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Summer Concepcion / NBC News:
Senate votes to overturn Biden's student loan relief program  —  Biden has said he'll veto the measure, but his loan forgiveness program faces its true test at the Supreme Court, which is expected to rule on a challenge to the plan this month.  —  The Senate voted largely along party lines Thursday …
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Politico:
Just don't boast: How Biden world sought to ace the debt ceiling standoff  —  The president's advisers are betting voters will reward Biden for getting things done.  —  In the days after striking a deal with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to raise the nation's debt ceiling …
Morgan Phillips / Daily Mail:
FBI director will let top Republican LOOK at Biden ‘criminal scheme’ document: Chris Wray offers compromise on ‘$5million bribery’ memo to avoid contempt charges
Azi Paybarah / Washington Post:
Biden nominates ex-congressman Sean Patrick Maloney as OECD ambassador
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
In a deep red Florida county, a student-teacher revolt shames the right  —  By now, it's obvious that the reactionary culture warriors who want to reshape American education are inspiring a serious liberal counter-mobilization in response.  Remarkably, this backlash to the backlash …
Chloe Xiang / VICE:
AI-Controlled Drone Goes Rogue, Kills Human Operator in USAF Simulated Test  —  The Air Force's Chief of AI Test and Operations said “it killed the operator because that person was keeping it from accomplishing its objective.”  —  An AI-enabled drone killed its human operator …
Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Former Los Angeles Dodger Steve Garvey weighs U.S. Senate bid  —  Former Los Angeles Dodgers icon Steve Garvey is considering running for the open U.S. Senate seat in California as a Republican, a move that would immediately upend the 2024 race, according to several GOP state party insiders …
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Jeremy B. White / Politico:   Former Dodger All-Star Steve Garvey weighs run to replace Feinstein in California
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Ron DeSantis praised Anthony Fauci for Covid response in spring 2020 for ‘really doing a good job’  —  Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis is attacking former President Donald Trump for “turning the country over to [Dr. Anthony] Fauci in March 2020” but DeSantis was praising …
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Months of distrust inside Trump legal team led to top lawyer's departure  —  Exclusive: Two Trump lawyers considered a ‘murder-suicide pact’ where one would resign if the other was fired  —  Donald Trump's legal team for months has weathered deep distrust and interpersonal conflict …
Michael Graham / NH Journal:
Trump Loses NHGOP Rep's Endorsement to DeSantis Over Treatment of Fox News Host  —  Donald Trump's treatment of his former spokesperson, Fox News host Kayleigh McEnany, has cost him the support of a New Hampshire GOP state representative.  And, NHGOP insiders say, the repercussions …
Just The News:
J6 Unmasked: Security footage shows Pelosi evacuating Hollywood-style from Capitol as daughter films  —  Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has described having to evacuate a riotous Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 as traumatic.  But Capitol Police security footage obtained by Just the News shows …
Noreen Malone / New York Times:
When the Neighbors Don't Share Your Vision (and That Vision Involves ‘Transformers’ Statues)  —  A professor decorated a sidewalk in Georgetown with 10-foot sculptures of Bumblebee and Optimus Prime.  The well-heeled locals were not pleased.  —  Reporting from Georgetown in Washington, D.C.
New York Times:
Biden Is Said to Pick Former North Carolina Health Secretary to Lead C.D.C.  —  The president's choice for the job, Dr. Mandy Cohen, would replace Dr. Rochelle Walensky, who is stepping down at the end of the month.  —  President Biden plans to name Dr. Mandy Cohen, a former North Carolina health secretary …
Discussion: Bloomberg
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Jason Farago / New York Times:
With Hannah Gadsby's 'It's Pablo-matic,' the Joke's on the Brooklyn Museum  —  The Australian comedian turns curator in a show about Picasso's complicated legacy.  But it's women artists the exhibition really shortchanges.  —  If you studied art history or another of the humanities in the 1990s or 2000s …
Discussion: Raw Story and ARTnews.com
Stefan Becket / CBS News:
Biden trips and falls onstage at Air Force Academy commencement ceremony  —  President Biden tripped and fell onstage at the commencement ceremony at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado on Thursday as he returned to his seat after nearly two hours of shaking hands with graduates.
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Insider:
Biden tripped on stage at the US Air Force Academy graduation
Alex Thompson / Axios:
Scoop: Hunter Biden lawyer deposes laptop shop owner  —  Hunter Biden's lawyer on Wednesday deposed John Paul Mac Isaac, the Delaware computer repair shop owner who says Biden left behind a laptop in 2019 that later became public, according to two people familiar with the deposition.
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Ron DeSantis loses his temper with a reporter: ‘Are you blind?’  —  The Florida governor became agitated when a reporter asked him why he wasn't taking questions from New Hampshire voters.  —  LACONIA, N.H. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis lashed out at a reporter — twice barking “Are you blind?”
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Republicans are spending millions on turnout operations that are deeply flawed, insiders say  —  “That's why we're losing elections,” one Republican field veteran said of the conservative canvassing apparatus.  “Nobody wants to admit it.”  —  A few weeks before last fall's midterm elections …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Post Millennial
Elizabeth Napolitano / CBS News:
Meta threatens news ban in California over bill requiring it to share ad revenue  —  Facebook parent Meta Platforms is threatening to ban users in California from sharing news on its website if the state passes a bill that would require online platforms to pay fees to news publishers.
Axios:
Dee-Santis or Deh-Santis?  His team won't say  —  Some presidential candidates struggle to nail their message.  Ron DeSantis is struggling to nail his NAME. … - The video announcing his presidential campaign.  — A radio interview in South Carolina, in which he told listeners to go to “RonDee-Santis.com.”
Slate:
There's Unsettling New Evidence About William Rehnquist's Views on Segregation  —  This is part of Opinionpalooza, Slate's coverage of the major decisions from the Supreme Court this June.  We're working to change the way the media covers the Supreme Court.  Join us!
Claire Hao / San Francisco Chronicle:
Yet another home insurance giant quietly stops writing new policies in California  —  Allstate has stopped writing new homeowner, condominium and commercial insurance policies in California, the company confirmed to The Chronicle.  —  The insurer, the fourth largest property …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Pentagon buying Starlink dishes for Ukraine after funding dispute with SpaceX  —  DoD confirms deal months after Musk said he'd “keep funding Ukraine for free.”  —  The US Defense Department confirmed today that it is buying Starlink satellite broadband service for use in Ukraine.
Erik Uebelacker / The Daily Beast:
Oath Keeper Throws Stewart Rhodes Under the Bus During Sentencing  —  ‘DERANGED’  —  Roberto Minuta was one of many members of the Oath Keepers who participated in the Jan. 6 riot.  But on Thursday, he slammed the group's leadership as he faced his sentencing for his actions at the Capitol.
Bolts:
“An Attempt to Fool Voters”: Ohio GOP Sets Up Vote To Weaken Direct Democracy  —  Republicans rushed an Aug. 8 election to change the rules for constitutional amendment referendums in advance of a potential fall vote on abortion.  —  An abortion rights protest outside the Ohio statehouse (Flickr/ Paul Becker/Becker1999)
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Kaine introduces amendment to strip Manchin-backed pipeline from debt ceiling bill  —  Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) on Thursday added an amendment to the House-passed debt-ceiling bill that seeks to strip approval for a controversial pipeline backed by fellow Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.).
emptywheel:
John Durham Fabricated His Basis to Criminalize Oppo Research  —  I'd like to talk about Durham's treatment of what he calls the “Clinton Plan” in his report, an attempt to criminalize Hillary's effort to hold Trump politically accountable for his coziness with Russia.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
CNN:
'I don't want reality': Senator's gaffe draws laughs during hearing  —  Sen. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) misspoke during a Senate hearing, drawing laughter from the audience.  Source: CNN
Discussion: The Guardian
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Trump Ally Roger Stone Admits on Hot Mic He Makes Up Stories to Bend Trump to His Will  —  Roger Stone got candid about his influence over Donald Trump by explaining how he psychologically maneuvers the former president into saying whatever he wants him to say.
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Washington Post:
After harassment, Arizona county official won't run for reelection  —  PHOENIX — After facing an onslaught of harassment and violent threats for certifying the results of the 2020 election, a Republican on the governing board of Arizona's largest county will not seek reelection during the 2024 cycle.
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Supreme Court vetoes efforts to limit anti-fraud law aimed at government contractors  —  The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday revived two whistleblower lawsuits that allege Safeway and SuperValu overcharged the government for prescription drugs to the tune of $200 million.
Discussion: Fox News
Associated Press:
Federal government orders desegregation in 32 Mississippi school districts  —  The desegregation orders fit into a broader body of civil rights work that is examining jails, police departments and hate crimes in the state, according to the DOJ.  —  Federal courts have issued desegregation orders …
Charlie Sykes / Bulwark+:
Trump's Smoking Tape?  —  “It's not inconceivable that Trump could be wearing an ankle bracelet when and if he delivers his acceptance address at the Republican National Convention.”  — David Frum, The Atlantic, May 7, 2023  —  During my podcast with former RNC chair Michael Steele yesterday …
Joe Perticone / Bulwark+:
Big Bipartisan Moment Hurt the Freedom Caucus's Feelings  —  Plus: Trump is skipping the first big candidate event in Iowa.  —  ∙ Paid  —  Good afternoon and welcome to Press Pass, The Bulwark's twice-a-week glimpse into the halls of Congress, the campaign trail, and sundry Washington weirdness.
Discussion: Washington Post
Erin Murphy / The Gazette:
Trump in Iowa: Latest reports of mishandling classified documents latest ‘fake news’  —  Trump also said: ‘Sometimes you need drama in order to get the job done’  —  URBANDALE — Former President Donald Trump said Thursday in Iowa the latest reports that he knowingly mishandled classified documents …
Discussion: UPI, NBC News and CBS News
Isabela Dias / Mother Jones:
Christopher Rufo Launched the Critical Race Theory Panic.  He Isn't Done.  —  Meet the man helping Ron DeSantis' efforts to turn back the clock on social progress.  —  July+August 2023 Issue  —  On a rainy day in late March, a group of American and European public intellectuals gathered …
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Millennials Are Not an Exception.  They've Moved to the Right.  —  Fifteen years ago, a new generation of young voters propelled Barack Obama to a decisive victory that augured a new era of Democratic dominance.  —  Fifteen years later, those once young voters aren't so young — and aren't quite so Democratic.
 
 
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Jason Rantz / MyNorthwest.com:
Elementary sex ed promoted puberty blockers, pubic hair art
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Kyle Morris / Fox News:
Nearly 10K photos from Hunter Biden's laptop hit the web: ‘Truth and transparency’
Jeff Tischauser / Southern Poverty Law Center:
Notorious Nashville Store Hosts White Nationalist Fight Clubs
Discussion: Raw Story
Russell Moore / Christianity Today:
Don't Pretend the Ugandan Homosexuality Law Is Christian
David Zipper / The Atlantic:
Biden Is Ignoring the Menace of Mega-EVs
Discussion: Politico and Ars Technica
John Kruzel / Reuters:
US Supreme Court hands defeat to organized labor in truckers strike case
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Erum Salam / The Guardian:
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Discussion: NBC News
Christopher Wiggins / Advocate:
Biden Proclaims June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month, Denounces Oppression
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
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