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2:50 PM ET, June 4, 2023

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Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Chuck Todd to leave NBC's ‘Meet the Press’; Welker will become host  —  The transition will happen in September, a major change at one of broadcast television oldest institutions  —  Chuck Todd, who has served as moderator of NBC's Sunday-morning talk show “Meet the Press” since 2014 …
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David Bauder / Associated Press:
Chuck Todd leaving NBC political panel show ‘Meet the Press’ and being replaced by Kristen Welker  —  Chuck Todd said on Sunday that he'll be leaving “Meet the Press” after a tumultuous near-decade of moderating the NBC political panel show, to be replaced in the coming months by Kristen Welker.
Daniel Arkin / NBC News:
Chuck Todd will depart NBC's ‘Meet the Press’; Kristen Welker to become host  —  Chuck Todd, a mainstay in Washington as moderator of “Meet the Press,” will step down from the show in the coming months.  NBC News' co-chief White House correspondent Kristen Welker will take his place.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Biden has a theory of MAGA that just might be working  —  Now that Congress has passed the debt limit deal, explanations for President Biden's success in negotiating the outcome are abounding.  Among them: Biden drew on his long experience in Washington to achieve bipartisan compromise …
Discussion: Voice of America, CBS News and TASS
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New York Times:
Inside the Complicated Reality of Being America's Oldest President  —  President Biden is asking voters to keep him in the White House until age 86, renewing attention to an issue that polls show troubles most Americans.  —  There was the time last winter when President Biden was awakened …
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Kamala Harris is a Biden fall away from being in the Oval Office
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Nijzel Dotson / KSBW:
Gov. Gavin Newsom investigating after migrants from Texas left in front of California church without warning  —  Hide Transcript Show Transcript  —  California Gov. Gavin Newsom released a statement on Saturday regarding a group of migrants from Texas who were dropped off in front of a church in Sacramento without warning.
Isabel Keane / New York Post:
Mystery private jet of migrants arrives in Sacramento, prompting investigation
Discussion: KTLA, The Gateway Pundit and Raw Story
Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Could Jeff Zucker Fix CNN?  He Seems to Think So.  —  It's been more than a year since he was forced from the top job at the network.  Since then, he has made no secret of his frustrations with his exit — or his low regard for the man who replaced him, Chris Licht.
David Jackson / USA Today:
Donald Trump's GOP rivals pounce after he congratulated Kim Jong Un: ‘Not something to play with’  —  WASHINGTON − Republican presidential candidates and other GOP leaders shed their reluctance to criticize Donald Trump this weekend after the ex-president served up an unusual political issue: North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
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Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Pence readies for Trump showdown as 2024 launch approaches
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
DeSantis suggests Trump doesn't understand the ‘woke’ threat to America
Miles Parks / NPR:
How the far right tore apart one of the best tools to fight voter fraud  —  On a night in January 2022, Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin stepped on stage in a former airbase in Houma, La.  —  With American flags draped from the stage, the topic of the night was democracy.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
NBC News:
Grand jury in Trump classified documents case expected to meet this coming week after hiatus  —  A grand jury that has been hearing evidence in the case against former President Donald Trump is expected to meet this coming week in Washington after a lull.  —  The federal grand jury …
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Want a model on how to govern, Democrats?  Look to Minnesota's miracle.  —  You could be forgiven for imagining that state legislatures around the country are lurching rightward, thanks to the media spotlight given to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis's culture warring in his state.  Other deep-red states are not far behind.
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Craig Simpson / Telegraph:
Anglo-Saxons aren't real, Cambridge tells students in effort to fight ‘nationalism’  —  University aims to ‘dismantle the myths’ around British and English identities as it seeks to make its teaching more ‘anti-racist’  —  Cambridge is teaching students that Anglo-Saxons did not exist …
Discussion: Breitbart
Jason Willick / Washington Post:
What Republicans and Democrats are missing about threats to democracy  —  Political scientists are finally getting a better handle on how modern democratic systems can break down.  But the best research doesn't support the self-serving account the Western establishment has been offering since the Brexit and Donald Trump shocks of 2016.
David Cohen / Politico:
McCarthy ally: The speaker's ‘position is absolutely safe’  —  “We're going to keep marching forward,” Rep. Garret Graves said of Kevin McCarthy.  —  A Louisiana Republican who was the lead negotiator on the debt ceiling deal said House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is in no jeopardy of being ousted by his fellow Republicans.
Reuters:
Exclusive: World's spy chiefs meet in secret conclave in Singapore  —  Senior officials from about two dozen of the world's major intelligence agencies held a secret meeting on the fringes of the Shangri-La Dialogue security meeting in Singapore this weekend, five people told Reuters.
Washington Post:
NATO-trained units will serve as tip of spear in Ukraine's counteroffensive  —  When Ukraine's long-awaited counteroffensive finally begins, the fight will be led by brigades armed not only with Western weapons but also Western know-how, gleaned from months of training aimed …
Discussion: Bloomberg
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Washington Post:   Use of NATO arms for attack in Russia raises doubts about Kyiv's controls
Maya Yang / The Guardian:
Florida taxpayers pick up bill for Ron DeSantis's culture war lawsuits  —  Governor's Disney battle and extremist policies are met with costly lawsuits covered by ‘blank check’ from Republican legislature  —  Since Florida's governor Ron DeSantis took office in 2019 and embarked on his culture wars …
Jesus Jiménez / New York Times:
New Hampshire Man Is Arrested After Threatening to Kill U.S. Senator  —  In a voice mail message, the man told the senator was that he was “a dead man walking,” according to federal court documents.  He was angry about the blocking of military promotions, prosecutors said.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Tal Axelrod / ABC News:
US must ‘stand strong’ in face of ‘unbelievable aggression from China’: Turner
Discussion: The Hill and Mediaite
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
As Ron DeSantis Barnstorms New Hampshire, Thousands Of Floridians Lose Health Insurance
Discussion: Tampa Bay Times
Washington Post:
Target gets caught in cultural crossfire over Pride Month items
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Why Steve Bannon May Still Go Down for a Pardoned Crime
Discussion: Raw Story
Benjamin Dodman / France 24:
Le Pen's far right served as mouthpiece for the Kremlin, says French parliamentary report
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Maura Zurick / Newsweek:
Trans Lawmaker Targets Ron DeSantis in His Own Backyard
Sydney Shuler / Daily Progress:
UVa Board of Visitors floats tracking student, faculty political ideology
Discussion: Blue Virginia
 Earlier Items: 
Pien Huang / NPR:
Vaccination and awareness could help keep mpox in check this summer
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
DeSantis Relied Heavily on Big Donors in Initial Money Haul
The Hill:
To address the migration crisis, state governments should hire the migrants
Nicholas Carlson / Insider:
'It's like watching a snuff film': Media elites shocked by The Atlantic's surgical dismantling of CNN boss Chris Licht
Tina Moore / New York Post:
Bragg detective Jeremy Rosenberg involved in Trump case suspended for Michael Cohen ties: officials
Kimberlee Kruesi / Associated Press:
Trump-appointed judge rejects Tennessee's anti-drag law as too broad, too vague
 

 
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