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Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Trump Justice Department secretly obtained Post reporters' phone records  —  The Trump Justice Department secretly obtained Washington Post journalists' phone records and tried to obtain their email records over reporting they did in the early months of the Trump administration on Russia's role …
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
Marooned at Mar-a-Lago, Trump Still Has Iron Grip on Republicans  —  The vilification of Liz Cheney and a bizarre vote recount in Arizona showed the damage from his assault on a bedrock of democracy: election integrity.  —  Locked out of Facebook, marooned in Mar-a-Lago and mocked …
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Washington Post:
Trump's out-of-power agenda: Retribution against foes, commanding the spotlight and total domination of GOP
Jessie Balmert / Cincinnati.com:
Ohio GOP calls on Rep. Anthony Gonzalez to resign for impeaching ex-President Trump
New York Times:
The virus is an airborne threat, the C.D.C. acknowledges.  —  Federal health officials on Friday updated public guidance about how the coronavirus spreads, emphasizing that transmission occurs by inhaling very fine respiratory droplets and aerosolized particles, as well as through contact …
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Zeynep Tufekci / New York Times:
Why Covid's Airborne Transmission Was Acknowledged So Late  —  Dr. Tufekci is a contributing Opinion writer who has extensively examined the Covid-19 pandemic.  —  This article has been updated.  —  A few sentences have shaken a century of science.  —  A week ago, more than a year …
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Jimmy Vielkind / Wall Street Journal:
Andrew Cuomo Investigation Expands as State Attorney General Looks at Aide's Calls  —  Inquiry into sexual-harassment allegations looks at whether a top adviser linked access to Covid-19 vaccines to support for the governor  —  ALBANY, N.Y.—The state attorney general's office has expanded …
Heather Long / Washington Post:
It's not a ‘labor shortage.’ It's a great reassessment of work in America.  —  Hiring was much weaker than expected in April.  Wall Street thinks it's a blip, but there could be much deeper rethinking of what jobs are needed and what workers want to do on a daily basis.
Discussion: Althouse, Common Dreams and CNBC
Anna Massoglia / OpenSecrets.org:
FARA filings spotlight Giuliani's foreign entanglements amid probe  —  Federal investigators executed search warrants last week as part of an investigation into Rudy Giuliani and whether he may have acted as an unregistered foreign agent while serving as the personal lawyer to former President Donald Trump.
Discussion: KIFI-TV and Raw Story
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The Daily Beast:
Feds Probing Rudy Giuliani's Push to Get a Visa for a Shady Ukrainian Prosecutor
Discussion: Raw Story and emptywheel
Geoff Earle / Daily Mail:
Final nail in Liz's coffin?  Cheney 'secretly orchestrated Washington Post op-ed by all ten living former Defense Secretaries - including her father - warning against Trump's efforts to politicize the military', new report claims  — Liz Cheney organized op-ed by former Defense Secretaries, according to report
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The White House:
Visitor Logs … The White House will post visitor log records on this page pursuant to President Biden's voluntary disclosure policy.  Visitor log disclosures will occur on a monthly basis.  Read more about visitor logs in our press release announcing the policy.
Ben Leonard / Politico:
McSally's former deputy campaign manager pleads guilty to stealing campaign funds  —  Anthony Barry faces up to five years in prison.  —  Then-Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sen. Martha McSally speaks to supporters at the AZGOP Headquarters on November 2, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Discussion: Arizona Republic, Fox News and The Hill
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Ted Cruz said his election objections weren't about blocking Biden.  Then someone asked about it.  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) was not about to let an upstart like Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) outmaneuver him in pandering to Donald Trump's base of support.  So when Hawley announced a few days …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Maryland A.G. To Appoint Panel To Audit Record of Chauvin Expert Witness Dr. David Fowler  —  Chauvin had two experts who testified — one (Barry Brodd) had his house targeted and the other (Dr. David Fowler) his professional license attacked.  This will make it difficult if not impossible …
Wall Street Journal:
Police-Overhaul Bill Draws Bipartisan Agreement on Key Issues  —  Congressional aides reach compromise on military equipment, no-knock warrants and chokeholds; differences remain on prosecution and liability of individual police officers  —  WASHINGTON—Democratic and Republican staff …
Discussion: Politico, KIFI-TV and Political Wire
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Here's what Florida's new elections law actually does  —  On Thursday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an elections bill that makes it more difficult to vote.  —  The Florida law is part of a cross-country Republican effort - in the wake of President Donald Trump's lies …
Joyce Vance / MSNBC:
Judge Amy Berman Jackson's Barr rebuke opens the door to DOJ accountability  —  Good government requires transparency.  It's why we have a free press, enshrined in the First Amendment.  It's why Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once wrote, “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants …
Detroit News:
James Craig will challenge Whitmer for governor  —  Detroit — James Craig, one of the longest-serving police chiefs in the city's history, will run in a bid to challenge Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in next year's gubernatorial race, a source close to the chief said Friday.
Discussion: National Review and Politico
Pradheep J. Shanker / National Review:
Tucker Carlson's Faulty Complaint about Coronavirus Vaccines  —  The cable-news host has misinterpreted data to support a dangerous strain of vaccine skepticism.  —  ocial media have been a source of fabulous exchanges of data, ideas, and suggestions during this coronavirus pandemic …
Discussion: HotAir
BuzzFeed News:
The Oath Keepers Are Facing New Obstacles To Recruit And Raise Money Since The Capitol Riot  —  Despite an apparent surge in membership following the 2020 presidential election, the Oath Keepers are facing significant new obstacles to spreading their message and raising money since …
Brianna Scott / NPR:
Amid Wave Of Anti-Trans Bills, Trans Reporters Say ‘Telling Our Own Stories’ Is Vital  —  At least 35 states are considering bills that target transgender youth, according to the bipartisan Freedom For All Americans campaign.  —  The bills range from restricting what team trans athletes …
Discussion: On the Media
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
The Message Washington Needs to Hear Right Now: STOP!  —  NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he lesson of today's jobs report is that President Biden should be spending less time fantasizing about becoming Franklin Roosevelt, and more time trying to avoid becoming Herbert Hoover.  —  It all happened so fast.
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
Trump's mental health chief lands civil service post at DEA  —  Elinore McCance-Katz spoke out against coronavirus response, saying risks had been exaggerated.  —  The Trump administration's controversial mental health chief, who criticized last year's coronavirus response as overblown …
Kaelan Deese / Washington Examiner:
Oklahoma governor signs bill banning schools from teaching critical race theory  —  Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law on Friday banning the teaching of critical race theory in public schools and universities.  —  “Now more than ever, we need policies that bring us closer together - not rip us apart.
Jaclyn Peiser / Washington Post:
Accused Capitol rioter had ‘Foxitis,’ his attorney says: He ‘started believing what was being fed to him’  —  In the six months leading up to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Anthony Antonio spent his days watching Fox News — a habit that actually made him ill, his attorney told a D.C. federal magistrate judge on Thursday.
United States Department of State:
United States Joins Christchurch Call to Action to Eliminate Terrorist and Violent Extremist Content Online  —  The United States endorses the Christchurch Call to Action to Eliminate Terrorist and Violent Extremist Content Online, formally joining those working together under the rubric …
Robert Barnett / Foreign Policy:
China Is Building Entire Villages in Another Country's Territory … In October 2015, China announced that a new village, called Gyalaphug in Tibetan or Jieluobu in Chinese, had been established in the south of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR).  In April 2020, the Communist Party secretary of the TAR …
 
 
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Bruce Bartlett / New Republic:
It Took the Democrats Half a Century to Rediscover Trickle-Up Economics
Hayes Brown / MSNBC:
Why a Black ‘Superman’ movie could be bigger than ‘Black Panther’
Discussion: Forbes and The Daily Caller
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor / New Yorker:
The Emerging Movement for Police and Prison Abolition
Wall Street Journal:
European Allies Ask U.S. to Slow Afghan Withdrawal, Officials Say
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Idaho governor signs bill allowing culling of wolves
Discussion: Common Dreams and Raw Story
U.S. Department of Justice:
Four Former Minneapolis Police Officers Indicted on Federal Civil Rights Charges for Death of George Floyd; Derek Chauvin Also Charged in Separate Indictment …
Maria L. La Ganga / Los Angeles Times:
Caitlyn Jenner struggles to go from OMG moment to a campaign for California governor
Discussion: Twitchy and Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Hebert / Americans for Tax Reform:
OOPS: Every House Democrat Endorsed By U.S. Chamber Voted for Job-Killing Biden Bucks
Discussion: VICE and CNBC
Financial Times:
Olympics sponsors duck questions over Beijing 2022 as boycott calls grow
Discussion: Washington Post
WSFA-TV:
Portion of Highway 80 to be named after John R. Lewis
Discussion: The Hill
Peter Stone / New Republic:
How America Became the Money Laundering Capital of the World
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Elon Musk: Memelord or Meme Lifter?
Paul Szoldra / Task & Purpose:
Retired Army Lt. Col. Allen West embarrasses himself in one-man push-up contest