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12:45 PM ET, June 14, 2024


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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 …
Brianna Herlihy / Fox News:
Supreme Court strikes down federal ban on bump stocks  —  In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on bump stock accessories on firearms  —  Join Fox News for access to this content  —  The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a bump stock does not transform …
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.
Abigail Hauslohner / Washington Post:
House passes defense policy bill advancing key GOP priorities  —  The legislation, initially hailed by those who drafted it as a feat of bipartisanship, was loaded with amendments targeting abortion access, diversity programs and other initiatives opposed by Democrats.
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
House Republicans narrowly pass defense bill loaded with culture war issues  —  The tactic represented a gamble for Speaker Mike Johnson, who could have pushed to pass a more bipartisan version with the help of Democrats.  —  The House narrowly cleared defense policy legislation on Friday …
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
Politico:   Playbook: Why Jim Clyburn hasn't endorsed Jamaal Bowman
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 …
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
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Fauci Speaks His Mind on Trump's Rages and Their ‘Complicated’ Relationship  —  In a new book, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci recounts a career advising seven presidents.  The chapter about Donald J. Trump is titled “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not.”  —  Three months into the coronavirus pandemic …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Greg Sargent / New Republic:
Top GOPer Accidentally Wrecks Trump's Biggest Lie About Jack Smith  —  Don't look now, but Donald Trump's criminality is slowly morphing into a serious wedge issue against the Republican Party—and Democrats, fortunately, are beginning to act like it.  —  Politico's Playbook reported Thursday …
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 …
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
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
The GOP's Whitewashing Of Jan. 6 Is Now Complete  —  A lot of things happened.  Here are some of the things.  This is TPM's Morning Memo.  —  Will We Never Learn?  —  Donald Trump's return to the scene of the Jan. 6 attack that he instigated was a watershed moment in the whitewashing of his failed auto-coup.
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 …
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.
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.
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
Mark Walker / New York Times:
F.A.A. Investigating How Counterfeit Titanium Got Into Boeing and Airbus Jets  —  The material, which was purchased from a little-known Chinese company, was sold with falsified documents and used in parts that went into jets from both manufacturers.  —  Some recently manufactured Boeing …
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
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.”
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.
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 …
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
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The San Francisco Standard:
SF startup bosses illegally peddled $100M in Adderall, Feds say
Chris Barnard / Washington Examiner:
The Left's climate policies are just as counterproductive and obnoxious as their protests
Discussion: Canary Media and ABC News
Matt Welch / New York Post:
Beware ‘Christian nationalists’ hiding under your bed — the Left's new imaginary menace
Discussion: Twitchy
New York Times:
Courting C.E.O.s, Trump Says He Intends to Cut Corporate Taxes Again
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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
Linda Villarosa / New York Times:
The Disturbing Truth About Hair Relaxers
Discussion: DNyuz and Staten Island Advance
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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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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