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9:40 AM ET, May 26, 2023


 Top Items: 
Deal with it: Negotiators may be zeroing in on a debt ceiling agreement  —  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 like the bill House conservatives dreamed …
Discussion: Bloomberg, NBC News and The Hill
Public Notice:
The (many) perils of a debt default, explained by an economist
Discussion: Associated Press
Natalie Andrews / Wall Street Journal:   Potential Debt-Ceiling Deal Starts to Take Shape as Deadline Looms
Washington Post:
Biden aides offer IRS cuts to GOP, hoping to spare other programs
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Republicans Report Progress in Debt Limit Talks as Negotiations Continue
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: The Hill
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 …
Washington Post:   Our guide to the nascent Republican presidential primary
Mariana Alfaro / Washington Post:
DeSantis says, if elected president, he'd consider pardons for Jan. 6 offenders
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  —  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.
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 an early June visit …
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.
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 …
Playbook: Inside the brewing debt limit deal  —  Presented by With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  STAT OF THE DAY — As the X-date approaches, the U.S. Treasury's cash balance has now dipped below $49.5 billion.  That means “there are 24 individuals …
The Daily Beast:
DeSantis Officials Raise Eyebrows With Campaign Cash Pleas: Report
Discussion: NBC News
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.
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
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 …
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.
Luca Bertuzzi / Euractiv:
Twitter set to exit EU Code of Practice on Disinformation, sources say
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
NBC News:
Doug Mastriano will not run for Senate in Pennsylvania in 2024  —  The far-right state senator lost his gubernatorial bid in 2022, and many party leaders in the state were hoping he wouldn't run.  —  Doug Mastriano, the far-right state senator who was blown out in Pennsylvania's gubernatorial contest …
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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David Wasserman / Cook Political Report:
Could Democrats Redraw New York's House Map for 2024? It's Complicated
Miami Herald:
Ethics commission is investigating Miami Mayor Francis Suarez's work for a developer
Discussion: WSVN 7News
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Inside the Push to Make an Obscure Congressman Trump's VP Pick
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Members of a No Labels-allied caucus erupt at No Labels
Ben Samuels / Haaretz:
Biden Unveils Historic Antisemitism Plan: ‘Singling Out Israel Because of anti-Jewish Hate Is Antisemitic’
New York Times:
Menendez Investigation Is Said to Involve Questions About Luxury Gifts
Discussion: Washington Examiner
 Earlier Items: 
David Kissinger / Washington Post:
My father, Henry Kissinger, is turning 100. This is his guide to longevity.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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
Billy Binion / Reason:
The County Sold Her Home Over Unpaid Taxes and Kept the Profit. SCOTUS Wasn't Having It.