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12:20 PM ET, June 13, 2024


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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 …
Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Supreme Court upholds broad access to key abortion pill mifepristone  —  Ever since the high court eliminated the right to abortion in 2022, medications to terminate pregnancy have grown in importance and been challenged in court.  —  The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to limit access …
Josh Fiallo / The Daily Beast:
Even Brett Kavanaugh Tears Anti-Abortion Lawsuit Apart  —  BIG NOPE  —  The conservative-leaning Supreme Court has slapped down a challenge to the availability of mifepristone, a widely-used abortion pill.  —  Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas led the U.S. Supreme Court ruling …
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
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 offers an olive branch to the House Republicans who voted to impeach him  —  Donald Trump made a small peace offering Thursday to the remaining House Republicans who voted to impeach him after the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, according to three members in the room.
Trump floats eliminating U.S. income tax and replacing it with tariffs on imports
Discussion: NOTUS and Bloomberg
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
Tom Nichols / The Atlantic:
Let's Talk About Trump's Gibberish  —  Sign up for The Decision, a newsletter featuring our 2024 election coverage.  —  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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: BizPac Review
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 …
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
This Top Democrat Isn't Afraid to Call Trump a Felon and a Grifter  —  Most of the party's leaders want to avoid too much focus on Donald Trump's felonies.  JB Pritzker, the governor of Illinois, feels differently.  —  When former President Donald J. Trump was convicted in his New York criminal trial …
Discussion: USA Today and Washington Examiner
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:   In calling out Trump, Harris finds her mission
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.
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: The Hill and Boston Herald
Jacob Knutson / Axios:   Record share of U.S. voters back abortion rights and will vote on it: Gallup
New York Times:
Supreme Court Ruling in Starbucks Case Curbs Labor Regulation  —  In a blow to the National Labor Relations Board, the justices cited inconsistent standards for courts to order employers to reinstate fired workers.  —  The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Starbucks on Thursday in a challenge …
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 …
Josh Fiallo / The Daily Beast:
GOP Senate Hopeful Royce White Puts His Foot in It (Again)  —  DRINKING THE KOOL-AID  —  It's been a rough couple of weeks for Minnesota's Royce White.  —  Embattled GOP-endorsed Senate hopeful Royce White was caught in yet another embarrassing moment Tuesday when he blindly posted a map of …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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Anna North / Vox:
The Christian right is coming for divorce next
'Who's the Black guy?': Evangelicals want Trump to pick an anti-abortion running mate. They care less who it is.
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Why So Many ‘Day After’ Plans for Gaza Amount to No Plan at All
Discussion: RedState and Eschaton
Burgess Everett / Politico:
'He's earned the nomination': McConnell stands by Trump endorsement as Hill visit looms
Discussion: New Republic
Adrian Horton / The Guardian:
‘The big story of the 21st century’: is this the most shocking documentary of the year?
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Kyle Whitmire /
Alabama GOP chair used homemade ID to vote. AG doesn't seem to care.
Stepheny Price / Fox News:
Congressional Baseball Game descends into chaos after protesters storm field
Sean Murphy / Associated Press:
Oklahoma Supreme Court dismisses lawsuit of last Tulsa Race Massacre survivors seeking reparations
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Protesters expected to be moved away from park near GOP convention
Discussion: New York Times and KTVZ-TV
Emily Ngo / Politico:
Hillary Clinton endorses George Latimer in challenge to unseat Jamaal Bowman
Yahoo News:
Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas loses legal challenge in CAS ruling

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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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