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10:35 AM ET, May 31, 2023

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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.
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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.
Luke Broadwater / New York Times:
Packing Figures and Charts, Roy Leads G.O.P. Revolt Against Debt Limit Deal
Emily Brooks / The Hill:
McCarthy's future on the line as he whips debt ceiling deal
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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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 …
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 …
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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Semafor:
In Iowa, DeSantis saves his toughest Trump hits for the press  —  CLIVE, Iowa - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis mocked Donald Trump on Tuesday, calling some of the former president's criticism of him “ridiculous” and suggesting that his rival had “moved left” for political advantage.
A.G. Gancarski / Florida Politics:
Donald Trump continues arguing Ron DeSantis was worse than Andrew Cuomo during pandemic
Discussion: RedState, Washington Times and The Hill
New York Times:
DeSantis Sets Sights on Iowa, Hoping It Slingshots Him Past Trump
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
Discussion: NBC News and Political Wire
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 …
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.
Courtney Kube / NBC News:
Congress threatens to block Space Command headquarters funding as abortion politics impact location decision  —  The Biden administration is considering reversing a plan to move the facility to Alabama because of concerns about the state's strict new anti-abortion laws.
Discussion: al.com
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 …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
U.S. Mood Remains Glum; 18% Satisfied With State of Nation  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Eighteen percent of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the U.S., staying below 20% as it has since March.  Americans are slightly more satisfied than last summer when gas prices and inflation were soaring.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
Washington Post:
After teen's killing, activists fear Metro violence becoming ‘normal’  —  In February, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) announced plans to deploy D.C. police to accompany transit officers at Metro stations across the District — hoping, she said, that the extra patrols would help keep commuters …
Vikram Dodd / The Guardian:
Black people were three times more likely to receive Covid fines in England and Wales  —  Exclusive: those in poorest areas were seven times more likely to be fined, says research into how police used emergency pandemic powers  —  Fines during the pandemic were three times more likely …
Matt Shuham / HuffPost:
The Fringe Figure Who Says He's Advising Republicans On Their Hunter Biden Probe  —  “There are some things that I agree with Nick Fuentes on, and some that I don't,” the former White House staffer told HuffPost.  —  As congressional Republicans ramp up their efforts to investigate Hunter Biden …
OCCRP:
Andrew Tate Partnered in Casinos with Alleged Romanian Organized Crime Figures  —  New documents uncovered by reporters show that Andrew and Tristan Tate were involved in a profit-sharing agreement with a casino company whose owners are now under investigation for creating a violent organized crime group.
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.
Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
Suspected Chinese spies, disguised as tourists, attempted to infiltrate Alaskan military bases  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Chinese citizens posing as tourists but suspected of being spies have made several attempts in recent years to gain access to military facilities in this vast state studded …
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 …
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
Kwadington / The Hill:
Live coverage: Debt limit deal hangs on bipartisan backing in House  —  Debate over the debt ceiling deal moves to the full House on Wednesday, with Republican leadership aiming to ensure the package that Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) finalized with President Biden over the weekend will pass.
Washington Post:
How a fossil fuel pipeline helped grease the debt ceiling deal  —  Good morning and welcome to The Climate 202!  Happy hump day.  You otter be glad it's Wednesday. … Below, we'll cover President Biden's decision to withdraw a highway safety nominee following criticism from the fossil fuel industry of her climate record.
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Virginia Gov. Youngkin scraps degree requirement for most state jobs  —  RICHMOND — Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin is scrapping college degree requirements for most state government jobs, joining a trend that started in Maryland last year as a way to address staff shortages and expand opportunities for workers.
Discussion: Pluribus News
The Texas Tribune:
This class president is the model of a successful Texas teen.  After a ban on trans health care, she can't wait to leave the state.  —  For one Round Rock teen, getting accepted to Harvard was her ticket out of a state that she says is hostile to trans youth.
Dave Seminara / City Journal:
The Other Half of Our Immigration Crisis  —  Visa abuse, which begins as legal entry, doesn't get nearly as much attention as illegal border crossings.  —  / Eye on the News / Politics and law, The Social Order  —  By now, you've likely heard plenty about the crisis on our southern border.
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 …
Discussion: New York Post
 
 
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Alex Griffing / Mediaite:
Matt Gaetz Beats CNN in the Ratings While Guest-Hosting on Newsmax
KhadeejaSyedaSafdar / Wall Street Journal:
Jamie Dimon Says He Never Discussed Jeffrey Epstein's Accounts at JPMorgan; Jes Staley Says Dimon Did
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Bloomberg
Peter Savodnik / The Free Press:
RFK Jr. and the Populist Wave
Discussion: Power Line and cbs8.com
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
The Biden family is under the protection of the nation's top lawmen
Noah Berlatsky / Public Notice:
Kevin McCarthy releases the hostage — this time
Discussion: BBC
Wall Street Journal:
How a High-Value Russian Wanted by the U.S. Escaped From Italy
 Earlier Items: 
Erik Uebelacker / The Daily Beast:
GOP Rep. Andy Ogles Suddenly Wants to Defund the ATF Through 2025
Discussion: Raw Story
Prem Thakker / New Republic:
Conservatives Are Now Boycotting Chick-fil-A for Not Being Homophobic Enough
Associated Press:
Clayton Kershaw disagrees with Dodgers' decision to honor Sisters
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
Politico:
Republican candidate accused of lying about military record ends comeback bid
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Associated Press:
The day has arrived for Elizabeth Holmes to report to a Texas prison