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12:55 AM ET, May 31, 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 …
Tyler Pager / Washington Post:
Shalanda Young emerges as quietly essential figure in debt deal
House conservatives threaten push to oust McCarthy over debt deal
Punchbowl News:
⚡️ Punchbowl News Special Edition: Despite opposition, debt limit moves toward floor
Discussion: Washington Examiner
USA Today:
‘Betrayal’: McCarthy faces revolt from GOP conservatives over debt limit deal with Biden
McCarthy overcomes Rules rebellion over debt deal
NBC News:
Far-right members, unhappy with debt deal, float threatening McCarthy's speakership
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.
Jacqueline Thomsen / Reuters:   U.S. Senate confirms GOP-backed Biden pick to Louisiana federal court
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 …
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.
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: Mediaite and The Gateway Pundit
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 …
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: HuffPost, Associated Press and KRDO
North Korean satellite plunges into sea after rocket failure  —  A North Korean satellite launch on Wednesday ended in failure, sending the booster and payload plunging into the sea, North Korean state media said, and the South's military said it had recovered parts of the launch vehicle.
The White House:   Statement by NSC Spokesperson Adam Hodge on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's Space Launch
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.
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.
Decca Muldowney / The Daily Beast:
Twitter Fails to Remove Hate Speech By Blue-Check Users: Report  —  If you pay $8 a month, Twitter will boost your tweets, new research found, even if you post about how ‘Hitler was right.’  —  Twitter is failing to remove 99 percent of hate speech posted by Twitter Blue users …
Wall Street Journal:
Racy Novel by France's Finance Minister Has Even the French Blushing  —  Some ribald passages in the book are titillating the body politic, and drawing barbs about how he finds room for the hobby when many residents are struggling  —  PARIS—In this land that celebrates public intellectuals …
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.
Prem Thakker / New Republic:
Conservatives Are Now Boycotting Chick-fil-A for Not Being Homophobic Enough … Bud Light apparently went too far after influencer Dylan Mulvaney, who is transgender, posted an Instagram video promoting a March Madness contest.  Target apparently went too far by selling shirts with rainbows.
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:
Clayton Kershaw disagrees with Dodgers' decision to honor Sisters  —  LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw says he disagrees with the Los Angeles Dodgers' decision to welcome an LGBTQIA+ group called the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence at the team's annual Pride Night.
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.
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 …
Fox News, backed by Trump White House lawyer, fights subpoena in leak lawsuit  —  The network is trying to protect a source who disclosed details of an FBI probe into a Chinese American scientist.  —  A former Fox News reporter is fighting in court to scuttle a subpoena demanding that she reveal …
Discussion: Raw Story
Hannah Getahun / Insider:
Ken Paxton's impeachment revealed how divided far-right and moderate Republicans in Texas have become, political scientist says  — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was impeached from office Saturday.  — Many of the Texas House members who voted to impeach him were Republicans themselves.
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 …
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
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 …
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") …
US Department of Justice:
Pennsylvania Woman Sentenced on Felony and Misdemeanor Charges For Actions During Jan. 6 Capitol Breach  —  Defendant Fought with Law Enforcement Inside the Capitol Building  —  WASHINGTON - A Pennsylvania woman was sentenced today in the District of Columbia on felony and misdemeanor charges …
Discussion: NBC News, Associated Press and CBS 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.
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Tyler Monroe / Media Matters for America:
Fox covered Target's Pride Month displays for hours and the allegations of abuse in the Illinois Catholic Church for less than a minute
Discussion: Breitbart and New Republic
KCNA Watch:
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
The Danger of Microfinance  —  Small loans in Cambodia drown the poor and buoy the rich.
U.S. Indo-Pacific Command:
USINDOPACOM Statement on Unprofessional Intercept of U.S. Aircraft over South China Sea
 Earlier Items: 
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
Guy Faulconbridge / Reuters:
Russia's reaction to the drone attacks on Moscow
Keith Zhai / Wall Street Journal:
China, India Kick Out Nearly All of Each Other's Journalists as Rivalry Escalates
Geraldo Cadava / New Yorker:
The Rise of Latino White Supremacy
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Peter Jamison / Washington Post:
The revolt of the Christian home-schoolers

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Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
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