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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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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Democrats put potential headache of passing debt ceiling rule on McCarthy  —  House Democratic leaders warned Wednesday that it will be up to Republicans to pass the rule governing the debt ceiling increase, pushing the burden onto Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to rally enough Republican support …
Discussion: Roll Call and CNN
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.
CNN:
Utah Republican Chris Stewart to resign from Congress
Kwadington / The Hill:
Debt ceiling live updates: McCarthy faces more ‘no’ votes
Luke Broadwater / New York Times:
Packing Figures and Charts, Roy Leads G.O.P. Revolt Against Debt Limit Deal
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: The Hill and Political Wire
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Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Mike Pence is set to launch his presidential campaign next week  —  The former vice president will kick off his 2024 bid with a campaign video and a speech in Des Moines, Iowa.  —  Mike Pence plans to enter the GOP presidential nomination fray June 7 with a campaign video and a kickoff speech in Des Moines …
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: The Hill
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Chris Casteel / The Oklahoman:
Oklahoma Supreme Court strikes down two state abortion bans
Discussion: CBS News and The Messenger
Gabrielle M. Etzel / Washington Examiner:   Oklahoma Supreme Court overturns two abortion bans
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: Washington Post and Political Wire
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
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
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.
Lydia O'Connor / HuffPost:
DOJ Sues Jim Justice's Coal Operation Over $5 Million In Unpaid Fines  —  The judgments were related to health, safety and environmental violations.  —  The Justice Department filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the coal empire of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice over $5 million in unpaid fines related …
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US Department of Justice:
United States Files Civil Action to Collect Unpaid Civil Penalties and Reclamation Fee Debts
Discussion: CNBC, UPI and The Daily Caller
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 …
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.
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 …
Laurence Norman / Wall Street Journal:
Iran Expands Stockpile of Highly Enriched Uranium  —  Tehran forges ahead with nuclear work while giving the U.N. atomic agency greater oversight of program  —  Iran's stockpile of highly enriched uranium grew by over a quarter in the three months to May, the International Atomic Energy Agency reported …
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
Bloomberg:
Turkmenistan in Talks With US to Tackle Giant Methane Leaks  —  American officials are negotiating a deal to help Turkmenistan curb its vast methane emissions, potentially sealing a major breakthrough in the global fight against climate change and notching a diplomatic coup for President Joe Biden.
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 …
Discussion: KRDO
Ej Dickson / Rolling Stone:
AI Deepfakes of True Crime Victims Are a Waking Nightmare  —  TikTok accounts are posting horrifying artificial intelligence-generated clips of murder victims — mostly children — describing their own ghastly demise … She recounts that one day, she was hungry and wouldn't stop crying …
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.
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 …
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Game, set and almost match to Biden on the debt ceiling  —  Republican drama barely dents US president's agenda  —  Shakespeare foretold the tale of America's latest debt-ceiling crisis — full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.  The final deal, which will probably be passed this weekend …
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
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 …
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.
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.
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
 
 
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Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
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