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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Feds investigating alleged scheme to illegally finance Collins' reelection bid  —  The FBI is investigating what it describes as a massive scheme to illegally finance Sen. Susan Collins' 2020 reelection bid, Axios has learned.  —  What's happening: A recently unsealed search warrant application shows …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: An insider's guide to Biden and Israel
Wall Street Journal:
FBI Probes Defense Contractor's Contributions to Sen. Susan Collins
Discussion: Bloomberg
CNN:
New York attorney general adds ‘criminal capacity’ to probe of Trump Organization  —  (CNN)New York Attorney General Letitia James is joining the Manhattan district attorney's office in a criminal investigation of the Trump Organization, James' office said Tuesday.
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Washington Post:
Investigation of Trump Organization now exploring possible criminal conduct, N.Y. attorney general's office says  —  NEW YORK — New York Attorney General Letitia James's investigation into the Trump Organization is now considered a criminal matter, James's office said Tuesday night …
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Why America Needs a January 6 Commission  —  Our last best hope for a baseline of truth.  —  Everyone knows what happened on January 6, 2021: The United States Capitol was breached by Trump supporters who hoped to block Congress from certifying Joe Biden's 2020 victory.
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Chris Cillizza / CNN:
The real reasons for why Kevin McCarthy is afraid of a January 6 commission  —  (CNN)Days after a bipartisan agreement was reached in the House to form a commission to examine the roots and events of the January 6 riot at the US Capitol, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced Tuesday that he opposes the bill.
Olafimihan Oshin / The Hill:
Trump calls for Jan. 6 commission debate to end ‘immediately’
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
House Democrats' 2020 election autopsy: Bad polling hurt and GOP attacks worked  —  For the second time in four years, Rep. Sean Maloney (D-N.Y.) drew one of the toughest assignments: investigating what went wrong in a disappointing election.  —  The 2017 after-action review followed …
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Washington Post:   Democrats think voters will reward them for sending checks. What if they're wrong?
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
How the Storming of the Capitol Became a ‘Normal Tourist Visit’  —  Mr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C. on politics, demographics and inequality.  —  It is no wonder that Republican leaders in the House do not want to convene a truth and reconciliation commission to scrutinize the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
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Brittany Shammas / Washington Post:
A GOP congressman compared Capitol rioters to tourists.  Photos show him barricading a door.  —  Rep. Andrew S. Clyde (R-Ga.) last week downplayed the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, comparing the mob's breaching of the building to a “normal tourist visit.”  —  But photos from that day show …
Discussion: TheGrio, HuffPost and CNN
Christian Datoc / Washington Examiner:
‘Spare me’: Why reporters should have been prepared for Biden's team to edit quotes  —  Media figures complaining about the Biden administration's liberal use of a tool many experts say limits government transparency shouldn't be so surprised, former Trump administration officials say.
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Politico:
Liberals to Biden: Ditch the infrastructure talks with Republicans  —  Progressives are ready to pull the plug on President Joe Biden's weeks of infrastructure negotiations with Republicans.  —  Liberal Democrats are speaking out at an awkward time, as Biden's Cabinet officials held …
Discussion: The Week
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Eli Stokols / Los Angeles Times:
‘What an old politician understands’ — Biden turns the age issue to advantage  —  Donald Trump tried hard to defeat Joe Biden by hammering on “Sleepy Joe's” age.  He failed.  And now, four months into President Biden's term, his longevity — at 78 he's the oldest president in history — may be proving to be one of his best assets.
Discussion: New York Times
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Arizona auditors now say voter data is intact, after sparking GOP feud  —  ‘Exasperated’: GOP Arizona election official reacts to Trump's election lie  —  (CNN)Auditors hired by the Arizona state Senate backtracked Tuesday from claims that a key database had been deleted …
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Jana Winter / Yahoo News:
Facial recognition, fake identities and digital surveillance tools: Inside the post office's covert internet operations program  —  The post office's law enforcement arm has faced intense congressional scrutiny in recent weeks over its Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP) …
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Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
A ‘Community for All’? Not So Fast, This Wisconsin County Says.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jason Abbruzzese / NBC News:
Obama on UFO videos: 'We don't know exactly what they are' … Former President Barack Obama on Monday offered a blunt assessment of the videos of unidentified aerial phenomenon that have continued to gain attention in the United States.  —  “What is true, and I'm actually being serious here …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Intellectualist
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Reis Thebault / Washington Post:
For some Navy pilots, UFO sightings were an ordinary event: ‘Every day for at least a couple years’
Discussion: TheBlaze
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Biden to waive sanctions on company in charge of Nord Stream 2  —  The Biden administration will waive sanctions on the corporate entity and CEO overseeing the construction of Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline into Germany, according to two sources briefed on the decision.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
The Inside Story of the Biden-Harris Debate Blowup  —  As president, Joe Biden has made sure to elevate Vice President Kamala Harris, including her in nearly every aspect of his presidency and making her the point person on migration, a top issue.  First Lady Jill Biden and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff have hit it off.
Jason Samenow / Washington Post:
White House brings back climate scientist forced out by Trump administration  —  Michael Kuperberg has returned as the executive director of the U.S. Global Change Research Program  —  The Biden administration has reinstalled the director of the federal climate program that produces …
Leighton Akira Woodhouse / leightonwoodhouse:
“Disinformation” is the New Disinformation  —  The media's dismissal of the Wuhan lab leak hypothesis tells us much more about the media than about the hypothesis.  —  6 hr ago  —  There was no Facebook back in 2003.  YouTube wouldn't exist for another two years, Twitter for another three.
Discussion: unz.com, Meduza.io and Medium
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Noah Caldwell / NPR:
America's Satanic Panic Returns — This Time Through QAnon  —  The first time sociologist Mary de Young heard about QAnon, she thought: “Here we go again.”  —  De Young spent her career studying moral panics — specifically, what became known as the “Satanic Panic” of the 1980s …
Discussion: Raw Story
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Trump ditches Florida and heads north for the summer  —  (CNN)As reliably as seasons change, so does Donald Trump shift his primary residence.  —  After establishing Mar-a-Lago, his lavish Palm Beach, Florida, resort, as his post-White House home and office for the last four months …
Discussion: Insider
NRC:
Eleven children receiving NRC trauma care killed in their homes by Israeli air strikes  —  Global Middle East Palestine Children  —  The Norwegian Refugee Council confirmed today that 11 of over 60 children killed by Israeli air strikes in Gaza over the last week were participating …
Rachel Olding / The Daily Beast:
Judge Tosses Michigan Election Lawsuit That Trump Was Still Clinging To  —  END NOTE  —  Last week, more than six months after the 2020 election, former President Donald Trump released a statement claiming that a pending lawsuit in Michigan would, finally, uncover massive election fraud.
Discussion: Detroit Free Press and RedState
Joshua Vaughn / The Appeal:
Ed Gainey Wins Democratic Nomination for Pittsburgh Mayor  —  The state representative will almost certainly be the city's first Black mayor, and his victory follows a year of nationwide social upheaval over police and racial justice issues.  —  State Representative Ed Gainey won …
 
 
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Eric Bradner / CNN:
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A.G. Gancarski / Florida Politics:
Rick Scott continues to plead with Donald Trump to stay out of Senate primaries
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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