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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 …
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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 …
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
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 …
Hans Nichols / Axios:
After debt ceiling vote, McCarthy takes a victory lap  —  With a 314-117 House vote to lift the debt ceiling until 2025, Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) proved he could harness his narrow majority to force President Biden to make policy concessions on issues that are deeply important to both parties.
Reuters:
US debt ceiling bill passes House with broad bipartisan support
Punchbowl News:
6/1/23 ☀️ Punchbowl News AM
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.”
Discussion: Florida Politics, Raw Story, Twitchy and IJR
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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
Mary Margaret Olohan / The Daily Signal:
EXCLUSIVE: Pro-DeSantis Ad Accuses Trump of Splitting From Pro-Life Movement
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 …
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
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 …
Marita Vlachou / HuffPost:
Drag Show At Air Force Base Canceled After Pentagon Leadership Intervenes  —  The event was set to take place at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada on Thursday, the first day of Pride month.  —  The Pentagon has blocked a U.S. Air Force base in Nevada from hosting a drag show this week, according to multiple news reports.
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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!
Discussion: Eschaton
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.
Reuven Blau / The City:
City Jails No Longer Announcing Deaths Behind Bars Angering Watchdogs  —  The Department of Correction says that the de Blasio-era practice of notifying the press when someone dies in a detention facility is over.  Advocacy groups and a federal monitor say it's part of a broader effort to hide wrongdoing.
Rikki Schlott / New York Post:
‘Fastest girl in Connecticut’ Chelsea Mitchell suing state after losing to trans athletes  —  “At the end of the day, this is just about fairness,” Chelsea Mitchell told The Post.  “This is about biology.”  —  The 20-year-old is fighting for the integrity of women's sports after she lost …
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 …
Reuters:
SpaceX's Starlink wins Pentagon contract for satellite services to Ukraine  —  SpaceX's Starlink, the satellite communications service started by billionaire Elon Musk, now has a Department of Defense contract to buy those satellite services for Ukraine, the Pentagon said on Thursday.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Associated Press:
Coast Guard suspends search for Carnival Magic passenger who went overboard off Florida  —  The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a 35-year-old man who was reported missing from a Carnival cruise ship off of Florida's Atlantic Coast.  —  The agency said the man fell …
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” …
Discussion: TIME and Political Wire
Stephen Gruber-Miller / Des Moines Register:
Mike Pence to announce presidential campaign with June 7 rally in Des Moines  —  Former Vice President Mike Pence will publicly launch his presidential campaign June 7 with a rally in Des Moines, according to a source close to Pence who was not authorized to speak publicly about his plans.
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 …
Washington Post:
Iran plans to escalate attacks against U.S. troops in Syria, documents show  —  Covert plan to kill Americans is seen as part of a larger Russian-backed strategy to oust the United States from Syria  —  Iran is arming militants in Syria for a new phase of lethal attacks against U.S. troops in the country …
Discussion: The Hill and The Times of Israel
Jennifer Hansler / CNN:
US sanctions Iranian officials accused of plotting assassinations abroad including against Bolton and Pompeo  —  The Biden administration on Thursday imposed sanctions on Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps officials accused of plotting assassinations abroad, including …
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 …
Eric Kleefeld / Media Matters for America:
Speaker Kevin McCarthy is reportedly giving January 6 security footage to conspiracy theorist Julie Kelly  —  Kelly is an election denier who claims the FBI perpetrated the January 6 attack, and she has viciously slandered police who defended the U.S. Capitol
Timi Iwayemi / American Prospect:
How to Cover a Presidential Campaign  —  Hollowing out government capacity and leveraging executive power to harm political enemies is at the heart of the Trump-DeSantis project.  Will we hear about that?  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a convocation at Liberty University's Vines Center …
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 …
Discussion: Associated Press
 
 
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Mike Schneider / Associated Press:
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Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
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Mary Margaret Olohan / The Daily Signal:
EXCLUSIVE: Pittsburgh Bishop Calls for ‘Pride Mass’ to Be Canceled
Cody Alcorn / WXIA-TV:
‘This is just my conscience’ | Georgia gun shop owner closing store after spike in violence involving children
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