•••• The Washington Post • Damian Paletta, Yasmeen Abutaleb • 3 hours ago • washingtonpost.com
Inside the extraordinary effort to save Trump from covid-19
An excerpt from the book ‘Nightmare Scenario’ details how Trump's illness was far more severe than the White House acknowledged. Advisers thought it would alter his pandemic response. They were wrong.
••• ProPublica • 6 hours ago • propublica.org
Lord of the Roths: How Tech Mogul Peter Thiel Turned a Retirement Account for the Middle Class Into a $5 Billion Tax-Free Piggy Bank
Roth IRAs were intended to help average working Americans save, but IRS records show Thiel and other ultrawealthy investors have used them to amass vast untaxed fortunes.
•• The Washington Post • Jeff Stein, Tyler Pager • 5 hours ago • washingtonpost.com
Biden whisperer, longtime Washington lobbyist helps secure breakthrough in infrastructure talks
Steve Ricchetti is playing a key role in guiding the president through negotiations, pulling on decades of experience and relationships
The Washington Post • Rosalind Helderman, Emma Brown, Tom Hamburger, Josh Dawsey • Last hour • washingtonpost.com
Inside the ‘shadow reality world’ promoting the lie that the presidential election was stolen
Wealthy allies of former president Donald Trump have spent millions on films, rallies and other efforts to tout falsehoods about the 2020 vote.
The New York Times • Neil MacFarquhar • 6 hours ago • nytimes.com
Why Police Have Been Quitting in Droves in the Last Year
Asheville, N.C., has been among the hardest hit by police departures in the wake of last year’s George Floyd protests. About a third of the force quit or retired.
••• Tampa Bay Times • Ana Ceballos, Tampa Bay Times • 1 day ago • tampabay.com
State university faculty, students to be surveyed on beliefs
Gov. Ron DeSantis suggested that budget cuts could be looming if universities and colleges are found to be “indoctrinating” students.
The New York Times • Helene Cooper, Eric Schmitt • 6 hours ago • nytimes.com
U.S. to Move Afghans Who Aided Troops to Third Countries
The move is meant to place interpreters and others who worked with departing American forces somewhere safe until visas for them to enter the United States are processed.
•• The Wall Street Journal • Gordon Lubold, Yaroslav Trofimov • 22 hours ago • wsj.com
Afghan Government Could Collapse Six Months After U.S. Withdrawal, New Intelligence Assessment Says
American intelligence agencies revised their previously more optimistic estimates about the survival of the government of Afghanistan as the Taliban swept through the country’s north last week.
New York Post • Kevin Sheehan, Gabrielle Fonrouge • 18 hours ago • nypost.com
Curtis Sliwa gives an inside look of what life is like with 15 cats
The Post got an exclusive look inside Curtis Sliwa’s apartment after the mayoral nominee revealed that he and his wife share the space with 15 cats.
The New York Times • Alexander Burns • 16 hours ago • nytimes.com
Staving Off G.O.P. Attacks, Democrats Show New Urgency on Crime
A strong showing by Eric Adams in the New York mayoral race and President Biden’s announcement of a new crime-fighting agenda signal a shift by Democrats toward themes of public safety.
•• The New York Times • Austin Ramzy, Tiffany May • 1 day ago • nytimes.com
‘Forbidden Fruit’: Apple Daily, Pro-Democracy Newspaper in Hong Kong, Is Forced to Close
The police also arrested an editorial writer as part of an expanding national security investigation into the newspaper that has raised concerns about free speech.
Democracy Fund Voter Study Group • 19 hours ago • voterstudygroup.org
Theft Perception
In this report, Lee Drutman looks at Republican perceptions of the 2020 election and reveals a set of beliefs that strongly correlate with support for Trump and his ‘Stop the Steal’ narrative.
The New York Times • Jeanna Smialek • 6 hours ago • nytimes.com
Top U.S. Officials Consulted With BlackRock as Markets Melted Down
The world’s largest asset manager was central to the pandemic crisis response. Emails and calendar records underscore that critical role.
The Washington Post • Seung Min Kim • 15 hours ago • washingtonpost.com
Bipartisan group of senators to brief Biden on infrastructure ‘framework’ after potential breakthrough in talks
Some details are “still to be worked out,” Sen. Collins said, but lawmakers and White House aides believe major progress was made Wednesday.
CNN • Marshall Cohen, Katelyn Polantz and Hannah Rabinowitz, CNN • 20 hours ago • cnn.com
Judge rebukes GOP for downplaying US Capitol riot as he hands out first sentence in insurrection
A Trump supporter who spent 10 minutes inside the US Capitol during the January 6 insurrection was sentenced to probation Wednesday, avoiding jail, becoming the first rioter to learn their punishment in the riot investigation.
••• The New York Times • Charlie Smart, Andrew Fischer, Aaron Krolik • 1 day ago • nytimes.com
The Most Detailed Map of New York City Mayoral Primary Results
See neighborhood-level election results from the first round of the mayoral race.
The Poynter Institute • Rick Edmonds • 1 day ago • poynter.org
US ranks last among 46 countries in trust in media, Reuters Institute report finds - Poynter
Just 29% of people surveyed in the U.S. said they trust the news, compared to 45% in Canada and 54% in Brazil.
CNN • Chloe Melas • 17 hours ago • cnn.com
Britney Spears: 'I just want my life back'
Britney Spears broke her silence in a court hearing on Wednesday regarding her court-ordered conservatorship that has been in place for nearly 13 years.
Politico PRO • Sally Goldenberg • 14 hours ago • politico.com
How Andrew Yang went from rock star to also-ran
The final results of the primary race will not be finalized for weeks, as the city Board of Elections tabulates absentee and ranked-choice ballots that can include up to five candidates.
•• POLITICO • Daniel Lippman • 23 hours ago • politico.com
Kamala Harris is set to visit the border
The vice president will go to El Paso this week. She has previously resisted calls to make the stop.
CNN • Manu Raju and Jeremy Herb, CNN • 1 day ago • cnn.com
Pelosi expected to appoint select committee to investigate January 6, sources say
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to appoint a select committee to investigate the deadly January 6 attack on the US Capitol after Senate Republicans blocked the creation of an independent commission to probe the insurrection, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
The New York Times • By Evan Hill, Ainara Tiefenthäler, John Ismay, Christiaan Triebert, Soliman Hijjy, Phil Robibero, Drew Jordan, Yousur Al-Hlou, Christoph Koettl and P… • 2 hours ago • nytimes.com
Video: Gaza’s Deadly Night: How Israeli Airstrikes Killed 44 People
On May 16, Israeli airstrikes destroyed three apartment buildings, decimating several families. We visited the scene, interviewed survivors and analyzed videos, photos and satellite images to find out what happened.
The Washington Post • Sid Bedingfield • 5 hours ago • washingtonpost.com
Perspective | The irony of complaints about Nikole Hannah-Jones’s advocacy journalism
The White press helped destroy Democracy in the South. Black journalists developed an activist tradition because they had to.
WHAS • BRENDAN FARRINGTON Associated Press • 1 day ago • whas11.com
Florida students will be taught that communism is evil, DeSantis says
The new law comes less than two weeks since Florida's education board banned "critical race theory" from schools.
The Washington Post • E.J. Dionne • 22 hours ago • washingtonpost.com
Opinion | The GOP shows Manchin and Sinema that saving democracy is a partisan issue
The senators must accept the evidence Republicans have laid before them.

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Variety • Jem Aswad • 16 hours ago • variety.com
Read Britney Spears’ Full Statement Against Conservatorship: ‘I Am Traumatized’
In a 20-minute statement against the conservatorship she’s lived under for 13 years, Britney Spears sounded off before a Los Angeles probate judge Brenda Penny on Wednesday, saying that she wants t…
The Hill • Jordan Williams • 1 day ago • thehill.com
Trump denies report that he asked Justice Dept. to look into 'SNL'
Former President Trump pushed back on a report that he asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) to look into “Saturday Night Live” while in office, calling it “total fake news.”
CNN • Kate Bennett and Gabby Orr, CNN • 1 day ago • cnn.com
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner distance themselves from the former President and his constant complaints
With each passing day away from Washington, former President Donald Trump's grievances continue unabated. And those complaints appear to be driving away two of the people who were closest to him during his White House tenure: his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
CNN • Opinion by Sandra Garza • 1 day ago • cnn.com
Opinion: I can't forgive the people who won't admit my partner, Brian Sicknick, was a hero
Sandra Garza met Sicknick in 2008, bonded over blueberry pancakes, past military experience and a passion for helping others. His death, after defending the Capitol Jan. 6, left her drowning in grief, she writes, but it turned to rage when she watched Senators refuse to appoint a commision to investigate, then lie over and over again on TV, denying the "monstrous acts" committed by pro-Trump protesters.
NBC News • Corky Siemaszko • 1 day ago • nbcnews.com
Republican official in Ohio faces charge for voting twice in November election
"I was simply trying to execute a dying man’s wishes," Ed Snodgrass said.
Reuters • James Oliphant,Gabriella Borter • 23 hours ago • reuters.com
Partisan war over teaching history and racism stokes tensions in U.S. schools
The school board of Virginia's wealthy Loudoun County had planned to hold a routine meeting to close out the school year. Instead, it was pandemonium.
NBC News • Variety • 15 hours ago • nbcnews.com
Read Britney Spears' full statement against conservatorship: 'I am traumatized'
"I just want my life back," she told a probate judge in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
The New York Times • Andy Newman • 1 day ago • nytimes.com
N.Y.C. Mayoral Race Live Updates: Ranked-Choice Could Give Wiley and Garcia a Win, But It Is an Uphill Battle
Eric Adams holds a commanding lead in the race for the Democratic nomination. The winner might not be known for weeks.
The New York Times • Zolan Kanno-Youngs • 15 hours ago • nytimes.com
Biden Aims to Bolster Police Departments as Homicides Increase
The president made clear that he intends to approach crime prevention by investing in, rather than defunding, the police as he waded into an urgent national debate over policing.
The New York Times • Claire Cain Miller • 1 day ago • nytimes.com
Do Chance Meetings at the Office Boost Innovation? There’s No Evidence of It.
For some, the office even stifles creativity. As the pandemic eases in the U.S., a few companies seek to reimagine what work might look like.
Intelligencer • David Freedlander • 20 hours ago • nymag.com
The Mayor’s Race Isn’t (Quite) Decided Yet
Adams is still the overwhelming favorite — but at least one other candidate still has an outside chance.
Los Angeles Times • Laura J. Nelson • 1 day ago • latimes.com
California's yoga, wellness and spirituality community has a QAnon problem
A world that has long embraced love, light and acceptance is now making room for something else: QAnon.
Vulture • Josef Adalian • 1 day ago • vulture.com
Conan’s Irish Good-bye
The departing late-night host on his 28-year run and his trick for staying childlike forever.
Business Insider • Justin Rood • 1 day ago • businessinsider.com
The Biden administration has named a secretive private equity mogul with significant investment interests in climate-related businesses to help shape…
Activists and watchdogs say Mark Gallogly has been profiting from petroleum-dependent industries while investing in green businesses as he helps develop climate policy.
The New York Times • Nicole Hong, Ben Protess • Last hour • nytimes.com
New York Suspends Giuliani’s Law License
A state appellate court concluded that as Donald J. Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani, had lied about election fraud.
Talking Points Memo • Matt Shuham • Last hour • talkingpointsmemo.com
OAN Host Muses About Mass Executions Of ‘Radical Democrats’ For Election Crimes
One America News Network host Pearson Sharp didn’t flinch as he delivered the somber news to camera: Radical Democrats had...
CNN • Donie O'Sullivan and Dan Merica, CNN • 18 hours ago • cnn.com
Frustration and bewilderment: Emails show tension between Facebook and Biden campaign
People working with Joe Biden's presidential campaign repeatedly warned Facebook about violent campaign-related rhetoric on its platform during the heat of the 2020 election, but a series of email exchanges reveals how the social media giant sometimes brushed them off.
The New York Times • Patrick McGeehan • 1 hour ago • nytimes.com
New York City to Reluctant Tourists: Please Come Back
A $30 million promotional campaign, aimed at luring back all the visitors who vanished during the pandemic, is about to get underway.
The Washington Post • Laurie McGinley • 7 days ago • washingtonpost.com
Furor rages over FDA approval of controversial Alzheimer’s drug
For days, critics have blasted the approval in opinion columns and tweets, saying there is insufficient evidence of efficacy. Supporters have expressed confidence the drug, Aduhelm, will help patients stay in the earliest stages of the disease longer.
BuzzFeed News • Amber Jamieson • 23 hours ago • buzzfeednews.com
A Former NRA President Was Tricked Into Speaking At A Fake High School Graduation
Instead, the 3,044 empty seats represented the students who did not graduate this year because they were killed by gun violence.
The New Republic • 1 day ago • newrepublic.com
Centrist Pundits’ Supposedly Savvy, Terribly Wrong Takes About the New York Mayoral Race
No, the results didn’t surprise “the left,” and no, they don’t support your arguments about elections everywhere else.
The Daily Beast • Molly Jong-Fast • 17 hours ago • thedailybeast.com
Jared and Ivanka Ditch Daddy and Try to Launder Four Years of Filth
If you believe what you’re reading now about how they tried their darndest to do good, you deserve what you get.
Talking Points Memo • Josh Marshall • 2 hours ago • talkingpointsmemo.com
Our COVID Future
Two stories emerged out of Israel this week which give us a view into the remaining months of 2021 in...
Washington Free Beacon • Matthew Foldi • 6 hours ago • freebeacon.com
Companies Secure White House Meetings After Hiring Top Biden Aide's Brother - Washington Free Beacon
Life is good for companies that hire lobbyist Jeff Ricchetti, the brother of President Joe Biden’s longtime political aide Steve Ricchetti. Jeff Ricchetti runs a top lobbying firm whose clients secured meetings with Biden and other members of the president’s cabinet.
The Guardian • Hugo Lowell • 10 hours ago • theguardian.com
House investigates possible shadow operation in Trump justice department
Judiciary committee wants to know if officials violated policies in issuing secret subpoenas against congressional Democrats