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10:50 AM ET, May 26, 2023


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Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Are The Anti-Trump GOP Forces Starting to Implode?  —  A mission-control breakdown for DeSantis and smooth launch for Scott bode ill for those hoping to thwart the former president.  —  NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Will this go down as the week that the grand plan to deny Donald Trump the nomination fell apart?
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill
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.
Twitter engineering boss Foad Dabiri quits day after DeSantis launch glitches  —  An engineering chief at Twitter says he is leaving the company a day after the launch of Ron DeSantis' US presidential campaign on the platform was hit with technical glitches.
Charisma Madarang / Rolling Stone:
DeSantis Signs Bill Shielding Musk's SpaceX From ‘Spaceflight Entity Liability’  —  The Florida governor's signature comes a day after his 2024 presidential campaign announcement on Twitter … The law exempts “spaceflight entity from liability for injury to or death of a crew resulting …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
‘Trump has the charisma of a mortician’: Donald Jr confuses dad with DeSantis  —  In online show, former president's son also accidentally says father's energy ‘makes Jeb Bush look like an Olympian’  —  Donald Trump Jr accidentally insulted his father on Thursday night …
Discussion: Insider, UPROXX, The Daily Beast and Rumble
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
DeSantis Campaign Says It Raised $8.2 Million in First 24 Hours
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:   Inside the Push to Make an Obscure Congressman Trump's VP Pick
Charlie Nash / Mediaite:
‘Not a Big Social Media Guy’: DeSantis Tells Newsmax He'd Rather Watch Cable News ‘Than Be on Some App’ After Disastrous Twitter Launch
Discussion: Florida Politics and YouGov
Joseph Zeballos-Roig / Semafor:
Deal with it: Negotiators may be zeroing in on a debt ceiling agreement  —  The News  —  The details aren't final, and the parties are still clashing on a few major issues, but the contours of a potential debt ceiling deal are finally coming into view.  —  So far, it looks little …
Public Notice:
The (many) perils of a debt default, explained by an economist
Discussion: Associated Press
Lauren Sforza / The Hill:
Bowman on debt ceiling talks with GOP: ‘Why are we gonna negotiate with the economic terrorists’
Discussion: HuffPost and Talking Points Memo
Natalie Andrews / Wall Street Journal:
Potential Debt-Ceiling Deal Starts to Take Shape as Deadline Looms
Discussion: PBS NewsHour
Washington Post:
Biden aides offer IRS cuts to GOP, hoping to spare other programs
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 …
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
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.
Washington Post:
Trump workers moved Mar-a-Lago boxes a day before FBI came for documents
Washington Post:
How Supreme Court's EPA ruling will affect U.S. wetlands, clean water  —  The decision could affect tens of thousands of acres of wetlands, including in the Everglades and the Mississippi River basin  —  Bogs.  Marshes.  Swamps.  Fens.  All are examples of wetlands.
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Samuel Alito's Assault on Wetlands Is So Indefensible That He Lost Brett Kavanaugh
Bob Zeidman / Politico:
How I Won $5 Million From the MyPillow Guy and Saved Democracy  —  A software forensics expert investigated Mike Lindell's claims that China hacked the 2020 election.  He was stunned by what he found.  —  If you watch TV, especially conservative TV, you know Mike Lindell.
Discussion: Raw Story
Kim Bellware / Washington Post:
Doctor in 10-year-old rape victim's abortion could lose license  —  Indiana's medical licensing board will determine as soon as Thursday whether to take any disciplinary action against a doctor who made headlines last year for performing an abortion for a 10-year-old Ohio rape victim …
John McCormick / Wall Street Journal:
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum Poised to Enter GOP Presidential Race  —  Wealthy former software entrepreneur is planning a June 7 announcement in Fargo  —  North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is poised to enter the Republican presidential nomination race and is planning a June 7 event in Fargo …
Dennis Aftergut / Bulwark+:
Four Messages in the Big Sentence for Oath Keeper Stewart Rhodes  —  A FEDERAL COURT IN WASHINGTON yesterday sent a message to the country: There is a serious price in prison time to be paid for taking the law into your own hands to achieve political ends.  —  District Court Judge Amit Mehta …
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.
Washington Post:
Israeli agents conducted targeted killings in civilian area, killing a child  —  Videos from a March 16 raid in Jenin show increasingly deadly tactics by Israeli officers  —  The traffic was barely moving on March 16 in central Jenin, an unusually busy Thursday afternoon in the West Bank.
David Kissinger / Washington Post:
My father, Henry Kissinger, is turning 100.  This is his guide to longevity.  —  David Kissinger is president of the television production company Conaco.  —  On Saturday, my father, Henry Kissinger, celebrates his 100th birthday.  This might have an air of inevitability for anyone familiar …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Meet the ex-food writer advising Tommy Tuberville on national security  —  As a former college football coach, Tuberville (R-Ala.) is an improbable power player in Washington.  But the story of how his top military adviser got here is even stranger.  —  When Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Fox News:
John Durham to testify before House Judiciary Committee after releasing scathing report  —  House Judiciary Committee public testimony set for June 21  —  Special Counsel John Durham will testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee about his report in June, a source has told Fox News on Friday.
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Members of a No Labels-allied caucus erupt at No Labels  —  The group is under fire for its unity presidential bid and for an attack on a Problem Solvers Caucus member.  —  A group of House Democrats with ties to No Labels is turning on the centrist group after it attacked one of their founding members.
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NBC News:
Republicans brace for 2022 losers to take another crack at winning
Discussion: The Economist
Will Selber / Bulwark+:
This Memorial Day, Remember with Me  —  MY CALENDAR IS FILLED with death.
Edward Stringer / Financial Times:
F-16s might not win Ukraine's war, but they promise a more equal fight
David Wasserman / Cook Political Report:
Could Democrats Redraw New York's House Map for 2024? It's Complicated
 Earlier Items: 
Mary Ilyushina / Washington Post:
Russian blogger says he was fired over interview with mercenary boss
Discussion: Hackwhackers and New York Times
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
IRS ‘whistleblower’ who claimed Hunter Biden case was mishandled won't cooperate with Senate probe
Sarah McBride / Bloomberg:
Musk's Brain Implant Firm Says US Approves Human Clinical Tests
NBC News:
Feds investigating if Menendez and wife got gifts including D.C. apartment, Mercedes and jewelry
Discussion: NBC New York and Just The News
Mark Scott / Politico:
Twitter to pull back from Europe's disinformation crusade
Discussion: Euractiv and Joe.My.God.
Jennifer Agiesta / CNN:
CNN Poll: Biden has a lead over Democratic primary challengers, but faces headwinds overall