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9:35 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 …
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.
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
NBC News:
Far-right members, unhappy with debt deal, float threatening McCarthy's speakership
Tyler Pager / Washington Post:
Shalanda Young emerges as quietly essential figure in debt deal
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Roll Call
McCarthy on track to overcome Rules rebellion over debt deal
USA Today:
‘Betrayal’: McCarthy faces revolt from GOP conservatives over debt limit deal with Biden
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.
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.
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") …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Chris Christie Gets a Super PAC Ahead of His Likely 2024 Bid
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.
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
Yuliya Talmazan / NBC News:
Drones strike Moscow in first attack on Russian capital's residential areas since Ukraine war began  —  The strikes caused damage to some buildings and forced residents to evacuate homes, local officials said Tuesday, as Kyiv was hit by the latest deadly Russian bombardment.
Guy Faulconbridge / Reuters:
Russia's reaction to the drone attacks on Moscow
New York Times:
Live Updates: Drone Strikes Damage Buildings in Moscow as Kyiv Is Hit Again
Child left in hot car in Puyallup dies  —  A foster parent left the child in a car outside MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup for nine hours, according to police.  —  PUYALLUP, Wash. — A 1-year-old child died after being left in a hot car outside MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital …
Discussion: Breitbart,, CBS News and KRDO
Dennis Romero / NBC News:   3 young children die in separate hot-car incidents across the U.S.
Meredith Deliso / ABC News:   11-month-old girl dies after left in car for 3 hours while parents went to church: Police
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Trump lawyer said to have been waved off searching office for secret records  —  Exclusive: Evan Corcoran said he was steered away from Trump's office, where the FBI later found the most sensitive materials  —  Donald Trump's lawyer tasked with searching for classified documents at Mar …
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.
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 and HuffPost
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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: Bloomberg and Fox News
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.
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.
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 …
Colleen Long / Associated Press:
US Border Patrol chief is retiring following end of Title 42 restrictions at US-Mexico border  —  The head of the U.S. Border Patrol is stepping down following major changes at the U.S.-Mexico border that came with the end of Title 42 pandemic restrictions.  Chief Raul Ortiz said in a note …
Jane Bradley / New York Times:
A British Reporter Had a Big #MeToo Scoop.  Her Editor Killed It.  —  Seven women say that a star columnist groped them or made unwanted sexual advances.  But Britain's news media has a complicated relationship with outing its own.  —  Inside the Financial Times newsroom this winter …
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
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Peter Shamshiri / Balls and Strikes:
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Rebecca Beitsch / The Hill:
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Steve Benen / MSNBC:
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Discussion: Mediaite, Raw Story and The Hill
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Noah Kirsch / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Keith Zhai / Wall Street Journal:
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Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Lawyers Start to Wonder if One Could Be a Snitch
Discussion: Washington Press and Raw Story
David Siders / Politico:
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