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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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CNN:
Supreme Court takes up major abortion case next term that could limit Roe v. Wade  —  (CNN)The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to take up a major abortion case next term concerning a controversial Mississippi law that banned most abortions after 15 weeks, rekindling a potentially major challenge …
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Supreme Court will hear direct challenge to Roe v. Wade  —  The Supreme Court announced on Monday that it will reconsider the right to an abortion it established almost 50 years ago, agreeing to review Mississippi's ban on the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
Chuck Todd clashes with Dan Crenshaw over GOP fraud claims: ‘Why should anybody believe a word you say?’  —  Days after House Republicans ousted Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from her leadership position for challenging former president Donald Trump's false claims of election fraud, Rep. Dan Crenshaw …
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Benjamin Parker / The Bulwark:
The GOP's Telltale Signs of Authoritarianism  —  Trump dominates its money and its mind.  —  The Republican party is an authoritarian party, not just in its unabashed hostility to democracy and the rule of law, but also in its internal organization.  It exhibits many of the classic signs …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
How a Jeopardy!  Contestant's Hand Gesture Became Part of a Conspiracy  —  How hundreds of “Jeopardy!” contestants talked themselves into a baseless conspiracy theory — and won't be talked out of it.  —  It is an ironclad rule of the private Facebook group of past “Jeopardy!” …
Discussion: HotAir, National Review and Mediaite
Los Angeles Times:
AT&T to spin off HBO, other WarnerMedia assets in a huge deal with Discovery.  What went wrong?  —  Three years ago, AT&T Inc. marched into Hollywood with big ambitions to be a 21st century media colossus, connecting its booming cellphone business with legendary media properties — HBO …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
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Ed Hammond / Bloomberg:
AT&T Is Preparing to Merge Media Assets With Discovery
Washington Post:
Gaetz associate pleads guilty in sex trafficking case  —  ORLANDO — A Florida politician considered key to the investigation of Rep. Matt Gaetz formally pleaded guilty Monday to sex trafficking of a minor and a host of other crimes, agreeing to cooperate fully with prosecutors and testify in court in hopes of leniency for himself.
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Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Directors Decided Bill Gates Needed to Leave Board Due to Prior Relationship With Staffer  —  Company's board members began investigation in 2019 into woman's allegations of prior sexual relationship with Bill Gates; Mr. Gates's spokeswoman says decision to leave board in 2020 wasn't related to the matter
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The Daily Beast:
Jeffrey Epstein Gave Bill Gates Advice on How to End ‘Toxic’ Marriage, Sources Say
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Biden administration approves $735 million weapons sale to Israel, raising red flags for some House Democrats
David Siders / Politico:
Teflon Joe muddies GOP's midterm strategy  —  When the National Republican Senatorial Committee sought to attack four vulnerable Senate Democrats in a series of new ads this spring, President Joe Biden was nowhere to be found.  Instead, the NRSC juxtaposed photographs of the senators …
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Politico:   Senate Republicans launch full-court press to woo Sununu
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
Discussion: Raw Story and Graphika
Senator Jon Ossoff:
Sen. Ossoff Leads 29 Senators Urging Immediate Ceasefire in Middle East  —  Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff (D-GA) led a group of 29 Senators in calling for an immediate ceasefire agreement in Israel and the Palestinian territories to prevent further loss of life and further escalation of violence.
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Lauren Egan / NBC News:
Monthly child tax credit payments to start hitting bank accounts July 15  —  WILMINGTON, Del. — The Biden administration announced Monday that about 39 million families will begin receiving monthly child tax credit payments for the first time starting July 15.
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Axios:
Episode 9: Trump's war with his generals  —  Axios' “Off the rails” series documents the end of the Trump administration, from election night 2020 through the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol.  —  One important piece is only now beginning to emerge: Former President Donald Trump's last-minute bid …
CNN:
US investigates second suspected case of mystery ‘syndrome’ near White House  —  (CNN)Two White House officials were struck by a mysterious illness late last year — including one who was passing through a gate onto the property — newly revealed details that come as investigators …
Discussion: Insider, The Hill and Raw Story
Thomas Colson / Insider:
A Republican congressman who denied there was an insurrection and likened Capitol rioters to tourists was photographed barricading the chamber doors against them  — A GOP lawmaker who has said there was no insurrection was seen barricading the House on January 6.
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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 …
Jeffrey Collins / Associated Press:
New law makes inmates choose electric chair or firing squad  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has signed into law a bill that forces death row inmates for now to choose between the electric chair or a newly formed firing squad in hopes the state can restart executions after an involuntary 10-year pause.
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Orion Rummler / Axios:
S.C. governor signs bill requiring death row inmates to choose firing squad or electric chair
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Bloomberg:
Biden to Send U.S.-Authorized Vaccines Abroad for First Time  —  President Joe Biden plans to send an additional 20 million doses of U.S. coronavirus vaccines abroad by the end of June — including, for the first time, shots authorized for domestic use, where supply is beginning to outstrip demand, Bloomberg News reports.
Discussion: CNN
Bloomberg:
The World Economy Is Suddenly Running Low on Everything  —  A year ago, as the pandemic ravaged country after country and economies shuddered, consumers were the ones panic-buying.  Today, on the rebound, it's companies furiously trying to stock up.  —  Mattress producers to car manufacturers …
Kevin Randall / Washington Post:
Social app Parler is cracking down on hate speech - but only on Apple devices  —  Shut down after the Jan. 6 riot, Parler is using a new artificial intelligence moderation system with more stringent standards for the App Store than other platforms.  —  When social media network Parler came …
 
 
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Bloomberg:
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Gillian Brockell / Washington Post:
A famed folk singer won a presidential pardon after molesting a child. Did he prey on others?
Discussion: InsideHook
Elie Mystal / The Nation:
Marjorie Taylor Greene Is Gunning for AOC—and There's Only 1 Reason
Discussion: CNN
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Rise of a megadonor: Thiel makes a play for the Senate
Discussion: Raw Story
Rory Appleton / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
John Lee confirms he's running for governor as a Republican
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Meet Rep. Cori Bush and Her Fellow Faith Healers
Discussion: Twitchy
 Earlier Items: 
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Franklin Graham worries Trump too old to run in 2024
Discussion: Insider, HuffPost and The Week
Scott McDonald / Newsweek:
Texas Reports Zero Deaths 2 Months After Biden Called its Reopening Plan as ‘Neanderthal Thinking’
Discussion: Twitchy and Sean Hannity
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
What Kamala Harris Has Learned About Being Vice President
Discussion: Daily Kos
NBC News:
Should Joe Biden worry about soaring lumber prices?
Discussion: Fox News
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
For Trump, Hamas and Bibi, It Is Always Jan. 6