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7:00 PM ET, May 14, 2024

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Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
Speaker Mike Johnson's appearance at Trump's felony trial marks a remarkable moment in US politics  —  U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson assailed the U.S. judicial system on Tuesday, becoming the highest-ranking Republican to show up at court with Donald Trump and using his powerful position …
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Eric Garcia / The Independent:
Mike Johnson acts as proxy for ‘friend’ Trump as he bashes judge's daughter and ‘sham trial’ outside court  —  The Republican speaker's defense of Trump comes in the midst of Michael Cohen's testimony  —  Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson vocally defended former president Donald Trump outside …
Axios:
Mike Johnson expected to join Trump at N.Y. criminal trial
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.
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Reuters:
Trump blasts his trial judges.  Then his fans call for violence  —  When Donald Trump attacks the integrity of judges hearing cases against him, his followers often respond with posts urging that the jurists be beaten, tortured and killed.  —  On a recent Tuesday morning …
Discussion: Semafor, PoliticusUSA, The Mahablog and IJR
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New York Times:
Live Updates: Defense Tries to Cast Cohen as Motivated by Vengeance Against Trump  —  Michael D. Cohen, the key witness in Donald J. Trump's criminal trial, is under tough questioning by the defense.  He has described buying the silence of a porn star and his reimbursement by Mr. Trump, which is at the center of the charges.
Will Potter / Daily Mail:
Teen gunman who ‘sprayed DC neighborhood with 26 rounds from an AR-15’ is released on bail by self-confessed ‘woke’ judge  — Judge Lloyd Nolan Jr. sparked backlash after freeing Amonte Moody, 18  — Moody is accused of spraying a sleepy neighborhood with bullets from an AR-15
New York Times:
Biden Hits Chinese Electric Vehicles, Chips and Other Goods With Higher Tariffs  —  The president announced increased taxes on Chinese imports in strategic industries, building on former President Donald J. Trump's tariffs.  —  President Biden announced on Tuesday a sharp increase in tariffs …
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The White House:
FACT SHEET: President Biden Takes Action to Protect American Workers and Businesses from China's Unfair Trade Practices
The Harvard Crimson:
Harvard Out of Occupied Palestine Ends Harvard Yard Encampment  —  Garber will encourage schools to reinstate protesters from involuntary leave  —  Harvard Out of Occupied Palestine announced early Tuesday morning that it would peacefully end the encampment in Harvard Yard …
Washington Post:
Rudy Giuliani still hasn't been served his Arizona indictment  —  The former Trump attorney must appear before a judge on May 21 or he could be held in contempt.
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
Ukraine presses Biden to lift ban on using US weapons to strike Russia  —  Kyiv watched as Russians massed on the border, but they weren't allowed to use long-range missiles provided by Washington.  —  Ukrainian officials are making a new push to get the Biden administration to lift its ban …
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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.
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
GOP Senator Introduces Bill To Continue Arms Sales to Israel  —  Sen. Cotton's legislation brings fight over Biden's arms pause to Senate  —  Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) on Tuesday filed legislation that would force the Biden administration to continue providing arms to Israel …
Discussion: RedState, Roll Call, Politico and Axios
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David Strom / HotAir:
Sports Illustrated Hates You  —  Sports Illustrated went woke long ago, and the editor who made it happen has clearly said she was happy to jettison her audience.  —  “We didn't care.  We thought that the right reader would come along with us and the wrong ones we didn't want.”
Discussion: Instapundit, CBS News, Fargo | KFGO and UPI
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Mike Pence Sought Public Funds as 2024 Presidential Bid Collapsed  —  The former vice president found little traction in his campaign and still had more than $1.3 million in unpaid bills at the end of March.  —  Former Vice President Mike Pence sought public financing for his failed …
Washington Examiner:
NFL player rips Biden for ‘murder of innocent babies’ at college commencement speech  —  Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker criticized President Joe Biden during a commencement speech at Benedictine College on Saturday.  —  Butker, an outspoken and devout Catholic …
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Fox News and the MAGA media are lining up their shot at American democracy  —  With the presidential election less than half a year away, evidence is everywhere that the right is planning to end the American experiment in representative government if it fails to legitimately return Donald Trump to the White House.
US Department of Justice:
Former Diversity Program Manager at Facebook and Nike Sentenced to Federal Prison for $5 Million Fraud  —  For Immediate Release  —  U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Georgia  —  ATLANTA - Barbara Furlow-Smiles, a former diversity program manager at Facebook and Nike …
Matt Ford / New Republic:
Clarence Thomas Hates the “Hideous Place” That Made Him Rich  —  Supreme Court justices are not above shaping their own public images.  Many of them write books, either biographies about their own lives or general treatises about their view on the law.  They often speak to law students …
Discussion: Washington Times and MSNBC
 
 
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Ben Carson calls for making divorce harder
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Associated Press:
Judge rejects Hunter Biden's bid to delay his June trial on federal gun charges
 Earlier Items: 
Maxine Joselow / Washington Post:
House Democrats launch probe of Trump's dinner with oil executives
Vernal Coleman / ProPublica:
Even When a Cop Is Killed With an Illegally Purchased Weapon, the Gun Store's Name Is Kept Secret
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
MIT Hired Six New Diversity Deans. Two of Them Are Serial Plagiarists, Complaint Alleges.
Discussion: acecomments.mu.nu
KOMO:
2 Democratic candidates named Bob Ferguson withdraw from WA governor's race
Kelly Rissman / The Independent:
Tennessee woman denied abortion after fetus' ‘brain not attached’ slams state ban
 

 
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Chattanooga Times Free Press:
Carpenter Media acquires 10 newspapers in Alabama and Georgia and a Georgia printing facility from Community Newspaper Holdings

Wall Street Journal:
Trump says that if he's elected, Russia would release WSJ reporter Evan Gershkovich; the Kremlin denies any contact between Putin and Trump on the matter

Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
UK passes the Media Bill, repealing the not-yet-enacted Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act, which required publishers to pay all court costs, win or lose

 
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