A great WaPo analysis on how McCarthy's district has benefited from Biden's coronavirus aid package, anchored by our California girl @ericawerner from Bakersfield washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2021…

After weighing whether to run for governor or senate, Rep. Val Demings decided to challenge Marco Rubio

The Biden White House: It is the least personality-driven West Wing in decades.
Or as I have come to think of it, “stop trying to make Bruce Reed happen.” nytimes.com/2021/05/18/us/…


Charles Grodin, the versatile actor familiar from “Same Time, Next Year” on Broadway, popular movies like “The Heartbreak Kid,” “Midnight Run” and “Beethoven” and numerous television appearances, has died at 86. nyti.ms/33VLxwC



NEWS: Cheney, once a member of the leadership team, tells me & ⁦@Olivia_Beavers⁩ she won’t back McCarthy for speaker if they win the House: “I think that we've got to have leaders who lead based on principle, and that's not what we've seen from him.” politico.com/news/2021/05/1…

Today @lydiadepillis & I have a story about PPP loans that, well, you're just gonna have to read to believe.
It's about an orange grove in MN, a tree nut farm in Palm Beach & a cattle ranch in Beach Haven, NJ. And a lot more businesses that don't exist.

Proud that @anitakumar01 wrote about such a complex topic with grace, fairness and sensitivity. There’s a lot here, and it’s a subject that defies easy knee-jerk reactions. google.com/amp/s/www.poli…

It has been 195 days since Michigan got called for Joe Biden. The latest lawsuit to audit/challenge the count was dismissed... today. Via @PostRoz washingtonpost.com/politics/antri…

NEW: The US calculated that publicly pressuring Israel, including at the UN, could make the fighting with Hamas drag out longer. It’s hopeful, but not certain, an end is in sight. politico.com/news/2021/05/1…

Your midweek @PKCapitol column: My exclusive look at @spmaloney's "Deep Dive" into what went wrong for House Dems in 2020.
In short: Polling missed Trump surge in voters, and with those extra voters, socialism/defund attacks were more potent.

New: DOJ prosecutors investigating Rudy Giuliani have asked about his work in Romania, per two sources with knowledge
Story w/ @dlippman

George P. Bush says 2020 election wasn't stolen:
"I think there was fraud and irregularity, I just don’t think it was in a sum that would have overturned the election result."

Pro Trump world denied COVID, refused masks, and now refuses vaccines. Trump himself sought Chinese help for his re-election. Now they want to blame US scientists for the pandemic they aggravated at every turn. theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/…

New: Arizona's election auditors and the Senate Republicans overseeing it were totally wrong in claiming a key Maricopa County database had been deleted. They'd just been looking the wrong way, their tech expert admitted today.
My story on the blunder: cnn.com/2021/05/18/pol…



New: the FBI is investigating what it says is a scheme to illegally funnel six-figure sums from a Hawaii defense contractor to Susan Collins' 2020 campaign and a super PAC supporting it axios.com/susan-collins-…