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6:35 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 …
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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
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.
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.
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Washington Post:
Sonic boom heard across D.C. region caused by military flight, officials say  —  An authorized Defense Department plane caused a sonic boom heard across the D.C. region Sunday afternoon, officials in Maryland said.  —  The sonic boom was related to an incident involving a Cessna that crashed in Virginia …
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Mirna Alsharif / NBC News:
Sonic boom from Department of Defense aircraft jars residents in DMV area; DoD confirms no threat to public  —  Rattled residents took to Twitter to report hearing some sort of explosion in the area at around 3 p.m. on Sunday.  —  A thunderous explosion heard across the Washington Metropolitan area …
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: The Mahablog and Breitbart
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.
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
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
David Mchugh / Associated Press:
With oil prices slumping, OPEC+ producers weigh more production cuts  —  Saudi Arabia will reduce how much oil it sends to the global economy, taking a unilateral step to prop up the sagging price of crude after two previous cuts to supply by major producing countries in the OPEC+ alliance failed to push oil higher.
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.
Julia Mueller / The Hill:
Comey: Trump ‘could be wearing an ankle bracelet’ while accepting GOP nomination  —  Former FBI Director James Comey predicted on Sunday that former President Trump “could be wearing an ankle bracelet” when accepting the GOP nomination if he wins it in 2024, as the former president faces a number of legal challenges.
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Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Pence readies for Trump showdown as 2024 launch approaches
Washington Post:
Target gets caught in cultural crossfire over Pride Month items  —  Some shoppers have become more emboldened to engage in confrontational, even threatening, behavior over polarizing social issues.  —  Brandishing her own scissors in front of guest services in a Target store in south Florida …
Emily Feng / NPR:
China and U.S. defense chiefs compete for influence in the Asia Pacific  —  SINGAPORE - China's new defense minister made his first international appearance on Sunday at an annual defense summit, where he delivered a speech full of thinly-veiled barbs at the U.S., calling on it to …
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 …
Benjamin Dodman / France 24:
Le Pen's far right served as mouthpiece for the Kremlin, says French parliamentary report  —  Dogged by accusations of proximity to the Kremlin, Marine Le Pen's far-right National Rally party had hoped to clear its name by setting up a parliamentary inquiry to investigate foreign interference in French politics.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Bloomberg:
Mystery Trader's Debt-Ceiling Windfall Sparks Insider Concerns  —  The US government's move to greenlight a 300-mile natural gas pipeline as part of legislation to stave off a Treasury default shocked just about everyone, except for a mystery trader who somehow appears to have seen it coming.
Discussion: Insider
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
DeSantis Relied Heavily on Big Donors in Initial Money Haul  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida made a splash when he announced that he had raised a record $8.2 million in his first 24 hours as a presidential candidate.  New figures disclosed by the campaign reveal that he relied heavily on larger contributors to set that record.
Tal Axelrod / ABC News:
US must ‘stand strong’ in face of ‘unbelievable aggression from China’: Turner  —  The intel chair also talked Ukraine and the source of recent attacks in Russia.  —  Rep. Mike Turner, the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, on Sunday lambasted what he called increased military hostility …
Discussion: IJR
 
 
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The Hill:
To address the migration crisis, state governments should hire the migrants
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