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10:30 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
Discussion: Rolling Stone and DNyuz
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 …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
'He's earned the nomination': McConnell stands by Trump endorsement as Hill visit looms
Discussion: New Republic
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 …
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  —  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.  —  Sharks, Donald Trump claimed, were attacking more frequently than usual …
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.
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
'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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Edith Olmsted / New Republic:
Mike Johnson Weaponizes Government in Fight Against Biden  —  House Speaker Mike Johnson has a tendency to think that when things go bad for his party, it's the product of gross legislative mismanagement, judicial weaponization, and a vast executive conspiracy.
Farnoush Amiri / Associated Press:
House votes to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt for withholding Biden audio
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.
Discussion: RedState, IJR, Fox News and DNyuz
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
Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
Southern Baptist Convention narrowly rejects total ban on female pastors
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Discussion: Daily Kos
Gary Fineout / Politico:
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Yahoo News:
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Kate Plummer / Newsweek:
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The Guardian:
Elon Musk sued by SpaceX engineers claiming they were illegally fired

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Associated Press:
A judge dismisses Alec Baldwin's manslaughter case in the fatal shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, after ruling prosecutors withheld evidence

David Shepardson / Reuters:
The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals puts the FCC's reinstatement of net neutrality rules on hold until August 5 as it considers industry legal challenges

Tony Mecia / The Charlotte Ledger:
McClatchy's Charlotte Observer is scaling back print editions to three days a week starting September 16, down from six days, and will rely on USPS for delivery

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