Person Self-Immolates Outside Trump Trial Courthouse: Live Updates
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by Intelligencer Staff
9m ago
Photo: @emilyngo/X On Friday afternoon, an individual set themselves on fire in a small park across the street from the lower Manhattan courthouse where Donald Trump is on trial, according to eyewitnesses. Video recording the event showed police rushing over barricades set up for crowd control to extinguish the individual, who was seen twitching in the flames. Below are live updates on this developing story. If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 for free, anonymous support and resources. This post has been updat ..read more
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Lara Trump Threatens ‘Four Years of Scorched Earth’ If Trump Retakes Power
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by Jonathan Chait
3h ago
Photo-Illustration: Intelligencer; Photo: Kent Nishimura/Bloomberg via Getty Images Presidential candidates usually promise that everybody will be happy if they win. One of the historically unusual aspects of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is that he is promising to punish his political enemies in the event he gains power. “I am your warrior, I am your justice. And for those who have been wronged and betrayed, I am your retribution,” he vowed last year. Trump has been persuaded to turn down the volume on the threats of vengeance, but his allies are continuing to advance this message. Lar ..read more
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The Idea of Presidential Immunity Is Not As Ridiculous As You’ve Heard
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by Elie Honig
8h ago
Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images Go ahead and laugh off Donald Trump’s immunity argument. He’ll probably lose, eventually, and you’ll end up being right. But it’s not as simple as gravely intoning that No Man is Above the Law, dropping the mic, and asking what we’re even doing here in the first place. There’s more to the immunity question than that, and Trump’s argument, though unlikely to prevail, isn’t nearly as ridiculous as the glibly dismissive, strawman takedowns would have you believe. Let’s start off with what we do and don’t know. We do know that civil immunity for ..read more
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How Product Recommendations Broke Google
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by John Herrman
10h ago
Photo-Illustration: Intelligencer You’re sneezing a lot, and your eyes are watering. Maybe you have allergies, pets, or both. Perhaps you live somewhere with smog or in a region where the land is frequently and uncontrollably on fire. It’s 2024. You don’t really need to explain why you want an air purifier. But which one should you get? You narrow your request — your problem is seasonal allergies, you think — and type best air purifier pollen into your search bar. Google obliges and you scan the results. First up is an ad for an Amazon listing with a star rating attached. Next up is another ad ..read more
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Biden’s Uncle (Probably) Wasn’t Eaten by Cannibals
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by Margaret Hartmann
23h ago
Photo: Kyle Mazza/Anadolu via Getty Images Today in questions you never thought you’d ask: was the president’s uncle really eaten by cannibals? That’s what Joe Biden asserted — twice — while describing the circumstances of his uncle’s death during World War II while campaigning in Pennsylvania on Wednesday. Biden initially relayed the story shortly after visiting Scranton Veterans Memorial Park, where his uncle Ambrose J. Finnegan Jr.’s name is listed on a memorial wall. “He flew single-engine planes, reconnaissance flights over New Guinea. He had volunteered because someone couldn’t make it ..read more
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A Trump Juror Has Been Outed
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by Matt Stieb
1d ago
Photo: Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images A woman selected to be a juror in Donald Trump’s hush-money trial in Manhattan was dismissed on Thursday after informing Judge Juan Merchan that she had been identified in the press as a member of the jury. Prospective jurors have been told that their identities will remain anonymous during the landmark criminal trial of the former president. But the juror, who was seated on Tuesday, told the court that her friends had warned her that some identifying details about her had been made public. When she added on Thursday that she could not be impartial, Me ..read more
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Why Are Republicans Suddenly Sounding So Pro-Choice?
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by Irin Carmon
1d ago
Photo: Matt York/AP When the Supreme Court overturned the federal right to abortion almost two years ago, the conservative justices used the phrase “democratic process” almost a dozen times between them to describe what would come next, suggesting that the court was merely handing decision-making powers back to the voters. After a string of victories for legalized abortion in elections across the country, Republicans are turning to a “democratic process,” all right — but it’s the one that took place in the 19th century. In early April, Arizona’s conservative Supreme Court ruled that a total ba ..read more
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Why a Second Trump Term Will Make the Middle Class Pay
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by Jonathan Chait
1d ago
Photo-Illustration: Intelligencer; Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images At a private donor confab in February, Donald Trump emphasized to a room full of wealthy loyalists that he would focus on cutting their taxes in a second term. The Biden campaign has used this promise against him, which is likely the key context to a new Reuters report that Trump is “is keen on a new middle-class tax cut should he return to the White House.” Generally speaking, trying to dissect one of Trump’s policy promises is a futile task. He has little understanding of economics or government and instinctively lurche ..read more
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This Year’s Democratic Convention Won’t Be a Replay of 1968
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by Ed Kilgore
1d ago
Photo: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images When the Democratic National Committee chose Chicago as the site of the party’s 2024 national convention a year ago, no one knew incumbent presidential nominee Joe Biden would become the target of major antiwar demonstrations. The fateful events of October 7 were nearly six months away, and Biden had yet to formally announce his candidacy for reelection. So there was no reason to anticipate comparisons to the riotous 1968 Democratic Convention, when images of police clashing with anti–Vietnam War protesters in the Windy City were broadcast into milli ..read more
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The First AI Gadgets Are a Cautionary Tale
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by John Herrman
1d ago
Photo-Illustration: Intelligencer; Photo: Getty Images The sudden explosion of AI products has been, for the most part, a story told through software. Consumer AI is all about chatbots, media generators, plug-ins, and new features installed into apps that people already use. Over the past year, though, start-ups and bigger tech firms have been trying to figure out what an AI device might look like, and the first few attempts are hitting the market. There are the Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses, which use AI for voice commands as well as translation and object recognition, available since late last ..read more
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