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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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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 …
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: Insider, Raw Story and emptywheel
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Taylor Budowich appears before Miami grand jury in Trump documents probe  —  Former Trump spokesman was questioned in part about a statement Trump drafted on classified documents in early 2022  —  A former aide to Donald Trump appeared Wednesday before a federal grand jury in Miami as part …
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Mark Meadows to plead guilty in deal to testify against Trump: report
Discussion: Washington Press
Washington Post:
What to look for if Trump is indicted by the DOJ
Discussion: 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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Io Dodds / The Independent:
Tucker Carlson calls Ukraine's Jewish leader ‘rat-like’ as he launches new Twitter show with pro-Kremlin rant
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, Leaving Network at a Crossroads  —  Mr. Licht's turbulent time running the 24-hour news organization lasted slightly more than a year.  —  At 7 a.m. on Wednesday, as a cloud of smoke enveloped Manhattan, Chris Licht left his apartment building and strolled half …
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.
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 …
Jenna Moon / Semafor:
What the crisis at CNN means
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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The White House:
Message to the House of Representatives — President's Veto of H.J. Res. 45  —  TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:  —  I am returning herewith without my approval H.J. Res. 45, a resolution that would disapprove of the Department of Education's rule relating to “Waivers and Modifications of Federal Student Loans.”
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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?
NBC News:
Millions in eastern U.S. face unhealthy air quality conditions from Canada wildfire smoke: Live Updates
Associated Press:
Millions breathing hazardous air as smoke from Canadian wildfires streams south over US
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 …
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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Politico:
DeSantis-linked PR shop ditches PGA Tour amid LIV Golf merger blowback
Discussion: Florida Politics and Daily Kos
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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The Hill:
House cancels votes for rest of week amid floor ‘chaos’  —  House leaders canceled planned votes for the rest of the week amid a revolt by conservative members that brought any votes on the House floor to a halt.  —  “What we're gonna do is we're gonna come back on Monday …
Discussion: Just The News
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Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Yes, We're in an L.G.B.T.Q. State of Emergency  —  This year there is a pall over Pride.  —  As the L.G.B.T.Q. community celebrates Pride Month, we are besieged by a malicious, coordinated legislative attack.  —  There's been a notable rise in the number of anti-L.G.B.T.Q. bills since 2018 …
Semafor:
Donald Trump - January 6 + Ronald Reagan = Mike Pence  —  ANKENY, Iowa - Mike Pence entered the 2024 presidential race with sharp, direct criticism of Donald Trump, accusing his former running mate of betraying both conservatism and the Constitution.  —  “Anyone who puts themselves …
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Jonathan Swan / New York Times:
Pence Delivers Strong Rebuke to Trump in Campaign Announcement
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Dallas Morning News
 
 
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Yes, young men are becoming more right-wing
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