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3:45 PM ET, June 8, 2023

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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.
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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 …
Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
Supreme Court strikes down Alabama congressional map in voting rights dispute  —  The justices threw out Republican-drawn congressional districts that a lower court said discriminated against Black voters.  —  Supreme Court strikes down Alabama congressional map in voting rights case
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
John Roberts and Brett Kavanaugh Really Did Just Save the Voting Rights Act  —  The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in Allen v. Milligan on Thursday, which found that Alabama's congressional map violates the Voting Rights Act's ban on racial vote dilution, sends two clear messages.
David Wasserman / Cook Political Report:
Surprise SCOTUS Alabama Ruling a Huge Win for Democrats, Civil Rights Groups
Discussion: The Hill
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, NBC News, Bulwark+ and Rolling Stone
Douglas Martin / New York Times:
Pat Robertson, Who Brought Christian Conservatives Clout, Dies at 93
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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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 …
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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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New York Times:
Prosecutors Tell Trump's Legal Team He Is a Target of Investigation
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
Pence is uniquely situated to torpedo Trump's campaign
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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Juan Perez Jr / Politico:
GOP's booming support for guns is turning off millennial, Gen Z Republicans
Discussion: The Atlantic
Jared Gans / The Hill:
Newsom proposes constitutional amendment to restrict access to guns
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Eschaton
Margaret Sullivan / The Guardian:
The CNN chief messed up in many ways.  Only one of them was fatal  —  It's possible - likely, even - that Licht would have survived all of this if it weren't for the one thing that really mattered: the numbers  —  It was one of those pieces of news that was simultaneously stunning and utterly expected: Chris Licht was out of CNN.
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Charles Gasparino / New York Post:
CNN's liberal cabal beat Licht — but may hasten the channel's sale
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.
Joe Biden / Wall Street Journal:
Never Bet Against the American Economy  —  Over the past year, we helped create jobs, reduce inflation, and give working families breathing room.  —  I wrote in these pages a year ago that with the right policies, the U.S. could make a transition from rapid recovery to stable …
Ed Zitron / Ed Zitron's Where's Your Ed At:
Cryptogeddon  —  If you are wilfully violating securities law, I have some advice: do not put “we are operating as a fking unlicensed securities exchange” in a message to another party, and if you absolutely must do so, do not say “bro” at the end.  —  Sadly this advice came too late …
Associated Press:
Nevada's GOP governor facing $1.7M ethics penalty for campaigning with sheriff's badge, uniform  —  Nevada's Republican governor is facing an almost $1.7 million ethics penalty and possible censure for wearing his badge and uniform as Las Vegas-area sheriff in campaign photos and on social media ahead of his election last year.
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
P.E. Moskowitz / The Nation:
America's Suburbs Are Breeding Grounds for Fascism  —  Hate against trans people is rising, but the suburbs are what gives this hate its fervor and popularity.  —  The Target closest to where I sit is in Torrington, Conn. It's next to a Home Depot, a Wendy's, a Walgreens, a Walmart, a Chipotle.
Nandita Bose / Reuters:
Biden to host thousands at White House Pride party  —  President Joe Biden will host the largest White House Pride Month celebration in history on Thursday, in a deliberate contrast to a cascade of Republican legislation and other attacks targeting LGBTQ+ people.
Alayna Treene / CNN:
Bipartisan group to introduce bill banning bump stocks  —  A bipartisan group of lawmakers will introduce a bill on Thursday to ban the sale of bump stocks and other devices that enable semi-automatic firearms to increase their rate of fire and effectively operate as fully automatic weapons, the bill's lead sponsor told CNN.
 
 
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The Guardian:
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Bolts:
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Rebecca Rosenberg / Fox News:
Daniel Penny: Marine vet accused of fatal subway chokehold reveals why he stepped in
Discussion: New York Post, IJR and The Free Press
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Herschel Walker's Campaign Is Over. A Georgia Residency Investigation Isn't.
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The Indianapolis Star:
Marion police officer fired after racist social media posts come to light
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