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Washington Post:
FBI warned Giuliani, key Trump ally in Senate of Russian disinformation campaign targeting Biden  —  The FBI warned Rudolph W. Giuliani in late 2019 that he was the target of a Russian influence operation aimed at circulating falsehoods intended to damage President Biden politically ahead …
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New York Times:
Firing of U.S. Ambassador Is at Center of Giuliani Investigation  —  Prosecutors want to scrutinize Rudolph W. Giuliani's communications with Ukrainian officials about the ouster of the ambassador, Marie L. Yovanovitch.  —  Two years ago, Rudolph W. Giuliani finally got one thing …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: McConnell takes on the 1619 Project  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  IF YOU READ ONE THING — GARRETT GRAFF'S oral history of the bin Laden raid: “'Congratulations, You Killed Osama bin Laden': How the hunt for the world's most notorious terrorist actually went down—as told by the people inside the room.”
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
Rudy Accuses Federal Prosecutors Of ‘Spying’ In New Tucker Carlson Meltdown Interview
The Daily Beast:
Bombshell Letter: Gaetz Paid for Sex With Minor, Wingman Says  —  PEN PALS … The Daily Beast has obtained a confession letter that Joel Greenberg wrote after asking Roger Stone to help him obtain a pardon.  —  A confession letter written by Joel Greenberg in the final months …
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Eve Crawford Peyton / Slate:
I Was 12 When We Met  —  Blake Bailey was my favorite teacher.  Years later, he forced himself on me.  Why did I seek his approval for so long?  —  More than 20 years before I got up the courage to send an open letter to the New York Times accusing my former English teacher Blake Bailey …
Discussion: The Nation
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Slate:
Blake Bailey's Students Worshipped Him.  They Trusted Him.  When They Grew Up, He Preyed On Them.  —  Before he was Philip Roth's biographer, Blake Bailey taught the eighth grade.  His students say he made them feel special.  They worshipped him.  They trusted him.  He used it all against them.
Discussion: New York Times and Deseret News
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Mike Pence reemerges.  But Trumpworld is moving on.  —  The final weeks of the Donald Trump-Mike Pence partnership were an unmitigated disaster.  Pence, the fiercely loyal vice president, was ushered to safety in the halls of Congress after he refused his boss' wishes to not certify the election results.
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Pence, Christie, other top potential GOP White House contenders to speak at Texas donor event
Discussion: CBS News
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
How the US won the economic recovery  —  I looked for a country that got the economic response to Covid-19 right.  I found the US.  —  Graphics by Christina Animashaun … Jasmine Holloway knows it sounds odd.  But March 2021, when she and the rest of America were enduring the 13th month …
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Trump crashes final days of Texas special election  —  The first competitive special election of the new election cycle has quickly turned into a 2020 redux: It's the Donald Trump show all over again.  —  Trump made a late foray in the 23-candidate scramble for a vacant congressional seat in North Texas …
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CNN:
Texas congressional race showcases GOP fight over Trump, conspiracy theories and election lies
Discussion: Raw Story, Salon and Associated Press
Garrett M. Graff / Politico:
'I'd Never Been Involved in Anything as Secret as This'  —  On the morning of May 1, 2011, most Americans had never heard of Abbottabad.  By that night, the dusty midsize city near the mountains of northwest Pakistan was the center of the biggest story in the world.
New York Times:
Florida Voting Rights: Republican Bill Adds New Limits  —  The bill, which Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to sign, is the latest Republican effort to restrict voting after the 2020 election.  It will make Florida the first major swing state won by Donald Trump to pass such a law.
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Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Florida passes new voting law that includes restrictions on vote-by-mail and drop boxes
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Florida legislature approves measure that curbs mail voting and use of drop boxes
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Wall Street Journal
Washington Post:
Sen. Tim Scott's comments on race ignite a fiery debate  —  Republicans rallied Thursday behind comments on race made by Sen. Tim Scott as part of his response to President Biden's address to Congress, embracing what they hoped was an effective message in the ongoing debate over the role …
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David Harsanyi / National Review:
The Ugly Reaction to Tim Scott's Speech Is Telling
Discussion: Twitchy and The Federalist
Noa Shpigel / Haaretz:
At Least 44 Killed at Overcrowded Lag Ba'Omer Event in Northern Israel  —  More than 150 sustained injuries ■ Police deflect blame for deadly stampede  —  At least 44 people were killed at mass Lag Ba'Omer festivities in Mount Meron in northern Israel.
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
‘A lot of confusion’: Virginia Republicans stumble over their own voter ID requirement … WASHINGTON — As Republicans across the country insist more laws are needed to protect election integrity, Virginia Republicans have found themselves in a bit of a voter ID quagmire.
Discussion: NBC4 Washington
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
Ted Cruz's Accidental Confession  —  His anti-woke-CEOs rant?  It inadvertently reveals a cynical GOP calculation.  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-MAGA), has announced in the pages of the Wall Street Journal that he is taking a stand on principle.  He will no longer accept corporate donations.
Discussion: Raw Story, The Week, Daily Kos and Salon
CNN:
Al Qaeda promises ‘war on all fronts’ against America as Biden pulls out of Afghanistan  —  (CNN)This weekend marks the 10th anniversary since Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, was killed by US special-operations forces, Seal Team 6 …
Discussion: TheBlaze
Petula Dvorak / Washington Post:
Why are the liberals of Takoma Park suing to protect a piece of asphalt?  —  Takoma Park is one of those places rich for snark.  —  An enclave of families, hippies and Washington's do-gooders who cleanse their souls of government work at hot yoga and nourish their morality at the natural food co-op …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Biden's big-spending agenda, brought to you by the Trump era  —  President Biden on Wednesday laid out his latest proposal for a massive increase in government spending, pushing the $1.8 trillion American Families Plan.  The proposal brings the price tag of his three biggest initiatives …
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
John Kerry discloses millions in income from finance, energy firms  —  John Kerry disclosed millions in income and a massive stock portfolio that he's moved to liquidate since taking office as President Biden's special climate envoy, according to a financial filing obtained by Axios on Friday.
Paige Winfield Cunningham / Washington Post:
The Health 202: CDC's mask guidance is still too strict for the vaccinated, some experts say  —  Virtually everyone was vaccinated at the joint session of Congress this week.  Yet it still looked like a pandemic scene as President Biden addressed masked and distanced lawmakers in the House chamber.
Discussion: Political Wire, Politico and Townhall
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
‘One god-awful mess’: Biden lays border crisis on Trump admin's refusal to cooperate  —  WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden blamed the Trump administration for ongoing problems at the U.S.-Mexico border, citing its failure to cooperate and share critical information during the presidential transition period.
Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
Bidenism's One-Two Punch  —  The president's case for his program rests on egalitarian nationalism and the value of democracy.  That's a more potent case than the Democrats have had in decades.  —  Meyerson-Biden-speech-042921  —  Joe Biden peppered his first address before Congress with policies so popular they're hard to oppose.
Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs / New York Times:
Inside the Chauvin Jury Room: 11 of 12 Jurors Were Ready to Convict Right Away  —  One juror described the seven hours of closed-door deliberations that led to Derek Chauvin's murder conviction.  —  Seated at tables six feet apart in a hotel conference room, 12 jurors scribbled letters …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Raw Story
Dan Noyes / ABC7:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump supporter shares what he uncovered after infiltrating anti-fascist group in Sonoma Co. … EXCLUSIVE: Trump supporter infiltrates North Bay anti-fascist group  —  SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) — Shocking comments were made during an online meeting of far-left activists in Sonoma County …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Joe Rogan walks back anti-vaccination comments  —  Joe Rogan back-pedaled on statements he made on his podcast last week when he suggested young people who are healthy do not need to get the coronavirus vaccine.  —  Why it matters: Rogan's comments drew swift backlash from critics, including multiple Biden officials.
Discussion: The Sun, CNN, Raw Story, Insider and POLITICUSUSA
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
A Sharp Divide at the Supreme Court Over a One-Letter Word  —  In an immigration ruling that scrambled the usual alliances, the justices differed over the significance of the article “a.”  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the government must comply strictly …
Glenn H. Reynolds / New York Post:
Working-class people of color hate the riots the lefty elite keeps cheering … When Americans fight about race or culture, the fight is almost always really about social class.  And that shows up in today's discussions about riots and policing.  —  The Daily Caller recently sent …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
We're trapped in a doom loop of Trumpian circular logic  —  Donald Trump has found a new way to pretend the election was stolen from him.  According to a remarkable report in The Post, he's increasingly focused on a hand recount now underway of 2.1 million ballots in Arizona's most populous county …
Discussion: Raw Story and Election Law Blog
 
 
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National Review:
Police Reform Doesn't Mean Kneecapping the Police
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
The Honeymoon for First Term Presidents No Longer Exists
John Koblin / New York Times:
President Biden's first formal address drew nearly 27 million viewers.
Politico:
Biden's next pandemic challenge: Getting Americans to accept the virus
Carl O'donnell / Reuters:
Exclusive: Pfizer begins exporting U.S.-made COVID-19 vaccine to Mexico
Discussion: Balloon Juice
David Keltz / The American Spectator:
Democrats' D.C. Statehood Push Has Nothing to Do With Representation
Discussion: New Republic and The Daily Signal
Priscilla Alvarez / CNN:
Number of children held in Border Patrol facilities drops 84% since peak last month
Discussion: Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
National Post:
Matt Taibbi: Congressional Democrats heroic fight to save the rich
Discussion: CNN
Chrissy Clark / The Daily Wire:
WATCH: Professor Berates Student For Calling Police ‘Heroes’
Discussion: Power Line and The Daily Caller
Ron Charles / Washington Post:
The Philip Roth biography is canceled, Mike Pence's book could be next — and publishing may never be the same
Discussion: Reason and Balloon Juice
NBC News:
As forgeries spread, CDC tells states to pull vaccination card templates from web
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
 

 
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Wall Street Journal:
Nullbulge, a hacktivist group critical of AI art, leaks Slack messages allegedly from Disney due to “how it handles artist contracts” and “its approach to AI”

Kim Zetter / ZERO DAY:
Kaspersky plans to close its US business and eliminate US-based positions, following the country's ban on the sale of its antivirus tool starting July 20

Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Researchers: hackers have exploited a Squarespace flaw to hijack domains, apparently mostly from crypto businesses, that were migrated from Google Domains

 
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