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1:30 PM 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?
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 …
Shelby Talcott / Semafor:
DeSantis, Day One: Trump ‘turned the country over to Fauci’  —  The News  —  MIAMI, FL - If day one of Ron DeSantis' presidential campaign showed the country anything, it's that COVID is here to stay.  —  At least in the Republican primaries.  —  On his first day in the ring …
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
DeSantis Campaign Says It Raised $8.2 Million in First 24 Hours
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 …
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The DeSantis Doctrine  —  Column: Ron DeSantis and the battle for the New Right
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:   Inside the Push to Make an Obscure Congressman Trump's VP Pick
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 …
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 …
Hannah Rabinowitz / CNN:
Jessica Watkins: Oath Keepers member and Army veteran sentenced to 8.5 years in prison for January 6  —  Jessica Watkins, an Army veteran and member of the far-right Oath Keepers, was sentenced Friday to 8.5 years in prison for participating in a plot to disrupt the certification …
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
The Path From The Tea Party Through Jan. 6 To Today
Discussion: CBS News and Clay & Buck's …
Washington Post:
What was inauspicious about DeSantis's start? Suggesting pardons for Jan. 6 rioters.
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 …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Evidence grows that Trump hoarded documents — and showed them to people  —  We have reached one of those points in reporting on Donald Trump's post-presidency retention of documents when it's useful to take a step back.  —  On Thursday, The Washington Post teased out another aspect of this complicated situation.
The Texas Tribune:
Attorney General Ken Paxton faces impeachment.  Here's how that works in Texas.  —  The Texas Legislature has never removed an attorney general.  If the House votes to impeach, the Senate will hold a trial.  —  Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has been at the center of several scandals, faces a possible impeachment.
The Texas Tribune:
Aide to Ken Paxton calls investigation into attorney general “illegal,” says Paxton can't be impeached for current allegations
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
Texas Panel Recommends Impeachment of Attorney General Ken Paxton
Jamilah Lemieux / Slate:
My Son Spends Too Much Time at the Library.  I'm Disgusted By What He's Doing There.  —  Care and Feeding is Slate's parenting advice column.  Have a question for Care and Feeding?  Submit it here.  —  Dear Care and Feeding,  —  A month back, my 16-year-old son “Dylan” used some of his money to subscribe to the Bulwark.
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 …
Meryl Kornfield / Washington Post:
Boebert dismisses antisemitism push as effort to target conservatives  —  Aftter White House announces effort to combat hatred of Jews, GOP congresswoman says it's a way to ‘go after conservatives’  —  President Biden on Thursday released the country's first national strategy for combating antisemitism …
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
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.
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 …
Jeffrey Collins / Associated Press:
Judge halts South Carolina's new stricter abortion law until state Supreme Court review  —  A judge on Friday put a temporary halt to South Carolina's new law banning most abortions around six weeks of pregnancy until the state Supreme Court can review the measure.
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.
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.
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.
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
Spencer Soicher / KRDO:
'He doesn't need help' Rep. Lauren Boebert tells deputies not to come after son calls 911 for help  —  GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) — In a series of 911 calls in December, one of Congresswoman Lauren Boebert's sons called 911, saying his father and her then-husband was, “throwing (her son) around the house.”
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Fox News:
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Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
IRS ‘whistleblower’ who claimed Hunter Biden case was mishandled won't cooperate with Senate probe
Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
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