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8:20 AM ET, June 12, 2024

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Politico:
The Hunter fallout  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.  —  HUNTER BIDEN's guilty verdict today was long anticipated inside JOE BIDEN's political orbit.  But aides to the president were also wary of talking about it with him.
Discussion: Chicago Sun Times, DNyuz and USA Today
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Noah Berlatsky / Public Notice:
Hunter Biden's conviction destroys key MAGA conspiracy theory  —  PN is a reader-supported publication made possible by paid subscribers.  Appreciate our independent journalism?  Then please sign up to support us.  —  💥 Subscribe to Public Notice 💥
Politico:
Hunter Biden verdict throws ‘sand in the gears’ of GOP's attacks on legal system
Jordain Carney / Politico:
House Oversight chair pushes for sweeping DOJ probe after Hunter Biden guilty verdict
NBC News:
Manhattan DA Bragg, who secured Trump conviction, to testify before GOP-led Judiciary Committee
Maeve Reston / Washington Post:
In Nevada Senate race, Democrats turn to a battle-tested abortion message  —  Republican Sam Brown has highlighted his opposition to a national abortion ban, but Democratic rivals are vowing to defeat him by playing up his past stances.  —  LAS VEGAS — Hours after Sam Brown clinched Nevada's …
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Natasha Korecki / NBC News:
Trump ‘scooped’ the Nevada GOP Senate nominee on proposing to get rid of taxes on tips  —  Sam Brown plans to tap the policy proposal as he takes on Democratic Sen. Jacky Rosen in an intense battle over Nevada's Senate seat.  —  Amid talk of electrocutions and sharks at a scorching outdoor Las Vegas rally …
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
A Guilty Verdict for Hunter Biden Weighs on a Worried President Biden  —  The president, who is in the middle of a re-election fight, has grown more resigned and afraid about what the future might hold for his son, according to people close to them.  —  阅读.体中 …
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CNN:
Jurors detail to CNN how they reached guilty verdict in Hunter Biden gun trial
Kathryn Watson / CBS News:
Biden reacts to his son Hunter's guilty verdict in gun case, vowing to “respect the judicial process”
Erum Salam / The Guardian:
Book about book bans banned by Florida school board  —  Ban This Book by Alan Gratz banned in Indian River county after opposition from parents linked to Moms for Liberty  —  A book about book bans has been banned in a Florida school district.  —  Ban This Book, a children's book written by Alan Gratz …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Douglas Soule / Tallahassee Democrat:   ‘Challenges our authority’: School board in Florida bans book about book bans
Rolling Stone:
New Audio: Alito Bashes ProPublica for Reporting on Supreme Court Ethics  —  In a new, secret recording, the Supreme Court justice suggests partisan funding is to blame for coverage of justices' undisclosed luxury gifts  —  IN A NEW recording, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito lashes …
Julia Métraux / Mother Jones:
North Carolina House Passes Revised Mask Ban  —  In a crackdown on protesters, the state is hampering people from wearing masks.  —  On Tuesday, the North Carolina GOP Representatives passed a mask ban on private property in a crackdown on protesters, even as a new subvariant of coronavirus spreads across the United States.
Discussion: Associated Press and NC Newsline
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Raleigh News & Observer:
NC House sends changes to masking and campaign finance laws to Gov. Cooper
Jennie Taer / New York Post:
Six suspected terrorists with ISIS ties arrested in sting operation in New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia: sources  —  Six Russian nationals suspected to have terror ties to ISIS have been arrested in a coordinated sting operation spanning Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia, The Post can exclusively reveal.
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Ed Mazza / HuffPost:
‘Unfit For Office’: Paul Ryan Torches Trump In Scathing Fox News Interview  —  The former House speaker slammed the ex-president and current GOP candidate for putting himself above the Constitution.  —  LOADING  —  Former Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan tore into former President Donald Trump …
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Lisa Mascaro / Associated Press:
Trump will meet with House and Senate Republicans this week near the Capitol
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
The most important crime statistics of the 2024 campaign  —  One of the central arguments advanced by Donald Trump and other Republican candidates in the 2024 election is that violent crime in the United States is out of control.  In a speech earlier this year at the Conservative Political Action Conference …
Axios:
Scoop: GOP's Garland contempt vote hanging by a thread … - Republicans want to hold Garland in contempt for refusing to give Congress the audiotapes of President Biden's interview with former Special Counsel Robert Hur.  — But the vote is in danger of being pulled off the schedule …
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
New poll goes deep on Kamala Harris' liabilities and strengths as a potential president  —  Harris does perform better than Joe Biden among African Americans, according to the POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.  She also saw some of her highest numbers on key issues like abortion.
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Eric Lutz / Vanity Fair:
Sam Alito Clearly Thinks He's Untouchable  —  In an interview with Vanity Fair, Congressman Hank Johnson attacked the “arrogance” of the Supreme Court justice and his wife, both of whom were caught in a secret recording expressing deeply partisan views: “They are extremists.”
Jack Birle / Washington Examiner:
Shawn Fain and UAW face new problems with president under investigation by federal watchdog  —  .  —  The United Auto Workers and the union's President Shawn Fain scored a major victory with strikes of the Big Three Detroit automakers, but the union has new problems, according to a federal watchdog investigation.
Steven Lubet / The Daily Beast:
Was Clarence Thomas Fooling Us Then or Now?  —  FOOL ME TWICE  —  The Supreme Court justice is talking out of both sides of his mouth when it comes to reporting lavish gifts from his conservative billionaire pals. … If there is one thing Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas claims to believe, it's that words matter.
Sophia Cai / Axios:
Donald Trump Jr. moves to be MAGA's new kingmaker … - It's unclear whether that means Trump Jr. will run for office some day.  — He privately cites his support of Vance to be his father's pick for vice president as evidence he has no plans to run.  — But as Trump Jr. told an Iowa voter …
NBC News:
Sen. Lindsey Graham says he will block Democrats' effort to unanimously pass Supreme Court ethics bill  —  The South Carolina Republican's objection means the bill won't be able to move forward under a unanimous consent request, which any senator can block.  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Dark money news outlets outpacing local daily newspapers … - As of last year, there were only 1,213 daily local newspapers in the U.S. That number may have gone down significantly in the time since, but the researchers who track that data have yet to release an updated figure for 2024.
Discussion: Raw Story
Talking Points Memo:
Resilience Part 2 (or Thoughts on Sam Alito's DGAF Justicehood)  —  I think a lot about resilience.  It's actually an underlying concern that forms a lot of my political opinions.  Not about policy, though perhaps that too in some way, but politics in the sense of elections and how coalitions …
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Nancy Mace Defeats G.O.P. Challenger, Dealing Blow to McCarthy's Revenge Tour  —  The South Carolina congresswoman turned back a primary challenger backed by former Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who has been trying to exact retribution against Republicans who voted to oust him.
 
 
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House Committee on Energy and Commerce:
E&C Republicans Release Interim Staff Report on NIH Misconduct and Inadequate Oversight Involving Taxpayer-Funded Risky MPXV Research that Jeopardizes Public Health Security
Discussion: HotAir, Washington Examiner and STAT
NBC News:
Steve Bannon asks appeals court to allow him to remain out of prison while he fights contempt of Congress conviction
Discussion: Fox News, Roll Call and Raw Story
Ramsey Touchberry / Washington Examiner:
GOP primary to replace South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan heads to runoff
Discussion: Fox News
Chris Geidner / Law Dork:
Judge strikes down Florida's anti-trans care ban, citing animus
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New York Times:
Israel and Hamas Signal Openness to Cease-Fire Plan, but Stop Short of Accepting It
Kevin Rector / Los Angeles Times:
9th Circuit says California ban on gun sales on state property is constitutional
Discussion: Forbes
River Page / The Free Press:
Stop Saying Florida Isn't Safe for Gay People. It's Fine.
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Chiquita Held Liable for Deaths During Colombian Civil War
Edith Olmsted / New Republic:
Alito's Wife Caught on Tape Spewing Venom at Everyone
Wall Street Journal:
Gaza Chief's Brutal Calculation: Civilian Bloodshed Will Help Hamas