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5:10 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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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 …
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Multiple witnesses subpoenaed in Florida in Trump Mar-a-Lago case  —  Involvement of top prosecutor Jay Bratt in the Florida grand jury could suggest questions about Espionage Act violations  —  Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed multiple witnesses to testify before a previously unknown grand jury …
Washington Post:
Taylor Budowich appears before Miami grand jury in Trump documents probe  —  Former Trump spokesman was questioned in part about a statement Trump drafted on classified documents in early 2022  —  A former aide to Donald Trump appeared Wednesday before a federal grand jury in Miami as part …
Washington Post:
What to look for if Trump is indicted by the DOJ
Discussion: The Hill and Digby's Hullabaloo
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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New York Times:
Chris Licht Is Out at CNN  —  Mr. Licht had a turbulent tenure that lasted slightly more than a year.  —  Chris Licht, the former television producer who oversaw a brief and chaotic tenure as the chairman of CNN, is out at the network, according to a person briefed on the decision.
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
CNN Chairman and CEO Chris Licht is out  —  New York CNN —  Chris Licht, the embattled chief executive and chairman of CNN, whose brief one-year tenure at the network was stained by a series of severe missteps, will depart the company.  —  “I met with Chris and he will be leaving CNN …
Rolling Stone:
CNN Staff Exhausted After Chris Licht's Resignation: ‘Sick of Being Embarrassed’  —  The man behind the widely maligned Donald Trump town hall was not long for the network, which is bracing for an uncertain future  —  CHRIS LICHT IS stepping down as CEO of CNN after barely a year on the job, the network announced on Wednesday.
Ben Smith / Semafor:
Can anyone save cable news now?  —  Chris Licht will be stepping down as the CEO and Chairman of CNN.  —  Amy Entelis, Virginia Mosely, and Eric Sherling will act as the network's interim leadership team, according to an email David Zaslav, CEO of Warner Bros Discovery, sent to the newsroom on Wednesday.
Discussion: Variety
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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Bloomberg:
Trust-Busters Have Some Concerns About the Big Golf Not-a-Merger  —  This is Washington Edition, the newsletter about money, power and politics in the nation's capital.  Today, White House reporter Jordan Fabian and national security correspondent Anna Edgerton look at the how the PGA-LIV merger is playing in Washington.
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 …
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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Bloomberg:
Justice Clarence Thomas Gets Extension for Financial Disclosures
Discussion: CNN and Washington Examiner
Io Dodds / The Independent:
Tucker Carlson calls Ukraine's Jewish leader ‘rat-like’ as he launches new Twitter show with pro-Kremlin rant  —  The far-right former Fox News host also questioned the official story about 9/11 and claimed that the US media are covering up evidence of alien life
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Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Fox News and Tucker Carlson both lose after his firing  —  Six weeks after Fox News unceremoniously canned Tucker Carlson, both the network and its former star host are still struggling to pick up the pieces.  Fox's ratings have tanked and Carlson's new Twitter-based show is a mess …
Jonathan Swan / New York Times:
Pence Delivers Strong Rebuke to Trump in Campaign Announcement  —  The former vice president — and now rival — to Donald Trump gave his most aggressive criticism of his former boss, portraying him as unfit to be president.  —  Reporting from Ankeny, Iowa
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Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Pence argues Jan. 6 is disqualifying for Trump as he launches campaign
The Hill:
Conservative rebels throw House into limbo  —  A revolt from conservatives thrust the House floor into a state of limbo Wednesday, with leaders forced to delay a second try at advancing a rule GOP rebels shot down one day earlier.  —  The office of House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) …
Discussion: NBC News, Fox News and Roll Call
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Doug Burgum / Wall Street Journal:
Why I'm Running for President in 2024  —  America needs new leadership to unleash our people's potential.  —  When Joe Biden released his video announcing his re-election campaign, it was shocking what was missing.  He failed to articulate any economic vision for the country …
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Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
CNN's Chris Licht showed the problem with anti-woke centrism  —  In a roughly 15,000-word profile published last week by the Atlantic, CNN chief executive Chris Licht, who has complained that the network's journalists were too opinionated when Donald Trump was president, gave a lot of, well, opinions.
Discussion: Raw Story and National Review
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Comer releases contempt resolution targeting FBI Director Wray  —  House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) released a resolution Wednesday to hold FBI Director Christopher A. Wray in contempt of Congress for not fully complying with a subpoena.  Comer said his panel would vote on the resolution Thursday.
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Robinson Meyer / Heatmap News:
The East Coast's Wildfire Smoke Is On Par With the West's Worst Days  —  Air pollution in New York and across the eastern United States, driven by an outbreak of wildfires across Quebec and Nova Scotia, has reached the worst level since 2005, when modern records began, according to a Stanford economist.
Rafael Bernal / The Hill:
California, Texas make legal moves against Florida migrant flights  —  Florida officials are facing potential legal peril over GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis's migrant relocation moves.  —  California Attorney General Rob Bonta (D) and Bexar County (Texas) Sheriff Javier Salazar …
Francisco Guzman / USA Today:
Dead raccoon and racist, ‘intimidating’ sign left on front door of Oregon mayor's office  —  A dead raccoon and a sign with racist and “intimidating language” was left on the front door of an Oregon mayor's office Monday, authorities said.  —  Redmond Police Department detectives responded …
David Dayen / American Prospect:
The Oncoming Train Wreck of Restarting Student Loan Payments  —  The administration has committed itself to a herculean task, partnering with private loan servicers that in the past have shown themselves to be utterly incompetent.  —  Graduates walk in a procession as they arrive …
Wall Street Journal:
Canada Wildfires Rage as Blazes Get Bigger Across the World  —  Arctic region has warmed nearly four times faster than the rest of the world, increasing risk of fire in Northern Hemisphere forests  —  Wildfires like those ravaging Canada are becoming bigger and more frequent as forests around …
Institute for the Study of War:
Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, June 6, 2023  —  Click here to see ISW's interactive map of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  This map is updated daily alongside the static maps present in this report.  —  Click here to access ISW's archive of interactive time-lapse maps of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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 …
ABC News:
7 people shot following high school graduation in Richmond, Virginia: Police  —  Six people were also injured in the aftermath of the shooting, police said.  —  Seven people were shot following a high school graduation in Richmond, Virginia, on Tuesday, police said.
Paul Bois / Breitbart:
Maryland Democrat Says Muslim Families Sided with ‘White Supremacists’ for Flagging Sexual Material in Class  —  A Maryland Democrat said Muslim families have sided with “white supremacists” for speaking out against LGBTQQIAAP2S+ materials being taught in the classroom.
 
 
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Liz Crampton / Politico:
Democrats look to spend their way out of school culture wars
Zach Jewell / The Daily Wire:
Matt Walsh Undercover Investigation Catches Trans Health Care Providers ‘Rubber-Stamping’ Sex-Change Surgeries
Discussion: HotAir, The Daily Signal and Twitchy
Brooke Migdon / The Hill:
Garcia honors ‘American phenomenon’ RuPaul on House floor
Discussion: NBC News and The Daily Caller
Ken Klippenstein / The Intercept:
GOP Lobbyist Claimed to Be “Empowering Women” — but Worked for Saudi Theocracy's LIV Golf
Discussion: New York Times
Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
The fugitive heiress next door
Joey Flechas / Miami Herald:
Miami mayor raising super PAC cash, assembling campaign team as '24 announcement looms
Discussion: Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Lavietes / NBC News:
Pride flag burned outside a City Hall in Arizona
Discussion: Fox News
Benjy Sarlin / Semafor:
Principals  —  Remember when crypto was the hot new tech that Silicon Valley was telling Washington would change everything?
Discussion: The Guardian
Axios:
Scoop: Senator Hawley enters the AI chat
Discussion: Fox News and RedState
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
The paranoid style in American politics
Matthew Rodriguez / CBS News:
Fights break out outside Glendale school district meeting as protesters battle over gender studies
Noah Berlatsky / Public Notice:
An uncomfortable truth about GOP anti-trans bigotry
Associated Press:
White woman who fatally shot Black neighbor is arrested in Florida
 

 
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Ruth La Ferla / New York Times:
Graydon Carter opens a physical store called Air Mail Newsstand in NYC, as an extension of his digital newsletter Air Mail, selling books, magazines, and more

Todd Spangler / Variety:
Filing: Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav's 2023 compensation package was worth $49.7M, up 26.5% from the year prior, with $23.1M in stock awards

Andrew Beaujon / Washingtonian:
Interviews with over a dozen current and former WAMU staffers and contractors show management's contradictory, unclear messaging about its closure of DCist

 
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