulogizes the actor's entire career.  —  I'd never noticed the curiously melancholy overtones of Harold Faltermeyer's famous Top Gun theme until the opening moments of the brand-new Top Gun: Maverick.
Discussion: Variety, Deadline and The A.V. Club
Michael Williams / Dallas Morning News:
George W. Bush compares Zelenskyy to Churchill, mistakenly calls Iraq invasion unjustified  —  At Bush center event, Condoleezza Rice compares Jan. 6 to non-democratic countries  —  In some of his most extensive public comments about the Russian invasion of Ukraine since the war began …
Discussion: Raw Story
Aamer Madhani / Associated Press:
US intel shows Russians fear Mariupol abuse will backfire  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has gathered intelligence that shows some Russian officials have become concerned that Russian forces in the ravaged port city of Mariupol are carrying out grievous abuses, a U.S official familiar with the findings said Wednesday.
Discussion: NPR
Melissa Chan / NBC News:
Navy desertions have more than doubled amid suicide concerns, as sailors feel trapped by contracts  —  The number of sailors who deserted the Navy more than doubled from 2019 to 2021, while desertions in other military branches dropped or stayed flat, pointing to a potential Navy-wide mental health crisis amid …
Kyle Clark / KUSA-TV:
GOP candidate for Colorado governor says eliminate one-person, one-vote system  —  Under Greg Lopez's proposal, the 2018 gubernatorial race would have been a runaway win for Republicans, who lost the actual race by double-digits.  —  DENVER — Coloradans have elected just one Republican governor in the last 50 years.
Discussion: Raw Story
Luc Cohen / Reuters:
Can dogs be pets, N.Y. judge asks lawyer trying to free Happy the elephant  —  Would granting a female elephant some of the same rights as humans mean people could no longer keep dogs as pets?  —  That was among the questions that judges on New York state's top court during arguments in Albany …
Zach Cunning / Heartland Signal:
Hawley, Hartzler campaigns accept donations from summer camp owner linked to sex abuse  —  Last month, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) called child exploitation and sex trafficking an “exploding epidemic” in Missouri and around the country.  Last year, he received the maximum individual donation allowed …
Clackamas County vote tally will likely stretch until at least next week, could leave key race for Congress hanging  —  Clackamas County elections officials were woefully unprepared to handle a known ballot counting challenge and likely won't finish counting votes until early next week at best …
Mike Hixenbaugh / NBC News:
Laws restricting lessons on racism are making it hard for teachers to discuss the massacre in Buffalo  —  Two days after a white gunman opened fire and killed 10 Black people at a Buffalo, New York, grocery store, teacher Elizabeth Close began her high school ethnic studies class in Austin …
Davis Winkie / Army Times:
Officer ‘motorboated’ subordinate at promotion ceremony, retires after guilty plea  —  A former Louisiana National Guard officer was allowed to retire after a general court-martial convicted him of charges stemming from “motorboating” a subordinate soldier during an informal promotion ceremony …
Discussion: Stars & Stripes and Raw Story
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Half of Joe Biden's Twitter Followers Are Fake, Audit Reveals
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Group Seeks Disbarment of Ted Cruz Over Efforts to Overturn 2020 Election
Discussion: The Texas Tribune and Raw Story
Max Moran / American Prospect:
Anti-Union Consultants Have No Place in the Democratic Party
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Opinion U.S. mistakes in Ukraine can't all be pinned on bad intelligence
Pamela Falk / CBS News:
Food shortages stemming from Ukraine war has world leaders scrambling
Washington Post:
Turkey blocks start of NATO talks on Finland's and Sweden's applications
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At least someone at the New York Times found Idaho on a map
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Sarah Palin earned more from making Cameo video messages than she would in Congress
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
The Time to Prevent the Next Coup Attempt Is Now
U.S. Soccer Official Website:
U.S. Soccer Federation, Women's And Men's National Team Unions Agree To Historic Collective Bargaining Agreements