The Washington Post • Shayna Jacobs, David Fahrenthold • May 25 • washingtonpost.com
Prosecutor in Trump criminal probe convenes grand jury to hear evidence, weigh potential charges
The move by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. suggests his investigation of the former president’s business has entered an advanced stage after more than two years.
The New York Times • Yuliya Parshina-Kottas, Anjali Singhvi, Audra D. S. Burch, Troy Griggs, Mika Gröndahl, Lingdong Huang, Tim Wallace, Jeremy White, Josh Williams • May 24 • nytimes.com
What the Tulsa Race Massacre Destroyed
We created a 3D model of Greenwood, home of “Black Wall Street,” as it was before a white mob set it on fire 100 years ago.
POLITICO • Zach Montellaro • May 24 • politico.com
They tried to overturn the 2020 election. Now they want to run the next one.
Trump supporters who back his claim that the 2020 vote was rigged are running to become the top election officials in key states.
POLITICO • Melanie Zanona • May 26 • politico.com
Mother of deceased Capitol Police officer seeks to pressure GOP senators on Jan. 6 commission
Gladys Sicknick, mother of Brian Sicknick, requested sit-downs with Republicans to discuss “the importance” of an independent investigation into the deadly insurrection — as a key Senate vote looms.
The Washington Post • John Hudson • May 24 • washingtonpost.com
Key impeachment witness Gordon Sondland sues Mike Pompeo and U.S. for $1.8 million in legal fees
The suit alleges that Pompeo reneged on his promise that the State Department would cover Sondland’s legal fees after the witness delivered bombshell testimony accusing President Trump of a quid pro quo.
The Washington Post • Ashley Parker • May 23 • washingtonpost.com
Weightlifting, Gatorade, birthday calls: Inside Biden’s day
Biden’s typical day reveals a creature of habit, eager to escape the Washington bubble and determined to stay in touch with his family. Critics say it’s a light schedule.
The Wall Street Journal • Jeremy Page, Betsy McKay, Drew Hinshaw • May 24 • wsj.com
The Wuhan Lab Leak Question: A Disused Chinese Mine Takes Center Stage
That Covid escaped from a lab isn’t the predominant hypothesis for the pandemic’s origins, yet prominent scientists are calling for a deeper probe and clearer answers from Beijing.
The Washington Post • Jeremy Barr • May 26 • washingtonpost.com
Associated Press tells staff it made mistakes in firing of Emily Wilder
The news service is facing criticism and internal dissent for terminating a junior staffer based on her social media activity.
The New Yorker • Susan B. Glasser • May 27 • newyorker.com
American Democracy Isn’t Dead Yet, but It’s Getting There
A country that cannot even agree to investigate an assault on its Capitol is in big trouble, indeed.
The Atlantic • Ronald Brownstein • May 27 • theatlantic.com
Democrats Are Running Out of Time
Voting-rights advocates are scared that the White House isn’t taking Republican threats to the ballot seriously enough.
The Washington Post • Louisa Loveluck, John Hudson • May 29 • washingtonpost.com
Iran-backed militias turn to drone attacks, alarming U.S. forces in Iraq
An official with the U.S.-led military coalition said the drone threat has become the mission’s top concern.
POLITICO • Marc Caputo • May 27 • politico.com
How Trump got a Bush to bend the knee
‘Everyone always thought George P. would carry the family banner into the next generation, but I’m not sure anyone anticipated it happening like this,” said one top Republican.
CNN • Andrew Kaczynski and Em Steck, CNN • May 27 • cnn.com
Trump appointee on West Point Board spreads conspiracy that Biden is replacing White people of European ancestry
A Trump appointee serving on West Point's advisory board has repeatedly spread a conspiracy that the Biden administration is bringing in non-White immigrants as part of a "grand plan" to have them outnumber White Americans of European ancestry in the United States.
The Chronicle of Higher Education • Keith E. Whittington, Sean Wilentz • May 24 • chronicle.com
Opinion | We Have Criticized Nikole Hannah-Jones. Her Tenure Denial Is a Travesty.
Political intervention in hiring will badly damage higher ed.
ESPN • Don Van Natta Jr., Seth Wickersham • May 26 • espn.com
Son, ghostwriter of late senator say Trump intervened to stop Spygate probe
One of the enduring mysteries of Spygate is the identity of the person who reached out to the late Sen. Arlen Specter to coax him into dropping his Senate probe. Now Specter's son and ghostwriter have come forward with a name: Donald J. Trump.
The New York Times • Jim Tankersley • May 27 • nytimes.com
Biden to Propose $6 Trillion Budget to Boost Middle Class and Infrastructure
The president’s plans to invest in infrastructure, education, health care and more would push federal spending to its highest sustained levels since World War II.
The Washington Post • Margaret Sullivan • May 26 • washingtonpost.com
Perspective | Emily Wilder’s firing is a story of bad faith, not bad tweets. Newsrooms must do better.
The AP should have guided a young reporter through a crisis — not caved to a right-wing mob.
The Washington Post • Shawn Boburg • May 24 • washingtonpost.com
Commerce Department security unit evolved into counterintelligence-like operation, Washington Post examination found
The obscure Investigations and Threat Management Service (ITMS) used tactics, including broad keyword searches on employee emails and scouring Americans’ social media for criticism of the census, to gather information on hundreds of people inside and outside the department, documents and interviews show.
The New York Times • Hannah Beech • May 25 • nytimes.com
Where Poets Are Being Killed and Jailed After a Military Coup
More than 30 poets have been imprisoned since the military seized power in Myanmar, a country where politics and poetry are intimately connected.
The Washington Post • Seung Min Kim, Tony Romm • May 25 • washingtonpost.com
Bipartisan group of senators prepares new infrastructure plan as talks stall between White House and GOP
The nascent plan is being drafted by more than a half-dozen lawmakers, including Republican Sens. Mitt Romney (Utah) and Rob Portman (Ohio) and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III (W.Va.).