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11:25 AM ET, May 25, 2024


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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 …
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Prosecutors seek to bar Trump from statements endangering law enforcement in classified records case  —  Federal prosecutors on Friday asked the judge overseeing the classified documents case against Donald Trump to bar the former president from public statements that “pose a significant …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.”
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.
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 …
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
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.
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
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Trump's fascist talk is what's ‘poisoning the blood of our country’
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Countries Fail to Agree on Treaty to Prepare the World for the Next Pandemic
Discussion: NPR
Rachel Olding / The Daily Beast:
Republican Rep's Daughter and Son-in-Law Killed in Haiti Gang Attack
Nicholas Nehamas / New York Times:
Robert De Niro Narrates an Anti-Trump Ad for Biden
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
What If Trump Is Right About America?
Discussion: NBC News and CBS News

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Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Spotify reports Q2 revenue up 20% YoY to €3.8B, MAUs up 14% YoY to 626M, subscribers up 12% YoY to 246M, above est., and €266M operating income; SPOT jumps 12%+

Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
Comcast reports Peacock Q2 revenue up 28% YoY to $1B, a $348M loss, down from $651M in Q2 2023, and paying subscribers up 38% YoY to 33M

Max Goldbart / Deadline:
BBC plans to lay off 500 more staff by March 2026 and reports a £263M operating deficit in 2023/24, up from £193M in 2022/23, projected to be £492M in 2024/25

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