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7:35 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 …
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’
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 …
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
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 and WFLA-TV
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 …
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
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 and Politico
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.
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
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.
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
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 …
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.
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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
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
Discussion: The Advocate and New Republic
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
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

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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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