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3:25 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 …
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.
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
Sam Levine / The Guardian:
Alabama discriminated against Black voters, US supreme court rules
Discussion: The Hill and Joe.My.God.
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
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.
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
Pence is uniquely situated to torpedo Trump's campaign
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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New York Times:
Prosecutors Tell Trump's Legal Team He Is a Target of Investigation
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
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.”
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Margaret Sullivan / The Guardian:   The CNN chief messed up in many ways. Only one of them was fatal
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 …
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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The White House:
FACT SHEET:Biden-Harris Administration Announces New Actions to Protect LGBTQI+ Communities
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
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
 
 
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The Guardian:
Alarm at rightwing push to reverse clean-energy success in Texas and beyond
Bolts:
Colorado Bans Local Governments From Jailing Immigrants for ICE
Discussion: Denver Post
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.
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
Yoav Gonen / The City:
Mayor Eric Adams' Sister-In-Law Landed $150,000 City Government Gig
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Brittany Gibson / Politico:
New Williamson campaign manager was once accused of swindling fellow Democrats for concert tickets
Discussion: Raw Story
Ben Samuels / Haaretz:
Tucker Carlson Traffics in Antisemitic Tropes About Ukraine's Zelenskyy on Twitter Show Debut
Public Policy Polling:
Wisconsin Republicans Prefer Clarke, Trump
Axios:
Scoop: Fox News says Tucker Carlson breached his contract
 

 
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