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4:35 AM ET, May 14, 2024

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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 and Fox News
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Associated Press:
Star witness Michael Cohen says Trump was intimately involved in all aspects of hush money scheme
New York Times:
In His First Day of Testimony, Cohen Testifies Trump Authorized Hush-Money Payment
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 …
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors
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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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 …
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 and Above the Law
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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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 …
CIS.org:
Foreign-Born Population Grew by 5.1 Million in the Last Two Years  —  The largest two-year increase ever recorded  —  The foreign-born or immigrant population (legal and illegal) hit new record highs in March 2024 of 51.6 million and 15.6 percent of the total U.S. population.
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Examiner
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 …
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
Kelly Rissman / The Independent:
Tennessee woman denied abortion after fetus' ‘brain not attached’ slams state ban  —  State lawmakers 'don't see the mourning and the grieving that these moms' experience after getting a heartbreaking diagnosis, Breanna Cecil tells , Kelly Rissman  —  A Tennessee woman who was denied …
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 …
Financial Times:
FT-Michigan Ross poll: Biden's election hopes fall as prices rise again  —  Persistent inflation means American voters do not see evidence of an improving economy  —  The recent uptick in US inflation appears to have reversed any progress President Joe Biden has made in convincing voters …
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Examiner
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
Eileen Sullivan / New York Times:
Driver of Truck That Hit White House Security Barriers Pleads Guilty  —  Sai Varshith Kandula faces up to 10 years in prison on a charge of damaging property.  He said he had been planning to install himself as a Nazi-inspired dictator, killing President Biden if needed.
Elie Mystal / The Nation:
Meet RAGA—One of the Scariest GOP Groups You've Never Heard Of  —  The Republican Attorney Generals Association is waging a legal war to overturn reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, and climate regulations, one state at a time.  —  Pocket  —  This article appears in the May 2024 issue, with the headline “An Army of AGs.”
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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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’
CBS News:
Harris drops “F-bomb” while encouraging Asian Americans to break down barriers
Politico:
Israel's ‘total victory’ in Gaza is unlikely, top US official says
Discussion: New York Post and Reuters
Denise Chow / NBC News:
Canadian wildfires trigger air quality alerts across 4 U.S. states
Charles Creitz / Fox News:
Jill Biden tells Arizona college graduates ‘community colleges should be free in America’
Discussion: RedState and WXIA-TV
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
No, Your Pet Issue Is Not Making Biden Lose
Michael Tomasky / New Republic:
How on Earth Is Donald Trump Getting Credit for Joe Biden's Economy?
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
ABC:
My life as a Chinese spy: Secret police agent tells all
Alex Thompson / Axios:
Psaki's new book falsely recounts Biden's watch check in troop ceremony
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
The real cancel culture