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2:15 PM ET, June 20, 2024


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Camille Mumford / Emerson Polling:
June 2024 State Polls: Trump Maintains Edge over Biden  —  Democratic US Senate Candidates Outperforming Biden  —  New Emerson College Polling/The Hill state polls find former President Donald Trump with a slight edge on President Joe Biden in Arizona (47% to 43%), Georgia (45% to 41%) …
Discussion: Mediaite and
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.
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.
Ewan Palmer / Newsweek:
Donald Trump Hit by Devastating Poll From Fox News  —  2024 presidential poll for the first time since late last year.  —  A survey of 1,095 registered voters from the conservative news network showed that Biden is leading his presumptive  —  rival by two points (50 percent to 48 percent).
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 …
Scorched-earth summer: Biden, Sunak and Macron go negative
Discussion: Politico and Washington Examiner
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.
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Trump gets the final word at CNN debate after coin flip  —  Former President Donald Trump will get the final word when he debates President Joe Biden on CNN next week, after a coin flip to determine podium placement and the order of closing statements.  —  The coin landed on the Biden campaign's pick …
Discussion: ABC News
Sudiksha Kochi / USA Today:
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. failed to qualify for the CNN debate, leaving a Biden-Trump showdown
Abbie VanSickle / New York Times:
Supreme Court Upholds Trump-Era Tax Provision  —  The tax dispute, which was closely watched by experts, involved a one-time foreign income tax, but many saw it as a broader challenge to pre-emptively block Congress from passing a wealth tax.  —  The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a tax …
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
The Supreme Court upholds a tax on foreign income over a challenge backed by business interests
New York Times:
Judge in Trump Documents Case Rejected Suggestions to Step Aside  —  Two federal judges in South Florida privately urged Aileen M. Cannon to decline the case when it was assigned to her last year, according to two people briefed on the matter.  She chose to keep it.
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.
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Bob Good Trails in Battle for His Virginia Seat, but Primary Remains Too Close to Call  —  Both the congressman and his Trump-backed challenger are election deniers, raising the question of whether either would accept an adverse result in his own race.  —  Representative Bob Good …
FBI raids Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao's home, 3 other locations: source  —  A home associated with Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao was among four houses raided by the FBI Thursday morning, a source confirms to ABC7 News.  —  OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — A home associated with Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao …
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Trump Media shares sink 13% as DJT slide accelerates … A weekslong sell-off of Trump Media picked up speed Thursday afternoon, with shares of former President Donald Trump's company falling around 13% in another volatile trading session.  —  The company behind the conservative social media app Truth Social …
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
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.
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Live chat  —  Updates about tonight's presidential race  —  🌖Our chat has ended, but you can still read it back.  —  Taking Biden at face value about Michigan and Wisconsin — where, for what it's worth (not that much), the exit poll data looks pretty good for him and he came …
Discussion: BizPac Review
Washington Post:
Democrats seek to repeal Comstock abortion rule, fearing Trump crackdown  —  The Comstock Act, an 1873 law that bans abortion-related materials from being sent through the mail, could be used by the GOP to restrict abortion nationwide.  —  Democrats are seeking to overhaul an 1873 federal law …
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.”
Discussion: Raw Story
Alexandra Alper / Reuters:
Exclusive: Biden to ban US sales of Kaspersky software over Russia ties, source says  —  The Biden administration on Thursday will announce plans to bar the sale of antivirus software made by Russia's Kaspersky Labs in the United States, a person familiar with the matter said …
Discussion: The Verge
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.
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Dan Primack / Axios:
Senate Democrats launch investigation into Jared Kushner's business
NBC News:
Bombarded but ‘unbreakable’: Ukraine's 2nd city relieved by Biden's shift on U.S. weapons
Sabine Siebold / Reuters:
Germany to order 105 Leopard tanks to equip German brigade in Lithuania
Discussion: Bloomberg
Claire Heddles / NOTUS:
The Supreme Court Is Raising the Stakes of Congressional Dysfunction
Discussion: Reason
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Discussion: Business Insider, Axios and HuffPost
Michael Podhorzer / Weekend Reading:
Tipping the Scales: The MAGA Justices Have Already Interfered with the 2024 Elections
Discussion: New Republic