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Axios:
Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at 93  —  Walter Mondale, who transformed the role of U.S. vice president while serving under Jimmy Carter and was the Democratic nominee for president in 1984, died Monday at 93, according to a family spokesperson.  —  The big picture: President Biden …
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Bart Barnes / Washington Post:
Walter F. Mondale, Carter's vice president who lost White House bid, dies at 93  —  Walter F. Mondale, the former Democratic senator and vice president whose unusually candid and forward-looking bid for the pinnacle of American politics was blocked by President Ronald Reagan's landslide reelection victory …
Steven R. Weisman / New York Times:
Walter Mondale, Ex-Vice President and Champion of Liberal Politics, Dies at 93  —  Under Jimmy Carter, he was the first V.P. to serve as a genuine partner of a president.  His own run for the top position ended in a crushing defeat.  —  Walter F. Mondale, the former vice president and champion …
Doug Glass / Associated Press:
Walter Mondale, Carter's vice president, dies at 93  —  Former Vice President Walter Mondale, a liberal icon who lost the most lopsided presidential election after bluntly telling voters to expect a tax increase if he won, has died  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale …
The White House:
Statement from President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden on the Passing of Walter Mondale
Discussion: UPI and Insider
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Walter Mondale reinvented the vice presidency. Both Biden and Harris should thank him for it.
Discussion: The Sun, Current and The Week
Axios:
Scoop: U.S. ambassador refuses Kremlin push to leave Russia  —  The United States ambassador to Russia is refusing to leave the country after the Kremlin “advised” him to return home following new Biden administration sanctions, two sources briefed on the situation tell Axios.
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
U.S. ambassador to Russia will return home briefly: State Department  —  The State Department said Monday that the U.S. ambassador to Russia, John Sullivan, will now be returning to the United States this week before returning to Moscow “in the coming weeks.”
Discussion: CNN
Luke McGee / CNN:
Two Russian agents have been linked to a high-profile poisoning and a deadly explosion, but there's little Europe can do  —  (CNN)That the Czech Republic is pointing the finger at two Russian agents for a deadly explosion at an ammunition depot in the country is remarkable.
Discussion: The Economist
U.S. Mission Russia / U.S. Embassy & Consulates …:   Ambassador Sullivan is returning to the United States for consultations this week …
Peter Hermann / Washington Post:
Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who engaged rioters, suffered two strokes and died of natural causes, officials say  —  Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick suffered two strokes and died of natural causes a day after he confronted rioters at the Jan. 6 insurrection, the District's chief medical examiner has ruled.
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Gabby Orr / CNN:
Donald Trump Jr. takes on new role as top adviser inside the Trump family  —  (CNN)Former President Donald Trump has elevated his son Donald Trump Jr. to an unofficial new role inside his orbit as he weighs the idea of a comeback presidential bid in 2024 that would require him to maintain …
Axios:
Scoop: Leaked Ukraine memo reveals scope of Russia's aggression  —  Russia has been holding last-minute military exercises near commercial shipping lanes in the Black Sea that threaten to strangle Ukraine's economy, according to an internal document from Ukraine's ministry of defense reviewed by Axios.
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Wall Street Journal:
Satellite Images Show Russia's Expanding Ukraine Buildup  —  Combat aircraft, other military equipment seen in Crimea and along the Ukraine border as estimates of Kremlin forces grow  —  Russia has moved warplanes to Crimea and bases near Ukraine to an extent greater than has previously been disclosed …
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive - Kevin McCarthy Moves to Formally Censure Maxine Waters for Having ‘Broke the Law,’ ‘Incited Violence’  —  House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy told Breitbart News exclusively that he will move to formally censure House Financial Services Committee chairwoman Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) …
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Gerren Keith Gaynor / TheGrio:
Maxine Waters slams GOP attacks over ‘confrontational’ comment: ‘I am nonviolent’
Washington Post:
Howard University's removal of classics is a spiritual catastrophe  —  Cornel West is a professor of the practice of public philosophy at Harvard University and serves on the board of academic advisers of the Classic Learning Test.  Jeremy Tate is the founder and chief executive officer of the Classic Learning Test.
CNN:
George Floyd's brother bonds with Emmett Till's cousin over brutal, public deaths decades apart   —  Minneapolis (CNN)When Deborah Watts met Philonise Floyd, they already knew each other's pain without saying a word.   —  The cousin of Emmett Till and the brother of George Floyd …
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Tess Owen / VICE:
Florida ‘Anti-Rioting’ Law Will Make It Much Easier to Run Over Protesters With Cars  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the law, which includes civil immunity for people who drive their cars into crowds of protesters.  —  TO  —  As of Monday in Florida, a gathering of three or more people …
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Orlando Sentinel:
Florida Gov. DeSantis signs controversial ‘anti-riot’ bill into law
David Siders / Politico:
'It's almost like insanity': GOP base continues to lash out over Trump's defeat  —  MARIETTA, Ga. — Nowhere has the post-Trump era been more painful for the Republican Party than in Georgia, where Trump loyalists' war on Republican elected officials is still raging, at great cost.
Chris Jewers / Daily Mail:
China launches app for citizens to report anyone who has ‘mistaken opinions’ or ‘denies the excellence of socialist culture’  — The app and hotline has been released ahead of party's 100th anniversary in July  — It will allow citizens to report others for ‘mistaken opinions’ shared online
Discussion: Summit News
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
Report: China, Russia fueling QAnon conspiracy theories  —  Foreign-based actors, principally in China and Russia, are spreading online disinformation rooted in QAnon conspiracy theories, fueling a movement that has become a mounting domestic terrorism threat, according to new analysis of online propaganda by a security firm.
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Zachary Cohen / CNN:   China and Russia ‘weaponized’ QAnon conspiracy around time of US Capitol attack, report says
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP eyes new strategy to derail Biden infrastructure plan  —  Republicans say President Biden's $2.3 trillion infrastructure package will have a tough time getting through the Senate intact because of several key provisions that will open the legislation up to parliamentary challenges under the arcane Byrd Rule.
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
‘Fox is not news’: New CNN morning anchor debuts with blistering takedown of right-wing network  —  On her debut on CNN's morning segment, anchor Brianna Keilar tore into Fox News for its use of partisan chyrons to push far-right narratives against President Joe Biden.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Paul Egan / Detroit Free Press:
Spokeswoman: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer traveled to visit her ill father  —  LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer traveled out of state more than a month ago to visit her chronically ill father, her office said Monday.  —  News of Whitmer's trip, first reported by the Lansing newsletter Michigan …
Jason Murdock / Newsweek:
Mike Lindell's Platform Frank Fails to Launch Again, ‘Massive Attack’ Blamed  —  MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's new social media platform failed to launch for the second time in a week, with users unable to sign up on Monday.  —  On Friday last week, followers of the Donald Trump-supporting businessman …
Peter Jamison / Washington Post:
An ‘insane’ covid lockdown two miles from the Capitol, with no end in sight  —  For a year, 1,500 people held at D.C. jail have been confined to cells 23 hours a day in what experts call a grave human rights abuse  —  More than a year ago, about 1,500 men and women at the D.C. jail were locked …
Discussion: Politico
Jeff Reynolds / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Biden Education Dept. Seeks to Prioritize Critical Race Theory and 1619 Project Grant Applications  —  Proposed new rule prioritizes applications from school districts to implement critical race theory, the 1619 Project, and ‘anti-racism’ into civics curriculum.  — Parler  — Gab  — MeWe
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Georgia Faith Leaders to Urge Boycott of Home Depot Over Voting Law  —  Black religious leaders representing more than 1,000 churches in the state are planning a “warning shot” for other Republican-led states that are trying to limit voting access.  —  A major coalition of Black faith leaders in Georgia …
Jennifer Hansler / CNN:
State Department to list 80% of countries as ‘Do Not Travel’ as it updates advisory system to align with CDC  —  Washington (CNN)The State Department announced Monday that it would begin to update its travel advisories to more closely align with those from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …
Discussion: Forbes, NPR and The Week
 
 
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John Cooper / The Daily Signal:
Debunking the Left's Big Lie on Election Integrity
Stacy Perman / Los Angeles Times:
Former HFPA president faces a backlash over email calling Black Lives Matter a ‘hate movement’
Discussion: Insider, Variety and The Wrap
Justice News:
Lev Tahor Leaders Charged With Child Exploitation Offenses
Discussion: The Times of Israel
U.S. Department of Justice:
Stone Canyon Required to Divest US Salt to Acquire Morton Salt
The White House:
Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials
 Earlier Items: 
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Arizona attorney general eyes Senate race against Mark Kelly
Josh Margolin / ABC News:
Anger that motivated McVeigh remains dangerous, potent force in divided America: Attorney General Garland
Discussion: Fox News and Politico
Jo Yurcaba / NBC News:
'It's not safe': Parents of transgender kids plan to flee their states as GOP bills loom
Discussion: ArkansasTimes
Ibram X. Kendi / The Atlantic:
Compliance Will Not Save Me  —  Chicago Police Officer Eric E. Stillman chased a boy down an alleyway.
Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
Elizabeth Warren Suggests U.S. Explore Conditional Aid to Israel
Evie Fordham / Fox News:
Manchin to cosponsor PRO Act, union-backed bill that would crush right-to-work laws
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Cuomo Faces Inquiry Over Use of State Resources for Pandemic Book