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10:55 AM ET, May 14, 2024

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New York Times:
Live Updates: Cohen Says Trump Approved Payments at White House Meeting  —  Michael D. Cohen, Donald J. Trump's ex-fixer, described a key element of the prosecution's case against the former president, who is accused of faking business records.  House Speaker Mike Johnson is set to be among Mr. Trump's supporters at the courthouse.
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Natalie Allison / Politico:
With eyes shut, Trump endures testimony from his nemesis
Discussion: WWLP-TV, New York Times and Fox News
Associated Press:
Star witness Michael Cohen says Trump was intimately involved in all aspects of hush money scheme
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Melania Came Up With Trump's ‘Locker Room Talk’ Excuse, Michael Cohen Says
Axios:
Mike Johnson expected to join Trump at N.Y. criminal trial … - North Dakota Gov. Burgum, a Trump VP contender, is also expected in court on Tuesday, Axios has learned.  — So is fellow VP contender Vivek Ramaswamy, his spokesperson confirmed to Axios on Monday.
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Elizabeth Elkind / Fox News:
Speaker Johnson to attend Trump trial in Manhattan in show of support  —  House Speaker Mike Johnson is in Manhattan on Tuesday morning, his office tells Fox News Digital  —  House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., is expected in downtown Manhattan on Tuesday morning to show solidarity with former President Trump during his criminal trial.
ABC News:
DOJ requests judge order Steve Bannon to begin prison sentence  —  An appeals court upheld Bannon's contempt of Congress conviction last week.  —  Steve Bannon, former adviser to Donald Trump, speaks at the Turning Point Action conference in West Palm Beach, Fla., July 16, 2023.
Discussion: Law & Crime
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Louisiana lawmakers insist child rape victims must carry their pregnancy to term  —  Former President Donald Trump, now the presumptive Republican nominee, boasts that he “broke Roe v. Wade.”  In the aftermath, according to Trump, “states are working very brilliantly” to impose various restrictions …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Politico:
Playbook: The 2024 campaign heads to the House floor  —  With help from Eli Okun, Garrett Ross and Bethany Irvine  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  CLICKER — “Trump's Lawyers Are Making Major Mistakes,” by Ankush Khardori: “Put simply, [DONALD] TRUMP's legal team has made several considerable …
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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 …
The White House:
FACT SHEET: President Biden Takes Action to Protect American Workers and Businesses from China's Unfair Trade Practices  —  President Biden's economic plan is supporting investments and creating good jobs in key sectors that are vital for America's economic future and national security.
Vernal Coleman / ProPublica:
Even When a Cop Is Killed With an Illegally Purchased Weapon, the Gun Store's Name Is Kept Secret  —  Under the Gun: How Gun Violence Is Impacting the Nation  —  As America emerged from the pandemic, communities continued to experience a rising tide of gun violence.
Brianna Atkinson / WUNC:
UNC-Chapel Hill BOT votes to divert DEI funding, redirecting it to campus public safety  —  The UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees has voted to divert $2.3 million away from diversity, equity and inclusion programs and into “public safety.”  —  The unanimous vote occurred at a special Board of Trustees meeting Monday morning.
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Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
MIT Hired Six New Diversity Deans.  Two of Them Are Serial Plagiarists, Complaint Alleges.  —  In dissertation titled ‘Cite a Sista,’ Tracie Jones-Barrett stole an entire passage on ‘ethical considerations’ from her classmate  —  In June 2021, a year into the cultural aftershocks of George Floyd's death …
Axios:
Biden's polling denial: Why he doesn't believe he's behind … - That bedrock belief has informed Biden's largely steady-as-she-goes campaign — even as many Democrats outside the White House are agitating for the campaign to change direction, given that Biden is polling well behind where he was four years ago.
Ari Natter / Bloomberg:
Biden Signs Ban on Imports of Russian Nuclear Reactor Fuel  — Russian supplies of enriched uranium to be barred in 90 days  — Move could boost costs for US nuclear plants, risk retaliation  —  President Joe Biden on Monday signed legislation banning the import of Russian enriched uranium …
Wall Street Journal:
Biden Levies Sweeping Tariffs on China, Intensifying Trade Fight With Trump  —  Presumed 2024 election foes are taking competing protectionist approaches against Beijing  —  WASHINGTON—One day after news broke that President Biden was planning to raise tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles to roughly 100% …
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Do Americans Remember the Actual Trump Presidency?  —  One of the remarkable things about the 2024 presidential election is that for the first time since 1912 voters will have a choice between presidents who served back-to-back in the immediately preceding eight years.
New York Times:
Facing an Endless Barrage, Ukraine's Air Defenses Are Withering  —  This is what a year of Russian missile strikes on Ukraine looks like.  Ukrainian air defenses used to intercept most missiles, but in recent months, more and more have made it through.  —  Intercepted  —  Russian missile  —  Not
Emily Ngo / Politico:
Debate devolves into snark-fest between Bowman and Latimer  —  The Democratic House challengers accused each other of colluding with Republicans.  —  NEW YORK — Sniping, snark and incessant interruptions defined the first televised debate in one of the country's most competitive primaries Monday night …
KOMO:
2 Democratic candidates named Bob Ferguson withdraw from WA governor's race  —  SEATTLE (KOMO) — Washington Attorney General (AG) Bob Ferguson addressed recent developments in the state's governor's race Monday morning, days after two people named Robert Ferguson joined the ballot.
The White House:
Order Regarding the Acquisition of Certain Real Property of Cheyenne Leads by MineOne Cloud Computing Investment I L.P.  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 721 of the Defense Production Act of 1950 …
 
 
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Kelly Rissman / The Independent:
Tennessee woman denied abortion after fetus' ‘brain not attached’ slams state ban
Elie Mystal / The Nation:
Meet RAGA—One of the Scariest GOP Groups You've Never Heard Of
Discussion: Raw Story
Financial Times:
FT-Michigan Ross poll: Biden's election hopes fall as prices rise again
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Examiner
Rolling Stone:
Progressives Prep $10 Million Campaign to Expose ‘MAGA Supreme Court’
Discussion: Raw Story and MSNBC
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Sen. Menendez bribery trial starts with judge scolding lawyers on ‘gamesmanship’
 Earlier Items: 
CBS News:
Harris drops “F-bomb” while encouraging Asian Americans to break down barriers
Julianne McShane / Mother Jones:
Trump Wants to Deport Pro-Palestine Protesters—and GOP Lawmakers Are Filing Bills to Make It Happen
Ari Blaff / National Post:
United Nations halves estimate of women and children killed in Gaza
Denise Chow / NBC News:
Canadian wildfires trigger air quality alerts across 4 U.S. states
Heather Digby Parton / Salon:
Republicans ready for a Trump loss
Discussion: Raw Story and Above the Law
 

 
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