What The Lever Published This Week:

LEVER TIME: Democrats Will Not Tolerate DissentAs part of a revamped and expanded weekly podcast series, David Sirota explores how the DNC crushed 2024 primary challengers — and might have hurt Biden’s reelection chances.

Universities Are Making Billions Gatekeeping Your MedsThe University of California has raked in a previously undisclosed $1.6 billion from Xtandi sales and now doesn’t want the government lowering exorbitant drug costs.

Handing Taxpayers The Climate Cleanup BillNew York Gov. Kathy Hochul and Democratic legislative leaders nix a landmark proposal that would have made Hochul’s fossil fuel donors pay for their pollution.

The Defense Industry's Inside Man In The Pacific Arms RaceA Biden envoy shaped defense policy in the Pacific islands while consulting for a private firm with major interests in the region.

SIROTA’S SIGNALS: The Dem States Embracing Anti-Tax Zealotry Plus, the obscure court circuit trying to repeal the 20th century, how your utility bill funds climate denial, the real reason conservatives oppose student debt relief.

YOU LOVE TO SEE IT: Friends Of The Court Could Lose Their Benefits Plus, a pipeline company is caught trespassing, corporations face heat for shady stock deals, and law enforcement’s pseudoscience doesn’t hold up.

The Lever In The News:

Breaking PointsDavid Sirota joined Krystal Ball to discuss the launch of the new Lever Time podcast and to elaborate on the topic of the first episode, released on Friday.

DealBookThe New York Times’ Dealbook newsletter highlighted Helen Santoro’s excellent reporting in this week’s story about universities making billions of dollars through gatekeeping medications.