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5:20 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.
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.
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.
New York Times:
Live Updates: Trump Guilty on All Counts in Hush-Money Case  —  Donald J. Trump, the former president and presumptive 2024 Republican nominee, was convicted on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in a case stemming from a payment that silenced a porn star.
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 …
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Biden's problems with younger voters are glaring, poll finds  —  Younger voters have been a crucial voting bloc for Democrats for decades.  —  Voters 18-29 years old made up roughly 1 in 6 voters in 2020, and President Biden won them by more than 20 points, according to exit polls.
Discussion: USA Today, Breitbart, Denver Post and Forbes
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 …
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 …
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 …
Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
Supreme Court rules for NRA in New York government coercion battle
Discussion: Reuters and CBS News
Biden secretly gave Ukraine permission to strike inside Russia with US weapons  —  It's a major reversal that will help Ukraine to better defend its second-largest city.  —  The Biden administration has quietly given Ukraine permission to strike inside Russia — solely near the area of Kharkiv …
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 …
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 …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Bystander Shouts ‘You F*cking Suck!’ at Fox News Host Outside Trump Trial  —  DRIVE BY  —  Also calling Gowdy a “c*cksucker,” the unidentified New Yorker sped by on a bicycle during a live TV segment about the Trump trial.  —  A New York bicyclist verbally assailed Fox News host Trey Gowdy …
Ken Silverstein / New Republic:
Off Leash: Inside the Secret, Global, Far-Right Group Chat  —  In his book In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin, Erik Larson cites a cable sent to the State Department in June 1933 by a U.S. diplomat posted in Germany that provided a far …
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Amanda Milkovits / The Boston Globe:
R.I. neo-Nazi member accused of possessing child pornography  —  Stephen Farrea, of Portsmouth, is part of the Nationalist Social Club-131, which targets drag queen story hours  —  PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — A local member of a New England-based neo-Nazi group known for disrupting children's …
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Dorgan / Fox News:
Vermont Christian parents say they were punished by foster system over transgender stance  —  Vermont couple say state made them take part in LGBTQ training as part of their license application, which discussed medical procedures for transgender kids  —  A Christian couple in Vermont …
Discussion: RedState
John Fritze / CNN:
Chief Justice John Roberts declines to meet with Democratic lawmakers about ethics flap and Alito's flags  —  Chief Justice John Roberts on Thursday rejected a meeting request from Democratic lawmakers who wanted to discuss two provocative flags hoisted at Justice Samuel Alito's properties.
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.
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
Trump has touted potential VP picks for months.  He may end up picking someone off the public's radar  —  In recent weeks, an increasingly familiar list of Republicans has dominated the not-very-subtle competition to become Donald Trump's running mate.  Trump himself has added to the air …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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.
Biden's Black voter troubles are setting off alarm bells  —  The message out of battleground states and focus groups is that the president's problems are real — and he is running out of time to fix them.  —  Prominent Black officials are warning the Biden campaign that the president's efforts …
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 …
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Charles R. Davis / Salon:
“Good day for Trump's prosecutors”: Experts say jury note may be a bad sign for Trump
Israel extends control of Gaza's entire land border
Camilo Montoya-Galvez / CBS News:
U.S. planning to refer some migrants for resettlement in Greece and Italy under Biden initiative
Dia Pao / Defense Intelligence Agency:
DIA report confirms North Korean missile debris found in Ukraine
Discussion: Bloomberg and Washington Examiner
Arianna Skibell / Politico:
Bidens' newest climate aim: Greener homes?
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The right-wing technocratic dream of stopping nonexistent voter fraud
Discussion: The Spectator World
Vianna Davila / The Texas Tribune:
How Ken Paxton is stretching the boundaries of consumer protection laws to pursue political targets
Discussion: ProPublica and Raw Story
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Judge defends right to teach Beyoncé, strikes down law restricting lessons on race and gender