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Washington Post:
Trump workers moved Mar-a-Lago boxes a day before FBI came for documents  —  New details, including alleged ‘dress rehearsal’ for moving sensitive papers, show a focus on Donald Trump's instructions and intent  —  Two of Donald Trump's employees moved boxes of papers the day before FBI agents …
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New York Times:
Mar-a-Lago Worker Provided Prosecutors New Details in Trump Documents Case  —  A maintenance worker for the former president recounted helping to move boxes into a storage room a day before a Justice Department official came seeking the return of classified material.
Discussion: New York Daily News and Raw Story
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
Texas Panel Recommends Impeachment of Attorney General Ken Paxton  —  The Republican-led House committee said Mr. Paxton's abuses of office rose to the level of possible crimes that warranted an impeachment vote.  —  Reporting from Austin  —  A Republican-led committee of the Texas House …
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Acacia Coronado / Associated Press:
Texas lawmakers recommend impeaching Attorney General Ken Paxton after Republican investigation  —  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton teetered on the brink of impeachment Thursday after years of scandal, criminal charges and corruption accusations that the state's Republican majority had largely met with silence until now.
Nick Visser / HuffPost:
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Furious After House Panel Recommends Impeachment
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
DeSantis Campaign Says It Raised $8.2 Million in First 24 Hours  —  The cash haul points to the strengths Ron DeSantis will have in taking on Donald Trump.  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida raised $8.2 million in his first 24 hours as a presidential candidate, his campaign said on Thursday …
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David Frum / The Atlantic:
DeSantis's Launch Was Not the Only Thing That Crashed  —  It was bad when the Twitter Spaces sound was off for the Florida governor.  It was worse when the sound came on.  —  It would have been better for Governor Ron DeSantis if his Twitter Spaces announcement had crashed altogether.
NBC News:
Ron DeSantis administration officials solicit campaign cash from lobbyists  —  The practice raises ethical and legal questions about state employees trying to raise campaign cash from lobbyists who have business currently before the governor.  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Officials who work …
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Ron DeSantis vs. the ‘Woke Mind Virus’  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida could have made his presidential campaign announcement in some idyllic seaside park, surrounded by the wholesome families he's trying to defend from subversive books and the Walt Disney Company.
Margaret Sullivan / The Guardian:   Now's the time to think about just how bad a DeSantis presidency would be
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Republicans Report Progress in Debt Limit Talks as Negotiations Continue  —  Negotiators reconvened on Thursday after working through the night to strike a deal, as hard-right Republicans and some Democrats expressed concerns about the shape of an emerging compromise.  —  Reporting from Washington
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Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
Republicans are hellbent on default because why not
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Daily Kos
CNN:
Democrats have warning for White House that their support for debt deal is not guaranteed
Discussion: New York Times and Semafor
Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
Supreme Court delivers blow to wetlands protections in win for Idaho landowners  —  Idaho couple Mike and Chantell Sackett have fought for years with the federal government over whether land they own includes a federally protected wetland.  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court …
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Matt Ford / New Republic:
Samuel Alito's Colleagues Catch Him in a Judicial Contradiction
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Samuel Alito's Assault on Wetlands Is So Indefensible That He Lost Brett Kavanaugh
Mariana Alfaro / Washington Post:
DeSantis says, if elected president, he'd consider pardons for Jan. 6 offenders  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday that, if elected president, he would consider pardoning some of those convicted on charges related to the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
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NBC News:
Oath Keepers founder sentenced to 18 years in Jan. 6 seditious conspiracy case  —  Stewart Rhodes, who said after the Capitol attack that the rioters “should have brought rifles,” received the longest sentence of any Jan. 6 defendant to date.  —  WASHINGTON — The founder of the far-right Oath Keepers …
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Oath Keepers Leader Is Sentenced to 18 Years in Jan. 6 Sedition Case
Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
A Black 11-year-old called 911.  Police arrived and shot him, his mom says.  —  An unarmed 11-year-old Black boy in Mississippi was shot by a police officer after he called 911 to report a domestic disturbance to try to protect his mother, his family's attorney said.
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NBC News:
Investigation launched after 11-year-old who called 911 for help is shot by officer in Mississippi  —  Aderrien Murry called for help for his mom during a domestic disturbance and was shot in the chest by an Indianola officer, a lawyer for his family said.  —  Calls are growing for an officer …
Mark Scott / Politico:
Twitter to pull back from Europe's disinformation crusade  —  EU commissioner Thierry Breton has said he would personally hold site owner Elon Musk to account for complying with the bloc's content rules.  —  Twitter is on the verge of withdrawing from one of the Europe Union's efforts to stamp out disinformation.
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Luca Bertuzzi / Euractiv:   Twitter set to exit EU Code of Practice on Disinformation, sources say
Platformer:
Inside Twitter's failed Space launch  —  How a decimated team and shrinking server capacity rained on Ron DeSantis' parade  —  Programming note: Platformer will be off Monday for Memorial Day.  —  At around 5PM PT on Wednesday, Elon Musk and David Sacks joined a call with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' campaign manager, Generra Peck.
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
IRS ‘whistleblower’ who claimed Hunter Biden case was mishandled won't cooperate with Senate probe  —  EXCLUSIVE: Whistleblower has cut off communication with the Senate Finance Committee even as he prepares to testify before a GOP-led House panel, writes , Andrew Feinberg
Discussion: New York Post, Daily Kos and Breitbart
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Haven Orecchio-Egresitz / Insider:
Lauren Boebert's son called 911 in tears to report his father was ‘throwing’ him around the house.  Then she took the phone.  — In December, Lauren Boebert's teen son called 911 to report his dad was “throwing me” in the house.  — The teen sobbed throughout the two-minute call, saying he didn't understand why his dad was mad.
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Doug Mastriano won't run for Senate in Pennsylvania ‘at this time’  —  The failed gubernatorial candidate has openly flirted with a run for Senate - but decided against it.  —  MAGA firebrand Doug Mastriano said on Thursday that he is not running for Senate in Pennsylvania in 2024.
Discussion: HuffPost and Political Wire
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Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
CPAC Is Rocked by a Resignation  —  A top leader in the organization that puts on CPAC, the highly influential conference of conservative leaders, resigned on Tuesday night citing financial mysteries surrounding the organization's leader.  —  Bob Beauprez, the longtime treasurer …
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Washington Post:
CPAC treasurer accuses chief Matt Schlapp of financial, personnel mismanagement
Discussion: The Hill and PoliticusUSA
NBC News:
Feds investigating if Menendez and wife got gifts including D.C. apartment, Mercedes and jewelry  —  Investigators want to know if Menendez got gifts from the owners or associates of a New Jersey company that won a controversial contract with the Egyptian government.
Discussion: NBC New York
New York Times:
Menendez Investigation Is Said to Involve Questions About Luxury Gifts  —  Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, has said he is confident the inquiry will “end up in absolutely nothing.”  —  Federal prosecutors and the F.B.I. are investigating whether Senator Robert Menendez …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Billy Binion / Reason:
The County Sold Her Home Over Unpaid Taxes and Kept the Profit.  SCOTUS Wasn't Having It.  —  When local bureaucrats in Hennepin County, Minnesota, seized an elderly woman's home over a small tax debt, sold it, and kept the profit, they likely had no idea they would set in motion a series …
Brooke Leigh Howard / The Daily Beast:
School That Allegedly Had ‘Black’ Classrooms Now in More Trouble  —  An expanded federal probe is underway after a parent blew the whistle on apparent segregation at an Atlanta elementary school.  —  A federal department has expanded its probe into an Atlanta school district after a parent …
NBC News:
How major brands were forced into the conservative plan to target LGBTQ people  —  Target, Bud Light, the Dodgers and Disney have all been backed into a corner over their support of the LGBTQ community.  The strategy has conservative activists celebrating.  —  Bud Light and Target were not always political punching bags.
 
 
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Mary Ilyushina / Washington Post:
Russian blogger says he was fired over interview with mercenary boss
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David Kissinger / Washington Post:
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Prem Thakker / New Republic:
Here Are the Two Democrats Who Voted With Republicans to Block Student Debt Relief
Pavel Polityuk / Reuters:
Russian Wagner mercenaries handing Bakhmut to regular army
Discussion: CNN and UPI
The White House:
Statement from White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on South Carolina's Abortion Ban
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Fox News:
Top Biden official repeatedly met with Soros' foundation and other influential left-wing groups, docs show
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Nathan L. Gonzales / Roll Call:
Left-behind polling memo shows abortion hurting outlook for GOP
 

 
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Associated Press:
A judge dismisses Alec Baldwin's manslaughter case in the fatal shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, after ruling prosecutors withheld evidence

Tony Mecia / The Charlotte Ledger:
McClatchy's Charlotte Observer is scaling back print editions to three days a week starting September 16, down from six days, and will rely on USPS for delivery

David Shepardson / Reuters:
The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals puts the FCC's reinstatement of net neutrality rules on hold until August 5 as it considers industry legal challenges

 
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