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6:20 PM ET, June 5, 2023

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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 …
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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Wall Street Journal:
Trump Lawyers Seek to Persuade Justice Department Not to Indict Former President  —  Encounter is latest indication that special counsel Jack Smith has wrapped up his classified-documents probe  —  WASHINGTON—Lawyers for Donald Trump were meeting with Justice Department officials on Monday …
Discussion: Rolling Stone, CBS News and Raw Story
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.
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Wisconsin judge: Don't delete records from probe into 2020 Trump loss
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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Politico:
Suddenly, things are actually going the Senate GOP campaign arm's way
Discussion: RedState and Political Wire
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.
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The Economist:
Ukraine's counter-offensive appears to have begun
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.
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Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
Robert Hanssen, FBI agent who spied for the Russians, dies in Supermax prison
Discussion: Reuters
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 …
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: HotAir and The Sun
Kevin Robillard / HuffPost:
Fox News Refuses To Run Snarky White House Comment In Story Criticizing Biden's Age  —  The exchange is a peek into the testy relationship between the White House and the right-wing cable news channel.  —  Fox News' website declined to publish two different comments the White House provided …
Discussion: Fox News
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Miami Herald:
DeSantis mum on migrant flights as California alleges ‘state-sanctioned kidnapping’  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a presidential candidate who proudly touts a hardline immigration stance, is suddenly mum as California officials say they are investigating the circumstances by which dozens …
Lauren Sforza / The Hill:
Ex-Twitter leader Jack Dorsey endorses RFK Jr. for president  —  Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey appeared to endorse anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. for the Democratic presidential nomination over the weekend.  —  Dorsey retweeted a video of Kennedy saying that he could beat former President Trump …
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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.
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.
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
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 …
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
Associated Press:
Plane destroyed after flying over DC, crashing in rural Virginia, leaving 4 dead  — More coverage  —  Federal investigators trudged through rugged terrain Monday in search of wreckage from a business jet to solve the mystery of why the plane veered off course and slammed into a mountain, killing four people.
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
Brittany Gaddy / ABC News:
Over 25,000 women expected to participate in sit-in at Colorado state Capitol to protest against gun violence  —  The thing to do “is to show up, to make the effort,” said actress Lake Bell.  —  More than 25,000 women are expected to participate in a sit-in at the Colorado state Capitol Monday …
Discussion: NBC News and CNN
Emma Green / New Yorker:
Is It Possible to Be Both Moderate and Anti-Woke?  —  A small nonprofit launched by the journalist Bari Weiss devolves into tribalism.  —  In the fall of 2020, Bion Bartning started worrying that his kids were being indoctrinated.  His daughter, Liv, and his son, Asher …
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.
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
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.
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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Cassandra Jaramillo / ProPublica:
True the Vote Leadership Accused of Using Donations for Personal Gain
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
 Earlier Items: 
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: The Messenger and Raw Story
john pavlovitz:
Woke Will Win  —  The leveraging of irrational fear is nothing new.
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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Lauren Forristal / TechCrunch:
Whoopi Goldberg-backed BLKFAM, a FAST service focused on Black families, launches in the US with 1,000+ hours of kid-friendly animation titles and more

Kate Knibbs / Wired:
Two ex-Meta employees find an AI clickbait network linked to a Polish IT company, which is “domain squatting” on URLs, including Iowa's Clayton County Register

Jess Jones / City A.M.:
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