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Washington Post:
Georgia probe of Trump broadens to activities in other states  —  An Atlanta-area investigation of alleged election interference by former president Donald Trump and his allies has broadened to include activities in Washington, D.C., and several other states, according to two people with knowledge …
Tim Alberta / The Atlantic:
Inside the Meltdown at CNN  —  This article was featured in One Story to Read Today, a newsletter in which our editors recommend a single must-read from The Atlantic, Monday through Friday.  Sign up for it here.  —  “How are we gonna cover Trump?  That's not something I stay up at night thinking about,” Chris Licht told me.
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Washington Times:
Did Trump declassify documents? Criminal indictment of former president has no legitimate basis
Sheila Dang / Reuters:
Twitter's head of trust and safety says she has resigned  —  Twitter's head of trust and safety, Ella Irwin, told Reuters on Thursday that she has resigned from the social media company, which has faced criticism for lax protections against harmful content since billionaire Elon Musk acquired it in October.
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Brian Fung / CNN:
Twitter loses its top content moderation official at a key moment
Discussion: Balkan Insight
Laura Jarrett / NBC News:
DOJ closes Pence classified documents investigation with no charges  —  The Justice Department's national security division, which looked into the discovery of classified documents at the former vice president's Indiana home, informed his attorney that no charges will be filed.
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Rebecca Beitsch / The Hill:
Jordan, GOP ask DOJ to turn over details on FBI's role in Trump investigation  —  House Republicans are asking the Justice Department (DOJ) to turn over information about special counsel Jack Smith's investigation into Donald Trump, including details on whether any FBI employees on the case have investigated the former president.
CNN:
Justice Department will not seek criminal charges in Pence classified document probe
Tori Otten / New Republic:
Is James Comer Lying About His Biden Probe Sources?  —  Representative James Comer has prioritized investigating the Biden family since he took over the House Oversight Committee.  He has talked of almost nothing else in his media appearances.  But the months-long investigation so far …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and CBS News
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John Solomon / Just The News:
Comer wins: FBI relents, agrees to deliver subpoenaed memo alleging Biden bribery to Capitol
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Payrolls rose 339,000 in May, much better than expected in resilient labor market  —  The U.S. economy continued to crank out jobs in May, with nonfarm payrolls surging more than expected despite multiple headwinds, the Labor Department reported Friday.  —  Payrolls in the public …
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Lauren Kaori Gurley / Washington Post:
Employers added 339,000 jobs in May, strong growth that defied head winds
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 …
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Charles R. Davis / Insider:
An AI-powered drone tried to attack its human operator in a US military simulation
Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
Poll: No bump for DeSantis from 2024 launch as Trump continues to climb  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was surely hoping for a bump from his presidential campaign launch last week.  But a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows no sign of improvement.  —  In fact, the survey of 1,520 U.S. adults …
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Myra Adams / The Hill:
‘Give me an eight!’ DeSantis must tout his constitutional advantage over Trump
Axios:
TV networks battle for Republican debates … And who hosts those debates can have a significant impact on which contenders chose to participate, and how they perform.  — Trump's campaign believes his opponents need the primary debates more than he does because they're behind him in polls.
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Troy Closson / New York Times:
Stuyvesant High School Admitted 762 New Students.  Only 7 Are Black.  —  About 10 percent of offers to New York City's most elite public high schools went to Black and Latino students this year, education officials announced on Thursday, in a school system where they make up more than two-thirds of the student population overall.
Discussion: Gothamist
Adam Kovac / The Forward:
The far left and far right are equally antisemitic?  A new study suggests otherwise  —  A new study is casting doubt on the idea, held by some but not most American Jews, that antisemitism is just as prevalent on the far left as it is on the far right.  Though far more American Jews consider …
Just Security:
Model Prosecution Memo for Trump Classified Documents  —  This model prosecution memorandum assesses potential charges federal prosecutors may bring against former President Donald Trump.  It focuses on those emanating from his handling of classified documents and other government records since leaving office on January 20, 2021.
Demetri Sevastopulo / Financial Times:
CIA chief made secret visit to China in bid to thaw relations  —  Bill Burns' trip last month was most senior to Beijing by Biden administration official  —  CIA director Bill Burns travelled to China last month, a clandestine visit by one of President Joe Biden's most trusted officials …
David French / New York Times:
A Peek Behind the MAGA Curtain  —  Every now and then, it's important to watch Fox News in prime time.  No, not because the programs are particularly good or because the hosts tell their audience the truth.  Fox is writing Dominion Voting Systems a $787.5 million check for very good reasons …
Ben Glaze / The Mirror:
Donald Trump says he's like the Mona Lisa in bizarre interview with Welsh-language channel  —  The former US President made the unlikely comparison as he tried to explain why his fans keep going to his rallies in a documentary for the Welsh-language station  —  Donald Trump has compared himself …
Discussion: HuffPost and Politico
Punchbowl News:
6/2/23 ☀️ Punchbowl News AM  —  THE TOP … In the end, the voting was the easiest part.  —  The biggest moment so far of the 118th Congress wrapped up lightning-fast by the Senate's standards and with relatively little drama.  And the speedy process was, at least in part …
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Biden is delivering on his most far-fetched pledge: Compromise
CNN:
Judge in Disney's case against DeSantis disqualifies himself and accuses governor's legal team of ‘rank judge-shopping’  —  A federal judge who was presiding over the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts case against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday disqualified himself from further participation in the case …
Dan Pfeiffer / The Message Box:
Hey Media: Stop Grading Republicans on a Curve  —  The political press is tripping over themselves to celebrate Kevin McCarthy for not falling on his face  —  As someone with a long history of high blood pressure, yesterday was not a good day to be online.
Josh Chafetz / New York Times:
The Supreme Court Has Earned a Little Contempt  —  Although the Supreme Court has been deciding cases at a glacial pace this term — and that with an almost comically small docket of only 59 merits cases — the justices have found other ways to keep busy.  They have been spinning their ethical lapses …
NBC News:
Porn stars vs. parenthood: Ron DeSantis plays the family card against Trump  —  DeSantis is leaning into an image that projects wholesome family values to win over Iowa evangelicals who may be turned off by the drama around Trump.  —  SALIX, Iowa — It has become a bit.
Discussion: MSN
Harvard University Gazette:
Lori Lightfoot appointed Menschel Fellow at Harvard Chan School  —  Former Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has been appointed as a Richard L. and Ronay A. Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow for the fall term at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  —  During her tenure as mayor …
Associated Press:
New details of Jeffrey Epstein's death and the frantic aftermath revealed in records obtained by AP  —  Two weeks before ending his life, Jeffrey Epstein sat in the corner of his Manhattan jail cell with his hands over his ears, desperate to muffle the sound of a toilet that wouldn't stop running.
Bolts:
Republicans Escalate Attacks on Election Administration in Texas' Largest County  —  Voting rights groups worry that two GOP bills will create a “feedback loop of problems” in Harris County, tripping up election officials to then subject them to new investigatory powers.
Kaanita Iyer / CNN:
US Army renames Fort Bragg as Fort Liberty  —  North Carolina's Fort Bragg is now Fort Liberty, as the US Army on Friday redesignated one of the largest military installations in the world.  —  The renaming was formalized in a ceremony on Friday morning.  —  The change follows a branch-wide push …
Jay Solomon / Semafor:
The Saudis want the US to help build a ‘nuclear Aramco’  —  The Scoop  —  Riyadh has proposed to visiting American leaders developing a joint U.S.-Saudi project to build the country's civilian nuclear energy program, four people briefed on the plans told Semafor.
Discussion: The Times of Israel
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Republicans press Wisconsin congressman to take on Tammy Baldwin  —  A poll commissioned by the Senate GOP campaign arm found the lawmaker trailing the incumbent by just 1 point.  —  Senate GOP recruiters are making a renewed push to lure Rep. Mike Gallagher into Wisconsin's Senate race.
Jack Elbaum / Washington Examiner:
Walk before you run: How Biden's tumble disqualifies him from 2024 bid  —  President Joe Biden is 80 years old.  That alone should be enough information to conclude that he should refrain from running in 2024.  However, if one still wasn't convinced, then the video of him falling …
 
 
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Chris Pandolfo / Fox News:
Navy takes down LGBTQ+ Pride post on Instagram and Twitter, removes rainbow banner
Discussion: The Hill
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Key Mueller witness seeks mercy for Jan. 6 perpetrator — his cousin
Stephen Gruber-Miller / Des Moines Register:
Kim Reynolds signs law requiring in-person Iowa caucuses, escalating fight with Democrats
Heather Cox Richardson / Letters from an American:
June 1, 2023  —  Late tonight the Senate passed H.R. 3746, the Fiscal Responsibility Act …
Discussion: CBS News and NBC News
The White House:
Statement from President Joe Biden on May Jobs Report
Discussion: UPI
Andrew Court / New York Post:
Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello ripped for anti-Nazi post
 Earlier Items: 
Bill Chappell / NPR:
When she won the first national spelling bee, Marie C. Bolden dealt a blow to racism
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
David Freedlander / Politico:
How a Staunchly Blue State Let MAGA Seep In
Public Notice:
Minnesota Democrats' historic legislative session
Glamour UK:
Logan Brown: 'I'm a pregnant trans man and I do exist. No matter what anyone says, I am literally living proof'
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Chris Christie and the Republican Party's Peril
Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
Mayor Adams Loves a Good Tale. Some of Them May Be Tall.