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5:35 PM ET, May 23, 2024


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Sara Cline / Associated Press:
Louisiana Legislature approves bill classifying abortion pills as controlled dangerous substances  —  Two abortion-inducing drugs could soon be reclassified as controlled and dangerous substances in Louisiana under a first-of-its-kind bill that received final legislative passage Thursday …
Megan Messerly / Politico:
Louisiana lawmakers pass criminal penalties for abortion pill possession
Discussion: New York Times
The White House to the left: We told you so on crime  —  ‘Well-meaning ideas have gone too far, and we need a sensible approach.’  —  The defeat of a liberal Portland prosecutor at the hands of a tough-on-crime challenger has hardened a view among top White House officials that Democrats need …
Discussion: The Spectator World and Fox News
Republicans Unite To Block Border Bill Again As Election Year Fight Heats Up  —  Democrats criticized the GOP for walking away from a chance to fix the border, something they have been calling an urgent crisis for years.  —  LOADING  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate rejected for a second …
Washington Post:
Supreme Court allows disputed South Carolina voting map, a win for GOP  —  At issue was whether the map was an unconstitutional attempt to divvy voters up by race — or was permitted partisan gerrymandering.  —  The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the use of a South Carolina congressional map …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Sides With Republicans Over South Carolina Voting Map  —  The case concerned a constitutional puzzle: how to distinguish the roles of race and partisanship in drawing voting maps when Black voters overwhelmingly favor Democrats.  —  The Supreme Court cleared the way on Thursday …
Supreme Court rejects claim that South Carolina's congressional map was racially gerrymandered
Cook Political Report:
A Unique Election Driven by a Traditional Issue  —  There are a lot of unique and untested variables in this upcoming presidential election.  It is the first race in more than 100 years between an incumbent and former incumbent president (both of whom would be the oldest ever to be inaugurated).
Brian Klaas / The Garden of Forking Paths:
Joe Biden and the Inversion of Reality
Discussion: The Daily Signal
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Top Biden campaign official held Zoom call with Haley supporters hours after she endorsed Trump  —  “The common theme was, they feel homeless and they need a reason to vote for Biden.  A lot of them are just not there yet.”  —  A top official with Joe Biden's presidential campaign held …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Nikki Haley Surrendered, but Not Her Voters
Joyce Vance / Civil Discourse with Joyce Vance:
Another Flag for Alito  —  Don't Despair, Vote  —  My God.  —  Tonight, more reporting from Jodi Kantor, joined by Aric Toler and Judy Tate at The New York Times, on Justice Alito's flag-flying practices.  It turns out that in the summer of 2023, the Alitos flew an “Appeal to Heaven” flag at their summer beach house in New Jersey.
Russell Contreras / Axios:
Clarence Thomas attacks Brown v. Education ruling amid 70th anniversary … - Those remedies came through “extravagant uses of judicial power” to end racial segregation in the 1950s and 60s, Thomas wrote.  — Federal courts have limited power to grant equitable relief …
NH Department of Justice:
Steven Kramer Charged with Voter Suppression Over AI-Generated President Biden Robocalls  —  Concord, NH - Attorney General John M. Formella announces that today, Steven Kramer, age 54, of New Orleans, LA, has been indicted on charges of felony voter suppression and misdemeanor impersonation of a candidate.
Ross Ketschke / WMUR:
Political consultant indicted for AI robocalls with fake Biden voice made to New Hampshire voters
US Department of Justice:
Justice Department Sues Live Nation-Ticketmaster for Monopolizing Markets Across the Live Concert Industry  —  For Immediate Release  —  Live Nation-Ticketmaster's Exclusionary Conduct and Dominance Across the Live Concert Ecosystem Harms Fans, Innovation, Artists, and Venues
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
Garland calls Trump's false claim of Biden DOJ plan to potentially assassinate him during FBI's Mar-a-Lago search ‘extremely dangerous’  —  He noted the FBI had a similar policy during the search of Biden's home.  —  A police car is seen outside former President Donald Trump's residence in Mar-A-Lago …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Obama State Dept blocked FBI from arresting supporters of Iran nuclear program in US: Emails  —  The State Department blocked arrests of several individuals suspected of aiding Iran's nuclear program as the Obama administration was negotiating the JCPOA  —  EXCLUSIVE: The Obama-Biden State Department …
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:   FBI Informant Behind U.S. Drone Strike Says He's Living a Nightmare
Natalie Harp: Gatekeeper to the Reich  —  I want to unpack a Marc Caputo story about Natalie Harp, who he says is the person who posted the Reich meme video to Trump's Truth Social account this week.  —  Trump's account posted the Reich video on Monday.  —  On Tuesday, AP identified a troll …
Discussion: National Review and The Bulwark
Phil Williams / WTVF-TV:
Congressman Andy Ogles admits his claims to have loaned $320,000 to his campaign were not true  —  GOP opponent Courtney Johnston: 'If Andy Ogles is willing to lie about his own money, what won't he lie about?'  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Tennessee Congressman Andy Ogles filed 11 amendments …
Mike Stone / Reuters:
US preparing $275 million weapons package for Ukraine, officials say  —  The United States is preparing a $275 million military aid package for Ukraine, which will include 155mm artillery shells, precision aerial munitions and ground vehicles, three U.S. officials told Reuters on Thursday.
Douglas Soule / USA Today:
Florida attorney general says state will investigate Starbucks for DEI practices  —  Florida's top legal officer on Wednesday said the state will investigate Starbucks, the multinational chain of coffeehouses, for its diversity, equity and inclusion practices.
Agence France-Presse:
Russia denies Trump's claim he can free US journalist if he wins election  —  Spokesman says 'there aren't any contacts' with former president regarding Evan Gershkovich's release from Russia  —  Donald Trump boasted on Thursday he would quickly free the jailed US journalist Evan Gershkovich …
Jakob Hanke Vela / Politico:
Spain, Ireland to recognize Palestinian state  —  with ZOYA SHEFTALOVICH  —  PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD  —  SPAIN AND IRELAND TO RECOGNIZE PALESTINIAN STATE TODAY: The governments of Spain and Ireland will today move to recognize Palestinian statehood, in an announcement coordinated with at least …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Will RFK Jr. Swing the Election to Biden?  —  Third parties never win, but on occasion they've been known to determine the loser.  —  No third-party candidate will win the 2024 presidential election or even a single state.  But a third-party candidate could decide the election's outcome.
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