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Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
The Real Steal Is Coming  —  Who will prevent the next attempt to overturn the will of the voters?  —  War is peace.  —  Freedom is slavery.  —  Ignorance is strength.  —George Orwell, 1984  —  Welcome to the funhouse world the Republican party is building.  Up is down.  Black is white.
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CNN:
Life after leadership: Liz Cheney plots her long game against Donald Trump  —  Washington (CNN)Liz Cheney entered this week knowing it would likely be her last as a member of the House Republican leadership team.  —  The Wyoming congresswoman fully expects to lose her position as the No. 3 Republican …
Jeff Flake / Washington Post:
In today's Republican Party, there is no greater offense than honesty … Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona, served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013 and in the U.S. Senate from 2013 to 2019. … Near the beginning of the document that made us free …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Trump Isn't the Biggest Republican Threat
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Liz Cheney is vowing behind the scenes that she won't stop fighting Trump over election ‘Big Lie’
Axios:
Pelosi's Republican playbook
Discussion: The Federalist and Breitbart
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Liz Cheney's Liberal Critics Are Missing the Point
Discussion: RedState, Washington Post and Mediaite
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Trump family members got ‘inappropriately close’ to Secret Service agents, book claims  —  Concerns over bonds involving Trump's then daughter in-law Vanessa and daughter Tiffany revealed in Carol Leonnig's Zero Fail  —  Two Trump family members got “inappropriately - and perhaps dangerously …
Stephen Rex Brown / New York Daily News:
Students for Trump founder John Lambert sentenced to 13 months for posing as lawyer  —  A judge slammed the founder of Students for Trump as a “cold blooded fraudster” before sentencing him to 13 months in prison for posing as a lawyer.  —  John Lambert, 25, pretended to be as Eric Pope, of the Manhattan-based firm Pope & Dunn.
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Students for Trump Founder Ryan Fournier Ratted Out Friend To Feds
Discussion: Bulwark+
Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times:
Opposition to Newsom recall grows as Caitlyn Jenner, GOP generate little support, poll finds  —  The campaign to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom has failed to gain momentum in recent months as significantly more California voters favor keeping him in office, and only anemic support has surfaced …
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Federal judge denies NRA attempt to declare bankruptcy in win for New York state attorney general  —  A federal judge Tuesday denied an effort by the National Rifle Association to file for bankruptcy protection, ruling that the gun rights group filed the case in an attempt to fend off a civil lawsuit by the New York attorney general.
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Reuters:
U.S. judge tosses NRA bankruptcy bid, letting New York seek dissolution  —  (Reuters) - A federal judge in Dallas ruled on Tuesday that the National Rifle Association cannot use bankruptcy to reorganize in gun-friendly Texas, dealing a serious blow to the influential gun rights group's effort …
Discussion: Fox News and Law & Crime
Just Security:
Investigating Jan. 6 — Key Unanswered Questions for Congress and Media to Ask  —  On Wednesday, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform will hold a hearing to examine the events of Jan. 6 chaired by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.).  In a statement, the committee said …
Discussion: Bloomberg, The Hill and Roll Call
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Nathaniel Weixel / The Hill:
Rand Paul clashes with Fauci over coronavirus origins  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  Anthony Fauci on Tuesday clashed with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) over the role of the Wuhan, China, virology lab in the origins of COVID-19.  —  During a Senate hearing on the pandemic response …
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Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
Anthony Fauci let the coronavirus pandemic happen, why isn't there a criminal investigation?
ABC News:
CDC director Walensky pushes back on criticism of guidance in heated Capitol Hill hearing
Discussion: Fox News
New York Times:
As Israelis and Palestinians Battle, Rockets and Airstrikes Intensify  —  As localized violence in Jerusalem grew into a cross-border conflict, at least 26 Palestinians, including nine children, were killed, according to officials in Gaza.  Israel reported at least two deaths.
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Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Study: Over 99% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients were not vaccinated  —  The Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday released a study showing that 99.75% of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 between Jan. 1 and April 13 were not fully vaccinated, according to data provided to Axios.
Discussion: HotAir
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
A Misleading C.D.C. Number  —  We have a special edition of the newsletter on a misleading C.D.C. statistic.  —  When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines last month for mask wearing, it announced that “less than 10 percent” of Covid-19 transmission was occurring outdoors.
Lucas Manfredi / Fox Business:
Colonial Pipeline gas shortages widen: State-by-State breakdown  —  Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia among hardest states hit with fuel outages  —  Fuel shortages have widened across the East Coast as consumers continue to panic buy amid the fallout from a cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline …
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Katherine Doyle / Washington Examiner:
After Colonial Pipeline hack, White House weighs Jones Act waiver amid fuel shortage
Discussion: ABC News, HotAir and Instapundit
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Oakland Athletics to start looking at relocating elsewhere  —  The Oakland Athletics on Tuesday said they will start exploring the possibility of relocating with the blessing of Major League Baseball, a move that could put pressure on local government officials to greenlight a new stadium project that has spent years in limbo.
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
Grievance, rebellion and burnt bridges: Tracing Josh Hawley's path to the insurrection … LEXINGTON, Mo. — Joshua Hawley was 13 years old, living comfortably as the son of a bank president, when his parents gave him a book about political conservatism for Christmas.  —  Hawley became enamored with the ideology.
Discussion: Insider
New York Times:
Biden Administration Approves Nation's First Major Offshore Wind Farm  —  The Vineyard Wind project, off the coast of Massachusetts, would generate enough electricity to power 400,000 homes.  —  The Biden administration on Tuesday announced its final approval of the nation's …
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Josh Partlow / Washington Post:   Interior Department approves first large-scale offshore wind farm in the U.S.
CNN:
Federal investigators press for cooperation from two key witnesses in Gaetz probe  —  Washington (CNN)Federal investigators scrutinizing Rep. Matt Gaetz are seeking the cooperation of a former Capitol Hill intern who was once a girlfriend of the Florida Republican, sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
Trump's blog isn't lighting up the internet  —  Four months after former President Donald Trump was banished from most mainstream social media platforms, he returned to the web last Tuesday with “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump,” essentially a blog for his musings.
Politico:
Rare Schumer, McConnell showdown previews floor fight on Dems' election bill  —  The typically staid Senate Rules Committee hosted a rare dramatic showdown on Tuesday: the majority leader versus the minority leader, sparring over Democrats' expansive election and ethics bill.
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Numbers / Pew Research Center:
Jewish Americans in 2020  —  U.S. Jews are culturally engaged, increasingly diverse, politically polarized and worried about anti-Semitism … What does it mean to be Jewish in America?  A new Pew Research Center survey finds that many Jewish Americans participate, at least occasionally …
Kate Brumback / Associated Press:
Prosecutor plans to seek death penalty in spa shootings  —  ATLANTA (AP) — A man accused of killing eight people, six of them women of Asian descent, in shootings at three Atlanta-area massage businesses was indicted Tuesday on murder charges, and a prosecutor filed notice that she'll also seek hate crime charges and the death penalty.
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Efforts to Weed Out Extremists in Law Enforcement Meet Resistance  —  Oregon, California, Minnesota, Tennessee and Washington, D.C., are seeking to give law enforcement agencies more power to exclude officers with ties to extremist groups.  —  In the battle to stamp out extremism from the ranks …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
Ruy Teixeira / The Liberal Patriot:
Ten More Things We Now Know About the 2020 Election  —  More Blows to the Conventional Wisdom  —  The good folks at Catalist, the Democratic-oriented data analytics firm have dropped their 2020 national analysis of demographic voting trends in the 2020 election.
Ligaya Mishan / New York Times:
The Lure of H Mart, Where the Shelves Can Seem as Wide as Asia  —  The huge grocery chain and other megastores like it have revolutionized the way many Asian-Americans shop and eat.  —  At the H Mart on Broadway at 110th Street in Manhattan, the lights are bright on the singo pears …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox News Unveils Plans to Expand Beyond Politics, Hard News at Upfront … After devoting constant chatter to the 2020 election and the coronavirus pandemic, Fox News wants to make sure to talk about other subjects, including sports and weather.  —  During an upfront presentation to ad buyers …
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Samantha Power wants to restore U.S. prestige by getting American-made vaccines ‘into arms’ around the world  —  Late last fall, as Joe Biden prepared to take office and act on his promise to restore America's global leadership, Samantha Power had something to say.
Discussion: The Hill
 
 
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Suzanne Gamboa / NBC News:
Over half of eligible Latinos voted in 2020 — a historic first
David Weigel / Washington Post:
The Trailer: 2020, Continued: How post-Trump voting laws would have changed the last election
Discussion: The Hill, The Week and KRQE-TV
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
DHS stands up domestic terror intelligence team
Steve Leblanc / Associated Press:
Utility-backed natural gas booklets spark backlash at school
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Decision on Minuteman to shape US nuclear policy for decades
Marina Pitofsky / The Hill:
Minnesota governor jokes that residents should 'go get vaccinated so you're alive to vote against me'
 Earlier Items: 
Katha Pollitt / The Nation:
Rushing to Judgment on Scott Stringer
Discussion: CNN and New York Times
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
$100 million New Jersey deli: Ex-Trump tax lawyer owned shell company created by mystery investors
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
British elections send a message to Trump, GOP and Biden's Democrats
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Mollie Hemingway Is Writing The 2020 Election Book The Media Don't Want You To Read
Discussion: Townhall
Wall Street Journal:
Uber, Lyft to Provide Free Rides to Covid-19 Vaccine Sites Until July 4