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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 …
Nikki McCann Ramirez / Rolling Stone:   Signs Are Pointing to Racketeering Charges in Georgia Trump 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.
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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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Kylie Robison / Fortune:
Twitter's head of trust safety Ella Irwin has resigned, Slack account is deactivated, according to sources
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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CNN:
Justice Department will not seek criminal charges in Pence classified document probe
Michael Graham / NH Journal:
‘She Ate the Press Alive’: DeSantis Defends McEnany After Trump's Attacks  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis defended former White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany from attacks by her old boss, calling her one of Donald Trump's “greatest selections” as president.
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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 …
Myra Adams / The Hill:
‘Give me an eight!’ DeSantis must tout his constitutional advantage over Trump
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
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
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.
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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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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: Joe.My.God., HuffPost and Politico
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 …
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: Washington Post and Roll Call
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.
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.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Key Mueller witness seeks mercy for Jan. 6 perpetrator — his cousin  —  An important player in one Trump scandal is related to a defendant in another.  —  A key cooperator in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of former President Donald Trump is pleading for leniency for a convicted Jan. 6 felon: his cousin.
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 …
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.
 
 
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Chris Pandolfo / Fox News:
Navy takes down LGBTQ+ Pride post on Instagram and Twitter, removes rainbow banner
Discussion: The Hill
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
Harvard University Gazette:
Lori Lightfoot appointed Menschel Fellow at Harvard Chan School
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Ron Dicker / HuffPost:
Mark Levin Says Jan. 6 Rioter Who Threatened Pelosi, Shoved Cop 'Didn't Do Anything'
Discussion: Political Wire and Joe.My.God.
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
NBC News:
Porn stars vs. parenthood: Ron DeSantis plays the family card against Trump
Discussion: MSN and Florida Politics
Glamour UK:
Logan Brown: 'I'm a pregnant trans man and I do exist. No matter what anyone says, I am literally living proof'
Associated Press:
New details of Jeffrey Epstein's death and the frantic aftermath revealed in records obtained by AP
 

 
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