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11:05 AM ET, June 19, 2024


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Will Steakin / ABC News:
Witness tells House Ethics Committee that Matt Gaetz paid her for sex: Sources  —  The committee has interviewed at least half a dozen women who were witnesses.  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz looks on during a news conference about unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) transparency on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Nov. 30, 2023.
House Committee on Ethics:
Statement Regarding the Matter of Representative Matt Gaetz
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
House Ethics Committee expands probe into Matt Gaetz
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: White House cancels meeting, scolds Netanyahu in protest over video … - “This decision makes it clear that there are consequences for pulling such stunts,” a U.S. official said.  — “The Americans are fuming. … - Some Israeli officials were already en route to Washington when the meeting was cancelled.
Barak Ravid / Axios:
White House baffled by Netanyahu's claim Biden is withholding weapons
Owen Lavine / The Daily Beast:
Roger Stone Caught on Tape Discussing Trump's Plan to Challenge 2024 Election  —  CANDID CAMERA  —  Self-proclaimed “dirty trickster” Roger Stone was secretly videotaped at Mar-a-Lago during a remarkably candid conversation.  —  Roger Stone, a longtime Republican operative who served …
Discussion: Law & Crime and New Republic
Nikki McCann Ramirez / Rolling Stone:
‘Lawyers, Judges, Technology’: Roger Stone Touts Plan for Trump Win in Secret Recording
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Amy Coney Barrett may be poised to split conservatives on the Supreme Court  —  Legal experts see signs of a “raging” philosophical debate among the court's supermajority.  —  A rift is emerging among the Supreme Court's conservatives — and it could thwart the court's recent march to expand gun rights.
Discussion: AllSides Balanced
Lisa Needham / Public Notice:
“The Supreme Court is thinking about the Constitution all wrong”  —  Madiba Dennie on “The Originalism Trap.” … I recently had the pleasure of (virtually) sitting down with Madiba K. Dennie to talk about her new book, “The Originalism Trap: How Extremists Stole the Constitution and How We the People Can Take It Back.”
Marc A. Caputo / The Bulwark:
Trump's Ground Game Is No Longer In Our Hearts  —  DONALD TRUMP'S PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN may have a ground game after all.  And if all goes as planned, Trump will have a George Soros-backed political committee and the Democrats' top election-law firm to thank.
Madison Fernandez / Politico:
Trump and McCarthy wanted revenge.  It didn't quite go as planned.  —  The biggest primary on Tuesday night remains unresolved, but battleground House races that could decide control of the chamber were set for November.  —  The biggest race of Tuesday night still doesn't have a winner.
Campaign denies Donald Trump planning to stay in Chicago during 2024 Milwaukee RNC  —  There is a rally Tuesday for former President Donald Trump in Racine, Wisconsin.  —  CHICAGO (WLS) — Former President Donald Trump's campaign denied he is planning to stay in Chicago and commute to Milwaukee …
Kathleen Culliton / Raw Story:
‘Totally normal for a dictator’: Trump stuns with latest demand for punishment  —  Former President Donald Trump left onlookers shocked Tuesday when he declared private citizens should lose their jobs should they refuse to follow his party line.  —  Trump's Truth Social message …
Discussion: MSNBC
Zoë Richards / NBC News:
Trump says business executives should be ‘fired for incompetence’ if they don't support him
Jon Gambrell / Associated Press:
Ship attacked by Yemen's Houthi rebels in fatal assault sinks in Red Sea in their second sinking  —  Yemen's Houthi rebels sink another carrier in the Red Sea killing at least one sailor on board.  AP news director Jon Gambrell explains the ongoing attacks by Houthis in the Red Sea as a second ship targeted sinks.
Bump stock ban blocked by Senate Republicans … - The bipartisan bill had little chance of passing the chamber and was instead introduced to force Republicans to reject it.  — The measure picked up 20 additional cosponsors since last week's Supreme Court ruling.
Caitlin Yilek / CBS News:
GOP senator blocks Democratic bill to ban bump stocks after Supreme Court ruling
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
This GOP-leaning political polling firm has turned into a purveyor of anti-vaccine propaganda  —  Rasmussen Reports used to be a fairly creditable and credible political polling organization, good enough to be included among the pollsters relied on by services such as FiveThirtyEight to give …
Kim Tong-Hyung / Associated Press:
Russia and North Korea sign partnership deal that appears to be the strongest since the Cold War  —  In talks with Putin, Kim vows ‘full support’ for Russia in Ukraine  —  North Korean leader Kim welcomes Russia's Putin at official ceremony in Pyongyang  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin …
Josh Christenson / New York Post:
Dr. Anthony Fauci finally reverses course, agrees keeping schools closed during COVID was ‘mistake’  —  Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top adviser to two presidential administrations during the COVID-19 pandemic, reversed course in a Tuesday interview and agreed that shutting down schools …
Discussion: HotAir, NPR, CBS News and Axios
Leah Litman / New York Times:
Something's Rotten About the Justices Taking So Long on Trump's Immunity Case  —  For those looking for the hidden hand of politics in what the Supreme Court does, there's plenty of reason for suspicion on Donald Trump's as-yet-decided immunity case given its urgency.
Xi Calls for Greater Loyalty and Discipline in China's Military  — Chinese president holds meeting in symbolic Party stronghold  — At least a dozen senior military officials ousted last year  —  Chinese President Xi Jinping called for “deep reflection” from the country's armed forces …
Discussion: Reuters and RedState
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
Another evangelical abuse scandal: It's a big reason why they worship Trump  —  Another week, and another prominent Christian right pastor gets outed for alleged or apparent sexual abuse.  Robert Morris, the founder of Gateway Church in the Dallas suburbs, was accused last week by a woman …
Matthew Kassel / Jewish Insider:
No more bridges left to burn in Jewish Westchester  —  As Rep. Jamaal Bowman fights for his political life, Jewish leaders in the district say he's left a long trail of betrayal in his wake  —  In late spring of 2022, Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) reached out to a local Jewish leader …
Christopher F. Rufo / City Journal:
The Murky Business of Transgender Medicine  —  Did Texas Children's Hospital commit fraud to pay for child sex-change procedures?  —  / Eye on the News / Health Care, The Social Order  —  The “gender-affirming care” business has always had an aura of madness around it.
Julia Johnson / Fox News:
Trump-backed candidate wins Virginia's Republican Senate primary to take on Tim Kaine  —  Sen Tim Kaine has served as senator since 2013  —  Hung Cao won the Virginia Republican Senate primary on Tuesday, getting the party's nod to take on incumbent Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., in November.
Department of Homeland Security:
Fact Sheet: DHS Announces New Process to Promote the Unity and Stability of Families  —  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced actions to promote family unity in the immigration process, consistent with the Biden-Harris Administration's commitment to keeping families together.
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