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11:00 AM ET, June 13, 2024


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Playbook: What Trump wants from Capitol Hill  —  With help from Eli Okun, Garrett Ross and Bethany Irvine  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  THE $46 BILLION MAN — “Elon Musk Says Vote on His Pay Winning by ‘Wide Margins,’” by WSJ's Christina Rogers and David Benoit
Nnamdi Egwuonwu / NBC News:
DNC to tail Trump with mobile billboard of Jan. 6 attack during visit to Capitol Hill  —  Democrats are highlighting the riot, which took place after a Trump speech to supporters near the White House, as he returns to meet with lawmakers.  —  When Donald Trump visits Washington on Thursday …
Trump pumps himself up in session with House GOP … - Noted that nearly all of the Republicans who voted in favor of impeaching him have since either retired or lost re-election and touted polling showing him leading by a slim margin in Virginia;  — Warned House Republicans …
Discussion: Washington Post
Burgess Everett / Politico:
'He's earned the nomination': McConnell stands by Trump endorsement as Hill visit looms
Discussion: New Republic
Tom Nichols / The Atlantic:
Let's Talk About Trump's Gibberish  —  Perhaps the greatest trick Donald Trump ever pulled was convincing millions of people—and the American media—to treat his lapses into fantasies and gibberish as a normal, meaningful form of oratory.  But Trump is not a normal person, and his speeches are not normal political events.
Discussion: Raw Story
Brian Klaas / The Atlantic:
Trump Rants About Sharks, and Everyone Just Pretends It's Normal
Aaron Rupar / Public Notice:
Public Notice's Sinclair report makes national headlines  —  From Morning Joe to the HuffPost, it's been a big week for the newsletter.  —  As part of a collaboration with Judd Legum of Popular Information, earlier this week I published a report on Sinclair's right-wing media empire …
Denial and Forgetting at the Hunter Biden Trial  —  Consider the levels of denial and forgetting that it takes to write this paragraph the week that Hunter Biden, charged by a Trump US Attorney turned Special Counsel using evidence significantly sourced from a laptop handed over by John Paul Mac Isaac, stood trial.
Matt Dixon / NBC News:
Republican National Committee prepares for a convention Trump may not attend  —  Republican officials are working to ensure that Trump will be able to address convention attendees from afar if he chooses to do so — or if he is forced to because of his legal troubles.
Washington Post:
Here's what the Christian right wants from a second Trump term  —  Religious conservatives see opportunities for fresh gains after a series of victories during Trump's first term.  Rights advocates see a dangerous blurring of church and state.  —  Donald Trump's presidency delivered …
Discussion: New York Times
NBC News:
Charlie Kirk once pushed a ‘secular worldview.’ Now he's fighting to make America Christian again.
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
Microsoft Chose Profit Over Security and Left U.S. Government Vulnerable to Russian Hack, Whistleblower Says  —  Microsoft hired Andrew Harris for his extraordinary skill in keeping hackers out of the nation's most sensitive computer networks.  In 2016, Harris was hard at work on a mystifying incident …
Adrian Horton / The Guardian:
‘The big story of the 21st century’: is this the most shocking documentary of the year?  —  Six years in the making, jaw-dropping new film The Grab shows a secret scramble by governments and private firms to buy up global resources  —  In 2013, the US food conglomerate Smithfield Foods …
Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
Supreme Court rejects bid to restrict access to abortion pill  —  The court found that anti-abortion doctors who questioned the FDA's easing of access to the pill did not have legal standing to sue.  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to the abortion pill mifepristone …
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 …
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Jared Kushner's financial ties to Saudi Arabia fall under fresh scrutiny
Discussion: KTVZ-TV
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
In calling out Trump, Harris finds her mission  —  No one is better equipped to take down felon Donald Trump than the vice president.  —  Just a couple of weeks ago, Democrats were wringing their hands, worried that the Biden-Harris campaign would not do enough to highlight former president …
Rachel Selzer / Democracy Docket:
Wisconsin Supreme Court Lifts New Restrictions on Early Voting Sites Ahead of 2024 Elections  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Wisconsin Supreme Court's liberal majority yesterday froze part of a lower court's decision that stood to significantly limit the number of early voting locations municipalities …
House Committee on the Judiciary:
Hearing on the Manhattan District Attorney's Office  —  Location:  —  2141 Rayburn House Office Building  —  Video  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Thursday, June 13, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. ET to examine Alvin Bragg's political prosecution of President Trump.
Satellite ‘megaconstellations’ may jeopardize recovery of ozone hole  —  When old satellites fall into Earth's atmosphere and burn up, they leave behind tiny particles of aluminum oxide, which eat away at Earth's protective ozone layer.  A new study finds that these oxides …
Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
Supreme Court blocks ‘Trump too small’ trademark gambit  —  The justices weighed a lawyer's attempt to trademark a phrase used on T-shirts that stems from a crude exchange during a 2016 presidential debate in which the size of Trump's hands was discussed.  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court …
Brad Brooks / Reuters:
US Southern Baptists condemn IVF procedure  —  The Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S., on Wednesday voted to condemn the use of in vitro fertilization, signaling the campaign by evangelicals against abortion is widening to include the popular fertility treatment.
Neal Rothschild / Axios:
Trump's bid to steal the youth … - The latest New York Times/Siena polling of likely voters has President Biden with just a 2-point lead over Trump. … - By contrast, CNN exit polling showed that Biden won the 18-29-year-old vote by 24 percentage points in 2020, and that Hillary Clinton won it by 19 points in 2016.
'Who's the Black guy?':  Evangelicals want Trump to pick an anti-abortion running mate.  They care less who it is.  —  Trump has evangelical voters locked in.  —  INDIANAPOLIS — Eight years ago, needing a running mate to vouch for him among skittish evangelicals, Donald Trump turned to Mike Pence …
Record Share of U.S. Electorate Is Pro-Choice and Voting on It  —  Democrats continue to rally around abortion rights since Dobbs verdict  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — A record-high 32% of U.S. voters say they would only vote for a candidate for major office who shares their views on abortion.
Discussion: Axios, The Hill and Boston Herald
Stepheny Price / Fox News:
Congressional Baseball Game descends into chaos after protesters storm field  —  Eight people were arrested after storming the field at Nationals Park during the annual Congressional Baseball Game  —  Several arrests were made at the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity Wednesday night …
Sean Murphy / Associated Press:
Oklahoma Supreme Court dismisses lawsuit of last Tulsa Race Massacre survivors seeking reparations  —  The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit by survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, dampening the hope of advocates for racial justice that the city would make financial amends …
Sami Edge / Oregonian:
Neil Goldschmidt, Oregon former governor who sexually abused young girl, dies at 83  —  Neil Goldschmidt, the Oregon governor and Portland mayor credited with turning a frumpish city into a thriving metropolis only to see his record forever stained by revelations that he had sexually abused a young teen girl …
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Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: About half of US adults approve of Trump's conviction, but views of him remain stable
Discussion: AP-NORC
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Why So Many ‘Day After’ Plans for Gaza Amount to No Plan at All
Discussion: RedState and Eschaton
Kyle Whitmire /
Alabama GOP chair used homemade ID to vote. AG doesn't seem to care.
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Protesters expected to be moved away from park near GOP convention
Discussion: New York Times
David Gilbert / Wired:
A January 6 Rioter Is Leading an Armed National Militia From Prison
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
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Eugene Young withdraws from US House race
Discussion: Daily Kos
Gary Fineout / Politico:
Appeals court rejects DeSantis push for executive privilege
Yahoo News:
Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas loses legal challenge in CAS ruling
Kate Plummer / Newsweek:
Ohio Election Shock as Republican District Shifts 20 Points to Democrats
What Happened to Hunter Biden's Plea Agreement
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
The Guardian:
Elon Musk sued by SpaceX engineers claiming they were illegally fired

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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:
Comcast reports Peacock Q2 revenue up 28% YoY to $1B, and a $348M loss, down from $651M in Q2 2023; paying subs were up 38% YoY to 33M but down from 33.5M in Q1

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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