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New York Times:
Trump is the first former president in U.S. history to face federal charges.  —  Trump Is Charged in Classified Documents Inquiry  —  The seven counts against the former president include conspiracy to obstruct, willful retention of documents and false statements, according to people familiar with the indictment.
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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 …
Washington Post:
Trump charged in Mar-a-Lago classified documents investigation  —  Former president, first ever to face federal criminal charges, 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 …
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Donald Trump charged with illegal retention of classified documents  —  The twice-impeached former president is being prosecuted for retaining national security documents at his Mar-a-Lago resort  —  Federal prosecutors have charged Donald Trump with violating the Espionage Act and conspiring …
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 …
CNBC:
Trump indicted on seven criminal counts in classified documents case  — Former President Donald Trump has been indicted in federal court in connection with his retention of classified government documents after leaving the White House.  — Trump himself disclosed the indictment in a series …
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: Reuters and Raw Story
Associated Press:
Trump charged over classified documents in 1st federal indictment of an ex-president
Jessica Piper / Politico:   Vivek Ramaswamy promises to pardon Trump if elected
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP warns of pushback ahead of looming Trump indictment
Discussion: Raw Story
Marc Caputo / The Messenger:
‘Prosecuting Politicians is Hard Here’: Why South Florida is a Tough Place for DOJ to Try Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Donald Trump indicted in classified documents probe, sources say
Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
Here Comes the Indictment  —  MAGA-geddon?  —  The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair …
Discussion: CNN
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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
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.
John Hudson / Washington Post:
Saudi crown prince threatened ‘major’ economic pain on U.S. amid oil feud  —  After President Biden vowed to impose ‘consequences’ on Saudi Arabia for slashing oil production last year, Mohammed bin Salman privately threatened to sever ties and retaliate economically, according to a classified U.S. intelligence document.
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.
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., Raw Story and Mediaite
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 …
Michael Mooney / Axios:
Dallas golfer DeChambeau suggests 9/11 families forgive Saudis  —  Dallas golfer Bryson DeChambeau suggested that the families of 9/11 victims should move forward, “especially in forgiveness,” during a CNN interview this week.  — DeChambeau was reportedly paid more than $125 million …
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.
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 …
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.”
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.
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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Emerald Robinson / Emerald Robinson's The Right Way:
EXCLUSIVE: The Monologue That Got Tucker Carlson Fired  —  On April 24th, Fox News stopped Tucker from exposing Ray Epps, Jen Psaki & AOC in this never-released opening speech … (Here's the lead I'm envisioning.  Sandy Cortes just did an interview with Jen Psaki in which she demands that authorities pull our show off the air. )
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 …
PRRI:
The Politics of Gender, Pronouns, and Public Education  —  Overview of the Study  —  Political debates about gender identity have become heated in recent years, as some state legislatures have increasingly sought to restrict transgender rights.  Battles over how — or even if …
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.
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.
 
 
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