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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 …
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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: WWLP-TV, 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 …
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% …
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.
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
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
 
 
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Elie Mystal / The Nation:
Meet RAGA—One of the Scariest GOP Groups You've Never Heard Of
Discussion: Raw Story
Anastasiia Malenko / Reuters:
UK's Labour pledges ‘ironclad’ commitment to Ukraine during Kyiv visit
Discussion: BBC, The Guardian and 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
Julianne McShane / Mother Jones:
Trump Wants to Deport Pro-Palestine Protesters—and GOP Lawmakers Are Filing Bills to Make It Happen
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Melania Came Up With Trump's ‘Locker Room Talk’ Excuse, Michael Cohen Says
Denise Chow / NBC News:
Canadian wildfires trigger air quality alerts across 4 U.S. states
 Earlier Items: 
Charles Creitz / Fox News:
Jill Biden tells Arizona college graduates ‘community colleges should be free in America’
Discussion: RedState and WXIA-TV
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