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Happy Thursday! You have everything you need to solve the problems you'll face.

🥵 Today's weather: Ridiculously warm.

🎵 Sounds like: The "Jeopardy!" theme song

🏀 Situational awareness: The Warriors beat the Mavericks 112-87 in the first game of the Western Conference finals.

  • It was awful.
  • Also, we are filing from D.C. today because we're at an Axios staff retreat gathering ideas to make this newsletter even better.

Today's newsletter is 740 continuously improving words — a 3-minute read.

1 big thing: ⚖️ Storm of Texas "censorship" lawsuits on the horizon

Illustration of a series of gavels, some of them transparent.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Tech platforms are facing a new reality: Unless the U.S. Supreme Court intervenes, Texans could immediately start suing giants like Meta and YouTube over content moderation decisions.

Driving the news: Industry groups are asking the Supreme Court for an emergency stay to prevent Texas from enforcing its social media law, Axios' Ashley Gold writes.

Details: HB 20, passed by the Republican-dominated Texas legislature last September, applies to platforms with 50 million or more U.S. monthly users, and bars "censorship" based on "viewpoint."

How we got here: A federal district court judge blocked the measure from going into effect in December, but last week an appellate judge panel reversed that decision, allowing the law to take effect unless the Supreme Court steps in.

What they're saying: "HB 20 strips private online businesses of their speech rights, forbids them from making constitutionally protected editorial decisions, and forces them to publish and promote objectionable content," Chris Marchese, counsel for NetChoice, one of the groups appealing the ruling, said in a statement.

Zoom in: The law's supporters see it as a way to get Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other social media companies to stop what many on the right have long viewed as "censorship" of conservative viewpoints.

The big picture: The passage of the Texas law, like so much in the ongoing skirmish over social media and speech, was in the long shadow of former President Trump's ban from Twitter.

Read the full story.

2. 🤓 Former D Magazine editor will appear on "Jeopardy!"

Two people on the Jeopardy! stage, smiling
Smart man, smart dresser: Bradford Pearson and "Jeopardy!" host Mayim Bialik. Photo courtesy of "Jeopardy!"

Bradford Pearson, a former editor at D Magazine and Southwest Magazine will appear on "Jeopardy!" tonight.

Why it matters: Mike worked with Brad for several years at D, then again when Brad became an editor at Southwest. 

  • A lot of people in Dallas media will be rooting for him.

Zoom out: Sadly, Pearson and his family moved from Dallas to Philadelphia when he started working on his excellent book about a football team inside a World War II internment camp in Wyoming. 

The intrigue: Pearson isn't allowed to tell anyone — not even his close friends — how he did. 

Yes, but: He told people to watch starting today. So maybe he did OK?

What he's saying: "Anyone who knows me well knows that I've wanted to be on 'Jeopardy!' since I was a little kid," Pearson tells Axios. "I'm rarely at a loss for words, but this is one of those times. All I can say is how crazy it is that this childhood dream came true."

Our thought bubble: Yes, of course, we're jealous. We love game shows, and "Jeopardy!" is the Cadillac of game shows. But no matter how he does, we're also pretty proud of him.

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3. 🗞 Burnt ends: Bite-sized news bits

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Read these stories before they argon. Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

🎙 Rapper T-Pain moved his concert from Deep Ellum to Grand Prairie, citing safety concerns. (NBC5)

🏛 A Fort Worth prison guard admitted to sexually assaulting at least three inmates. (WFAA)

🏥 Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton wants the state to intervene in a court battle over medical care for transgender youth. (DMN)

🧑‍⚖️ Dallas County judges are pushing back against accusations that they have not been doing their jobs, saying Dallas County commissioners have been putting out inaccurate information. (FOX4)

💬 Quote du jour: "The result is an absence of checks and balances in Russia and the decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq…I mean, of Ukraine."
— Former President George W. Bush during a speech yesterday in Dallas. (Reuters)

4. 🎼 Symphony in the park

A symphony playing to a field of people
Sounds of culture echoing through Dallas. Photo courtesy of DSO

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra will kick off its "Symphony in the City Parks" concert series with a Memorial Day concert at Flag Pole Hill. 

Details: These outdoor concerts are family-friendly and free. Assistant Conductor Maurice Cohn (Marena & Roger Gault Chair) will lead the DSO in programs featuring light classics, patriotic tunes and other popular music. 

When to go:

🇺🇸 8:15pm May 30 at Flag Pole Hill, 8015 Doran Circle

⛲️ 8:15pm June 3 at Kidd Springs Park, 700 W. Canty St.

🎶 8:15pm June 8 at Campbell Green Park, 16600 Hillcrest Rd.

🏫 8:15pm June 9 at Paul Quinn College, 3837 Simpson Stuart Rd.

5. 🎧 One podcast to go

Photo illustration of a Ukrainian soldier with a map of Ukraine and the Donbas region in the background
Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Narciso Contreras/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

How It Happened: "Putin's Invasion Part V: The fight for the Donbas" is out this morning with a new documentary episode examining the fight for the Donbas — the eastern borderlands of Ukraine where the most intense fighting is now happening.

  • This is told through the eyes of a journalist who has been covering the war there and a soldier who has been fighting there, both since 2014.

Our picks: 

🤓 Mike is studiously taking notes in every session of the Axios retreat.

🍹 Tasha is by the hotel pool debating whether she should order that third pina colada. 

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