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6:35 PM ET, May 29, 2024

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Jamie Raskin / New York Times:
How to Force Justices Alito and Thomas to Recuse Themselves in the Jan. 6 Cases  —  Many people have gloomily accepted the conventional wisdom that because there is no binding Supreme Court ethics code, there is no way to force Associate Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas to recuse themselves …
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Nikki McCann Ramirez / Rolling Stone:
Alito Refuses to Recuse: ‘My Wife Is Fond of Flying Flags’  —  The Supreme Court justice threw his wife under the bus after far-right flags were seen flying outside of his homes  —  Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has finally responded to concerns about his ability to remain impartial …
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trump congratulates Alito for rejecting recusal calls amid flag flap
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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 …
Ernest Luning / Gazette:
Lauren Boebert lags challenger Ike McCorkle by double digits, Democrat's internal poll shows
Discussion: Blue Virginia
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
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Jordan Hart / Business Insider:
Donald Trump is reportedly considering an advisory role for Elon Musk
Discussion: Reuters
Jessica Valenti / Abortion, Every Day:
Texas GOP Platform Endorses Death Penalty for Abortion Patients  —  We need to talk about Plank 35 in the Texas GOP platform.  Because while there's been lots of coverage about how extremist the state's Republican convention was, people seem to have missed the fact that delegates adopted …
Discussion: HuffPost and Salon
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.
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Liz Dye / Public Notice:
What you need to know about Trump's trial before the verdict
NBC News:
Jury deliberations set to begin in Donald Trump's criminal trial
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 …
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.
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Once a Sheriff's Deputy in Florida, Now a Source of Disinformation From Russia  —  In 2016, Russia used an army of trolls to interfere in the U.S. presidential election.  This year, an American given asylum in Moscow may be accomplishing much the same thing all by himself.
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.
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 …
Myah Ward / Politico:
Biden: If Black Americans stormed the Capitol, Trump wouldn't be ‘talking about pardons’  —  The remarks came as the campaign launched a new Black voter outreach strategy in Philadelphia.  —  President Joe Biden tore into Donald Trump over his record on race on Wednesday …
Discussion: New York Times and Forbes
Andrew Atterbury / Politico:
Florida sticks by social studies standard teaching ‘benefit’ of slavery  —  The updated standards include new required instruction surrounding the Sept. 11 attacks and the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, as well as several other more subtle changes.
Discussion: Action News Jax
Politico:
Top Biden aides signal openness to letting Ukraine strike Russia with US weapons  —  No final decision has been made, but the consideration comes amid mounting pressure from allies and Democrats.  —  Two senior Biden administration officials Wednesday opened the door to allowing Ukraine …
ACLU of Louisiana:
ACLU of Louisiana Denounces Governor Jeff Landry's Signing of Bill Restricting Public Observation of Police  —  NEW ORLEANS—Alanah Odoms, Executive Director of the ACLU of Louisiana, has released the following statement in response to Governor Jeff Landry's signing of HB 173.
Discussion: The Advocate and New Republic
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
Matthew Yglesias / Slow Boring:
How I went from left to center-left  —  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 from the left of American politics to somewhere closer to the center.
US Department of Justice:
911 S5 Botnet Dismantled and Its Administrator Arrested in Coordinated International Operation  —  For Immediate Release  —  Botnet Infected Over 19M IP Addresses to Enable Billions of Dollars in Pandemic and Unemployment Fraud, and Access to Child Exploitation Materials
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
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.
 
 
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Humeyra Pamuk / Reuters:
Blinken urges Israel to craft post-war Gaza plan, warns of chaos
Discussion: USA Today and The Times of Israel
Walter E. Block / Wall Street Journal:
Libertarians Should Vote for Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
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Judd Legum / Popular Information:
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