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2:45 PM ET, May 15, 2024


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New York Times:
Biden Offers to Debate Trump, With Terms, Shunning the Debate Commission  —  The president wants two debates before early voting begins, with no crowds.  Donald Trump's camp has said it would debate “anytime and anywhere.”  —  President Biden is willing to debate former President Donald J. Trump …
Washington Post:
Biden proposes June and September faceoffs with Trump, who accepts dates  —  The president said he will not participate in the traditional televised showdowns organized by the Commission on Presidential Debates.  —  President Biden said Wednesday that he will not participate …
Biden and Trump accept CNN's invitation to debate on June 27  —  President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump have both accepted an invitation from CNN to debate on June 27, a historically early showdown that will set the tone for the final months of the 2024 campaign.
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Ron Klain, Former Chief of Staff, Will Return to Help Biden With Debate  —  Mr. Klain left the White House last year and became the chief legal officer at Airbnb.  He plans to take a vacation from his job to help President Biden prepare.  —  Ron Klain, the president's former chief of staff …
Discussion: Breitbart, CBS News and Politico
Fox News:
Trump accepts Biden offer to debate him in June and September  —  Trump blasts Commission on Presidential Debates as ‘totally controlled by Democrats’: ‘Biden is the worst debater I have ever faced’  —  Join Fox News for access to this content  —  Former President Trump accepted President Biden's offer …
Biden prods Trump to accept invite for June 27 presidential debate on CNN … - “Over to you, Donald. … - Biden's campaign offered to debate Trump twice in one-on-one settings, well before most early voting has concluded.  — “Trump lost two debates to me in 2020.
Associated Press:
Biden and Trump agree to presidential debates on June 27 on CNN and on Sept. 10 on ABC
Zac Anderson / USA Today:
‘Embarrassing’: Mitt Romney hits his fellow Republicans for traveling to Donald Trump's hush money trial  —  The parade of GOP leaders appearing outside the New York City courthouse where former President Donald Trump is on trial is “a little embarrassing,” Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said Wednesday.
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.
Nikki McCann Ramirez / Rolling Stone:
Trump's GOP ‘Surrogates’ Take Turns Bashing Judge's Daughter
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
Speaker Mike Johnson's appearance at Trump's felony trial marks a remarkable moment in US politics
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.
Austin Goss / The Dakota Scout:
And then there were two: Seventh Native American tribe bans Gov. Noem  —  Crow Creek passes resolution banning Noem from central South Dakota reservation  —  The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe in central South Dakota has joined six of the state's tribes in preventing Gov. Kristi Noem from coming onto …
The Hill:   Noem banned by seventh Native American tribe
Jeremy Schwartz / The Texas Tribune:
A GOP Texas school board member campaigned against schools indoctrinating kids.  Then she read the curriculum.  —  Courtney Gore, a Granbury ISD school board member, has disavowed the far-right platform she campaigned on.  Her defiance has brought her backlash.
Discussion: Raw Story
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Nikki Haley gathers her donors 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.
Playbook: The other trials hanging over 2024
Discussion: Raw Story and The Post Millennial
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.
Discussion: The Bulwark and The Daily Caller
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 …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Scott Wong / NBC News:
Republicans probing Jan. 6 investigation asks star witness Cassidy Hutchinson for more documents  —  A House Administration oversight panel wants Hutchinson to provide information about her book deal as well as communications with former Rep. Liz Cheney and top Trump White House officials.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Raw Story
US says Boeing breached 2021 737 MAX criminal prosecution deal  —  The U.S. Justice Department said late on Tuesday that Boeing Co (BA.N) had breached its obligations in a 2021 agreement that shielded the planemaker from criminal prosecution over fatal 737 MAX crashes in 2018 and 2019 that killed 346 people.
Eli Lake / The Free Press:
The Rise of the ‘Never Bidens’  —  Donors who once worried more about Donald Trump now see the president's bid for a second term as the greater threat to America.  —  Joe Biden's threat last week to freeze arms shipments to Israel along with reports that his administration is withholding intelligence …
Discussion: HotAir
David Strom / HotAir:
BREAKING: EcoHealth Alliance Grants Suspended and Formal Debarment Procedures Begun  —  Many years too late, but better late than never.  —  The Department of Health and Human Services is cutting off all funds and initiating procedures to ban the EcoHealth Alliance from getting federal money for at least three years.
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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The Ivy League Hypocrites Who Want to Be Trump's MAGA VP
Discussion: Raw Story and The Sun
Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
Jan. 6 felony rioter Derrick Evans loses Republican House primary in West Virginia
Wall Street Journal:
Biden Moves Forward on $1 Billion in New Arms for Israel
Michael Kunzelman / Associated Press:
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