The New York Times • Alan Rappeport • May 19 •
Banks Fight $4 Billion Debt Relief Plan for Black Farmers
Lenders are pressuring the Agriculture Department to give them more money, saying quick repayments will cut into profits.
VICE • Cameron Joseph • May 19 •
Pro-Trump Conspiracy Theorists Are Taking Over State Republican Parties
A VICE News review of public positions of all 50 GOP state chairs shows a growing number of conspiracists winning control of state party chairmanships.
POLITICO • Edward-Isaac Dovere • May 19 •
The Inside Story of the Biden-Harris Debate Blowup
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have appeared so in lockstep that it’s hard to remember how tense their early campaign days were.
The Washington Post • Mike DeBonis • May 19 •
McConnell comes out against Jan. 6 commission, imperiling its chances of becoming law
The House is expected to pass a bill late Wednesday that would create the bipartisan commission.
The New York Times • Sheera Frenkel • May 19 •
Mob Violence Against Palestinians in Israel Is Fueled by Groups on WhatsApp
Jewish extremists have formed more than 100 new groups on the Facebook-owned encrypted messaging app in recent days to target attacks.
NPR • Juana Summers • May 18 •
Survivors Of 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Share Eyewitness Accounts
Viola Fletcher, along with two other survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, testify before a House subcommittee on Wednesday, nearly 100 years to the date of the siege on a Black neighborhood.
The New York Times • J. David Goodman • May 19 •
U.S. Inquiry Into Cuomo Widens to Examine Virus Tests for ‘Specials’
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was already under fire after members of his family received expedited testing in the pandemic’s early weeks.
CNN • Kara Scannell and Sonia Moghe, CNN • May 19 •
NY attorney general has been looking into the taxes of Trump Organization CFO for months, sources say
The New York attorney general's office has opened a criminal tax investigation into top Trump Organization officer Allen Weisselberg, increasing the legal pressure on the long-time aide to former President Donald Trump, people familiar with the investigation say.
The Washington Post • Amy Gardner, Rosalind Helderman • May 19 •
Inspired by Arizona recount, Trump loyalists push to revisit election results in communities around the country
The ramifications of former president Donald Trump’s ceaseless attacks on the 2020 election are increasingly visible throughout the country, as voters demand new reviews of the 2020 contest.
The Wall Street Journal • Collin Eaton • May 19 •
Colonial Pipeline CEO Tells Why He Paid Hackers a $4.4 Million Ransom
Joseph Blount told the Journal that he authorized the payment because executives were unsure how badly the cyberattack had breached its systems or how long it would take to bring the pipeline back.
POLITICO • Burgess Everett • May 19 •
McConnell opposes House’s bipartisan Jan. 6 commission bill
Former President Donald Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy are also against the commission proposal.
The New York Times • Thomas B. Edsall • May 19 •
Opinion | How the Storming of the Capitol Became a ‘Normal Tourist Visit’
Insurrection? What insurrection?
Bloomberg • Timothy L. O'Brien • May 19 •
Can Trump Outmaneuver New York’s Criminal Probes?
An attorney general and a district attorney have teamed up in an unusual investigation of a former president.
The New York Times • Ellen Barry • May 19 •
An ‘Army of 16-Year-Olds’ Takes On the Democrats
Young progressives are an unpredictable new factor in Massachusetts elections. They’re ardent, and organized, and they don’t take orders.
The 19th • Flora Peir • May 19 •
UNC denies tenure to Nikole Hannah-Jones after conservative outcry
Despite approval from faculty and the tenure committee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist will be the first Knight Chair professor at the university to be denied tenure by the board of trustees.
The Washington Post • Paul Kane • May 18 •
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 • Burgess Everett, Sarah Ferris • May 19 •
Liberals to Biden: Ditch the infrastructure talks with Republicans
Rep. Mark Pocan called the GOP’s latest counteroffer “ridiculous” and said the Republicans might as well have proposed paying for it with a “bake sale."
MSNBC • • May 19 •
Ice cream parlor raises minimum wage to $15/hr, flooded with job applications
As small businesses struggle with hiring shortages, calls for minimum wage increases grow louder. Jacob Hanchar, the co-owner of Klavon's Ice Cream Parlor in Pittsburgh, joined Stephanie Ruhle to discuss why he raised employees' wages to $15 per hour and why that has helped his business.
USA TODAY • Kurt Bardella • May 19 •
Democrats owe America the facts and nothing but the facts about the Capitol attack
From Trump on down, Republicans are increasingly opposed to investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. Democrats must get the truth with or without them.
CNN • Manu Raju, CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent • May 19 •
Republicans fear January 6 probe could undercut 2022 midterm message
Senior Republicans are making clear they have little interest in moving forward with a sweeping January 6 investigation in part because a detailed probe could become politically damaging and amount to a distraction for their party just as control of Congress is at stake in next year's midterm elections.