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5:50 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.
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.
Renato Mariotti / New York Times:
How Trump's Team Blew It  —  The criminal trial of Donald Trump didn't have to end this way.  —  The prosecution's case had flaws that couldn't be wallpapered over even with weeks of testimony, over 200 exhibits and a polished and persuasive presentation by Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan district attorney, and his team.
Discussion: Reuters, Rolling Stone, CBS News, CNBC and NPR
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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'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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Musk's political power surge  —  Elon Musk has three essential ingredients to unrivaled political power among CEOs: control of a massive social media platform, astonishing personal wealth — and now former President Trump's open and willing ear. … He has the power to sway or repel voters …
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.
Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
Man who made 12,000 harassing phone calls to Congress admits threatening staffer  —  “I will kill you, I am going to run you over, I will kill you with a bomb or grenade,” Ade Salim Lilly admitted telling one congressional staffer.  —  WASHINGTON — A 35-year-old Queens man pleaded guilty …
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
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.
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
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