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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 …
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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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 …
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.
Los Angeles Times:
Newsom threatens DeSantis with kidnapping charges after migrants flown to Sacramento
Reuters:
Second flight arrives in Sacramento carrying migrants with Florida documents
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
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  —  A major dam and hydroelectric power plant in southern Ukraine were severely damaged by an explosion early Tuesday, unleashing flooding near the front lines.
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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Philip Rotner / Bulwark+:
Here's Why Trump's “Declassification” Defense Falls Apart
Discussion: USA Today
New York Times:
Trump Lawyers Visit Justice Dept. as Classified Documents Inquiry Nears End
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 …
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: FiveThirtyEight and Jezebel
New York Times:
Robert Kennedy Jr., With Musk, Pushes Right-Wing Ideas and Misinformation  —  Mr. Kennedy, a long-shot Democratic presidential candidate with surprisingly high polling numbers, said he wanted to close the Mexican border and attributed the rise of mass shootings to pharmaceutical drugs.
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Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Fox News' favorite Democratic presidential candidate
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
Bloomberg:
US Secretary of State Blinken Set to Travel to Beijing for Talks in Coming Weeks  —  Secretary of State Antony Blinken plans to visit China in the coming weeks for talks with top officials, possibly including President Xi Jinping, people familiar with the matter said, as the US looks …
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and The Messenger
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 …
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 …
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
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
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
David Enrich / New York Times:
A Reporter Investigated Sexual Misconduct.  Then the Attacks Began.  —  After publishing an exposé, journalists in New Hampshire faced broken windows, vulgar graffiti and a legal brawl, with important First Amendment implications.  —  Reporting from Concord, N.H., and Melrose, Mass.
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 …
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 Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
With Debt-Ceiling Deal Done, House GOP Looks to Cut Taxes  —  Republicans hope to revive expired business tax breaks in a bill they could introduce this month  —  WASHINGTON—After insisting on spending cuts and deficit reduction in a debt-ceiling deal that came together just before the U.S. breached …
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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 …
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Biden administration announces $115M to upgrade Jackson, Miss., water infrastructure  —  The White House announced Tuesday that the Biden administration will award $115 million to Jackson, Miss., to upgrade the decaying water infrastructure that has led to multiple water crises in recent years.
Discussion: UPI, Associated Press and US EPA
Audrey Fahlberg / The Dispatch:
North Carolina Republicans Fret Over Their Gubernatorial Frontrunner … North Carolina Republicans continue to feel uneasy about their party's current gubernatorial frontrunner, firebrand Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson.  But no coherent strategy yet exists to knock him out in a primary.
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 …
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.
NBC News:
Boppy's recalled infant lounger is now linked to at least 10 deaths  —  An NBC News investigation last month found that baby loungers were associated with more deaths than federal regulators had previously announced.  —  The Boppy Newborn Lounger, a popular infant pillow recalled nearly two years ago …
Discussion: CBS News
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.
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
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 …
Ed Pilkington / The Guardian:
Harvard affirmative action challenge partly based on Holocaust denier's work  —  Complaint draws heavily from 2012 article by Ron Unz, who publishes antisemitic, anti-LGBTQ+ and neo-Nazi screeds  —  Backers of the legal challenge to Harvard University's affirmative action program currently pending …
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Don Moynihan / Can We Still Govern?:
The far right wants to protect the Big Lie, not election integrity, not democracy
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Trump to sit with Fox News's Bret Baier for interview airing June 19
Discussion: Mediaite
Ken Klippenstein / The Intercept:
DHS Intel Report on Cop City Protesters Cribbed Far-Right Activist Andy Ngo
Julie Kelly / American Greatness:
J6 Defendant on Ray Epps: ‘They Are Protecting Him Like Crazy’
Tyler O'Neil / The Daily Signal:
ORWELLIAN: Associated Press Forbids Even Discussing Transgenderism as an Ideology
 Earlier Items: 
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
What Does the Debt-Ceiling Agreement Say About the U.S. Political System?
Summer Concepcion / NBC News:
George Santos' lawyer asks to keep identities of those who secured his $500,000 bond sealed
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
‘Green light’: Legal expert suggests Jack Smith has been given the go-ahead to indict Trump
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 

 
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Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
The US Senate passes the TikTok divestment bill by a margin of 79-18; the legislation now heads to President Biden, who has committed to sign it into law

Chris Morris / Fortune:
Taylor Swift's new album smashed streaming records; Spotify says it had 300M+ streams on launch day and became 2024's most-streamed album within just 12 hours

Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Spotify Q1: revenue up 20% YoY to €3.6B, MAUs up 19% to 615M, vs. 617.9M est., subscribers up 14% to 239M, and a €168M operating income; SPOT closes up 11.41%

 
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