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12:40 PM ET, June 18, 2024


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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 …
Playbook: Trump the team player  —  With help from Eli Okun, Garrett Ross and Bethany Irvine  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  BIDEN'S IMMIGRATION ZAG — “Biden to take sweeping election-year action shielding estimated 550,000 from deportation,” by Myah Ward: “The president is taking a page from the Obama playbook.
Discussion: Raw Story
Seung Min Kim / Associated Press:
Half a million immigrants could eventually get US citizenship under a new plan from Biden  —  President Joe Biden is taking an expansive election year step to offer relief to potentially hundreds of thousands of immigrants without legal status in the U.S., aiming to balance his own aggressive crackdown …
NBC News:
Trump, Kevin McCarthy and other Republicans gang up on Freedom Caucus chair in primary
Lisa Needham / Public Notice:
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Mary L Trump / The Good in Us:
The Leader of the Pro-Death Party  —  It's not just the guns  —  Last Friday, I thought there was a possibility that the illegitimate super-majority of the Supreme Court was finally going to rule on presidential immunity.  But, because they want to give Donald as much help as possible, they put the decision off yet again.
Discussion: The Hill, HuffPost and Raw Story
NBC News:
Ethics Committee investigating Rep. Matt Gaetz over alleged drug use and sexual misconduct  —  The House panel is continuing its review of Gaetz's conduct, including possible obstruction.  The Florida Republican has denied any wrongdoing.  —  WASHINGTON — The House Ethics Committee …
Why the Biden campaign finally decided to whack Trump on his New York verdict  —  The ad hitting Trump followed weeks of polling and focus groups by Biden's campaign and its allies.  —  President Joe Biden's campaign had been restrained in its attacks on Donald Trump's New York criminal conviction …
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Biden unloads on Trump in ad: 'A convicted criminal who's only out for himself'
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: Democrats and New Republic
Eileen Sullivan / New York Times:
Giuliani Faces Pressure in Bankruptcy Court Hearing  —  Creditors, the judge and a Justice Department official signaled that they were running out of patience with the former New York mayor's accounts of his financial condition.  —  Rudolph W. Giuliani's creditors and the judge overseeing …
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Misleading GOP videos of Biden are going viral.  The fact-checks have trouble keeping up.  —  “The lie is sprinting the 100-meter dash and the fact-check is taking a stroll on the beach.  So it's never going to catch up,” said one Democratic strategist.  —  More Americans may think Joe Biden tried …
Chauncey DeVega / Salon:
But his emails: Trump's increasingly unhinged calls for violence  —  Trump claims he may face death sentence, threatens Joe Biden with “DAY OF RECKONING.”  This really isn't normal  —  Donald Trump is on the warpath.  Following his historic felony conviction on hush-money …
Ellis Simani / ProPublica:
How a Network of Nonprofits Enriches Fundraisers While Spending Almost Nothing on Its Stated Causes  —  In September 2020, the Federal Trade Commission joined regulators in four states to sue four men behind a notorious telemarketing company called Outreach Calling.
Lauren Irwin / The Hill:
Fauci sees ‘degree of schizophrenia’ in US  —  Former chief White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci said Monday night that he sees a “degree of schizophrenia” in the U.S.  —  Fauci joined CBS's “The Late Show,” where host Stephen Colbert asked the doctor if he was going to “diagnose America as a patient right now” what would it be?
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Steve Bannon won't be spending his prison term in a ‘Club Fed’ as he had hoped, sources say  —  When former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon goes to prison, he won't be serving time at what's known as a “Club Fed,” the most comfortable type of facility in the federal system, as he had wanted …
Charles Creitz / Fox News:
Top Republican demands answers after WH protests yield 0 arrests; questions ‘political sympathy’ with vandals  —  Sen John Barrasso calls on Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to respond ‘immediately’  —  The top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee demanded answers …
California dreamin'  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.  —  As any native Californian living in D.C. will attest, getting home can be an expensive, tiring process; not for the faint of heart or those with sleeping issues or sore necks.
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
Tim Scott Leverages Billionaires to Boost Vice-Presidential Bid  — Griffin, Rowan, Ackman to attend his summit Wednesday in DC  — Trump has praised Scott, calling him ‘unbelievable’ surrogate  —  Few politicians know how to win over a billionaire like Tim Scott does.
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: Axios and HuffPost
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
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 …
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Melania Trump set to host a second fundraiser for Log Cabin Republicans next month
Discussion: The Hill
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Takes Action Against Adobe and Executives for Hiding Fees, Preventing Consumers from Easily Cancelling Software Subscriptions
USA Today:
Secret Service agent robbed at gunpoint during President Biden's trip to California over the weekend
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
 Earlier Items: 
Karen Townsend / HotAir:
Seinfeld's Perfect Response to Heckler: It's a Comedy Show, You Moron. Get Out of Here."
Matt Dixon / NBC News:
Mystery fundraising firm takes in millions from the Trump campaign
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
The war cabinet is gone. Who's left in Netanyahu's inner circle?