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2:00 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.
Hayes Brown / MSNBC:
Speaker Johnson wants to lower the debate bar for Trump  —  The GOP leader suggested this weekend that host network CNN will “rig” the debate for President Joe Biden.  —  Speaker Mike Johnson, the highest-ranking Republican in government, has been leaning hard into former President Donald Trump's embrace lately.
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: Fox News and AllSides Balanced
Elizabeth Stauffer / Washington Examiner:
Trump and Biden's faceoff in Atlanta could be the most consequential debate in political history
Karen Townsend / HotAir:
CNN Host Abruptly Shuts Down Interview with Trump Spokeswoman
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 …
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 …
“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.
Andrew Stanton / Newsweek:
Donald Trump May ‘Reignite’ Inflation, Nobel Prize-Winning Economists Warn  —  A coalition of Nobel Prize-winning economists has warned about inflation if former President  —  wins the presidential election.  —  President  —  and Trump are set to face off in the November election, and inflation remains a key issue in the race.
Lee Moran / HuffPost:   16 Nobel Economists Warn Second Donald Trump Term Would Mean 1 Thing
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
New York Times:
Assange Agrees to Plead Guilty in Exchange for Release, Ending Standoff With U.S.  —  Barring last-minute snags, the deal would bring to an end a prolonged battle that began after the WikiLeaks founder became alternately celebrated and reviled for revealing state secrets in the 2010s.
Associated Press:
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to plead guilty, return to Australia
Ed Pilkington / The Guardian:
Julian Assange leaves UK after striking deal with US justice department
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
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 …
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 …
Sarah Mervosh / New York Times:
Oklahoma Supreme Court Says No to State Funding for a Religious Charter School  —  In a closely watched case, Oklahoma's highest court blocked what was set to become the nation's first religious charter school.  An appeal is likely.  —  The Oklahoma Supreme Court blocked on Tuesday …
Discussion: Politico, Axios and Associated Press
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Playbook: Jamaal Bowman might need a miracle  —  With help from Eli Okun, Garrett Ross and Bethany Irvine  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  Israel's Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled unanimously that the military must begin drafting ultra-Orthodox men for military service, a decision that could lead …
Discussion: NOTUS, IJR, Mediaite and New York Times
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
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
RFK Jr. border fixes: Wall, 2,600 more agents, ‘Remain in Mexico’  —  Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told America's sheriffs he would introduce a tougher, Trump-style border policy to curb illegal immigration and ease pressure on asylum courts if he wins the presidency.
Discussion: RedState and Reuters
Courts block part of Biden's student loan repayment plan for millions  —  The two court rulings, in response to lawsuits filed by Republican-led states, prohibit the Education Department from moving ahead with major provisions of Biden's SAVE loan repayment program.
Colleen Long / Associated Press:
More than 500 people have been charged with federal crimes under the gun safety law Biden signed  —  More than 500 people — some linked to transnational cartels and organized crime rings — have been charged with gun trafficking and other crimes under the landmark gun safety legislation President Joe Biden signed two years ago Tuesday.
Discussion: Plain Dealer and AllSides Balanced
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Evelyne Musambi / Associated Press:
Kenya's parliament burns as protesters object to new taxes. Clashes spread and bodies are counted
Ed Pilkington / The Guardian:
Charlie Kirk once unified conservative youth for Trump. Why are Republicans now turning on him?
Discussion: New Republic and Raw Story
Mikhail Zygar / Vanity Fair:
Putin Is Banking On a Trump Win for His New World Order
Discussion: Raw Story
Kerry Breen / CBS News:
World War II POW from Louisiana accounted for 82 years after Bataan Death March
Discussion: RedState
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
 Earlier Items: 
Von der Leyen, Costa, Kallas approved for EU top jobs by negotiators
Discussion: Reuters
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
Mary L Trump / The Good in Us:
We Know Who's Responsible  —  The threats to women are getting worse
Discussion: Raw Story and HuffPost
Marina Villeneuve / Salon:
“Months she wasted”: National security lawyer says Judge Cannon's “hubris” turned case into a “mess”

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Associated Press:
A judge dismisses Alec Baldwin's manslaughter case in the fatal shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, after ruling prosecutors withheld evidence

David Shepardson / Reuters:
The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals puts the FCC's reinstatement of net neutrality rules on hold until August 5 as it considers industry legal challenges

Tony Mecia / The Charlotte Ledger:
McClatchy's Charlotte Observer is scaling back print editions to three days a week starting September 16, down from six days, and will rely on USPS for delivery

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