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7:00 PM ET, June 6, 2023

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New York Times:
Mark Meadows Testified to Grand Jury in Special Counsel Investigation of Trump  —  Mr. Meadows, the final White House chief of staff under Donald Trump, is seen as a potentially key witness in the documents and Jan. 6 inquiries.  —  Mark Meadows, the final White House chief …
Discussion: The Messenger and ABC7
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.
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Ali Vitali / NBC News:
Rep. Jim Jordan demands DOJ memo outlining scope of Trump probe  —  The Judiciary Committee chairman's letter was first shared with NBC News a day after Trump attorneys met with special counsel Jack Smith and others at the Justice Department.  —  Jordan asks DOJ for memo on scope of Trump classified documents probe
Bloomberg:
Trump Special Counsel Summons Florida Witnesses in Classifed Documents Probe
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Raw Story
Philip Rotner / Bulwark+:   Here's Why Trump's “Declassification” Defense Falls Apart
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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Washington Post:
PGA Tour agrees to merge with Saudi-backed LIV Golf, ending feud  —  The PGA Tour on Tuesday announced that it was merging operations with LIV Golf, the Saudi-funded breakaway league that roiled professional golf by luring some of the game's best players with hefty paychecks, a lighter schedule and less-competitive tournaments.
Alan Blinder / New York Times:
PGA Tour and LIV Golf Agree to Merger
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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Politico:
Conservatives surprise McCarthy with floor rebellion over debt deal anger  —  A band of House conservatives derailed a bill that takes aim at gas stove regulation.  It could be just the beginning of moves to undercut the speaker.  —  A band of House conservatives mounted an extraordinary rebellion …
NPR:
Angry over debt deal, conservative House Republicans tank a McCarthy-backed vote
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
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
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
Molly Jong-Fast / Vanity Fair:
The 2024 GOP Field Is Basically Donald Trump and His Mini-Mes  —  The Never-Trump lane is looking pretty empty as candidates serve up MAGA red meat and culture-war cruelty to the crowds in Iowa and New Hampshire.  —  Trumpism is about destruction, about burning it all down …
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Associated Press:
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie files paperwork launching 2024 Republican presidential bid
Nicholas Nehamas / New York Times:
DeSantis Stays Silent on Whether Florida Arranged Migrant Flights to California  —  The silence from Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican running for president, on such a high-profile incident is unusual.  —  Reporting from Miami  —  In his first public appearance since officials in California accused …
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Adam Gabbatt / The Guardian:
Texas sheriff files criminal case over DeSantis flights to Martha's Vineyard
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
It Is Completely Bizarre That Florida Is Allowed to Do This
Discussion: KQCA-TV and KRON4
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 and Joanne Jacobs
Richard Pollina / New York Post:
Elliot Page reveals chilling transphobic attack outside LA hotel: 'I'm going to f-king gay bash you, fa—t'  —  Actor Elliot Page has shared he was verbally attacked and threatened by a crazed transphobic man — who shouted that he was the reason “I need a gun” in Los Angeles last year.
NBC News:
Live updates: Ukraine and Russia accuse each other of blowing up a major dam  —  The critical Kakhovka dam was destroyed, according to video verified by NBC News and local officials on both sides.
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Financial Times:
Military briefing: Russia has most to gain from Ukrainian dam breach
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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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:
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 …
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Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
Man Convicted of Nonviolent Crime Can Own Gun, U.S. Court Rules  —  The decision, which national groups had been closely watching, was a potential setback to gun regulations spurred by a Supreme Court ruling last year that vastly expanded the right to bear arms.  —  Reporting from Washington
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Brendan Pierson / Reuters:
US cannot ban people convicted of non-violent crimes from owning guns-appeals court
Discussion: Associated Press and The Messenger
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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: GZERO and Digby's Hullabaloo
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
Matthew Cappucci / Washington Post:
Where wildfire smoke is hitting the U.S. the hardest — and when it will end  —  The smoke, emanating from Canada, is causing gray skies and poor air quality  —  The smoky scenes and threat of fast-moving fires — so common in California during recent summers — are now paying …
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
 
 
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The right sure loves a lot of ‘woke’ companies
NBC News:
Drone attack in Moscow may have targeted homes of Russian intelligence officials, multiple U.S. officials say
Politico:
Biden back on the attack — hits GOP for threatening Social Security
Katelyn Burns / them.:
Chase Strangio on Trans Power, Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation, and the History of Queer Activism
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Washington Post:
D.C.-area carjackings have soared. Here's where they're happening.
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A New Prison Policy Blocks Incarcerated Journalists and Artists From Publishing Their Work
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Jonathan V. Last / Bulwark+:
Chris Sununu and the Good Republican's Noble Lie
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Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
During this Pride month, journalists should be ashamed
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Maine election officials say No Labels may be misleading voters in its third-party push
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
Abrahm Lustgarten / ProPublica:
Climate Crisis Is on Track to Push One-Third of Humanity Out of Its Most Livable Environment
Gabby Deutch / Jewish Insider:
U.S. diplomat with antisemitic, racist blog ‘cannot continue to serve’: Foreign Service union president
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