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4:45 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 …
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roanoke.edu:
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.
Ernest Luning / Gazette:
Lauren Boebert lags challenger Ike McCorkle by double digits, Democrat's internal poll shows  —  One-third of voters in Colorado's reddest congressional district say they're undecided  —  An internal poll conducted last week for one of the three Democrats hoping to deny U.S …
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
The unusual turnout dynamic that could decide the 2024 election
Discussion: New York Times, HotAir and Vox
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 …
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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 …
Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
The Alitos, the Neighborhood Clash and the Upside-Down Flag
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Jordan Hart / Business Insider:
Donald Trump is reportedly considering an advisory role for Elon Musk
Discussion: Reuters
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.
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.
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
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 …
Caitlin Yilek / CBS News:
House Ethics Committee investigating indicted Rep. Henry Cuellar  —  Washington — The House Ethics Committee said Wednesday it will conduct its own investigation into Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas following his recent indictment on federal bribery charges.
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Bloomberg
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 …
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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
Sarah Mearhoff / VTDigger:
Phil Scott allows ‘ghost guns,’ union organizing bills to become law without his signature  —  Republican Gov. Phil Scott on Tuesday evening allowed two bills to go into law without his signature: one that bans unserialized firearms and another that aims to make it easier for employees to organize unions.
 
 
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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
Kadia Goba / Semafor:
Building the wall, opening ANWR: The GOP starts mapping its reconciliation game plan
Daniela Sirtori / Bloomberg:
Restaurant Workers' Battle for Higher Minimum Wage Goes National
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Andrew Kerr / Washington Free Beacon:
As Civil War Consumes Black Lives Matter, $8.7 Million Goes Missing
Allison Quinn / The Daily Beast:
Gun-Obsessed YouTuber Narrowly Defeated in Texas GOP Runoff
Washington Post:
Another State Department official resigns over Gaza, taking aim at aid
Discussion: RedState and Just Security
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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
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Florida civics training links “cancel culture” to mass murder
Politico:
Playbook: All politics is legal
Discussion: The Dispatch
CNN:
US pier constructed off Gaza has broken apart
 

 
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Jack Queen / Reuters:
A jury convicts Ozy Media and its founder Carlos Watson of fraud, in a case accusing them of lying to investors about the startup's finances and sham deals

Annie Gilbertson / Proof:
Investigation: Apple, Nvidia, Anthropic, and others trained their AI on a dataset that contained YouTube video transcripts, including from the WSJ, NPR, and BBC

Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
MSNBC Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough says that he was “surprised” and “disappointed” after NBC leadership pulled his show on Monday

 
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