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4:15 PM ET, May 23, 2024


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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 …
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
New York Times:
Louisiana Lawmakers Vote to Make Abortion Pills Controlled Substances  —  The legislation would make possession of the drugs without a prescription a crime in Louisiana, punishable with jail time.  —  Louisiana lawmakers passed legislation on Thursday to make the state the first in the nation …
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  —  It now heads to the desk of GOP Gov. Jeff Landry, who has not publicly weighed in on the legislation but is expected to sign it.  —  Louisiana lawmakers on Thursday approved legislation making the possession …
Discussion: New York Times
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
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
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.
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: Digby's Hullabaloo
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Slate
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
The Minnesota GOP endorsed an anti-semite for U.S. Senate.  Republicans are silent.  —  Earlier this month, Congressman Tom Emmer (R-MN) blasted college students protesting Israel's military operations in Gaza.  “By these students' own admission, they're not just standing in solidarity with this pro-Hamas …
Discussion: The Daily Dot and LGBTQ Nation
Aimee Picchi / CBS News:
Do you need a college degree to succeed?  Here's what the data shows.  —  College was once widely viewed as a pathway to success, but today only about 1 in 4 Americans say a bachelor's degree is necessary to secure a well-paying job, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center.
Kim Wehle / The Bulwark:
Judge Outlines ‘Shell Game’ Played with Classified Docs at Mar-a-Lago  —  THIS WEEK'S MOST IMPORTANT NEWS is barely making headlines: On Tuesday, it was revealed that a federal judge found over a year ago that there is sufficient evidence, if believed by a jury, to find that Donald J. Trump …
Far-right ID group expels Alternative for Germany  —  The AfD has been hit by scandals, including potential connections to China and Russia.  —  Germany's far-right Alternative for Germany party (AfD) has been expelled from its pan-European group Identity and Democracy in the European Parliament following …
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Camille Mumford / Emerson Polling:
South Carolina 1st District Republican Primary Poll: Rep. Mace Leads Primary Opponents
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Duane Patterson / HotAir:
You Can Get Anything You Want at Joe Biden's Restaurant
Discussion: The Daily Signal and BizPac Review
Crypto's ‘huge moment’ scrambling US politics
Ross Ketschke / WMUR:
Political consultant indicted for AI robocalls with fake Biden voice made to New Hampshire voters
 Earlier Items: 
Edith Olmsted / The Daily Beast:
House Democrat Banned From Speaking for Simply Listing Trump's Trials
Tinashe Chingarande / NOTUS:
‘Like a Lead Balloon’: Trump's ‘Shadow Secretary of State’ Meets With Arab American Leaders
Sophia Cai / Axios:
Trump gears up for unique South Bronx rally

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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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