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2:40 PM ET, May 29, 2024


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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 …
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.
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
Ernest Luning / Gazette:   Lauren Boebert lags challenger Ike McCorkle by double digits, Democrat's internal poll shows
New York Times:
Live Updates: Jury Begins Deciding Trump's Fate in Hush-Money Case  —  Twelve New Yorkers have begun deliberations on the 34 felony counts against Donald Trump in the first criminal trial of an American president.  He is accused of falsifying business records in connection with a payment to a porn star.
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
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.
Washington Post:
Justice Alito tells Congress he will not recuse from Jan. 6-related cases  —  Some Democrats asked whether Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. could be impartial after an upside-down flag flew at his home following the 2021 U.S. Capitol attack.  —  Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. announced Wednesday …
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
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, Raw Story, MSNBC and UPI
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.
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, HuffPost and Raw Story
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.
Walter E. Block / Wall Street Journal:
Libertarians Should Vote for Trump  —  He isn't one of us, but he promised to pardon Ross Ulbricht—and he's a lot better than Joe Biden.  —  Donald Trump spoke Saturday at the Libertarian National Convention.  Hats off to party chairman Angela McArdle for inviting him along with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. …
Discussion: Raw Story
Mari Saito / Reuters:
Life on Ukraine's front line: ‘Worse than hell’ as Russia advances  —  Ukraine's soldiers talk of exhaustion, faith, personal loss and a perilous shortage of munitions as Russian forces take new ground.  Reuters traveled along the front line, where Ukrainian troops say Vladimir Putin must be beaten back.
Discussion: The Bulwark
Smithsonian's National Zoo …:
Two New Giant Pandas Coming to Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute From China by End of the Year  —  New 10-Year Research and Breeding Agreement Signed … Download b-roll from Dropbox. … Video  —  Today, May 29, the Smithsonian's National Zoo …
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 …
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.
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.
Kadia Goba / Semafor:
Building the wall, opening ANWR: The GOP starts mapping its reconciliation game plan  —  House GOP leaders are telling their members to start brushing up on the Senate's rules as they prepare for a potential legislative sprint in 2025.  —  Republicans hope to push ahead quickly …
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
Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
North Korea Accused of Launching Floating Poop Balloon Attack  —  CAUSING A STINK  —  Over 260 balloons carrying trash and excrement appear to have floated across the border.  —  South Korea's military on Wednesday accused North Korea of floating balloons loaded with trash and manure across …
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Jessica Valenti / Abortion, Every Day:
Texas GOP Platform Endorses Death Penalty for Abortion Patients
Discussion: Salon
Sarah Mearhoff / VTDigger:
Phil Scott allows ‘ghost guns,’ union organizing bills to become law without his signature
Melissa Quinn / CBS News:
Jenna Ellis, ex-Trump campaign legal adviser, has Colorado law license suspended for 3 years
Washington Post:
Another State Department official resigns over Gaza, taking aim at aid
Discussion: RedState and Just Security
Isabella Ward / Bloomberg:
Labour Poll Lead Grows Even After Tory Policy Blitz, YouGov Says
NBC News:
Biden and Harris make a rare joint campaign appearance to shore up Black voters' support
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Florida civics training links “cancel culture” to mass murder
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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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