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7:05 AM ET, June 21, 2024


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New York Times:
Timothy Mellon, Secretive Donor, Gives $50 Million to Pro-Trump Group  —  The cash from Mr. Mellon, a reclusive billionaire who has also been a major donor to a super PAC supporting Robert F. Kennedy Jr., is among the largest single disclosed gifts ever.  —  Timothy Mellon …
Trump's shocking cash comeback  —  With help from Eli Okun, Garrett Ross and Bethany Irvine  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  BIDEN'S CASH EDGE DISAPPEARS — Yesterday, we hit the latest FEC filing deadline for presidential campaigns, super PACs and party committees.
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Biden settles on a message against Trump: He's even worse than before  —  The president and his allies argue that Trump “snapped” and has become more self-obsessed, more dangerous and more extreme since his 2020 loss.  —  President Biden quietly revealed his campaign's master strategy …
Discussion: USA Today and Twitchy
Washington Post:
Mike Bloomberg gives $20 million to help Biden beat Trump  —  The former New York mayor, who receive a presidential medal of freedom last month, has been one of the biggest Democratic donors in recent years.  —  Former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg, the billionaire entrepreneur …
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.
Stephen Robinson / Public Notice:
Don't be gaslit: Trump's corruption is unparalleled  —  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 📈
CBS News:
Investigators for 9/11 families examine video taken by man with ties to Saudi intelligence referencing a “plan”  —  For more than two decades, the U.S. position has been that al Qaeda acted alone on September 11th, but a newly public video has raised questions about whether …
Discussion: Boston Herald
Erin Doherty / Axios:
“I can't stay quiet”: Melinda French Gates backs Biden in first-ever POTUS endorsement … - French Gates said earlier this year that she was resigning from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which she co-founded with her ex-husband Bill Gates. … - Biden's emphasis on protecting reproductive rights …
Melinda French Gates / CNN:
Why this election desperately matters
Discussion: Breitbart, CNBC and Fortune
San Francisco Chronicle:
FBI raids home of Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao  —  Federal agents raided the home of Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao early Thursday morning in a probe that included searches of three properties connected to a politically influential family that runs the city's curbside recycling program.
FBI raids Oakland mayor's home, several other locations in political corruption probe: source
NBC News:
Manhattan DA drops charges against most of the Columbia University protesters  —  Of the 46 people arrested in connection with the occupation of the university's Hamilton Hall, 31 had their charges dismissed.  —  Nearly all of the people who were arrested inside Columbia University's Hamilton Hall …
Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
Supreme Court rules for ex-council member in Texas arrested after criticizing city official  —  Sylvia Gonzalez alleged she was arrested for criticizing the city manager of Castle Hills, Texas, and organizing a petition to remove him from office.  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court …
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
Jamaal Bowman's got the youth vote at least  —  NEW YORK MINUTE: With ten days to go before the city budget is due, Council Speaker Adrienne Adams hasn't reached a deal with the mayor on preschool funding.  —  Members of her Budget Negotiating Team are rallying before the council meeting today with UFT …
Macron's Approval Matches Record Low a Week Before Voting Starts  — French voters head to the polls June 30 in the first round  — Support for Marine Le Pen's far-right National Rally is rising  —  French President Emmanuel Macron's approval rating fell six points to match a historic low on Friday …
Discussion: NPR, Reuters and Politico
Hope Xv / Pluralistic:
How to design a tech regulation (permalink)  —  It's not your imagination: tech really is underregulated.  There are plenty of avoidable harms that tech visits upon the world, and while some of these harms are mere negligence, others are self-serving, creating shareholder value and widespread public destruction.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection:
CBP Releases May 2024 Monthly Update  —  WASHINGTON - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released operational statistics today for May 2024.  CBP monthly reporting can be viewed on CBP's Stats and Summaries webpage.  —  “In close coordination with U.S. and foreign partners …
Appeals court denies Bannon bid to stave off July 1 jail sentence  —  A divided three-judge panel ruled Bannon's argument was unlikely to gain traction at the Supreme Court.  —  A federal appeals court has denied a last-minute bid by Steve Bannon, a longtime Donald Trump adviser …
Associated Press:
Police arrest Republican lawmaker amid nighttime gunshot reports in in Lansing, Mich.  —  Rep. Neil Friske was arrested in connection with “a felony-level offense,” authorities said.  —  Police arrested a Republican lawmaker early Thursday while responding to reports of possible gunshots in Michigan's capital city, authorities said.
Josh Margolin / ABC News:
Top Florida law enforcement official sues DeSantis, alleging he was fired for blowing the whistle  —  The official says he warned of issues over migrants and public records.  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at press conference at the Hollywood Fire Rescue Station 5, on June 14, 2024.
Charles Creitz / Fox News:
DOJ concealing info on probe into whether Hunter Biden violated ‘debauchery’ law, watchdog says  —  Reps James Comer, Marjorie Taylor Greene previously broached subject in letter to DOJ last year  —  Join Fox News for access to this content  —  A government watchdog group filed suit …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Lara Seligman / Politico:
US says Ukraine can hit inside Russia ‘anywhere’ its forces attack across the border  —  The policy is not limited to the Kharkiv region, U.S. officials said.  —  The U.S. has told Ukraine it can use American-supplied weapons to hit any Russian forces attacking from across the border …
Mike Allen / Axios:
😨 Axios AM: Dems fear Biden loss … It's Juneteenth, the federal holiday marking Black emancipation from enslavement.  Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas, on June 19, 1865, freeing enslaved people in the westernmost Confederate state. … 1 big thing: Dems fear Biden loss
Zac Anderson / USA Today:
Will Donald Trump choose Doug Burgum as his running mate?  Website fuels VP speculation  —  The intrigue surrounding who former President Donald Trump will pick as his running mate grew Thursday after political observers noticed that a website combining North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum's name …
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 …
David Rozado / Manhattan Institute:
Is Wikipedia Politically Biased?  —  Executive Summary  — This work aims to determine whether there is evidence of political bias in English-language Wikipedia articles.  — Wikipedia is one of the most popular domains on the World Wide Web, with hundreds of millions of unique users per month.
Discussion: Tennessee Star
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Bill Scher / Washington Monthly:
Donald Trump's Get-Out-The-Vote Plan is Bonkers
Discussion: The Bulwark and Raw Story
Fox News:
Democratic staffer goes viral for boasting about Biden canceling his student debt: ‘Why elections matter’
David Gilbert / Wired:
Neo-Nazis Are All-In on AI
Adam Beam / Associated Press:
California voters lose a shot at checking state and local tax hikes at the polls
Jamie Joseph / Fox News:
Progressive mayor challenges rival to name ‘three drag queens’ in city: ‘redeem yourself’
Discussion: RedState and California Globe
 Earlier Items: 
Siena College Research Institute:
Hochul Favorability (38-49%) & Job Approval (44-50%) Ratings Lowest Ever; Voters: Hochul Doesn't Care About People Like Them or Provide Decisive Leadership …
David Strom / HotAir:
Glorifying Self Harm: Alphabet Activist Group Celebrates Teens ‘Cutting’ Themselves
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
The Supreme Court upholds a tax on foreign income over a challenge backed by business interests
Dan Primack / Axios:
Senate Democrats launch investigation into Jared Kushner's business
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Ewan Palmer / Newsweek:
Donald Trump Hit by Devastating Poll From Fox News

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Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Spotify reports Q2 revenue up 20% YoY to €3.8B, MAUs up 14% YoY to 626M, subscribers up 12% YoY to 246M, above est., and €266M operating income; SPOT jumps 12%+

Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
Comcast reports Peacock Q2 revenue up 28% YoY to $1B, and a $348M loss, down from $651M in Q2 2023; paying subs were up 38% YoY to 33M but down from 33.5M in Q1

Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
Former Marvel chairman Ike Perlmutter, who backed Nelson Peltz in a failed proxy fight for two Disney board seats, sells his stake of nearly 26M Disney shares

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