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9:10 AM ET, May 25, 2024


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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.”
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 …
Brian Beutler / Off Message:
Biden's Critics On The Left Should Rethink The Concept Of ‘Leverage’
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
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 …
Jonathan Lemire / Politico:
Biden has stayed silent on Trump's trial.  The verdict will change that.  —  Biden will speak at some point after the verdict, whether it be a conviction, acquittal or hung jury.  —  Joe Biden plans to break his vow of silence and publicly address the criminal trials Donald Trump is facing …
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.”
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
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 …
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.
Fox News:
Trump vows to ‘save’ deep-blue New York City in massive, historic Bronx rally
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 …
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.
Emerson Polling:
May 2024 National Poll: Trump 46%, Biden 44%  —  Home Polls May 2024 National Poll: Trump 46%, Biden 44%  —  Majority of Voters Say Trump Guilty Verdict Would Not Impact Vote  —  The May 2024 Emerson College Polling national survey of U.S. voters finds 46% support former President Donald Trump …
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
A Polling Risk for Trump
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.
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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Texas's pardon of the killer of a Black Lives Matter protester sends a chilling message
Discussion: Texas Monthly