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8:15 PM ET, May 25, 2023

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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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Rolling Stone:
Trump's Lawyers Warn Him: Get Ready to Be Indicted by the Feds  —  The former president has angrily complained in response to predictions that if the Justice Department is going to charge him, then “what about Joe Biden?” … The feds have also been probing whether or not Trump tried …
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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Margaret Sullivan / The Guardian:
Now's the time to think about just how bad a DeSantis presidency would be  —  Consider what the two-term governor has wrought in his home state and in his early forays into world affairs  —  olitical journalists and pundits spent much of Wednesday obsessing over the gimmicky way that the Florida governor …
Discussion: New York Times and The Nation
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.
Marc Caputo / The Messenger:
Inside the Secret DeSantis Donor Briefing (Exclusive)  —  DeSantis pollster sees Trump's support in early primary states as ‘soft,’ even as the former president holds a big lead nationally. … Before he officially entered the presidential race Wednesday, Ron DeSantis was already barraged …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
It Was More Than a #DeSaster  —  Ron DeSantis's botched campaign launch suggests that he's no Trump killer.
Miami Herald:
In Miami, DeSantis supporters get campaign intel on how governor plans to beat Trump
Discussion: Politico and Florida Politics
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 …
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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.
Discussion: The Hill and Florida Politics
Lauren Sforza / The Hill:
DeSantis says he'll consider pardoning Jan. 6 defendants, including Trump
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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The Texas Tribune:
Aide to Ken Paxton calls investigation into attorney general “illegal,” says Paxton can't be impeached for current allegations  —  Chris Hilton, head of litigation in the attorney general's office, told reporters that lawmakers can't oust Paxton.  His comments came as a House committee met behind closed doors …
Acacia Coronado / Associated Press:
Texas lawmakers recommend impeaching Attorney General Ken Paxton after Republican investigation
Politico:
House conservatives blanch at leaked details of McCarthy-Biden debt talks  —  The group was already unlikely to support a final bipartisan deal, but lingering anger with Kevin McCarthy could have lasting implications on his speakership.  —  As details leak about an emerging bipartisan debt deal …
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Politico:
Democrats to Biden: Get ‘off the bench’ in the debt limit fight  —  The White House is following a policy of restraint when it comes to publicly fighting with Republicans.  —  It seemed, for a moment, as if there was a potential thaw in an intractable debt ceiling fight.
Discussion: MSNBC, Twitchy, Forbes and ABC News
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
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
Republicans are hellbent on default because why not
Discussion: Daily Kos
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Limits E.P.A.'s Power to Address Water Pollution  —  The justices ruled that discharges into some wetlands are not covered by the Clean Water Act.  —  Reporting from Washington  —  The Supreme Court on Thursday curtailed the Environmental Protection Agency's authority …
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Matt Ford / New Republic:
Samuel Alito's Colleagues Catch Him in a Judicial Contradiction  —  Three years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that a federal law banning workplace discrimination on the basis of sex also applies to gay and transgender workers.  Justice Neil Gorsuch crafted a narrow ruling that drew upon …
Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
Supreme Court delivers blow to wetlands protections in win for Idaho landowners
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:
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 …
Discussion: CBS News
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Alex Thompson / Axios:
DeSantis PAC adds fake fighter jets to launch video  —  The super PAC supporting Ron DeSantis' presidential campaign altered footage to include the sound and sight of fighter jets flying over the Florida governor in its video promoting his campaign launch.  — The video by Never Back Down …
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 …
New York Times:
Biden Praises His Joint Chiefs Nominee as a ‘Top-Notch Strategist’  —  In introducing Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. as his pick, President Biden called for a new era of innovation in the military.  —  President Biden called for a new era of innovation in the American military on Thursday …
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 …
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.
Reuters:
Exclusive: Slimmed-down US debt ceiling deal takes shape  —  U.S. President Joe Biden and top Republican lawmaker Kevin McCarthy are edging close to a deal on the U.S. debt ceiling, with the parties just $70 billion apart on discretionary spending, according to a person familiar with the talks.
Chris Stokel-Walker / The i Paper:
Twitter is making researchers delete data it gave them unless they pay $42,000  —  EXCLUSIVEMove to hike price of academic access compared to ‘book burning’ amid fears it will harm fight against misinformation online  —  Academic researchers have been set a deadline of the end of the month …
Nathan L. Gonzales / Roll Call:
Left-behind polling memo shows abortion hurting outlook for GOP  —  Generic support for Democratic House and Senate increased  —  One party's trash is another party's treasure.  —  In the latest chapter of what seems to be a long-running series about Roll Call getting ahold of things people …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Target's surrender to MAGA rage shows how anti-wokeness really works  —  It is sometimes said that corporate America is a battleground in the culture wars.  This has taken on ugly new meaning in the case of Target, which just announced that it will pull some LBGTQ-friendly merchandise …
Andrew Lapin / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
The Florida mom who sought to ban Amanda Gorman's poem says she's sorry for promoting the Protocols of the Elders of Zion  —  (JTA) - Months before a Miami-area mother persuaded a local school to restrict access to an Amanda Gorman poem, she was posting antisemitic memes on her Facebook page.
Discussion: Rolling Stone and Raw Story
Jennifer Agiesta / CNN:
CNN Poll: Biden has a lead over Democratic primary challengers, but faces headwinds overall  —  President Joe Biden's bid for a second term begins with a wide advantage over his declared opponents for the Democratic nomination, but he faces headwinds among the overall public from declining favorability …
Fox News:
Top Biden official repeatedly met with Soros' foundation and other influential left-wing groups, docs show  —  USAID administrator Samantha Power has held several meetings with powerful left-wing foundations  —  Samantha Power, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
 
 
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Navy SEALS training plagued by massive problems, according to investigation after death of sailor
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University program linking Christians, Republicans to Nazis granted DHS funds under ‘anti-terror’ initiative
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Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
Ronna McDaniel Says Possible U.S. Default ‘Bodes Very Well for the Republican Field’ in 2024
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Rebecca Crosby / Popular Information:
Tennessee Speaker appoints conspiracy theorist to develop state social studies standards
 

 
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