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4:30 PM 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 💥
Nia-Malika Henderson / Bloomberg:
Hunter Biden Was Convicted.  His Dad's Reaction Was Remarkable.  —  The president's response is another stark reminder and important contrast with Donald Trump.  —  On one of the worst days of his life, President Joe Biden showed the best of who he is.  He affirmed his faith in his son …
Tiana Lowe Doescher / Washington Examiner:
Biden Justice Department fails to protect Hunter Biden  —  .  —  Not a full fortnight after Donald Trump became the first former president to be convicted in criminal court, Hunter Biden became the first son of a sitting president to earn the same honor.  —  In just three hours …
New York Times:
Hunter Biden Conviction Undercuts a Trump Narrative, and a Fund-Raising Pitch
Washington Post:
Abused by the badge  —  A Washington Post investigation found hundreds of law enforcement officers in the United States have sexually exploited kids.  Many avoid prison time.  —  They served in police departments big and small.  They were new recruits and seasoned veterans, patrol officers and chiefs of police.
Discussion: Reason and Block Club Chicago
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
Rolling Stone:
New Audio: Alito Bashes ProPublica for Reporting on Supreme Court Ethics
Steven Lubet / The Daily Beast:
Was Clarence Thomas Fooling Us Then or Now?
Discussion: Business Insider and New Republic
Peter Baker / New York Times:
White House Aide Does Not Say if Biden Would Commute Son's Sentence  —  The White House spokeswoman said she had not spoken with the president about the matter yet.  —  A White House spokeswoman did not rule out on Wednesday the possibility that President Biden might commute the sentence …
Timothy Snyder / Thinking about:
The Shamans and the Chieftain  —  Modern revenge culture, explained by Mrs. and Mr. Alito  —  We have the rule of law so as not to have a culture of revenge.  —  For much of human history, it was an eye for an eye, as we read in the Bible.  In a revenge culture, a chieftain decides who is to blame …
Megan Messerly / Politico:
Largest Protestant denomination votes to oppose IVF  —  The move may signal the beginning of a broad turn on the right against IVF, an issue that many social conservatives see as the “pro-life” movement's next frontier.  —  INDIANAPOLIS — The Southern Baptist Convention …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Courtenay Brown / Axios:
Inflation slowed for second straight month, CPI shows
David Moye / HuffPost:
MAGA Senate Candidate's ‘Crime Map’ Only Shows Drinking Fountains  —  Minnesota Republican Senate candidate Royce White set himself up for mega-mockery.  —  LOADING  —  Minnesota Republican Senate candidate Royce White set himself up for mega-mockery on Tuesday after making a social media post …
What Happened to Hunter Biden's Plea Agreement  —  Because people who ignored the motion to dismiss proceedings have now decided to weigh in on what happened with Hunter Biden's failed plea agreement last year, I wanted to lay out what is actually known to have happened …
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 …
Danielle Wallace / Fox News:
Trump ally Steve Bannon files emergency motion seeking to stay out of prison
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
Chris D'Angelo / HuffPost:
Montana GOP Candidate Failed To Disclose Post At Right-Wing Think Tank  —  Tim Sheehy was on the board of the Property and Environment Research Center, which promotes “free market environmentalism” and previously advocated for privatizing federal lands.  —  Montana GOP Senate candidate Tim Sheehy failed …
Discussion: Daily Montanan
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.
Kate Plummer / Newsweek:
Ohio Election Shock as Republican District Shifts 20 Points to Democrats  —  district in Ohio has shifted 20 points to the  —  .  —  Republican state Senator Michael Rulli defeated Democrat Michael Kripchak to win the election held in eastern Ohio's 6th District on Tuesday to fill …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Fox News:
Anna Paulina Luna vows to force vote on Garland's arrest if DOJ doesn't follow through on contempt  —  EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, R-Fla., is vowing to force a vote on Attorney General Merrick Garland's arrest if the Department of Justice (DOJ) fails to act on a criminal contempt resolution backed by House GOP leaders.
Discussion: Axios and The Gateway Pundit
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