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7:30 AM ET, May 21, 2024

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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 …
Michelle L. Price / Associated Press:
Trump's social media account shares a campaign video with a headline about a ‘unified Reich’  —  A video posted to Donald Trump's account on his social media network Monday included references to a “unified Reich” among hypothetical news headlines if he wins the election in November.
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ABC News:
Trump posts social media video seemingly suggesting his victory will bring ‘unified Reich’  —  “This was not a campaign video,” a Trump campaign rep said.  —  Former President Donald Trump on Monday posted a video on his social media platform that uses a language that appears to mirror that of Nazi Germany …
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 …
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 …
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New York Times:
Prosecution Rests Case in Trump Trial as Defense Targets Cohen Again
CNBC:
Judge blasts Trump defense witness for ‘contemptuous’ staring, muttering at hush money trial
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.
Jada Yuan / Washington Post:
Controversial Donald Trump movie ‘The Apprentice’ depicts him as rapist  —  A dark new biopic starring Sebastian Stan as a young Trump is the talk of Cannes.  —  CANNES, France — Had a movie called “The Apprentice” about a young Donald Trump's rise to power premiered in America …
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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Aaron Rupar / Public Notice:
Biden quietly advances a range of progressive policies  —  He did so just before a deadline on his rule-making authority.  —  ∙ Paid … Congress, in case you're just back from Mars, has been so mired in gridlock that its main function — passing laws — has become about as common as hens teeth.
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
Matt Stout / The Boston Globe:
‘Millionaires tax’ has already generated $1.8 billion this year for Massachusetts, blowing past projections  —  Massachusetts' so-called “millionaires tax” appears primed to actually deliver billions.  —  State officials said Monday that the voter-approved surtax on high earners has generated …
Anne Blythe / North Carolina Health News:
Doctors rail against proposed ban against public masking  —  Cameron Wolfe, an infectious disease specialist at Duke University with a knack for making medicine and science easily understood, is just as straightforward when offering his thoughts on a legislative proposal to ban masking in public.
Discussion: Atlanta Black Star
emptywheel:
Hunter Biden Prosecutor Derek Hines Confesses He Failed To Do Basic Due Diligence, Again  —  I've written about how David Weiss' prosecutors indicted Hunter Biden before they had taken basic investigative steps — like obtaining a warrant to search the President's son's digital data for evidence …
Discussion: Associated Press
Noah Kirsch / The Daily Beast:
Spoiler Alert: Billionaire Trump Mega-Donor Gave Another $5M to RFK Jr.  —  PLAYING THE FIELD  —  The gift is sure to intensify speculation that Timothy Mellon believes Kennedy's candidacy will hurt Joe Biden.  —  Billionaire mega-donor Timothy Mellon, who has poured millions …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Michael Boyle / The Daily Beast:
Jon Stewart Sounds Off on the ‘Real Cancel Culture’  —  ‘CONSTANT VICTIMIZATION’  —  “Jerry Seinfeld took more shit over the past two weeks promoting a Pop-Tart movie than Harrison Butker did for his entire speech,” Stewart said on Monday's “Daily Show.”  —  Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker …
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 …
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
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
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.
 
 
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Holly Bailey / Washington Post:
Fani Willis campaigns to keep her job — and continue prosecuting Trump
Discussion: The Daily Beast, NBC News and WXIA-TV
Reuters:
Netanyahu says ICC prosecutor's move absurd, comparison to Hamas shameful
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Supreme Court Justice Alito sold Bud Light stock, then bought Coors during boycott
Allysia Finley / Wall Street Journal:
Gavin Newsom's Battleground Gift to Donald Trump
Discussion: New York Post
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Brad McElhinny / WV MetroNews:
Sources: Manchin is being encouraged to hop into governor's race against Morrisey
Discussion: Fox News, Axios and Washington Examiner
Ramon Antonio Vargas / The Guardian:
Robert F Kennedy Jr lists foreclosed New York home as voting address
Discussion: New York Post and New Republic
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.”
Financial Times:
Why we support ICC prosecutions for crimes in Israel and Gaza
 

 
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