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6:15 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 …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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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 …
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: emptywheel
NBC News:
Trump ally Bannon subpoenaed in special counsel Jack Smith's Jan. 6 grand jury probe  —  The Washington, D.C.-based grand jury is separate from one investigating the former president's handling of classified documents.  —  WASHINGTON — Former Trump White House official Steve Bannon …
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 …
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.
Jenna Moon / Semafor:
What the crisis at CNN means  —  The News  —  Chris Licht will be stepping down as the CEO and Chairman of CNN.  His departure was first reported by Puck News early Wednesday.  —  Amy Entelis, Virginia Mosely, and Eric Sherling will act as the network's interim leadership team …
Ben Smith / Semafor:   Can anyone save cable news now?
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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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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USA Today:
As Canada burns, smoke makes US air unhealthy and skies eerie. Is climate change to blame?
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
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.
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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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.
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Bloomberg:
Surprise Golf Marriage of PGA and LIV Risks Antitrust Scrutiny
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
Margot Cleveland / The Federalist:
EXCLUSIVE: Bill Barr Confirms Rep. Jamie Raskin Lied About Biden Family Corruption Investigation  —  ‘The FBI is attempting a coverup, and Democrats are doing their bidding by lying to the American people,’ Rep. James Comer told The Federalist.  —  “It's not true.
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Comer releases contempt resolution targeting FBI Director Wray
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Bend Bulletin, OPB and Associated Press
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 …
 
 
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Randall Kennedy / New York Times:
America's Steadfast Resistance to Black Advancement
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
 Earlier Items: 
Joey Flechas / Miami Herald:
Miami mayor raising super PAC cash, assembling campaign team as '24 announcement looms
Discussion: Breitbart
Matthew Rodriguez / CBS News:
Fights break out outside Glendale school district meeting as protesters battle over gender studies
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
CNN's Chris Licht showed the problem with anti-woke centrism
Discussion: TIME, National Review and Raw Story
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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Tariq Panja / New York Times:
Sources: FIFA is close to giving Apple the global rights for its 2025 World Cup-style soccer competition in the US, likely for ~25% of FIFA's first $4B estimate

Adam B. Vary / Variety:
The Blair Witch Project cast requests retroactive residuals and “meaningful consultation” on future projects, after Lionsgate and Blumhouse announced a reboot

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

 
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