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4:20 PM ET, May 13, 2024


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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Trump Leads in 5 Key States, as Young and Nonwhite Voters Express Discontent With Biden  —  A new set of Times/Siena polls, including one with The Philadelphia Inquirer, reveal an erosion of support for the president among young and nonwhite voters upset about the economy and Gaza.
New York Times:
Cross-Tabs: May 2024 Times/Siena Poll of the Presidential Battlegrounds  —  Donald Trump leads Joe Biden in five of six states polled by The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Siena College from April 28 to May 9, 2024.  —  View toplines for the full set of polls and cross-tabs for: all registered voters |
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
No, Your Pet Issue Is Not Making Biden Lose … The American political landscape in 2024 seems like a very simple story that people continue to overcomplicate.  There was a large, global surge in prices in 2021 and 2022 as the economy restarted following the COVID-19 pandemic.
New York Times:
Live Updates: Cohen Testifies Trump Promised to Reimburse Hush-Money Payment  —  Michael D. Cohen testified that Donald J. Trump urged him to make the hush-money payment to Stormy Daniels as Election Day drew closer.  —  Cohen describes his efforts to protect Trump's campaign.  Here's the latest.
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
The biggest flaw in Justice Clarence Thomas' newest complaints  —  Justice Clarence Thomas wants the public to believe the serious accusations he's faced are “lies.”  He's going to have to be far more specific.  —  As a matter of jurisprudence, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has reason to be pleased.
Discussion: Washington Times and Raw Story
Chris Geidner / Law Dork:
Justice Thomas has used this “hideous place” to amass the power he now exploits  —  Anyone who lives in Washington, D.C., and says they hate it here have almost always, with rare exceptions, never made the actual Washington their home.  They have limited themselves to the halls of power …
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
Attack a Democrat Charged With Corruption?  Republicans Wouldn't Dare.  —  Earlier this month, federal prosecutors bestowed on Republicans what seemed like an election-year gift: charging a senior House Democrat in a competitive district with accepting $600,000 in bribes and acting as a foreign agent.
Discussion: Raw Story, Mediaite and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
State Republican parties are going rogue
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Alex Thompson / Axios:
Psaki's new book falsely recounts Biden's watch check in troop ceremony  —  Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki claims in her new book that President Biden never looked at his watch during the ceremony for soldiers killed during the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021 …
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
The real cancel culture  —  In 2020, Bari Weiss quit her job as an editor and writer at the New York Times editorial page in a huff.  In her public resignation letter, Weiss argued that she was forced out because the paper had become “illiberal” and her more conservative beliefs made her …
Discussion: Newsbusters
They're called perennials: You plant them once and they come back after each winter if they're given the right environment to survive.  Think things like trees, shrubs and woody plants.  —  And for predicting winter plant survival, knowing an area's hardiness zone is a big help to gardeners …
Michael Tomasky / New Republic:
How on Earth is Donald Trump Getting Credit for Joe Biden's Economy?  —  Joe Biden's trip to Wisconsin last week would, in normal political times, have been a grand slam.  He went to the very spot in Racine County where, in 2018, Donald Trump showed up literally holding a golden shovel …
Emily Wax-Thibodeaux / Washington Post:
Louisiana moves to make abortion pills ‘controlled dangerous substances’  —  Someone possessing the pills without a valid prescription or outside of professional practice could be prosecuted and sentenced to prison.  —  Louisiana could become the first state in the country to categorize mifepristone …
My life as a Chinese spy: Secret police agent tells all  —  Loading... police-agent-tells-all-four-corners/ 103826708  —  For the first time ever, an undercover agent for China's secret police steps out of the shadows to tell all about where he's been and who he's been targeting.
Heather Digby Parton / Salon:
Republicans ready for a Trump loss  —  This time, Trump has the GOP bought in earlier on his Big Lie  —  What happens if he loses?  —  The mainstream press has finally turned its focus to what a second Donald Trump administration will look like should he win the White House in 2024.
Discussion: Raw Story, HuffPost and Above the Law
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Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
Trump, gun owners and Jan. 6 rioters: Tough-on-crime Justice Alito displays empathy for some criminal defendants
Discussion: Raw Story and KNSD-TV
Conservative outside group drops $70M on Senate Democrats in battlegrounds
Discussion: Raw Story and Fox News
Kellen Browning / New York Times:
Gallego Places $19 Million Ad Buy in Arizona, the Largest of Any Senate Candidate
Discussion: KOIN-TV, Axios and Daily Kos
Madeleine Rowley / The Free Press:
Nonprofits Are Making Billions off the Border Crisis
Discussion: HotAir
Patrick Marley / Washington Post:
In top races, Republicans try to stay quiet on Trump's false 2020 claims
Ross Barkan / New York Magazine:
The Most Endangered Democrat in America
Discussion: Business Insider
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Democratic group starts attacking Trump with abortion rights testimonials
Discussion: WHDH-TV
 Earlier Items: 
Liz Goodwin / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders seeks to boost Biden, ‘the Squad’ in 2024
Discussion: Business Insider
Bob Menendez corruption trial, round 2: Prosecutors have ‘compelling’ narrative
Aaron Rupar / Public Notice:
Tim O'Brien on 35 years of covering Trump
Molly Ball / Wall Street Journal:
How 20 Years of Same-Sex Marriage Changed America
Chi Leung / Mynewsdesk:
Three people charged with offences under the National Security Act
Discussion: BBC, New York Times, UPI and Politico
Another Maggie Haberman NYT Story Covers Up Oleg Deripaska's Role
Discussion: New York Magazine and CNN