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May 22 2017

18:50

Effort to overhaul Texas voter ID rules survives - for now (Jim Malewitz/The Texas Tribune)

Jim Malewitz / The Texas Tribune:
Effort to overhaul Texas voter ID rules survives — for now  —  A flurry of legislative activity Sunday night gave life to efforts to overhaul the Texas' voter identification law, a change that's crucial to the state's arguments over whether lawmakers disenfranchised minority voters.

18:47

U.S. Sentences Ukrainian Hacker To 30 Months For Fraud Scheme

A Ukrainian hacker was sentenced on May 22 to 30 months in a U.S. prison for a scheme using stolen unpublished news releases to make around $30 million in profits.
18:45
18:40

Twitter co-founder: I'm sorry if we made Trump's presidency possible (Avi Selk/Washington Post)

Avi Selk / Washington Post:
Twitter co-founder: I'm sorry if we made Trump's presidency possible  —  If anyone knows how important Twitter is to Donald Trump, it's the president.  —  “Without the tweets, I wouldn't be here,” he told the Financial Times last month.  —  To which Twitter's co-founder says: Sorry about that, world.

18:35

Taking the Nuclear Option Off the Table (Nicholas Bagley/The Incidental Economist)

Nicholas Bagley / The Incidental Economist:
Taking the Nuclear Option Off the Table  —  Last Thursday, fifteen states and the District of Columbia moved to intervene in House v. Price, the case about the ACA's cost-sharing reductions.  At the same time, they asked the court to hear the case promptly.

18:31

Supreme Court Rules North Carolina Used Race To Draw District Lines


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The Supreme Court ruled North Carolina unconstitutionally relied on race to change voting districts after the 2010 census.

The court ruled two districts were given disproportionate amounts of black voters while being stripped of white voters.

SEE MORE: Is Policing Racially Biased?

State officials argued the district lines were redrawn to give Republicans an advantage, not to disenfranchise black voters. But the Supreme Court agreed with the lower court's decision that the district lines were racially based, not politically based.

The contested district map was thrown out before the 2016 election. But Republican candidates still won 10 out of the state's 13 districts.

18:25

Rody wants Russian precision bombs (Edith Regalado/philstar.com)

Edith Regalado / philstar.com:
Rody wants Russian precision bombs  —  DAVAO CITY , Philippines - If there is one thing that President Duterte wants when he leaves today for an official visit to Russia, it is to obtain precision-guided munitions for use against Islamic State-inspired terrorist groups.

18:20

Trump's casino was a money laundering concern shortly after it opened (CNN)

CNN:
Trump's casino was a money laundering concern shortly after it opened  —  (CNN)The Trump Taj Mahal casino broke anti-money laundering rules 106 times in its first year and a half of operation in the early 1990s, according to the IRS in a 1998 settlement agreement.

18:20

Justices Reject 2 Gerrymandered North Carolina Districts, Citing Racial Bias (Adam Liptak/New York Times)

Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Reject 2 Gerrymandered North Carolina Districts, Citing Racial Bias  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday struck down two North Carolina congressional districts, ruling that lawmakers had violated the Constitution by relying too heavily on race in drawing them.

18:20

Exclusive: Trump EPA transition chief laments slow progress in killing green rules (Valerie Volcovici/Reuters)

Valerie Volcovici / Reuters:
Exclusive: Trump EPA transition chief laments slow progress in killing green rules  —  The man who led President Donald Trump's transition team for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Myron Ebell, told a conservative conference last month that the new administration is moving too slowly to unravel climate change regulations.

18:15

Iraq Agrees To Extend OPEC Oil Output Cuts For Nine Months

Iraq has agreed to extend cuts to its oil output as part of efforts by the world's leading producers to increase global prices.
18:15

Tomi Lahren Joins Pro-Trump 'Great America Alliance' (Peter Hasson/The Daily Caller)

Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
Tomi Lahren Joins Pro-Trump ‘Great America Alliance’  —  Conservative commentator Tomi Lahren has bounced back after a messy end to her tenure at The Blaze.  —  Lahren is joining top pro-Trump advocacy group Great America Alliance's communications team, the organization announced in a press release Monday morning.

18:10

Official: Trump's 'radical Islamic terrorism' wording changed because he's 'exhausted' (Olivia Beavers/The Hill)

Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Official: Trump's ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ wording changed because he's ‘exhausted’  —  A senior White House official said Sunday President Trump mixed up the wording of his prepared remarks in Saudi Arabia because he was “exhausted.”  —  “He's just an exhausted guy,” …

18:10

Iran shrugs off Trump threats, missile tests to carry on (Eric Randolph/Yahoo)

Eric Randolph / Yahoo:
Iran shrugs off Trump threats, missile tests to carry on  —  Tehran (AFP) - Iran's newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani ridiculed US strategy in the Middle East, dismissing Donald Trump's summit with Arab leaders as “just a show” and insisting that missile tests will continue.

18:07

Mark Zuckerberg Does Not Want To Be Your Next Politician


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Don't expect to see the White House closets full of gray T-shirts anytime soon. That's because the wearer of said shirts — Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg — is not running for office.

He made the announcement Sunday in a lengthy Facebook post. The post mainly focused on his New Year's resolution to visit and meet people in all 50 states.

Although a cross-country trip could signal a potential political campaign, Zuckerberg noted that's not his intent.

Instead, he hopes meeting new people will help him gain "a broader perspective" into who is using Facebook.

SEE MORE: Zuckerberg Wants Facebook To Stand Against Anti-Globalization Movement

"My biggest takeaway so far is that our relationships shape us more than we think — how we consider opportunities, how we process information, and how we form habits," Zuckerberg wrote.

If you're disappointed the tech guru isn't throwing his hat into the next presidential race, there is another well-known pair who already have their campaign poster ready.

"The truth is, America needs us. No one can seem to agree on anything anymore except for two things," Tom Hanks said on "Saturday Night Live."

"Pizza and us," Dwayne Johnson said.

We'll see about that.

18:05

Turkey Slams U.S. Over 'Aggressive' Acts Against Erdogan's Bodyguards

Turkey summoned the U.S. ambassador on May 22 to protest what it called "aggressive and unprofessional actions" in the United States against the bodyguards of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his visit to Washington last week.
18:05

Sinkhole in front of Mar-a-Lago (Palm Beach, FL)

Palm Beach, FL:
Sinkhole in front of Mar-a-Lago  —  A 4' x 4' sinkhole has formed on Southern Boulevard directly in front of Mar-a-Lago.  It appears to be in the vicinity of the newly installed water main.  West Palm Beach Utilities distribution crews have secured the area and will most likely need to do some exploratory excavation today.

17:55

Sheriff Clarke Denies Plagiarism Claim as His Supporters Go After the Reporter Who Broke the Story (Jenni Fink/IJR)

Jenni Fink / IJR:
Sheriff Clarke Denies Plagiarism Claim as His Supporters Go After the Reporter Who Broke the Story  —  On Saturday, CNN KFILE writers Andrew Kaczynski, Christopher Massie, and Nathan McDermott accused Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke of plagiarizing his master's thesis.

17:55

Female genital mutilation is a religious right claim lawyers in first US case on the practice (Samuel Osborne/The Independent)

Samuel Osborne / The Independent:
Female genital mutilation is a religious right claim lawyers in first US case on the practice  —  Two doctors and one of their wives charged with subjecting two seven-year-old girls to genital cutting  —  Defence lawyers will argue female genital mutilation is a religious right in the first ever federal case on the practice in the US.

17:55

Supreme Court rules North Carolina congressional districts unconstitutional (Elena Schneider/Politico)

Elena Schneider / Politico:
Supreme Court rules North Carolina congressional districts unconstitutional  —  The Supreme Court ruled Monday that two North Carolina congressional districts were drawn unconstitutionally, affirming a previous district court decision against the state's redistricting and leaving in place …

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