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8:40 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.
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Rolling Stone:
Progressives Prep $10 Million Campaign to Expose ‘MAGA Supreme Court’  —  Many voters don't blame Donald Trump or Republicans for the Supreme Court's increasingly right-wing decisions.  This coalition wants to change that  —  UNITED FOR DEMOCRACY, a coalition of progressive groups and labor unions …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Discussion: HuffPost, The Hill and Mediaite
New York Times:
Cross-Tabs: May 2024 Times/Siena Poll of the Presidential Battlegrounds
New York Times:
In His First Day of Testimony, Cohen Testifies Trump Authorized Hush-Money Payment  —  During nearly six hours on the stand Monday, Michael D. Cohen testified that Donald J. Trump urged him to buy the silence of Stormy Daniels late in the 2016 campaign and approved the plan to repay him.
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Natalie Allison / Politico:
With eyes shut, Trump endures testimony from his nemesis  —  The former president's demeanor Monday was markedly different than last week, when Stormy Daniels testified.  —  NEW YORK — Face to face in court on Monday with his fixer-turned-nemesis Michael Cohen — the witness whose testimony …
Discussion: New York Times, Raw Story and Fox News
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump is gagged.  So his surrogates say the forbidden stuff for him.  —  Three GOP senators have appeared with Trump in court and conveniently proceeded to say precisely what he can't.  —  Donald Trump's mouth and keyboard fingers have been relatively disciplined — by his own standards …
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: Above the Law, Raw Story and HuffPost
Raleigh News & Observer:
UNC-Chapel Hill trustees move to divert DEI funds to police and public safety  —  The UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees voted to divert millions of dollars spent on diversity, equity and inclusion programs into public safety instead, ahead of an expected policy change statewide to restrict DEI.
Sareen Habeshian / Axios:
Louisiana bill would place abortion pills on same list as opiates … - Abortion, both via medication and surgery, is already completely banned in the state with very limited exceptions, per the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization that supports abortion rights.
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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: Mediaite, Raw Story and Daily Kos
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Washington Post:
State Republican parties are going rogue
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Ari Blaff / National Post:
United Nations halves estimate of women and children killed in Gaza  —  Without any announcement, the United Nations (UN) significantly lowers its previously stated casualty list in the Gaza Strip  —  The United Nations has significantly adjusted Palestinian casualty figures for the ongoing war …
Brad Plumer / New York Times:
New Rules to Overhaul Electric Grids Could Boost Wind and Solar Power  —  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the biggest changes in more than a decade to the way U.S. power lines are planned and funded.  —  Federal regulators on Monday approved sweeping changes …
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Melania Came Up With Trump's ‘Locker Room Talk’ Excuse, Michael Cohen Says  —  BY HIS SIDE  —  The former Trump fixer dropped the surprising revelation as an aside while testifying Monday in his former boss' hush-money trial.  —  Among the weirdest revelations at Donald Trump's ongoing criminal trial …
Gary Fineout / Politico:
DeSantis says his wife Casey has ‘zero’ interest in running for office  —  He acknowledged that some people had suggested that she consider running.  —  TALLAHASSEE, Florida — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday knocked down speculation that his wife, first lady Casey DeSantis, would run to succeed him in 2026.
Discussion: Florida Politics
NPR:
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 …
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 …
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: Raw Story and Washington Times
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Chris Geidner / Law Dork:   Justice Thomas has used this “hideous place” to amass the power he now exploits
Julianne McShane / Mother Jones:
Trump Wants to Deport Pro-Palestine Protesters—and GOP Lawmakers Are Filing Bills to Make It Happen  —  Republicans continue their push to punish dissent.  —  At a rally in Wildwood, New Jersey on Saturday, former President Donald Trump made many questionable comments.
CBS News:
Harris drops “F-bomb” while encouraging Asian Americans to break down barriers  —  Vice President Kamala Harris let a profanity slip Monday as she emphasized the importance of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders breaking through the barriers they face.
Denise Chow / NBC News:
Canadian wildfires trigger air quality alerts across 4 U.S. states  —  Winds have carried plumes of smoke over Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.  —  Hazy conditions blanketed parts of four U.S. states Monday, as smoke from wildfires in western Canada triggered air quality alerts and warnings.
 
 
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CIS.org:
Foreign-Born Population Grew by 5.1 Million in the Last Two Years
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Examiner
Anastasiia Malenko / Reuters:
UK's Labour pledges ‘ironclad’ commitment to Ukraine during Kyiv visit
Discussion: Bloomberg
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Sen. Menendez bribery trial starts with judge scolding lawyers on ‘gamesmanship’
Politico:
Israel's ‘total victory’ in Gaza is unlikely, top US official says
Discussion: Reuters and New York Post
Charles Creitz / Fox News:
Jill Biden tells Arizona college graduates ‘community colleges should be free in America’
Discussion: RedState, WXIA-TV and NBC News
Politico:
Conservative outside group drops $70M on Senate Democrats in battlegrounds
Michael Tomasky / New Republic:
How on Earth Is Donald Trump Getting Credit for Joe Biden's Economy?
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
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ABC:
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Judd Legum / Popular Information:
The real cancel culture
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Madeleine Rowley / The Free Press:
Nonprofits Are Making Billions off the Border Crisis
Discussion: New York Post, The Scroll and HotAir
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
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
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Chi Leung / Mynewsdesk:
Three people charged with offences under the National Security Act
Discussion: BBC, New York Times, UPI and Politico
 

 
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Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: the Republican National Convention's final night averaged 25.38M US viewers over 14 outlets, up 7% from 2020; people 55+ were about 72% of the audience

BBC:
A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

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