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1:45 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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
‘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
Christine Fernando / Associated Press:
The Senate filibuster is a hurdle to any national abortion bill.  Democrats are campaigning on it  —  Sen. Tammy Baldwin, facing a tough reelection fight in one of the races that will determine control of Congress, has made protecting reproductive rights a cornerstone of her campaign …
Maeve Reston / Washington Post:
After years of Democratic dominance, Nevada could be slipping from Biden's grasp  —  The Silver State hasn't supported a Republican presidential candidate since George W. Bush in 2004, but polls this year so far show Donald Trump with a lead.  —  LAS VEGAS — For nearly two decades …
Chelsea Brasted / Axios:
Louisiana set to become 1st state requiring 10 Commandments be posted in schools  —  Louisiana is poised to become the first state requiring display of the Ten Commandments at all schools that receive public funding, including colleges and universities.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and RedState
Eliav Breuer / Jerusalem Post:
Gantz to Netanyahu: If you don't change course by June 8 we will withdraw from the government  —  Israeli Minister Gantz sets June 8 deadline for Gaza plan.  Threatens to exit government if demands unmet.  Netanyahu office responds with ultimatums.  —  In a move likely to aggravate political tension …
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NBC News:
Two hours after mocking Arizona's Attorney General, Rudy Giuliani is served at his own birthday party
Fox News:
Biden's plan to admit Gazans to US could backfire: ‘Brainwashed by Hamas,’ expert warns
Discussion: Power Line
Trump is eager to prove Florida is his kingdom — by anointing DeSantis' successor
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Rolling Stone:
Trump Plans to Reward Peter Navarro for Going to Jail Instead of Being a ‘Rat’
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Brian Bennett / TIME:
Biden Likens MAGA Movement to Segregationists in Speech to NAACP
Jessica Piper / Politico:
Unpacking the presidential money machines
Discussion: Raw Story
Talia Jane / New Republic:
AOC Reveals Darker Intentions Behind MTG Hearing Chaos