The Washington Post • Erica Werner, Andrew Van Dam, Yeganeh Torbati • May 18 • washingtonpost.com
Biden’s aid programs help buttress McCarthy’s district despite GOP leader’s complaints about ‘socialist’ spending
The California district McCarthy has represented since 2007 is among the poorest in the state.
POLITICO • Marc Caputo • May 18 • politico.com
Val Demings to run for Senate against Rubio
The Orlando Democrat was on Joe Biden’s shortlist as a possible running mate in 2020.
The New York Times • Annie Karni • May 18 • nytimes.com
In Biden White House, the Celebrity Staff Is a Thing of the Past
President Biden is undoing a longstanding Washington tradition in which staff members enjoy their own refracted fame.
Axios • Jonathan Swan • May 18 • axios.com
Biden to waive sanctions on Putin crony in charge of Nord Stream 2 pipeline
Biden isn't willing to compromise the relationship with Germany over this pipeline.
The New York Times • Neil Genzlinger • May 18 • nytimes.com
Charles Grodin, 86, Dies; Familiar Face From ‘Beethoven’ and Other Films
Mr. Grodin, who also appeared on Broadway in “Same Time, Next Year,” wrote books and had his own talk show, was especially adept at deadpan comedy.
The New York Times • Jack Nicas, Raymond Zhong, Daisuke Wakabayashi • May 17 • nytimes.com
Censorship, Surveillance and Profits: A Hard Bargain for Apple in China
Apple built the world’s most valuable business on top of China. Now it has to answer to the Chinese government.
The Bulwark • Sonny Bunch • May 18 • thebulwark.com
Cancel Envy - The Bulwark
How an Amazon glitch helps explain the ways our siloed information environments reinforce our persecution complexes.
POLITICO • Melanie Zanona, Olivia Beavers • May 18 • politico.com
Cheney, unbound, settles into the 'bull's-eye of controversy'
In an interview with POLITICO, the deposed House GOP leader seemed to view her current place in the political wilderness as her destiny.
ProPublica • May 18 • propublica.org
Hundreds of PPP Loans Went to Fake Farms in Absurd Places
An online lending platform called Kabbage sent 378 pandemic loans worth $7 million to fake companies (mostly farms) with names like “Deely Nuts” and “Beefy King.”
POLITICO • Anita Kumar • May 18 • politico.com
How Kamala Harris became a victim of the barriers she broke
Asian Americans celebrated Kamala Harris' win. But they also want more.
The Washington Post • Rosalind Helderman • May 18 • washingtonpost.com
Michigan judge dismisses lawsuit seeking new audit of Antrim County vote, one of the last remaining 2020 legal challenges
The judge said Michigan law does not give voters the right to dictate how election results are reviewed. Trump supporters had seized on the suit to argue falsely that the election was stolen.
POLITICO • Nahal Toosi • May 18 • politico.com
Source: U.S. helped avert Israeli ground invasion of Gaza, hopes rise conflict could end soon
American officials have privately urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his aides to wind down his country’s operations against Hamas.
The Washington Post • Paul Kane • May 18 • washingtonpost.com
Analysis | House Democrats’ 2020 election autopsy: Bad polling hurt and GOP attacks worked
In a report, Rep. Sean Maloney (N.Y.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, lays out how Democrats simply underestimated the number of hardcore Trump voters and the potency of Republican criticism.
POLITICO • Betsy Woodruff Swan, Daniel Lippman • May 18 • politico.com
Feds have asked about Giuliani's consulting on Romania
Investigators are looking for information beyond Rudy Giuliani's Ukraine work.
The Atlantic • David Frum • May 18 • theatlantic.com
Biden Has to Get Ahead of the Lab-Leak Theory
Scientists can live with uncertainty. Politics abhors it.
The Texas Tribune • Evan Smith, The Texas Tribune • May 18 • texastribune.org
Point of Order: George P. Bush supports Donald Trump in 2024, teases primary challenge to Ken Paxton
In the latest episode of our podcast about the Texas Legislature, Evan Smith talks to Land Commissioner George P. Bush about the state of the state and the issues in play as the 2021 session winds down — and about his rumored plans to challenge Ken Paxton in the GOP primary for Texas attorney general.
CNN • Eric Bradner, CNN • May 18 • cnn.com
Arizona auditors now say voter data is intact, after sparking GOP feud
Auditors hired by the Arizona state Senate backtracked Tuesday from claims that a key database had been deleted from Maricopa County's elections servers -- admitting in a hearing held by the Senate Republicans overseeing the audit that the data is intact and they'd been looking the wrong way.
The Washington Post • Annie Linskey • May 18 • washingtonpost.com
The faces of the Biden administration are still sometimes behind masks
Like much of America, the president, first lady and vice president spent the past few days navigating the country’s patchwork of mandates.
The Washington Post • Brittany Shammas • May 18 • washingtonpost.com
A GOP congressman compared Capitol rioters to tourists. Photos show him barricading a door.
“You know, if you didn’t know the TV footage was a video from January the 6th, you would actually think it was a normal tourist visit," Rep. Andrew S. Clyde said last week.
Axios • Lachlan Markay • May 18 • axios.com
FBI investigating alleged massive scheme to illegally finance Susan Collins’ re-election bid
A unsealed search warrant application shows the FBI believes $150k was illegally funneled to a pro-Collins super PAC.