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11:55 AM ET, June 7, 2023

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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.
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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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Top CNN Anchors Criticize CEO Chris Licht's Leadership  —  Jake Tapper, Erin Burnett and Anderson Cooper are among personalities voicing concerns about embattled chief executive  —  Some of CNN's highest-profile hosts are expressing concerns to management about Chris Licht's ability …
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 …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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New York Times:
Grand Jury in Florida Hints at Unknown Complexities in Trump Documents Inquiry  —  Prosecutors have started calling witnesses to a federal grand jury in Miami after months in which activity in the investigation was centered on a separate grand jury in Washington.
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Former Trump aide arrives at Miami courthouse to appear before grand jury in classified documents probe  —  Taylor Budowich, who has worked as a spokesman for Donald Trump, has arrived at the federal courthouse in Miami to appear before a grand jury as part of special counsel Jack Smith's investigation …
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New York Times:
Wildfire Smoke Blots Sun and Prompts Health Alerts in Much of U.S.
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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Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Doug Burgum, Wealthy North Dakota Governor, Enters Presidential Race
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Gabe Gutierrez / NBC News:
Ron DeSantis to make a surprise visit to the southern border  —  The Florida governor will meet with law enforcement officials in Arizona as he increasingly leans in on immigration in the campaign to distinguish himself from Trump.  —  SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis …
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NBC News:
How Ron DeSantis found a home in Florida's swamp
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Examiner
Radley Balko / The Daily Beast:
Ron DeSantis Wants You to Be Scared Senseless About Crime (Don't Be)
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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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Margot Cleveland / The Federalist:
EXCLUSIVE: Bill Barr Confirms Rep. Jamie Raskin Lied About Biden Family Corruption Investigation
Discussion: New York Post, RedState and C-SPAN.org
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: Eschaton
New York Times:
Chris Christie Announces '24 Run, Taking Square Aim at Trump  —  At his New Hampshire kickoff, the former New Jersey governor called Donald Trump “a bitter, angry man” and said his time in office was a failure.  —  Trip Gabriel reported from Goffstown, N.H.
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Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Pence announces presidential run: ‘Different times call for different leadership’
Associated Press:
White woman who fatally shot Black neighbor is arrested in Florida  —  A Florida woman accused of fatally shooting her neighbor last week in the violent culmination of what the sheriff described as a 2½-year feud was arrested Tuesday, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.
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New York Times:
Mark Meadows Testified to Grand Jury in Special Counsel Investigation of Trump  —  Mr. Meadows, the final White House chief of staff under Donald Trump, is seen as a potentially key witness in the documents and Jan. 6 inquiries.  —  Mark Meadows, the final White House chief …
Washington Post:
What to look for if Trump is indicted by the DOJ  —  Andrew Weissmann, a law professor at New York University, previously served as general counsel of the FBI and as a senior prosecutor in the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Discussion: RedState
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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 …
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.
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Los Angeles Times:
3 arrested outside Glendale school board meeting in violent clashes between LGBTQ+ protesters
David McAfee / Raw Story:
Far-right ‘Moms for Liberty’ listed as a hate group for first time  —  Moms for Liberty, the far-right parental group known for protesting at school board meetings, has been identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a “hate group” for the first time ever.
NBC News:
Long Island funeral home owner arrested two years after Jan. 6 sleuths ID'ed him  —  Peter G. Moloney was arrested by the FBI after he was identified by the online network of “Sedition Hunters,” who have found hundreds of Capitol rioters since Jan. 6, 2021.  —  WASHINGTON — The owner …
Discussion: Raw Story
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
The paranoid style in American politics  —  Robert Kennedy Junior's appeal to conspiracists poses a genuine threat to Joe Biden  —  When Karl Marx said that history repeated itself first as tragedy then farce, he could have been thinking of the Kennedy family.
Daniel Libit / Sportico:
With LIV Pairing, PGA Tour Preserves Contentious Tax-Exempt Status  —  Last August, journalist Alan Shipnuck reported that during a “secret meeting” of top PGA Tour players, convened by Tiger Woods, the discussion turned on the organization relinquishing its tax-exempt status …
Damian Carrington / The Guardian:
‘Absolute scandal’: UAE state oil firm able to read Cop28 climate summit emails  —  Exclusive: UN conference president Sultan Al Jaber is also head of oil firm, which was consulted on how to respond to a media inquiry  —  The United Arab Emirates' state oil company has been able to read emails …
Discussion: Politico
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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