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2:25 PM ET, May 30, 2024

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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.
Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
False right-wing reports about Trump trial jury instructions fuel threats against judge  —  False reporting and social media commentary about the jury instructions in Trump's hush money trial has spurred calls for the assassination of the judge overseeing the case.
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Aysha Bagchi / USA Today:
Why Donald Trump supporters are complaining about jury instructions in his criminal trial  —  Former President Donald Trump and some of his supporters are complaining that the judge in his hush money criminal trial isn't requiring a unanimous verdict from the jury - but that's not quite right.
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
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: The Hill, Politico, RedState and WFLA-TV
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Justice Has Been Done  —  1. Law & Order  —  The first criminal trial of Donald Trump …
Discussion: MLB.com
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 …
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Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
Supreme Court rules for NRA in New York government coercion battle
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
GOP mega-donor Miriam Adelson to fund colossal super PAC for Trump  —  The casino billionaire is planning to back the newly reconstituted Preserve America effort to help the former president.  —  Republican mega-donor and casino billionaire Miriam Adelson plans to help bankroll a massive super PAC …
Discussion: Reuters and Bloomberg.com
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Matt Dixon / NBC News:   Ron DeSantis hopes to raise up to $10M to boost Trump
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.
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
Axios:
Free IRS online tax filing program coming soon to all states … - Treasury announced earlier this month that more than 140,000 people participated in the Direct File pilot program in a dozen states claiming more than $90 million in refunds.  — The pilot exceeded its 100,000-person target during this past tax season.
Camilo Montoya-Galvez / CBS News:
U.S. planning to refer some migrants for resettlement in Greece and Italy under Biden initiative  —  The Biden administration is planning to refer some migrants in Latin America for resettlement in Greece and Italy as part of another effort to discourage people in the region from traveling …
 
 
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