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10:30 AM ET, June 20, 2024


 Top Items: 
CNN debate stage set with Trump and Biden going head-to-head  —  President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are set for a historic showdown, with the stage now set for CNN's June 27 presidential debate.  —  The showdown will make history as the first debate between a sitting president and a former president.
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 …
William Kristol / The Bulwark:
Why Dictators Want Trump … We're big fans both of decarbonization and of reliable electricity, so two thumbs up on this one from us!  (One assumes the Democrats don't mind the job creation, either?)  Happy Thursday.  —  The Real World  —  Things are hopping in American politics.
Discussion: Associated Press and CNN
Shawn McCreesh / New York Times:
Trump Tries to Set Expectations, and Floats Excuses, for His Debate With Biden  —  The former president has set a low bar for President Biden's performance at next week's matchup.  Now, he is preparing supporters for the possibility that Mr. Biden clears it.
Scorched-earth summer: Biden, Sunak and Macron go negative
Discussion: Politico and Washington Examiner
Stephanie Kelly / Reuters:
RFK Jr faces midnight deadline to qualify for CNN presidential debate
Eric Levitz / Vox:
Biden's ads haven't been working. Now, he's trying something new.
Fox News is helping Trump plan another Jan. 6-style assault on democracy  —  Five months before the election, claims that only fraud could explain a future Trump defeat are already common in the right-wing media ecosystem.  —  The cycle of lies that drove the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection is again underway.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.”
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Putin Once Tried to Curb North Korea's Nuclear Program.  That's Now Over.  —  Vladimir Putin promised unspecified technological help to North Korea, which could allow it to advance its nuclear weapons program.  —  阅读.体中文.閱讀.體中文.
Soo-Hyang Choi / Bloomberg:
Putin, Kim Agree to Immediately Offer Military Aid If Attacked
James Bickerton / Newsweek:
Illinois Republican Chair Resigns, Slams Colleagues Weeks Before Convention  —  Party Chair Don Tracy is resigning from his political post, and has condemned colleagues for choosing to fight each other rather than the  —  , in a letter explaining his decision.
Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Supreme Court upholds Trump-era tax provision on offshore earnings  —  Some viewed the challenge to the one-time tax on offshore earnings as an effort to preemptively block Congress from creating a wealth tax.  —  The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to an obscure provision …
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
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
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Theodore Schleifer / New York Times:
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Discussion: Axios
Michael Podhorzer / Weekend Reading:
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Discussion: New Republic
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Trump's Campaign Has Lost Whatever Substance It Once Had
Discussion: The Dispatch and
The Guardian:
Washington Post publisher alleged to have advised Boris Johnson to ‘clean up’ phone during Partygate Covid scandal
Chris Pandolfo / Fox News:
Indiana Republican says US attorney ‘declined’ to prosecute threat against his daughters and wife
Discussion: RedState
 Earlier Items: 
ERO Baltimore arrests unlawfully present Salvadoran convicted of sexually assaulting Maryland minor
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
Jake Lahut / The Daily Beast:
How the NFL's ‘Worst-Ever’ Owner is Blocking Movie Showing ‘Rapist’ Trump
Discussion: New Republic, Raw Story and Breitbart

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