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11:40 AM ET, May 25, 2023


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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:   Everybody Calm Down about DeSantis's Campaign Début
Philip Klein / National Review:
Ron DeSantis Twitter Launch Was a Disaster
Margaret Sullivan / The Guardian:
Now's the time to think about just how bad a DeSantis presidency would be
Discussion: The Nation
Sarah Smith / BBC:
The campaign launch Ron DeSantis will want to forget
New York Times:
Five Takeaways From a Rocky 2024 Debut
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
A glass of wine and a laughing-crying emoji: Trump team trolls Ron DeSantis launch
Jeffrey Blehar / National Review:
It Didn't Work  —  Ron DeSantis's 2024 presidential campaign officially began tonight …
Discussion: RedState
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Supreme Court weakens EPA power to enforce Clean Water Act  —  The Supreme Court on Thursday cut back the power of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the nation's wetlands and waterways, another setback for the agency's authority to combat pollution.
Discussion: Reuters and USA Today
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Supreme Court rolls back federal safeguards for wetlands under Clean Water Act  —  The Supreme Court on Thursday cut back on the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to regulate wetlands under the Clean Water Act, with a 5-4 majority rolling back federal safeguards in a long-running dispute between …
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 …
Inside House Democrats' fight over debt ceiling messaging
Discussion: Punchbowl News
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
CNN Is Tanking After Its Unforgivable Trump Town Hall  —  CNN's brass defended its disastrous early-May town hall with Donald Trump on journalistic grounds, arguing that while he may present unique challenges as an interview subject—serial lying, general incoherence, a literal attempted coup …
Discussion: CNN, Adweek, IJR and The Hill
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 …
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.
Matt Zoller Seitz / Vulture:
'I Told My Assistant, “They're Gonna Fire Me"'  —  James Cromwell feared his scene-stealing Succession eulogy would end his career.  —  James Cromwell's career is a series of milestones.  From his breakout role as Stretch on All in the Family through acclaimed performances in Babe and L.A. Confidential …
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 …
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 …
NBC News:
China faces a new Covid wave that could peak at 65 million cases a week  —  Though China once had some of the harshest Covid restrictions on the planet, the response from the government and public is relatively muted this time.  —  BEIJING — China is bracing for a new wave of Covid-19 infections …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Rebecca Crosby / Popular Information:
Tennessee Speaker appoints conspiracy theorist to develop state social studies standards  —  Last week, Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton (R) announced that he had appointed Laurie Cardoza-Moore to serve on the Tennessee Standards Recommendation Committee to oversee …
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Henry Kissinger at 100: Still a War Criminal  —  Forget the birthday candles, let's count the dead.  —  Henry Kissinger is turning 100 this week, and his centennial is prompting assorted hosannas about perhaps the most influential American foreign policymaker of the 20th century.
Discussion: and Raw Story
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 …
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Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
Ronna McDaniel Says Possible U.S. Default ‘Bodes Very Well for the Republican Field’ in 2024
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Ed Pilkington / The Guardian:
Winnie-the-Pooh book teaches Texas kids to ‘run, hide, fight’ in a shooting
Discussion: Raw Story and The Messenger
 Earlier Items: 
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DHS used terrorism prevention program to fund group linking GOP to white supremacists
Discussion: Fox News
David Dayen / American Prospect:
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Stephanie Keegan / The Hill:
I'm a Gold Star Mom. The GOP is using our veterans as political props.
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Youngkin sends mixed signals on 2024 presidential run
CBS News:
IRS whistleblower speaks: DOJ “slow-walked” tax probe said to involve Hunter Biden
Rohan Goswami / CNBC:
Microsoft warns that China hackers attacked U.S. infrastructure

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Jay Peters / The Verge:
Meta rolls out end-to-end encryption to Messenger by default for one-on-one chats and calls, fulfilling a long-term promise; E2EE for group chats remains opt-in

Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Apple guidelines now say that US law enforcement can obtain the Apple ID associated with a push notification token via a subpoena; Google requires a court order

Emily Nicolle / Bloomberg:
Robinhood launches a commission-free crypto trading app, supporting 25+ cryptocurrencies, in the EU, a week after the company launched stock trading in the UK

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