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5:15 PM ET, May 19, 2024

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Farnaz Fassihi / New York Times:
Helicopter Carrying Iran's President Has Crashed, State Media Reports  —  Rescuers are trying to locate the helicopter on which President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian were traveling, state media reported.  Their status is unknown.
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Arsalan Shahla / Bloomberg:
Iran's President Missing After Helicopter Crash in Dense Fog  — Raisi was in Iran's East Azerbaijan province to inaugurate dam  — President's entourage includes foreign minister, also missing  —  Rescue teams are searching into the night to try to locate Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi …
Myah Ward / Politico:
Trump at NRA convention floats a 3-term presidency  —  The former president has more recently shut down the proposition of seeking a third term, which is barred by the Constitution.  —  Former President Donald Trump on Saturday floated the idea of a third term if he wins in November.
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Victoria Bekiempis / The Guardian:
Trump floats idea of three-term presidency at NRA convention  —  During a bombastic speech in Dallas, GOP frontrunner asks: ‘Are we going to be considered three-term?  Or two-term?’  —  Donald Trump flirted with the idea of being president for three terms - a clear violation of the US constitution …
CNN:
CNN political commentator Alice Stewart dies  —  Alice Stewart, a veteran political adviser and CNN political commentator who worked on several GOP presidential campaigns, has died.  She was 58.  —  Law enforcement officials told CNN that Stewart's body was found outdoors in the Bellevue neighborhood …
Andrew Solender / Axios:
Democrats tee up showdown with GOP over non-citizen voting … - This dynamic has played out repeatedly in the 118th Congress - with House Republicans using their majority to try to overturn progressive D.C. laws and squeeze Democrats in the process.  — Republicans' campaign apparatus …
U.S. Department of Defense:
Joint Statement From the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of National Defense of the Republic of Niger  —  Representatives of the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of National Defense of the Republic of Niger met from May 15 to 19, 2024, in Niamey, Republic of Niger …
Kaia Hubbard / CBS News:
Hungary's far-right PM Viktor Orbán has made “some smart decisions,” Sen. J.D. Vance says  —  Washington — Republican Sen. J.D. Vance of Ohio, rumored to be one of former President Donald Trump's vice-presidential contenders, said Sunday that the U.S “could learn from” …
Discussion: Mediaite
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Bibi blocks Israeli intel chiefs' meetings with U.S. officials … - Rubio, vice chair of the Senate's intelligence committee, requested the meetings during his visit to Israel last month.  — Netanyahu himself met with Rubio. … - Instead, the U.S. officials and some Netanyahu critics …
Alexandra Marquez / NBC News:
Sen. Marco Rubio won't commit to accepting 2024 election results  —  Rubio blamed Democrats for opposing “every Republican victory since 2000.  Every single one.”  —  Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio, widely seen as a potential vice presidential pick for former President Donald Trump …
Politico:
‘Politically calculated’: Trump confronts his RFK Jr. problem on vaccines  —  The former president is accusing Kennedy of being a “fake” anti-vaxxer.  —  Donald Trump's long-fraught relationship with the Covid vaccine is again becoming a political liability for the former president as he tries …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
CBS News:
Full transcript of “Face the Nation,” May 19, 2024  —  On this “Face the Nation” broadcast, moderated by Margaret Brennan:  — Sen. J.D. Vance, Republican of Ohio  — Sen. Gary Peters, Democrat of Michigan  — Oksana Markarova, Ukrainian ambassador to the U.S.
Victoria Bekiempis / The Guardian:
Biden vows to fight ‘poison of white supremacy’ at Morehouse speech  —  Speech warmly received at historically Black college despite backlash from students in weeks leading to address over war  —  Joe Biden told graduating students of Morehouse College that American democracy has failed the Black community …
 
 
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Allison Quinn / The Daily Beast:
Trump Ends NRA Speech With ‘Horror’ Warning Set to Dramatic QAnon Music
Christine Fernando / Associated Press:
The Senate filibuster is a hurdle to any national abortion bill. Democrats are campaigning on it
Maeve Reston / Washington Post:
After years of Democratic dominance, Nevada could be slipping from Biden's grasp
 Earlier Items: 
Eliav Breuer / Jerusalem Post:
Gantz to Netanyahu: If you don't change course by June 8 we will withdraw from the government
NBC News:
Two hours after mocking Arizona's Attorney General, Rudy Giuliani is served at his own birthday party
Rolling Stone:
Trump Plans to Reward Peter Navarro for Going to Jail Instead of Being a ‘Rat’
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo