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11:20 AM ET, May 18, 2024


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Ryan Lizza / Politico:
‘Political Malpractice’: The Debate Commission Chief Thinks Trump Blew It  —  Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr. lets loose on the potentially mortal wound to the Commission on Presidential Debates, and why Biden got the better of Trump.  —  Despite all the talk that Joe Biden killed the Commission …
NBC News:
‘No more games’: Biden rejects additional debates against Trump  —  Both campaigns agreed to two debates this week.  The Biden campaign said it wasn't interested in two additional face-offs that Trump has accepted.  —  President Joe Biden's campaign rejected two additional debates on Friday …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
‘Never Trump?’  ‘Never Biden’ voters might loom larger.  —  Biden's ceiling of support is actually lower than Trump's right now.  It's a stark reversal from 2020 — with major implications.  —  Certain Democrats trying to cope with President Biden's continually underwhelming 2024 poll numbers share …
Talia Jane / New Republic:
AOC Reveals Darker Intentions Behind MTG Hearing Chaos … Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez revealed Friday that the GOP-led House Oversight Committee abdicated normal procedures after the panel devolved into mudslinging, sparked by a characteristically bizarre outburst by Marjorie Taylor Greene.
The Daily Beast:
GOP, Dems Round on MTG After Outburst: ‘Her Brand Is Chaos’  —  ‘ABSOLUTELY A RACIST THING’  —  Rep. Jasmine Crockett said Greene mentioning her eyelashes was an attempt to make her look “ghetto,” while even Rep. Lauren Boebert said she was embarrassed by her GOP colleague.
Julia Johnson / Fox News:
AOC rips Fetterman for comparing House to ‘Jerry Springer’ show: ‘I stand up to bullies’  —  AOC said Fetterman seemed ‘confused about racism and misogyny’  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., criticized fellow Democrat from Pennsylvania, Sen. John Fetterman, on Friday after he made fun …
Alito's Explanation for the Upside-Down American Flag Honestly Makes It Worse  —  We have known for some time now that the current Supreme Court is not comprised of “conservatives” and “liberals,” or even “jurists” and “reactionaries.”  It has split into those who care about the future …
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Justice Sam Alito Blames His Wife for Flying a Very Sedition-y Flag Outside Their House in 2021  —  Seems like a great thing for someone who is currently deliberating the concept of sweeping presidential immunity to have lying around.  —  Sometimes, there is no place else to go except deep …
Discussion: Salon and Balloon Juice
NBC News:
Sen. Dick Durbin says Justice Alito should recuse in Trump cases because of upside-down flag
Lydia Moynihan / New York Post:
Rudy Giuliani served with Arizona ‘fake electors’ indictment during 80th birthday bash in Palm Beach  —  Rudy Giuliani's 80th birthday bash in Palm Beach was stormed “like it was Normandy” as the former New York City mayor was served with notice of his Arizona indictment, sources told The Post.
Amanda Yen / The Daily Beast:
Bridget and Christian Ziegler ‘Prowled’ Florida Bars for Women, Police Memo Says  —  PREDATORY  —  “Don't come home until your d*ck is wet,” Moms For Liberty founder Bridget Ziegler allegedly told her husband.  —  Newly released documents say Moms For Liberty co-founder Bridget Ziegler …
Exclusive: Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs seen physically assaulting Cassie Ventura in 2016 surveillance video obtained by CNN  —  A 2016 surveillance video obtained exclusively by CNN shows Sean “Diddy” Combs grab, shove, drag and kick his then-girlfriend Cassie Ventura during an altercation …
Ryan Hernández / NOTUS:
Senior Mike Johnson Staffer Resigns Over Behavioral Complaints … A senior communications staffer in Speaker Mike Johnson's office abruptly resigned this week after he was presented with complaints about his behavior, sources confirmed to NOTUS.  —  Anang Mittal, who was Johnson's head of digital …
Discussion: Breitbart
Olga R. Rodriguez / Associated Press:
Man convicted of attacking ex-Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband with a hammer sentenced to 30 years  —  The man convicted of attempting to kidnap then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and attacking her husband with a hammer was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison.
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