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emptywheel:
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.
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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 💥
Tiana Lowe Doescher / Washington Examiner:
Biden Justice Department fails to protect Hunter Biden
Megan Messerly / Politico:
Why the Southern Baptists' vote opposing IVF could change national politics  —  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 …
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
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Justin Elliott / ProPublica:   Reader Tips Propelled Our Supreme Court Reporting. Now Your Info Could Power Our 2024 Election Coverage.
Steven Lubet / The Daily Beast:
Was Clarence Thomas Fooling Us Then or Now?
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
Gary Fineout / Politico:
Appeals court rejects DeSantis push for executive privilege  —  The state court refused to engage with the governor's arguments, which could have amounted to a significant expansion of his power.  —  TALLAHASSEE, Florida — A Florida appeals court on Wednesday refused to go along …
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 …
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New York Times:
Hunter Biden Conviction Undercuts a Trump Narrative, and a Fund-Raising Pitch
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 …
The Guardian:
Elon Musk sued by SpaceX engineers claiming they were illegally fired  —  Musk ordered firings after engineers raised concerns about alleged sexual harassment and discrimination, lawsuit says  —  SpaceX and its chief executive, Elon Musk, have been sued on Wednesday by eight engineers …
emptywheel:
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 …
Charles R. Davis / Salon:
“It appears to be a payoff”: Expert says Kushner's Saudi cash an “egregious” national security worry  —  Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden is investigating Saudi support for Jared Kushner's private equity firm  —  Based on his prior experience and demonstrated abilities …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Times
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Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:
Senate Democrats Launch Probe Of Foreign Payments To Jared Kushner's Firm
Discussion: 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 …
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Brian Klaas / The Atlantic:
Trump Rants About Sharks, and Everyone Just Pretends It's Normal  —  Par for the course.  Trump is Trump.  But imagine the response if Joe Biden had said it.  —  Hours before meeting with his probation officer about his recent felony convictions, a leading candidate for U.S. president went on a bizarre rant about sharks.
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 …
WDEL 101.7FM:
Eugene Young withdraws from US House race  —  Nearly one year after beginning his campaign, Eugene Young is stepping out of the race for Delaware's seat in the U.S. House.  —  The former Delaware State Housing Authority Director has suspended his campaign for the Democratic nomination.
Discussion: Daily Kos
USA Today:
Sen. John Fetterman ‘at fault’ for recent car accident, police report reveals  —  Riley Beggin Nick PenzenstadlerUSA TODAY  —  WASHINGTON - Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pa., was speeding and “at fault” for the car accident that landed him, his wife and another driver in the hospital on Sunday …
Yahoo News:
Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas loses legal challenge in CAS ruling  —  The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed a challenge from transgender swimmer Lia Thomas, who had asked the Swiss-based court to reject a policy that would prevent her from competing in women's races at elite competitions.
Jeanna Smialek / New York Times:
Live Updates: Fed Keeps Rates Steady and Forecasts Only One Cut This Year  —  The Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged on Wednesday and signaled one cut in 2024, with more to come in 2025.  Earlier, inflation data for May came in cooler than expected.  —  What to know about the Fed's decision.
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 …
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
Politico:
Hill GOP leaders eye new tax cuts if they can sweep in November  —  Speaker Mike Johnson told Senate Republicans on Wednesday that he wants to go big in a possible GOP-run Washington next year.  So far, a fresh round of tax cuts is at the top of his wish list.
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 …
Mitch McConnell / Wall Street Journal:
Liberal Bureaucrats Threaten Democracy  —  The administrative state thwarts the Constitution's structure for keeping officials accountable.  —  Democrats like to say that “democracy is at stake” in November.  That may be true, but not in the way they think.
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
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
White House Takes a Tiny Bite From Giant Pile of Food Waste  —  The government will look at ways to extend the shelf life of foods and to create more composting and other facilities, as well as urge companies to donate more food.  —  The Biden administration has issued, for the first time …
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Word Merchant
Phillip Jackson / HuffPost:
Four Tops Singer Sues A Michigan Hospital For Racial Discrimination  —  The singer was offered a $25 supermarket gift card as an apology, according to the lawsuit.  —  LOADING  —  Alexander Morris, the lead singer of renowned Motown group the Four Tops, filed a lawsuit against a Michigan hospital …
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 …
 
 
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Discussion: Washington Times and Vanity Fair
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
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The White House:
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Kate Gibson / CBS News:
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Sophia Cai / Axios:
Donald Trump Jr. moves to be MAGA's new kingmaker
 

 
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