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emptywheel:
Jack Smith Invites Aileen Cannon to Protect the Country Rather than Just Donald Trump  —  Jack Smith has asked Judge Aileen Cannon to prevent Trump from lying about a plot to assassinate him, as he has done since propagandist Julie Kelly made a stink about a routine Use of Force form Trump himself released …
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Ben Feuerherd / Politico:
Trump is still pushing the limits of the gag order.  It could come back to haunt him at sentencing.  —  Dealing with the gag order is a distraction for both sides.  But if Trump is convicted, his violations could be used as aggravating factors.  —  NEW YORK — So far …
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Special counsel asks judge for gag order in Trump classified documents case  —  Special counsel's office prosecutors on Friday asked a federal judge in Florida to place a gag order on Donald Trump that would limit his ability to comment about law enforcement that searched his Mar-a-Lago resort.
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Prosecutors seek to bar Trump from statements endangering law enforcement in classified records case
Washington Post:
Wife of Justice Alito called upside-down flag ‘signal of distress’  —  In January 2021, Martha-Ann Alito said the flag, a symbol embraced by election deniers, was raised outside her home in response to a neighborhood dispute.  —  The wife of Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. told …
Discussion: The National Pulse
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 …
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NBC News:
Libertarian convention crowd appears hostile to Trump ahead of Saturday speech  —  Vivek Ramaswamy was booed when he mentioned Trump, while a convention-goer who called for “Donald Trump to go f— himself” was met with widespread applause.  —  WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump …
Ryan Lizza / Politico:
‘It Was Pure Retaliation’: The Feud That Will Define the Senate GOP  —  Rick Scott hasn't given up his quest to vanquish Mitch McConnell and restore his own battered image inside the Republican conference.  —  In late November of 2022, Sen. Rick Scott received a text from an aide to Mitch McConnell.
Alexandra Marquez / NBC News:
Key Senate Democrats seek meeting with Chief Justice Roberts over 'Supreme Court's ethics crisis'  —  The senators are asking Chief Justice John Roberts to “ensure” that Justice Alito recuses himself from certain cases.  —  Two top Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee asked to meet …
Jenny Kleeman / The Guardian:
America's premier pronatalists on having ‘tons of kids’ to save the world: ‘There are going to be countries of old people starving to death’  —  Elon Musk (father of 11) supports their cause.  Thousands follow their ideology.  Malcolm and Simone Collins are on a mission to make it easier for everyone to have multiple children.
Rolling Stone:
GOP Officials Are Outsourcing Their Lawsuits to a Far-Right Christian Group  —  Conservative public officials are hiring the Alliance Defending Freedom to lead their culture war lawsuits — and handle their public statements  —  TWO SEPARATE, CONTROVERSIAL Idaho laws have landed in front …
Patrick Wintour / The Guardian:
Polish foreign minister calls for long-term rearmament of Europe  —  Exclusive: Radosław Sikorski also says he favours deepest possible inclusion of UK in EU defence structures  —  A long-term rearmament of Europe, in which the UK can play the closest possible role …
Discussion: Politico and The Kyiv Independent
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.
 
 
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