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Andrew Solender / Axios:
House Republicans fume over “messaging” votes … - Rep. Troy Nehls (R-Texas) said he is moving his “focus to the presidential election.”  — “I think it's fair to say we've been frustrated for the past several months,” Nehls said.  — “This place is dysfunctional, unfortunately,” he added.
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Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
House advances revised FISA bill after floor revolt, teeing up final vote
Marianna Sotomayor / Washington Post:
House GOP bridges divide to reauthorize controversial surveillance bill
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Trump tries to boost support for Truth Social as DJT stock tanks … Donald Trump on Friday urged his followers to support his social media app Truth Social, as its parent company's stock continues to sink lower.  —  Trump in a post on that app said he believes Truth Social embodies the political …
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Associated Press:
Judge declines to delay Trump's NY hush money trial after Trump complains of pretrial publicity  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The judge in Donald Trump's hush money criminal case on Friday turned down the former president's request to postpone his trial because of publicity about the case.
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Ryan Lizza / Politico:
Michael Cohen on the Trump Trial: Prepare To Be Surprised
Associated Press:
Judge rejects defense efforts to dismiss Hunter Biden's federal gun case  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge in Delaware refused Friday to throw out a federal gun case against Hunter Biden, rejecting the president's son's claim that he is being prosecuted for political purposes as well as other arguments.
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NBC News:
Judge rejects Hunter Biden's bid to dismiss the federal gun charges against him  —  The judge denied all of Biden's attempts to have the case thrown out.  —  The federal judge overseeing a case involving gun charges against Hunter Biden rejected efforts by the president's son to have the case dismissed.
Mared Gwyn Jones / Euronews:
Belgium investigating Russian influence network suspected of paying EU lawmakers  —  The Belgian federal prosecutor has opened an investigation into EU lawmakers accused of receiving payments for spreading pro-Russian propaganda.  —  Prime Minister Alexander De Croo told reporters on Friday …
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Alex Finley / New Republic:
Russia Is Buying Politicians in Europe. Is It Happening Here Too?
Discussion: Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Iranian Attack Expected on Israel in Next Two Days  —  Israel is preparing for an imminent direct attack from Iran; Tehran yet to decide, says person briefed on the matter  —  TEL AVIV—Israel is preparing for a direct attack from Iran on southern or northern Israel as soon as Friday or Saturday …
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Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: Iran warns U.S. to stay out of fight with Israel or face attack on troops
Billy Perrigo / TIME:
Exclusive: Google Contract Shows Deal With Israel Defense Ministry  —  Google provides cloud computing services to the Israeli Ministry of Defense, and the tech giant has negotiated deepening its partnership during Israel's war in Gaza, a company document viewed by TIME shows.
ABC News:
Trump holds Mar-a-Lago joint appearance with Johnson amid speakership threat  —  The meeting comes days after Trump helped spike the Johnson-backed FISA bill.  —  Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks as Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, listens during a news conference …
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Politico:
House finally passes surveillance bill after three stumbles
Massy Arts / Pluralistic:
No, “convenience” isn't the problem (permalink)  —  Using Amazon, or Twitter, or Facebook, or Google, or Doordash, or Uber doesn't make you lazy.  Platform capitalism isn't enshittifying because you made the wrong shopping choices.  —  Remember, the reason these corporations were able …
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump tells Arizona Legislature to act after GOP blocks bills to repeal 1864 abortion ban  —  Former President Trump on Friday urged Arizona lawmakers to act “as fast as possible” to adjust the state's abortion policy after a state Supreme Court ruling upheld an 1864 law and made performing the procedure a felony.
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Sarah Bregel / The Daily Beast:
‘The Golden Bachelor’ Divorce Has Killed My Belief in Love  —  Did Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist just dismantle the whole point “The Golden Bachelor” tried to prove?  —  Like the rest of groggily caffeinating America, this morning I woke up to the wild news that Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist …
Misty Severi / Washington Examiner:
Pence's second act: Former VP will teach about Christianity in public institutions at Pennsylvania college  —  Former Vice President Mike Pence has found his first official job since dropping out of the 2024 Republican presidential primaries, and will be teaching at a private college in Pennsylvania.
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Grove City College:
College announces Faith & Public Life center, Pence fellowship
Alejandra Borunda / NPR:
Florida blocks heat protections for workers right before summer  —  Florida Governor Ron DeStantis has signed a law that prevents cities or counties from creating protections for workers who labor in the state's often extreme and dangerous heat.  —  Two million people in Florida …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
The New Great-Power Politics  —  How an emerging alliance is shaping the world.  —  The Houthis, the Iran-backed militia that controls much of Yemen, have disrupted the global economy by firing on commercial ships traveling through the Red Sea.  But the Houthis have made some exceptions …
Discussion: Roll Call
Associated Press:
US Steel shareholders approve takeover by Japan's Nippon Steel opposed by Biden administration  —  U.S. Steel shareholders have overwhelmingly approved the company's sale to Nippon Steel of Japan for $14.1 billion in cash, voicing unequivocal support for a combination that has drawn opposition …
Miles Parks / NPR:
Republicans aim to stop noncitizen voting in federal elections.  It's already illegal  —  Former President Donald Trump and House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., appeared together Friday to tout legislation aimed at stopping something that is already illegal in America: noncitizens voting in federal elections.
Reuters:
If Trump wins, he plans to free Wall Street from ‘burdensome regulations’  —  A second Trump White House would seek to sharply reduce the power of U.S. financial regulators, according to a review of public documents and interviews with people allied with the former president.
Jaffer Zaidi / The Keyword:
Why the California Journalism Preservation Act is putting support of the news ecosystem at risk  —  A pending bill in the California state legislature, the California Journalism Preservation Act (CJPA), would create a “link tax” that would require Google to pay for simply connecting Californians to news articles.
 
 
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Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Billionaire Leonard Leo rejects Senate subpoena over supreme court gifts
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Politico:
How one NY GOP critic of Santos hopes to keep him off the House floor
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William Kristol / The Bulwark:
Republicans Flee D.C., Responsibility
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Trump Bond's Cayman Connection ‘Stinks to High Heaven’
Discussion: New Republic and Raw Story
Danielle Douglas-Gabriel / Washington Post:
Biden administration cancels another $7.4 billion in student loans
 

 
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Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
Robert MacNeil, who anchored evening newscasts for over two decades on PBS and delivered evenhanded, non-flashy news with Jim Lehrer, dies at 93

Katherine Maher / NPR:
Memo: NPR's Katherine Maher says questioning whether NPR is living up to its mission is fair, but questioning staff integrity based on identity is disrespectful

Jack Brewster / Wall Street Journal:
A case study of the creation of an AI-powered local “news” website, directed to produce partisan stories on a US Senate race; a Fiverr developer made it for $80

 
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