“President Joe Biden is set to convene his Cabinet Tuesday, bringing his top lieutenants together to discuss a wide range of topics for the first Cabinet meeting since he declared his candidacy for reelection and days after Congress passed a bipartisan bill to avert a catastrophic default,” CNN reports.
Trump Hits Back at Chris Sununu
Donald Trump lashed out at Gov. Chris Sununu (R) after the governor explained his reasoning for not launching a 2024 presidential bid of his own.
Said Trump: “RINO Chris Sununu stated in his Fake Opinion published in The Washington Compost, ‘I’m not running for president in 2024. Beating Trump is more important.’ No, he’s not running for President because he’s polling at Zero, and has no chance of winning.”
Trump added that people in New Hampshire have “gotten wise to Chris Sununu” and “they no longer like or respect him.”
Trump Seeks to Stop Carroll’s Second Defamation Suit
“Donald Trump told a judge Monday night that he could not have defamed E. Jean Carroll by denying her decades-old rape accusation because a jury had found him liable only for sexually abusing her,” the New York Times reports.
Critical Dam Destroyed on Front Line in Ukraine
“A critical dam and hydroelectric power plant along the front line in southern Ukraine was destroyed on Tuesday, putting thousands of people at risk of flooding and raising questions about safety at a nuclear plant upstream,” the New York Times reports.
“It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attack on the Kakhovka dam and electric plant, which lies along the Dnipro River and is under Russian control.”
Washington Post: “A dramatic drop in the dam’s reservoir could lead to an ecological disaster and stop the cooling of nuclear reactors at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, 75 miles to the northeast… The plant is under Russian control.”
Quote of the Day
— Ukraine Ministry of Defense, on Twitter, in a modern update to “loose lips sink ships.”
“The feud between the mercenaries of the Kremlin-connected Wagner Group and the ordinary Russian army appears to be escalating, amid reports of exchanges of friendly fire,” Politico reports.
“Russian soldiers shot at Wagner paramilitaries near Bakhmut — the eastern Ukrainian town which has seen brutal attritional battles for territory — destroying a truck, the mercenary group claimed Sunday evening.”
“In response, Wagner claimed to have detained the commander of the Russian army’s 72nd brigade, on Monday releasing a video of him appearing to confess to giving the order to fire on the mercenaries’ vehicle, claiming he did so while drunk because he personally disliked the group.”
How Biden’s Policy Wins Impact Your Community
“The White House on Tuesday is launching a website to map and track tens of thousands of infrastructure projects and private manufacturing investments, an effort by the administration to show the positive impact of its policies on the U.S. economy to a skeptical public,” the AP reports.
“The site, Invest.gov, documents roughly 32,000 infrastructure projects and more than $470 billion worth of investments in the production of electric vehicles, batteries, computer chips, biotech, clean energy and other sectors.”
Official Says U.S. Has Retrieved Craft of Non-Human Origin
“A former intelligence official turned whistleblower has given Congress and the Intelligence Community Inspector General extensive classified information about deeply covert programs that he says possess retrieved intact and partially intact craft of non-human origin,” The Debrief reports.
McCarthy Pumps the Brakes on Ukraine Funding
“Speaker Kevin McCarthy told us Monday that a supplemental spending package for Ukraine is ‘not going anywhere’ in the House, essentially putting the brakes on any immediate plan to send more money to Kyiv — or get around new spending caps,” Punchbowl News reports.
“McCarthy signaled any additional aid for Ukraine would have to come as part of the annual appropriations process within the Pentagon’s $886 billion in discretionary spending, as agreed to under the Fiscal Responsibility Act, the bipartisan legislation that ended the debt-limit showdown.”
“McCarthy’s comments set the stage for a consequential Senate-vs.-House fight centered on Ukraine funding, an issue that has already bitterly divided the GOP.”
“For now, McCarthy’s pronouncement is a blow to defense hawks in both parties, but especially in the Senate. A group of GOP senators held up the debt-limit bill last week until they got assurances from Senate leaders that the chamber would take up a separate funding bill for Ukraine and other defense needs.”
DeSantis Bets Big on Angrier GOP Base
Axios: “The DeSantis team argues that the swing voters of the Republican primary are on the far-right rather than the center-right and are more focused on cultural than economic power.”
“This week, the Super PAC Never Back Down will begin a $5 million ad buy through July 4 designed to burnish DeSantis’ conservative credentials.”
Christie to Announce His Campaign Tonight
“Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie will announce his presidential campaign in New Hampshire on Tuesday evening — positioning himself as a bare-knuckled brawler best-equipped to make the case against Donald Trump, his onetime ally,” the Washington Post reports.
Politico: 55 things you need to know about Chris Christie.
What RFK Jr. Told Elon Musk
New York Times: “Kennedy said he planned to travel to the Mexican border this week to ‘try to formulate policies that will seal the border permanently,’ called for the federal government to consider the war in Ukraine from the perspective of Russians and said pharmaceutical drugs were responsible for the rise of mass shootings in America.”
Playbook: “Needless to say, these views are out of step with the vast majority of the party whose nomination he’s ostensibly seeking. Supermajorities of Democratic voters support a national assault weapons ban, received the Covid-19 vaccine, and express confidence in the electoral process. Kennedy is on the opposite side of all of these issues.”
“And, yet, he’s constantly polling in the double digits against Biden.”
Mondaire Jones Plots His Comeback
“Former Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY), one of the first two openly gay Black men elected to Congress, was bigfooted out of office in 2022 by his party’s campaign committee chair after a prolonged redistricting saga,” Politico reports.
“Now he’s readying another run for the lower Hudson Valley swing seat.”
“His entrance into the race sets up a primary clash with Liz Gereghty, an education advocate and the sister of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, in a must-win district for House Democrats.“
Biden Launches Ad Blitz Focused on Debt Ceiling Deal
“The lifting of the debt ceiling might not seem like bumper sticker material for a campaign. But President Joe Biden’s aides believe voters will reward him for working across the aisle to do it,” Politico reports.
“And now, they’re putting cash behind that theory.”
Santos Wants to Block Release of Bond Consigners
“Indicted Rep. George Santos’ attorney has filed a letter asking the judge overseeing the New York Republican’s case to keep the names of the people who put up his $500,000 bond sealed,” CNN reports.
Said lawyer Joseph Murray: “My client would rather surrender to pretrial detainment than subject these suretors to what will inevitably come.”
Sheriff Recommends Criminal Charges in DeSantis Stunt
“A Texas sheriff’s department has recommended that the district attorney in Bexar County bring criminal charges over the first iteration of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ so-called migrant relocation program,” the Miami Herald reports.
“Those flights last September sent 49 asylum seekers, most of them Venezuelans, from San Antonio to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.”
The operation “allegedly lured migrants onto the flights with false promises of jobs and opportunities on the other end.”
Over 25,000 Women to Participate in Sit-In in Colorado
“More than 25,000 women are expected to participate in a sit-in at the Colorado state Capitol Monday, calling on Gov. Jared Polis (D) to sign an executive order to ban guns and implement a system to buy them back,” ABC News reports.
How Yevgeny Prigozhin Came to Power
Cathy Young: “What’s behind the Kremlin crony’s self-reinvention as a quasi-dissident and a possible contender for Putin’s job? Here, opinions differ wildly. Some think that Prigozhin is a talented psychopath; others that he’s crazy like a fox. Some say he is nothing more than Putin’s loyal attack dog, a useful weapon for bullying the generals and defense officials and keeping them under control.”
“Others believe the attack dog is off the leash and snapping at his former master—either because Prigozhin is in disfavor and fighting for his life, or because the growing instability in Russia is enabling him to claim power in his own right, or because he has powerful backers who are using him in a game of their own.”
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