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4:15 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 …
Associated Press:
Trump's GOP defenders in Congress leap into action on charges after months of preparation  —  Former President Donald Trump's indictment on charges of mishandling classified documents is set to play out in a federal court in Florida.  But about a thousand miles away, part of Trump's defense …
Jake Swearingen / Insider:
After Pence bails, Kari Lake fires up Georgia crowd by saying Republicans have guns - and Trump's back  — After Mike Pence canceled, Kari Lake addressed Georgia GOP supporters.  — Lake said Trump's 75 million supporters would defend him, and most are “card-carrying NRA members.”
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 …
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 …
Rania Aniftos / Billboard:
People on Twitter Are Connecting a Section of Donald Trump's Indictment to a Kid Rock Interview  —  While the tweets are just speculation, Rock claimed in a 2022 interview that Trump showed him “maps and s—” and asked his opinion about North Korea.  —  The federal indictment against Donald Trump …
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.
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
The Stupidest Crimes Imaginable
Washington Post:
‘We are getting pretty good at this’: Trump and aides plot indictment response
Rolling Stone:
The Special Counsel Is Using Trump's Own National Security Staff Against Him
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Trump Extremists Demand Civil War, Mass Murder After New Indictment
Discussion: Insider
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Faces 2024 Split Screen of Campaign and Criminal Trials
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
A Trump-Appointed Judge Who Showed Him Favor Gets the Documents Case
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 …
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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.
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.
Paul W. Valentine / Washington Post:
Ted Kaczynski, who planted fear and death as the Unabomber, dies at 81
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Metro.co.uk, ABC7 and d2172
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 …
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
Lisa Needham / Public Notice:
These are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand  —  For Trump, it's both the crime(s) and the cover-up.  —  ∙ Paid … As with everything Trump, his federal indictment is equal parts terrifying and tawdry.  —  The document details how the former president deliberately …
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
 
 
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