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11:40 AM ET, June 8, 2023

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New York Times:
Prosecutors Tell Trump's Legal Team He Is a Target of Investigation  —  The notice from the office of the special counsel Jack Smith suggested that an indictment was on the horizon in the investigation into the former president's handling of classified documents.
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Washington Post:
The House GOP stalls out  —  Good morning, Early Birds.  East Coasters, be careful outdoors today.  It might be a good day to skip the fire pit.  Tips: earlytips@washpost.com.  Thanks for waking up with us.  —  Reading this online?  Sign up for The Early 202 to get scoops and sharp political analysis in your inbox each morning.
Discussion: The Hill, Bloomberg and Raw Story
Politico:
Trump notified that he is the target of ongoing criminal investigation  —  He is under investigation for concealing reams of classified information at his private estate and orchestrating a scheme to prevent federal authorities from finding them.  —  Federal prosecutors have notified former …
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
Prosecutors ready to ask for Trump indictment on obstruction and Espionage Act charges
NBC News:
Trump ally Bannon subpoenaed in special counsel Jack Smith's Jan. 6 grand jury probe
Politico:   Playbook: Pence gets in, Trump gets pinned
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Mark Meadows to plead guilty in deal to testify against Trump: report
Discussion: Washington Press and Daily News
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
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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.
Douglas Martin / New York Times:
Pat Robertson, Who Brought Christian Conservatives Clout, Dies at 93  —  A Baptist minister and a broadcaster, he turned Christian conservatives into a powerful constituency that helped Republicans capture Congress in 1994.  —  Pat Robertson, a Baptist minister with a passion for politics …
Discussion: New Republic and LifeNews.com
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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 …
Matt Schudel / Washington Post:
Pat Robertson, televangelist who mixed politics and religion, dies at 93
Discussion: Politico and Rolling Stone
Brian Stelter / Washington Post:
CNN's next leader must be able to answer this one question  —  Brian Stelter, a former media reporter for CNN and the New York Times, is the author of three books, including the forthcoming “Network of Lies: The Epic Saga of Fox News, Donald Trump, and the Battle for American Democracy.”
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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.
Charles Gasparino / New York Post:
CNN's liberal cabal beat Licht — but may hasten the channel's sale
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 …
Juan Perez Jr / Politico:
GOP's booming support for guns is turning off millennial, Gen Z Republicans  —  About a quarter of young Republicans in one poll said they strongly or somewhat supported an assault weapons ban.  —  Young Republicans aren't clinging to guns like the rest of the GOP.
Discussion: The Atlantic
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Politico:
Gavin Newsom wants 28th Amendment for guns in U.S. Constitution
Discussion: Fox News and Just The News
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 …
Axios:
Scoop: Fox News says Tucker Carlson breached his contract  —  Fox News Wednesday notified Tucker Carlson's lawyers that the former prime-time anchor violated his contract with the network when he launched his own Twitter show on Tuesday, according to a copy of a letter obtained by Axios.
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.
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Yes, We're in an L.G.B.T.Q. State of Emergency  —  This year there is a pall over Pride.  —  As the L.G.B.T.Q. community celebrates Pride Month, we are besieged by a malicious, coordinated legislative attack.  —  There's been a notable rise in the number of anti-L.G.B.T.Q. bills since 2018 …
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Halya Coynash / Прав …:
Not Kakhovka Dam alone: Russia destroys dams in occupied Zaporizhzhia oblast  —  While western media largely ‘play safe’ and report that Kyiv and Moscow ‘are blaming each other’ for the horrific disaster, the Russian invaders are actively destroying other dams in occupied parts of Zaporizhzhia oblast
Discussion: CBS News and Euromaidan Press
Associated Press:
Here comes El Nino: It's early, likely to be big, sloppy and add even more heat to a warming world  —  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Thursday issued an El Nino advisory, announcing the arrival of the climatic condition.  It may not quite be like the others.
Discussion: Reuters
United States House Committee on Oversight …:
Comer Forces the FBI to Cooperate and Allow All Oversight Committee Members to Review Biden Bribery Record  —  Committee removes scheduled contempt of Congress markup  —  WASHINGTON—House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) issued the following statement …
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Ben Samuels / Haaretz:
Tucker Carlson Traffics in Antisemitic Tropes About Ukraine's Zelenskyy on Twitter Show Debut  —  Known for promoting antisemitic conspiracy theories, far-right former Fox news pundit Tucker Carlson describes Zelenskyy as ‘rat-like,’ ‘shifty’ and ‘a persecutor of Christians’ in his new show on Twitter
Brittany Gibson / Politico:
New Williamson campaign manager was once accused of swindling fellow Democrats for concert tickets  —  The issues keep piling up for the longshot Democratic presidential contender.  —  Marianne Williamson's longshot presidential campaign has been plagued by staff turnover and internal dysfunction.
Kelly Baden / The Hill:
Anti-abortion politicians never intended to support women and children  —  It's been one year since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, and conservative states have had plenty of time to enact the policies to support women, children and families that they promised to prioritize once they reached their goal of banning abortion.
Public Policy Polling:
Wisconsin Republicans Prefer Clarke, Trump  —  A new PPP survey of Wisconsin Republicans finds that Sheriff David Clarke is their top choice to be their Senate candidate in 2024.  40% say they'd choose him compared to 20% for Mike Gallagher, 10% for Tom Tiffany, and 3% for Eric Hovde.
Annie Karni / New York Times:
House Is Paralyzed as Far-Right Rebels Continue Mutiny Against McCarthy  —  Members of the ultraconservative House Freedom Caucus refused to surrender control of the floor, forcing G.O.P. leaders to scrap votes for the week and leaving the speaker facing what he conceded was “chaos.”
John Fritze / USA Today:
Poop-themed dog toy maker loses to Jack Daniel's in Supreme Court trademark dispute  —  WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Thursday sided with Jack Daniel's and against a company that makes a dog toy shaped like the distiller's whiskey bottle in an unusual trademark dispute that drew the interest …
 
 
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200+ things that Fox News has labeled “woke”
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Korean Women's Spa Forced To Erase “Biological Women” From Policy After Human Rights Complaint From Trans-Identified Male
Washington Post:
Jan. 6 cases yield courtroom wins but no change in extremist threat
Discussion: The Messenger
Alex Gangitano / The Hill:
Biden reelection bid picks up endorsement from construction workers union
Alana Mastrangelo / Breitbart:
‘Clueless’ Star Alicia Silverstone Endorses Robert F. Kennedy Jr. for President: ‘Deeply Disappointed with Political Leadership at Every Turn’
Discussion: Mediaite
Associated Press:
Australia to ban swastikas and other Nazi symbols
Discussion: Voice of America and The Messenger
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Mellman / The Hill:
Extremism is more bipartisan than Democrats want to believe
Discussion: CBS News
Chloe Atkins / NBC News:
Guo Wengui, Chinese billionaire and Steve Bannon associate, to go to trial in 2024 in fraud conspiracy
Discussion: Raw Story
Daniel Libit / Sportico:
Congress Tees Up New Bill Stripping PGA Tour's Tax-Exempt Status
Discussion: Numlock News
CWB Chicago:
Man sexually assaulted woman at CTA station three days after being paroled for his 10th felony: prosecutors
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Pence says he hopes DOJ ‘thinks better’ of indicting Trump in documents case
Ewan Palmer / Newsweek:
Ron DeSantis' Approval Rating Has Collapsed
Discussion: The Hill and The National Pulse+
 

 
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Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Sources: EU may accept Apple's proposal to open its NFC payments tech to rivals, and may close its antitrust probe in May, letting Apple avoid hefty fines

George Steer / Financial Times:
Nvidia closed down 10% on Friday, falling the most since March 2020 and losing more than $200B of its market value, as investors pull back from AI bets

Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Hacking group GhostR claims it stole 5.3M records from World-Check screening database, used for KYC checks for sanctions and financial crime links, in March

 
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