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Reuters:
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.
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Politico:
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 …
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.
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Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
What If Trump Is Right About America?  —  It's time to ask some hard questions about ourselves.  —  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.
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 …
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Emanuel Fabian / The Times of Israel:
IDF recovers bodies of three hostages from north Gaza, who were killed on October 7  —  Military says it recently got intel confirming Orión Hernández Radoux, Hanan Yablonka, Michel Nisenbaum were kidnapped near Mefalsim, murdered there or en route to Gaza in Hamas onslaught
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Chantal Da Silva / NBC News:
Israel ordered to immediately halt Rafah offensive by top U.N. court
Washington Post:
Middle East conflict live updates
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
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
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.
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
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.
Discussion: Rolling Stone
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.
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 …
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
MSNBC:
‘Repeal the 20th century’: Gerrymandering ruling shows Supreme Court conservatives' long term goal  —  With their ruling today not only allowing South Carolina's racially gerrymandered voting districts but making it harder to challenge racial gerrymandering in the future …
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
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Rolling Stone:
Supreme Court Architect Flew Same ‘Appeal to Heaven’ Flag as Alito
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 …
Washington Monthly:
Are Gaza Protests Happening Mostly at Elite Colleges?  —  Yup.  The Washington Monthly runs the numbers and explains the results.  —  Student protestors at college campuses nationwide, united by their outrage at Israel's actions in Gaza, can rightly be described as diverse.
Camilo Montoya-Galvez / CBS News:
Migrant crossings at U.S.-Mexico border plunge 54% from record highs, internal figures show  —  El Paso, Texas — Illegal crossings along the U.S.-Mexico border in May are down by more than 50% compared to the record highs reported in December, giving the Biden administration an unexpected reprieve during …
Alex Leary / Wall Street Journal:
Jailed Trump Adviser Peter Navarro Says He Doesn't Want a Pardon: ‘I Have No Regrets’  —  From a federal prison, former aide plots new MAGA agenda  —  Peter Navarro, a former top White House adviser to Donald Trump, isn't interested in a pardon should “the boss” return to power.
Discussion: Mediaite, Raw Story and Law & Crime
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.
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Ailbhe Rea / Bloomberg:
Ex-Labour Leader Corbyn to Stand as Independent in UK Election
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
Patrick Svitek / Washington Post:
Ohio governor calls special session to ensure Biden gets on ballot
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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
Agence France-Presse:
Russia denies Trump's claim he can free US journalist if he wins election
NH Department of Justice:
Steven Kramer Charged with Voter Suppression Over AI-Generated President Biden Robocalls