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9:50 AM ET, June 8, 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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New York Times:
Prosecutors Tell Trump's Legal Team He Is a Target of Investigation  —  The notice from the office of the special counsel Jack Smith suggested that an indictment was on the horizon in the investigation into the former president's handling of classified documents.
Politico:
Trump notified that he is the target of ongoing criminal investigation  —  He is under investigation for concealing reams of classified information at his private estate and orchestrating a scheme to prevent federal authorities from finding them.  —  Federal prosecutors have notified former …
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 …
Washington Post:
The House GOP stalls out
Discussion: The Hill and Bloomberg
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Mark Meadows to plead guilty in deal to testify against Trump: report
Discussion: Washington Press
Politico:   Playbook: Pence gets in, Trump gets pinned
John Solomon / Just The News:
Feds inform Trump he is target likely to be indicted as DOJ rebuffs prosecutorial misconduct claim
David Weigel / Semafor:
Donald Trump - January 6 + Ronald Reagan = Mike Pence
Douglas Martin / New York Times:
Pat Robertson, Who Brought Christian Conservatives Clout, Dies at 93  —  A Baptist minister and a broadcaster, he turned Christian conservatives into a powerful constituency that helped Republicans capture Congress in 1994.  —  Pat Robertson, a Baptist minister with a passion for politics …
Discussion: LifeNews.com
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Ben Finley / Associated Press:
Pat Robertson, broadcaster who helped make religion central to GOP politics, dies at 93  —  Pat Robertson, a religious broadcaster who turned a tiny Virginia station into the global Christian Broadcasting Network, tried a run for president and helped make religion central to Republican Party politics …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Cuba to Host Secret Chinese Spy Base Focusing on U.S.  —  Beijing will pay Havana several billion dollars for eavesdropping facility  —  WASHINGTON—China and Cuba have reached a secret agreement for China to establish an electronic eavesdropping facility on the island …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and TASS
Fairfax County:
Air Quality Alert  —  Alert:  —  Air Quality Alert for Thursday, June 8  —  Due to the wildfires in Canada, an air quality alert has been issued for today, Thursday, June 8.  The air quality is unhealthy for everyone in Fairfax County and the region.  —  Air quality levels are expected …
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Associated Press:
Millions breathing hazardous air as smoke from Canadian wildfires streams south over US
NBC News:
Millions in eastern U.S. face unhealthy air quality conditions from Canada wildfire smoke: Live Updates
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Social Conservatism in U.S. Highest in About a Decade  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — More Americans this year (38%) say they are very conservative or conservative on social issues than said so in 2022 (33%) and 2021 (30%).  At the same time, the percentage saying their social views are very liberal …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
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Kevin Drum:
Yes, young men are becoming more right-wing
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Brian Stelter / Washington Post:
CNN's next leader must be able to answer this one question  —  Brian Stelter, a former media reporter for CNN and the New York Times, is the author of three books, including the forthcoming “Network of Lies: The Epic Saga of Fox News, Donald Trump, and the Battle for American Democracy.”
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David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Chris Licht's Fundamental Mistake
Annie Karni / New York Times:
House Is Paralyzed as Far-Right Rebels Continue Mutiny Against McCarthy  —  Members of the ultraconservative House Freedom Caucus refused to surrender control of the floor, forcing G.O.P. leaders to scrap votes for the week and leaving the speaker facing what he conceded was “chaos.”
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The Hill:
House cancels votes for rest of week amid floor ‘chaos’
Discussion: Just The News and Politico
United States House Committee on Oversight …:
Comer Forces the FBI to Cooperate and Allow All Oversight Committee Members to Review Biden Bribery Record  —  Committee removes scheduled contempt of Congress markup  —  WASHINGTON—House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) issued the following statement …
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Reuters:
House Republicans cancel vote to hold FBI director in contempt
Discussion: Breitbart and Bloomberg
Alex Gangitano / The Hill:
Biden vetoes measure overturning student loan forgiveness plan
Juan Perez Jr / Politico:
GOP's booming support for guns is turning off millennial, Gen Z Republicans  —  About a quarter of young Republicans in one poll said they strongly or somewhat supported an assault weapons ban.  —  Young Republicans aren't clinging to guns like the rest of the GOP.
Discussion: The Atlantic
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Politico:
Gavin Newsom wants 28th Amendment for guns in U.S. Constitution
Discussion: Fox News and California Governor
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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 …
Washington Post:
Ukraine launches counteroffensive against Russia  —  KYIV, Ukraine — The Ukrainian military has launched a long-anticipated counterattack against occupying Russian forces, opening a crucial phase in the war aimed at restoring Ukraine's territorial sovereignty and preserving Western support in its fight against Moscow.
Public Policy Polling:
Wisconsin Republicans Prefer Clarke, Trump  —  A new PPP survey of Wisconsin Republicans finds that Sheriff David Clarke is their top choice to be their Senate candidate in 2024.  40% say they'd choose him compared to 20% for Mike Gallagher, 10% for Tom Tiffany, and 3% for Eric Hovde.
Ben Samuels / Haaretz:
Tucker Carlson Traffics in Antisemitic Tropes About Ukraine's Zelenskyy on Twitter Show Debut  —  Known for promoting antisemitic conspiracy theories, far-right former Fox news pundit Tucker Carlson describes Zelenskyy as ‘rat-like,’ ‘shifty’ and ‘a persecutor of Christians’ in his new show on Twitter
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.”
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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Associated Press:
Australia to ban swastikas and other Nazi symbols
Discussion: Voice of America and The Messenger
Clare Frank / New York Times:
We Suffer Too Many Fools Who Start Wildfires
Discussion: The Guardian and The US Sun
Mark Mellman / The Hill:
Extremism is more bipartisan than Democrats want to believe
Chloe Atkins / NBC News:
Guo Wengui, Chinese billionaire and Steve Bannon associate, to go to trial in 2024 in fraud conspiracy
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Tom Perez to join White House as senior adviser
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