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11:10 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 …
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 …
Republicans Unite To Block Border Bill Again As Election Year Fight Heats Up
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 …
Supreme Court rejects claim that South Carolina's congressional map was racially gerrymandered
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Sides With Republicans Over South Carolina Voting Map
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 …
Sareen Habeshian / Axios:
Pentagon: Over 1 million pounds of aid reaches Gaza via U.S. pier … - The effort “is being carried out as part of the United States' broader efforts alongside international partners to surge assistance to Palestinians in need,” the Pentagon said in a blog post.
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
GOP Senate Candidate Spent Thousands in Donor Funds on Strip Clubs, Luxury, and Mysterious Wire Transfers  —  ROLLS ROYCE  —  Star athlete and conspiracy theorist Royce White just landed the Minnesota GOP's endorsement for Senate.  They must not have seen his previous campaign expenses.
Discussion: Raw Story and Newsweek
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
Hannah Demissie / ABC News:
Biden campaign met with Haley voters to woo them following her pledge to vote for Trump
Makiya Seminera / Associated Press:
North Carolina public universities board repeals policy in vote that likely cuts diversity jobs  —  North Carolina's public university system board voted Thursday to repeal a nearly five-year-old diversity, equity and inclusion policy, meaning its 17 schools will likely join other major universities …
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
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
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 …
Emma Colton / Fox News:
Revelation of secret Obama-era program casts doubt on stated reason for Trump Mar-a-Lago raid  —  ‘The law protects only those who follow the norms of one party,’ America First Legal Vice President Dan Epstein says  —  FIRST ON FOX: A purportedly never-before-seen Department of Defense memo …
Charles R. Davis / Salon:
“No blaming it on his spouse”: Critics say seditious Alito flags expose his “Christian nationalism”  —  The Supreme Court justice isn't hiding his far-right sympathies, but at least this time he's not blaming his wife  —  When Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito was caught raising an upside …
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 …
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.
Alex Tabet / NBC News:
Gavin Newsom signs bill allowing Arizona doctors to perform abortions in California  —  The California Democrat signed legislation drafted in response to the Arizona Supreme Court ruling that a near-total ban on abortion from 1864 is enforceable in the state.
Patrick Svitek / Washington Post:
Ohio governor calls special session to ensure Biden gets on ballot  —  The Republican governor took the move after fellow GOP members in the state assembly were at an impasse to ensure President Biden would be on the November election ballot in his state.  —  Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) …
Kelsey Walsh / ABC News:
Trump campaign accuses Secret Service of ‘critical flaw’ in RNC convention planning  —  The Trump campaign wants more space between the convention and protest areas.  —  Former President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump attends a campaign rally in Wildwood, New Jersey, on May 11, 2024.
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.
Heather Cox Richardson / Letters from an American:
Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA) called out his Republican colleagues on the floor of the House today for offering “stunts instead of solutions, extremism over bipartisanship.”  It's a shame, he said, because the Republicans' narrow majority “could have given us a chance to work together in a bipartisan way.”
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
‘A Failed Medical School’: How Racial Preferences, Supposedly Outlawed in California, Have Persisted at UCLA … Long considered one of the best medical schools in the world, the University of California, Los Angeles's David Geffen School of Medicine receives as many as 14,000 applications a year.
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 …
New York Times:
Almost 6,000 Dead in 6 Years: How Baltimore Became the U.S. Overdose Capital  —  The city was once hailed for its response to addiction.  But as fentanyl flooded the streets and officials shifted priorities, deaths hit unprecedented heights.  —  This is the first part in a series exploring Baltimore's overdose crisis.
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Thomas Beaumont / Associated Press:
'Ron, I love that you're back': Trump and DeSantis put an often personal primary fight behind them
Discussion: Bloomberg and Washington Examiner
Matt Dixon / NBC News:
Trump team moves behind the scenes to shift the GOP platform on abortion and marriage
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Michael Kunzelman / Associated Press:
Baltimore's former top prosecutor spared prison for mortgage fraud and perjury
Jakob Hanke Vela / Politico:
Spain, Ireland to recognize Palestinian state
 Earlier Items: 
Camille Mumford / Emerson Polling:
South Carolina 1st District Republican Primary Poll: Rep. Mace Leads Primary Opponents
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Will RFK Jr. Swing the Election to Biden?
Natalie Harp: Gatekeeper to the Reich
Discussion: National Review

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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Daniel Ek says Spotify is working on a deluxe Spotify tier, around a $17-$18 price point, that has “a lot more control, a lot higher quality across the board”

Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
YouTube Q2 ad revenue grew 13% YoY to $8.66B, vs. $8.93B est.; Google's subscriptions, platforms, and devices unit that includes YouTube TV had revenue of $9.3B

Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
Former Marvel chairman Ike Perlmutter, who backed Nelson Peltz in a failed proxy fight for two Disney board seats, sells his stake of nearly 26M Disney shares

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