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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.
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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 …
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 …
Greg Minchak / The Lincoln Project:
An Open Letter To Ron DeSantis From The Lincoln Project  —  May 24, 2023 - The following is an open letter to Ron DeSantis from the Lincoln Project regarding his announcement that he's running for President:  —  Dear Ron,  —  Congratulations on entering the 2024 Presidential primary process.
Margaret Sullivan / The Guardian:
Now's the time to think about just how bad a DeSantis presidency would be
Discussion: The Nation
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Everybody Calm Down about DeSantis's Campaign Début
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Sarah Smith / BBC:
The campaign launch Ron DeSantis will want to forget
Philip Klein / National Review:
Ron DeSantis Twitter Launch Was a Disaster
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
Awkward Silence: Ron DeSantis's Bold Twitter Gambit That Flopped
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 …
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Washington Post:
CPAC treasurer accuses chief Matt Schlapp of financial, personnel mismanagement  —  The resignation letter adds pressure on Schlapp, who is fighting a defamation lawsuit from a campaign staffer who alleges he groped him  —  Matt Schlapp, the prominent Trump ally who leads …
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 …
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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.
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 …
Reuters:
Exclusive: Slimmed-down US debt ceiling deal takes shape  —  U.S. President Joe Biden and top Republican lawmaker Kevin McCarthy are edging close to a deal on the U.S. debt ceiling, with the parties just $70 billion apart on discretionary spending, according to a person familiar with the talks.
Discussion: New Republic and NBC 7 San Diego
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Politico:
Inside House Democrats' fight over debt ceiling messaging
Discussion: Punchbowl News
Andrew Lapin / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
The Florida mom who sought to ban Amanda Gorman's poem says she's sorry for promoting the Protocols of the Elders of Zion  —  (JTA) - Months before a Miami-area mother persuaded a local school to restrict access to an Amanda Gorman poem, she was posting antisemitic memes on her Facebook page.
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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.
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 …
Microsoft Security Blog:
Volt Typhoon targets US critical infrastructure with living-off-the-land techniques  —  Microsoft has uncovered stealthy and targeted malicious activity focused on post-compromise credential access and network system discovery aimed at critical infrastructure organizations in the United States.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Target's surrender to MAGA rage shows how anti-wokeness really works  —  It is sometimes said that corporate America is a battleground in the culture wars.  This has taken on ugly new meaning in the case of Target, which just announced that it will pull some LBGTQ-friendly merchandise …
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Henry Kissinger at 100: Still a War Criminal  —  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.  The Economist observed that “his ideas have been circling back into relevancy for the last quarter century.”
Discussion: Progressive.org and Raw Story
Michael Peregrine / Forbes:
Gym Shoes In The Oval Office Is A Sartorial Wake-Up Call For Leaders  —  It was, to borrow a Sports Illustrated phrase, a sign that the apocalypse is near.  —  Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries …
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 …
John Fritze / USA Today:
Supreme Court sides with grandmother who lost home, equity because of back taxes  —  WASHINGTON − The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously sided with a 94-year-old grandmother who lost her home to foreclosure and then lost the equity she had in the property beyond the taxes she owed.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Harm Venhuizen / Associated Press:
State lawmakers want children to fill labor shortages, even in bars and on school nights  —  As the federal government cracks down on child labor violations, some state lawmakers are embracing legislation to let children work longer hours and in more hazardous occupations.
 
 
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New York Times:
Deh-Santis or Dee-Santis? Even He Has Been Inconsistent
Discussion: Orlando Sentinel
Matt Berg / Politico:
Zelenskyy thanks Biden, Congress for war aid in Johns Hopkins commencement speech
Discussion: The Messenger
Wall Street Journal:
Same-Sex Couples Accounted for 1% of Households in 2020, Census Shows
Discussion: Fortune and NPR
Gloria Oladipo / The Guardian:
US cities to pay record $80m to people injured in 2020 racial justice protests
Ariel Zilber / New York Post:
Target loses $9B in week following boycott calls over LGBTQ-friendly kids clothing
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NBC News:
As federal officials delayed rules on infant loungers, babies continued to die
Ed Pilkington / The Guardian:
Winnie-the-Pooh book teaches Texas kids to ‘run, hide, fight’ in a shooting
Discussion: Raw Story and The Messenger
David Dayen / American Prospect:
A Liberalism That Builds Power
Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
Jan. 6 Megadonor Helping Ohio GOP Preemptively Overturn Will of the Voters
Discussion: Raw Story and Ohio Capital Journal
CBS News:
IRS whistleblower speaks: DOJ “slow-walked” tax probe said to involve Hunter Biden
 

 
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