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11:40 AM ET, May 22, 2024


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Collin Binkley / Associated Press:
Biden administration canceling student loans for another 160,000 borrowers  —  The Biden administration is canceling student loans for another 160,000 borrowers through a combination of existing programs.  The Education Department announced the latest round of cancellation on Wednesday …
The White House:
Statement from President Joe Biden on $7.7 Billion in Student Debt Cancellation for 160,000 Borrowers  —  Today, my Administration is canceling student debt for 160,000 more people, bringing the total number of Americans who have benefitted from our debt relief actions to 4.75 million.
Akayla Gardner / Bloomberg:
Biden Widens Student Loan Relief to More Than 10% of Borrowers
Discussion: New York Magazine
Hannah Knowles / Washington Post:
Trump email falsely says Biden was ‘locked & loaded’ to ‘take me out’ in Mar-a-Lago search  —  A former president falsely accusing his successor and rival of posing a threat to his life is without precedent in modern U.S. history.  —  Donald Trump on Tuesday falsely claimed …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Lawyers found classified docs in Trump's bedroom 4 months after Mar-a-Lago search
Fox News:
Trump highlights Biden admin authorizing ‘deadly use of force’ in Mar-a-Lago raid
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Schumer Plans Vote on Contraception Access, Teeing Up a Campaign Issue  —  Democrats are planning to spotlight Republicans' opposition to legislation protecting birth control access nationwide, as part of an election-year push.  —  Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the majority leader …
Scoop: Senate Democrats plot reproductive-rights blitz … - “We are certainly going to be talking a lot about [abortion],” she said.  — Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), a leading advocate of protecting access to the procedure, said leaders plan to talk about potential floor actions …
Kyle Clark / KUSA-TV:
Colorado GOP calls for all children to be pulled from public schools  —  The party's latest move to the hard right is a directive to parents to remove kids from the public education system.  —  COLORADO, USA — The Colorado Republican Party is issuing a call to its members to pull their children …
Discussion: Raw Story and Diane Ravitch's blog
Marc A. Caputo / The Bulwark:
Meet Trump's ‘Human Printer’  —  WHENEVER DONALD TRUMP BRANDISHES a stack of papers or reads a printout of a social media post, he's relying on the work of Natalie Harp.  —  Harp, 32, occupies a unique role in the history of presidential campaigns: aide who travels with a portable printer …
Gregory Korte / Bloomberg:
Half of Swing-State Voters Fear Violence Around US Election  —  President Joe Biden trails Republican Donald Trump by 4 percentage points across seven battleground states in a monthly tracking poll. … LEARN MORE  —  Half of swing-state voters say they're worried about violence surrounding …
NBC News:
Republican National Committee headquarters under lockdown after being sent vials of blood  —  A hazardous materials team from the Capitol Police responded to the situation.  —  The Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C., was under lockdown Wednesday morning …
Rachel Olding / The Daily Beast:
An Expert's Guide to Surviving Extreme Plane Turbulence  —  HOLD ON TIGHT  —  News that a 73-year-old man died when wild turbulence hit a Singapore Airlines flight on Tuesday is the stuff of most fliers' nightmares.  —  News that a 73-year-old man died and seven others were critically injured …
Andy Kroll / ProPublica:
Scenes From a MAGA Meltdown: Inside the “America First” Movement's War Over Democracy  —  Across the country, the Republican Party's rank-and-file have turned on the GOP establishment.  In Michigan, this schism broke the party — and maybe democracy itself.
Lisa Needham / Public Notice:
Alito's “defense” of flying the J6 flag is transparent BS  —  Going full insurrectionist is not normal. … Everyone is waiting to see what the United States Supreme Court will do with Donald Trump's outlandish claim he should be given absolute immunity from prosecution for his attempts to overturn the 2020 election.
Michael R. Blood / Associated Press:
Trump-Backed California Lawmaker Vince Fong Wins Special Election To Finish McCarthy's Term  —  A Trump-backed Republican California legislator won a special election to complete the remainder of the term of deposed former U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.  —  LOADING
Kate Brumback / Associated Press:
Fani Willis and judge presiding over Georgia Trump election case defeat challengers  —  Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, the Georgia prosecutor who brought a sprawling racketeering case against former President Donald Trump and others, has won the Democratic primary in her bid for reelection.
Holly Bailey / Washington Post:
Fani Willis, top prosecutor in Georgia Trump case, wins primary
Discussion: The Root, Fox News and Newsweek
Wall Street Journal:
What Does It Take to Flip the 2024 Battleground States?  —  Adjust the WSJ Swing-States Dial to see how subtle shifts in turnout and candidate choice could sway the outcome of the 2024 election  —  The American electorate is always shifting, altering the scenarios that determine who the next president will be.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
CBS News:
Senate set to confirm 200th Biden judge as Democrats tout “major milestone”  —  Washington — The Senate on Wednesday is set to confirm President Biden's 200th judicial nominee, surpassing the number of appointments to the federal judiciary made by his two most recent predecessors at this point in their presidencies.
Discussion: Politico and PJ Media
Lauren Aratani / The Guardian:
Majority of Americans wrongly believe US is in recession - and most blame Biden  —  Exclusive Harris poll for the Guardian shows 55% believe economy is shrinking, in troubling sign for president's re-election bid  —  Nearly three in five Americans wrongly believe the US is in an economic recession …
Discussion: New Jersey Online
Ian Ward / Politico:
The right's fascism problem  —  UNFORCED ERROR — Since Donald Trump emerged on the national political scene in 2015, journalists and pundits have been debating whether it's appropriate to compare him and the MAGA movement to the fascist movements of 20th-century Europe — and, more specifically …
Discussion: Raw Story, The Atlantic and Politico
Gil Duran / FrameLab:
‘Unified Reich’: Trump campaign goes full Nazi
Sophia Cai / Axios:
Scoop: Inside the DNC strategy for Trump VPs … - It also plans to run paid ads and dedicate staff across the communications, digital and research departments to the effort.  — The vice presidential debate in July or August, the official says, will be another key opportunity for the DNC to define Trump's vice presidential pick.
Arwa Mahdawi / The Guardian:
Ivanka Trump looks like the comeback kid - and we should all be afraid  —  The closer Ivanka Trump is to her father, the closer Donald Trump is to the White House.  And lately, the former first daughter seems to be testing the political waters  —  Forget polls or statistical modelling …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
House Republican group backed by Speaker Johnson to spend $141 million on ads
Alex Thompson / Axios:
Scoop: GOP chair weighs Psaki subpoena in Afghanistan probe
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Mediaite
The campaign to gut Washington's power over corporate America
 Earlier Items: 
Praveena Somasundaram / Washington Post:
Giuliani says he will stop accusing Georgia workers of election tampering
Discussion: Election Law Blog
Fani Willis blasts ‘clown’ Jim Jordan and MAGA followers for trying to interfere in Trump case
The Big Picture:
The Right Has A Terrifying Second Trump Term Plan Called Project 2025
Talking Points Memo:
Low Energy, Part 2
Discussion: Politico
Erin Doherty / Axios:
Trump backtracks on “looking at” restrictions on contraceptives
Allison Quinn / The Daily Beast:
Kremlin TV Drops ‘New’ Tucker Carlson Show

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Associated Press:
A judge dismisses Alec Baldwin's manslaughter case in the fatal shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, after ruling prosecutors withheld evidence

Tony Mecia / The Charlotte Ledger:
McClatchy's Charlotte Observer is scaling back print editions to three days a week starting September 16, down from six days, and will rely on USPS for delivery

David Shepardson / Reuters:
The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals puts the FCC's reinstatement of net neutrality rules on hold until August 5 as it considers industry legal challenges

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