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11:50 AM ET, June 12, 2024


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The Scolding that Hunter Biden Should Have Pled Guilty Ignores the Complexity of What Happened  —  In the wake of yesterday's verdict against Hunter Biden, there are a lot of armchair quarterbacks and hacks mulling why Hunter Biden didn't simply plead guilty.
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 💥
New York Times:
Hunter Biden Conviction Undercuts a Trump Narrative, and a Fund-Raising Pitch
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 …
Ken Schwencke / ProPublica:
ProPublica Updates “Supreme Connections” Database With New Justice Disclosures  —  The update includes data from eight financial disclosures made public last Friday that cover 2023, as well as information from some older filings.  —  Friends of the Court: SCOTUS Justices' Beneficial Relationships With Billionaire Donors
Steven Lubet / The Daily Beast:   Was Clarence Thomas Fooling Us Then or Now?
NBC News:
8 suspected terrorists with possible ISIS ties arrested in New York, L.A. and Philadelphia, sources say  —  The men from Tajikistan came to the U.S. through the southern border and their criminal backgrounds checks came back clean at the time they crossed, officials familiar with the matter said.
Jennie Taer / New York Post:
Six suspected terrorists with ISIS ties arrested in sting operation in New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia: sources
New York Post:
With terror threats sky-high and the border wide open, brace for another 9/11
Discussion: Foreign Affairs
CBS News:
ICE arrests 8 with suspected ISIS ties
Allison Quinn / The Daily Beast:
Trump-Backed Army Vet Wins Nevada Senate Primary After Wild Allegations  —  ‘FEARLESS PATRIOT’  —  The former president was accused by another Republican Senate hopeful of giving Sam Brown a last-minute endorsement in exchange for money.  —  An Army veteran who got a last-minute Donald …
Natasha Korecki / NBC News:
Trump ‘scooped’ the Nevada GOP Senate nominee on proposing to get rid of taxes on tips
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
Douglas Soule / Tallahassee Democrat:   ‘Challenges our authority’: School board in Florida bans book about book bans
NBC News:
Steve Bannon asks appeals court to allow him to remain out of prison while he fights contempt of Congress conviction  —  Bannon filed an emergency motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit asking the court to overrule a lower court's ruling that ordered him to report to prison on July 1.
Discussion: Raw Story and Roll Call
Danielle Wallace / Fox News:
Trump ally Steve Bannon files emergency motion seeking to stay out of prison
Discussion: CBS News and The Daily Caller
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
North Dakota voters back setting age limit for Congress members … - The N.D. voters' approval reflects recent opinion polls indicating that a majority of people in the U.S. want term limits for elected officials. … - University of North Dakota political science professor Mark Jendrysik told AP previously …
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Trump Shifts Nearly $5 Million Of Campaign Money Into His Private Business  —  When Trump left the White House, his aircraft fleet was in rough shape.  Now it's hauling in millions of dollars in revenue, thanks to a bit of self-dealing.  —  Donald Trump, who is worth an estimated $6.4 billion …
Kate Gibson / CBS News:
Inflation eased in May with prices rising less than expected  —  Inflation cooled slightly in May with consumer prices rising 3.3% on an annual basis, less than economists had forecast, according to data issued by the Department of Labor on Wednesday.  The cooler pace of price hikes comes ahead …
Justin Elliott / ProPublica:
Reader Tips Propelled Our Supreme Court Reporting.  Now Your Info Could Power Our 2024 Election Coverage.  —  An email from a reader helped a team of ProPublica reporters uncover secret tuition payments Harlan Crow made for a family member of Clarence Thomas.  Now we're looking for tips on the election, and you can help.
The White House:
Statement from President Joe Biden on the May Consumer Price Index  —  Prices are still too high, but today's report shows welcome progress on lowering inflation, which was zero on a monthly basis in May and is down nearly two-thirds from its peak.  Core inflation is at its lowest level since April 2021 …
Discussion: American Prospect
Maya Yang / The Guardian:
US announces new sanctions on Russia over military invasion of Ukraine - live  —  US treasury secretary said new sanctions target Russia's ‘remaining avenues for international materials and equipment’  —  US announces new sanctions on Russia over military invasion of Ukraine
Discussion: Reuters and Atlantic Council
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Why Is Biden Going to Europe Twice in a Week?  —  The White House won't say, but the politics seem clear: Three down days in Europe “might not look right.”  —  Air Force One is plenty comfortable if you are its most privileged frequent flier, with a comfortable bedroom and a spacious office.
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 …
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.
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
Republicans Introduce Bill To Ban DEI in Government, Federal Contracting … Congressional Republicans introduced a bill on Wednesday that would eliminate all diversity, equity, and inclusion positions in the federal government and bar federal contractors from requiring DEI statements and training sessions.
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.
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 …
Jordain Carney / Politico:
House Oversight chair pushes for sweeping DOJ probe after Hunter Biden guilty verdict
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Hayley Smith / Los Angeles Times:
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Michael C. Bender / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
Sophia Cai / Axios:
Donald Trump Jr. moves to be MAGA's new kingmaker
 Earlier Items: 
Emily Tamkin / Slate:
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Annie Karni / New York Times:
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Scoop: GOP's Garland contempt vote hanging by a thread
Talking Points Memo:
Resilience Part 2 (or Thoughts on Sam Alito's DGAF Justicehood)
Chris Geidner / Law Dork:
Judge strikes down Florida's anti-trans care ban, citing animus
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Dark money news outlets outpacing local daily newspapers
Discussion: Raw Story

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Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Spotify reports Q2 revenue up 20% YoY to €3.8B, MAUs up 14% YoY to 626M, subscribers up 12% YoY to 246M, above est., and €266M operating income; SPOT jumps 12%+

Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
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Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
Former Marvel chairman Ike Perlmutter, who backed Nelson Peltz in a failed proxy fight for two Disney board seats, sells his stake of nearly 26M Disney shares

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