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11:00 AM ET, June 6, 2023

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Sarah Blaskey / Miami Herald:
Texas sheriff recommends criminal charges in DeSantis' migrant flights to Martha's Vineyard  —  A Texas sheriff's department has recommended that the district attorney in Bexar County bring criminal charges over the first iteration of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' so-called migrant relocation program.
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Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
It Is Completely Bizarre That Florida Is Allowed to Do This  —  This scheme to ‘transport’ migrants across state lines is crying out for the intervention of federal law enforcement on every level.  —  Not to put too fine a point on it, but the state of Florida seems to be running a some kind of kidnapping operation.
Discussion: Raw Story, NBC News and Joe.My.God.
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
Newsom threatens DeSantis with kidnapping charges after migrants flown to Sacramento  —  Gov. Gavin Newsom took his feud with Gov. Ron DeSantis to new heights on Monday, seemingly threatening him with kidnapping charges after California officials say South American migrants were sent to Sacramento …
New York Times:
Second Plane Carrying Migrants Arrives in Sacramento
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:   Texas sheriff recommends criminal charges over flights to Martha's Vineyard
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 …
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.
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
‘Green light’: Legal expert suggests Jack Smith has been given the go-ahead to indict Trump
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
Discussion: New Republic
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Rachel M. Cohen / Vox:
Republicans' abortion bans are nothing like those in Europe  —  Yes, even the 12-week ones.  —  Republicans scrambling to address mounting backlash to abortion bans have landed on what they hope they can market as a moderate political compromise: limiting abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Discussion: Jezebel and FiveThirtyEight
Summer Concepcion / NBC News:
George Santos' lawyer asks to keep identities of those who secured his $500,000 bond sealed  —  His lawyer told the judge overseeing the case that the cosigners would be “likely to suffer great distress, may lose their jobs, and God forbid, may suffer physical injury” if their names were released.
Discussion: East Bay Times
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Kristin Wilson / CNN:
Rep. George Santos' lawyer asks to keep bond cosigners' names sealed
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Fox News' favorite Democratic presidential candidate  —  Fox News does not usually feature laudatory coverage of Democratic political candidates.  There is an exception: Robert F. Kennedy Jr, who announced in April he was running for president in the Democratic primary.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Miles Klee / Rolling Stone:
RFK Jr. Blames Anti-Depressants for School Shootings
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
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 …
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
SEC Charges Coinbase for Operating as an Unregistered Securities Exchange, Broker, and Clearing Agency  —  Coinbase also charged for the unregistered offer and sale of securities in connection with its staking-as-a-service program.  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  2023-102
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Twitter Admits in Court Filing: Elon Musk Is Simply Wrong About Government Interference At Twitter  —  from the confirmation-idiocy dept  —  It is amazing the degree to which some people will engage in confirmation bias and believe absolute nonsense, even as the facts show the opposite is true.
Axios:
Team DeSantis bets big on angrier GOP base  —  Flush with $82.5 million that was just transferred from his state account, the super PAC backing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is ready to spend huge sums on a bet that the Republican electorate in 2024 is angrier and more conservative than it was in 2016.
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Jessica Chasmar / Fox News:
Trump campaign continues to push false narratives about DeSantis: Here are five examples
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
Washington Post:
FBI had reviewed, closed inquiry into claims at center of Hill fight  —  Republican lawmaker James Comer said he will still seek to hold the FBI director in contempt of Congress after viewing document in question  —  The FBI and Justice Department under then-Attorney General William P. Barr …
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 …
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
Conservative Pundit Says 4 Things Show It's ‘Gotten Very, Very Real’ For Donald Trump  —  Charlie Sykes explained what the former president “losing his mind” on social media amid developments in the classified documents case really means.  —  Conservative commentator Charlie Sykes on Monday broke …
Paul Sonne / New York Times:
Fake Putin Speech Calling for Martial Law Aired in Russia  —  The Kremlin said it was investigating what it called a “hack” after a bogus speech aired on some radio and television networks.  —  A faked declaration of martial law and military mobilization by President Vladimir V. Putin …
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Trump Asks Judge to Stop Carroll's Second Defamation Suit  —  Former President Donald J. Trump told a judge that he could not have defamed E. Jean Carroll by denying her rape accusation because a jury had found him liable only for sexually abusing her.  —  Former President Donald J. Trump told …
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
Josh Boak / Associated Press:
White House website highlights infrastructure as Biden pushes policy wins  —  The White House on Tuesday is launching a website to map and track tens of thousands of infrastructure projects and private manufacturing investments, an effort by the administration to show the positive impact …
Discussion: The White House
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Betsy Klein / CNN:
Biden to convene his Cabinet on the heels of debt ceiling resolution
Discussion: Political Wire
Megan R. Wilson / Politico:
Merck sues HHS over drug negotiation, claims program ‘tantamount to extortion’  —  In its suit, the drug giant claims that Medicare negotiation program is unconstitutional  —  Pharmaceutical giant Merck sued the federal government on Tuesday to block Medicare drug price negotiations, calling the program unconstitutional.
Ursula Perano / The Daily Beast:
How Lauren Boebert Gifted Her Dem Opponent a New Attack  —  Adam Frisch, who is challenging the Colorado Republican again after narrowly losing in 2022, is capitalizing on her strange maneuvering around a recent key vote.  —  When Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) was caught on video missing …
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Florida college left without American history professor after axing DeSantis critic  —  Erik Wallenberg, a visiting professor at the New College of Florida and a detractor of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' efforts to take over the state's higher educational system, was unceremoniously removed …
Discussion: Miami New Times
 
 
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Ken Klippenstein / The Intercept:
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Reuters:
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International Atomic Energy Agency:
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Julia Mueller / The Hill:
Senators to be briefed on AI to deepen expertise on ‘pressing topic’
Discussion: Fox News and Politico
Julie Kelly / American Greatness:
J6 Defendant on Ray Epps: ‘They Are Protecting Him Like Crazy’
New York Post:
Narcan and crackpipe vending machines: White flag of surrender to addiction
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Tyler O'Neil / The Daily Signal:
ORWELLIAN: Associated Press Forbids Even Discussing Transgenderism as an Ideology
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
What Does the Debt-Ceiling Agreement Say About the U.S. Political System?
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Washington Post:
Chris Christie launching 2024 run as brawler eager to take on Trump
Discussion: Politico, NPR and New Jersey Online
Do Not Work Notice:
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Washington Post:
Ukrainian forces advance on Russians, deny ‘counteroffensive’ has begun
David Gutman / The Seattle Times:
Why prosecutors in WA are recharging a man police nearly beat to death
Sarah Mervosh / New York Times:
Oklahoma Approves First Religious Charter School in the U.S.