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5:30 PM ET, June 6, 2023

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Lillian Rizzo / CNBC:
PGA Tour agrees to merge with Saudi-backed rival LIV Golf  — The PGA Tour agreed to merge with rival LIV Golf, which is backed by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, an entity controlled by the Saudi crown prince.  — The proposed merger comes after the PGA Tour and LIV Golf …
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Alan Blinder / New York Times:
PGA Tour and LIV Golf Agree to Merger  —  In a stunning announcement, the tour, along with the DP World Tour and Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, said the rivals had agreed to create a “new, collectively owned, for-profit entity.”  —  The PGA Tour and LIV Golf, the insurgent league bankrolled …
Washington Post:
PGA Tour agrees to merge with Saudi-backed LIV Golf, ending feud
New York Times:
Russia-Ukraine War  —  Crucial Dam Destroyed on Southern Ukraine's Front Lines  —  President Volodymyr Zelensky blamed Russia and convened the National Security Council.  The damage threatened the safety of a nearby nuclear plant and forced the evacuation of thousands.
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Washington Post:
Live updates: Nova Kakhovka dam destroyed on Ukraine's front lines, causing flooding and evacuations
Richard Luscombe / The Guardian:
Russia-Ukraine war live: Zelenskiy says dam attack an ‘environmental bomb of mass destruction’
Financial Times:
Military briefing: Russia has most to gain from Ukrainian dam breach
Bloomberg:
Trump Special Counsel Summons Florida Witnesses in Classifed Documents Probe  —  Special Counsel Jack Smith's office in recent weeks has issued federal grand jury subpoenas out of southern Florida to multiple witnesses linked to the classified documents probe involving former President Donald Trump …
Discussion: CNN, The Gateway Pundit and Raw Story
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New York Times:
Grand Jury in Florida Hints at Unknown Complexities in Trump Documents Inquiry  —  Prosecutors have started calling witnesses to a federal grand jury in Miami after months in which activity in the investigation was centered on a separate grand jury in Washington.
Discussion: Raw Story
Ali Vitali / NBC News:
Rep. Jim Jordan demands DOJ memo outlining scope of Trump probe
Washington Post:
U.S. had intelligence of detailed Ukrainian plan to attack Nord Stream pipeline  —  The CIA learned last June, via a European spy agency, that a six-person team of Ukrainian special operations forces intended to blow up the Russia-to-Germany natural gas project
Washington Post:
These academics studied falsehoods spread by Trump.  Now the GOP wants answers.  —  Rep. Jim Jordan is demanding emails and meetings with leading disinformation researchers, part of a flurry of records requests, subpoenas and lawsuits that academics say have become a means of harassment.
Discussion: Breitbart
Associated Press:
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie files paperwork launching 2024 Republican presidential bid  —  Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie filed paperwork Tuesday formally launching his bid for the Republican nomination for president after casting himself as the only candidate willing to directly take on former President Donald Trump.
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Adam Gabbatt / The Guardian:
Texas sheriff files criminal case over DeSantis flights to Martha's Vineyard  —  Sheriff recommends charges over flights arranged by Florida governor to deport 49 South American migrants to wealthy town  —  A Texas sheriff's office has recommended criminal charges over flights that the Florida governor …
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Nicholas Nehamas / New York Times:
DeSantis Stays Silent on Whether Florida Arranged Migrant Flights to California
NBC News:
Republicans angry with McCarthy over debt deal join Democrats to block gas stove bills  —  “We're concerned that the fundamental commitments that allowed Kevin McCarthy to assume the speakership have been violated,” Rep. Matt Gaetz said.  —  Conservatives take down rules vote on gas stove bills amid debt deal feud
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The Hill:
Judge grants request for George Santos's bond sponsors to be unsealed  —  A federal judge Tuesday granted media organizations' requests to unseal the names of the people who cosigned Rep. George Santos's (R-N.Y.) $500,000 bond in his criminal fraud case.  —  The order is a blow to Santos …
Brendan Farrington / Associated Press:
US Judge blocks Florida ban on trans minor care in narrow ruling, says ‘gender identity is real’  —  Saying gender identity is real, a federal judge temporarily blocked portions of a new Florida law that bans transgender minors from receiving puberty blockers, ruling Tuesday that the state …
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Tyler O'Neil / The Daily Signal:
BREAKING: Southern Poverty Law Center Adds Parental Rights Groups to ‘Hate Map’  —  The Southern Poverty Law Center, which brands mainstream conservative and Christian organizations as “hate groups,” placing them on a map with chapters of the Ku Klux Klan, added a slew of parental rights organizations to that …
Discussion: USA Today, Twitchy and The Forward
Jonathan Haidt / The Atlantic:
Get Phones Out of Schools Now  —  They impede learning, stunt relationships, and lessen belonging.  They should be banned.  —  In may 2019, I was invited to give a lecture at my old high school in Scarsdale, New York.  Before the talk, I met with the principal and his top administrators.
Discussion: The Hill
Thomas Kika / Newsweek:
Republicans Urge Immigrants to Stay in Florida, Fearing New Law's Impact  —  A handful of Florida Republicans have implored immigrants to stay in the state in the wake of recent laws signed by Governor Ron DeSantis.  —  Last month, Florida enacted a new bill, SB 1718, that is set …
Branko Marcetic / The Lever:
Clarence Thomas' Billionaire Benefactor Tied To SCOTUS Bombshell  —  Despite being caught in a swirling corruption scandal, the Supreme Court continues to rule on cases and issue far-reaching decisions that shatter years of precedent to rewrite the country's laws.
Naomi Feinstein / Miami New Times:
DeSantis Critic, Professor Tossed From New College After Inviting Black Historian Marvin Dunn to Campus  —  Richard Corcoran speaks at the end of a special legislative session, flanked by Rick Scott (right) and Joe Negron (left), on June 9, 2017. … On May 12, New College …
Discussion: Raw Story
Alicia Victoria Lozano / NBC News:
Oregon breakaway effort is down to just 8 votes, deepening urban-rural divide  —  The Greater Idaho movement aims to redraw Idaho's map to include 14 conservative Oregon counties, but opponents say it's only worsening political tensions.  —  ENTERPRISE, Ore. — A grassroots movement …
Discussion: KOIN-TV and Progress Pond
Axios:
Uninsurable America: Climate change hits the insurance industry … - It is also bedeviling regulators. … - State Farm said in late May it was done accepting new applications for California property insurance — including homes and commercial property — “due to historic increases …
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Whitney Downard / Indiana Capital Chronicle:
Fort Wayne man charged with felony in harassment of Congressman Banks  —  (Photo courtesy of congressional office)  —  Allen County prosecutors charged a Fort Wayne man with intimidation and harassment of Congressman Jim Banks after he allegedly threatened the elected representative and his family.
Richard Luscombe / The Guardian:
Black woman in Florida shot dead through front door by white neighbor  —  Ajike ‘AJ’ Owens killed after allegedly trying to retrieve iPad taken from her child, while shooter has not been arrested or charged  —  A Black mother of four in Florida was killed by a white neighbor who shot …
Washington Post:
D.C.-area carjackings have soared.  Here's where they're happening.  —  The number of carjackings in the D.C. region surged during the pandemic, baffling authorities and rattling communities  —  Nate Fleming had pulled up at a gas station in Northeast Washington on his way home …
Abrahm Lustgarten / ProPublica:
Climate Crisis Is on Track to Push One-Third of Humanity Out of Its Most Livable Environment  —  As conditions that best support life shift toward the poles, more than 600 million people are already living outside of a crucial “climate niche,” facing more extreme heat, rising food scarcity and higher death rates.
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Maine election officials say No Labels may be misleading voters in its third-party push  —  After receiving complaints, Maine's secretary of state is trying to make sure voters are aware they switched their registration to the centrist party.  —  LINCOLNVILLE, Maine …
Discussion: The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
Companies That Embraced Social Issues Have Second Thoughts  —  Executives rethink if and when to weigh in on potentially divisive issues, fearing backlash from all sides, and develop crisis plans in case things go wrong  —  In May, clothing company The North Face released a video for Pride Month featuring drag performer Pattie Gonia.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Power Line
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
During this Pride month, journalists should be ashamed  —  The front-page headline in the Washington Post proclaimed that “emboldened shoppers” are threatening Target workers for carrying Pride month merchandise — a trend that the article explained had “engulfed” the chain “in culture wars.”
David Aaron / Just Security:
Expert Backgrounder: Secret Evidence in Public Trials  —  Protecting defendants and national security under the Classified Information Procedures Act (CIPA)  —  The Espionage Act is getting star billing this year.  From an HBO movie about an old case to a newly charged case alleging …
Gabby Deutch / Jewish Insider:
U.S. diplomat with antisemitic, racist blog ‘cannot continue to serve’: Foreign Service union president  —  U.S. Ambassador Eric Rubin called for the firing of Fritz Berggren, who remains at State Department more than two years after the discovery of his ties to the website
 
 
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Brendan Pierson / Reuters:
US cannot ban people convicted of non-violent crimes from owning guns-appeals court
Discussion: New York Times and The Messenger
Chris Gelardi / New York Focus:
A New Prison Policy Blocks Incarcerated Journalists and Artists From Publishing Their Work
Oliver Willis Explains:
The Right's Anti-Trans Playbook Was Used Against Blacks And Others Before
Jonathan V. Last / Bulwark+:
Chris Sununu and the Good Republican's Noble Lie
Discussion: The Federalist and Mediaite
Holly Yan / CNN:
Human Rights Campaign declares a national state of emergency for LGBTQ+ people
Brakkton Booker / Politico:
Ramaswamy flaunts ‘tongue in cheek’ non-white nationalism
 Earlier Items: 
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
There Is One Group the Roberts Court Really Doesn't Like
Discussion: The Guardian
Ed Pilkington / The Guardian:
Harvard affirmative action challenge partly based on Holocaust denier's work
Discussion: Raw Story
Philip Rotner / Bulwark+:
Here's Why Trump's “Declassification” Defense Falls Apart
Rachel M. Cohen / Vox:
Republicans' abortion bans are nothing like those in Europe
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
SEC Charges Coinbase for Operating as an Unregistered Securities Exchange, Broker, and Clearing Agency
 

 
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