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5:50 PM ET, June 14, 2024


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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 …
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
Josh Christenson / New York Post:
Biden's condition shocks allies at G7 summit, with one saying it's ‘worst he has ever been’: report  —  President Biden has been “losing focus” during discussions at this week's G7 summit in Italy, with one diplomatic insider saying the commander-in-chief is “the worst he has ever been.”
Associated Press:
Alex Jones' personal assets will be sold to help pay Sandy Hook debt as judge decides Infowars' fate  —  A federal judge on Friday ordered the liquidation of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones ′ personal assets but was still deciding on his company's separate bankruptcy case …
Tovia Smith / NPR:
Alex Jones ordered to sell off his personal assets to pay Sandy Hook families
Discussion: Associated Press and KTVZ-TV
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
The Chilling Reason You May Never See the New Trump Movie  —  This week I finally got to see “The Apprentice,” an absorbing, disturbing movie about the relationship between the red-baiting mob lawyer Roy Cohn and a young Donald Trump.  The film, which was received with an extended standing ovation …
Inside Trump's gripe-filled meeting with House GOP and his reunion with McConnell
Martin Pengelly / The Daily Beast:
Anthony Fauci: Volcanic Donald Trump Screamed F-Bombs, Then Said He Loved Me  —  COVID BOOK LEAK  —  In his memoir “On Call,” Anthony Fauci tells how Trump lurched from crisis to crisis and said he would win in a “f***ing landslide.” … Donald Trump shouted foul-mouthed abuse at Anthony Fauci …
Discussion: CBS News and New Republic
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:   Fauci Speaks His Mind on Trump's Rages and Their ‘Complicated’ Relationship
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.
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:   Mitch McConnell Is Trump's Gimp. Again.
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.
Playbook: Why Jim Clyburn hasn't endorsed Jamaal Bowman
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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
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 …
Chris Anstey / Bloomberg:
Summers Says Trump Tax Ideas Mean ‘Mother of All Stagflations’  — Former Treasury secretary warns of 10% mortgage rates  — Summers urges GOP-leaning economists, executives to speak up  —  Trump Tax Ideas Could Cause ‘Economic Warfare,’ Summers Says
Discussion: The Western Journal
Dasha Litvinova / Associated Press:
Putin offers truce if Ukraine exits Russian-claimed areas and drops NATO bid.  Kyiv rejects it  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin promised Friday to “immediately” order a cease-fire in Ukraine and begin negotiations if Kyiv started withdrawing troops from the four regions annexed by Moscow in 2022 and renounced plans to join NATO.
Jordain Carney / Politico:
Graves won't run for reelection, ending speculation in Louisiana  —  Rep. Garret Graves said Friday he will not run for reelection — ending months of questions about his political future after redistricting scrambled Louisiana's congressional map.  Graves (R-La.), in a statement, said that …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Adam Goldman / New York Times:
U.S. Designates Largest Neo-Nazi Group in Sweden as Terrorist Organization  —  The Nordic Resistance Movement and three of its leaders were labeled terrorists in a rare move by the State Department targeting white supremacists.  —  The State Department on Friday designated the largest neo-Nazi group …
Discussion: Reuters, KTVZ-TV and UPI
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court's Leisurely Pace Will Produce Pileup of Late June Rulings  —  Even as the size of the court's docket has shrunk, it has deferred a larger share of its decisions to the very end of its term.  —  The Supreme Court has been moving at a sluggish pace in issuing decisions this term …
Discussion: Slate
Ellen Milligan / Bloomberg:
Sunak Vows to Stay as MP for 5 Years If Tories Lose UK Election  — Says he'll serve full term if he keeps seat but is not premier  — Labour on track to oust Sunak's Conservatives in July 4 vote  —  Rishi Sunak said he would stay on as a member of Parliament for five years …
Discussion: HotAir and The Sun
Tierney Sneed / CNN:
DOJ says it won't prosecute Attorney General Merrick Garland after House contempt vote  —  The Justice Department said Friday that it would not act on the House's contempt referral of Attorney General Merrick Garland.  —  In a letter to House Speaker Mike Johnson, DOJ pointed to its …
Brian Beutler / Off Message:
The GOP's Finely Tuned Bribery Machine  —  It's playing out right before our eyes, but the secret 2025 agenda it's facilitating is even more scandalous.  —  The shock-and-awe Republicans have in store for the country if they take power next year is hard to convey to the unsuspecting …
Discussion: Semafor
Washington Post:
‘Cheapfake’ Biden videos enrapture right-wing media, but deeply mislead  —  The Republican National Committee posts a clipped video.  Then the New York Post, the Telegraph and other pro-Trump outlets follow suit with the same deceptive framing.
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 …
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Mark Walker / New York Times:
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The San Francisco Standard:
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Chris Barnard / Washington Examiner:
The Left's climate policies are just as counterproductive and obnoxious as their protests
Discussion: Canary Media
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Washington Post:
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Discussion: The Hill and Washington Examiner
Vanessa Friedman / New York Times:
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Discussion: Josh Fjelstad
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Erin Doherty / Axios:
Exclusive: DNC launching billboards hitting Trump over Milwaukee comments
Aaron Rupar / Public Notice:
Being a loving father is admirable. Unless you're a Trumper.
Discussion: Washington Times
Abbie VanSickle / New York Times:
The case centered on mifepristone, a drug long approved by the F.D.A. Here's the latest.