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1:30 PM ET, June 3, 2023

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Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Biden's Debt-Deal Strategy: Win in the Fine Print  —  The president and his negotiators believe they worked out a deal that allowed Republicans to claim big spending cuts even as the reality was far more modest.  —  Reporting from Washington  —  Shalanda Young couldn't sleep.
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Two cheers for bipartisanship, but debt ceiling is no way to govern  —  Biden and McCarthy overcame doubters to reach a deal.  Not much can be said about the process it took to get there.  —  Washington did this week what Washington had to do, defusing the debt ceiling issue before calamity struck.
NBC News:
Musk's response to an anti-trans video sparks 24 hours of chaos at Twitter  —  A conservative pressure movement built against Twitter's CEO, resulting in high-level departures from the company.  —  A week ago, Elon Musk's Twitter seemed to be taking shaky footsteps toward a new phase …
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Prem Thakker / New Republic:
Elon Musk Calls to Imprison Therapists Helping Trans Kids  —  Elon Musk wants to criminalize gender-affirming care, and he supports imprisoning any therapists and medical professionals involved.  —  The Twitter CEO on Friday morning promoted a transphobic documentary produced by the petulant …
Discussion: TheBlaze
Wall Street Journal:
Twitter Loses Second Safety Executive Within Days
Prem Thakker / New Republic:
Elon Musk Personally Elevates Transphobic Video Originally Flagged as Hate Speech
New York Times:
Trump Lawyer's Notes Could Be a Key in the Classified Documents Inquiry  —  M. Evan Corcoran recorded recollections of his legal work last year for Donald Trump.  The recording is now in the hands of prosecutors, unnerving some aides to the former president.
Discussion: Mediaite, Raw Story and CBS News
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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.
Jon Levine / New York Post:
Donald Trump's campaign hit with blizzard of Twitter ‘community notes’  —  Donald Trump's 2024 election campaign's claims are already being hit with Twitter's new “community notes,” which fact-check or offer context to dubious posts.  —  In May alone, Team Trump and their surrogates …
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Nicholas Nehamas / New York Times:
5 Takeaways From Ron DeSantis's First Campaign Trip  —  He swung back at Donald Trump.  He vowed to vanquish the “woke mob” and turn the country into mega-Florida.  He had normal encounters with voters that didn't become memes.  —  After his unusual, buzzy and ill-fated presidential debut …
Michael Schaffer / Politico:   Autism Advocates Are Dreading a Campaign Season of Insinuations About Ron DeSantis
Sam Metz / Associated Press:
Utah district bans Bible in elementary and middle schools ‘due to vulgarity or violence’  —  The Good Book is being treated like a bad book in Utah after a parent frustrated by efforts to ban materials from schools convinced a suburban district that some Bible verses were too vulgar or violent for younger children.
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Wall Street Journal:
Ukraine's Zelensky: We Are Ready for Counteroffensive  —  Ukrainian president also discusses U.S. elections, NATO and China in wide-ranging interview  —  ODESA, Ukraine—Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was now ready to launch a long-awaited counteroffensive but tempered …
New York Times:
More Than 260 Dead and 900 Injured in Train Crash in India  —  The rail disaster, in the eastern state of Odisha, was among the deadliest in a nation with a history of rail safety problems.  —  More than 260 people were killed and hundreds more injured when a passenger train derailed …
Chris Geidner / Law Dork with Chris Geidner:
Breaking: Federal judge rules Tennessee drag restrictions unconstitutional after trial  —  A federal judge appointed by Donald Trump ruled late Friday night that Tennessee's Adult Entertainment Act (AEA), which would restrict drag performances in the state and threaten performers who violate …
Associated Press:
More People Want To Live in Florida, Despite Bad Drivers  —  Exceptional citrus, abundant sunshine, beautiful beaches: there's a lot to love about Florida.  In 2022, approximately 320,000 people packed their bags and flocked to the Sunshine State, boosting its population by nearly 2%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
CNN:
Secret Service implements tougher penalties after probe finds agents were on phones and missed intruder at national security adviser's home  —  The US Secret Service implemented tougher disciplinary measures after preliminary findings from an internal investigation found agents missed an intruder …
Discussion: Insider
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
California Democrat who opposed anti-tech bills is top contender for key role on antitrust subcommittee  — A California Democrat who has opposed efforts to reform competition laws to crack down on the tech industry is the leading contender to become the highest ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust.
Jared Gans / The Hill:
Hutchinson vows to meet ‘whatever is set’ as criteria for first GOP debate  —  Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a GOP presidential candidate, vowed on Friday to meet “whatever is set” as the criteria for making the stage for the Republican debates starting at the end of the summer.
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Marc Caputo / The Messenger:
GOP Issues Debate Rules, But Will Trump Bother to Show Up?
Daniel Trotta / Reuters:
Texas becomes largest state to ban transgender care for minors  —  Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Friday signed a bill that bans transgender healthcare including puberty blockers and hormone therapy for minors, making Texas the largest of the 20 states to have outlawed gender-affirming care.
Joe Drape / New York Times:
Churchill Downs to Cease Racing as It Investigates Deaths of Horses  —  The track, the home of the Kentucky Derby, is moving races to another location while officials look into why 12 thoroughbreds have died at Churchill Downs in recent weeks.  —  Horse racing will be suspended at Churchill Downs …
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CNN:
Churchill Downs to suspend all racing operations to further evaluate safety measures amid increase in horse deaths
Discussion: OutKick
Shannon Bond / NPR:
YouTube will no longer take down false claims about U.S. elections  —  YouTube will no longer remove videos falsely claiming the 2020 U.S. presidential election was stolen, reversing a policy put in place in the contentious weeks following the 2020 vote.  —  The Google-owned video platform …
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YouTube Official Blog:
An update on our approach to US election misinformation
 
 
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Austria's Social Democrats choose Doskozil as new leader, looking to elections expected next year
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Alex Henderson / Raw Story:
‘Judicial power grab’: Georgetown law professor details the Roberts Court's overt ‘contempt’ for America
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Decca Muldowney / The Daily Beast:
Violence Erupts at Anti-Pride School Assembly Protest in North Hollywood
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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