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2:30 PM ET, May 24, 2024


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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
The Shaky Foundation of Trump's Lead: Disengaged Voters  —  The Biden team faces questions of its own: Why have these voters backed away from him, and can his campaign find a way to reach them?  —  The polls have shown Donald J. Trump with an edge for eight straight months …
Discussion: Raw Story
Nicholas Nehamas / New York Times:
Robert De Niro Narrates an Anti-Trump Ad for Biden
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Even Donald Trump has trouble getting New York's attention  —  The former president came to the Bronx on Thursday night for an unusual campaign rally.  The Bronx didn't take much notice.  —  NEW YORK — You could hear Donald Trump sporadically through the trees.
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
What If Trump Is Right About America?  —  1. Donny from the Bronx  —  One of the Trump campaign's beliefs about 2024 is that the the former president's criminal indictments will help him with black voters.  The theory is, since Trump is an (alleged) criminal, many black people who are also criminals(?), will begin to support him.
Exclusive: Putin wants Ukraine ceasefire on current frontlines  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to halt the war in Ukraine with a negotiated ceasefire that recognises the current battlefield lines, four Russian sources told Reuters, saying he is prepared to fight on if Kyiv and the West do not respond.
Playbook: Rick Scott plots the ultimate McConnell revenge  —  With help from Eli Okun, Garrett Ross and Bethany Irvine  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  ABOUT LAST NIGHT — DONALD TRUMP's rally in the Bronx last night featured many of his greatest hits — touting his record, slamming JOE BIDEN …
Noah Berlatsky / Public Notice:
Trump isn't joking about serving 3 or more terms  —  He wouldn't leave power willingly the first time.  He won't if he returns to power. … During Donald Trump's first term, Republicans dismissed well-founded concerns that he wouldn't leave office willingly as “silly.”  And then January 6 happened.
Chantal Da Silva / NBC News:
Israel ordered to immediately halt Rafah offensive by top U.N. court  —  Israel is unlikely to comply with the order, which the International Court of Justice has no power to enforce, but the landmark ruling will pile pressure on the increasingly isolated U.S. ally.
Washington Post:
Middle East conflict live updates
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
‘Just a scandal’: Jamie Raskin envisions radical overhaul of Supreme Court  —  Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) called for a radical overhaul of the scandal-plagued U.S. Supreme Court.  —  The court has been rocked by ethics scandals - particularly those involving justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito …
Discussion: CNN and Mother Jones
Jay Kuo / The Status Kuo:
Red Flag Warning  —  Lordy, there's a second flag.  And it's worse than the first.  —  To kick things off, a quick refresher.  Last time on Justices Gone Rogue, Alito was confronted with reports of a U.S. flag flying upside down at his home, just 11 days after the January 6th attack.
Discussion: Boing Boing and Reason
Rolling Stone:
Supreme Court Architect Flew Same ‘Appeal to Heaven’ Flag as Alito
Margaret Sullivan / American Crisis:
The odds, the stakes and the scariest media news I saw all week  —  On the great divide in how Americans get their news and how it affects their political views  —  First off, thanks so much to quite a few new subscribers, who made it clear that they care — a lot — about how the news media is dealing with threats to democracy.
Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
At least 66 members of far-right group in rural Oregon standing for office  —  Revealed: anti-government People's Rights Network, founded by Ammon Bundy, appearing to follow ‘entryism’ strategy  —  At least 66 members of an anti-government group founded by far-right militia figure Ammon Bundy …
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Trump Has Already Sown Doubts About the 2024 Election Results  —  Former President Donald J. Trump has baselessly and publicly cast doubt about the fairness of the 2024 election about once a day, on average, since he announced his candidacy for president, according to an analysis by The New York Times.
NBC News:
Are Russia and North Korea planning an ‘October surprise’ that aids Trump?  —  U.S. officials are bracing for Pyongyang to take military actions close to the U.S. presidential election, possibly at the urging of Vladimir Putin.  —  WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is increasingly concerned …
Discussion: New York Post
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Media Matters Lays Off a Dozen Staffers Amid Elon Musk Lawsuit  —  ‘LEGAL ASSAULT’  —  The liberal media watchdog let go of a number of veteran researchers and writers on Thursday as it faces a number of legal threats from Musk and Republicans.  —  Months after edgelord billionaire Elon Musk launched a …
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
Countries Fail to Agree on Treaty to Prepare the World for the Next Pandemic  —  Negotiators plan to ask for more time.  Among the sticking points are equitable access to vaccines and financing to set up surveillance systems.  —  Countries around the globe are have failed to reach consensus …
Michael C. Bender / New York Times:
Trump's V.P. Pageant Has an Unexpectedly Strong Contender: Tom Cotton  —  Donald Trump's interest in the Arkansas senator reflects a desire to choose a running mate with experience and the ability to run a disciplined campaign.  —  Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas has unexpectedly emerged …
Rachel Olding / The Daily Beast:
Republican Rep's Daughter and Son-in-Law Killed in Haiti Gang Attack  —  ‘MY HEART IS BROKEN’  —  “I've never felt this kind of pain,” Ben Baker wrote on Facebook on Friday.  —  Missouri state Rep. Ben Baker said Friday that his “heart is broken in a thousand pieces” …
Tayo Bero / The Guardian:
Texas's pardon of the killer of a Black Lives Matter protester sends a chilling message  —  Governor Greg Abbott would have us believe this was a case of self-defense.  Would he say that if the situation were reversed?  —  This month, the Texas state parole board unanimously recommended …
Discussion: Tangle
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Elon Musk Ramps Up Anti-Biden Posts on X
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Washington Post:
Why Jared Polis criticized Biden's China tariffs
‘Repeal the 20th century’: Gerrymandering ruling shows Supreme Court conservatives' long term goal
Ailbhe Rea / Bloomberg:
Ex-Labour Leader Corbyn to Stand as Independent in UK Election
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CBS News:
Most believe Trump probably guilty of crime as his NYC trial comes to an end, CBS News poll finds
Discussion: Progress Pond and RedState
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
‘A Failed Medical School’: How Racial Preferences, Supposedly Outlawed in California, Have Persisted at UCLA
Sareen Habeshian / Axios:
Pentagon: Over 1 million pounds of aid reaches Gaza via U.S. pier
Alex Tabet / NBC News:
Gavin Newsom signs bill allowing Arizona doctors to perform abortions in California
Matt Dixon / NBC News:
Trump team moves behind the scenes to shift the GOP platform on abortion and marriage
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Makiya Seminera / Associated Press:
North Carolina public universities board repeals policy in vote that likely cuts diversity jobs

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Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
AT&T says it will begin notifying consumers about a data breach that allowed cybercriminals to steal phone records of “nearly all” of its customers

Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
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Tim Hardwick / MacRumors:
Apple launches Vision Pro in the UK, Canada, France, Germany, and Australia after launching in China, Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore on June 28

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