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8:55 AM ET, May 25, 2023


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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 …
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 …
Jeffrey Blehar / National Review:
It Didn't Work  —  Ron DeSantis's 2024 presidential campaign officially began tonight with a Twitter Spaces online launch “conversation” with Elon Musk.  It did not work.  —  Others will discuss this at greater length, perhaps tonight and certainly tomorrow.  Many will seek to make more out of this than it is.
Discussion: RedState
David Ingram / NBC News:
Start of Ron DeSantis presidential campaign melts down in Twitter problems  —  The Florida governor had big plans to launch his presidential bid on Twitter Spaces with Elon Musk.  It did not go as planned at the start.  —  A much-anticipated Twitter event in which Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis planned …
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
A glass of wine and a laughing-crying emoji: Trump team trolls Ron DeSantis launch  —  The former president's aides and allies mocked the Florida governor after his technology-challenged 2024 presidential campaign announcement struggled to lift off.  —  WASHINGTON — No one liked Florida …
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 …
Nicholas Nehamas / New York Times:
Live Updates: Ron DeSantis Starts His Campaign, Hoping to Topple Trump  —  The Florida governor, Donald Trump's strongest challenger since 2016, entered the race on Wednesday and was set for a livestream conversation with Twitter's owner, Elon Musk, at 6 p.m. Eastern.
Philip Klein / National Review:
Ron DeSantis Twitter Launch Was a Disaster
Nick Visser / HuffPost:
‘Melting The Servers!’ DeSantis Tried To Launch His Campaign On Twitter. It Did Not Go Well.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Kelly Garrity / Politico:
DeSantis' launch marred by horrendous tech failures
Discussion: Letters from an American and CNN
ABC News:
DeSantis to have presidential campaign kickoff event in Iowa
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and The Messenger
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Twitter glitches plague Ron DeSantis' much-hyped presidential announcement with Elon Musk
Kurt Bardella / Los Angeles Times:
Why did Ron DeSantis think announcing his candidacy to Elon Musk was a good idea?
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Democrats unanimously back debt ceiling discharge petition  —  Every House Democrat has endorsed the discharge petition to force a vote on legislation to hike the debt ceiling and prevent a default, party leaders announced Wednesday.  —  The signatures of the last final holdouts …
Washington Post:
Democrats' worry grows over White House approach to debt talks
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Bloomberg, CNN and ABC News
Emily Stewart / Vox:
There's no scenario where a debt ceiling breach is fine
Discussion: NBC News
Paul J. Weber / Associated Press:
Texas' attorney general under sudden Republican scrutiny at state Capitol
Rohan Goswami / CNBC:
Microsoft warns that China hackers attacked U.S. infrastructure  — Chinese state-sponsored hackers have compromised “critical” cyber infrastructure in a variety of industries, including government and communications organizations, Microsoft said Wednesday.
Nikki McCann Ramirez / Rolling Stone:
Georgia GOP Chair Goes Full Flat-Earth, Says Globes Are Part of a Conspiracy  —  “Every store, you buy a globe.  There's globes everywhere.  Every movie, every TV show, news media — why?  It doesn't make sense.”
Discussion: Raw Story
Gary Fineout / Politico:
DeSantis signs bill that makes his presidential run easier  —  The law will allow him to run for president as governor.  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday flicked away a nagging threat to his emerging campaign for president by signing into law a measure that makes …
Jared Gans / The Hill:
DeSantis signs law clearing his path to run for president while governor
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Trump lawyers seek meeting with Garland over special counsel actions  —  In an unorthodox play, lawyers ask for a meeting with the attorney general over what they call an unfair investigation  —  Former president Donald Trump's legal team fired off a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland …
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 …
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
CNN Is Tanking After Their 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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Dave Jamieson / HuffPost:
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Rebecca Crosby / Popular Information:
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