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3:00 AM ET, May 20, 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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Jon Gambrell / Associated Press:
Iran's president, foreign minister and others found dead at helicopter crash site, state media says  —  Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, the country's foreign minister and others have been found dead at the site of a helicopter crash Monday after an hourslong search through a foggy …
Arsalan Shahla / Bloomberg:
Iran State TV Says ‘No Sign of Life’ at Helicopter Crash Site  — Raisi was in Iran's East Azerbaijan province to inaugurate dam  — President's entourage includes foreign minister, also missing  —  Iranian President Raisi Missing After Helicopter Crash
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 …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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 …
Axios:
Senate Democrats don't believe Biden's bad polls, either … - “No, I do not think that they are accurate,” Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) told Axios. … - “The polls showed that I was down when I entered my race. … - Now, Democrats say the polls are missing key voter dynamics on their side.
Discussion: Conservative Brief
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Maeve Reston / Washington Post:   After years of Democratic dominance, Nevada could be slipping from Biden's grasp
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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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” …
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 …
Discussion: Associated Press
New York Post:
RFK Jr. lists voting address at Westchester home — that's in foreclosure and neighbors have never seen him  —  Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. lists his residence to vote as a tony Westchester County address — which is in foreclosure proceedings for non-payment, court records show.
Discussion: Democrats
Washington Post:
Lawyer preparation suggests Trump won't testify in New York trial  —  Awaiting final word from the mercurial defendant, the judge is proceeding as if Trump will not take the stand.  —  After brashly declaring he wanted to testify in his criminal trial, it appears increasingly unlikely …
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 
 
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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
Discussion: Washington Times
CBS News:
Rep. Elise Stefanik rebukes Biden and praises Trump in address to Israeli parliament
 Earlier Items: 
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Bibi blocks Israeli intel chiefs' meetings with U.S. officials
Discussion: Washington Examiner and ABC News
Politico:
‘Politically calculated’: Trump confronts his RFK Jr. problem on vaccines
Discussion: Washington Examiner