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1:25 PM 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  —  The News  —  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
Kwadington / The Hill:
Debt ceiling live updates: McCarthy faces more ‘no’ votes
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 …
Tom LoBianco / The Messenger:
Former Vice President Mike Pence to Launch Campaign for White House Within 2 Weeks (Exclusive)  —  Pence, who is polling in single digits, believes he has a lane with evangelicals in the GOP primaries. … Former Vice President Mike Pence is set to launch his run for the White House against his old boss …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia GOP convention: Mike Pence out, Kari Lake in
Discussion: The Hill and Insider
Barbara Hoberock / Tulsa World:
Oklahoma Supreme Court rules two abortion ban laws unconstitutional  —  OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Wednesday tossed out two state laws outlawing abortion.  —  The state's high court found that Senate Bill 1503 and House Bill 4327 were unconstitutional.
Discussion: CBS News and The Messenger
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Gabrielle M. Etzel / Washington Examiner:
Oklahoma Supreme Court overturns two abortion bans  —  The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Wednesday morning struck down two state laws banning abortion, according to state news outlet The Oklahoman.  —  The court ruled six to three that the statute's requirement of a “medical emergency” …
Discussion: The Oklahoman
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
Mariya Knight / CNN:
Woman who accused Biden of sexually assaulting her in 1993 defects to Russia  —  A former staffer who accused Joe Biden of sexual assault has defected to Moscow and spoken to Russian state media in a news conference that lasted several hours.  —  Tara Reade drew headlines during the 2020 presidential race …
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Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Tara Reade, who accused Joe Biden of sexual assault, defects to Russia
Jacqueline Thomsen / Reuters:
U.S. Senate confirms GOP-backed Biden pick to Louisiana federal court
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Florida Politics
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David Weigel / Semafor:
In Iowa, DeSantis saves his toughest Trump hits for the press
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 …
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 …
Olafimihan Oshin / The Hill:
Blue Jays pitcher apologizes for sharing video calling for boycott of companies supporting LGBTQ+ rights  —  Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Anthony Bass apologized Tuesday for sharing a video that called for the boycott of major companies that publicly support the LGBTQ+ community.
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 …
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.
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 Overspill
New York Times:
Climate Shocks Are Making Parts of America Uninsurable.  It Just Got Worse.  —  The largest insurer in California said it would stop offering new coverage.  It's part of a broader trend of companies pulling back from dangerous areas.  —  Christopher Flavelle, who has long covered the impacts …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: PolitiFact and Raw Story
The Bulwark:
White House Correspondent  —  Opportunity  —  The Bulwark is seeking a full-time White House Correspondent.  This position is hybrid remote/in-person but candidates must be located in Washington, D.C. To apply, please email a brief cover letter, at least three clips, and your resume to [email protected].
Associated Press:
Indiana state legislator arrested on suspicion of drunken driving  —  A state lawmaker from southern Indiana was arrested early Wednesday on suspicion of drunken driving after crashing his vehicle at an Interstate 65 interchange and leaving the scene, state police said.
Discussion: Fox News, Insider and USA Today
Tom Morgan / Telegraph:
Donald Trump's Turnberry golf course blacklisted by Open Championship organisers  —  Exclusive: Scottish links will not be considered while former US president remains owner  —  Donald Trump will never realise his dream of holding the Open at his Turnberry golf resort, sources close to the R&A have suggested.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Matthew D. Taylor / Bulwark+:
Roger Stone and the Key to Trump's Evangelical Support  —  TRUMP ADVISER AND MAD-HATTER political operative Roger Stone made a strange declaration at a recent gathering of pastors at the Trump National Doral resort in Miami, Florida: He claimed that he was the subject of a modern prophecy about a …
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
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.
Gabe Stern / Associated Press:
Nevada Republican governor approves abortion protections in cross-party move  —  Nevada's Joe Lombardo on Tuesday became one of the first Republican governors to enshrine protections for out-of-state abortion patients and in-state providers, adding the western swing state to the list …
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.
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Case against ex-CIA officer accused of abusing women may collapse because of how federal agents searched his phones  —  A federal judge will hear arguments Thursday about whether hundreds of photos of the defendant allegedly abusing incapacitated women should be thrown out.
 
 
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Summer Lin / Los Angeles Times:
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Alex Griffing / Mediaite:
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
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Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
Noah Berlatsky / Public Notice:
Kevin McCarthy releases the hostage — this time
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Virginia Gov. Youngkin scraps degree requirement for most state jobs
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Wall Street Journal:
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Decca Muldowney / The Daily Beast:
Twitter Fails to Remove Hate Speech by Blue-Check Users: Report