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10:50 AM ET, June 14, 2024


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Pentagon ran secret anti-vax propaganda campaign to incite fear of China vaccines during pandemic  —  The U.S. military launched a clandestine program amid the COVID crisis to discredit China's Sinovac inoculation - payback for Beijing's efforts to blame Washington for the pandemic.
Andrew Solender / Axios:
Scoop: Democrats plan to go bigger than a boycott for Netanyahu speech … - The proposals include a press conference, a vigil, or an event with families of those taken hostage by Hamas, many of whom feel Netanyahu hasn't done enough to free their loved ones.
Discussion: Washington Post
Playbook: Why Jim Clyburn hasn't endorsed Jamaal Bowman  —  With help from Eli Okun, Garrett Ross and Bethany Irvine  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  IF YOU CAN'T BEAT HIM ... — “When Nikki Haley, Marco Rubio and Tim Scott Still Hated Donald Trump,” by Michael Kruse for POLITICO Magazine …
Nancy Cook / Bloomberg:
Trump, Biden Prep for Debate Where Any Misstep Threatens Hopes  — Biden team blocking off days next week to prepare president  — Trump eschews formal prep but workshops debate answers  —  President Joe Biden and challenger Donald Trump face the same problem in their first debate …
Noah Bressner / Axios:
Biden's senior momentum: Why he's courting older voters
Marianne LeVine / Washington Post:
Donald Trump, potential future oldest president, turns 78
Discussion: CNN
Fox News:
Trump has ‘sort of a pretty good idea’ of VP pick, will probably announce during RNC convention  —  Trump will likely announce VP pick during the Republican National Convention, which will be held in July in Milwaukee  —  Join Fox News for access to this content
Harlan Crow Provided Clarence Thomas at Least 3 Previously Undisclosed Private Jet Trips, Senate Probe Finds  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they're published.  —  Billionaire political donor Harlan …
Melissa Quinn / CBS News:
Clarence Thomas took 3 undisclosed trips on private jet provided by GOP megadonor, committee says
Albena Azmanova / The Guardian:
How far-right parties seduced young voters across Europe  —  Young people abandoned mainstream parties in last weekend's European elections - a sign that their anxieties are not being heard  —  That far-right parties fared well in the European elections came as no surprise - surveys had consistently foretold their triumph.
Michael Schaffer / Politico:
The Disappearing Tucker Carlson  —  A major publisher just canceled a big-budget book on the former Fox News star, cementing his mainstream absence.  —  For Tucker Carlson, it has to be the ultimate good-news, bad-news moment: A major publishing house has canceled a prominent political …
Discussion: CNN, more at Mediagazer »
Abbie VanSickle / New York Times:
The case centered on mifepristone, a drug long approved by the F.D.A. Here's the latest.  —  The justices unanimously rejected a bid to sharply curtail access to a widely available abortion pill, finding that the plaintiffs did not have standing to sue.  —  The case centered on mifepristone …
Abortion providers back to ‘business as usual’ after high court's mifepristone ruling
Republicans vent fury over speaker's elevation of Scott Perry: 'There isn't only one group that can threaten them'  —  Frustration is boiling over among rank-and-file House Republicans with leaders' practice of trying to mollify critics by bestowing plum posts and other perks.
Erin Doherty / Axios:
Exclusive: DNC launching billboards hitting Trump over Milwaukee comments … - They say that Trump was referring to the crime in the city, not the city itself.  — Trump spokesperson Steven Cheung wrote that the former president was referring to “how terrible crime and voter fraud are.”
Journal Sentinel:
Donald Trump calls Milwaukee ‘a horrible city’ weeks before RNC comes to town
Vanessa Friedman / New York Times:
Donald J. Trump, the Man, the Flag  —  In a visual age, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is making himself into the 51st star.  —  When Donald J. Trump held his post-conviction news conference at Trump Tower after his hush-money trial in May, he did so in his signature red …
New York Times:
Courting C.E.O.s, Trump Says He Intends to Cut Corporate Taxes Again  —  Donald Trump cut the business tax rate to 21 percent from 35 percent in 2017.  Speaking privately to business leaders, he said if he retook power, he wanted to make it 20 percent.  —  Former President Donald J. Trump told …
‘Like Talking to Your Drunk Uncle’: Trump's Closed-Door Rant to House Republicans
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
What Trump told CEOs in their private meeting
Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
Supreme Court rules gun ‘bump stocks’ ban is unlawful  —  The ban was imposed by the Trump administration after the accessory was used during the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas.  —  WASHINGTON — In a loss for the Biden administration, the Supreme Court on Friday ruled that federal ban on …
Aaron Rupar / Public Notice:
Being a loving father is admirable.  Unless you're a Trumper.  —  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 👨  —  By David R. Lurie
Discussion: Washington Times
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Scoop: McConnell eyes his next move … - McConnell, 82, is both a student and a practitioner of power.  — While no final decision has been made, such a post would let him remain a force with real juice, wielding enviable say over funding for everything from the Pentagon to pet projects until he finishes his term in 2027.
Washington Post:
Pelosi: Vice president is a ‘safeguard’ if GOP contests the election  —  Good morning, Early Birds.  Today is former president Donald Trump's 78th birthday.  Send tips to  Thanks for waking up with us.
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Examiner
Casey Newton / Platformer:
The Stanford Internet Observatory is being dismantled  —  After five years of pioneering research into the abuse of social platforms, the Stanford Internet Observatory is winding down.  Its founding director, Alex Stamos, left his position in November.  Renee DiResta, its research director …
Vivian Salama / Wall Street Journal:
Virginia Hasn't Backed a Republican for President in Two Decades.  Is It About to Flip?  —  Early polls show Trump is gaining in the non-battleground state, an ominous sign for the Democratic president  —  Unlimited access across all platforms and devices.  Cancel anytime.
Discussion: Washington Post and DNyuz
Nikki McCann Ramirez / Rolling Stone:
Trump Angrily Demanded Mike Johnson Help Overturn Conviction: Report  —  The former president is working directly with congressional Republicans to undermine his hush-money conviction  —  Donald Trump may be the first American president convicted of a felony, but he has no plans …
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Matt Welch / New York Post:
Beware ‘Christian nationalists’ hiding under your bed — the Left's new imaginary menace
Discussion: Twitchy
Elizabeth Troutman / The Daily Signal:
‘Really Uncomfortable’: 16-Year-Old Girl Speaks Out About Having to Share School Restrooms, Locker Rooms With Males
Discussion: RedState
Anisah Shukry / Bloomberg:
US Returns $156 Million Misappropriated 1MDB Funds to Malaysia
NBC News:
Microsoft exec vows to fix security gaps that let China-linked hackers get federal emails, but defends presence in China
US Department of Justice:
Fort Worth Man Charged With Threatening Federal Agent: ‘Guns Will Come Out’
Linda Villarosa / New York Times:
The Disturbing Truth About Hair Relaxers
Discussion: DNyuz and Staten Island Advance
 Earlier Items: 
Dave Lawler / Axios:
World losers gather at G7 summit
Ann M. Simmons / Wall Street Journal:
WSJ Reporter Evan Gershkovich, Falsely Accused of Espionage, Is Indicted in Russia
‘Scared to put on my mask’: Cancer patient says she was intentionally coughed on in spat over mask
Discussion: The Dispatch
Maggie Severns / NOTUS:
Campaigns Can Now See What You Watch on TV. It's Changing Everything.
Discussion: NBC News and Axios

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