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10:20 AM ET, May 25, 2023


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Ryan Mac / New York Times:
Elon Musk's Event With Ron DeSantis Exposes Twitter's Weaknesses  —  What was supposed to be a crowning moment for Mr. Musk's Twitter turned into a series of technical glitches.  —  Reporting from Los Angeles  —  Hosting Florida's governor, Ron DeSantis, in a Twitter audio event on Wednesday …
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
Awkward Silence: Ron DeSantis's Bold Twitter Gambit That Flopped  —  The Florida governor wanted to show off his tech savvy by announcing his presidential campaign on Twitter.  It quickly devolved into the conference call from hell.  —  It was the announcement not heard 'round the world.
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 …
Shelby Talcott / Semafor:
Ron DeSantis gambled on Elon Musk and went bust  —  The News  —  MIAMI, FL - Florida governor Ron DeSantis announced on Wednesday that he was running to be the 47th president of the United States with a mission to end a “culture of losing” on the right, and overhaul a federal government that triggered …
New York Times:
The Policy Fights Where DeSantis Sees His Chance to Hit Trump  —  Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis are staking out conflicting positions on major issues, setting up an ideological battle that will play out over the next eight months.  —  Ron DeSantis is girding for battle with Donald J. Trump …
Discussion: Reason, Vox, PolitiFact and TheBlaze
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
It Was More Than a #DeSaster  —  Ron DeSantis's botched campaign launch suggests that he's no Trump killer.  —  I've long been of the view that Donald Trump is something akin to a horror-movie monster—a Godzilla or a T. Rex, say—for the American political system.
Jeffrey Blehar / National Review:
It Didn't Work  —  Ron DeSantis's 2024 presidential campaign officially began tonight with a Twitter Spaces online launch “conversation” with Elon Musk.  It did not work.  —  Others will discuss this at greater length, perhaps tonight and certainly tomorrow.  Many will seek to make more out of this than it is.
Discussion: RedState
David Ingram / NBC News:
Start of Ron DeSantis presidential campaign melts down in Twitter problems  —  The Florida governor had big plans to launch his presidential bid on Twitter Spaces with Elon Musk.  It did not go as planned at the start.  —  A much-anticipated Twitter event in which Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis planned …
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
A glass of wine and a laughing-crying emoji: Trump team trolls Ron DeSantis launch
Philip Klein / National Review:
Ron DeSantis Twitter Launch Was a Disaster
Kurt Bardella / Los Angeles Times:
Why did Ron DeSantis think announcing his candidacy to Elon Musk was a good idea?
New York Times:
Five Takeaways From a Rocky 2024 Debut
Nick Visser / HuffPost:
‘Melting The Servers!’ DeSantis Tried To Launch His Campaign On Twitter. It Did Not Go Well.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Kelly Garrity / Politico:
DeSantis' launch marred by horrendous tech failures
ABC News:
DeSantis to have presidential campaign kickoff event in Iowa
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Twitter glitches plague Ron DeSantis' much-hyped presidential announcement with Elon Musk
Camille Mumford / Emerson Polling:
Iowa 2024: Biden and Trump Start with Significant Leads in Party Caucuses  —  Home Polls Iowa 2024: Biden and Trump Start with Significant Leads in Party Caucuses … An Emerson College Polling survey of Iowa voters finds President Joe Biden with a 35% job approval rating, and a 54% disapproval.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Democrats unanimously back debt ceiling discharge petition  —  Every House Democrat has endorsed the discharge petition to force a vote on legislation to hike the debt ceiling and prevent a default, party leaders announced Wednesday.  —  The signatures of the last final holdouts …
NBC News:
Jan. 6 rioter who put his feet on desk in Pelosi office sentenced to 4.5 years in prison  —  A photo of a smiling Richard “Bigo” Barnett in Pelosi's office became one of the most notorious images from the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.  —  The Arkansas man who was photographed on Jan. 6 …
Abha Bhattarai / Washington Post:
U.S. debt default could hit Social Security payments first  —  A possible lapse in Social Security payments means the oldest beneficiaries — those over 88 — and the disabled could be among the first to suffer  —  Seniors nationwide are on the front lines of the fight to raise the debt ceiling …
Emily Stewart / Vox:
There's no scenario where a debt ceiling breach is fine
Discussion: NBC News
Mary Ilyushina / Washington Post:
Prigozhin says war in Ukraine has backfired, warns of Russian revolution  —  RIGA, Latvia — Fresh off his claim of victory in capturing the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut, Russian mercenary boss Yevgeniy Prigozhin warned that Moscow's brutal war could plunge Russia into turmoil similar …
Aliza Chasan / CBS News:
Paralyzed man walks again using implants connecting brain with spinal cord  —  A 40-year-old man whose legs were paralyzed in a cycling accident 12 years ago can walk again thanks to implants in his brain and spinal cord.  —  The brain-spine interface (BSI) has remained stable for a year …
The Daily Beast:
Florida Mom Behind Amanda Gorman Book Ban Has Proud Boy Links  —  Daily Salinas attended multiple rallies with members of the far-right group prior to her activism against school library books.  —  The parent who got a Florida school to ban Amanda Gorman's inauguration poem has ties …
CBS News:
IRS whistleblower speaks: DOJ “slow-walked” tax probe said to involve Hunter Biden  —  A whistleblower from inside the Internal Revenue Service has spoken publicly for the first time about a highly sensitive political probe he has supervised, which CBS News has determined is the ongoing probe …
Ryan Cooper / American Prospect:
Democrats Need to Get Over Their Pathetic Fear of the Supreme Court  —  On today's X-Date, remembering what Franklin Roosevelt did when faced with a potential Court decision that would blow up the economy: prepare to ignore it.  —  In the ongoing debate about whether or not President Biden …
Benjamin Oreskes / Los Angeles Times:
A majority of Californians say Feinstein is no longer fit for office, a new poll finds  —  A substantial majority of Californians feel that Sen. Dianne Feinstein is no longer fit for the job because of her recent declining health, and more voters believe she should resign than support her staying in office …
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 …
Discussion: The National Pulse+
Breccan F. Thies / Washington Examiner:
DHS used terrorism prevention program to fund group linking GOP to white supremacists  —  The Department of Homeland Security used an anti-terrorism program to fund a “media literacy” initiative linking religious and conservative organizations to neo-Nazis and white supremacists, documents reveal.
Discussion: Fox News
Stephanie Keegan / The Hill:
I'm a Gold Star Mom.  The GOP is using our veterans as political props.  —  I am a Gold Star mother, which means I lost a child to war.  My son volunteered for the U.S. Army, serving as an intel analyst for the 7th Special Forces Group in the 82nd Airborne.
Rohan Goswami / CNBC:
Microsoft warns that China hackers attacked U.S. infrastructure  — Chinese state-sponsored hackers have compromised “critical” cyber infrastructure in a variety of industries, including government and communications organizations, Microsoft said Wednesday.
Nikki McCann Ramirez / Rolling Stone:
Georgia GOP Chair Goes Full Flat-Earth, Says Globes Are Part of a Conspiracy  —  “Every store, you buy a globe.  There's globes everywhere.  Every movie, every TV show, news media — why?  It doesn't make sense.”
Discussion: Raw Story
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