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7:45 PM ET, May 20, 2024


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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.
Emma Colton / Fox News:
Cohen's bombshell admission could lead to hung jury, if not acquittal: expert  —  Former Trump attorney MIchael Cohen admitted Monday that he stole thousands from the Trump Organization  —  Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen's admission in court Monday that he stole from the Trump Organization …
New York Times:
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 called his one-time legal adviser.
Bonchie / RedState:
Alvin Bragg's Case in Shambles After Michael Cohen Admits to Stealing From Trump and More
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 …
Aaron Boxerman / New York Times:
Former Trump Officials Meet in Israel With Netanyahu
Financial Times:
Why we support ICC prosecutions for crimes in Israel and Gaza
United States Department of State:
On the Death of Iranian President Raisi and Others in a Helicopter Crash  —  The United States expresses its official condolences for the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian, and other members of their delegation in a helicopter crash in northwest Iran.
The one thing US fears after Iranian president's death  —  Biden administration officials still fear Iran could blame the U.S. or Israel for the helicopter crash that killed Ebrahim Raisi.  —  The Biden administration is closely watching how Iran reacts to the sudden death of its president …
Karen Townsend / HotAir:
Iranian Women Celebrate the Death of President Raisi
Iranian President Raisi feared dead as helicopter wreckage found
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 …
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
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.
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.
Discussion: New York Times
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: The Hill and New Yorker
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 …
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
Marc A. Caputo / The Bulwark:
‘October 7 was a turning point’: Trump's pro-Israel fundraising accelerates.  —  ALMOST AS SOON AS PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN announced he would halt a weapons shipment to Israel, Steve Witkoff's iPhone started buzzing.  —  “Every one of my friends started calling and asking, ‘What can I do for Donald Trump?’”
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.
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 …
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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
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Gavin Newsom's Battleground Gift to Donald Trump
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Phil Galewitz / NPR:
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Discussion: Washington Examiner
Rep. Raskin: “the highest court in the land has the lowest ethical standards.”
 Earlier Items: 
Trump's most important legal team isn't in court. It's on Fox News.
Andrew Duehren / Wall Street Journal:
A Global Tax on Billionaires? Janet Yellen Says ‘No’
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
Katherine Dailey / Politico:
Republicans want Menendez's Senate seat. Trump devotion is getting in the way.
Discussion: Raw Story
Liz Dye / Public Notice:
Why isn't Donald Trump in jail already?
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