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CNN:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump captured on tape talking about classified document he kept after leaving the White House  —  Federal prosecutors have obtained an audio recording of a summer 2021 meeting in which former President Donald Trump acknowledges he held onto a classified Pentagon document …
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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 …
New York Times:
Trump Was Taped Discussing Sensitive Document He Had Kept After Leaving Office  —  Federal prosecutors obtained the recording as part of their investigation into the former president's handling of classified documents.  —  Federal prosecutors investigating former President Donald J. Trump's handling …
Discussion: Raw Story and HuffPost
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Trump regretted not declassifying retained military document in recording  —  Federal prosecutors have obtained audio in which the former president acknowledged he retained a classified paper on Iran  —  Federal prosecutors obtained audio recording of a summer 2021 meeting where Donald Trump suggested …
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Prosecutors have recording of Trump discussing sensitive Iran document  —  The July 2021 recording could undercut key defense claims that Trump declassified or didn't know about the documents  —  Special counsel Jack Smith has obtained a 2021 recording in which Donald Trump appears to brag …
Axios:
Scoop: Jeffries, McCarthy cut side-deal to save debt ceiling bill  — Andrew Solender- Juliegrace Brufke  —  House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) quietly cut a deal for Democrats to vote to advance the bipartisan debt ceiling bill to a final vote …
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Joseph Zeballos-Roig / Semafor:
Did Washington underestimate Kevin McCarthy?  —  The News  —  Kevin McCarthy's allies say it's finally time for him to get a little respect.  —  After some last-minute procedural drama on Wednesday, House lawmakers passed the new bill to lift the debt ceiling negotiated by the speaker …
Reuters:
US debt ceiling bill passes House with broad bipartisan support  —  A divided U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to suspend the $31.4 trillion debt ceiling on Wednesday, with majority support from both Democrats and Republicans to overcome opposition led by hardline conservatives and avoid a catastrophic default.
Scott Wong / NBC News:
McCarthy proves his naysayers wrong  —  House Speaker Kevin McCarthy defied his critics to win the speaker's gavel, then did it again in striking a debt deal with President Joe Biden.  Now he and his allies are taking a victory lap.  —  WASHINGTON — Critics doubted Kevin McCarthy could win …
Washington Post:
How the debt deal may prevent a shutdown
Discussion: The Hill, KGET 17 and Fox News
Drew Holden / Washington Free Beacon:
Kevin McCarthy Just Notched a Victory. His Speakership is Perpetually on the Brink, According to the Press.
Discussion: New York Times, CBS News and Yahoo News
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Biden-McCarthy debt ceiling bill heads for House passage after clearing key test vote
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Rand Paul to force Senate vote on potential cuts to Social Security, Medicare
Marianne LeVine / Washington Post:
Senate leaders stress time crunch as they prepare for debt ceiling bill
CNN:
Inside a debt ceiling standoff ‘far more dangerous than people will recognize’
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.”
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Rolling Stone:
Inside Trump and DeSantis' Ugly Feud Over The Babylon Bee  —  The former president has an extremely online army, but sources tell Rolling Stone that Team DeSantis has tried to peel off influencers, offering access and (in one case) a job … But behind the scenes, the Republican rivals …
Discussion: Mediaite
Mike Allen / Axios:
🐊 2. DeSantis quandary on name
Discussion: Florida Politics
Natalie Allison / Politico:
DeSantis talks up fast food, service stations in Iowa relatability tour
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 …
Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
Kari Lake Is Appealing Her Election Loss Again  —  ‘NEVER BACK DOWN’  —  Pathological election denier Kari Lake on Wednesday announced that she is once again mounting a legal challenge against her loss in 2022's Arizona gubernatorial elections.  Speaking ahead of her “Defend America” …
Oren Liebermann / CNN:
Pentagon cancels drag show at Air Force base as Pride Month begins  —  The Pentagon forced an Air Force base in Nevada to cancel a drag show at the start of Pride Month that had already been approved, according to three officials familiar with the situation.
Discussion: The Hill
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Military.com:
Poisoned Water: How a Navy Ship Dumped Fuel and Sickened Its Own Crew  —  Barely clothed Marines huddled exhausted next to their coffin-style bunks stacked to the ceiling below deck on the USS Boxer after midnight in March 2016.  They were extremely tired after a long day resupplying their ship …
Andrew Dalton / Associated Press:
Danny Masterson convicted of 2 counts of rape; 'That ‘70s Show’ actor faces 30 years to life  —  “That '70s Show” star Danny Masterson was led out in handcuffs from a Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday and could get 30 years to life in prison after a jury found him guilty on two of three counts …
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Meredith Deliso / ABC News:
Jury finds Danny Masterson guilty on 2 counts in rape retrial
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Inside the disturbing investigation of Mika Westwolf's death  —  In the early hours of March 31, Mika Westwolf, a 22-year-old Indigenous woman, was fatally struck by a Cadillac Escalade while walking on the shoulder of U.S. Highway 93 in Montana.  The driver of the vehicle was Sunny White …
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 …
Natasha Lennard / The Intercept:
Atlanta Police Arrest Organizers of Bail Fund for Cop City Protesters  —  Part of a brutal crackdown on dissent against the police training facility, the SWAT raid and charges against the protest bail fund are unprecedented.  —  On Wednesday morning, a heavily armed Atlanta Police Department SWAT team raided …
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Could Hunter Biden be the next poster child for Second Amendment rights?  —  The president's son is under investigation for potentially breaking the law banning drug users from owning guns - but the law's constitutionality faces growing challenges.  —  Hunter Biden could soon find himself …
Discussion: New York Times
Morgan Lee / Associated Press:
Federal grand jury charges ex-GOP candidate with shootings on lawmakers' homes  —  A failed political candidate has been indicted on federal charges including interference with the electoral process in connection with a series of drive-by shootings at the homes of state and local lawmakers in Albuquerque …
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!
Jake Offenhartz / Associated Press:
Aide fired by George Santos says he got his job after sending money to Republican's deputy  —  A man who briefly worked as an aide to U.S. Rep. George Santos says he got his job after sending a series of payments to one of the Republican's top deputies.  Derek Myers, 31, told staff …
Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
Elizabeth Warren, J.D. Vance team up on bank CEO crackdown  —  Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, and Vance, an Ohio Republican, worked hand-in-hand to craft the latest iteration of the bill and assemble key co-sponsors.  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren's push to hit the executives of failed banks …
Discussion: Financial Times
Cody Alcorn / WXIA-TV:
‘This is just my conscience’ |  Georgia gun shop owner closing store after spike in violence involving children  —  Jon Waldman, who owns Georgia Ballistics in Duluth, said he can't sell the guns in good conscience knowing they could be used on children.  —  DULUTH, Ga. — In a move rarely seen across …
Michael A. Cohen / MSNBC:
Joe Biden just proved his critics wrong — again  —  The president succeeds because he is the antithesis of our current political dysfunction  —  America appears polarized and divided.  Republicans and Democrats view each other not as rivals but as mortal enemies.
Washington Post:
Biden shows growing appetite to cross Putin's red lines  —  Despite warnings that arming Ukraine will start a world war, President Biden continues to push the Russian leader's limits — a strategy that brings risk and reward  —  President Biden's decision last month to help Ukraine obtain …
 
 
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Mary Margaret Olohan / The Daily Signal:
EXCLUSIVE: Pittsburgh Bishop Calls for ‘Pride Mass’ to Be Canceled
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
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Mary Trump and E. Jean Carroll Are Collaborating on a Romance Novel. No Politics Allowed.
Nina Lakhani / The Guardian:
How a Mexican state siphoned off millions - and a reporter risked her life to expose it
Washington Post:
Iran plans to escalate attacks against U.S. troops in Syria, documents show
Jake Lahut / The Daily Beast:
‘Demeaning’ Marianne Williamson Has Staff Running for the Exits
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Axios:
“Anti-woke” movement finds itself an investment vehicle
Jacey Fortin / New York Times:
Oklahoma Supreme Court Rules New Abortion Bans Unconstitutional
Ella Nilsen / CNN:
Manchin could get a gas pipeline out of the debt ceiling deal, and environmental advocates are livid
Associated Press:
DOJ sues coal firms owned by Jim Justice's family
Andrew Cohen / Berkeley Law:
Chesa Boudin Brings a Lifetime of Experience to Lead New Criminal Law & Justice Center
Karen Townsend / HotAir:
There is no defense for Trump's attack on Kayleigh ‘Milktoast’ McEnany
 

 
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Los Angeles Times:
The WGA and AMPTP reach a tentative deal to end the strike; the proposed three-year contract ups pay and streaming residuals, adds new AI rules, more

Amrita Khalid / The Verge:
Spotify partners with OpenAI to launch an AI-powered voice translation feature that reproduces podcasts in other languages using the podcaster's own voice

John Koblin / New York Times:
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