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Bill Pruitt / Slate:
For 20 Years, I Couldn't Say What Donald Trump Did on the Set of The Apprentice.  Now I Can.  —  For 20 years, I couldn't say what I watched the former president do on the set of the show that changed everything.  Now I can.  —  On Jan. 8, 2004, just more than 20 years ago, the first episode of The Apprentice aired.
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Amanda Yen / The Daily Beast:
Trump Called ‘Apprentice’ Contestant Kwame Jackson N-Word, Producer Says  —  HIT RECORD  —  Bill Pruitt also claims there are tapes to prove it.  —  At the end of the first season of his reality TV show The Apprentice, Donald Trump's choice of a winner was a matter of black and white.
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 …
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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 …
Jamie Raskin / New York Times:
How to Force Justices Alito and Thomas to Recuse Themselves in the Jan. 6 Cases
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Samuel Alito has decided that Samuel Alito is sufficiently impartial
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
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’
Adam Wren / Politico:
Why Trump's team thinks he can survive any verdict  —  The former president's advisers and allies plan to situate any outcome within the same grievance narrative he's been cultivating for years.  —  Donald Trump's pollsters have been tracking the impact of his indictments throughout his first trial and …
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Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Justice Has Been Done  —  1. Law & Order  —  The first criminal trial of Donald Trump …
Discussion: MLB.com
Politico:
Playbook: Inside Biden's scramble to win back Black voters
Discussion: New York Times
Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
Supreme Court rules for NRA in New York government coercion battle  —  The National Rifle Association alleged that official's warning that companies faced “reputational risks” by working with the group violates its constitutional rights.  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled …
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Lindsay Whitehurst / Associated Press:
NRA can sue ex-NY official it says tried to blacklist it after Parkland shooting, Supreme Court says  —  A unanimous Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for a National Rifle Association lawsuit against a former New York state official over claims she pressured companies to blacklist …
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
Two more US officials resign over Biden administration's position on Gaza war  —  The officials accuse the administration of not telling the truth about Israel's obstruction of aid to Palestinians in Gaza  —  Two more US officials have resigned over the Gaza war, saying that the Biden administration …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Marist Poll:
November's Presidential Election May 2024  —  NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist National Poll  —  Biden and Trump Locked in Tight Race Nationally...West & Stein, Not RFK, Make Difference in Multi-Candidate Field  —  President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are closely matched …
Vianna Davila / The Texas Tribune:
How Ken Paxton is stretching the boundaries of consumer protection laws to pursue political targets  —  The attorney general repeatedly uses laws meant to protect against fraudulent or deceptive practices to target hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and LGBTQ+ groups.
Discussion: ProPublica and Raw Story
Lisa Needham / Public Notice:
SCOTUS's farcical endorsement of gerrymandering  —  The right-wing majority turned back the clock on efforts to address racial inequality. … Perhaps because he's been busy lying about his wife's visible support for an insurrection, Justice Samuel Alito can't seem to make time to do his job properly.
NBC News:
Sen. Bob Menendez has enough signatures to run as an independent despite his bribery trial  —  The longtime New Jersey Democrat, who has been weighing an independent re-election bid, hopes to gather a large number of signatures as a “statement” of continued support.
Donato Paolo Mancini / Bloomberg:
Meloni Is Bringing Together an Explosive Cast of Characters for Her G-7 Summit  — Italy is seeking to engineer first meeting of Lula and Milei  — Global South is set to have a significant voice at June summit  —  Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni looks set to engineer …
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 …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Minnesota GOP's endorsed Senate candidate has faced court actions over unpaid child support  —  Royce White, a former NBA player, won the state Republican Party's endorsement at its convention this month.  —  Royce White, a George Floyd protest leader and former college basketball star …
Discussion: Raw Story
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Judge defends right to teach Beyoncé, strikes down law restricting lessons on race and gender  —  In September 2020, in the midst of a panic about Critical Race Theory (CRT) infiltrating the government and schools, former President Donald Trump issued an executive order.
Discussion: NH Journal
Matt Dixon / NBC News:
Ron DeSantis hopes to raise up to $10M to boost Trump  —  The money will be raised during a multi-state fundraising swing starting this summer.  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Ron DeSantis hopes to raise at least $10 million as part of a multi-state fundraising swing for Donald Trump …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The right-wing technocratic dream of stopping nonexistent voter fraud  —  When you're a right-wing actor who's good with computers, you may be confident that you're the one who can prove the existence of something that doesn't exist.  —  There is a reason that numbers nerds tend to like elections …
 
 
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Arianna Skibell / Politico:
Bidens' newest climate aim: Greener homes?
Chris Pandolfo / Fox News:
Biden tells Black voters he will put progressives on Supreme Court in second term
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Bloomberg:
South Africa in Uncharted Waters With ANC Set to Share Power
Reuters:
Indonesia court revises regional election rules, amid talk president's son may seek run
Discussion: Bloomberg
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Fourteen Hong Kong democrats found guilty in landmark subversion trial
Aaron Pellish / CNN:
RFK Jr. files complaint with Federal Election Commission over CNN debate criteria
Andrew Atterbury / Politico:
Florida sticks by social studies standard teaching ‘benefit’ of slavery
Politico:
Top Biden aides signal openness to letting Ukraine strike Russia with US weapons
ACLU of Louisiana:
ACLU of Louisiana Denounces Governor Jeff Landry's Signing of Bill Restricting Public Observation of Police
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