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Michelle L. Price / Associated Press:
Trump's social media account shares a campaign video with a headline about a ‘unified Reich’  —  A video posted to Donald Trump's account on his social media network included references to a “unified Reich” among hypothetical news headlines if he wins the election in November.
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Joshua Green / Bloomberg:
A Hidden Variable in the Presidential Race: Fears of ‘Trump Forever’  —  Undecided voters are concerned that if Donald Trump returns to the White House, he'll never leave.  —  As the rematch between Joe Biden and Donald Trump draws nearer, political professionals are detecting …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Michael Boyle / The Daily Beast:
Jon Stewart Sounds Off on the ‘Real Cancel Culture’  —  ‘CONSTANT VICTIMIZATION’  —  “Jerry Seinfeld took more shit over the past two weeks promoting a Pop-Tart movie than Harrison Butker did for his entire speech,” Stewart said on Monday's “Daily Show.”  —  Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker …
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ABC News:
Special counsel suspected additional obstruction effort by Trump in classified docs case  —  The allegations were revealed in a newly unsealed court filing Tuesday.  —  Former President Donald Trump listens during a news conference after attending the wake of New York City police officer Jonathan Diller …
Jada Yuan / Washington Post:
Controversial Donald Trump movie ‘The Apprentice’ depicts him as rapist  —  A dark new biopic starring Sebastian Stan as a young Trump is the talk of Cannes.  —  CANNES, France — Had a movie called “The Apprentice” about a young Donald Trump's rise to power premiered in America …
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The Hill:
Trump campaign says it will sue filmmakers behind ‘The Apprentice’ movie for including ‘blatantly false assertions’
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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Associated Press:
Israeli officials seize AP equipment and take down live shot of northern Gaza, citing new media law  —  Israeli officials seized a camera and broadcasting equipment belonging to The Associated Press in southern Israel, accusing the news organization of violating a new media law by providing images to Al Jazeera.
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Biden releasing 1 million barrels of gasoline from Northeast reserve in bid to lower prices at pump  —  The Biden administration said Tuesday that it is releasing 1 million barrels of gasoline from a Northeast reserve established after Superstorm Sandy in a bid to lower prices at the pump this summer.
Discussion: Politico
Aaron Rupar / Public Notice:
Biden quietly advances a range of progressive policies  —  He did so just before a deadline on his rule-making authority.  —  ∙ Paid … Congress, in case you're just back from Mars, has been so mired in gridlock that its main function — passing laws — has become about as common as hens teeth.
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Marcia Brown / Politico:   Biden's legacy long game: Rain regulations — now
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Trump Mode  —  How Trump gives his quislings room to defend him.  —  ∙ Paid  —  1. 12 Years a President  —  At the NRA convention this weekend Donald Trump floated, in an oblique way, the idea of a third term.  —  “You know, FDR 16 years—almost 16 years—he was four terms.
Discussion: IJR
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
Scarlett Johansson says she is ‘shocked, angered’ over new ChatGPT voice  —  Lawyers for Scarlett Johansson are demanding that OpenAI disclose how it developed an AI personal assistant voice that the actress says sounds uncannily similar to her own.  —  Johansson's legal team has sent OpenAI …
Associated Press:
UN halts all food distribution in Rafah after running out of supplies in the southern Gaza city  —  The United Nations says it has suspended food distribution in the southern Gaza city of Rafah due to lack of supplies and insecurity.  It also said no aid trucks entered in the past two days via …
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Michelle Nichols / Reuters:
Gaza aid piles up in Egypt, US pier delivery falters
Matt Stout / The Boston Globe:
‘Millionaires tax’ has already generated $1.8 billion this year for Massachusetts, blowing past projections  —  Massachusetts' so-called “millionaires tax” appears primed to actually deliver billions.  —  State officials said Monday that the voter-approved surtax on high earners has generated …
Chris Geidner / Law Dork:
An Alabama Trump appointee is threatening to jail LGBTQ civil rights lawyers  —  A forum-shopping dispute that been ongoing for two years briefly reached the Eleventh Circuit on Monday.  Also: More on Alito.  And: Law Dork in the news.  —  An “unprecedented judicial investigation” …
Christine Zhu / Politico:
Trump says he's ‘looking at’ contraception restrictions  —  “I'm going to have a policy on that very shortly and I think it's something that you'll find interesting,” Trump said.  —  Former President Donald Trump said he's “looking at” restrictions on contraception during an interview …
Gina Chon / Semafor:
Imprisoned ex-Trump aide Peter Navarro predicts Fed Chair's ouster and ‘mass deportations’ in a second presidential term  —  The Scoop  —  Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell would be gone in the first 100 days of a second Donald Trump term that would also include mass deportations …
New York Times:
Biden and Big Oil Had a Truce.  Now, It's Collapsing.  —  Companies were enjoying record profits.  But the president's decision to pause permits for gas export terminals has whipped up industry support, and donations, for Donald Trump.  —  Early in his term, President Biden seemed …
Matthew Haag / New York Times:
Trump seems unlikely to testify.  Here's the latest.  —  The jury has been dismissed until closing arguments next Tuesday, but the court has more business to deal with this afternoon.  Lawyers for Donald J. Trump called just two witnesses before wrapping up their case.  —  The jury will begin deliberations next week.
Financial Times:
How sanctions played havoc with Iran's ageing helicopters  —  US-made Bell 212 carrying country's president was almost 30 years old when it crashed into a mountainside  —  The circumstances could hardly have been more difficult as the decades-old helicopter, which had clocked up thousands …
United States Department of State:
On the Death of Iranian President Raisi and Others in a Helicopter Crash  —  The United States expresses its official condolences for the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian, and other members of their delegation in a helicopter crash in northwest Iran.
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Politico:
The one thing US fears after Iranian president's death
 
 
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NBC News:
The U.S. was set to move 11 detainees out of Guantanamo. Then Hamas attacked Israel.
Discussion: New York Times and The Intercept
Liz Peek / Fox News:
Another surprising reason Joe Biden should now step aside
Discussion: RedState and CLAYTOONZ
The White House:
Remarks by President Biden at a Campaign Event | Detroit, MI
Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
Blinken to testify to US Congress under shadow of Israel policy divides
Washington Post:
A House swing seat is at stake in Oregon's Democratic primary
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Noah Kirsch / The Daily Beast:
Spoiler Alert: Billionaire Trump Mega-Donor Gave Another $5M to RFK Jr.
Discussion: New Jersey Online and Breitbart
Anne Blythe / North Carolina Health News:
Doctors rail against proposed ban against public masking
Discussion: Atlanta Black Star
 

 
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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
X's trending topics surfaced conspiracy theories around Donald Trump's assassination attempt; YouTube and Facebook primarily directed users to news outlets

David Hellier / Bloomberg:
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Jason Parham / Wired:
Q&A with Imran Ahmed, founder of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, on Elon Musk's lawsuit, election disinformation, social media harms, AI, and more

 
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