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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Why Justice Breyer May Resist Calls for His Retirement  —  In a recent speech on “the peril of politics,” Justice Stephen G. Breyer said judges must renounce loyalty to “the political party that helped to secure their appointment.”  —  WASHINGTON — Many liberals say Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg …
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Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
The Supreme Court Is Taking Direct Aim at Roe v. Wade  —  On Monday morning, the Supreme Court announced that it will reconsider the constitutional prohibition against abortion bans before fetal viability.  This decision indicates that the ultra-conservative five-justice majority is prepared …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court issues rulings on policing, climate, criminal defendants' rights
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Jason Kilar, the WarnerMedia Chief, Is Said to Be Negotiating His Exit  —  Jason Kilar has hired a legal team to negotiate his departure as chief executive of WarnerMedia, according to two people briefed on the matter.  AT&T, which owns WarnerMedia, said on Monday that it had agreed to spin off …
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AT&T:
AT&T's WarnerMedia and Discovery, Inc. Creating Standalone Company by Combining Operations to Form New Global Leader in Entertainment
Perry Bacon / Washington Post:
The misguided identity politics of the anti-Trump Republicans  —  Opinion by  —  It's good that Republicans such as former president George W. Bush, Sen. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) and Sen. Mitt Romney (Utah) have made clear that they oppose former president Donald Trump because of his anti-democratic and racist behavior.
Discussion: USA Today and Political Wire
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Graham: ‘I accept the results of the election’  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Monday that he accepts the results of the 2020 election, and urged Republicans, including former President Donald Trump, to focus on the upcoming midterm where the party wants to win back control of Congress.
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
47 percent of GOP prefers changing election laws to improving Republican message
Robin Bravender / Insider:
EXCLUSIVE: Documents reveal how Trump is spending taxpayer money on his post-presidential offices — from printer toner to Stephen Miller's salary  — New documents show the inner workings of ex-president Donald Trump's team.  — Former White House aides Stephen Miller and Dan Scavino are still getting government salaries.
Discussion: Raw Story
Donald G. McNeil Jr.:
How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love the Lab-Leak Theory*  —  In early spring 2020, I reported an article for The New York Times on which I put the tentative headline: “New Coronavirus Is ‘Clearly Not a Lab Leak,’ Scientists Say.”  —  It never ran.  —  For two reasons.
Ali Velshi / MSNBC:
Israel's bombing of Gaza ignores Palestinians' right to exist … Here's something that gets lost these days when we talk about the Middle East: There is currently no existential threat to the state of Israel.  That's a matter guaranteed by the United States, whose long-standing technological assistance …
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Young Professionals / J Street:   BIDEN ADMINISTRATION MUST CHANGE COURSE, TAKE STRONGER ACTION TO SECURE IMMEDIATE CEASEFIRE AND ADDRESS ROOT CAUSES OF ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT
Carly Roman / Washington Examiner:
Biden and Harris swipe at Trump in releasing 2020 tax returns  —  President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took a swipe at former President Donald Trump when releasing their 2020 tax returns on Monday.  —  The White House's press release noted Biden and Harris were continuing an …
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Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
Report: Kamala Harris Keeps Enemies List of Journalists Who Don't ‘Appreciate Her Life Experience’
Discussion: The Atlantic
CNN:
Former Matt Gaetz associate Joel Greenberg pleads guilty to six federal charges  —  Washington (CNN)Joel Greenberg, an indicted close confidant of Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, formally pleaded guilty on Monday morning to six federal charges in a court hearing, admitting to a federal judge …
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Katie S. Phang / MSNBC:
What Joel Greenberg's guilty plea agreement means for Matt Gaetz
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Washington Post:
Gaetz associate pleads guilty in sex trafficking case
New York Times:
Censorship, Surveillance and Profits: A Hard Bargain for Apple in China  —  Apple built the world's most valuable business on top of China.  Now it has to answer to the Chinese government.  —  GUIYANG, China — On the outskirts of this city in a poor, mountainous province in southwestern China …
Washington Post:
Chinese businessman with links to Steve Bannon is driving force for a sprawling disinformation network, researchers say  —  Guo Wengui, living in self-exile in New York City, is at the center of a digital web pushing election and covid falsehoods, according to Graphika research
Jeff Schogol / Task & Purpose:
How ‘Rear Adm. Jack Meehoff’ fooled a bunch of real retired generals and admirals  —  A group of more than 100 retired generals and admirals who have accused President Joe Biden of being a communist have been pranked by a faux flag officer going by the nom de guerre “Rear Adm. Jack Meehoff.”
William M. Arkin / Newsweek:
Exclusive: Inside the Military's Secret Undercover Army  —  The largest undercover force the world has ever known is the one created by the Pentagon over the past decade.  Some 60,000 people now belong to this secret army, many working under masked identities and in low profile, all part of a broad program called “signature reduction.”
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Cuomo Set to Receive $5.1 Million from Pandemic Book Deal  —  The New York governor reported earning $3.1 million last year from his leadership memoir, with additional payments coming in the next two years.  —  Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo reported earning $3.12 million last year from his memoir …
Shawna Chen / Axios:
Biden administration to send 20 million U.S.-authorized vaccine doses abroad  —  President Biden will send an additional 20 million doses of coronavirus vaccines to other countries by the end of June, including shots authorized by the FDA for use in the U.S., White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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The Daily Beast:
Trump Has Blown Off Rudy Giuliani's Pleas for Help as Feds Circle  —  Giuliani appears to be in hot water, and his allies keep asking for Trump's help.  But so far, the ex-president isn't willing to ride to the rescue of his one-time lawyer.  —  In the weeks since the feds raided Rudy Giuliani's apartment …
Sally Quinn / Washington Post:
The end of D.C.'s elite social scene  —  It will never be the same after Trump and covid.  And that's a good thing.  —  One night in 2017, soon after Donald Trump was inaugurated, several top administration officials showed up at Cafe Milano, a popular Washington hangout run by Franco Nuschese for the past three decades.
Jakob Rodriguez / KSAT-TV:
Abbott: Texas opting out of federal pandemic unemployment benefits effective June 26  —  This includes the $300 weekly unemployment check from federal officials  —  AUSTIN - Gov. Greg Abbott announced to the U.S. Department of Labor on Monday that the state will be opting …
Michael Wines / New York Times:
Arizona G.O.P. Is Split on Vote Review: 'We Can't Indulge These Insane Lies'  —  Top local Republicans are hitting back at Donald J. Trump and fellow party members in the State Senate over a review of Arizona ballots.  —  The Republican leaders of Arizona's most populous county issued …
Dylan Tokar / Wall Street Journal:
White House to Nominate National Security Veteran for DOJ Post  —  Uber executive Matt Olsen to be nominated as assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's National Security Division  —  Matt Olsen, Uber Technologies Inc.'s chief trust and security officer and a veteran …
The Dworkin Report:
Senator Hirono just shamed a Republican's lone vote to allow more hate crimes  —  Scott speaks with Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) about her new book “Heart of Fire: An immigrant daughter's story” which chronicles her humble beginnings that led to her five-decade career in public service.
Maryclaire Dale / Associated Press:
‘So I raped you.’ Facebook message renews fight for justice  —  MOORESTOWN, New Jersey (AP) — Shannon Keeler was enjoying a weekend getaway with her boyfriend last year when she checked her Facebook messages for the first time in ages.  A name popped up that stopped her cold.
Discussion: New York Post
Popular Information:
Google, Deloitte, and Citigroup quietly collaborate with GOP group pushing voter suppression  —  Several large corporations that have recently issued public statements supporting voting rights — including Google, Deloitte, and Citigroup — are also funding and collaborating …
Washington Post:
Chamber of Commerce draws fire after a risky bet on Democrats  —  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the nation's biggest business lobby, is encountering challenges on multiple fronts as it seeks warmer relations with Democrats after years of lockstep loyalty to Republicans …
Discussion: RedState and americamagazine.org
Target Corporate:
Target Statement on Face Coverings for Guests and Team Members  —  (612) 696-3400  —  press@target.com  —  The health and safety of our guests and team members have been Target's top priority throughout the pandemic, and we've closely and consistently followed the CDC's recommendations over time.
Gillian Brockell / Washington Post:
A famed folk singer won a presidential pardon after molesting a child.  Did he prey on others?  —  No one from the government notified Barbara Winter about the pardon.  Not the White House, not the Justice Department's Office of the Pardon Attorney, not the prosecutor who handled her case.
Discussion: InsideHook
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
We'll Innovate Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis or Die Trying  —  Climate science and political realism are two bitter tastes that taste even more wretched together.  —  Today's best-case ecological scenario was a horror story just three decades ago.  In 1993, Bill Clinton declared …
Discussion: Maryland Matters
Politico:
CDC's second-in-command Anne Schuchat to step down  —  Top Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official Anne Schuchat is planning to step down from her role as the agency's principal deputy director this summer, the agency confirmed to POLITICO.  —  Schuchat's retirement …
Discussion: STAT
 
 
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Robert McCartney / Washington Post:
Republican Glenn Youngkin has a surprisingly good chance of winning Virginia governorship
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Farnoush Amiri / Associated Press:
EXPLAINER: How Ohio's Vax-a-Million lottery will work
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Vaccine-hesitant Americans cite inaccurate side effects
Discussion: The Hill and HotAir
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: A disaster entirely of Biden's making
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Times
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
My Life After COVID  —  It's been almost four months since Joe Biden's inauguration …
Washington Post:
Black, Brown and extremist: Across the far-right spectrum, people of color play a more visible role
Discussion: National Review and Raw Story
Jacob Adelman / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Today's Paper  —  Did the Eagles' rivalry with the New York Giants help sink Philadelphia's chance …
Discussion: BroBible
Elie Mystal / The Nation:
Marjorie Taylor Greene Is Gunning for AOC—and There's Only 1 Reason
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and CNN
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Rise of a megadonor: Thiel makes a play for the Senate
Discussion: Raw Story