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7:00 PM ET, June 25, 2024


 Top Items: 
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.
NBC News:
Trump's VP announcement could come as early as this week  —  Four sources told NBC News that the campaign is considering revealing Trump's running mate this week, possibly before his debate with Biden on Thursday.  —  Former President Donald Trump could announce his vice presidential pick …
Rex Huppke / USA Today:
Will Trump chicken out of the presidential debate?  Probably.  He's a Grade-A coward.  —  Until we see him set foot on the debate stage Thursday night in Atlanta, there's a strong chance the former president chickens out and runs to the safety of a rally.  —  The breathless advance coverage …
Hayes Brown / MSNBC:
Speaker Johnson wants to lower the debate bar for Trump
CBS News:
Newly released photos from FBI's Mar-a-Lago search show Trump keepsakes alongside sensitive records  —  Washington — Newly revealed photographs taken by the FBI during its August 2022 search of former President Donald Trump's South Florida resort shed further light on how the former president kept keepsakes …
emptywheel:   “Nobody ever slept on that side of the bed usually so he would have it all full of boxes”
Mary Ellen Klas / Bloomberg:
Trump Could Actually Lose Florida.  Here's Why.  —  After two years of Governor Ron DeSantis pushing his extremist agenda, there's a case to be made that voters have had enough of the Republican Party's obsession with culture wars.  —  The Florida Democratic Party insists the state is in play in November …
Discussion: The Floridian and
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
AJC Poll: Trump leads Biden in Georgia ahead of first debate  —  Sharp warning signs emerge in the state for both candidates.  —  Former President Donald Trump holds a slight lead over President Joe Biden in Georgia in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll released Tuesday ahead of an Atlanta debate …
Kimberly Leonard / Politico:
Florida not a battleground, Biden campaign chair says
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Introducing Our 2024 Poll Tracker
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
From Virginia to Colorado, MAGA infighting during primaries puts the GOP into disarray
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Aysha Bagchi / USA Today:
Donald Trump hush money gag on witnesses and jurors lifted, but prosecutors remain protected  —  Former President Donald Trump was freed on Tuesday from gag order restrictions that protected witnesses and jurors in his hush money case, although prosecutors and the family members …
Eric Cortellessa / TIME:
Steve Bannon Prepares for Prison  —  Steve Bannon is taking his show on the road.  Convicted by a federal jury in 2022 for contempt of Congress, the right-wing agitator is set to spend four months in a Connecticut penitentiary starting July 1.  It's the latest act in the iconoclastic performance …
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
Playbook: Jamaal Bowman might need a miracle
Discussion: Mediaite and IJR
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 …
Discussion: New Jersey Online
Aaron Boxerman / New York Times:
Israeli Military Must Draft Ultra-Orthodox Jews, Supreme Court Rules  —  The court ruled there was no legal justification for the ultra-Orthodox exemption from service, a decision that threatened to split Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wartime government.
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 …
Rich Lowry / National Review:
How Trump Can Win the Debate  —  No need for showmanship.  Just contrast Biden's record with his own.  —  The Debate Expectations Game  —  By NOAH ROTHMAN  —  Both presidential campaigns are trying to manage expectations ahead of Thursday night's debate.  —  VIEW MORE  —  ANTISEMITISM
Discussion: RedState
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 …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The numbers behind the ‘public health crisis’ of gun violence  —  The uptick in deaths related to firearms beginning in 2020 is less about homicide than you might assume.  —  As is the case with many official acts that originate in the executive branch of the government …
Discussion: Plain Dealer
Evelyne Musambi / Associated Press:
Kenya's parliament burns as protesters object to new taxes.  Clashes spread and bodies are counted  —  (AP video shot by: Jackson Njehia and Idi Ali Juma)  —  Anti-tax protesters enter Kenya's parliament as clashes with police intensify, resulting in deaths
Biden expected to pardon veterans convicted under military law banning gay sex, officials say  —  President Joe Biden is expected to pardon US veterans who were convicted by the military over a 60-year period under a military law that banned gay sex, three US officials told CNN.
Discussion: New York Daily News
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Aria Bendix / NBC News:
The Covid summer wave is here
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Austin and Russia's New Defense Minister Speak via Phone for the First Time
Discussion: Bloomberg and Reuters
PBS NewsHour:
Depletion of major groundwater source threatens Great Plains farming
Kate O'Keeffe / Bloomberg:
Huawei's Secret Ally in the US-China Tech War: A Science Nonprofit Based in DC
 Earlier Items: 
Colleen Long / Associated Press:
More than 500 people have been charged with federal crimes under the gun safety law Biden signed
Discussion: AllSides Balanced
Ed Pilkington / The Guardian:
Charlie Kirk once unified conservative youth for Trump. Why are Republicans now turning on him?
Kerry Breen / CBS News:
World War II POW from Louisiana accounted for 82 years after Bataan Death March
Discussion: RedState
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Fox News returns to “migrant crime” fixation as migrant crossings, crime plummet
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
Surgeon General Declares Gun Violence a Public Health Crisis
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
One question Trump must be asked in the debate