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7:30 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: emptywheel
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 …
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 …
Politico:
Trump notified that he is the target of an ongoing criminal investigation  —  He is under investigation for concealing reams of classified information at his private estates and orchestrating a scheme to prevent federal authorities from finding them.  —  Federal prosecutors …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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:
What to look for if Trump is indicted by the DOJ
Discussion: The Hill and Digby's Hullabaloo
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
Io Dodds / The Independent:
Tucker Carlson calls Ukraine's Jewish leader ‘rat-like’ as he launches new Twitter show with pro-Kremlin rant
Discussion: Variety
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.
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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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 and Fox News
Politico:
DeSantis-linked PR shop ditches PGA Tour amid LIV Golf merger blowback
Discussion: Florida Politics
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 …
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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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?
Rick Rojas / New York Times:
Louisiana Lawmakers Pass Ban on Transition Care for Transgender Minors  —  Louisiana lawmakers have voted to make the state the latest to prevent transgender minors from having access to gender-transition care, advancing legislation that would ban hormone treatments, puberty blockers and surgeries for young people.
Discussion: Fox News and Truthout
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The White House:
Message to the House of Representatives — President's Veto of H.J. Res. 45
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
Sally Jenkins / Washington Post:
The PGA Tour is calling this a victory, but something doesn't smell right  —  What's the going rate to turn an American executive into a boot boy for a despotic torturer such as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman?  Just how worn out are the knees of PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan's pants legs?
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.) …
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NBC News:
Child labor investigation spreads to meatpacking, produce companies in 11 states  —  A federal investigation into Guatemalan children working in the U.S. in violation of child labor laws has expanded to include firms across the nation, from Virginia to Colorado.
Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
SPLC Researcher Who Labeled ‘Moms for Liberty’ a Hate Group Met Biden National Security Officials  —  The author of a Southern Poverty Law Center report that labels parental rights organizations as extremist hate groups met earlier this year with Biden National Security Council officials, according to White House records.
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
 
 
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Alex Gangitano / The Hill:
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Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
CNN's Chris Licht showed the problem with anti-woke centrism
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