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1:45 PM 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.
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
Wall Street Journal:
Top CNN Anchors Criticize CEO Chris Licht's Leadership
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 …
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Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Former Trump aide appears 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 into the former president's handling of classified documents.
New York Times:
Grand Jury in Florida Hints at Unknown Complexities in Trump Documents Inquiry
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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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
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.
Discussion: Bloomberg and NBC News
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.
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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CBS News:
White woman who fatally shot Black neighbor through front door arrested on manslaughter and other charges
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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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 Florida Politics
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.
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The Hill:
Political world braces for possible federal indictment of Trump
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
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: Fox News and NBC News
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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.
Jonathan Swan / New York Times:
The G.O.P. Has Drifted, but Mike Pence Is as Conservative as Ever  —  The polls say Mr. Pence, who is set to announce his 2024 candidacy on Wednesday, has little chance, but he is driven by his faith, instead.  —  Reporting from Des Moines  —  Mike Pence is the most conservative candidate competing for the presidency.
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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 …
Washington Post:
Eastern U.S. air quality reaches harmful levels as Canadian wildfires rage  —  Updated just now  —  Smoke and haze from the wildfires ravaging swaths of Canadian forest have reached the eastern United States.  Hazardous fine particles have degraded air quality in places as far away as South Carolina, turning the skies gray and brown.
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Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
NYC tells vulnerable residents to mask up as wildfire smoke engulfs city
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
Benjy Sarlin / Semafor:
Principals  —  Remember when crypto was the hot new tech that Silicon Valley was telling Washington would change everything?  AI has pretty clearly overtaken that conversation in Congress, where Joseph Zeballos-Roig reports that once-urgent discussions of new crypto legislation are slowing down.
Discussion: The Guardian and Bloomberg
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.
Discussion: Fox News, IJR and The Daily Caller
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 …
Axios:
Scoop: Senator Hawley enters the AI chat … - Creating a legal avenue for individuals to sue companies over harm caused by AI models.  — Imposing stiff fines for AI models collecting sensitive personal data without consent.  — Restricting companies from making AI technology available to children or advertising it to them.
Discussion: Fox News and RedState
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.
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: Politico and Raw Story
 
 
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Associated Press:
As conservatives target schools, LGBTQ+ kids and students of color feel less safe
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Damian Carrington / The Guardian:
‘Absolute scandal’: UAE state oil firm able to read Cop28 climate summit emails
Discussion: Politico
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Discussion: The Guardian and Nature
Max Tani / Semafor:
Fox News is trying to keep Jeanine Pirro away from conservative events
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