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6:05 PM ET, May 28, 2024


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Dems in full-blown ‘freakout’ over Biden  —  One adviser to major Democratic donors keeps a running list of reasons Biden could lose.  —  A pervasive sense of fear has settled in at the highest levels of the Democratic Party over President Joe Biden's reelection prospects …
New York Times:
Live Updates: Defense Urges Jurors Not to Believe ‘Lies’ in Trump's Criminal Trial  —  Closing arguments have begun in the trial of Donald J. Trump, who faces 34 felony counts in connection with a hush-money payment to a porn star before the 2016 election.  The jury could have the case by Wednesday.
Charles R. Davis / Salon:
“Full panic mode”: Experts say Trump mad he's “finally being treated like any other defendant”  —  Trump on Truth Social complained that the rules in his trial are the same as “virtually every criminal court”  —  Donald Trump is not behaving like someone who expects to be found “not guilty.”
Discussion: USA Today, Rolling Stone and Raw Story
Isabella Murray / ABC News:
DNC to nominate Biden and Harris to bypass Ohio ballot issues  —  The move came before the Ohio Senate addressed Biden appearing on the ballot.  —  This is a breaking news story please check back for updates.  —  The Democratic National Committee will move to conduct virtual party proceedings …
Morgan Trau / Ohio Capital Journal:
Ohio House agrees to Biden ballot fix compromise if ‘anti-democratic’ Senate provisions removed
Discussion: Politico and Punchbowl News
Rosie Manins / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Republican member of Fulton elections board won't certify primary results  —  Her lawsuit seeks detailed voting data and a ruling that her duties are discretionary  —  A Republican member of the Fulton County elections board refuses to certify primary election results unless given access …
NBC News:
‘You are gangsters’: Robert De Niro clashes with pro-Trump protesters  —  After a press conference outside the Manhattan courtroom where Trump is on trial, De Niro mixed it up with a crowd of protesters who called him a “little punk” whose “movies suck.”  —  NEW YORK — President Joe Biden's …
Emma Colton / Fox News:
Robert De Niro claims Trump ‘could destroy the world’ outside Manhattan court
Hannah Rabinowitz / CNN:
Judge Cannon rejects request for gag order against Donald Trump in classified docs case  —  Federal Judge Aileen Cannon on Tuesday rejected special counsel Jack Smith's request for a gag order against Donald Trump in the classified documents case, saying that prosecutors' efforts to confer …
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
EXCLUSIVE: Florida educators trained to teach students Christian nationalism  —  Training materials produced by the Florida Department of Education direct middle and high school teachers to indoctrinate students in the tenets of Christian nationalism, a right-wing effort to merge Christian and American identities.
New York Times:
Marco Rubio Wants to Be Trump's Vice President.  He Doesn't Want to Audition.  —  The last time the Florida senator lived in Donald J. Trump's orbit he was mocked and defeated.  As he returns, he's trying to do it on his terms.  —  Senator Marco Rubio, the Republican of Florida …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The Texas GOP takes the party's hostility to democracy to a new level  —  Who says people should matter more than land area?  —  One of the more remarkable responses to Donald Trump's loss in the 2020 presidential election has been the vilification not of voter fraud but, instead, of voting.
Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
FBI arrests ‘dreaded’ Jan. 6 defendant they say rammed ‘Trump’ sign into police line  —  William George Knight shoved an officer during the Capitol attack, the FBI said, after “ramming” a giant metal-framed “TRUMP” sign into police officers at the Capitol.  —  WASHINGTON — A Jan. 6 participant …
Brittany Gibson / Politico:
Republicans irked that Herschel Walker is sitting on millions in unspent campaign funds  —  They say his money could go a long way to help the GOP.  —  Few are clamoring for Herschel Walker's return to politics since he flamed out in his Georgia Senate bid nearly two years ago.
Rasmussen Reports:
54% of Democrats Now Approve of Dumping Biden  —  Nearly half of voters - including a majority of Democrats - think it's OK for the Democratic Party to replace President Joe Biden with some other candidate.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 49% …
Discussion: Power Line and Breitbart
Karen Townsend / HotAir:
Theatre Apologizes for Actor Richard Dreyfuss Exercising His First Amendment Rights  —  A theatre in Massachusetts apologized for doing an event with actor Richard Dreyfuss on Saturday night.  The nattering nabobs on social media are trying to cancel Dreyfuss so The Cabot Theater in Beverly, Massachusetts issued an apology.
Tara Copp / Associated Press:
US-built pier will be removed from Gaza coast and repaired after damage from rough seas  —  The U.S.-built temporary pier that has been taking humanitarian aid to starving Palestinians for less than two weeks will be removed from the coast of Gaza to be repaired after getting damaged in rough seas and weather, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
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