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4:45 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:
What to look for if Trump is indicted by the DOJ
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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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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 …
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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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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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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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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Matthew Rodriguez / CBS News:
Fights break out outside Glendale school district meeting as protesters battle over gender studies  —  Protests outside a Glendale school district meeting turned violent as groups began several brawls as administrators discussed recognizing Pride Month, while the public debated gender and sexual identity studies.
Noah Berlatsky / Public Notice:
An uncomfortable truth about GOP anti-trans bigotry  —  This is how genocide begins.  —  At her CNN town hall on Sunday, GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley joined in her party's vicious anti-trans campaign.  —  “How are we supposed to get our girls used to the fact that biological boys …
Brooke Migdon / The Hill:
Garcia honors ‘American phenomenon’ RuPaul on House floor  —  Rep. Robert Garcia (D-Calif.) paid homage to RuPaul Charles, the superstar drag queen and host of the reality series “RuPaul's Drag Race,” on the House floor Wednesday, praising the barrier-breaking performer and Emmy Award winner …
Discussion: NBC News and The Daily Caller
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Virginia air board votes to leave interstate carbon-capping alliance opposed by Youngkin  —  Virginia's State Air Pollution Control Board on Wednesday voted 4-3 to exit a regional carbon emissions reduction program, a move backed by Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) but rebuked by the state General Assembly.
Discussion: Fox News and Associated Press
 
 
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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
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
McConnell says military is ‘radically underfunded’ in debt limit law, hardening standoff with McCarthy
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
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
Cami Mondeaux / Washington Examiner:
Chip Roy introduces legislation to eliminate ‘X’ gender marker on US passports
Discussion: IJR
 Earlier Items: 
Benjy Sarlin / Semafor:
Principals  —  Remember when crypto was the hot new tech that Silicon Valley was telling Washington would change everything?
Discussion: The Guardian
Saijel Kishan / Bloomberg:
The Little-Known Group That's Battling Wall Street Over ESG
Discussion: Just The News and Fox News
Axios:
Scoop: Senator Hawley enters the AI chat
Discussion: Fox News and RedState
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
The paranoid style in American politics
Associated Press:
White woman who fatally shot Black neighbor is arrested in Florida
 

 
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Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
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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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