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11:55 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 …
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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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: RedState, Politico and WFLA-TV
Politico:
Playbook: Inside Biden's scramble to win back Black voters
Discussion: New York Times
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.
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.
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
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
Akbar Shahid Ahmed / HuffPost:
Exclusive: Veteran State Department Official Says She Quit Over Biden Administration “Twisting The Facts” On Gaza  —  “In the end, I know the difference between right and wrong,” Stacy Gilbert told HuffPost in her first interview since resigning.  —  LOADING
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 …
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 …
Chris Pandolfo / Fox News:
Biden tells Black voters he will put progressives on Supreme Court in second term  —  President Biden tells Philadelphia crowd he would put progressives on the Supreme Court if a vacancy appears in the next four years  —  Join Fox News for access to this content
Discussion: CNN
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
Bloomberg:
South Africa in Uncharted Waters With ANC Set to Share Power  — Ruling party projected to win about 42% of national vote  — ANC seen losing majority for first time since end of apartheid  —  South Africa Election: ANC Looks Set to Lose Majority  —  South Africa's ruling party looks set …
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
 
 
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Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Justice Has Been Done  —  1. Law & Order  —  The first criminal trial of Donald Trump …
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Reuters:
Indonesia court revises regional election rules, amid talk president's son may seek run
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Reuters:
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
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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
Discussion: The Advocate and New Republic
US Department of Justice:
911 S5 Botnet Dismantled and Its Administrator Arrested in Coordinated International Operation
Jordan Hart / Business Insider:
Donald Trump is reportedly considering an advisory role for Elon Musk
Humeyra Pamuk / Reuters:
Blinken urges Israel to craft post-war Gaza plan, warns of chaos
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