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6:55 PM ET, June 2, 2023

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CNN:
Exclusive: Trump attorneys haven't found classified document former president referred to on tape following subpoena  —  Attorneys for Donald Trump turned over material in mid-March in response to a federal subpoena related to a classified US military document described by the former president …
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New York Times:
Lawyers Unable to Find Document Trump Discussed in Recorded Conversation  —  Prosecutors issued a subpoena for a description of military options for Iran mentioned by the former president during an interview.  But Mr. Trump's legal team said they could find no such document.
Discussion: Bulwark+, FISM TV and UPROXX
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump says 'I'm at least as innocent as he is' after Pence won't face charges on classified documents  —  Former President Trump on Friday argued he should be cleared of wrongdoing for his handling of classified documents after the Justice Department said it would not bring charges …
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.
CNN:
Justice Department will not seek criminal charges in Pence classified document probe
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.
Prem Thakker / New Republic:
Elon Musk Personally Elevates Transphobic Video Originally Flagged as Hate Speech  —  “Every parent should watch this.”  This is what Elon Musk—one of the world's most powerful elites—said about The Daily Wire's transphobic documentary What Is a Woman? hosted by the vicious and intellectually dull Matt Walsh.
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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.
Wall Street Journal:
Twitter Loses Second Safety Executive Within Days  —  A.J. Brown's departure comes after Ella Irwin, company's head of trust and safety, left Thursday  —  Twitter lost its head of brand safety and ad quality, people familiar with the matter said, the second departure of a top safety executive …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Scoop: YouTube reverses misinformation policy to allow U.S. election denialism  —  In a reversal of its election integrity policy, YouTube will leave up content that says fraud, errors or glitches occurred in the 2020 presidential election and other U.S. elections, the company confirmed to Axios Friday.
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YouTube Official Blog:
An update on our approach to US election misinformation … When we craft our policies, we always keep two goals in mind: protecting our community, and providing a home for open discussion and debate.  These goals are sometimes in tension with each other, and there is perhaps no area …
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 …
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Logan Stefanich / KSL-TV:
Davis District pulls Bible from elementaries, junior highs ‘due to vulgarity or violence’  —  FARMINGTON — The Bible has been removed from all elementary and middle school libraries throughout the Davis School District after someone challenged its contents.
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Courtney Tanner / Salt Lake Tribune:
The Bible is banned in these Utah elementary and middle schools now for ‘vulgarity or violence’  —  Davis School District's book review committee made the determination, though it's already being appealed by another parent.  —  In the beginning, a parent filed a challenge to have the Bible removed …
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
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Alayna Treene / CNN:
FBI to bring internal Biden-related document to Capitol Hill and brief House Oversight leaders
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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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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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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S.V. Date / HuffPost:
RNC Debate Rule May Prevent Rubio-Slayer Chris Christie From Doing The Same To Trump
Jaysha Patel / ABC7:
LGBTQ Pride event at North Hollywood elementary school draws protest, heightened security  —  Heightened security will be in place at Saticoy Elementary School in North Hollywood Friday as some protest a Pride Month recognition at the campus.  —  NORTH HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) …
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Librarians Sue Over Sarah Huckabee Sanders' Book Ban for Kids  —  A new law threatens prison for Arkansas librarians who let kids access books deemed objectionable.  A coalition of book lovers is suing.  —  A coalition of librarians, booksellers, readers, and authors are filing suit against Arkansas …
Chris D'Angelo / HuffPost:
Biden Administration Bans New Oil Drilling Near ‘Irreplaceable’ Tribal Cultural Site In New Mexico  —  The administration ordered a 20-year moratorium on new fossil fuel leasing within 10 miles of Chaco Canyon.  —  President Joe Biden's administration on Friday ordered a 20-year ban …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
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 …
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Ted Koppel on Covering—and Befriending—Henry Kissinger  —  Did the veteran newscaster give Kissinger a pass on his hundredth birthday?  —  For a quarter century, Ted Koppel hosted “Nightline,” one of the most popular newscasts in the United States.  Famous for his interviews …
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
Radek Sikorski / Washington Post:
Poland's government will tell you I'm a Russian stooge.  Don't believe it.  —  Radek Sikorski is a member of the European Parliament.  —  In the 1980s, as a young political exile from Communist Poland, I traveled to Soviet-occupied Afghanistan, where I reported on Moscow's battlefield atrocities and the triumphs of the mujahideen.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Politico
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
Nancy Mace Is Just Another Republican  —  Speaking to Vanity Fair this spring, South Carolina Representative Nancy Mace made the case that she was the last real Republican.  Her caucus, she said, was overrun with fire-breathing, MAGA-hat-wearing vandals and governed by leaders who were either too inept or too stupid to rein them in.
Discussion: Roll Call
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: Raw Story, Oregonian and Gothamist
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.
Michael Schaffer / Politico:
Autism Advocates Are Dreading a Campaign Season of Insinuations About Ron DeSantis  —  Stereotypical ideas about autistic people are already showing up in the GOP primary, and advocates worry they'll go mainstream.  —  Jessica Benham is a state legislator in Pennsylvania …
Discussion: RedState
Stuart Mackintosh / The Hill:
Insurers are fleeing states due to climate realities, not ‘anti-woke’ bullies  —  A hostile letter from a group of “anti-woke” U.S. state attorneys general is targeting major insurers that have signed up to the Net-Zero Insurance Alliance.  —  The alliance was created to help insurers …
Charles R. Davis / Insider:
An AI-powered drone tried to attack its human operator in a US military simulation  — An AI-powered drone tried killing its operator in a military simulation, an Air Force official said.  — “It killed the operator because that person was keeping it from accomplishing its objective,” he said.
 
 
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Jared Gans / The Hill:
Greene flips on public release of Jan. 6 tapes, claims it could ‘put the security of the Capitol at risk’
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Meaghan Darwish / TV Insider:
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Noah Rothman / National Review:
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Dan Pfeiffer / The Message Box:
Hey Media: Stop Grading Republicans on a Curve
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Ben Glaze / The Mirror:
Donald Trump says he's like the Mona Lisa in bizarre interview with Welsh-language channel
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Just Security:
Model Prosecution Memo for Trump Classified Documents
David Freedlander / Politico:
How a Staunchly Blue State Let MAGA Seep In
Discussion: Raw Story
Glamour UK:
Logan Brown: 'I'm a pregnant trans man and I do exist. No matter what anyone says, I am literally living proof'