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11:50 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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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 …
New York Times:
Prosecutors Tell Trump's Legal Team He Is a Target of Investigation  —  The notice from the office of the special counsel Jack Smith suggested that an indictment was on the horizon in the investigation into the former president's handling of classified documents.
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 …
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Mark Meadows to plead guilty in deal to testify against Trump: report  —  Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows will reportedly plead guilty as part of a plan to indict former President Donald Trump.  —  Sources told Andrew Feinberg of The Independent that Meadows' decision …
Discussion: Washington Press
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
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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Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Fox News and Tucker Carlson both lose after his firing
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.
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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.
New York Times:
Chris Licht Is Out at CNN, Leaving Network at a Crossroads
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
CNN Chairman and CEO Chris Licht is out
Jenna Moon / Semafor:
What the crisis at CNN means
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 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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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 …
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Annie Karni / New York Times:
House Is Paralyzed as Far-Right Rebels Continue Mutiny Against McCarthy
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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 …
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: New York Times, HuffPost and Fox News
Politico:
DeSantis-linked PR shop ditches PGA Tour amid LIV Golf merger blowback
Discussion: Florida Politics
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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NBC News:
Millions in eastern U.S. face unhealthy air quality conditions from Canada wildfire smoke: Live Updates
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 …
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 …
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 …
United States House Committee on Oversight …:
Comer Forces the FBI to Cooperate and Allow All Oversight Committee Members to Review Biden Bribery Record  —  Committee removes scheduled contempt of Congress markup  —  WASHINGTON—House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) issued the following statement …
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Margot Cleveland / The Federalist:
EXCLUSIVE: Bill Barr Confirms Rep. Jamie Raskin Lied About Biden Family Corruption Investigation
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles Times to cut 74 newsroom positions amid advertising declines  —  The Los Angeles Times is cutting its newsroom staff, becoming the latest news organization to contract amid economic pressures brought on by advertising and print readership declines.
 
 
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Daniel Libit / Sportico:
Congress Tees Up New Bill Stripping PGA Tour's Tax-Exempt Status
Los Angeles Times:
Revenge served ice cold? Top L.A. law firm outs former partners' racist, sexist emails
Discussion: The Forward
Tyler Pager / Washington Post:
Tom Perez to join White House as senior adviser
CWB Chicago:
Man sexually assaulted woman at CTA station three days after being paroled for his 10th felony: prosecutors
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Appeals court skeptical of argument to end ACA coverage requirements during appeal
Kevin Drum:
Yes, young men are becoming more right-wing
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NBC News:
Child labor investigation spreads to meatpacking, produce companies in 11 states
Jeremy Gorner / Chicago Tribune:
Lawsuits against state can be filed in only two counties under measure signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker
Ken Klippenstein / The Intercept:
GOP Lobbyist Claimed to Be “Empowering Women” — but Worked for Saudi Theocracy's LIV Golf
Discussion: New York Times
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Puck hires veteran journalist and TV commentator John Heilemann as its chief political columnist and partner, as the outlet expands its presence in Washington

Jennifer Schuessler / New York Times:
PEN America cancels its 2024 literary awards ceremony, set for April 29, after months of protests over the organization's response to the war in Gaza

 
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