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7:20 AM ET, May 30, 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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Chris Geidner / Law Dork:
Sam Alito believes you — and, perhaps, his colleagues — are stupid  —  Alito defiantly refused to recuse himself from January 6 or Trump-related cases in a letter sent to members of Congress on Wednesday.  —  Justice Sam Alito, who is a problem, went even further on Wednesday than I thought …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Experts Question Alito's Failure to Recuse Himself in Flag Controversy  —  Legal ethicists welcomed the fact that the justice gave reasons for staying on two Jan. 6 cases, a break from court tradition.  But they said his rationale was open to criticism.  —  Supreme Court justices seldom give reasons …
Discussion: Associated Press and Steady
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trump congratulates Alito for rejecting recusal calls amid flag flap
Nikki McCann Ramirez / Rolling Stone:
Alito Refuses to Recuse: ‘My Wife Is Fond of Flying Flags’
Politico:
Playbook: Inside Biden's scramble to win back Black voters  —  With help from Eli Okun, Garrett Ross and Bethany Irvine  —  WHAT DON BEYER IS READING — “FAA investigates after planes almost collide on runway at Reagan National Airport,” by WJLA-TV's JeanneTyler Moodee Lockman
Discussion: New York Times
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David Jackson / USA Today:
Trump, Biden and 2024 campaign aides anxiously await New York hush money verdict  —  NEW YORK CITY - Former President Donald Trump and his legal team aren't the only ones waiting anxiously for a jury verdict.  —  There are also the political campaigns of both Trump and his 2024 general election rival, President Joe Biden.
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Biden not banking on a Trump conviction to win … - Despite everything — weeks of embarrassing trial headlines for Trump, Biden's big swing state push and his onslaught of ads — the race appears to be stuck, with Trump holding a slight lead in most polls.
Discussion: Politico, WFLA-TV and Forbes
Bloomberg:
The 2024 Election Won't Be Up To the Same Voters Who Chose Biden  —  It may be a presidential rematch, but it's not the same electorate as in 2020  —  The 2024 presidential election will be the first rematch in decades.  But the US electorate that's going to vote in November has changed …
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Ernest Luning / Gazette:
Lauren Boebert lags challenger Ike McCorkle by double digits, Democrat's internal poll shows
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
The unusual turnout dynamic that could decide the 2024 election
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: Axios and Reuters
Michael C. Bender / New York Times:
Pro-McCormick Super PAC Plans $30 Million Ad Blitz in Pennsylvania  —  Senator Bob Casey's re-election campaign and the campaign arm of Senate Democrats have so far spent the most in a race that could determine control of the closely divided chamber.  —  The main super PAC supporting David McCormick …
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.
Reuters:
Indonesia court revises regional election rules, amid talk president's son may seek run  —  Indonesia's Supreme Court has approved regulatory changes on the age of candidates in regional elections, the court said on Thursday, amid speculation the president's 29-year-old son is seeking to run in upcoming Jakarta elections.
Discussion: Bloomberg
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.
Joan Faus / Reuters:
Spain approves Catalan amnesty bill set to define PM's term  —  Spain's Congress on Thursday overturned an upper house veto with its final approval of a disputed amnesty for Catalan separatists that is expected to set the stage for Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's second term and allow the return of an exiled pro-independence leader.
Discussion: Politico and Bloomberg
Bloomberg:
South Africa in Uncharted Territory as ANC Set to Share Power  — Ruling party projected to win about 42% of national vote  — Leftist EFF, Jacob Zuma's MKP seen garnering 9% and 12.8%  —  South Africa Election: ANC Looks Set to Lose Majority  —  South Africa's ruling party looks set …
Reuters:
Fourteen Hong Kong democrats found guilty in landmark subversion trial  —  Fourteen Hong Kong pro-democracy activists were found guilty and two were acquitted on Thursday in a landmark subversion trial that critics say could deal another blow to the city's rule of law and its reputation as a global financial hub.
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 …
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
 
 
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Jeanna Smialek / New York Times:
Home Insurance Is Clobbering Consumers. Yet It's Barely Counted in Inflation.
Aaron Pellish / CNN:
RFK Jr. files complaint with Federal Election Commission over CNN debate criteria
Politico:
Top Biden aides signal openness to letting Ukraine strike Russia with US weapons
US Department of Justice:
911 S5 Botnet Dismantled and Its Administrator Arrested in Coordinated International Operation
Humeyra Pamuk / Reuters:
Blinken urges Israel to craft post-war Gaza plan, warns of chaos
Discussion: The Times of Israel and USA Today
 Earlier Items: 
Walter E. Block / Wall Street Journal:
Libertarians Should Vote for Trump
Discussion: American Greatness
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
Mari Saito / Reuters:
Life on Ukraine's front line: ‘Worse than hell’ as Russia advances
Discussion: The Bulwark
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Trump Boasted About Sex With Stormy in Tahoe, Athlete Says
Melissa Quinn / CBS News:
Jenna Ellis, ex-Trump campaign legal adviser, has Colorado law license suspended for 3 years
New York Times:
Live Updates: Jury Begins Deciding Trump's Fate in Hush-Money Case
Deepak Puri / The Democracy Labs:
Don't Commit National Suicide: Ken Burns' Warning
Discussion: HuffPost and Newsbusters
 

 
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Marina Temkin / TechCrunch:
On their podcast, Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz explain why they are backing Trump, say Trump is pro-crypto, Biden's overregulation harms startups, and more

Reuters:
Sources: GitLab, which has an ~$8B market cap, is exploring a sale after attracting interest from its peers, including Datadog, which has a $44B market cap

Laura Waxmann / San Francisco Chronicle:
Elon Musk says he plans to move X's headquarters to Austin, after he protested a new California law that bans schools' transgender notification policies

 
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