Axios • Jonathan Swan, Zachary Basu • May 16 • axios.com
Off the rails: Trump’s failed 11th-hour military withdrawal campaign
A behind-the-scenes look at former President Trump’s unprecedented clash with the Pentagon.
The New York Times • Ben Smith • May 16 • nytimes.com
I’ll Take ‘White Supremacist Hand Gestures’ for $1,000
How hundreds of “Jeopardy!” contestants talked themselves into a baseless conspiracy theory — and won’t be talked out of it.
The New York Times • Katie Glueck • May 16 • nytimes.com
Maya Wiley Lands Major Endorsement From Rep. Hakeem Jeffries
Mr. Jeffries, New York’s top House Democrat, said he intended to engage in significant efforts on Ms. Wiley’s behalf, including making campaign appearances with her.
POLITICO • Meridith McGraw • May 16 • politico.com
Matthew McConaughey making calls as he weighs running for Texas governor
He’s a beloved home-state star, but pundits are skeptical that the acclaimed actor has a chance at unseating Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.
The New York Times • Emily Flitter, Matthew Goldstein • May 16 • nytimes.com
Long Before Divorce, Bill Gates Had Reputation for Questionable Behavior
Melinda French Gates voiced concerns about her husband’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein and a harassment claim against his money manager.
The Washington Post • Dan Balz • May 15 • washingtonpost.com
Analysis | The purging of Liz Cheney is about much more than the future of the GOP
Cheney’s removal from leadership post highlights a broader assault on truth and democracy led by Donald Trump
The Washington Post • Hannah Knowles, Paulina Villegas • May 15 • washingtonpost.com
Man charged with wife’s murder illegally cast her ballot for Trump, officials say: ‘I just thought, give him another vote’
Barry Morphew was charged this month with murder in the disappearance of his wife Suzanne. Now he's also accused of illegally voting in her name last fall.
Los Angeles Times • Sam Dean • May 16 • latimes.com
The man who didn't invent Flamin' Hot Cheetos
Richard Montañez has for years told a story of how he dreamed up Flamin’ Hot Cheetos while working as a Frito-Lay janitor. The archival record, former employees and Frito-Lay itself say otherwise.
The Washington Post • E.J. Dionne • May 16 • washingtonpost.com
Opinion | Democracy depends on two guys named Joe
Biden and Manchin's past opposition to ending the filibuster has to give way in the face of the GOP’s assault on voting rights.
The New York Times • Patrick Kingsley • May 15 • nytimes.com
After Years of Quiet, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Exploded. Why Now?
A little-noticed police action in Jerusalem last month was one of several incidents that led to the current crisis.
The Washington Post • Margaret Sullivan • May 14 • washingtonpost.com
Perspective | The Washington Post will soon have a woman as its top editor. And yes, that matters.
The benefits of diverse leadership can be subtle and hard to pin down. But they are real.
The Wall Street Journal • Emily Glazer, Justin Baer, Khadeeja Safdar, Aaron Tilley • May 16 • wsj.com
Microsoft Directors Decided Bill Gates Needed to Leave Board Due to Prior Relationship With Staffer
The company’s board members began an investigation in 2019 into a woman’s allegations of prior sexual relationship with Bill Gates; Mr. Gates’s spokeswoman says his decision to leave board in 2020 wasn’t related to the matter.
The Daily Beast • Lachlan Cartwright, Kate Briquelet • May 16 • thedailybeast.com
Jeffrey Epstein Gave Bill Gates Advice on How to End ‘Toxic’ Marriage, Sources Say
A person who attended meetings at Epstein’s townhouse says Gates enjoyed holding court there.
CBS News • Bill Whitaker • May 16 • cbsnews.com
UFOs regularly spotted in restricted U.S. airspace, report on the phenomena due next month
Bill Whitaker reports on the regular sightings of unidentified aerial phenomena, or UAP, that have spurred a report due to Congress next month.
The Jerusalem Post • By LAHAV HARKOV • May 16 • jpost.com
Israel showed US ‘smoking gun’ on Hamas in AP office tower, officials say
“We showed them the smoking gun proving Hamas worked out of that building,” a source close to Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said. “I understand they found the explanation satisfactory.”
Associated Press • Bob Christie • May 15 • apnews.com
Republican Arizona election official says Trump "unhinged"
PHOENIX (AP) — The Republican who now leads the Arizona county elections department targeted by a GOP audit of the 2020 election results is slamming former President Donald Trump and others in his party for their continued falsehoods about how the election was run.
Associated Press • Fares Akram • May 15 • apnews.com
DIARY: Shouts, a hurried evacuation, and then the bombs came
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — My colleagues' shouts awakened me, and the pounding of my heart drowned out the racing of my mind. What was happening? Had someone been injured on the streets of Gaza City, or worse?
The New York Times • Nick Corasaniti • May 15 • nytimes.com
G.O.P. Pursues Harsher Penalties for Poll Workers in Voting Crackdown
Heavy fines, felony charges and jail sentences: Republicans seeking to restrict voting are proposing strict punishments for election officials and workers who make errors or violate the rules.
The New Yorker • Heather Ann Thompson • May 16 • newyorker.com
Saying Her Name
Remains that were found to be those of a Black teen who was killed by Philadelphia police in 1985 were treated as an anthropological specimen. How was her identity known and then forgotten?
The Washington Post • Geoff Edgers • May 13 • washingtonpost.com
At 95, Dick Van Dyke is still the consummate showman. And he’s desperate to get back onstage.
As the sitcom legend and “Mary Poppins” star picks up his latest big award, he plots another comeback.