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2:35 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:
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
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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Sarah Blaskey / Miami Herald:
Texas sheriff recommends criminal charges in DeSantis' migrant flights to Martha's Vineyard
Los Angeles Times:
Newsom threatens DeSantis with kidnapping charges after migrants flown to Sacramento
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Financial Times:
Military briefing: Russia has most to gain from Ukrainian dam breach  —  Moscow set to benefit from Kyiv diverting efforts away from flood-hit southern flank of counter-offensive  —  The destruction of the Kakhovka dam and power plant that unleashed floodwater across southern Ukraine is likely …
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
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 …
Brooke Migdon / The Hill:
Families challenging Florida gender-affirming care restrictions may receive care, judge rules  —  A Florida judge on Tuesday blocked the enforcement of new state restrictions on gender-affirming health care for three transgender children whose families have challenged them in federal court …
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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.
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 …
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Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:   Florida college left without American history professor after axing DeSantis critic
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
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
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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
During 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.”
Rachel Ramirez / CNN:
The Arctic may be sea ice-free in summer by the 2030s, new study warns  —  The Arctic could be free of sea ice roughly a decade earlier than projected, scientists warn - another clear sign the climate crisis is happening faster than expected as the world continues to pump out planet-heating pollution.
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 …
Discussion: New Republic
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 …
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
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
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
Galen Bacharier / Des Moines Register:
Top conservative spenders begin investing in Iowa, opposing Trump ahead of 2024 caucuses  —  Two national conservative groups appear to be laying the groundwork in Iowa to oppose former President Donald Trump in the 2024 Republican caucuses.  —  The campaign arm of Club for Growth paid …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Brakkton Booker / Politico:
Ramaswamy flaunts ‘tongue in cheek’ non-white nationalism  —  The longshot GOP presidential candidate isn't worried if voters are put off by it.  —  Vivek Ramaswamy bristles at being lumped with other Republicans, namely Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.  —  To differentiate himself in a crowded field, he's trying to claim a new label.
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
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.
Lauren Sforza / The Hill:
Goldman Sachs sees lower chance of recession  —  Analysts at Goldman Sachs are seeing a lower probability that the United States will enter a recession over the next year, according to a new research note published Tuesday.  —  Goldman Sachs announced in the note it cut its “judgmental probability” …
Philip Rotner / Bulwark+:
Here's Why Trump's “Declassification” Defense Falls Apart  —  THE OVERHEATED PUBLIC DEBATE over whether Donald Trump really did casually declassify more than 300 classified documents on his way out of the White House—a debate given new life last week with the report of an audio recording …
Discussion: USA Today
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.
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.
 
 
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Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Sources: Amazon plans to shut its FAST service Freevee in the coming weeks, as part of a broader effort to focus its ad and product efforts on Prime Video

Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
FTC letter: Twitter did not violate an order restricting its data practices, as staff prevented the “Twitter Files” writers from directly accessing its systems

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