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2:20 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
Discussion: Associated Press
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
Ryan Bort / Rolling Stone:
Pat Robertson, Televangelist Who Blamed Gay People for 9/11 and Hurricanes, Dies
Discussion: NBC News and New Republic
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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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
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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.
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.
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
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
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 …
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Bolts:
Colorado Bans Local Governments From Jailing Immigrants for ICE  —  A bill the governor signed into law this week will end local contracts to jail people for federal immigration authorities and change the landscape of ICE enforcement in the state.  —  Despite his reservations over the measure …
Discussion: Denver Post
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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Jared Gans / The Hill:
Supreme Court upholds right to sue public nursing homes
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
The Messenger:
Where's Kamala Harris? Democrats Want A More Public Role for the VP
Discussion: National Review
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
Helena Hind / Media Matters for America:
200+ things that Fox News has labeled “woke”
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Here comes El Nino: It's early, likely to be big, sloppy and add even more heat to a warming world
Discussion: Reuters and Al Jazeera
Anna Slatz / Reduxx:
Korean Women's Spa Forced To Erase “Biological Women” From Policy After Human Rights Complaint From Trans-Identified Male
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
Politico:
Playbook: Pence gets in, Trump gets pinned
Mark Mellman / The Hill:
Extremism is more bipartisan than Democrats want to believe
Axios:
Scoop: Fox News says Tucker Carlson breached his contract
 

 
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