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8:45 AM ET, May 31, 2023

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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.
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Politico:
Playbook: McCarthy puts down a last-minute revolt  —  Presented by With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  IOWA MAN — “Ron DeSantis starts throwing some uppercuts at Trump,” by Natalie Allison in Clive, Iowa: “The Florida governor didn't actually mention his chief rival by name.
Joseph Zeballos-Roig / Semafor:
As the debt ceiling deal clears its first major hurdle, its conservative opponents begin to admit defeat  —  Hard-right Republicans spent much of Tuesday furiously denouncing Washington's new debt ceiling deal as it began moving through Congress, promising to use any means within their reach to derail it.
Tyler Pager / Washington Post:
Shalanda Young emerges as quietly essential figure in debt deal
Emily Brooks / The Hill:
McCarthy's future on the line as he whips debt ceiling deal
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Debt Limit Bill Heads to Key Committee in First Test of G.O.P. Support
Emily Brooks / The Hill:
First Republican publicly supports ousting McCarthy as Speaker
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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Jacqueline Thomsen / Reuters:
U.S. Senate confirms GOP-backed Biden pick to Louisiana federal court  —  The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed lawyer Darrel Papillion to a federal judgeship in Louisiana, after he was backed by both of the state's Republican senators.  Papillion, a former president of the Louisiana State Bar Association, was confirmed on a 59-31 vote.
Discussion: Political Wire and NBC News
Mariya Knight / CNN:
Woman who accused Biden of sexually assaulting her in 1993 defects to Russia
Discussion: CBS News and New York Post
Mike Allen / Axios:
Scoop: Chris Christie to announce GOP presidential campaign next week … - Being joyful and hitting a more hopeful note aimed at America's “exhausted majority.”  — Being authentic — a happy warrior who speaks his mind, takes risks and is happy to punch Donald Trump in the nose.
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Ella Lee / USA Today:
Chris Christie to join 2024 presidential race after months of campaigning against Trump  —  Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor who has branded himself as the only Republican willing and able to take down former President Donald Trump, will enter the 2024 presidential race next week, according to reports.
CNN:
Christie to announce 2024 bid next Tuesday in New Hampshire  —  Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to announce his candidacy in the 2024 race on Tuesday, according to three sources familiar with his plans.  —  Christie, who also ran in 2016 and has been outspoken …
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 …
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 …
Peter Schorsch / The Daily Beast:
Leaked Audio From a Ron DeSantis Donor Event Is Really Bad News for His Campaign  —  Team DeSantis tried to hype poll numbers to deep-pocketed supporters.  But the data actually points to a Trump primary victory. … When Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gathered top allies with deep pockets …
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New York Times:
DeSantis Sets Sights on Iowa, Hoping It Slingshots Him Past Trump
A.G. Gancarski / Florida Politics:
Donald Trump continues arguing Ron DeSantis was worse than Andrew Cuomo during pandemic
Reuters:
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.
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The White House:
Statement by NSC Spokesperson Adam Hodge on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's Space Launch
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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.
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 …
Erik Uebelacker / The Daily Beast:
GOP Rep. Andy Ogles Suddenly Wants to Defund the ATF Through 2025  —  IRONIC  —  In 2022, Rep. Andy Ogles (R-TN) ripped Democrats for the “Defund the Police” movement.  But on Tuesday, he proposed doing just that to the law enforcement agency in the Department of Justice.
Discussion: Raw Story
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Banning book bans  —  Across the country, right-wing activists are seeking to ban thousands of books from schools and other public libraries.  Those promoting the bans often claim they are acting to protect children from pornography.  But the bans frequently target books “by and about people of color and LGBTQ individuals.”
Wall Street Journal:
How a High-Value Russian Wanted by the U.S. Escaped From Italy  —  Artem Uss was awaiting extradition to the U.S. Italy's failure to hold on to him has left red faces in Rome.  —  MILAN—A Kremlin-linked businessman accused of illegally exporting American military technology to Russia was arrested in Italy at the U.S.'s request.
Samy Magdy / Associated Press:
Military says Sudan has suspended its participation in talks with paramilitary rival  —  Sudan's military has suspended its participation in talks with a paramilitary force it's been battling for weeks for control of the northeastern African country, a military spokesman said Wednesday.
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.
Amir Tibon / Haaretz:
Israel Tempers Expectations of a Breakthrough in Normalization Talks With Saudi Arabia  —  Even hopes for an agreement on direct flights for Muslim Israelis seem unlikely to be realized this year, and in any event, most of those planning to make the Hajj have already made travel arrangements through Jordan
Li Cohen / CBS News:
Teens arrested in connection to assault of U.S. Marines that was caught on camera  —  Authorities say they have arrested multiple teenagers in connection with the assault of the three U.S. Marines in San Clemente, California, an incident that sparked outrage after footage of the attack went viral.
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.
 
 
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Steve Popper / Newsday:
Scott Perry will not return to Knicks with contract expiring this summer, source says
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Virginia Gov. Youngkin scraps degree requirement for most state jobs
Discussion: Pluribus News
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
Hannah Getahun / Insider:
Ken Paxton's impeachment revealed how divided far-right and moderate Republicans in Texas have become, political scientist says
Discussion: Mediaite
Kasha Patel / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Bloomberg
Peter Shamshiri / Balls and Strikes:
The Right's War on Abortion Was Never About Legal Doctrine
Politico:
Fox News, backed by Trump White House lawyer, fights subpoena in leak lawsuit
Discussion: Raw Story
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Republican candidate accused of lying about military record ends comeback bid
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U.S. Indo-Pacific Command:
USINDOPACOM Statement on Unprofessional Intercept of U.S. Aircraft over South China Sea
Politico:
Ramaswamy fires consultants who worked simultaneously for LIV golf
Discussion: Political Wire
Daniel Duane / New York Times:
A Tale of Paradise, Parking Lots and My Mother's Berkeley Backyard
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
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The Carter Center:
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