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2:45 PM ET, May 22, 2024

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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 …
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Ron Dicker / HuffPost:
Donald Trump Wildly Suggests Joe Biden Was Ready To Kill Him In Mar-A-Lago Search
Fox News:
Trump highlights Biden admin authorizing ‘deadly use of force’ in Mar-a-Lago raid
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 …
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Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
“Everyone is absolutely terrified”: Inside a US ally's secret war on its American critics  —  I met Raqib Naik, a journalist who had fled his native India, at a coffee shop in suburban Maryland.  We sat at the same metal table where he once discussed the prospect of his assassination with FBI agents.
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult Pro:
Trump maintains leads in most critical swing states  —  Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s standing has slipped since October, hurting him most notably in Wisconsin … President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump continue to face tight contests in the potentially pivotal “Blue Wall” …
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Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
Israel Rages as Ireland, Spain, and Norway Move to Recognize Palestinian State  —  ‘REWARD HAMAS’  —  The historic move will be punished with “severe consequences,” Israel's foreign minister said.  —  Ireland, Spain, and Norway on Wednesday said they will officially recognize a Palestinian state …
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 …
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 …
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Mia Cathell / Townhall:
Is Oreo About to Be the Next Bud Light?  —  Oreo could be the latest big brand to get the Bud Light treatment.  —  The cookie company's Chicago-headquartered parent organization, Mondelēz International, will be confronted at its annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday over how its LGBTQ marketing …
Discussion: HotAir
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
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 …
Rachel Schilke / Washington Examiner:
James Comer teams up with Katie Porter on bipartisan presidential ethics bill  —  House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) and Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) are pairing up in a rare moment of bipartisanship to introduce legislation that seeks to prevent presidential candidates from “profiting from their proximity to power.”
The Guardian:
Rishi Sunak will call general election for July in surprise move - sources  —  PM says he wants to hold summer poll after claiming inflation is back under control and economy is improving  —  Rishi Sunak will on Wednesday afternoon call a surprise early election for July …
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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The many punts of Donald Trump  —  In his attempt to return to the White House, Trump has repeatedly avoided taking positions on key issues.  —  Former president Donald Trump's botched handling of a question about contraception was somewhat inexplicable.  When asked by a local TV news reporter …
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.
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 …
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.
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CNN:
In fractured GOP majority, Jeffries amasses unusual amount of power as minority leader  —  When House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries negotiated a pair of major government funding bills with Speaker Mike Johnson earlier this year, he also quietly secured a significant victory for his own party …
Discussion: Breitbart
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Praveena Somasundaram / Washington Post:
Giuliani says he will stop accusing Georgia workers of election tampering
Discussion: Election Law Blog
 
 
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Nick Penzenstadler / USA Today:
Hacked data reveals which US gun sellers are behind Mexican cartel violence
Discussion: Fox News
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
House Republican group backed by Speaker Johnson to spend $141 million on ads
Wall Street Journal:
What Does It Take to Flip the 2024 Battleground States?
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Michael R. Blood / Associated Press:
Trump-Backed California Lawmaker Vince Fong Wins Special Election To Finish McCarthy's Term
Politico:
The campaign to gut Washington's power over corporate America
NBC News:
Louisiana House passes bill to make abortion pills a controlled dangerous substance
Kate Brumback / Associated Press:
Fani Willis and judge presiding over Georgia Trump election case defeat challengers
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David Shepardson / Reuters:
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