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2:00 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
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 …
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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 …
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
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
‘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 …
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 …
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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Makiya Seminera / Associated Press:
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Agence France-Presse:
Russia denies Trump's claim he can free US journalist if he wins election