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2:05 PM ET, June 10, 2023

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Wall Street Journal:
A Destructive Trump Indictment  —  Do prosecutors understand the forces they are unleashing?  —  By The Editorial Board  —  Tap For Sound  —  Whether you love or hate Donald Trump, his indictment by President Biden's Justice Department is a fraught moment for American democracy.
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Just Security:
National Security Implications of Trump's Indictment: A Damage Assessment  —  The 38-count indictment of former President Donald Trump on federal charges of willfully retaining documents containing national defense information, refusing to return them, and obstructing related investigations, is a watershed moment.
National Review:
The Trump Indictment Is Damning  —  Just as paranoiacs sometimes have enemies, people obsessively pursued for alleged violations of the law by their political opponents sometimes commit criminal offenses.  —  At many junctures, most recently with Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's flimsy charges …
Lawfare:
United States of America v. Donald J. Trump and Waltine Nauta  —  The indictment of former President Donald J. Trump that was unsealed today by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida represents a beginning in several distinct senses.  —  It is, at one level …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump's Case Puts the Justice System on Trial, in a Test of Public Credibility  —  The former president's efforts to defend against multiple felony counts by discrediting law enforcement pose a grave challenge to democracy.  —  Peter Baker has covered the White House under the past five presidents …
Alex Thompson / Axios:
Now on the 2024 ballot: Trump's freedom  —  For Donald Trump, the 2024 campaign is more than a race to return to the White House — it's a fight to stay out of prison.  —  Legal experts say it's unlikely that Trump's criminal trial in federal court will be resolved before the November 2024 election.
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
The dangerous Republican freakout about Trump's indictment  —  The paranoid reaction to the Justice Department's charges reveal a party gripped by the politics of perpetual apocalypses.  —  Surveying the reactions of top Republicans after Donald Trump's indictment on charges …
Erik Ortiz / NBC News:
Reality Winner says she's ‘blown away’ by details in indictment against Trump  —  Winner, a former intelligence contractor who spent more than four years in prison, was the first person to be prosecuted under Trump for violating the Espionage Act.  —  Trump classified documents indictment unsealed
Rolling Stone:
The Special Counsel Is Using Trump's Own National Security Staff Against Him
Associated Press:
Trump's GOP defenders in Congress leap into action on charges after months of preparation
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
A Trump-Appointed Judge Who Showed Him Favor Gets the Documents Case
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Trump Extremists Demand Civil War, Mass Murder After New Indictment
Discussion: Insider
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Here are the 37 charges against Trump and what they mean
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Faces 2024 Split Screen of Campaign and Criminal Trials
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Trump's baseless ‘1,850 boxes’ attacks on Biden's legal and normal University of Delaware documents collection
Bryan Schott / Salt Lake Tribune:
Trump indictment not politically motivated, former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper says in Utah
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:
Here are 11 key takeaways from the Trump classified documents indictment
Associated Press:
Donald Trump described Pentagon plan of attack and shared classified map, indictment says
Alex Traub / New York Times:
Ted Kaczynski, ‘Unabomber’ Who Attacked Modern Life, Dies at 81  —  Alone in a shack in the Montana wilderness, he fashioned homemade bombs and launched a violent one-man campaign to destroy industrial society.  —  Theodore J. Kaczynski, the so-called Unabomber, who attacked academics …
Discussion: Not the Bee
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Associated Press:
Theodore ‘Ted’ Kaczynski, known as the ‘Unabomber,’ has died in federal prison  —  Theodore “Ted” Kaczynski, the Harvard-educated mathematician who retreated to a dingy shack in the Montana wilderness and ran a 17-year bombing campaign that killed three people and injured 23 others, died Saturday.
Paul W. Valentine / Washington Post:
Ted Kaczynski, who planted fear and death as the Unabomber, dies at 81  —  Living in isolation, he acted on his hatred of technology and science, killing three people and injuring two-dozen others  —  For 17 years, he picked his victims with cold deliberation, leaving a grisly trail of nail …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
ABC News:
Unabomber Ted Kaczynski found dead in prison cell  —  He was arrested in 1996 after a nearly 20-year bombing spree.  —  Ted Kaczynski, known as the Unabomber, was found dead in his prison cell Saturday morning, according to a Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesperson.  He was 81.
Washington Post:
17 fatalities, 736 crashes: The shocking toll of Tesla's Autopilot  —  Tesla's driver-assistance system, known as Autopilot, has been involved in far more crashes than previously reported  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The school bus was displaying its stop sign and flashing red warning lights …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Judge required Pence to answer most of special counsel's questions, newly unsealed court docs show  —  “The bottom line is that conversations exhorting Pence to reject electors on January 6th are not protected,” D.C.'s federal district court's chief judge wrote in April.
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Jared Gans / The Hill:
Judge's decision that compelled Pence to testify in Jan. 6 probe unsealed
Discussion: Bloomberg and Washington Post
Alexander Ward / Politico:
China using secret base in Cuba to spy on U.S., Biden admin official confirms  —  After initially calling reports “inaccurate,” an official says that the administration “inherited” the problem.  —  China has been spying on the United States from a base in Cuba, a Biden administration official …
Caitlin Moscatello / New York Times:
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Wants to Be President.  Cheryl Hines Is Along for the Ride.  —  The “Curb Your Enthusiasm” actress is beloved in Hollywood.  In supporting her husband's campaign, is she normalizing his often dangerous ideas?  —  Reporting from Los Angeles
Andy Bruce / Reuters:
Boris Johnson's shock exit reverberates through British ruling party  —  Old rifts resurfaced in Britain's ruling Conservative Party on Saturday following former prime minister Boris Johnson's abrupt resignation from parliament, while the opposition Labour Party sensed opportunity ahead of a general election next year.
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Jill Lawless / Associated Press:
Boris Johnson quits as UK lawmaker after being told he will be sanctioned for misleading Parliament
Kari Paul / The Guardian:
‘Fundamentally dangerous’: reversal of social media guardrails could prove disastrous for 2024 elections  —  Scaling back of moderation and rise of AI are creating the perfect storm to weaken elections and democracy  —  ncreasing misinformation on social media, platforms scaling …
 
 
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Justin Jouvenal / Washington Post:
Man who crashed U-Haul near White House planned other attacks, prosecutor says
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Jonah Goldberg / The Dispatch:
They Just Don't Care … So, Trump's been indicted, again.  There's already been …
 

 
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