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8:25 PM ET, June 8, 2023

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New York Times:
Trump Indicted  —  Trump Is Charged in Classified Documents Inquiry  —  It was not immediately known what specific charges the former president is facing.  One person briefed on the matter said there were seven counts.  —  Trump is the first former president in U.S. history to face federal charges.
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Washington Post:
Trump says he's been charged in Mar-a-Lago classified documents investigation  —  Former president posts on social media that he must appear in court in Miami on Tuesday  —  Former president Donald Trump said Thursday night that he's been charged by the Justice Department in connection …
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Donald Trump indicted for second time, in classified documents investigation: Sources  —  The former president said that he is innocent.  —  LIVE  —  Former President Donald Trump has been indicted for a second time, this time on federal charges in relation to his handling of classified information …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP warns of pushback ahead of looming Trump indictment
Discussion: Raw Story and The Federalist
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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New York Times:
Trump Steps Up Efforts to Undermine Classified Documents Case  —  The former president is stepping up efforts to delegitimize the investigation into his handling of classified material after leaving office, a tactic he has used throughout his career in business and politics.
Discussion: Raw Story, Breitbart and Joe.My.God.
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: Wall Street Journal and Raw Story
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
John Roberts and Brett Kavanaugh Really Did Just Save the Voting Rights Act
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Supreme Court rules in favor of Black voters in Alabama redistricting case
David Wasserman / Cook Political Report:
Surprise SCOTUS Alabama Ruling a Huge Win for Democrats, Civil Rights Groups
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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Matt Dixon / NBC News:   Ron DeSantis' top aide organized government staff to solicit campaign cash from lobbyists
Semafor:
DeSantis campaign shares fake Trump/Fauci images, prompting new AI fears
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.
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: Joe.My.God., Mediaite and Raw Story
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
Politico:
‘Why the hell are we doing this?’  McCarthy's fractured leadership team faces new abortion tension  —  As the speaker and his majority leader trade barbs over why conservatives have paralyzed the floor, they're confronting a brushfire among House GOP centrists.
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 …
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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
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: The Messenger and East Bay Times
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.”
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 …
Reem Nadeem / Pew Research Center:
More Americans Disapprove Than Approve of Colleges Considering Race, Ethnicity in Admissions Decisions  —  Ahead of Supreme Court decision, wide partisan differences in views of colleges' efforts to increase racial and ethnic diversity  —  Ahead of Supreme Court decision …
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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 …
Bryan Metzger / Insider Union:
Exclusive: White House apologizes to Insider Union members for crossing digital picket line and offers support during open-ended unfair labor practice strike  — The Insider Union is currently on day seven of an open-ended unfair labor practice strike.  — The White House crossed …
Vivian Wang / New York Times:
Behind a Rare Clash, a Fight Over Faith in China  —  China is destroying Arab-style architectural features of mosques, such as domes and minarets.  The tightened control on religion has been met with rare resistance.  —  Vivian Wang traveled across Yunnan Province in China's southwest …
Discussion: Althouse
Marc Edelman / The Atlantic:
The Golf Merger May Be Dead on Arrival  —  The PGA Tour wants to team up with LIV Golf to eliminate competition.  Federal enforcers aren't going to like that.  —  On tuesday morning, the PGA Tour and LIV Golf announced a planned merger that ended nearly a full year of antitrust litigation between the two rivals.
Joe Perticone / Bulwark+:
House Republicans Call It Quits Amid Rampant Dysfunction  —  Plus: Meta is trying to figure out how to regulate sarcasm  —  Good afternoon, Press Pass readers.  Programming note: I'll be joining my colleagues Charlie Sykes, Mona Charen, and Will Saletan on tonight's episode of Thursday Night Bulwark at 8 p.m. ET.
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 …
 
 
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