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Washington Post:
Senate approves budget bill to pass Biden economic relief plan  —  Vice President Harris breaks tie on budget resolution after all-night Senate session  —  The Senate approved a budget bill early Friday that paves the way for passage of President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package …
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Trish Turner / ABC News:
After Senate paves way for COVID-19 relief, what happens next?
CNN:
Congress passes key step to allow Democrats to pass Covid-19 relief without threat of GOP filibuster
Associated Press:
Senate approves budget bill as Harris casts tie-breaker vote
Lawrence Summers / Washington Post:
The Biden stimulus is admirably ambitious.  But it brings some big risks, too.  —  President Biden's $1.9 trillion covid-19 relief plan, added to the stimulus measure Congress passed in December with the incoming administration's strong support, would represent the boldest act of macroeconomic stabilization policy in U.S. history.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Larry Summers plays the skunk at the Covid relief party  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  LITERALLY BREAKING OVERNIGHT — Vote-a-rama as of 5:35 a.m. ... @caitlinzemma: “Senate PASSES the budget resolution Democrats can use to speed passage of Biden's $1.9T coronavirus plan, 50-51, with VP Harris breaking the tie.
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
Larry Summers's Churlish Payback to Biden  —  Larry Summers, left, as President-elect Barack Obama's National Economic Council director, meets with Joe Biden and other staffers, December 23, 2008.  —  Larry Summers was quietly dumped from Joe Biden's economic team last year.
Discussion: New Republic and Slate
Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's ‘fine’ being ousted from committees: 'It'd be a waste of my time'  —  The House on Thursday took unprecedented step of removing Greene from her two committee assignments  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz: Rep. Greene's removal wasn't an attack on her, it was aimed at her voters
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The three factions of House Republicans
Kevin Cramer / Newsweek:
What Marjorie Taylor Greene's Repugnant Comments Can Teach Us All
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
The media can't ignore Marjorie Taylor Greene. Can they figure out how to cover her?
ABC News:
Video surfaces showing Trump ally Roger Stone flanked by Oath Keepers on morning of Jan. 6  —  Some Oath Keepers were later involved in the riot at the U.S. Capitol.  —  Video shows Roger Stone flanked by Oath Keepers on morning of Jan. 6  —  Video surfaces showing longtime Trump confidant …
Discussion: Proof
CBS Pittsburgh:
Rachel Powell, Mercer County Mother Of 8 Wanted In Connection To Capitol Riots, Taken Into Custody  —  MERCER COUNTY (KDKA) - A Mercer County woman wanted for her involvement in the riots at the U.S. Capitol last month has been taken into custody.  —  According to law enforcement …
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Washington Post:
Virginia legislature votes to abolish the death penalty  —  RICHMOND — Virginia's House of Delegates voted Friday to abolish the death penalty, making it all but certain that the state would become the first in the South to do so.  —  The state Senate voted earlier this week to end capital punishment …
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Peter Dujardin / Virginian-Pilot:
House of Delegates passes bill to abolish Virginia's death penalty; governor expected to sign into law
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and UPI
Jessica Grose / New York Times:
THIS IS A PRIMAL SCREAM  —  “All I hear all the livelong day is ‘Mom, mom, MOM!  Mom, MOMMMM, mom, MOM, mom!!  MoM, mommommommom, MOMMM!!’  Aaaaah!!  ‘What?!’  ‘Oh, nevermind.’”  —  4,637,000 The number of payroll jobs lost by women in the U.S. since the pandemic began.
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Did the Proud Boys Help Coordinate the Capitol Riot?  Yes, U.S. Suggests  —  In court papers, prosecutors have painted a picture that indicates planning among members of the extremist group on Jan. 6.  —  When Ethan Nordean, the “sergeant of arms” for the Seattle Proud Boys …
Discussion: Salon, Forbes and Washington Post
Molly Ball / TIME:
The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election  —  A weird thing happened right after the Nov. 3 election: nothing.  —  The nation was braced for chaos.  Liberal groups had vowed to take to the streets, planning hundreds of protests across the country.
Annie Karni / New York Times:
After Years in Government, Biden Has a New Perk: Air Force One.  —  On Friday, he flies home for the first time as president.  But it may not be on the plane that has delighted his predecessors.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden has served in elected office for almost four decades.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Sen. Warner to unveil bill reining in Section 230, seeking to help users fight back against real-world harm  —  Sen. Mark Warner is set to introduce a new bill that could hold Facebook, Google and other tech giants more directly accountable when viral online posts and videos result in real-world harm.
New York Times:
They Stormed the Capitol.  Their Apps Tracked Them.  —  Times Opinion was able to identify individuals from a trove of leaked smartphone location data.  —  Mr. Warzel and Mr. Thompson are writers in Opinion.  They previously reported on smartphone tracking for the series “One Nation, Tracked.”
Discussion: The Verge and Raw Story
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Biden flying to Delaware despite CDC warnings to avoid travel  —  The CDC issued guidance this week urging against non-essential travel amid the coronavirus pandemic.  —  CDC issues sweeping mask mandate for travelers  —  President Biden is expected to travel to Delaware this weekend …
Richard North Patterson / The Bulwark:
Joe Biden's Fast 15 Days  —  He is working to untie—or cut through—the political knot of the economic relief bill, even as his team moves swiftly on several other fronts.  —  In his first 100 days, Franklin Roosevelt jammed a transformative agenda through Congress—combating mass immiseration …
Discussion: Vox, DSCC, Byline Times and Daily Kos
Ola Salem / Newlines Magazine:
Saudi Arabia's Houses of Horror for Disobedient Women  —  How the threat of the kingdom's “Homes of Care” is causing women to flee abroad  —  Ola Salem is the online editor of Newlines  —  Amani al-Ahmadi was barely 10 when she was ushered into an auditorium at her all-girls school in Yanbu …
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
Frustration Is Spreading Faster Than the Vaccine Is  —  If you are the child of elderly parents in parts of the United States right now, and if you are trying to get them a COVID-19 vaccine, you are living in a shortage economy, a world of queues and rumors, a shadowy land of favoritism and incompetence …
Discussion: National Review
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
No, AOC Didn't Make Up Her Capitol Riots Experience  —  Since Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the New York Democrat, took to Instagram Live on Monday to describe what the Jan. 6 riot was like from inside the Capitol complex, critics have claimed that she wasn't where she said she was …
Associated Press:
Nevada bill would allow tech companies to create governments  —  CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Planned legislation to establish new business areas in Nevada would allow technology companies to effectively form separate local governments.  —  Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak announced a plan to launch …
Michael E. Mann / The Hill:
The urgency and agency of this climate moment  —  Last week, President Biden signed a flurry of executive orders aimed at tackling the climate crisis.  The new rules place climate at the center of our foreign policy and national security considerations, building upon the recently re-entered …
CNN:
Russian doctor who treated Navalny after poisoning has died  —  (CNN)A top doctor at the Russian hospital where opposition leader Alexey Navalny was treated immediately after his poisoning last summer has died, the hospital said on Thursday.  —  Sergey Maximishin, who was the deputy chief physician …
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
‘There is real teeth to this’: Legal experts weigh in on Smartmatic's $2.7 billion lawsuit against Fox News  —  (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter.  You can sign up for free right here.  —  “This is the definition of defamation.”
Tyler Pager / Politico:
Mike Bloomberg's data firm Hawkfish is closing shop  —  Hawkfish, the Democratic data firm backed by former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, is shutting down, according to people familiar with the plans.  —  The news was announced at a staff meeting Friday afternoon.
Discussion: The Hill and Axios
Ynet / Ynetnews:
Israeli hospital claims may have found cure for COVID-19  —  Preliminary testing shows that 29 out of 30 virus patients in serious condition that were administered the drug, dubbed EXO-CD24, once a day made a full recovery within five days; similar treatment announced by Hadassah Medical Center
Greg Olear / PREVAIL:
Who Owns Kavanaugh #1: The Justice & The Replacement  —  Part One of this five-part series examines how Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court seat came to be open, and why he was chosen to fill it.  —  5 hr ago … Prologue  —  IT WAS A CRISP MAY DAY when Brett Kavanaugh put on his sky-blue silk tie …
Washington Post:
The cottage industry behind Trump's pardons: How the rich and well-connected got ahead at the expense of others  —  A federal judge in South Dakota was blunt last summer when she sentenced Paul Erickson, a seasoned Republican operative who had pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering.
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Wife of GOP Sen. Hawley files criminal complaint over protest at their home  —  A magistrate issued a misdemeanor summons for one of the protesters.  —  Lawmakers have tense exchange on House floor  —  Democratic Rep. Conor Lamb said the riots at the U.S. Capitol were “inspired by lies” repeated by some of his Republican colleagues.
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
2 Capitol Rioters Busted After They Delayed Their Bus Trip Home To Pennsylvania  —  A Trump supporter who organized the bus trip on Facebook told law enforcement that Mark Aungst and Tammy Bronsburg held up their return trip by an hour.  —  A witness who used Facebook to organize a bus trip …
Mainer:
Maine White Nationalist Charged in Capitol Attack Shares Racist Views of State GOP Leaders  —  Kyle Fitzsimons promoted the “Great Replacement” theory during a 2018 legislative hearing  —  Kyle Fitzsimons, the first Maine resident charged with participating in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol …
Discussion: Bangor Daily News
 
 
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P. Gardner Goldsmith / MRCTV:
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Doug Palmer / Politico:
America's trade gap soared under Trump, final figures show
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Scott Morris / Open Vallejo:
Solano deputies, Vacaville councilmember promote anti-government militia
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Bill Hammond / Empire Center for Public Policy:
The State's Revised Nursing Home Death Toll Leaves Many Questions Unanswered
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Helen Rosner / New Yorker:
The Indoor-Dining Debate Isn't a Debate at All  —  Last Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced …
Associated Press:
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Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Spotify reports Q2 revenue up 20% YoY to €3.8B, MAUs up 14% YoY to 626M, subscribers up 12% YoY to 246M, above est., and €266M operating income; SPOT jumps 12%+

Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
Comcast reports Peacock Q2 revenue up 28% YoY to $1B, a $348M loss, down from $651M in Q2 2023, and paying subscribers up 38% YoY to 33M

Max Goldbart / Deadline:
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