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4:55 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.
CNN:
Exclusive: Mar-a-Lago pool flood raises suspicions among prosecutors in Trump classified documents case  —  An employee at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence drained the resort's swimming pool last October and ended up flooding a room where computer servers containing surveillance video logs were kept …
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.
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Politico:
Suddenly, things are actually going the Senate GOP campaign arm's way
Discussion: RedState and Political Wire
Washington Post:
Trump lawyers ask Justice Dept. not to charge Trump in classified docs case  —  High-stakes meeting included special counsel Jack Smith, who is leading probe of Trump's conduct, possible obstruction  —  Attorneys for Donald Trump went to the Justice Department on Monday morning to make their case …
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CBS News:
Trump attorneys met at Justice Department for just under two hours  —  Attorneys representing former President Donald Trump — John Rowley, James Trusty and Lindsey Halligan — were at the Justice Department at around 10 a.m. Monday, weeks after Trump's lawyers had requested a meeting with top federal law enforcement officials.
CNN:
Trump's lawyers meet with Justice Department officials following complaints about special counsel probe
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 …
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New York Times:
Ukraine Intensifies Attacks on Russian Frontline Positions  —  U.S. officials said there were signs that Ukraine may have begun its expected counteroffensive, but Kyiv remained silent about its strategy.  —  Here's what we're covering:  —  Fighting is raging at several points on the front line, Russian and U.S. officials say.
CBS News:
Robert Hanssen, former FBI agent convicted of spying for Russia, dead at 79  —  Robert Hanssen, a former FBI agent who was one of the most damaging spies in American history, was found dead in his prison cell Monday morning, according to the Bureau of Prisons.
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.
Sarah Mervosh / New York Times:
Oklahoma Approves First Religious Charter School in the U.S.  —  The school, which would offer online, Roman Catholic instruction funded by taxpayers, is almost certain to tee off a legal battle.  —  The nation's first religious charter school was approved in Oklahoma on Monday …
Sarah Fortinsky / The Hill:
Cornel West announces 2024 run for president as People's Party candidate  —  Progressive activist Cornel West announced Monday his 2024 campaign for president with the People's Party.  —  “I have decided to run for truth and justice, which takes the form of running for President …
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Sanjana Karanth / HuffPost:
Cornel West Announces Run For President As Third-Party Candidate
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
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 …
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Lauren Sforza / The Hill:
Ex-Twitter leader Jack Dorsey endorses RFK Jr. for president
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 …
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Kierra Frazier / Politico:
Supreme Court to hear ‘Trump too small’ trademark case
Discussion: Raw Story and Los Angeles Times
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.
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 …
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
Jeanne Whalen / Washington Post:
Electric vehicles appeal to conservative buyers sick of gas guzzlers  —  A few red counties in Texas are experiencing higher-than-average EV growth, as drivers tire of gas prices and chase the latest tech  —  PLANO, Tex. — Tony Federico bought his Tesla Model 3 in 2018.
Discussion: Raw Story
The Debrief:
Intelligence Officials Say U.S. Has Retrieved Craft of Non-Human Origin  —  A former intelligence official turned whistleblower has given Congress and the Intelligence Community Inspector General extensive classified information about deeply covert programs that he says possess retrieved intact …
Discussion: The Sun
Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
Blinken blinks: Secretary of state avoids contempt by meeting Afghan dissent cable demands  —  Secretary of State Antony Blinken will let the full House Foreign Affairs Committee view a key Afghan dissent cable after being repeatedly threatened with contempt of Congress, a top House chairman revealed on Monday.
Rebecca Jacobs / CREW:
Trump made over $80 million from UK and Ireland while president  —  Donald Trump made $82.5 million from his businesses in Ireland and Scotland while serving as president, according to a CREW analysis of his tax returns.  All of this revenue came with extraordinary conflicts of interest …
Discussion: Raw Story and Next Impulse Sports
Jack Elbaum / Washington Examiner:
Another violent weekend in Chicago is met with silence from the mayor and local BLM  —  It is summertime as usual in Chicago: For two weekends in a row, there has been a double-digit number of people killed in shootings around the city.  —  ABC Chicago reports that just last weekend, at least 52 people were shot — 10 fatally.
Discussion: ABC7 and Breitbart
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Axelrod: Manchin is ‘dead man walking’ in West Virginia  —  Former Obama White House senior political adviser David Axelrod says Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is “dead man walking” in West Virginia, where the senior senator finds himself far behind in the polls ahead of the 2024 election.
Shannon Thaler / New York Post:
Target funds nonprofit calling for demilitarization, shutting down Mt. Rushmore as ‘symbol of white supremacy’  —  Embattled retail giant Target has funded a nonprofit that calls for shutting down Mount Rushmore because the landmark is a “symbol of white supremacy,” demilitarizing the “violent” …
Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic:
In Defense of Humanity  —  We need a cultural and philosophical movement to meet the rise of artificial superintelligence.  —  On july 13, 1833, during a visit to the Cabinet of Natural History at the Jardin des Plantes, in Paris, Ralph Waldo Emerson had an epiphany.
Discussion: spiked
 
 
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Associated Press:
Plane destroyed after flying over DC, crashing in rural Virginia, leaving 4 dead
Caroline Vakil / The Hill:
Robert Kennedy Jr. says he doesn't think Biden will compete in Iowa, New Hampshire
Discussion: SiriusXM and Political Wire
Emma Green / New Yorker:
Is It Possible to Be Both Moderate and Anti-Woke?
Eli Hager / ProPublica:
NYC Child Welfare Agency Says It Supports “Miranda Warning” Bill for Parents. But It's Quietly Lobbying to Weaken It.
Discussion: Reason
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Oversight Chair Comer to hold FBI Director Wray in contempt of Congress over Biden doc alleging crime scheme
Andrew Marantz / New Yorker:
How a Fringe Legal Theory Became a Threat to Democracy
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Tamara Berens / Mosaic Magazine:
From Coy to Goy  —  How America's far right found its anti-Semitic voice and figured out its true identity.
Discussion: CNN
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Colleagues want a 95-year-old judge to retire. She's suing them instead.
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
john pavlovitz:
Woke Will Win  —  The leveraging of irrational fear is nothing new.
Felix Salmon / Axios:
America's economic holding pattern
Jeff Asher / The Atlantic:
The Murder Rate Is Suddenly Falling
Tessa Stuart / Rolling Stone:
The Real Reason Republicans Want to Give Tax Breaks for Embryos
Discussion: Jezebel
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The GOP's Authoritarian Acceleration
Wall Street Journal:
Targeting Toyota for Its Electric-Vehicle Heresy
Discussion: RedState
 

 
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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
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Rachel Metz / Bloomberg:
Anthropic announces Claude 3 Opus, Sonnet, and Haiku, aiming to reduce AI model hallucinations; Opus and Sonnet are available now, and Haiku in the coming weeks

Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
The EU Commission fines Apple €1.8B for stifling competition from rival music streaming services, the EU's third-largest antitrust fine; Apple plans to appeal

 
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