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7:55 PM ET, May 27, 2023


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The Texas Tribune:
Texas AG Ken Paxton impeached, suspended from duties pending outcome of Senate trial  —  In a stunning and unprecedented rebuke, the Texas House impeached the state's top attorney.  The Republican has been mired in scandals and criminal investigations for most of his tenure.
Ken Paxton Impeachment / The Texas Tribune:
Ken Paxton updates: Texas House impeachment vote will be an intra-GOP showdown  —  The embattled attorney general has criticized a Republican-led push that could remove him from office.  The Texas House is set to debate 20 articles of impeachment at 1 p.m.  —  Watch the impeachment proceedings at 1 p.m.
Lauren McGaughy / Dallas Morning News:
Donald Trump, Ted Cruz stand with Texas AG Ken Paxton as impeachment vote about to begin  —  The former president weighed in on the Trump-backed website Truth Social less than 20 minutes before lawmakers took up impeachment on Saturday.  —  AUSTIN — Former President Donald Trump …
Christopher Hooks / Texas Monthly:
The Texas Legislature Finally Comes for Ken Paxton  —  The Texas attorney general has spent nearly eight years—and won two elections—under indictment.  So why a vote to impeach now?  —  At the start of this week, the Texas Legislature was sliding toward the conclusion of yet another underwhelming, but basically normal, session.
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Texas House votes to impeach Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton  —  Former President Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas had backed Paxton  —  The Texas House of Representatives voted Saturday to impeach Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton over charges of bribery, disregard of official duties …
New York Times:
Paxton Impeachment: Live Updates: Texas House Votes to Impeach Ken Paxton  —  Mr. Paxton, the state attorney general who has become a conservative star, is the first Texas official to be impeached in the House of Representatives in nearly half a century.
NBC News:
‘Trump Bucks’ promise wealth for MAGA loyalty.  Some lose thousands.  —  The products are advertised online as a kind of golden ticket that will help propel Trump's 2024 bid and make the “real patriots” who support him rich when cashed in.  —  In the recesses of the internet …
David Cox / The Guardian:
Immunologist Akiko Iwasaki: ‘We are not done with Covid, not even close’  —  The Yale professor and long Covid expert on why the virus is causing ongoing illness for so many, and the challenges she faces as a woman of colour in science  —  ccording to the most recent estimates …
Discussion: Ars Technica and NPR
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Charlie Kirk's TPUSA Teamed Up With a Registered Sex Offender  —  Kirk decried the sexualization of kids at his Pastors Summit.  The founder of one of its sponsors was convicted of attempted “coercion and enticement” of a minor  —  TURNING POINT USA CEO Charlie Kirk is cheerleading …
Discussion: Raw Story and
Jesus Jiménez / New York Times:
Winnie the Pooh ‘Run, Hide, Fight’ Book Draws Parents' Ire  —  The Dallas school district apologized for not providing guidance to parents when it sent students home with a book that teaches how to respond to dangerous situations at school.  —  The school district in Dallas has drawn backlash …
Discussion: Al Jazeera and Associated Press
Christine Fernando / USA Today:
‘The time has come to take back what is ours’: Ukraine signals counteroffensive is coming  —  Ukrainian officials are fueling speculations about when a massive, much-anticipated counteroffensive against Russia may begin.  —  “The time has come to take back what is ours,” General Valerii Zaluzhnyi …
Kyle Morris / Fox News:
DeSantis says he would welcome bill to abolish ‘corrupt’ IRS: ‘We need something totally different’  —  DeSantis has repeteadly taken aim at the Biden administration's efforts to expand the IRS  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he would be “welcoming” of a measure from Congress to defund …
Jim Defede / CBS News:
Lev Parnas claims text messages show close ties to Ron DeSantis
Cleveland 19 News:
Cleveland 19 News receives bomb threat against 5 Targets as stores face LGBTQ+ controversy  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Cleveland 19 News received a bomb threat Friday afternoon against five Target stores in the area.  —  The threat, received at 12:26 p.m. via email, centered around Target's LGBTQ+ merchandise.
Discussion: Twitchy and
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Kevin McCarthy's Freedom Caucus headache is just getting started  —  In the debt ceiling fight, House Freedom Caucus members thought they were running the show.  Now they're learning otherwise.  They're not taking it well.  —  As far as the far-right House Freedom Caucus was concerned …
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Did WaPo reporters conspire with extremists to attack National Gallery of Art?  —  And if they did, will anyone from the Washington Post face charges over it?  Readers might remember this stunt from a month ago at the National Gallery of Art, in which climate-change protesters vandalized a display of an Edgar Degas sculpture.
Scoop: Sinema enters debt ceiling negotiations  —  Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) has inserted herself into the debt ceiling negotiations, working with both sides to try to bridge differences on permitting reform, according to people familiar with the matter.
Steven Shepard / Politico:
How Republicans in California could decide Dianne Feinstein's successor  —  This race could get weird.  —  It's no secret that progressives are angling to take over the Senate seat in the liberal bastion of California.  —  But the most crucial bloc of voters may end up being Republicans.
NBC News:
The ugly proxy war over Feinstein's Senate seat
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Mattea Bubalo / BBC:
India official drains entire dam to retrieve phone  —  A government official in India has been suspended after he ordered a reservoir to be drained to retrieve his phone.  —  It took three days to pump millions of litres of water out of the dam, after Rajesh Vishwas dropped the device while taking a selfie.
Sarah Arnold / Townhall:
AOC Heckled and Shouted Off Stage by NYC Voters: ‘Put America First’  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) was booed off stage during a New York City town hall by attendees who were frustrated by the Democrat's position on the looming debt ceiling issue, the border crisis, and the millions of dollars being funneled to Ukraine.
David J. Lynch / Washington Post:
U.S. leaders gamble with world's most trusted asset in debt showdown  —  Episode could mean higher borrowing costs for government, companies and consumers  —  Hundreds of banks, hedge funds and investment managers as soon as early June could begin holding multiple daily conference calls …
Erin Allday / San Francisco Chronicle:
Attacks on trans athletes have little basis in science  —  Experts say a paucity of research on transgender athletes makes it difficult to determine if trans women actually are faster or stronger.  The science is even murkier for young athletes.  —  Two female runners competing …
Discussion: HuffPost, Twitchy and WCMH-TV
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Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
Nikki Haley let the Confederate flag fly until a massacre forced her hand
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Jonathan Guyer / Vox:
Henry Kissinger is 100, but his legacy is still shaping how US foreign policy works
Discussion: Associated Press, The Guardian and TASS
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Clarence Thomas's newest opinion would literally bring back child labor
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
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Nate Carlisle / FOX 13 News Utah:
Patriot Front member pleads guilty to child pornography charges in Utah
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Dan Rosenzweig-Ziff / Washington Post:
Scientists find way to make energy from air using nearly any material
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SoundCloud  —  Team DeSantis' hosted a donor briefing, but after analyzing leaked audio …
Discussion: Insider
The Indianapolis Star:
‘Chilling effect’: National experts decry decision against abortion doctor Caitlin Bernard
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