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1:30 PM 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.
Chris Sununu / Washington Post:
I'm not running for president in 2024.  Beating Trump is more important.  —  Chris Sununu, a Republican, is governor of New Hampshire.  —  I will not be seeking the Republican nomination for president in 2024.  —  Our party is on a collision course toward electoral irrelevance without significant corrective action.
Discussion: CBS News and NBC News
Suddenly, things are actually going the Senate GOP campaign arm's way
Discussion: RedState and Political Wire
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 …
Discussion: Human Events
Ben Smith / Semafor:
Inside the high-stakes clash for control of Ukraine's story
Trump lawyers visit Justice Department  —  The visit comes as special counsel Jack Smith nears a decision about whether to charge Trump in the classified-documents probe.  —  Lawyers defending Donald Trump in an investigation related to his handling of highly sensitive national security documents …
Washington Post:
Trump lawyers ask Justice Dept. not to charge Trump in classified docs case  —  Attorneys for Donald Trump came to the Justice Department on Monday morning to make their case that the government should not charge the former president in connection with his possession of classified documents …
Trump's lawyers meet with Justice Department officials following complaints about special counsel probe  —  Lawyers for former President Donald Trump are meeting with Justice Department officials on Monday following a public request for a meeting about what they characterize as prosecutorial misconduct …
Max Tani / Semafor:
CNN lost trust over COVID coverage, internal report found  —  The Scoop  —  The Atlantic's Friday profile of the embattled CEO profile Chris Licht drew cringes at Hudson Yards — but also anger over Licht's criticism of the network's award-winning pandemic coverage.
Brian Stelter / New York Magazine:
Can Chris Licht Survive at CNN?
Playbook: Christie. Pence. Burgum?
Discussion: Vanity Fair and CNN
New York Times:
S.E.C. Accuses Binance of Mishandling Funds and Lying to Regulators  —  The S.E.C. said the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange mixed “billions of dollars” in customer funds and secretly sent them to a separate company controlled by Binance's founder, Changpeng Zhao.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Hundreds of Gannett Journalists Walk Out  —  The union representing the company's newsroom employees has urged a vote of no-confidence against the C.E.O. at a shareholder meeting on Monday.  —  Hundreds of journalists for the country's largest newspaper chain walked off the job on Monday …
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 …
Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
Sex Offenders Who Voted in GOP Florida County Not Prosecuted: Report  —  HMM...  A Republican state attorney in Florida chose not to pursue cases against six convicted sex offenders who voted in a majority GOP county in the 2020 election, according to a report, despite the cases being similar …
Jeff Asher / The Atlantic:
The Murder Rate Is Suddenly Falling  —  The first five months of 2023 have produced an encouraging overall trend for the first time in years.  —  Official crime statistics are only released after a substantial delay, so for nearly a decade I've collected and compiled big-city crime data …
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
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.
Discussion: RedState
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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: NewsNation and Outside the Beltway
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 …
john pavlovitz:
Woke Will Win  —  The leveraging of irrational fear is nothing new.  —  Throughout history it has been the go-to tactic of the worst of politics and religion.  —  When you lack substantive ideas, you need an encroaching enemy to move and motivate people.
Sanjana Karanth / HuffPost:
Cornel West Announces Run For President As Third Party Candidate  —  The political activist and academic said on Twitter that he is running to “reintroduce America to the best of itself.”  —  Political activist and academic Cornel West announced on Monday that he is running for president as a third party candidate.
Discussion: Politico
Thomas Gibbons-Neff / New York Times:
Nazi Symbols on Ukraine's Front Lines Highlight Thorny Issues of History  —  Troops' use of patches bearing Nazi emblems risks fueling Russian propaganda and spreading imagery that the West has spent a half-century trying to eliminate.  —  KYIV, Ukraine — Since Russia began its invasion …
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Felix Salmon / Axios:
America's economic holding pattern
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Insider
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Former Vice President Pence filing paperwork launching 2024 presidential bid in challenge to Trump
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The Real Reason Republicans Want to Give Tax Breaks for Embryos
Washington Post:
Trump-funded studies disputing election fraud are focus in two probes
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Wall Street Journal:
AI's Rapid Growth Threatens to Flood 2024 Campaigns With Fake Videos
Discussion: Political Wire
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Kamala Harris can't be trusted with AI regulation
Steven F. Hayward / New York Post:
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Public Notice:
Congress used to pass laws. Now we're a nation of executive orders.
Discussion: Prescott eNews
Andrew Ackerman / Wall Street Journal:
Big Banks Could Face 20% Boost to Capital Requirements
Discussion: Reuters
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
These 25 rainbow flag-waiving corporations donated $13.5 million to anti-gay politicians since 2022
Heather Cox Richardson / Letters from an American:
June 4, 2023  —  Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church, a staunch supporter …
New York Times:
Sonic Boom Heard Across D.C. Area Was From Military Jets, Officials Say
The Hill:
McCarthy's biggest victory yet comes with political price
Discussion: Daily Kos and Bloomberg
Associated Press:
Transgender adults in Florida ‘blindsided’ that new law also limits their access to health care