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Lisa Needham / Public Notice:
Clarence Thomas's disgracefully unserious bump stock opinion  —  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 🏛️
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Stephen Neukam / Axios:
Scoop: Senate Dems line up behind Schumer's bump stock ban … - Republicans are likely to object to Schumer's unanimous consent request to pass the bill.  — Even a single GOP objection would give Democrats the opportunity to paint Republicans as broadly against a ban that polls have shown …
NBC News:
‘Shame on him for disrespecting the dead’: Nevada senator erupts after Sen. JD Vance's bump stock remarks
Discussion: Raw Story
Zolan Kanno-Youngs / New York Times:
Biden to Give Legal Protections to Undocumented Spouses of U.S. Citizens  —  Undocumented spouses of American citizens will be shielded from deportation, provided work permits and given a pathway to citizenship, according to officials briefed on the plan.  —  President Biden on Tuesday …
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NBC News:
Biden plans to announce new policy shielding undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens from deportation  —  The action would shield about 500,000 immigrants living in the U.S. from deportation.  “This is the biggest thing since DACA,” said an immigration advocate.
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Why so many Americans have misconceptions about crime trends  —  According to the latest FBI data, violent crime and property crime are down sharply in 2024.  The new data shows substantial drops in every category, including murder (-26.4%), rape (-25.7%), robbery (-17.8%), and property crime (-15.1%).
Discussion: New Republic
Chris Geidner / Law Dork:
Trump-heavy courts block Biden LGBTQ school protections in many states  —  The effect of the Trump judicial appointees on the federal courts has been clear in recent years.  The stark reality of how sex discrimination protections are viewed by many of those judges — and some of their fellow …
Discussion: CNN and Law & Crime
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Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
What Donald Trump Learned From Don King  —  The decades-long friendship of two men who never especially changed.  —  For more than three decades, the boxing promoter Don King and Donald J. Trump have shared an enduring friendship and some defining surface similarities …
Julie Zauzmer Weil / Washington Post:
Closing asset loophole could add billions to tax collections, IRS says  —  The Treasury Department said it will enact rules to prevent certain large businesses from depreciating the same asset repeatedly.  —  The Biden administration plans to stop businesses and wealthy individuals …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Forbes
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Dan Morrison / USA Today:
Donald Trump Airport?  Trump on the $500 bill?  Republicans can't stop honoring ex-president  —  Donald Trump on the $500 bill.  A Congressional gold medal.  An international airport.  —  It's the Summer of Trump in the House of Representatives, where Republican lawmakers have flooded …
New York Times:
The war cabinet is gone.  Who's left in Netanyahu's inner circle?  —  Israeli Daytime Pause in Combat Appears to Take Hold in Gaza … The daily pause applies to part of southern Gaza, but not to some of the places most in need.  —  The Israeli military said on Monday …
US Department of Justice:
Texas Man Sentenced to Nearly 3 Years in Federal Prison for Threatening Violence Against Los Angeles-Area Congresswoman  —  For Immediate Release  —  U.S. Attorney's Office, Central District of California  —  LOS ANGELES - A Texas man was sentenced today to 33 months in federal prison …
Martin Pengelly / The Daily Beast:
Bob Bauer: I Played Donald Trump to Get Joe Biden Ready for Debate  —  I AM THE DON  —  Biden adviser Bob Bauer tells in a new book how he insulted Biden to his face after watching hours of tapes of Trump.  The two candidates debate again next week.  —  A close Joe Biden ally has revealed …
Discussion: HuffPost
Mitch Smith / New York Times:
Judge Blocks Iowa's Attempt to Enforce Its Own Immigration Law  —  The Justice Department sued the state over the Republican-backed law, which creates state-level criminal penalties for some unauthorized immigrants.  —  A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked Iowa from enforcing …
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Trump maintains big lead over Biden and RFK Jr. despite felony conviction, Iowa Poll shows … Two weeks after he was convicted in a New York courtroom of multiple felony counts, former Republican president Donald Trump still holds a double-digit lead over Democratic incumbent Joe Biden in Iowa.
US Department of Justice:
Doctor charged for unauthorized access to personal information of pediatric patients at Texas Children's Hospital  —  For Immediate Release  —  U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas  —  HOUSTON - A Houston doctor has been indicted for obtaining protected individual health information …
USA Today:
Secret Service agent robbed at gunpoint during President Biden's trip to California over the weekend  —  It was not immediately clear whether the Secret Service agent's work assignment was connected to the president's visit.  —  Romina Ruiz-Goiriena Michael CollinsUSA TODAY
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Takes Action Against Adobe and Executives for Hiding Fees, Preventing Consumers from Easily Cancelling Software Subscriptions  —  Complaint charges that maker of Photoshop and Acrobat deceived consumers about early termination fees, inhibited cancellations
Doug Bock Clark / ProPublica:
North Carolina Supreme Court Secretly Squashed Discipline of Two GOP Judges Who Admitted to Violating Judicial Code  —  The decisions came despite the Judicial Standards Commission's recommendations to publicly reprimand the judges, and these are likely the only times in more than a decade …
Yonah Jeremy Bob / Jerusalem Post:
Half of Hamas in Rafah beaten, IDF will gain full control in two weeks  —  The IDF also revealed that the houses and tunnels in Rafah had new kinds of defenses and boobytraps, with some houses having video surveillance in each room of the given house to facilitate ambushes.
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
The Surgeon General's Fear-Mongering, Unconstitutional Effort to Label Social Media  —  Surgeon General Vivek Murthy's extraordinarily misguided and speech-chilling call this week to label social media platforms as harmful to adolescents is shameful fear-mongering that lacks scientific evidence …
Kiera Butler / Mother Jones:
Christian Nationalists Are Opening Private Schools.  Taxpayers Are Funding Them.  —  Trump's favorite Arizona megachurch has one.  —  Earlier this month, former President Donald Trump held his first campaign rally as a convicted felon at Dream City Church in Phoenix, Arizona …
NBC News:
Trump, Kevin McCarthy and other Republicans gang up on Freedom Caucus chair in primary  —  Rep. Bob Good, R-Va., is facing a hotly contested primary Tuesday against state Sen. John McGuire.  —  GOOCHLAND, Va. — For Rep. Bob Good, Tuesday's primary is about much more than the next member …
Politico:
New Jersey AG charges Democratic power broker George Norcross in bombshell indictment  —  He has long been the subject of scrutiny by law enforcement and a political task force, but has never been charged.  —  New Jersey's attorney general on Monday charged one of the state's most powerful Democrats …
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Tracey Tully / New York Times:
Top Democratic Power Broker Is Charged With Racketeering
 
 
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Morgan Phillips / Daily Mail:
GOP rising star candidate and PA state Rep Ryan Mackenzie lied about age on Tinder profile by EIGHT YEARS
Discussion: Raw Story
Karen Townsend / HotAir:
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Elena Schneider / Politico:
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Wall Street Journal:
Biden's Secret Weapon Against Trump: Older Voters
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Matt Dixon / NBC News:
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New York Times:
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump's Tariff Is a Scheme to Shift the Tax Burden to the Non-Rich
Associated Press:
Michigan, CUNY didn't suitably assess if Israel-Hamas war protests made environment hostile, US says
Jason Cohen / The Daily Caller:
'I'm Like Speechless': CNN's Harry Enten Says Trump ‘Careening Towards A Historic Performance’ With Black Voters
Brad Brooks / Reuters:
Maryland governor plans mass pardon on marijuana convictions