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6:50 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 …
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New York Times:
Trump Lawyers Visit Justice Dept. as Classified Documents Inquiry Nears End  —  Three lawyers representing the former president spent nearly two hours there after requesting a meeting to discuss their concerns about the department's handling of the investigation.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Lawyers Seek to Persuade Justice Department Not to Indict Former President
Discussion: NBC News, Raw Story and CBS News
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
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 …
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Sarah Blaskey / Miami Herald:
Texas sheriff recommends criminal charges in DeSantis' migrant flights to Martha's Vineyard
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 …
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
National Review:
Yes, Biden Is Too Old to Serve as President  —  It was a scary moment when President Biden tripped after handing out diplomas at the U.S. Air Force Academy commencement ceremony and struggled to get up without assistance.  Fortunately, by all indications, Biden was fine afterward and did not suffer any serious injuries.
Discussion: Washington Examiner, IJR and OutKick
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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
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, NewsNation and The Sun
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Is House Oversight's pressure on FBI just a Giuliani goose chase?  —  Over the course of 2019, President Donald Trump and his allies were focused on the electoral threat posed by former vice president Joe Biden, the candidate leading in polling for the 2020 Democratic nomination.
Discussion: House Committee … and Raw Story
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Oversight Chair Comer to hold FBI Director Wray in contempt of Congress over Biden doc alleging crime scheme
Jordain Carney / Politico:
House GOP tees up contempt vote for FBI director as Biden probe heats up
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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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.
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Wisconsin judge: Don't delete records from probe into 2020 Trump loss  —  A Wisconsin judge on Monday declined to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to ensure that no records are deleted from a now-closed state office created to investigate former President Donald Trump's loss in 2020.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 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 …
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
Dennis Romero / NBC News:
Mother of 6-year-old who shot Virginia teacher charged with federal gun crimes  —  Deja Taylor was previously indicted on charges of felony child neglect and a misdemeanor count of recklessly leaving a loaded firearm so as to endanger a child.  —  The mother of a 6-year-old who brought a gun …
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
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
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 …
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
Corey Kilgannon / New York Times:
N.Y.P.D. Anti-Crime Units Still Stopping People Illegally, Report Shows  —  Mayor Eric Adams revived the teams, promising they would be well trained and supervised.  But a new report found widespread use of stop-and-frisk tactics against people of color.  —  The New York Police Department's …
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.
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 …
Cassandra Jaramillo / ProPublica:
True the Vote Leadership Accused of Using Donations for Personal Gain  —  The conspiracy-peddling nonprofit made loans to founder Catherine Engelbrecht and issued contracts to longtime director Gregg Phillips that may have violated state and federal law, a watchdog complaint filed with the IRS alleges.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 
 
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Michael Tomasky / New Republic:
The Supreme Court Is Corrupt Because It's Conservative
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
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