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9:25 AM ET, May 15, 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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Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Is Trump orchestrating a new criminal conspiracy?  —  In recent days, several high-profile Republican political figures have traveled to the Manhattan Criminal Court, where Donald Trump is on trial.  Outside the courthouse, they addressed the media and attacked key witnesses, the jury, and even the judge's daughter.
Eric Garcia / The Independent:
Mike Johnson acts as proxy for ‘friend’ Trump as he bashes judge's daughter and ‘sham trial’ outside court
Wall Street Journal:
Biden Moves Forward on $1 Billion in New Arms for Israel  —  The administration notifies Congress of a large arms package after withholding shipment of bombs last week  —  The Biden administration notified Congress on Tuesday that it was moving forward with more than $1 billion in new weapons deals …
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
GOP Senator Introduces Bill To Continue Arms Sales to Israel
Discussion: RedState, Roll Call and Axios
Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
Jan. 6 felony rioter Derrick Evans loses Republican House primary in West Virginia  —  GOP Rep. Carol Miller fended off a challenge from Evans, who was sentenced to three months in prison for his role in the Capitol attack.  —  WASHINGTON — Derrick Evans, a Jan. 6 rioter who admitted …
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Arizona officials say they can't find Rudy Giuliani to serve him with indictment notice  —  Arizona prosecutors have tried for weeks - and so far failed - to serve Rudy Giuliani with notice of his indictment related to an alleged scheme to overturn the 2020 election results in that state.
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Washington Post:
Rudy Giuliani still hasn't been served his Arizona indictment
Discussion: Raw Story
Sareen Habeshian / Axios:
DOJ: Boeing breached 2021 safety agreement that prevented charges for crashes … - “As we do so, we will engage with the Department with the utmost transparency, as we have throughout the entire term of the agreement, including in response to their questions following the Alaska Airlines 1282 accident,” the statement continued.
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Reuters:
US says Boeing breached 2021 737 MAX criminal prosecution deal
NBC News:
Ben Carson calls for making divorce harder  —  Carson, who is often mentioned as a potential Trump VP, writes in his new book that the U.S. should end no-fault divorce laws.  —  Ben Carson, who is often named as a potential running mate for Donald Trump, is out with a new book in which he calls …
Discussion: HuffPost, Raw Story and Page Six
Lisa Needham / Public Notice:
Trump's run-out-the-clock legal strategy worked  —  Every case other than New York is stalled out.  Mission accomplished. … No matter what happens with Donald Trump's other criminal cases, we'll always have New York, where he's been walloped with two sets of civil penalties …
Politico:
Playbook: The other trials hanging over 2024  —  With help from Eli Okun, Garrett Ross and Bethany Irvine  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  THE BIG CHILL — “At private donor event, Haley thanks supporters and ignores Trump,” by Meridith McGraw: “[DONALD] TRUMP was barely mentioned even as [NIKKI] …
Discussion: PJ Media and The Post Millennial
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 …
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Politico:
Warning signs for Trump: 5 takeaways from Tuesday's primaries  —  Nikki Haley's zombie presidential candidacy is still drawing a sizable slice of the Republican vote in the suburbs.  —  Donald Trump showed weakness in the suburbs in Tuesday's primaries, while Joe Biden's problem with the protest vote appeared to fade.
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
At private donor event, Haley thanks supporters and ignores Trump  —  Haley didn't endorse the former president or push her supporters to back him.  —  Donald Trump may be the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, but Nikki Haley isn't offering him her support or donor network yet.
Discussion: Conservative Brief
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Bibi's rant: Israel isn't a “vassal state” of the U.S. … - It was a shot across the bow to show Netanyahu how concerned Biden remains about the prime minister continuing to say he's planning to order an invasion of Rafah, where more than 1 million displaced Palestinians have taken shelter.
Dustin Gardiner / Politico:
Top California Democrats come out against rent control ballot measure  —  State Sen. Toni Atkins and Assembly Appropriations Chair Buffy Wicks confirmed they're fighting the initiative.  —  A pair of top California Democrats and powerful unions are lining up against a ballot initiative …
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 …
New York Post:
Eric Adams suggests migrants could fill NYC's lifeguard shortage — because 'they're excellent swimmers'  —  Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday suggested migrants should be hired to fill the city's lifeguard shortage — because “they're excellent swimmers.”  —  Hizzoner dropped the comment …
Nell Scovell / The Daily Beast:
The Ivy League Hypocrites Who Want to Be Trump's MAGA VP  —  POISON IVY LEAGUE  —  In the race to be Trump's sidekick, ambitious Republicans are distancing themselves from the uber-elite universities they attended. … “I love the poorly educated,” then-candidate Donald Trump declared …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Sun
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Wisconsin Republicans change their tune on ballot drop boxes ahead of state Supreme Court ruling  —  Republicans in the key battleground state say they'll be prepared to encourage their voters to use ballot drop boxes this fall if the court reinstates their use.
The Daily Beast:
Laura Ingraham Scolded for Using Binoculars at Trump Trial  —  I SPY  —  The Fox star, who appeared to spend much of the afternoon tapping away at her opening monologue, was repeatedly reprimanded for having her phone and a pair of binoculars out.  —  Never let it be said that Laura Ingraham isn't prepared.
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, Fargo | KFGO, CBS News and UPI
 
 
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Brandon Gillespie / Fox News:
DC mayor ripped for private jet flight to golf tournament while crime persists, approval ratings nosedive
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Mike Pence Sought Public Funds as 2024 Presidential Bid Collapsed
The Harvard Crimson:
Harvard Out of Occupied Palestine Ends Harvard Yard Encampment
Josephine Rozzelle / CNBC:
TikTok creators sue U.S. government, say divestiture law violates First Amendment
US Department of Justice:
Former Diversity Program Manager at Facebook and Nike Sentenced to Federal Prison for $5 Million Fraud
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Judge rejects Hunter Biden's bid to delay his June trial on federal gun charges
New York Times:
Biden Hits Chinese Electric Vehicles, Chips and Other Goods With Higher Tariffs
Matt Ford / New Republic:
Clarence Thomas Hates the “Hideous Place” That Made Him Rich
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Washington Examiner:
NFL player rips Biden for ‘murder of innocent babies’ at college commencement speech
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Fox News and the MAGA media are lining up their shot at American democracy
 

 
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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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