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As Trump cozies up to Big Oil (again), Democrats open new inquiry

As Donald Trump scrambles to make bold promises to oil industry executives, Senate Democrats have opened a new investigation worth watching.
A truck passes oil pump jacks near Karnes City, Texas.
A truck passes oil pump jacks near Karnes City, Texas.

Tuberville picks a fight over unemployment that the GOP can’t win

Sen. Tommy Tuberville wants people to believe the unemployment rate was better during Donald Trump's term than Joe Biden's. That’s demonstrably ridiculous.
Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala.
Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala.

Why Trump’s appalling line on Evan Gershkovich’s detention matters

Donald Trump was silent for a year about Evan Gershkovich’s detainment. It now appears the former president would’ve been better off staying silent.
Evan Gershkovich before a hearing to consider an appeal on his extended pre-trial detention at the Moscow City Court in Moscow
Evan Gershkovich before a hearing to consider an appeal on his extended pre-trial detention at the Moscow City Court in Moscow

Thursday’s Mini-Report, 5.23.24

Today’s edition of quick hits.
Image: President Joe Biden and Kenyan President William Ruto
Image: President Joe Biden and Kenyan President William Ruto

Senate Republicans reject border bill they asked for (yes, again)

In February, Senate Republicans killed the bipartisan compromise on border policy that they'd requested. Given a second chance, they rejected it again.
Texas National Guard using peper spray shots
Texas National Guard using peper spray shots

Nikki Haley didn’t have to back Trump, but she did it anyway

Nikki Haley could've followed Mike Pence's and Mitt Romney's example and withheld her support from Donald Trump. She instead chose a more craven path.
Trump and Haley shake hands
Trump and Haley shake hands

Senate Democrats cross threshold, confirm Biden’s 200th judge

As the Senate confirms President Joe Biden's 200th judicial nominee, the significance is far greater than just crossing a numerical threshold.
President Biden Attends The Senate Democratic Caucus Lunch On Capitol Hill
President Biden Attends The Senate Democratic Caucus Lunch On Capitol Hill

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Thursday’s Campaign Round-Up, 5.23.24

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
The 'Authority of Law' statue outside the U.S. Supreme Court building
The 'Authority of Law' statue outside the U.S. Supreme Court building
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For the GOP’s Andy Ogles, latest false claims add to his troubles

It’d be an exaggeration to say Rep. Andy Ogles’ many false claims have reached George-Santos-like levels, but the Tennessee Republican is getting there.
Andy Ogles at the U.S. Capitol
Andy Ogles at the U.S. Capitol
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In docs case, Trump doubles down on absurd ‘deadly force’ claim

The problem with Donald Trump's "deadly force" claims about the FBI isn't just that he's lying. It's also that his lies might prove dangerous.
Donald Trump speaks as he exits the courtroom
Donald Trump speaks as he exits the courtroom
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Despite his record, Rick Scott enters race to lead the Senate GOP

Sen. Rick Scott's Capitol Hill career has had plenty of pitfalls. He's running to succeed Sen. Mitch McConnell as the Senate Republicans' leader anyway.
Sen. Rick Scott speaks during a press conference at the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., on May 22, 2024.
Sen. Rick Scott speaks during a press conference at the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., on May 22, 2024.
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House Democrat penalized after listing Trump’s legal crises

After Rep. Jim McGovern listed a series of Trump scandals, Republicans tried to silence the Democrat. The effort had the opposite of the intended effect.
politics political politician
politics political politician
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Second flag takes Justice Alito’s mess to a striking new level

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito didn’t need another damaging revelation, but he’s now confronting one anyway. Is Congress prepared to do something?
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.
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Wednesday’s Mini-Report, 5.22.24

Today’s edition of quick hits.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak

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