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11:10 AM ET, June 5, 2023

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New York Times:
Twitter's U.S. Ad Sales Plunge 59% as Woes Continue  —  In internal forecasts, the company projected that ad sales would keep declining, handing a tough challenge to its new chief executive.  —  Ryan Mac reports on Twitter, and Tiffany Hsu reports on misinformation.
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CNN:
Exclusive: Ukraine has cultivated sabotage agents inside Russia and is giving them drones to stage attacks, sources say  —  Ukraine has cultivated a network of agents and sympathizers inside Russia working to carry out acts of sabotage against Russian targets and has begun providing …
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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Reuters:
Jet fighters chase small plane in Washington area before it crashes in Virginia
New York Times:
Sonic Boom Heard Across D.C. Area Was From Military Jets, Officials Say
Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
‘Trump too small’ trademark clash to be decided by Supreme Court  —  The dispute is over whether lawyer Steve Elster can register “Trump too small” as a trademark for use on T-shirts.  —  WASHINGTON — A crude joke that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., used to mock what he said was then-2016 …
Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
Showtime Pulls ‘Vice’ Episode on Ron DeSantis  —  An installment delving into the Florida governor and Republican presidential candidate's time as a U.S. Navy JAG officer at Guantanamo Bay was quietly shelved without explanation.  —  Showtime quietly pulled an episode of its Vice newsmagazine last week …
New York Times:
What Happened When a Brooklyn Neighborhood Policed Itself for Five Days  —  On a two-block stretch of Brownsville in April, the police stepped aside and let residents respond to 911 calls.  It was a bold experiment that some believe could redefine law-enforcement in New York City.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Katie Baker / The Daily Beast:
Casey DeSantis Is the Walmart Melania  —  She'd better hope that pleather is pudding-proof. … The First Lady of Florida showed up on the campaign trail in Iowa this weekend wearing a ghastly black leather jacket—American flag on front, an alligator and the silhouette of her state on the back …
Ben Smith / Semafor:
Inside the high-stakes clash for control of Ukraine's story  —  The News  —  Journalists covering the Russian invasion of Ukraine are engaged in a running, low-grade conflict with the Ukrainian government, which many believe uses access and accreditation to shape their stories.
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Politico:
Playbook: Christie. Pence. Burgum?
Discussion: CNN
Wall Street Journal:
Targeting Toyota for Its Electric-Vehicle Heresy  —  Public pensions and proxy advisers try to punish the company using corporate governance as a pretext.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  It wasn't long ago that Toyota's hybrid vehicles were all the rage with the climate-change left.
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
DeSantis and the Nebulous ‘Charisma Threshold’  —  On the menu today: I'm not interested in discussing whether you think Ron DeSantis is charismatic or not.  What I want to discuss is how seemingly overnight, so many people decided that the single most important measuring stick of DeSantis …
Discussion: Salon
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Democratic Senate hopeful claims primary residence in Arizona — and D.C.  —  As part of a VA loan application, the Arizona congressmen pledged the D.C. home was his ‘principal’ residence.  —  When Arizona Senate candidate Ruben Gallego bought a house near Capitol Hill last year …
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. tests the conspiratorial appetite of Democrats  —  One of the most famous living descendants of the most famous American political dynasty shows early strength against Biden in polls  —  INDIANAPOLIS — Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a candidate for president supported …
Politico:
Suddenly, things are actually going the Senate GOP campaign arm's way  —  A high-profile recruit and some decisions by people not to run has the NRSC feeling good.  —  Senate Republicans blew it last year in the midterms.  Six months later, things are finally going their way.
Discussion: RedState and Political Wire
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
These 25 rainbow flag-waiving corporations donated $13.5 million to anti-gay politicians since 2022  —  In 2023, conservative activists have advanced the theory that major corporations are pushing a radical, pro-LGBTQ agenda onto the country.  —  For example, Anheuser-Busch sent trans …
Steven F. Hayward / New York Post:
This Pride Month, it's the Revolt of the ‘Normies’ as Americans reject extremism  —  If you are old enough, cast your mind back to the 1984 Democratic National Convention held in San Francisco.  —  This writer covered it as a young reporter, taking in the flamboyant gay-pride parade …
DVIDS:
Unsafe Maritime Interaction During Routine Taiwan Strait Transit  —  Video by Petty Officer 1st Class Reymundo Villegas  —  Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet  —  230603-N-XX566-0001 TAIWAN STRAIT (June 3, 2023) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) observes PLA …
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Andrew Ackerman / Wall Street Journal:
Big Banks Could Face 20% Boost to Capital Requirements  —  Those relying on fees might need larger buffers to absorb losses under planned rules  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. regulators are preparing to force large banks to shore up their financial footing, moves they say will help boost the resilience …
Samuel Charap / Foreign Affairs:
An Unwinnable War  —  Washington Needs an Endgame in Ukraine  —  Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 was a moment of clarity for the United States and its allies.  An urgent mission was before them: to assist Ukraine as it countered Russian aggression and to punish Moscow for its transgressions.
Discussion: Human Events
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The GOP's Authoritarian Acceleration  —  Internal resistance to its anti-democratic turn has all but vanished.  —  In May 2017, Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey, crashing through the first of many important democratic norms.  While FBI directors technically can be fired …
Public Notice:
Congress used to pass laws.  Now we're a nation of executive orders.  —  Recent history shows it's not a stable way to make policy.  —  ∙ Paid … Last week, the Senate passed a bill that would eliminate President Joe Biden's student loan debt relief plan.
Discussion: Prescott eNews
Wall Street Journal:
AI's Rapid Growth Threatens to Flood 2024 Campaigns With Fake Videos  —  Millions of people have the tools to create deceptive political content  —  China invades Taiwan and migrants surge across the U.S.-Mexico border in a video depicting the aftermath of President Biden's re-election.
Discussion: Political Wire
Katy O'Donnell / Politico:
The next big threat hovering over the U.S. economy  —  Some $1.5 trillion in mortgages will come due in the next two years, a potential time bomb as higher interest rates push down property values.  —  As the federal government strives to contain financial market turmoil …
 
 
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June 4, 2023  —  Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church, a staunch supporter …
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The Hill:
McCarthy's biggest victory yet comes with political price
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Associated Press:
Transgender adults in Florida ‘blindsided’ that new law also limits their access to health care
Los Angeles Times:
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Amir Tibon / Haaretz:
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Nina Burleigh / American Political Freakshow:
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