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10:55 PM ET, May 20, 2024

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CNBC:
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.
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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 …
Bonchie / RedState:
Alvin Bragg's Case in Shambles After Michael Cohen Admits to Stealing From Trump and More
Politico:
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 …
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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.
Karen Townsend / HotAir:
Iranian Women Celebrate the Death of President Raisi  —  The Butcher of Tehran is dead.  Good riddance.  —  Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Iranian's foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and others were killed in a helicopter crash Sunday.  Raisi, 63, was thought to be the most likely successor …
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.
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CNN:
EXCLUSIVE: ICC seeks arrest warrants against Sinwar and Netanyahu for war crimes over October 7 attack and Gaza war
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
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
Scarlett Johansson says she is ‘shocked, angered’ over new ChatGPT voice  —  Lawyers for Scarlett Johansson are demanding that OpenAI disclose how it developed an AI personal assistant voice that the actress says sounds uncannily similar to her own.  —  Johansson's legal team has sent OpenAI …
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 …
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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
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: NBC News and New York Times
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, Forbes, Raw Story and Mediaite
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: Axios and Washington Examiner
Erik Loomis / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
The Polls Probably Aren't Lying  —  I feel the need to reinforce much of what Paul has said recently.  —  Joe Biden may very well lose this election and Donald Trump may very well be the 47th president of the United States.  —  It boggles my mind too.  —  Now, I grant you, polling is broken.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 …
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 …
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?’”
 
 
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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
Allysia Finley / Wall Street Journal:
Gavin Newsom's Battleground Gift to Donald Trump
Discussion: New York Post
Phil Galewitz / NPR:
Biden accuses Trump of ‘coming for your health care’ in new campaign ad
Discussion: Washington Examiner
MSNBC:
Rep. Raskin: “the highest court in the land has the lowest ethical standards.”
 Earlier Items: 
MSNBC:
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
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Scared about America losing democracy? Texas is already gone
ProPublica:
Toxic Gaslighting: How 3M Executives Convinced a Scientist the Forever Chemicals She Found in Human Blood Were Safe
Discussion: The Hill and New Yorker
Liz Dye / Public Notice:
Why isn't Donald Trump in jail already?
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Daily News
Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
Is This Suburban New York Charity a Terrorist Front Group?