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9:50 PM ET, June 7, 2023

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Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
Prosecutors ready to ask for Trump indictment on obstruction and Espionage Act charges  —  The Independent has learned that prosecutors are prepared to ask grand jurors to vote on charges as early as Thursday  —  The Department of Justice is preparing to ask a Washington …
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Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Trump's lawyers told he is target in Mar-a-Lago documents investigation  —  Move dramatically raises stakes for former president as investigation appears to near its conclusion  —  Federal prosecutors formally informed Donald Trump's lawyers last week that the former US president is a target …
Discussion: Insider, Raw Story and emptywheel
Politico:
Trump notified that he is the target of ongoing criminal investigation  —  He is under investigation for concealing reams of classified information at his private estate and orchestrating a scheme to prevent federal authorities from finding them.  —  Federal prosecutors have notified former …
John Solomon / Just The News:
Feds inform Trump he is target likely to be indicted as DOJ rebuffs prosecutorial misconduct claim  —  Federal prosecutors have notified Donald Trump that he is a criminal target and likely to be indicted imminently in a probe into alleged classified documents - even as the Justice Department declined …
Jonathan Swan / New York Times:
Pence Delivers Strong Rebuke to Trump in Campaign Announcement
Semafor:
Donald Trump - January 6 + Ronald Reagan = Mike Pence
Washington Post:
What to look for if Trump is indicted by the DOJ
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo and The Hill
Axios:
Scoop: Fox News says Tucker Carlson breached his contract  —  Fox News Wednesday notified Tucker Carlson's lawyers that the former prime-time anchor violated his contract with the network when he launched his own Twitter show on Tuesday, according to a copy of a letter obtained by Axios.
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Io Dodds / The Independent:
Tucker Carlson calls Ukraine's Jewish leader ‘rat-like’ as he launches new Twitter show with pro-Kremlin rant
Dylan Byers / Puck:
Licht's Out  —  The embattled CNN C.E.O. will be leaving the company, and long-time beloved top executive Amy Entelis will steady the ship until Zaz picks a new leader.  It's been a hell of a week since The Atlantic story dropped, and yet here goes another reinvention.
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David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Chris Licht's Fundamental Mistake  —  The ousted CNN executive failed to grasp the altered landscape of American politics.  —  The precipitous fall of Chris Licht is just the sort of story that today's cable-news environment is best at covering: dramatic, messy, lurid, and ultimately lacking in much substance.
New York Times:
Chris Licht Is Out at CNN, Leaving Network at a Crossroads  —  Mr. Licht's turbulent time running the 24-hour news organization lasted slightly more than a year.  —  At 7 a.m. on Wednesday, as a cloud of smoke enveloped Manhattan, Chris Licht left his apartment building and strolled half …
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
CNN Chairman and CEO Chris Licht is out
Jenna Moon / Semafor:
What the crisis at CNN means
Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
DOJ charges 'Bob's Burgers,' ‘Arrested Development’ actor in Jan. 6 Capitol riot  —  Jay Johnston, an actor who appeared in many comedies, was arrested Wednesday and charged with felony obstruction of officers as well as several misdemeanor offenses.  —  WASHINGTON — A Hollywood actor who appeared on …
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The White House:
Message to the House of Representatives — President's Veto of H.J. Res. 45  —  TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:  —  I am returning herewith without my approval H.J. Res. 45, a resolution that would disapprove of the Department of Education's rule relating to “Waivers and Modifications of Federal Student Loans.”
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Associated Press:
Millions breathing hazardous air as smoke from Canadian wildfires streams south over US  — What to know  —  Smoke from Canadian wildfires poured into the U.S. East Coast and Midwest on Wednesday, covering the capitals of both nations in an unhealthy haze, holding up flights at major airports …
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USA Today:
As Canada burns, smoke makes US air unhealthy and skies eerie. Is climate change to blame?
NBC News:
Millions in eastern U.S. face unhealthy air quality conditions from Canada wildfire smoke: Live Updates
Ewan Palmer / Newsweek:
Ron DeSantis' Approval Rating Has Collapsed  —  Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has seen his approval rating fall dramatically two weeks after announcing his 2024 presidential bid.  —  According to online polling company Civiqs' dynamic approval rating graph, DeSantis currently has a net approval rating …
The Hill:
House cancels votes for rest of week amid floor ‘chaos’  —  House leaders canceled planned votes for the rest of the week amid a revolt by conservative members that brought any votes on the House floor to a halt.  —  “What we're gonna do is we're gonna come back on Monday …
Discussion: Just The News
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Josh Fiallo / The Daily Beast:
PGA Turncoats Gloat Over Bombshell Saudi Merger  —  Even Donald Trump chimed in on the shock move—calling it a “big, beautiful, and glamorous” deal.  —  Golf stars who took a money grab to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf last year were in high spirits Tuesday—gloating online as soon …
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Bloomberg:
Trust-Busters Have Some Concerns About the Big Golf Not-a-Merger
Discussion: HuffPost, New York Times and Fox News
Politico:
DeSantis-linked PR shop ditches PGA Tour amid LIV Golf merger blowback
Discussion: Florida Politics and Daily Kos
Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Justice Thomas delays disclosures after reports of travel, property sale  —  Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has asked for more time to file annual financial disclosures following criticism that he failed to report luxury travel and real estate deals with a Texas billionaire and Republican donor.
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Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Yes, We're in an L.G.B.T.Q. State of Emergency  —  This year there is a pall over Pride.  —  As the L.G.B.T.Q. community celebrates Pride Month, we are besieged by a malicious, coordinated legislative attack.  —  There's been a notable rise in the number of anti-L.G.B.T.Q. bills since 2018 …
Wall Street Journal:
Instagram Connects Vast Pedophile Network  —  The Meta unit's systems for fostering communities have guided users to child-sex content; company says it is improving internal controls  —  Instagram, the popular social-media site owned by Meta Platforms, helps connect and promote a vast network …
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
Ken Paxton Impeachment Prosecutor: We've Got a Slam Dunk Case  —  Two defense attorneys tasked with nailing the Texas AG say the details are “astounding” and “ten times worse than [what] has been public.”  —  Famed criminal defense attorney Dick DeGuerin—who has represented clients ranging …
 
 
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Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles Times to cut 74 newsroom positions amid advertising declines
Fox News:
Biden officials explored cracking down on gas stoves earlier than previously known, emails show
Discussion: RedState and ABC News
Kevin Drum:
Yes, young men are becoming more right-wing
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
NBC News:
Child labor investigation spreads to meatpacking, produce companies in 11 states
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