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2:05 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
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 🏛️
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
House Committee on Ethics:
Statement Regarding the Matter of Representative Matt Gaetz  —  Pursuant to Committee Rule 7, the Committee on Ethics (Committee) determined to release the following statement:  —  On April 9, 2021, the Committee announced it had initiated a review into allegations that Representative Matt Gaetz …
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 …
Associated Press:
New York's top court declines to hear Trump's appeal of gag order in hush money case  —  New York's top court on Tuesday declined to hear Donald Trump's gag order appeal in his hush money case, leaving the restrictions in place following his felony conviction last month.
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 …
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 …
Nick Wadhams / Bloomberg:
Ex-Trump Adviser Urges Him to Cut Ties With China, Restart Nuclear Tests  — Robert O'Brien proposes global agenda for a second Trump term  — He urges deal to end the war in Ukraine and for it to join EU  —  If Donald Trump returns to the White House, he should sever all economic ties with China …
Robert C. O'Brien / Foreign Affairs:
The Return of Peace Through Strength
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Matthew Rozsa / Salon:
John Kerry warns that Project 2025 would be “absolutely unimaginable and destructive”  —  Biden's former top climate change adviser spoke with Salon about the stakes for climate change in the election  —  During a sweltering rally in Las Vegas on Sunday, June 9, former President Donald Trump complained …
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 …
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?
New York Times:
Trump's ‘Wartime Consigliere’ Now Faces Legal Peril of His Own  —  Boris Epshteyn routinely surfaces as a lesser character in Trump-related indictments.  In a case in Arizona on Tuesday, he will be a major figure.  —  Boris Epshteyn, who is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday …
Ashley Oliver / Washington Examiner:
Hunter Biden ‘gratuitously invoked’ father's name in SEC inquiry, House Republicans say  —  House Republicans asked the Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday for records related to its inquiry involving Hunter Biden's business associates in 2016 after the lawmakers found the first son …
Discussion: Fox News and Breitbart
New York Times:
The Gun Lobby's Hidden Hand in the 2nd Amendment Battle  —  Case after case challenging gun restrictions cites the same Georgetown professor.  His seemingly independent work has undisclosed ties to pro-gun interests.  —  In the battle to dismantle gun restrictions, raging in America's courts …
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 …
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: New Republic, Axios and HuffPost
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
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New York Post:
Gov. Doug Burgum is Trump's best choice for VP, but Sen. Marco Rubio's a strong runner-up
Discussion: Breitbart, Daily Kos and HuffPost
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Melania Trump set to host a second fundraiser for Log Cabin Republicans next month
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
Tim Scott Leverages Billionaires to Boost Vice-Presidential Bid
Chris Geidner / Law Dork:
Trump-heavy courts block Biden LGBTQ school protections in many states
Discussion: Law & Crime
Dan Morrison / USA Today:
Donald Trump Airport? Trump on the $500 bill? Republicans can't stop honoring ex-president
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
What Donald Trump Learned From Don King
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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
New York Times:
The war cabinet is gone. Who's left in Netanyahu's inner circle?