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Politico:
Just don't boast: How Biden world sought to ace the debt ceiling standoff  —  The president's advisers are betting voters will reward Biden for getting things done.  —  In the days after striking a deal with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to raise the nation's debt ceiling …
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Emily Singer / The American Independent:
McCarthy says Biden stopped him from cutting Social Security and Medicare  —  The House speaker said President Biden ‘walled off’ potential cuts to the programs during debt ceiling negotiations.  —  House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said on Wednesday that he wants to create a commission to look …
Summer Concepcion / NBC News:
Senate votes to overturn Biden's student loan relief program  —  Biden has said he'll veto the measure, but his loan forgiveness program faces its true test at the Supreme Court, which is expected to rule on a challenge to the plan this month.  —  The Senate voted largely along party lines Thursday …
Azi Paybarah / Washington Post:
Biden nominates ex-congressman Sean Patrick Maloney as OECD ambassador
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
In a deep red Florida county, a student-teacher revolt shames the right  —  By now, it's obvious that the reactionary culture warriors who want to reshape American education are inspiring a serious liberal counter-mobilization in response.  Remarkably, this backlash to the backlash …
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Months of distrust inside Trump legal team led to top lawyer's departure  —  Exclusive: Two Trump lawyers considered a ‘murder-suicide pact’ where one would resign if the other was fired  —  Donald Trump's legal team for months has weathered deep distrust and interpersonal conflict …
Alex Thompson / Axios:
Scoop: Hunter Biden lawyer deposes laptop shop owner  —  Hunter Biden's lawyer on Wednesday deposed John Paul Mac Isaac, the Delaware computer repair shop owner who says Biden left behind a laptop in 2019 that later became public, according to two people familiar with the deposition.
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Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Could Hunter Biden be the next poster child for Second Amendment rights?
Stefan Becket / CBS News:
Biden trips and falls onstage at Air Force Academy commencement ceremony  —  President Biden tripped and fell onstage at the commencement ceremony at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado on Thursday as he returned to his seat after nearly two hours of shaking hands with graduates.
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Insider:
Biden tripped on stage at the US Air Force Academy graduation  — President Joe Biden stumbled during a ceremony at the Air Force Academy.  — The White House said he was fine after he appeared to have tripped over a sandbag.  — Biden previously fell of his bike last summer …
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Republicans are spending millions on turnout operations that are deeply flawed, insiders say  —  “That's why we're losing elections,” one Republican field veteran said of the conservative canvassing apparatus.  “Nobody wants to admit it.”  —  A few weeks before last fall's midterm elections …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Post Millennial
Axios:
Dee-Santis or Deh-Santis?  His team won't say  —  Some presidential candidates struggle to nail their message.  Ron DeSantis is struggling to nail his NAME. … - The video announcing his presidential campaign.  — A radio interview in South Carolina, in which he told listeners to go to “RonDee-Santis.com.”
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Ron DeSantis praised Anthony Fauci for Covid response in spring 2020 for ‘really doing a good job’  —  Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis is attacking former President Donald Trump for “turning the country over to [Dr. Anthony] Fauci in March 2020” but DeSantis was praising …
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Ron DeSantis loses his temper with a reporter: ‘Are you blind?’  —  The Florida governor became agitated when a reporter asked him why he wasn't taking questions from New Hampshire voters.  —  LACONIA, N.H. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis lashed out at a reporter — twice barking “Are you blind?”
emptywheel:
John Durham Fabricated His Basis to Criminalize Oppo Research  —  I'd like to talk about Durham's treatment of what he calls the “Clinton Plan” in his report, an attempt to criminalize Hillary's effort to hold Trump politically accountable for his coziness with Russia.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Former Los Angeles Dodger Steve Garvey weighs U.S. Senate bid  —  Former Los Angeles Dodgers icon Steve Garvey is considering running for the open U.S. Senate seat in California as a Republican, a move that would immediately upend the 2024 race, according to several GOP state party insiders …
Slate:
There's Unsettling New Evidence About William Rehnquist's Views on Segregation  —  This is part of Opinionpalooza, Slate's coverage of the major decisions from the Supreme Court this June.  We're working to change the way the media covers the Supreme Court.  Join us!
Elizabeth Napolitano / CBS News:
Meta threatens news ban in California over bill requiring it to share ad revenue  —  Facebook parent Meta Platforms is threatening to ban users in California from sharing news on its website if the state passes a bill that would require online platforms to pay fees to news publishers.
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Kaine introduces amendment to strip Manchin-backed pipeline from debt ceiling bill  —  Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) on Thursday added an amendment to the House-passed debt-ceiling bill that seeks to strip approval for a controversial pipeline backed by fellow Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.).
David Zipper / The Atlantic:
Biden Is Ignoring the Menace of Mega-EVs  —  Environmental hype has crowded out any concern for people outside the vehicle.  —  Last month, General Motors announced that it would stop producing the Chevy Bolt, an electric hatchback known for its low price (under $20,000, after federal incentives) …
Discussion: Ars Technica
Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
Elizabeth Warren, J.D. Vance team up on bank CEO crackdown  —  Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, and Vance, an Ohio Republican, worked hand-in-hand to craft the latest iteration of the bill and assemble key co-sponsors.  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren's push to hit the executives of failed banks …
Morgan Phillips / Daily Mail:
FBI director will let top Republican LOOK at Biden ‘criminal scheme’ document: Chris Wray offers compromise on ‘$5million bribery’ memo to avoid contempt charges  — The internal unclassified FD-1023 form apparently details an ‘arrangement’ for an exchange of money for policy decisions, the Republicans have said
Charlie Sykes / Bulwark+:
Trump's Smoking Tape?  —  “It's not inconceivable that Trump could be wearing an ankle bracelet when and if he delivers his acceptance address at the Republican National Convention.”  — David Frum, The Atlantic, May 7, 2023  —  During my podcast with former RNC chair Michael Steele yesterday …
Erin Murphy / The Gazette:
Trump in Iowa: Latest reports of mishandling classified documents latest ‘fake news’  —  Trump also said: ‘Sometimes you need drama in order to get the job done’  —  URBANDALE — Former President Donald Trump said Thursday in Iowa the latest reports that he knowingly mishandled classified documents …
Discussion: UPI, CBS News and NBC News
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Washington Post:
After harassment, Arizona county official won't run for reelection  —  PHOENIX — After facing an onslaught of harassment and violent threats for certifying the results of the 2020 election, a Republican on the governing board of Arizona's largest county will not seek reelection during the 2024 cycle.
Discussion: Stateline and Politico
Erum Salam / The Guardian:
‘Trump Bucks’ websites taken down after buyers fall for fake currency  —  Victims of con invested thousands of dollars in fake bills plastered with Trump's face they believed would make them rich  —  Websites launched by companies selling “Trump Bucks” to some of the former president's most ardent supporters have been taken down.
Discussion: NBC News and Political Wire
Washington Post:
Biden plans to pick physician Mandy Cohen to lead CDC  —  Former North Carolina health secretary would take over sprawling public health agency  —  President Biden plans to select former North Carolina health secretary Mandy Cohen to lead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …
Discussion: Bloomberg, Politico and Fox News
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Millennials Are Not an Exception.  They've Moved to the Right.  —  Fifteen years ago, a new generation of young voters propelled Barack Obama to a decisive victory that augured a new era of Democratic dominance.  —  Fifteen years later, those once young voters aren't so young — and aren't quite so Democratic.
Joe Perticone / Bulwark+:
Big Bipartisan Moment Hurt the Freedom Caucus's Feelings  —  Plus: Trump is skipping the first big candidate event in Iowa.  —  ∙ Paid  —  Good afternoon and welcome to Press Pass, The Bulwark's twice-a-week glimpse into the halls of Congress, the campaign trail, and sundry Washington weirdness.
Discussion: Washington Post
Noreen Malone / New York Times:
When the Neighbors Don't Share Your Vision (and That Vision Involves ‘Transformers’ Statues)  —  A professor decorated a sidewalk in Georgetown with 10-foot sculptures of Bumblebee and Optimus Prime.  The well-heeled locals were not pleased.  —  Reporting from Georgetown in Washington, D.C.
Eric Cortellessa / TIME:
In Arizona's Senate Race, Everyone Is Waiting on Kari Lake  —  A few months ago, Kari Lake met with a trusted confidante.  After refusing to concede her narrow loss for Arizona governor, the former news anchor's legal efforts to reverse Democrat Katie Hobbs' victory was nearing its end …
Discussion: HuffPost, The Daily Beast, IJR and Raw Story
New York Times:
Talk of Racism Proves Thorny for G.O.P. Candidates of Color  —  As candidates like Tim Scott and Nikki Haley bolster their biographies with stories of discrimination, they have often denied the existence of systemic racism in America while describing situations that sound just like it.
Steve Schale / Bulwark+:
Anatomy of a Murder: How the Democratic Party Crashed in Florida  —  I set out to write a piece about Florida and the Democratic party several months ago.  I didn't think it would be that hard.  I was wrong.  —  Because it's hard to watch something you helped build get torched to the ground.
John Kruzel / Reuters:
US Supreme Court hands defeat to organized labor in truckers strike case  —  The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt another setback to organized labor by making it easier for employers to sue over strikes that cause property destruction in a ruling siding with a concrete business …
Reuters:
SpaceX's Starlink wins Pentagon contract for satellite services to Ukraine  —  SpaceX's Starlink, the satellite communications service started by billionaire Elon Musk, now has a Department of Defense contract to buy those satellite services for Ukraine, the Pentagon said on Thursday.
Scott Macfarlane / CBS News:
Washington, D.C., man pleads guilty to assaulting Rep. Angie Craig  —  Washington — A Washington, D.C., man who was arrested for assaulting Democratic Rep. Angie Craig of Minnesota in the elevator of her apartment building in February has pleaded guilty to three federal charges stemming from the attack.
Washington Post:
Iran plans to escalate attacks against U.S. troops in Syria, documents show  —  Covert plan to kill Americans is seen as part of a larger Russian-backed strategy to oust the United States from Syria  —  Iran is arming militants in Syria for a new phase of lethal attacks against U.S. troops in the country …
Jeff Tischauser / Southern Poverty Law Center:
Notorious Nashville Store Hosts White Nationalist Fight Clubs  —  White nationalist groups are using a private gym above a store in Nashville, Tennessee, to network and train for hand-to-hand combat, a Hatewatch investigation reveals.  —  The private gym is located above Lewis Country Store …
Discussion: Raw Story
Christopher Wiggins / Advocate:
Biden Proclaims June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month, Denounces Oppression … On the last day of May, President Joe Biden issued a proclamation Wednesday from the White House declaring June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Pride Month.  It comes amid a wave of conservative attacks on the LGBTQ+ community.
 
 
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New York Times:
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