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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 …
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Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Supreme Court will hear direct challenge to Roe v. Wade
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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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.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Gaetz associate pleads guilty to 6 federal crimes, including sex trafficking a teen
Discussion: CNBC
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 …
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.
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John T. Bennett / Washington Examiner:
What mask confusion? White House says it will take some time for many vaccinated people to feel comfortable
Discussion: Politico
AT&T:
AT&T's WarnerMedia and Discovery, Inc. Creating Standalone Company by Combining Operations to Form New Global Leader in Entertainment  —  Companies with Shared Values, Complementary Assets, and Iconic Brands and Franchises, Will Offer the Most Differentiated Content Portfolio in the World
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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 and IndieWire
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
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
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: Graphika and Raw Story
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 …
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 …
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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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
Elie Mystal / The Nation:
Marjorie Taylor Greene Is Gunning for AOC—and There's Only 1 Reason  —  A newly discovered video of Greene harassing AOC in 2019, along with Greene's attacks on her colleague on the House floor last week, reveal a racism that is as old as it is scary.  —  Video emerged late last week …
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Franklin Graham worries Trump too old to run in 2024  —  The Rev. Franklin Graham says a potential 2024 presidential bid by Donald Trump would “be a very tough thing to do,” the prominent Christian leader told “Axios on HBO.”  —  Why it matters: Graham, the president of the Billy Graham …
Discussion: IJR, HuffPost, Insider and The Week
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 …
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
CNN Cuts Ties With Writer Who Praised Hitler for Years  —  CNN says it cut ties with a writer who took to social media to praise Adolf Hitler, but his admiration for the Nazi leader who killed more than six million Jews was well-established prior to this weekend's post.
Matt Bruenig / People's Policy Project:
IRS Confirms Major CTC Participation Problems  —  The IRS announced earlier today that it would begin making advanced refundable monthly child tax credit (CTC) payments on July 15 of this year.  In the IRS release, the agency says that 88 percent of children will receive the payments.
Jacob Adelman / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Today's Paper  —  Did the Eagles' rivalry with the New York Giants help sink Philadelphia's chance of being chosen as home to Amazon.com's massive “HQ2″ office expansion?  —  Along with Amazon's shifting outlook back home in Seattle, it may have played a role, according to a new book …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Rise of a megadonor: Thiel makes a play for the Senate  —  Ohio Republican J.D. Vance didn't go it alone when he trekked to Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort for a meeting with the former president earlier this spring — the soon-to-be Senate candidate was accompanied by his mentor and political benefactor Peter Thiel.
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Bianca Quilantan / Politico:
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U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Treasury Targets ISIS Financial Facilitators in Syria and Turkey
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Emily Stewart / Vox:
The black box economy
Gallup:
Seven in 10 U.S. White-Collar Workers Still Working Remotely
Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Lauren Egan / NBC News:
Monthly child tax credit payments to start hitting bank accounts July 15
Kat Rosenfield / UnHerd:
Will Democrats mask America forever?
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