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7:10 PM ET, June 8, 2023

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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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Raw Story, d2172 and Associated Press
Murray Waas / Rule of Law:
Exclusive: Mark Meadows removed classified documents from the White House the last night of Donald Trump's presidency
Discussion: Political Wire
Marc Caputo / The Messenger:
‘Prosecuting Politicians is Hard Here’: Why South Florida is a Tough Place for DOJ to Try Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
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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Kelly McLaughlin / Insider:
Clarence Thomas wrote a scathing, nearly 50-page dissent about why the Supreme Court should have gutted voting rights  — Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas dissented in Thursday's 5-4 ruling on Allen v. Milligan.  — He wrote a nearly-50-page dissent about his disagreement with the ruling.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
Supreme Court strikes down Alabama congressional map in voting rights dispute
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 …
Discussion: Forbes, Raw Story, Mediaite, UPROXX and USA Today
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
Pence is uniquely situated to torpedo Trump's campaign
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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Douglas Martin / New York Times:
Pat Robertson, Who Brought Christian Conservatives Clout, Dies at 93
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.
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: Mediaite and Raw Story
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Joe Biden allegedly paid $5M by Burisma executive as part of a bribery scheme, according to FBI document  —  Biden's son Hunter was a board member of Burisma and also allegedly in on the scheme  —  EXCLUSIVE: President Joe Biden was allegedly paid $5 million by an executive …
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 …
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 …
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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Paige Skinner / HuffPost:
Gov. Greg Abbott Announces Texas Will Secure Its Border With Buoys  —  The first 1,000 feet of buoys will be placed in the Rio Grande at the city of Eagle Pass.  —  Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday that Texas will immediately begin the process of securing its border with Mexico with a …
BBC:
France stabbing: Children attacked in Annecy park in stable condition  —  Four young children who were stabbed in a park in Annecy, in France's south-east, are now in a stable condition, officials have told the BBC.  —  The children, aged between one and three, are being treated in hospital.
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 …
Sara Murray / CNN:
Newt Gingrich testified before January 6 grand jury  —  Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich testified Thursday before a federal grand jury investigating January 6, 2021, according to a person familiar with the matter.  —  This story is breaking and will be updated.
Discussion: NBC News
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
NBC News:
Donald Trump asks for new trial in E. Jean Carroll case  —  The former president's lawyers contended in a court filing that the $5 million verdict was “excessive,” and should either be reduced or he should get a new trial.  —  A $5 million jury verdict that found Donald Trump liable …
Rebecca Rosenberg / Fox News:
Daniel Penny: Marine vet accused of fatal subway chokehold reveals why he stepped in  —  Penny, 24, described his arrest and perp walk as ‘humiliating’  —  EXCLUSIVE DETAILS: As former Marine Daniel Penny watched an erratic homeless man allegedly threaten to murder terrified passengers …
 
 
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Uganda's harsh anti-gay law alarms its original conservative backers
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Prem Thakker / New Republic:
Kathy Hochul Wants a Republican to Lead New York's Energy Sector
Joan Walsh / The Nation:
Cornel West Should Not Be Running for President
Discussion: Frontpage Mag, MSNBC and Power Line
Chris Andrews / BBC:
Gene Simmons: Kiss star calls for Stormont restoration
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Zach Everson / Forbes:
Trump's Properties Charged Defense Department $1 Million, New Documents Reveal
Discussion: Political Wire
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