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10:05 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.
BBC:
Ukraine war: Russia says it thwarted major Ukrainian offensive  —  Russia's defence ministry says it has thwarted a major Ukrainian offensive in Donetsk, claiming to have killed 250 troops and destroyed armoured vehicles.  —  Video of what Russia says is the battle appears to show military vehicles coming under heavy fire in fields.
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The Economist:
Ukraine's counter-offensive appears to have begun  —  Its armour strikes in the south-east; but there is more to come  —  For months a guessing game has played out in military circles worldwide: where and when would Ukraine conduct its counter-offensive?  Most expected it to come through …
Samuel Charap / Foreign Affairs:   An Unwinnable War  —  Washington Needs an Endgame in Ukraine  —  Russia's invasion of Ukraine …
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
Mirna Alsharif / NBC News:
Sonic boom from Department of Defense aircraft jars residents in DMV area; DoD confirms no threat to public
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
These 25 major corporations donated $13.5 million to anti-gay politicians since 2022  —  Judd Legum, Tesnim Zekeria, and Rebecca Crosby  —  In 2023, conservative activists have advanced the theory that major corporations are pushing a radical, pro-LGBTQ agenda onto the country.
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
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 …
Heather Cox Richardson / Letters from an American:
June 4, 2023  —  Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church, a staunch supporter of Russian president Vladimir Putin and his invasion of Ukraine, last week awarded the First Degree of the Order of Glory and Honor from the Russian Orthodox Church to Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
The Hill:
McCarthy's biggest victory yet comes with political price  —  House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) may have proven his bipartisan negotiating chops by steering a debt ceiling increase through a severely divided Congress, but it came with a price.  —  Members of the hard-line House Freedom Caucus …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Washington Examiner
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
Axios:
Chuck Todd to leave NBC's “Meet the Press” in September  —  Chuck Todd, the longtime moderator of NBC's “Meet the Press,” will step down from the hourlong political show later this year. … - He will be replaced by Kristen Welker, who currently serves as NBC News' co-chief White House correspondent.
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David Bauder / Associated Press:
Chuck Todd leaving NBC political panel show ‘Meet the Press’ and being replaced by Kristen Welker
Los Angeles Times:
Migrants' trip to Sacramento aboard private jet appears to have been arranged by state of Florida, officials say  —  More than a dozen migrants from South America who were recently flown on a chartered jet from New Mexico and dropped off in Sacramento were carrying documents indicating …
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Nijzel Dotson / KSBW:
Gov. Gavin Newsom investigating after migrants from Texas left in front of California church without warning
 
 
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