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9:40 AM ET, June 20, 2024


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How Biden and Trump are preparing for their first presidential debate  —  One is secluding himself at a mountainside retreat with a tight circle of advisers, poring over briefing binders, honing attack lines and bracing for personal smears.  The other is workshopping responses and retorts …
ABC News:
Biden heads to Camp David to prepare for 1st presidential debate with Trump  —  He aims to hold Trump accountable for comments on the trail, officials said.  —  Former President Donald Trump, left, and President Joe Biden.  —  With a week to go until the first presidential debate …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Three-point shift in Biden-Trump matchup since May  —  32% give the economy positive marks, a record-high during Biden's presidency  —  Join Fox News for access to this content  —  President Biden is the frontrunner in a hypothetical matchup against former President Trump …
Stephanie Kelly / Reuters:
RFK Jr faces midnight deadline to qualify for CNN presidential debate
Noah Berlatsky / Public Notice:
Democrats need to push back harder on Trump's immigrant hate  —  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 🛂
Sara Cline / Associated Press:
The Ten Commandments must be displayed in Louisiana classrooms under requirement signed into law  —  BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has become the first state to require that the Ten Commandments be displayed in every public school classroom under a bill signed into law by Republican Gov. Jeff Landry on Wednesday.
USA Today:
Louisiana law signed, first in US to require Ten Commandments in the classroom
Soo-Hyang Choi / Bloomberg:
Putin, Kim Agree to Immediately Offer Military Aid If Attacked  — Mutual defense deal signed after Putin-Kim talks in Pyongyang  — Pact similar to a 1961 deal signed during the Cold War  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Putin Once Tried to Curb North Korea's Nuclear Program. That's Now Over.
David Goldman / CNN:
Wikipedia now labels the top Jewish civil rights group as an unreliable source  —  Wikipedia's editors declared that the Anti-Defamation League cannot be trusted to give reliable information on the Israel-Palestine conflict, and they overwhelmingly said the ADL is an unreliable source on antisemitism.
Discussion: Breitbart and Middle East Monitor
The Guardian:
Washington Post publisher alleged to have advised Boris Johnson to ‘clean up’ phone during Partygate Covid scandal  —  Sources' claim suggests advice by Will Lewis, an informal adviser to then prime minister, contradicted instructions to staff  —  Will Lewis, the Washington Post publisher …
Claire Heddles / NOTUS:
The Supreme Court Is Raising the Stakes of Congressional Dysfunction  —  One Democrat called the push from the right to rein in government agencies “part of a deeper, darker corporate strategy than this euphemism about putting power back in Congress.”  — Copy
Discussion: Reason
The Delusion of “Advanced” Plastic Recycling  —  LAST YEAR, I became obsessed with a plastic cup.  —  It was a small container that held diced fruit, the type thrown into lunch boxes.  And it was the first product I'd seen born of what's being touted as a cure for a crisis.
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
These 25 rainbow-flag waving companies donated $18 million to anti-gay politicians since the last election  —  At the pride parade in Washington, D.C., earlier this month, accounting giant Deloitte promoted its support of the LGBTQ community:  —  In June 2023, Deloitte produced a report on “LGBT+ Inclusion @ Work.”
Michael Podhorzer / Weekend Reading:
Tipping the Scales: The MAGA Justices Have Already Interfered with the 2024 Elections  —  By shielding Donald Trump from standing trial before a jury in two of his felony cases, Trump's three appointments to the Supreme Court, along with the even more MAGA Justices Alito and Thomas and Judge Aileen Cannon …
Discussion: New Republic
Sam Baker / Axios:
Supreme Court gets ready to drop its bombshells … - The court has 23 cases left to decide, and will likely hand down all of those opinions by the end of the month, give or take a few days — meaning the next week or so may redefine the limits of presidential power for generations to come.
Scorched-earth summer: Biden, Sunak and Macron go negative  —  Struggling leaders in America, Britain and France are bombarding their political opponents, some of whom are testing the bounds of the mainstream.  —  Even at a glittering Hollywood fundraiser, President Joe Biden's message was dark.
Discussion: Politico and Washington Examiner
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Favorite Judge Puts Mar-a-Lago Prosecutor on Trial  —  ADVANTAGE: TRUMP  —  Judge Aileen Cannon stalled the ex-president's trial for hoarding classified documents.  Now she's making Special Counsel Jack Smith prove the case should be brought at all.  —  The tables have turned.
Liz Crampton / Politico:
These 5 states are the most likely to see legislative chambers flip in November  —  Arizona, Michigan and Pennsylvania are among the country's biggest battlegrounds.  —  Democrats and Republicans are busting campaign spending records in state legislative races this year as they aim to shape policy debates far from Washington.
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Exclusive: Harris to slam Trump in Arizona, Maryland on Dobbs anniversary
Discussion: RedState
Stonehenge covered in powder paint by Just Stop Oil  —  Part of Stonehenge has been covered in orange powder paint by protesters.  —  Two Just Stop Oil campaigners sprayed the powder paint on the historic site near Salisbury, Wiltshire, at about 12:00 BST on Wednesday.
Just Stop Oil:
It's time for megalithic action!- Just Stop Oil decorate Stonehenge
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Theodore Schleifer / New York Times:
Kennedy Raises Just $2.6 Million, a Sign of Reliance on His Running Mate
Discussion: Axios
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Trump's Campaign Has Lost Whatever Substance It Once Had
Discussion: The Dispatch and
Chris Pandolfo / Fox News:
Indiana Republican says US attorney ‘declined’ to prosecute threat against his daughters and wife
Discussion: RedState
ERO Baltimore arrests unlawfully present Salvadoran convicted of sexually assaulting Maryland minor
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
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Ben Riley-Smith / Telegraph:
Sunak to lose seat in Tory wipeout, major poll predicts
Jake Lahut / The Daily Beast:
How the NFL's ‘Worst-Ever’ Owner is Blocking Movie Showing ‘Rapist’ Trump
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Chris Geidner / Law Dork:
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