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6:35 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 …
The White House:
Statement from President Joe Biden on the Warrant Applications by the International Criminal Court  —  The ICC prosecutor's application for arrest warrants against Israeli leaders is outrageous.  And let me be clear: whatever this prosecutor might imply, there is no equivalence — none — between Israel and Hamas.
Aaron Boxerman / New York Times:
Former Trump Officials Meet in Israel With Netanyahu … Despite Israel's sharp internal divides, its leaders largely projected unity on Monday after the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said he would apply for arrest warrants for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yoav Gallant …
Financial Times:
Why we support ICC prosecutions for crimes in Israel and Gaza
Kara Kennedy / Washington Free Beacon:
ICC Seeks Arrest Warrants Against Israeli Leaders
Trump trial: Judge clears press from courtroom to scold defense witness for rolling eyes, talking back … Judge Juan Merchan on Monday cleared members of the press from his courtroom to deliver a lesson in “proper decorum” after a witness called by Donald Trump's lawyers gave the judge an attitude on the stand.
New York Times:
Live Updates: Prosecution Rests Case in Trump Trial as Defense Targets Cohen Again  —  Michael D. Cohen, Donald J. Trump's former fixer, was the last witness called to the stand by prosecutors.  He made the hush-money payment that underpins the case, and the defense targeted his credibility by calling his one-time legal adviser.
Bonchie / RedState:
Alvin Bragg's Case in Shambles After Michael Cohen Admits to Stealing From Trump and More  —  It's not quite time for closing arguments in the New York-based criminal case against Donald Trump, but the crescendo is building.  —  On Monday, disgraced felon Michael Cohen retook the stand …
Wall Street Journal:
FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg to Resign Following Report Detailing Sexual Harassment at Agency  —  Gruenberg plans to stay until successor is confirmed, avoiding scenario that would leave a Republican as acting chairman  —  Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Martin Gruenberg bowed …
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: New Republic, Raw Story and Mediaite
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Supreme Court Justice Alito sold Bud Light stock, then bought Coors during boycott … Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito sold shares of beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev as conservatives were ditching the Bud Light brewer over its partnership with a transgender social media influencer.
Discussion: National Review
Chris Geidner / Law Dork:
Exclusive: Justice Alito sold Bud Light stock amidst anti-trans boycott effort
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
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Trump's Social Media Company Posts Q1 Revenue of $770,500 and Net Loss of $327.6 Million  —  Trump Media and Technology Group, the company affiliated with former U.S. president Donald Trump that operates Truth Social, reported $770,500 in revenue for the first quarter of 2024 and a net loss of $327.6 million.
The Atlantic:
New 9/11 Evidence Points to Deep Saudi Complicity  —  Two decades of U.S. policy appear to be rooted in a mistaken understanding of what happened that day.  —  For more than two decades, through two wars and domestic upheaval, the idea that al-Qaeda acted alone on 9/11 has been the basis of U.S. policy.
Discussion: Hartford Courant
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
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.
Gram Slattery / Reuters:
Exclusive: Donald Trump foreign policy advisers met Israeli PM Netanyahu, source says  —  Three former U.S. foreign policy officials in Donald Trump's administration met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other public figures in Israel on Monday, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.
Brad McElhinny / WV MetroNews:
Sources: Manchin is being encouraged to hop into governor's race against Morrisey  —  Sources close to Senator Joe Manchin, a mainstay of Democratic politics in West Virginia, say he is being encouraged to run for governor.  —  Two sources confirmed that the outreach comes from Republicans …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Allysia Finley / Wall Street Journal:
Gavin Newsom's Battleground Gift to Donald Trump  —  The governor's war on gasoline will hike prices in California, but also Arizona and Nevada.  —  Is Gavin Newsom trying to help Donald Trump?  You have to wonder from the California governor's plan to raise gasoline prices in Nevada and Arizona before the November election.
Discussion: New York Post
Ramon Antonio Vargas / The Guardian:
Robert F Kennedy Jr lists foreclosed New York home as voting address  —  Independent presidential candidate does not own the listed property and is not in public searches as one of its residents  —  Robert F Kennedy Jr has listed a home in foreclosure for non-payment as his voting address …
NBC News:
Nevada abortion rights groups submit signatures to advance ballot measure  —  An amendment that would enshrine abortion rights in the Nevada constitution is now one step closer to making the November ballot.  —  A proposed amendment to enshrine access to abortion in Nevada's constitution …
Discussion: USA Today and Off the Kuff
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.
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Holly Bailey / Washington Post:
Fani Willis campaigns to keep her job — and continue prosecuting Trump
Discussion: NBC News and WXIA-TV
Phil Galewitz / NPR:
Biden accuses Trump of ‘coming for your health care’ in new campaign ad
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Rep. Raskin: “the highest court in the land has the lowest ethical standards.”
Trump's most important legal team isn't in court. It's on Fox News.
Kirk Swearingen / Salon:
Don't fall for MAGA's “election integrity” con job
Discussion: RedState, PJ Media and Raw Story
Andrew Duehren / Wall Street Journal:
A Global Tax on Billionaires? Janet Yellen Says ‘No’
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Wall Street Journal:
We'll Protect Both Life and IVF
Stephen Neukam / Axios:
In Nevada, another GOP Senate contender downplays stance on abortion
Discussion: Potomac Local News
‘Hell no’: Endangered Senate Dems chafe at relentless GOP drive to tie them to Biden
Discussion: Twitchy and American Greatness
Liz Dye / Public Notice:
Why isn't Donald Trump in jail already?
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
The truth about crime in DC
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
America's largest LGBTQ rights group plans $15 million swing state blitz to re-elect Biden
Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
Is This Suburban New York Charity a Terrorist Front Group?