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6:30 PM ET, May 25, 2024

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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 …
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Chris Geidner / Law Dork:
Washington Post bombshell: Washington Post buried Alito flag story for three years  —  Saturday's report raises many questions, several relating to the fact that the Post, at least passively, made the decision not to reveal this news many times since 2021.  —  Last week, many of us learned …
Discussion: Twitchy
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 …
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 …
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New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Has Some Tough Words for Democrats, and for Women  —  In an interview for a forthcoming book, Mrs. Clinton also suggested that if Donald Trump won in November “we may never have another actual election.”  —  Hillary Clinton criticized her fellow Democrats over what she described …
The Hill:
Sotomayor admits some Supreme court decisions have driven her to tears  —  Justice Sonia Sotomayor reflected on her time on the Supreme Court Friday, admitting that some of the high court's decision have driven her to tears.  “There are days that I've come to my office after an announcement …
Discussion: Reason
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Bryn Nelson / scientificamerican.com:
We Must Face Down the Expanding Anti-Reality Industry  —  Exposing the antiscience playbook reveals the antiregulatory motives of its deep-pocketed bankrollers  —  The U.S. is bracing for another summer of powerful storms and wildfires, on the heels of an unusually warm winter and spring …
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.
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.
Jim Vertuno / Associated Press:
Uvalde families sue Meta and Call of Duty maker on second anniversary of school attack  —  Families in Uvalde took more legal action Friday on the second anniversary of the Robb Elementary School attack, suing Meta Platforms, which owns Instagram, and the maker of the video game Call of Duty …
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
Ric Grenell, Fierce Trump Loyalist, Seeks Cabinet Job as Reward  —  If Donald Trump wins the presidency, Richard Grenell hopes to be secretary of state.  But his work raises questions, even from his former boss.  —  Adriana Zehbrauskas for The New York Times
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Politico:
Libertarian convention devolves into fighting, obscenities on eve of Trump's visit
Lauren Egan / Politico:
Biden urges ‘constant vigilance’ to maintain democracy in West Point speech  —  Biden never mentioned former President Donald Trump by name, but the themes of his commencement address had clear political undertones.  —  WEST POINT, New York — President Joe Biden delivered the commencement address …
 
 
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