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TSA says record 3 million passengers traveled via air on Friday

The Transportation Safety Administration reported it screened a record 2.95 million travelers on Friday, a record number of daily airline travelers and a sign that Americans are set for a busy summer season, CBS News reports.  The previous record of 2.9 million was set on the Sunday after Thanksgiving last year.

AAA said an estimated 43.8 million people will travel to a destination this holiday season, a four percent increase from last year.  “We haven’t seen Memorial Day weekend travel numbers like these in almost 20 years,” Paula Twidale, AAA senior vice president Paula Twidal said in a statement. “We’re projecting an additional one million travelers this holiday weekend compared to 2019, which not only means we’re exceeding pre-pandemic levels but also signals a very busy summer travel season ahead.”

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WATCH LIVE: Orange God Emperor faces ornery Libertarians

So the Secret Service are confiscating the rubber chickens. Which is bullshit, but actually a good sign because the hecklers are filtering into the room, even elbowing out the astroturfed MAGA crowd from their seats in the front row. All signs otherwise indicate that Trump is indeed still going to speak and get booed viciously from the Libertarian maniacs in the audience beginning in T-minus 37 minutes. Enjoy the Baghdad Bob-style pre-speech coverage from RSBN in the meantime.

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Fanboys begging Trump to duck out of Libertarian convention

Disgraced former President Trump’s worshippers are begging their Orange Allah to escape the “ambush” being planned for him during his appearance at the Libertarian convention planned for 8PM EDT on Saturday night, former Daily Beast extremism expert Zach Petrizzo reports, citing MAGA Telegram posts warning of RFK Jr fanboys handing out squeaky rubber chickens to mock him for refusing to take up Bobby Brainworm’s challenge for a debate, “Antifa activists” infiltrating the event, and of course the failed attempt for a “Donald Trump can go fuck himself” resolution.

So yeah, we’re going to have to carry this one if we can find it. Please be aware that any “WATCH LIVE” article here on National Zero is likely to have been pre-queued hours and if Trump cancels at the last minute our “coverage” may not reflect that. We’ll do our best to find an official Libertarian National Party feed for extra hilarity if that happens and someone else takes the stage.

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Kangaroos somehow not shot dead after Texas escape

A pair of kangaroos that escaped from a home in eastern Texas were returned safely after a few hours on the lam last week, miraculously not torn to shreds by an AR-15 from some deranged hick who thought they were space aliens or some secret government lab experiment, Fox News reports.

“We’re on our way to go eat breakfast, and I look, and I’m like, ‘That’s a freaking kangaroo!’ and it just starts hopping, coming down the road,” said a local who dialed 911 after spotting one of the marsupials. It’s not clear if the caller emptied a clip from his Sig Sauer in the direction of the animal during the brief encounter but that appears to be a safe assumption because Texas.

It’s also not clear how the two Australian beasts, named “Red” and “Hopper,” were eventually recaptured by owner Shelby Lowery, though it’s probably a given that she was armed with an assault rifle and ready to use deadly force to kill other Texans who were hunting them. At least one of the two animals had starred in the 2003 Jerry O’Connell comedy Kangaroo Jack, rated 9 percent positive on Rotten Tomatoes. Anthony Anderson and Christopher Walken were both nominated at the 24th Golden Raspberry Awards for Worst Supporting Actor for their performances but lost to Sylvester Stallone’s role as main villain “The Toymaker” in Spy Kids 3D: Game Over.

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Ramaswamy viciously booed at Libertarian convention

In a possible bad sign for fat former President Trump ahead of his appearance Saturday night, surrogate Vivek Ramaswamy was viciously booed and heckled on mentioning the Orange Bastard to the crowd at the Libertarian convention on Friday night. Team Trump better figure out a way to fill the room with friendly faces and fast… He goes on stage in just over ten hours from now.

In related-ish news, Donald went off on brainwormed fellow Libertarian Convention headliner Robert F Kennedy Jr in a Truth Social post Saturday morning, writing “Don’t waste any Republican or Conservative votes on Junior. He’s one of the most Liberal Lunatics ever to run for office. He caused massive high energy pricing in New York and New England. He just admitted that he was actually OK with the Vaccine. Phony Radical Left fool whose poll numbers are TERRIBLE, and getting worse. His campaign is falling apart, great dissension!!!” Not clear why Trump is calling Bobby Junior out on being “actually OK with the Vaccine,” since that was supposed to be Trump’s accomplishment.

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Random thoughts Friday, Volume CLXXIV

  • So that whole “appearance of impropriety” thing is moot at this point, eh, Mr. Chief Justice?
  • Donald Trump claims, incredulously, that Joe Biden was trying to assassinate him during the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago, using an authority Donald Trump’s lawyers argue is a presidential power thanks to “absolute immunity.” 
  • The Dow jumped over 40,000 (and will stay back over the line soon) and NASDAQ hits a new high:  the Biden economic highlights are starting to make headlines, and that will attract voters.
  • You’re right, MAGAt:  Alito has a Constitutional right to fly that flag.  He does not, however, have a Constitutional right to be a judge.  It’s the second part that’s the problem. 
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Class action lawsuit hits Live Nation after Justice Department move

The first class action lawsuit for customers against Live Nation alleging the company illegally profited from inflated prices in venues it managed has been filed following the Justice Department antitrust claim against the company, Reuters reports.

The case seeks $5 billion in damages for customers who bought tickets for sports, entertainment and arts events through Ticketmaster, a subsidiary of Live Nation, which also runs venues and manages tours across the country.  The case has been assigned to Biden-appointed Judge Arun Subramanian in the Southern District of New York.

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Special Counsel asks Cannon to muzzle Trump

Special Counsel Jack Smith’s office filed a motion Friday night asking Florida Federal District Court Judge Aileen Cannon to mute Donald Trump and prevent him from saying anything regarding the FBI agents involved in the search of Mar-a-Lago, given that he’s falsely claimed they were trying to assassinate him.

The Government moves to modify defendant Donald J. Trump’s conditions of release, to make clear that he may not make statements that pose a significant, imminent, and foreseeable danger to law enforcement agents participating in the investigation and prosecution of this case.1 The Government’s request is necessary because of several intentionally false and inflammatory statements recently made by Trump that distort the circumstances under which the Federal Bureau of Investigation planned and executed the search warrant at Mar-a-Lago.  Those statements create a grossly misleading impression about the intentions and conduct of federal law enforcement agents—falsely suggesting that they were complicit in a plot to assassinate him—and expose those agents, some of whom will be witnesses at trial, to the risk of threats, violence, and harassment. The Court has an “independent obligation to protect the integrity of this judicial proceeding,” and should take steps immediately to halt this dangerous campaign to smear law enforcement. […]

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Truth Social value: $125 per user login

According to new user data analyzed by web traffic company Similarweb, the number of users on Trump’s flailing social media platform Truth Social fell nearly 40% year-over-year, with the site getting only 4 million visits on average over the last twelve months, NBC News reports.

Comparing data from May 2023 to April 2024, traffic to the site was down more than 39% over the previous 12 months.  May 2024 won’t be any better for the site:  to date this month, traffic to the site is down 21% from April and 34% from March, even as Donald Trump uses the site exclusively to electronically bleat his grievances and Nazi references.  With a market cap of $6 billion, Truth Social’s 48 million annual log-ins calculate to a value of $125 per visit.

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Fox clearly does not enjoy announcing another NASDAQ record

The dissonance at Fox must be overwhelming:  on one hand, their hosts are pledged to repeat the false Trump talking point that the economy is in tatters, while the small portion of the company that must report verifiable facts announces another new record high for the NASDAQ exchange.  “The economy is terrible!  Now let’s celebrate another record high!”

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Uvalde parents sue gun manufacturer, Meta, Call of Duty publisher

Hiring the lawyer who won a record settlements from gun manufacturers for the Sandy Hook families, the survivors and the families of those killed in the 2022 shooting at an Uvalde, Texas elementary school filed a lawsuit for damages against the manufacture of the gun used, the parent company of Facebook, and the publisher of the Call of Duty game, the Washington Post reports.

Daniel Defense, the manufacturer of the AR-15-style assault rifle used in the shooting, frequently used children in its marketing.  The families claim Activision, which created Call of Duty, and Meta, Facebook parent company, helped market the weapons and violence to the shooter.  The lawyer, Josh Koskoff, said Facebook systemically overlooks its own rules against marketing and selling guns on its platform.

“Over the last 15 years, two of America’s largest technology companies — Defendants Activision and Meta — have partnered with the firearms industry in a scheme that makes the Joe Camel campaign look laughably harmless, even quaint,” the families claim in their suit.

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Really doesn’t look like 30,000 people… or even 3,000

Trump fanboys are kind of freaking the fuck out over this screenshot of a WABC 7 New York Eyewitness News broadcast from Thursday night. We don’t have a video clip of it. Nor do we have a lot of other context. It sure looks like that’s Trump on stage but we can’t say for certain. Maybe it was Andrew Giuliani warming up the crowd. Some whiny asshole tried to say that footage was taken before the rally, at 11:09 AM. Problem is that The View was on at 11:00 AM while the nightly newscast was at 11:00 PM. And it had also poured rain from about 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Thursday.

So the preponderance of evidence we have at hand says there were low-to-mid four-digits of people there at best. Every single image we have from right wing sources is a ground-level view of the crowd, making it impossible to even ballpark the size of the crowd. There are no wide-angle shots of Trump on stage, surrounded by a mass of tens of thousands of revelers. We don’t need to speculate that it’s by design from the Unified Reich of the Trump campaign and MAGA media.

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Senate Dems demand meeting with Roberts over Alito’s fuckery

“Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Federal Courts, today announced that they sent a letter to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts imploring the Chief Justice to take appropriate steps to ensure Justice Samuel Alito recuses himself from cases concerning the 2020 election and the January 6th insurrection. The senators’ letter comes on the heels of two reports from the New York Times that Justice Alito flew at two separate residences MAGA battle flags that were carried by insurrectionists at the Capitol on January,” say the two Dems in a press release after Seditious Sam Alito not once but twice lived up to his billing.

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“Sedition Panda” Capitol rioter convicted on all charges

Florida MAGA insurrection Jesse Rumson, aka “Sedition Panda” for the furry panda costume head he wore while storming the Capitol on January 6, 2021, was convicted Friday on all counts in bench trial that wrapped less than three months after the FBI arrested Rumson in February, NBC News reports.

Rumson, whose eight charges include assaulting a police officer, was represented by MAGA extremist former Florida state House member Anthony Sabatini, now on his second GOP primary bid for a US House seat after losing out to now-Congressman Cory Mills in 2022, and it’s not looking great for him in this one either. Judge Carl Nichols called Sabatini’s arguments “absurd” as did Prince George County, Maryland Police Department Corporal Scott Ainsworth, who testified against Rumson at trial over the assault. “I’m a Republican, these are my fellow Republicans,” Ainsworth said at the witness stand about what he was thinking during the attack when Rumson shoved him.

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Vlad ready to offer Ukraine a ceasefire on current lines: report

Sources inside the Kremlin tell Reuters that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin is ready to offer Ukraine a ceasefire along current frontlines, coming of course on the heels of recent gains by the Russian military after Republicans took too fucking long to get more ammo to Kyiv.

“Putin can fight for as long as it takes, but Putin is also ready for a ceasefire – to freeze the war,” one of the sources said to Reuters. More than one of the sources said that Putin’s goal now is to capitalize on the recent momentum in eastern Ukraine to put the war behind him. Probably to focus his energies on getting fat former President Trump elected again, which would obviously help him conquer all of Ukraine rather then the majority of its territory still in Kyiv’s hands.

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Michigan Dems find dead voters on GOP Senate hopeful’s petition

“On behalf of Michigan voter Emily Judd, the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP), and DSCC aka Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, we write to supplement our May 17, 2024 letter with additional indications of potential fraud in the nominating petition of Republican US Senate Candidate Mike Rogers. As discussed herein and in the attached exhibits, our investigation has thus far uncovered indicia of potential fraud associated with the petition sheets of at least 18 circulators, who together submitted approximately 12,293 signatures in support of Mr Rogers’ nomination.”

“As the Board has previously determined, fraud on any one sheet submitted by a particular circulator necessarily calls into question the validity of all of that circulator’s sheets. If the Board finds that any circulator submitted a fraudulent petition sheet, it should invalidate all of that circulator’s sheets – for any candidate, in addition to any signatures across the petition that are found to be invalid for other reasons. Candidate Rogers announced in November 2023 that he had collected 30,000 petition signatures to qualify for the ballot. Nevertheless, he waited until April 22, 2024, the day before the deadline, to file his petition. That means Mr Rogers had five full months to review and confirm the validity of the petition sheets collected by his campaign, and it appears he failed to do so,” write Michigan Dems in a monster 177-page letter to the State Board of Canvassers detailing at length the issues with Trump-endorsed former Congressman Mike Rogers’s primary ballot access petition.

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Milkshake abortion guy suddenly down on pharmaceuticals

As for the actual article itself, fuck yes the Biden campaign absolutely should “lean in” to labeling Trump as convicted felon if he’s found guilty. It’s not like the MAGA dipshits are going to hold back on that lame conspiracy theory about Biden ordering Alvin Bragg to prosecute Donald.

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Hague court orders Israel to cease operation in Gazan city of Rafah

The United Nations’ top court on Friday ordered the Israeli military to halt its operation in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, pursuant to a ruling on “a request for the indication of provisional measures and the modification of provisional measures previously prescribed by the Court submitted by South Africa on 10 May 2024 in the case concerning Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v Israel).”

Yeah they’re probably going to ignore it and just keep blowing the place up which in turn will probably increase pressure on the ICC to issue the arrest warrant for “Bibi” and his defense minister.

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AIPAC cuts off Ted Cruz, Scott Perry, Ryan Zinke over Israel aid vote

Pro-Netanyahu Regime election interference operation AIPAC has ceased fundraising for far right Republican Senator Ted Cruz and Congressmen Scott Perry and Ryan Zinke for voting last month against supplemental aid to Israel’s destructive war on Gaza, John Solomon’s lame website reports.

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