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10:30 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 …
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 …
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
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Mediaite, Raw Story and PoliticusUSA
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
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
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 …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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
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 …
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 …
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
Associated Press:
Louisiana law criminalizes approaching police under certain circumstances  —  Critics fear law could stop bystanders from holding police accountable by preventing them from filming officers  —  Critics of a new Louisiana law that makes it a crime to approach within 25ft (7.6 meters) …
Discussion: Associated Press and IJR
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.
Imam Khomeini /
As the page of history is turning, you are standing on the right side of it  —  The following is Imam Khamenei's letter addressed to American university students following their courageous defense of the Palestinian people.  —  In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
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
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Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Justice Has Been Done  —  1. Law & Order  —  The first criminal trial of Donald Trump …
Indonesia court revises regional election rules, amid talk president's son may seek run
Discussion: Bloomberg
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
US Department of Justice:
911 S5 Botnet Dismantled and Its Administrator Arrested in Coordinated International Operation
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