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1:15 PM ET, June 15, 2024


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New York Times:
Trump, Biden and CNN Prepare for a Hostile Debate (With Muted Mics)  —  With Donald Trump's rampage at the first 2020 debate still fresh in the memories of both campaigns and the moderators, the candidates are preparing in sharply different ways.  —  President Biden and former President …
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo and Raw Story
Associated Press:
Donald Trump's 78th birthday becomes a show of loyalty for his fans and fellow Republicans
Johnson faces bipartisan uproar over House Intel picks … - Some are also concerned about the highly sensitive information to which committee members are often exposed. … - Both picks were bound to be inflammatory: Perry's phone was seized by the FBI as part of its Jan. 6 probe …
Discussion: Israpundit and Politico
Maureen Groppe / USA Today:
Supreme Court strikes down Trump-era ban on bump stocks for guns  —  In a concurring opinion, Samuel Alito said the ‘simple remedy’ to the gun issue is Congress amending the law that bans machine guns.  —  WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Friday that devices that turn a semi-automatic rifle …
William Vaillancourt / The Daily Beast:
White House Rips ‘Desperate’ Murdoch Press Over Deceptive Biden Video  —  WANDER NO MORE  —  A deceptively edited video posted on X by The New York Post drew the attention of the White House senior deputy press secretary.  —  A member of the White House communications team went …
Ivana Saric / Axios:
How 2024 pollsters are trying to avoid their 2020 mistakes … - It's “pretty apparent” that polling has some “entrenched problems,” Benjamin Toff, a University of Minnesota professor who researches public trust in polls and news coverage. … Many polls also sampled too many college graduates …
Jacob Ogles / Florida Politics:
Here's how — and why — Florida Democrats found candidates in every legislative district in 2022  —  Democrats made history qualifying candidates for every seat.  Now what?  —  It was a risky endeavor for Florida Democratic Party Chair Nikki Fried to proclaim she will run a candidate in every congressional and legislative district.
New York Times:
If Everyone Voted, Would Biden Benefit?  Not Anymore.  —  Inside the unusual dynamic shaping the 2024 campaign.  —  In a reversal of one of the most familiar patterns in American politics, it appears that Donald J. Trump, not President Biden, would stand to gain if everyone in the country turned out and voted.
Joseph Menn / Washington Post:
Stanford's top disinformation research group collapses under pressure  —  The Stanford Internet Observatory provided real-time analysis on viral election falsehoods but has struggled amid attacks from conservative politicians and activists.  —  The Stanford Internet Observatory …
Washington Post:
Democrats divided over Supreme Court controversies as decisions loom  —  Liberals say a string of revelations about Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. raise questions about his ability to rule impartially on Jan. 6-related cases.  —  Liberals have been united in their anger …
Camilo Montoya-Galvez / CBS News:
Biden preparing to offer legal status to undocumented immigrants who have lived in U.S. for 10 years  —  The Biden administration is making plans to announce one of the largest immigration relief programs in recent history, developing a policy that would offer legal status to hundreds …
Linda Kinstler / New York Times:
Jan. 6, America's Rupture and the Strange, Forgotten Power of Oblivion  —  On March 4, Judge Tanya Chutkan presided over jury selection for a criminal trial in a Jan. 6, 2021, case.  That date had long been scheduled, though there was a different defendant seated before her than had been planned …
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Do members of Congress need a pay raise?  After 15 years, some say yes.  —  Lawmakers have doled out significant raises to staffers and other public employees but they haven't dared to give themselves raises, even to adjust for inflation.  —  Year in and year out, Congress finds …
Discussion: Issue One and Washington Examiner
CEOs at Trump meeting: Ex-president ‘meandering’ and 'doesn't know what he's talking about' … WATCH NOW  —  WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump failed to impress everyone in a room full of top CEOs Thursday at the Business Roundtable's quarterly meeting, multiple attendees told CNBC.
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Associated Press:
Biden goes straight from G7 to Hollywood fundraiser, balancing geopolitics with his reelection bid
Associated Press:
Speaker Johnson says House will go to court for Biden audio after Justice Dept. refused to prosecute
Daily Kos:
Voters care about abortion more than ever—and that's a problem for the GOP
Discussion: HuffPost and New York Times
Carlos Vargas / Reuters:
Colombia lawmakers approve pension reform in victory for Petro
Discussion: Bloomberg
 Earlier Items: 
Judge rejects bankruptcy plan for Alex Jones' Infowars but allows him to liquidate his personal assets
Washington Post:
‘Cheapfake’ Biden videos enrapture right-wing media, but deeply mislead
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Here's How Many Cases the Supreme Court Has Yet to Decide
Discussion: The Guardian

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Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: the Republican National Convention's final night averaged 25.38M US viewers over 14 outlets, up 7% from 2020; people 55+ were about 72% of the audience

A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

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