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5:45 PM ET, June 8, 2023

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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Rejects Voting Map That Diluted Black Voters' Power  —  Voting rights advocates had feared the decision would undermine the Voting Rights Act, which instead appeared to emerge unscathed.  —  Reporting from Washington  —  The Supreme Court, in a surprise decision …
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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Supreme Court rules in favor of Black voters in Alabama redistricting case  —  The Supreme Court on Thursday issued a surprising 5-4 ruling in favor of Black voters in a congressional redistricting case, ordering the creation of a second district with a large Black population.
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
John Roberts and Brett Kavanaugh Really Did Just Save the Voting Rights Act
Kelly McLaughlin / Insider:
Clarence Thomas wrote a scathing, nearly 50-page dissent about why the Supreme Court should have gutted voting rights
Discussion: Raw Story
Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
Supreme Court strikes down Alabama congressional map in voting rights dispute
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 …
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Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
Here Comes the Indictment  —  MAGA-geddon?  —  The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind.  — Revelations 6:12-13
Discussion: CNN, Boing Boing, Bulwark+ and Rolling Stone
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How Pat Robertson created today's Christian nationalist GOP
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Douglas Martin / New York Times:
Pat Robertson, Who Brought Christian Conservatives Clout, Dies at 93
Christopher Hutton / Washington Examiner:
DeSantis uses AI-generated images to attack Trump and Fauci in campaign ad  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) has become the latest candidate to use artificial intelligence-generated images in his campaign for president, a tool that some allege will be used to spread misinformation.
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Rolling Stone:
Oh-So-Mature Trump Aides Want Him to Focus on DeSantis' Penis  —  The 2024 GOP primary is headed for the dumbest places imaginable  —  THIS IS HOW petty and aggressively stupid the 2024 GOP presidential primary has become: several close aides and allies to Donald Trump want to challenge Ron DeSantis …
Politico:
Gavin Newsom wants 28th Amendment for guns in U.S. Constitution  —  California's governor outlines a plan fueled by money left over from his recent reelection.  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom is seeking an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would restrict gun ownership …
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Izzy Gardon / California Governor:
Governor Newsom Proposes Historic 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution to End America's Gun Violence Crisis
Juan Perez Jr / Politico:
GOP's booming support for guns is turning off millennial, Gen Z Republicans
Mother Jones:
George Santos' Lawyer Was Part of the January 6 Mob  —  Joseph Murray and an associate, currently listed as a Santos staffer, were in the crowd that surrounded the Capitol.  —  George Santos, the lying and indicted GOP congressman from Queens, New York, has steadfastly refused …
Discussion: Raw Story
Murray Waas / Rule of Law:
Exclusive: Mark Meadows removed classified documents from the White House the last night of Donald Trump's presidency  —  Cassidy Hutchinson testified that she witnessed Meadows removing the papers  —  Former president Donald Trump's chief of staff, Mark Meadows, removed more than a thousand pages …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
Pence is uniquely situated to torpedo Trump's campaign
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 …
Ryan Nobles / NBC News:
FBI agent who testified for Republicans was suspended over leaked sensitive information  —  House Democrats are asking Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate whether Garret O'Boyle, who was presented as an FBI whistleblower by Republicans, lied to Congress.
Jonathan Guyer / New York Magazine:
I Crashed Henry Kissinger's 100th-Birthday Party  —  The elite love him but for some reason won't say why.  —  On Monday evening at the New York Public Library's entrance on 42nd Street, several men were on their knees meticulously installing a red carpet on the stone steps …
Discussion: Eschaton
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
CNN Insiders On What Led to Chris Licht's Exit, And What Comes Next: ‘Nowhere Near the Final Battle’  —  Chris Licht's ouster from the top of CNN came as little surprise.  The day before, one anchor at the network told me: “It would not shock me if Chris were to be thrown overboard tomorrow.”
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 …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
ADL Warns Twitter Against Working With ‘Obvious Antisemite’ Tucker Carlson  —  During his first Twitter show, Carlson described the Jewish Ukrainian president as “rat-like” and a “persecutor of Christians,” two well-worn antisemitic tropes.  —  The Anti-Defamation League has warned Twitter against giving …
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Ben Samuels / Haaretz:
Tucker Carlson Traffics in Antisemitic Tropes About Ukraine's Zelenskyy on Twitter Show Debut
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Lawyer for Trump valet in Mar-a-Lago documents case alleges misconduct  —  Exclusive: The lawyer said in letter that prosecutors brought up his application to become judge when seeking valet's cooperation  —  The lawyer for Donald Trump's valet, under scrutiny in the Mar-a-Lago documents investigation …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Past cases persuaded Justice Dept. officials to shift Trump case south  —  Shifting from D.C. federal courthouse to one in Miami could make it harder for Trump lawyers to challenge a possible indictment  —  For many months, Justice Department prosecutors questioned witnesses before a federal grand jury …
Chris Andrews / BBC:
Gene Simmons: Kiss star calls for Stormont restoration  —  It was a crazy crazy sight in Westminster as Kiss star Gene Simmons rocked up to Prime Minister's Questions and then called for the restoration of power sharing in Northern Ireland.  —  The rock star said Stormont must be restored to look after people's needs.
Discussion: Stereogum and Politico
Zach Everson / Forbes:
Trump's Properties Charged Defense Department $1 Million, New Documents Reveal  —  Newly released documents reveal that Donald Trump's businesses charged his Department of Defense $976,000 during the first three years of his presidency, an amount that appears far greater than previously reported.
Discussion: Political Wire
jordskjelv.no:
Seismic signals recorded from an explosion at the Kakhovka Dam in Ukraine  —  NORSAR has analyzed seismic signals from regional stations in connection with the collapse of the dam in Ukraine on Tuesday night.  —  Data from regional seismic stations show clear signals on Tuesday 6 June at 2:54 local time (01:54 Norwegian time).
The Guardian:
Alarm at rightwing push to reverse clean-energy success in Texas and beyond  —  Supporters of clean energy say they expect further battles ahead to prevent state's progress in solar and wind from being unwound  —  In the scramble before the end of Texas's legislative session last week …
Discussion: Marketplace
Khadijah Khogeer / NBC News:
YouTube demonetizes Candace Owens' anti-trans videos, says misgendering may fall under hateful conduct policy  —  The action from YouTube comes as the platform is trying to navigate conservative pundits' increasing focus on LGBTQ+ people.  —  YouTube said that it demonetized several videos …
Joan Walsh / The Nation:
Cornel West Should Not Be Running for President  —  He doesn't see a third party playing a spoiler role to Democrats as bad—and that's inevitable.  —  This is a great country.  Anyone can run for president.  —  That said, Cornel West has no business running for president, from the left, right, or center.
Discussion: Frontpage Mag, MSNBC and Power Line
 
 
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