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12:50 PM ET, June 25, 2024


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Hillary Rodham Clinton / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton: I've Debated Trump and Biden.  Here's What I'm Watching For.  —  Last week, I had the time of my life at the Tony Awards introducing a song from “Suffs,” the Broadway musical I co-produced about the suffragists who won women the right to vote.
Ivana Saric / Axios:
Clinton to Biden: Rebutting Trump's debate “blather” is a “waste of time” … - “He starts with nonsense and then digresses into blather,” she said of the presumptive GOP nominee for president, who defeated her in the 2016 election.  — “Yet expectations for him are so low …
Discussion: AllSides Balanced and Fox News
Karen Townsend / HotAir:
CNN Host Abruptly Shuts Down Interview with Trump Spokeswoman
Elizabeth Stauffer / Washington Examiner:
Trump and Biden's faceoff in Atlanta could be the most consequential debate in political history
The Nuclear Weapons Document Trump Stashed under Bubble Wrap and a Christmas Pillow  —  As noted, Jack Smith has filed his response to Trump's bid to throw out his stolen document indictment because the order of certain boxes was not retained.  —  A key part of Smith's response argues …
Discussion: Business Insider
“Nobody ever slept on that side of the bed usually so he would have it all full of boxes”  —  The government has filed their response to Trump's argument that, because some of the contents of Trump's boxes have shifted during the investigation, the entire indictment must be dismissed.
ABC News:
Trump expressed concern that returning classified docs after subpoena could result in criminal charges, according to sealed notes  —  Judge Aileen Cannon is considering tossing out the notes as evidence.  —  This image contained in a court filing by the Department of Justice on Aug. 30 …
Devi Shastri / Associated Press:
Infant mortality rate rose 8% in wake of Texas abortion ban, study shows  —  In the wake of Texas' abortion ban, the state's infant death rate increased and more died of birth defects, a study published Monday shows.  —  The analysis out of Johns Hopkins University is the latest research …
Annalisa Merelli / STAT:
Infant deaths increased after Texas banned abortion in early pregnancy
Associated Press:
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to plead guilty, return to Australia  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will plead guilty to a felony charge in a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that will free him from prison and resolve a long-running legal saga that spanned multiple continents …
NBC News:
Julian Assange has reached a plea deal with the U.S., allowing him to go free
John Paul Tasker / CBC News:
Conservatives win longtime Liberal stronghold Toronto-St. Paul's in shock byelection result  —  Stunning result raises questions about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's future  —  Conservative candidate Don Stewart has won the longtime federal Liberal stronghold of Toronto-St. Paul's …
Discussion: The Hub and Toronto Sun
Kyle Duggan / Politico:
Justin Trudeau gets a wakeup call
Discussion: Reuters, Bloomberg and The Hub
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: 16 Nobel economists see a Trump inflation bomb … - “While each of us has different views on the particulars of various economic policies, we all agree that Joe Biden's economic agenda is vastly superior to Donald Trump,” the 16 economists write in a letter, first obtained by Axios.
Lee Moran / HuffPost:   16 Nobel Economists Warn Second Donald Trump Term Would Mean 1 Thing
Heather Cox Richardson / Letters from an American:
Two years ago today, on June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization decision, overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that recognized a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy.  The vote was 6-3.  —  The three justices appointed …
Eric Berger / The Guardian:
Conservative US lawmakers are pushing for an end to no-fault divorce  —  Republicans in Louisiana, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Texas have discussed eliminating or restricting such cases  —  Some prominent conservative lawmakers and commentators are advocating for ending no-fault divorce …
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
One question Trump must be asked in the debate  —  On April 12, 2024, former president Donald Trump sat down for an interview with Time Magazine.  During the interview, Trump was asked explicitly about whether he would allow women to obtain abortion pills if he won another term as president.
Exclusive: Trump reviews plan to halt US military aid to Ukraine unless it negotiates peace with Moscow  —  Two key advisers to Donald Trump have presented him with a plan to end Russia's war in Ukraine — if he wins the presidential election — that involves telling Ukraine …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and BizPac Review
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Ethics investigation adds to troubles for GOP's Ronny Jackson  —  Rep. Ronny Jackson didn't need another controversy.  The Texas Republican is nevertheless facing an advancing investigation from the House Ethics Committee.  —  During his relatively brief tenure as a political figure …
Maayan Lubell / Reuters:
Israel supreme court rules religious seminary students must be drafted to military  —  Israel's Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the state must begin drafting ultra-Orthodox Jewish seminary students into the military, a decree which creates new political strains for embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
Surgeon General Declares Gun Violence a Public Health Crisis  —  Dr. Vivek Murthy is calling for a multipronged effort to reduce gun deaths, modeled on campaigns against smoking and traffic fatalities.  —  The U.S. surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, on Tuesday declared gun violence in America …
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Introducing Our 2024 Poll Tracker  —  It starts by showing a very close race nationally and in critical battleground states.  —  What do the polls say about the race for the White House?  —  With less than five months to go, new poll averages from The New York Times, which debut today …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Fox News returns to “migrant crime” fixation as migrant crossings, crime plummet  —  Fox News is flooding its airwaves with incendiary coverage blaming President Joe Biden for a handful of abhorrent crimes allegedly committed by migrants, as the network doubles down on its effort to use …
Discussion: The Guardian and Blaze Media
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
From Virginia to Colorado, MAGA infighting during primaries puts the GOP into disarray  —  Far-right Republicans in Arizona threaten revolt against Donald Trump for being too “deep state”  —  Because the MAGA movement made kookiness a competitive sport, it was inevitable that some Republican activists …
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Christopher Roach / American Greatness:
The Presidential Debate Should Expose a Fragile Biden
Thomas Zimmer / Democracy Americana:
The Origins of Trumpism and the Birth of the Present
Anthony Izaguirre / Associated Press:
Rep. Jamaal Bowman faces tough challenge from George Latimer in Democratic primary in NY suburbs
Von der Leyen, Costa, Kallas approved for EU top jobs by negotiators
Discussion: Reuters
 Earlier Items: 
Kimberly Leonard / Politico:
Florida not a battleground, Biden campaign chair says
Stephanie van den Berg / Reuters:
International Criminal Court issues arrest warrants for Russia's Shoigu and Gerasimov
Modi to Visit Russia for First Time Since Invasion of Ukraine
Discussion: Reuters
Nick Visser / HuffPost:
Alex Jones' Bankruptcy Trustee Plans To Shutter Infowars And ‘Liquidate Its Inventory’
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Alvin Bragg Claims Victory as Jim Jordan Seethes About YouTube Gun Vids
Discussion: Raw Story and
Marina Villeneuve / Salon:
“Months she wasted”: National security lawyer says Judge Cannon's “hubris” turned case into a “mess”
Washington Post:
Special counsel falters in push to limit Trump's attacks on FBI agents

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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Daniel Ek says Spotify is working on a deluxe Spotify tier, costing around $17 to $18, that has “a lot more control, a lot higher quality across the board”

Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
YouTube Q2 ad revenue grew 13% YoY to $8.66B, vs. $8.93B est.; Google's subscriptions, platforms, and devices unit that includes YouTube TV had revenue of $9.3B

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