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12:40 PM ET, May 29, 2024


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Liz Dye / Public Notice:
What you need to know about Trump's trial before the verdict  —  The defense really struggled.  But all it takes is one juror. … After six wild weeks and innumerable citations of Jonathan Turley, Donald Trump's criminal trial in New York is finally coming to an end.
NBC News:
Jury deliberations set to begin in Donald Trump's criminal trial
Charles R. Davis / Salon:
“Full panic mode”: Experts say Trump mad he's “finally being treated like any other defendant”
Discussion: Raw Story, USA Today and Rolling Stone
Shelby Talcott / Semafor:
‘A dying empire led by bad people’: Poll finds young voters despairing over US politics  —  The Scoop  —  Young voters overwhelmingly believe that almost all politicians are corrupt and that the country will end up worse off than when they were born, according to new polling …
Discussion: Blueprint, Slate and Washington Times
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
The unusual turnout dynamic that could decide the 2024 election  —  For decades, Democrats have built their electoral strategies on a common assumption: the higher the turnout, the better their chances of winning.  But that familiar equation may no longer apply for President Joe Biden in 2024.
Discussion: New York Times, HotAir and Vox
Roanoke College Poll: Biden and Trump tied in Virginia  —  President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are tied (42%-42%) in a head-to-head matchup in Virginia, while Biden holds a two-point lead (40%-38%) when other candidates are included, according to the Roanoke College Poll.
Deepak Puri / The Democracy Labs:
Don't Commit National Suicide: Ken Burns' Warning  —  Ken Burns Suspends ‘Longstanding Attempt At Neutrality’ to Utterly Torch Trump  —  “Filmmaker Ken Burns ditched his trademark political neutrality during an undergraduate commencement address at Massachusetts' Brandies University to warn …
Discussion: Newsbusters, Raw Story and HuffPost
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Emerging Portrait of Judge in Trump Documents Case: Prepared, Prickly and Slow  —  Judge Aileen Cannon's handling of court hearings offers insights into how the case accusing Donald Trump of illegally retaining classified material has become bogged down in unresolved issues.
Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
Mother of Jan. 6 officer Michael Fanone swatted after he called Trump ‘authoritarian’  —  Fanone was abducted by the mob on Jan. 6 and nearly killed when a MAGA-hatted rioter who believed Donald Trump's lies about the 2020 election drove a stun gun into his neck.
Discussion: The Hill, MSNBC and UPI
Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
FBI arrests ‘dreaded’ Jan. 6 defendant they say rammed ‘Trump’ sign into police line
Discussion: Raw Story
Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
The Alitos, the Neighborhood Clash and the Upside-Down Flag  —  Inside the escalating conflict on a bucolic suburban street that Justice Alito said prompted a “Stop the Steal” symbol at his home.  —  The police in Fairfax County, Va., received an unusual phone call on Feb. 15, 2021.
Matthew Yglesias / Slow Boring:
How I went from left to center-left  —  My crisis of confidence in progressive epistemology  —  I've written about the history of left versus right since the French Revolution, about what the left gets right, and about what the right gets right.  Now, I want to talk about my own journey …
Andrew Perez / Rolling Stone:
Amy Coney Barrett's Husband Is Representing Fox in a Lawsuit  —  Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett's husband, Jesse Barrett, is defending Fox Corporation in a defamation case … The lawsuit relates to reports by one of Fox's local stations.  —  Jesse Barrett is a trial lawyer and managing partner at SouthBank Legal.
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors
Wall Street Journal:
Inside Donald Trump and Elon Musk's Growing Alliance  —  Donald Trump is weighing an advisory role for the Tesla leader in the event the former president reclaims the White House
Discussion: Fortune and Fox Business
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Trump Boasted About Sex With Stormy in Tahoe, Athlete Says  —  SUB PAR  —  The athlete also told The Daily Beast that in the run-up to the 2016 election he received anonymous calls from strangers asking what he remembered of the weekend. … Donald Trump boasted about having sex …
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Daily News
Lisa Rubin / NBC News:
Steinglass pokes hole in defense's argument around National Enquirer  —  Steinglass makes a very good point about the Dino Sajuddin story and corresponding payment.  —  Sajuddin is the former Trump Tower doorman who claims Trump fathered a child out of wedlock, a claim the former president has denied.
Andrew Kerr / Washington Free Beacon:
As Civil War Consumes Black Lives Matter, $8.7 Million Goes Missing  —  The left-wing dark money giant Tides Foundation raised more than $33 million on behalf of the national Black Lives Matter group during the George Floyd riots in 2020.  Now, Black Lives Matter is suing Tides over its refusal to hand the funds back.
Allison Quinn / The Daily Beast:
Gun-Obsessed YouTuber Narrowly Defeated in Texas GOP Runoff  —  SANITY PREVAILS?  —  Rep. Tony Gonzales looks set to keep his seat representing Uvalde in Congress, but just barely, after beating MAGA favorite Brandon Herrera.  —  Texas Republican Rep. Tony Gonzales has fended off a challenge …
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Trump stuns donors with behind-closed-doors rant about bombing Russia and China: report  —  Former President Donald Trump told a recent group of donors at a fundraising event that he would have bombed Russia and China in response to their aggression against U.S. allies, reportedThe Washington Post on Tuesday.
Melissa Quinn / CBS News:
Jenna Ellis, ex-Trump campaign legal adviser, has Colorado law license suspended for 3 years  —  Washington — Jenna Ellis, who served as a legal adviser to former President Donald Trump during the 2020 election, is barred from practicing law in the state of Colorado for three years …
Washington Post:
Another State Department official resigns over Gaza, taking aim at aid  —  The official, Stacy Gilbert, resigned Tuesday.  She told colleagues that the State Department was wrong to conclude Israel had not obstructed aid to Gaza.  —  A career State Department official involved …
Discussion: RedState and Just Security
Amy Furr / Breitbart:
U.S. Coast Guard: Man Dies After Jumping Off World's Largest Cruise Ship  —  Authorities said a passenger died after allegedly leaping from the world's largest cruise ship on Sunday during a journey from Florida to Honduras.  —  The vessel the man went overboard from was identified …
Playbook: All politics is legal  —  With help from Eli Okun, Garrett Ross and Bethany Irvine  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  JUST POSTED — “Democrats Plan $100 Million Push on Abortion Rights to Win House,” by WSJ's Natalie Andrews: “In a memo to donors, the House Majority PAC outlined …
Discussion: The Bulwark
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Florida civics training links “cancel culture” to mass murder  —  The Florida Department of Education's civics training does not just train educators to teach Christian nationalism.  The same program also includes a section on Communism's legacy.  This has been a priority of Governor Ron DeSantis (R).
Daniela Sirtori / Bloomberg:
Restaurant Workers' Battle for Higher Minimum Wage Goes National  — Four states set to vote on raising base pay for tipped workers  — Restaurant industry wants to convince voters it's a bad idea  —  How California's Wage Hike Impacts the Fed  —  US restaurants grappling with high costs …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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Mimi Montgomery / Axios:
Giant pandas are returning to D.C.'s National Zoo
Isabella Ward / Bloomberg:
Labour Poll Lead Grows Even After Tory Policy Blitz, YouGov Says
Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
North Korea Accused of Launching Floating Poop Balloon Attack
NBC News:
Biden and Harris make a rare joint campaign appearance to shore up Black voters' support
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
Texas House Speaker Survives Challenge From Hard Right
Trump Endorses GOP Opponent of Top House Conservative Bob Good
Alex DeLuca / Miami New Times:
Former Marco Rubio Intern Indicted for Storming Capitol on January 6
Discussion: Axios, The Hill and Law & Crime
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US pier constructed off Gaza has broken apart
Nikki McCann Ramirez / Rolling Stone:
Nikki Haley Writes ‘Finish Them!’ on Israeli Bomb After Refugee Massacre
Rosie Manins / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Republican member of Fulton elections board won't certify primary results
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller

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Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: the Republican National Convention's final night averaged 25.38M US viewers over 14 outlets, up 7% from 2020; people 55+ were about 72% of the audience

A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

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