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10:40 PM ET, May 30, 2023

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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Debt Limit Bill Heads to Key Committee in First Test of G.O.P. Support  —  Some Republicans on the panel have already come out in opposition to the package, raising early questions about its fate.  —  Reporting from Washington  —  Legislation to raise the government debt ceiling …
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Punchbowl News:
⚡️ Punchbowl News Special Edition: Despite opposition, debt limit moves toward floor  —  Copy newsletter URL Copied newsletter URL! … But the chamber is moving toward a critical floor vote on Tuesday.  The U.S. government will default on its $31 trillion-plus debt if Congress doesn't act by June 5.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Politico:
House conservatives threaten push to oust McCarthy over debt deal  —  “It is inescapable to me.  It has to be done,” said House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Dan Bishop.  —  Conservative angst over the debt deal is threatening to trigger Kevin McCarthy's biggest fear — a push to oust him from the speakership.
Tyler Pager / Washington Post:
Shalanda Young emerges as quietly essential figure in debt deal  —  Biden's budget director had rare credibility with both sides  —  The day before President Biden traveled to Japan this month, he managed a breakthrough with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy in the Oval Office.
Discussion: Roll Call and Washington Examiner
NBC News:
Far-right members, unhappy with debt deal, float threatening McCarthy's speakership
Politico:
McCarthy overcomes Rules rebellion over debt deal
USA Today:
‘Betrayal’: McCarthy faces revolt from GOP conservatives over debt limit deal with Biden
Washington Post:
Mar-a-Lago prosecutors eye July episode with Trump surveillance cameras  —  Summer interactions inside Trump's home and private club are part of the special counsel's classified documents investigation  —  A Mar-a-Lago employee who helped move boxes of documents last June has been questioned …
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Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Tara Reade, who accused Joe Biden of sexual assault, defects to Russia  —  Former Senate staffer who made claim in 2020 appears on Russian media alongside convicted Russian agent in US Maria Butina  —  Tara Reade, a former Senate staffer who in 2020 accused Joe Biden of sexual assault, said on Tuesday she had defected to Russia.
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Bryan Schott / Salt Lake Tribune:
Breaking: Rep. Chris Stewart plans to resign from Congress  —  The Utah Republican congressman is expected to announce his departure from the House of Representatives soon, several sources told The Salt Lake Tribune.  —  U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart plans to resign his seat in Congress, possibly as soon as this week.
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Trump Strongest Candidate Say GOP Voters  —  DeSantis remains well liked but support fades  —  West Long Branch, NJ - A majority of Republican voters feel former President Donald Trump would be their strongest nominee in the 2024 election.  According to the Monmouth ("Mon-muth") …
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Chris Christie Gets a Super PAC Ahead of His Likely 2024 Bid
Dennis Romero / NBC News:
3 young children die in separate hot-car incidents across the U.S.  —  The deaths happened in Washington state, Texas and Florida between May 24 and Sunday, and doubled the number of hot car fatalities compared to this time last year.  —  Three young children died in recent days …
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Bloomberg:
Twitter Is Now Worth Just 33% of Elon Musk's Purchase Price, Fidelity Says  —  Twitter is now worth just one-third of what Elon Musk paid for the social-media platform, according to Fidelity, which recently marked down the value of its equity stake in the company.
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Ashli Babbitt's Mother Arrested After Striking Woman at Pro-Jan. 6 Event  —  Micki Witthoeft, 58, was spotted by The Daily Beast being taken into custody just after 6:45 p.m.  —  The mother of Ashli Babbitt, Micki Witthoeft, was arrested Tuesday evening after striking a counter-protester …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Mediaite
Jan Hoffman / New York Times:
Sacklers Can Be Shielded From Opioid Liability, Appeals Court Rules  —  The decision gives the Purdue Pharma owners long-sought protection, but it will release billions of dollars from their fortune to states and communities to help cope with the costs of addiction.
The Carter Center:
Carter Family Statement about Health of First Lady Rosalynn Carter  —  ATLANTA — The Carter family is sharing that former First Lady Rosalynn Carter has dementia.  She continues to live happily at home with her husband, enjoying spring in Plains and visits with loved ones.
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
It Took Alito Barely a Month to Violate the Supreme Court's New Ethics Rules  —  On April 25, Chief Justice John Roberts sent the Senate Judiciary Committee a “Statement on Ethics Principles and Practices” signed by all nine justices.  Roberts forwarded along the “statement” …
Discussion: Associated Press, HuffPost and KRDO
Guy Faulconbridge / Reuters:
Russia's reaction to the drone attacks on Moscow  —  Ukraine launched its biggest ever drone attack on Moscow on Tuesday but air defences destroyed all eight of the drones, Russia said, bringing the 15-month war in Ukraine to the heart of the capital.  —  Here are some Russian reactions to the attacks.
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Yuliya Talmazan / NBC News:
Drones strike Moscow in first attack on Russian capital's residential areas since Ukraine war began
Rolling Stone:
Team Trump Scrambles to Unmask the Feds Investigating Him  —  The former president wants to “immediately” purge the Justice Department's ranks of the officials and agents who've led the criminal probes into his actions  —  DONALD TRUMP JUST needs a few names.
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
A.I. Poses ‘Risk of Extinction,’ Industry Leaders Warn  —  Leaders from OpenAI, Google Deepmind, Anthropic and other A.I. labs warn that future systems could be as deadly as pandemics and nuclear weapons.  —  A group of industry leaders warned on Tuesday that the artificial intelligence technology …
Associated Press:
The day has arrived for Elizabeth Holmes to report to a Texas prison  —  Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes entered Texas prison where she could spend the next 11 years for overseeing a blood-testing hoax that became a parable about greed and hubris in Silicon Valley.
Politico:
Republican candidate accused of lying about military record ends comeback bid  —  It's good news for House Republicans, after JR Majewski lost a competitive Ohio seat in 2022.  —  JR Majewski, a pro-Trump Republican accused of misrepresenting his military record, is ending his comeback bid.
Daniel Duane / New York Times:
A Tale of Paradise, Parking Lots and My Mother's Berkeley Backyard  —  Plans to build apartments have sparked a fight between progressive newcomers and nostalgic old-timers — with surprising allegiances in a writer's hometown.  —  In the late 1960s, in the neighborhood where I grew up …
U.S. Indo-Pacific Command:
USINDOPACOM Statement on Unprofessional Intercept of U.S. Aircraft over South China Sea  —  U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Public Affairs  —  A People's Republic of China J-16 fighter pilot performed an unnecessarily aggressive maneuver during the intercept of a U.S. Air Force RC-135 aircraft, May 26, 2023.
Geraldo Cadava / New Yorker:
The Rise of Latino White Supremacy  —  At a time of rising racial violence, Latinos are potential perpetrators and potential victims.  —  On May 6th, a thirty-three-year-old Mexican American man named Mauricio Garcia shot and killed eight people at an outlet mall in Allen, Texas.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
The White House:
Statement by NSC Spokesperson Adam Hodge on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's Space Launch  —  The United States strongly condemns the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) for its launch using ballistic missile technology, which is a brazen violation of multiple UN Security …
Discussion: New York Times, Bloomberg and Fox News
Kasha Patel / Washington Post:
Land around the U.S. is sinking.  Here are some of the fastest areas.  —  Imagine Earth's surface is like a stack of pancakes.  The pancakes, or layers of soil and rocks, may appear fairly evenly stacked and fluffy.  Over time though, the stack can become compressed, thinner and shorter.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Ron DeSantis says he will ‘destroy leftism’ in US if elected president  —  Governor makes remark to Fox News and predicts two White House terms should he defeat Trump for Republican nomination  —  Predicting two terms in the White House should he defeat Donald Trump for the Republican …
Rafael Bernal / The Hill:
Trump pledges to end birthright citizenship on first day in office  —  Former President Trump is returning to his calls to remove birthright citizenship, with his 2024 White House campaign on Tuesday announcing he will seek to end it via executive order on his first day in office.
Politico:
Ramaswamy fires consultants who worked simultaneously for LIV golf  —  Recent filings showed just how intertwined foreign entities and U.S. presidential politics can be.  —  Vivek Ramaswamy has fired one of the firms consulting for his presidential campaign after it was revealed that the firm …
Peter Jamison / Washington Post:
The revolt of the Christian home-schoolers  —  They were taught that public schools are evil.  Then a Virginia couple defied their families and enrolled their kids.  —  Deep Reads features The Washington Post's best immersive reporting and narrative writing.
Peter Shamshiri / Balls and Strikes:
The Right's War on Abortion Was Never About Legal Doctrine  —  The justices in the Dobbs majority promised to return abortion “to the people's elected representatives.”  For conservative activists, this was just the beginning.  —  When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last year …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Debt-Ceiling Deal Bought Biden Time at a Terrible Long-Term Cost … The simplest way to understand the debt-ceiling agreement is that the two parties were focused on different, orthogonal objectives.  Democrats wished to minimize the direct harm of the terms of the deal itself to vital government programs …
 
 
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Ri Pyong Chol Makes Public Stand for Bolstering up Capability for Self-defence
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Biden adviser discussed possible outreach to Iran on nuclear program with Oman: sources
Discussion: NPR and Iran Nuances
thedial.world:
The Danger of Microfinance  —  Small loans in Cambodia drown the poor and buoy the rich.
Colleen Long / Associated Press:
US Border Patrol chief is retiring following end of Title 42 restrictions at US-Mexico border
Politico:
Fox News, backed by Trump White House lawyer, fights subpoena in leak lawsuit
Associated Press:
Alabama expands ban on trans athletes to include college teams
Discussion: Fox News, Insider and KRDO
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Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Biden (literally) laughs off question about possible Trump pardon
Discussion: Mediaite, Raw Story, The Hill and IJR
Sarah D / Twitchy:
AOC's ‘assessing with [her] team how to handle’ AOC parody account that's a little too good at its job
Noah Kirsch / The Daily Beast:
Billionaire Ken Griffin: New 'Don't Say Gay' Law Is Too Far, Even for Me
Discussion: Raw Story
Russell Falcon / The Hill:
Chick-fil-A DEI hire sparks calls for boycott
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Lawyers Start to Wonder if One Could Be a Snitch
Discussion: Washington Press and Raw Story
Jane Bradley / New York Times:
A British Reporter Had a Big #MeToo Scoop. Her Editor Killed It.
 

 
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Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
Sources: former Disney TV chief Ben Sherwood and former Hearst Magazines exec Joanna Coles will buy a 49% stake in The Daily Beast; Barry Diller will retain 51%

Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

 
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