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9:55 PM ET, May 31, 2023

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CNN:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump captured on tape talking about classified document he kept after leaving the White House  —  Federal prosecutors have obtained an audio recording of a summer 2021 meeting in which former President Donald Trump acknowledges he held onto a classified Pentagon document …
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New York Times:
Trump Was Taped Discussing Sensitive Document He Had Kept After Leaving Office  —  Federal prosecutors obtained the recording as part of their investigation into the former president's handling of classified documents.  —  Federal prosecutors investigating former President Donald J. Trump's handling …
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Trump White House Aides Subpoenaed in Firing of Election Security Expert  —  The special counsel is scrutinizing the dismissal of Christopher Krebs, who contradicted baseless claims by the former president that the 2020 election was marred by fraud.  —  The special counsel investigating …
Maanvi Singh / The Guardian:
House passes debt ceiling bill just days before deadline - live  —  The bill has reached the crucial 218 threshold to pass - though some Republicans may attempt to derail the process  —  Key events  —  Debt limit deal passes Members are taking a final vote Debate begins on debt ceiling deal
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Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Biden-McCarthy debt ceiling bill heads for House passage after clearing key test vote  —  Despite opposition from Republican hard-liners, Speaker Kevin McCarthy has projected confidence that the bill will pass the House on a bipartisan vote expected Wednesday.
Politico:   How Biden world gets its Shakshuka
William Thornton / al.com:
Tommy Tuberville's musician brother ‘compelled to distance’ himself over ‘racial stereotypes, white nationalism’  —  The brother of U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville is speaking out on social media, saying he is “compelled to distance” himself from some of the lawmaker's recent statements.
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Politico:
Tuberville's top military adviser bows out  —  Morgan Murphy says he resigned after a Washington Post story suggested he took credit for the senator's military nomination blockade.  —  Sen. Tommy Tuberville's (R-Ala.) national security adviser told POLITICO that he has resigned …
Discussion: al.com and Raw Story
Jacey Fortin / New York Times:
Oklahoma Supreme Court Rules New Abortion Bans Unconstitutional  —  Oklahoma's Supreme Court said on Wednesday that two laws passed last year that ban most abortions are unconstitutional.  —  But the ruling does not affect a law passed in 1910 which still prohibits most abortions in the state …
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Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Mike Pence to launch campaign for president in Iowa June 7  —  Former Vice President Mike Pence will officially launch his widely expected campaign for the Republican nomination for president in Iowa next week, adding another candidate to the growing GOP field and putting him in direct competition with his former boss.
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Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Mike Pence is set to launch his presidential campaign next week
Ella Nilsen / CNN:
Manchin could get a gas pipeline out of the debt ceiling deal, and environmental advocates are livid  —  Sen. Joe Manchin's monthslong effort to greenlight the controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline - a project that will pipe methane gas across parts of West Virginia and Virginia …
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Robinson Meyer / Heatmap News:
The Real Climate Defeat in the Debt Ceiling Deal
Discussion: E&E News, HuffPost and National Review
Natasha Lennard / The Intercept:
Atlanta Police Arrest Organizers of Bail Fund for Cop City Protesters  —  Part of a brutal crackdown on dissent against the police training facility, the SWAT raid and charges against the protest bail fund are unprecedented.  —  On Wednesday morning, a heavily armed Atlanta Police Department SWAT team raided …
Meredith Deliso / ABC News:
Jury finds Danny Masterson guilty on 2 counts in rape retrial  —  The “That '70s Show” actor was accused of raping three women.  —  A Los Angeles jury has found former “That '70s Show” actor Danny Masterson guilty of two counts of forcible rape in a retrial of a case involving three women.
Nadine El-Bawab / ABC News:
Tennessee woman gets emergency hysterectomy after doctors deny early abortion care  —  Tennessee's ban went into effect after Roe v. Wade was overturned.  —  Mayron Hollis said she had just started taking contraceptives when she found out she was pregnant again a few months after giving birth in February 2022.
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Says Ring Employees Illegally Surveilled Customers, Failed to Stop Hackers from Taking Control of Users' Cameras  —  Under proposed FTC order, Ring will be prohibited from profiting from unlawfully accessing consumers videos, pay $5.8 million in consumer refunds
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Karen Townsend / HotAir:
There is no defense for Trump's attack on Kayleigh ‘Milktoast’ McEnany  —  Kayleigh McEnany came under attack by her former boss on Truth Social last night.  His very thin skin was pierced by the former White House press secretary, now a Fox News host and contributor.
Andrew Cohen / Berkeley Law:
Chesa Boudin Brings a Lifetime of Experience to Lead New Criminal Law & Justice Center  —  Chesa Boudin has spent his whole life grappling with incarceration and its far-reaching implications.  As the founding executive director of Berkeley Law's new Criminal Law & Justice Center …
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Chesa Boudin / San Francisco Chronicle:   Why I'm not running for office in 2024  —  During last year's midterm elections …
Derek Saul / Forbes:
Anheuser-Busch Stock Enters Bear Territory Amid Anti-Trans Bud Light Backlash  —  Shares of Bud Light's parent company are now down more than 20% in the two months since the beer sent personalized memorabilia to transgender social media influencer Dylan Mulvaney, a seemingly innocuous marketing …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and New York Post
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NBC News:
‘Trump Bucks’ retailers' websites taken down, days after being exposed for selling bogus currency  —  “Now if they could be arrested and put behind bars!” one buyer said.  —  The companies who appear to have swindled supporters of former President Donald Trump out of tens of thousands …
Discussion: Political Wire
Alex Henderson / Raw Story:
GOP being crushed in Wisconsin as state ‘shifts leftward’: report  —  Democratic strategists once regarded Wisconsin as a reliably blue state.  Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis lost California, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Maine and Florida to Republican George H.W. Bush …
Discussion: Politico
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trump's latest policy pitch: A massive birthday party for the nation  —  The former president is proposing a yearlong bash to commemorate 250 years of independence.  —  Donald Trump's latest idea to enshrine American greatness is to throw the country “the most spectacular” birthday bash — one that will last all year.
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Project Veritas Sues James O'Keefe for Bullying Staff, Misusing Funds  —  O'Keefe left the right-wing sting org in February after employees accused him of becoming a “power-drunk tyrant.”  —  Right-wing media group Project Veritas is suing its founder James O'Keefe, accusing him of bullying employees …
Chloe Xiang / VICE:
Eating Disorder Helpline Disables Chatbot for ‘Harmful’ Responses After Firing Human Staff  —  “Every single thing Tessa suggested were things that led to the development of my eating disorder.”  —  Chloe Xiang  —  The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) has taken its chatbot called Tessa offline …
Discussion: The Register and NPR
Jared Szuba / Al-Monitor:
US not notified yet of UAE's withdrawal from Gulf maritime coalition  —  The announcement that the UAE had withdrawn its participation in the Combined Maritime Forces coalition appears to be Abu Dhabi's latest signal to Washington that it wants serious dialogue on security guarantees.
NBC News:
A verified AOC parody account got a boost from Elon Musk's Twitter  —  The account impersonating the congresswoman was suspended in 2019.  Musk brought it back and helped it go viral.  —  A verified Twitter account mocking Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has skyrocketed in followers …
David Edwards / Raw Story:
‘We want dictator Trump’: America First activist publicly calls for ‘Trumpian Reich’  —  Tyler Russell, a Canadian nationalist leader of the America First movement, has called for Donald Trump to be installed as “dictator” in a “Trumpian Reich.”  —  In a clip obtained by Right Wing Watch …
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
Nikki Haley's husband to deploy with National Guard to Africa as she seeks 2024 GOP nomination  —  Nikki Haley's husband will soon begin a yearlong deployment with the South Carolina Army National Guard to Africa, a mission that will encompass most of the remainder of his wife's campaign for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
Associated Press:
DOJ sues coal firms owned by Jim Justice's family  —  Thank you for signing up!  —  The latest in politics and policy.  Direct to your inbox.  Sign up for the Energy and Environment newsletter  —  DOJ announces civil action against coal mines owned by West Virginia governor's son
Axios:
“Anti-woke” movement finds itself an investment vehicle  —  Want to invest in the right-wing blowback to corporate diversity, equity and inclusion efforts?  There's a SPAC for that. … - If the deal closes, the combined company's board will include failed U.S. Senate candidate Blake Masters …
New York Times:
James Beard Foundation, Whose Awards Honor Chefs, Is Now Investigating Them  —  The group behind “the Oscars of the food world” created a new process to weed out nominees with problematic pasts.  But that process has troubles of its own.  —  In more than 25 years of covering food …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Rand Paul to force Senate vote on potential cuts to Social Security, Medicare  —  Conservative Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says he will force the Senate to vote this week on cutting total federal spending by 5 percent in each of the next two years, a proposal that would include Social Security and Medicare.
Kyndall Cunningham / The Daily Beast:
How James Van Der Beek Became Fox News' New Hero  —  The “Dawson's Creek” star's latest comments about the 2024 election have made him headline news on Fox.  —  It looks like conservatives have found their latest Hollywood spokesperson in the star of Dawson's Creek.  (Or so they think.)
 
 
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Morgan Lee / Associated Press:
Federal grand jury charges ex-GOP candidate with shootings on lawmakers' homes
Discussion: Politico
Joe Hernandez / NPR:
Tara Reade, who accused Biden of sexual assault, will apply for Russian citizenship
Invitation / The Economist:
Dara Massicot believes that Russia faces twin personnel crises in its armed forces
The White House:
A Proclamation on Adjusting Imports of Steel Into the United States
NBC News:
Pentagon leaders cancel drag show at a Nevada Air Force base
Discussion: New York Post
Tess Owen / VICE:
The Leader of the Gun Church That Worships With AR-15s Is Now a MAGA Rapper
Discussion: Raw Story
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Mark Scott / Politico:
EU's Breton wants to ‘stress test’ Silicon Valley giants
Discussion: LewRockwell and The Daily Caller
Paul Elliott Williams / Center for Public Enterprise:
The Basic Logistics of Public Development
Washington Post:
11-year-old charged in robberies as D.C. struggles to quell youth violence
Discussion: HotAir