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Axios:
Scoop: Blackstone's Steve Schwarzman backs Trump … Schwarzman, a billionaire and lifelong moderate Republican, was one of Trump's most visible business supporters when he was in the White House.  — But ahead of this year's GOP primaries, Schwarzman called for “a new generation of leaders.”
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Chris Cameron / New York Times:
Blackstone's Chief, a G.O.P. Megadonor, Says He Will Again Back Trump  —  Stephen A. Schwarzman, the billionaire co-founder and chief executive of the investment group, had previously called for a “new generation of leaders.”  —  Stephen A. Schwarzman, the billionaire chairman and chief executive …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Trump's fascist talk is what's ‘poisoning the blood of our country’
Discussion: Althouse
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Rolling Stone:
Trump Pressures Republicans to Pass a Law to Keep Him Out of Jail Forever  —  The former president is convinced state prosecutors will target him again after a second term, and wants the GOP to solve that problem for him  —  Donald Trump likes to tell anyone who will listen …
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Edith Olmsted / The Daily Beast:
Trumpworld Claims 25,000 People Attended His Rally.  Aerial Shots Show Otherwise.  —  COUNTING IS EASY  —  The Trump campaign was adamant 25,000 people attended his Bronx rally.  Footage, and The Daily Beast's reporter in attendance, suggested otherwise.  —  Trumpworld is once again splintering from reality.
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Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
What If Trump Is Right About America?
Discussion: CBS News
Fox News:
Trump vows to ‘save’ deep-blue New York City in massive, historic Bronx rally
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Even Donald Trump has trouble getting New York's attention
Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
Jan. 6 rioter who attacked cops lashes out at Trump-appointed judge after 12-year sentence  —  Christopher Quaglin said that Donald Trump would be back in the White House in eight short months and called the judge who sentenced him Trump's “worst mistake of 2016.”
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Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
‘Sedition Panda’ convicted of assaulting officer on Jan. 6 after judge calls defense argument ‘absurd’
Discussion: Mediaite, CBS News and Raw Story
Jonathan Nicholson / HuffPost:
U.S. Announces $275 Million Weapons Package To Ukraine Amid Calls To Loosen Limits  —  Ukraine wants a green light to strike inside Russia with American weapons.  So do some key members of Congress.  —  LOADING  —  The Pentagon announced a $275 million package of weaponry for Ukraine …
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Jon Sarlin / CNN:
Trump's ‘unified Reich’ video appears to trace origins to a Turkish graphic designer  —  The phrase “unified Reich,” which appeared in a video posted by the Trump campaign and caused a firestorm of controversy, appears to have originated as placeholder text in a collection of video templates created …
Politico:
Libertarian convention devolves into fighting, obscenities on eve of Trump's visit  —  The former president could face a hostile crowd when he addresses the Libertarian Party on Saturday.  —  Donald Trump won't be speaking to his usual self-selected crowd of adoring red-hatted MAGA fans …
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
A Polling Risk for Trump  —  His advantage may not be as stable as it looks.  —  The polls have shown Donald Trump with an edge for eight straight months, but there's a sign his advantage might not be quite as stable as it looks: His lead is built on gains among voters who aren't paying close attention …
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Variety:
As ‘The Apprentice’ Seeks Cannes Sale, Trump Team Sends Cease and Desist Letter to Block Film's Release (EXCLUSIVE)  —  Attorneys for Donald Trump have sent a cease and desist letter to the filmmakers behind “The Apprentice” in an effort to block its U.S. sale and release.
Hayden Field / CNBC:
Google criticized as AI Overview makes obvious errors, such as saying former President Obama is Muslim … It's been less than two weeks since Google debuted “AI Overview” in Google Search, and public criticism has mounted after queries have returned nonsensical or inaccurate results within the AI feature — without any way to opt out.
Sareen Habeshian / Axios:
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to undergo surgery … - “The Secretary has determined he will be temporarily unable to perform his functions and duties during the procedure,” Pentagon spokesperson Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder said in a statement, adding that Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks will assume his post.
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” …
Hope Xv / Pluralistic:
They brick you because they can (permalink)  —  In “The Scorpion and the Frog,” a trusting frog gives a scorpion a ride across a brook, only to be stung to death by his passenger upon arrival.  The dying frog gasps “why?” and the scorpion replies, “I am sorry, but I couldn't resist the urge.
 
 
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