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1:45 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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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
Democracy Docket:   U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Alabama Congressional Map, Upholds Voting Rights Act
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  —  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 …
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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CNN:
Exclusive: Former White House official told federal prosecutors Trump knew of proper declassification process and followed it while in office  —  A key former White House official was interviewed earlier this year by special counsel prosecutors investigating the handling of classified materials …
Discussion: Raw Story, New York Post and PolitiFact
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.
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
Prosecutors ready to ask for Trump indictment on obstruction and Espionage Act charges
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
Jared Gans / The Hill:
Newsom proposes constitutional amendment to restrict access to guns
Politico:
'I'm worried about it': GOP agonizes over 2024 primary field  —  Donald Trump is training his fire on Ron DeSantis, with more than a half-dozen others languishing in polls.  It's enough to spark heartburn among Hill Republicans.  —  The GOP presidential primary is looking more and more like 2016 …
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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 …
Politico:   Playbook: Pence gets in, Trump gets pinned
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
Charles Gasparino / New York Post:
CNN's liberal cabal beat Licht — but may hasten the channel's sale
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.
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Bo Erickson / CBS News:
Biden administration to appoint anti-book ban coordinator as part of new LGBTQ protections
Discussion: IJR
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
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 …
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
 
 
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P.E. Moskowitz / The Nation:
America's Suburbs Are Breeding Grounds for Fascism
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Herschel Walker's Campaign Is Over. A Georgia Residency Investigation Isn't.
Discussion: The Messenger and Raw Story
The Indianapolis Star:
Marion police officer fired after racist social media posts come to light
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
John Fritze / USA Today:
Poop-themed dog toy maker loses to Jack Daniel's in Supreme Court trademark dispute
Helena Hind / Media Matters for America:
200+ things that Fox News has labeled “woke”
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Anna Slatz / Reduxx:
Korean Women's Spa Forced To Erase “Biological Women” From Policy After Human Rights Complaint From Trans-Identified Male
Associated Press:
Australia to ban swastikas and other Nazi symbols
Discussion: Voice of America and The Messenger
Public Policy Polling:
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Mark Mellman / The Hill:
Extremism is more bipartisan than Democrats want to believe
 

 
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