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9:55 AM ET, May 20, 2024


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International Criminal Court:
Statement of ICC Prosecutor Karim A.A. Khan KC: Applications for arrest warrants in the situation in the State of Palestine  —  Today I am filing applications for warrants of arrest before Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court in the Situation in the State of Palestine.
EXCLUSIVE: ICC seeks arrest warrants against Sinwar and Netanyahu for war crimes over October 7 attack and Gaza war  —  The International Criminal Court is seeking arrest warrants for Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on charges of war crimes and crimes …
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 …
Iranian President Raisi feared dead as helicopter wreckage found
ABC News:
Iran's President Raisi dead in helicopter crash, former foreign minister blames US sanctions
Farnaz Fassihi / New York Times:
Helicopter Carrying Iran's President Has Crashed, State Media Reports
Chris Geidner / Law Dork:
Exclusive: Justice Alito sold Bud Light stock amidst anti-trans boycott effort  —  At 4:37 p.m. on Sunday, August 13, 2023, far-right, anti-LGBTQ influencer Chaya Raichik of Libs of TikTok posted a pre-transition photograph of transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney, calling her “a dude,” on Twitter, now known as X.1
Discussion: Althouse
Liz Dye / Public Notice:
Why isn't Donald Trump in jail already?  —  Donald Smith would be in a cell by now! … “Why isn't Donald Trump in jail already?”  —  It's a fair question, particularly in light of the flagrant gag order violations in Trump's Manhattan criminal trial, both by the man himself and his surrogates.
Discussion: Kansas Reflector
Josh Siegel / Politico:
Trump's EPA chief thinks Biden's climate rules are doomed.  But will Biden's dollars survive?  —  Andrew Wheeler also doesn't rule out returning for Trump 2.0: ‘Whenever a president or a governor asks you to do something for your country, you step up and you do it.’
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
The truth about crime in DC  —  On May 15, Congressman Andy Biggs (R-AZ) went to the floor of the House of Representatives and said he supported a federal takeover of Washington, D.C.'s criminal justice laws “to improve public safety in our nation's capital... as violent crime skyrockets.”
Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
Is This Suburban New York Charity a Terrorist Front Group?  —  The Westchester Peace Action Committee Foundation is named in a lawsuit alleging anti-Israel groups coordinate with Hamas  —  At first glance, the Westchester Peace Action Committee Foundation (WESPAC) seems unremarkable …
Toxic Gaslighting: How 3M Executives Convinced a Scientist the Forever Chemicals She Found in Human Blood Were Safe  —  Decades ago, Kris Hansen showed 3M that its PFAS chemicals were in people's bodies.  Her bosses halted her work.  As the EPA now forces the removal of the chemicals from drinking water …
Discussion: New Yorker
David Smith / The Guardian:
Biden: what would Trump have done if the Capitol riots had been led by Black Americans?  —  The US president Joe Biden asks at civil rights event: ‘what do you think he would have done ... if Black Americans had stormed the Capitol?’  —  Joe Biden has launched one of his most scathing attacks yet …
Discussion: CBS News, PJ Media and New York Times
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: The Guardian and Democrats
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
America's largest LGBTQ rights group plans $15 million swing state blitz to re-elect Biden  —  The Human Rights Campaign is launching a spending push in six key states to rally “equality voters” — and warns that many still need to be persuaded to vote for Biden.
Washington Post:
Biden team braces for upcoming trials of Hunter Biden  —  President's son faces two federal cases in June that could draw attention from Trump's legal problems  —  At 8:30 a.m. on June 3, Hunter Biden is scheduled to report to Courtroom 4A in Wilmington, Del., facing his most dire legal peril …
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: Off Message and Conservative Brief
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Michael Podhorzer / Weekend Reading:
Supreme Gaslighting  —  Once again, Alito says the quiet part out loud.  Is anyone listening?
Discussion: The Bulwark
Allison Quinn / The Daily Beast:
Trump Ends NRA Speech With ‘Horror’ Warning Set to Dramatic QAnon Music
Discussion: Newsweek
 Earlier Items: 
Victoria Bekiempis / The Guardian:
Biden vows to fight ‘poison of white supremacy’ at Morehouse speech
Andrew Solender / Axios:
Democrats tee up showdown with GOP over non-citizen voting
Discussion: The Hill and The Guardian
CBS News:
Full transcript of “Face the Nation,” May 19, 2024
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit

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The Information:
Source: Altman told investors that OpenAI could become a for-profit business not controlled by its nonprofit board; Microsoft execs favor a for-profit option

Andrew Williams / Wired:
Apple may not be bringing Apple Intelligence to iPhone 15, which has 6GB of RAM vs. iPhone 15 Pro's 8GB, due to RAM requirements for on-device AI processing

Ankit Patel / NVIDIA Blog:
Nvidia announces Nemotron-4 340B, a family of models that developers can use to generate synthetic data for training LLMs for commercial applications

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