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2:00 PM 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 …
Financial Times:
Why we support ICC prosecutions for crimes in Israel and Gaza  —  The attacks by Hamas in Israel on October 7 and the military response by Israeli forces in Gaza have tested the system of international law to its limits.  This is why, as international lawyers, we felt compelled to assist …
Kara Kennedy / Washington Free Beacon:
ICC Seeks Arrest Warrants Against Israeli Leaders
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Trump trial: Michael Cohen admits he ‘stole from the Trump Organization’ in testimony … Michael Cohen, the former fixer and personal lawyer for Donald Trump, admitted during cross-examination Monday that he stole from Trump's company by holding on to money given to him that should have gone to a tech contractor.
Trump claims he wants to testify at his trial.  No one else thinks he should.  —  “Anybody testifying for their own sake, it doesn't play out well,” said one Trump ally.  —  On the eve of his criminal trial, Donald Trump told reporters in Florida that he would take the stand and testify if necessary.
New York Times:
Closing Arguments in Trump's Trial Will Likely Be Next Week, Judge Says  —  Defense lawyers have the opportunity to call witnesses, including their client, former President Donald J. Trump, but whether he will testify is not clear.  Then the case goes to the jury.
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
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
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Scared about America losing democracy?  Texas is already gone  —  “I might go to Dallas to murder looters,” a then-active duty U.S. Army sergeant named Daniel Perry texted a friend in the spring of 2020, as protest marches over the police murder of George Floyd swept across Texas and the nation.
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Isabel Keane / New York Post:
Biden bizarrely suggests he was VP during pandemic in latest blunder  —  President Biden bizarrely declared Sunday that things got “kinda bad” when he was vice president during the pandemic — even though COVID-19 hit three years after the Obama administration left office.
Victoria Bekiempis / The Guardian:
Biden vows to fight ‘poison of white supremacy’ at Morehouse speech
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
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
Victoria Guida / Politico:
Senate Banking Chair Brown calls on Biden to replace embattled FDIC head  —  FDIC Chair Martin Gruenberg testified at hearings before House and Senate lawmakers last week, where Democrats stopped just shy of calling for his ouster.  —  Senate Banking Chair Sherrod Brown on Monday called …
Stephen Neukam / Axios:
In Nevada, another GOP Senate contender downplays stance on abortion … - Brown is seeking the GOP nomination to unseat Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) in a state that is a key battleground for the presidential race and the fight over which party will control the Senate.
Discussion: Potomac Local News
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.
New York Times:
A Former Leader of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Gang Joins Trump in Court  —  Chuck Zito, who did time on drug conspiracy charges, has tried to recast his persona as a general-purpose tough guy around town.  —  An entourage of more than a dozen supporters who joined President Donald J. Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story and Forbes
Trump's most important legal team isn't in court.  It's on Fox News.  —  Trump's effort to delegitimize this trial leans heavily on favorable commentary from his friends at Fox.  —  “Everybody — Alan Dershowitz — everybody says there's no crime here,” Donald Trump said before his trial in Manhattan resumed on Thursday.
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Rep. Raskin: “the highest court in the land has the lowest ethical standards.”
Kirk Swearingen / Salon:
Don't fall for MAGA's “election integrity” con job
Discussion: Raw Story and PJ Media
Andrew Duehren / Wall Street Journal:
A Global Tax on Billionaires? Janet Yellen Says ‘No’
‘Hell no’: Endangered Senate Dems chafe at relentless GOP drive to tie them to Biden
Discussion: American Greatness
Katherine Dailey / Politico:
Republicans want Menendez's Senate seat. Trump devotion is getting in the way.
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Biden team braces for upcoming trials of Hunter Biden
Discussion: HotAir, CNN and New York Post
Josh Siegel / Politico:
Trump's EPA chief thinks Biden's climate rules are doomed. But will Biden's dollars survive?
Discussion: Washington Examiner
 Earlier Items: 
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
The truth about crime in DC
Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
Is This Suburban New York Charity a Terrorist Front Group?
Michael Podhorzer / Weekend Reading:
Supreme Gaslighting  —  Once again, Alito says the quiet part out loud.  Is anyone listening?
Discussion: The Bulwark
New York Post:
RFK Jr. lists voting address at Westchester home — that's in foreclosure and neighbors have never seen him
Senate Democrats don't believe Biden's bad polls, either