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4:00 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.
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.
Discussion: Mediaite and Variety
Wall Street Journal:
Top CNN Anchors Criticize CEO Chris Licht's Leadership
Tori Otten / New Republic:
Chris Licht Is Out at CNN, After “Centrist” Journalism, Trump Town Hall, and Tanked Ratings
Discussion: The Hill
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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 …
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.
Washington Post:
What to look for if Trump is indicted by the DOJ
Discussion: The Hill
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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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
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 …
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Jack Birle / Washington Examiner:
LIV Golf merger: Seven questions everyone is asking after blockbuster deal
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
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
Nathaniel Rakich / FiveThirtyEight:
Why Doug Burgum Could Surprise In The 2024 Republican Primary
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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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
 
 
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