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8:15 PM ET, May 23, 2024

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Politico:
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 …
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HuffPost:
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Sides With Republicans Over South Carolina Voting Map
Politico:
Supreme Court rejects claim that South Carolina's congressional map was racially gerrymandered
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 …
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
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David Frum / The Atlantic:
Nikki Haley Surrendered, but Not Her Voters
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).
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Brian Klaas / The Garden of Forking Paths:
Joe Biden and the Inversion of Reality
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Reuters:
Three US troops have non-combat injuries during Gaza pier operation  —  Three U.S. troops suffered non-combat injuries in the effort to make a temporary pier off the coast of Gaza into a conduit for humanitarian aid, with one in critical condition at an Israeli hospital, U.S. officials said on Thursday.
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.
emptywheel:
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
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.
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.
Matt Dixon / NBC News:
Trump team moves behind the scenes to shift the GOP platform on abortion and marriage  —  The Trump campaign and its allies are working to stop the party's right flank from getting key spots on the committee to write the Republican National Committee platform.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Michael Kunzelman / Associated Press:
Baltimore's former top prosecutor spared prison for mortgage fraud and perjury  —  A former Baltimore city prosecutor who achieved a national profile for charging police officers in a Black man's death was spared prison time in her sentence Thursday for perjury and mortgage fraud.
 
 
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