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12:35 PM ET, May 30, 2024

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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 …
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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 …
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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Hans Nichols / Axios:
Biden not banking on a Trump conviction to win
Discussion: Politico, RedState and WFLA-TV
Politico:
Playbook: Inside Biden's scramble to win back Black voters
Discussion: New York Times
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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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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: HotAir and CNN
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 …
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
 
 
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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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Bloomberg:
The 2024 Election Won't Be Up To the Same Voters Who Chose Biden
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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
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RFK Jr. files complaint with Federal Election Commission over CNN debate criteria
Andrew Atterbury / Politico:
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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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