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Manu Raju / CNN:
Republicans fear January 6 probe could undercut 2022 midterm message  —  (CNN)Senior Republicans are making clear they have little interest in moving forward with a sweeping January 6 investigation in part because a detailed probe could become politically damaging and amount to a distraction …
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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.
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
McConnell comes out against Jan. 6 commission, imperiling its chances of becoming law  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that he will oppose legislation to create a commission tasked with investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol — a signal that the legislation …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
The Jan. 6 Narrative Commission
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
NC Policy Watch:
PW special report: After conservative criticism, UNC backs down from offering acclaimed journalist tenured position  —  Journalism school will instead offer Nikole Hannah-Jones a fixed five-year contract  —  In her career in journalism, Nikole Hannah-Jones has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize and a MacArthur Fellowship “Genius Grant.”
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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New York Times:
New York's Attorney General Joins Criminal Inquiry Into Trump Organization  —  The move increased the investigative muscle looking into the former president and his family business.  —  Donald J. Trump and his family came under increasing pressure from New York investigators …
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Ivanka Trump Is Now Under Criminal Investigation In New York
Discussion: NBC News and HotAir
Washington Post:
Investigation of Trump Organization now exploring possible criminal conduct, N.Y. attorney general's office says
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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 …
Eli Stokols / Los Angeles Times:
‘What an old politician understands’ — Biden turns the age issue to advantage
Discussion: New York Times
Jennifer Morrell / Washington Post:
I watched the GOP's Arizona election audit.  It was worse than you think.  —  Cyber Ninjas is hunting for bamboo fibers and cheese dust.  —  When Arizona's secretary of state asked me whether I would serve as an observer of the Arizona Senate's audit of Maricopa County's ballots, I anticipated that I would see some unusual things.
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Steven Rosenfeld / National Memo:   Arizona Audit's Major Procedural Flaws Will Create Conflict With Official Tally
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.
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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 …
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
Pro-Trump Conspiracy Theorists Are Taking Over State Republican Parties  —  Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox?  Sign up here.  —  The Republican Party chairs of Texas and Wyoming have flirted with secession from the United States.  Oklahoma's Republican chair has called Islam a “cancer.”
Discussion: Raw Story, National Memo and Mediaite
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Elizabeth Drew / Project Syndicate:
The Big Lie and Its Consequences
CBS Los Angeles:
Police Investigate Possible Jewish Hate Crime Attack At Beverly Grove Restaurant  —  LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) - Authorities are investigating whether an attack on diners that occurred outside a Beverly Grove restaurant late Tuesday night was a Jewish hate crime.  —  The brawl occurred a little …
Dana Stevens / The Atlantic:
Excuse Me If I'm Not Ready to Unmask  —  In Rob Reiner's 1987 cult comedy, The Princess Bride, Fezzik asks the mysterious man in black a question as they scuffle atop the Cliffs of Insanity: “Why do you wear a mask?  Were you burned by acid or something like that?”
Douglas Perry / Oregonian:
More Oregon counties vote to move into Idaho, part of rural effort to ‘gain political refuge from blue states’  —  Five eastern Oregon counties voted Tuesday in favor of considering becoming part of Idaho.  Baker, Grant, Lake, Malheur and Sherman counties join Union and Jefferson …
Discussion: The Hill
Collin Eaton / Wall Street Journal:
Colonial Pipeline CEO Tells Why He Paid Hackers a $4.4 Million Ransom  —  Joseph Blount says he needed to quickly restore service after cyberattack threatened East Coast supply  —  The operator of the Colonial Pipeline learned it was in trouble at daybreak on May 7, when an employee found …
Claire Atkinson / Insider:
2 years after being named CEO of Fox, Lachlan Murdoch is pulling all nighters to prove he is a worthy successor of his father  — Lachlan Murdoch has been running Fox Corp during a tumultuous news cycle and business transition.  — The CEO is showing he's running things, despite working from Australia since March.
Bloomberg:
Capito Sees More Than 50% Chance of Biden Infrastructure Deal  — Lead negotiator doubts bipartisan bill enacted by July 4  — Senator suggests re-purposing unemployment insurance funds  —  President Joe Biden and Senate Republicans have a greater than 50-50 chance of striking a deal …
David Zweig / New York Magazine:
New Research Suggests Number of Kids Hospitalized for COVID Is Overcounted  —  The reported number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, one of the primary metrics for tracking the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, was grossly inflated for children in California hospitals, two research papers published Wednesday concluded.
Discussion: HotAir
CREW:
Insurrectionist members have received $2.6 million from corporate interests since January 6th … In just the first few months since the insurrection, corporate and industry PACs have contributed more than $2.6 million to campaigns, leadership PACs, and party committees allied with the 147 members …
The Daily Beast:
OAN Stars Bolt for Newsmax as Pro-Trump Network Reaches New Levels of Bonkers  —  ONE AMERICA EXODUS  —  In recent months, Newsmax has quietly poached some top OAN talent who, insiders said, sought either bigger audiences or a move away from the MAGA channel's epic nuttiness.
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Mark McCloskey, Fox News celebrity, announces U.S. Senate run  —  Mark McCloskey, a lawyer facing felony charges after pointing a firearm at Black Lives Matter protesters, announced that he is seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in his home state of Missouri during a Tuesday interview on Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight.
Alex Kane / Jewish Currents:
Breaking News: Progressive Legislators to Introduce Resolution Blocking Bomb Sale to Israel  —  AMIDST ISRAEL'S DEVASTATING ASSAULT ON GAZA, New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Wisconsin Congressman Mark Pocan, and Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib are preparing to introduce …
Yousef Munayyer / New York Times:
When Palestine Shook  —  Mr. Munayyer is a writer and political analyst who focuses on Palestinian issues.  —  For those who periodically tune in and tune out of the Israel-Palestine situation, the events of recent days and weeks might seem like a replay of a movie they have seen before …
Ray Hartmann / Raw Story:
'Coolest thing I've ever done in my life': Rioter who bragged about pushing female cop down Capitol stairs arrested in Florida  —  Daniel Paul Gray of Florida was charged today with multiple crimes of violence against police officers at the January 6 Capitol riot.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Forbes
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) …
Discussion: Washington Post
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: KEYT-TV
Justin Cohen / Jewish NewsJustin Cohen:
Cars draped in Palestinian flags ‘chased me down and rammed into me’  —  EXCLUSIVE: Jewish mother reveals terrifying moment as she left her Hendon home on Sunday  —  A mother has spoken of the terrifying moment her car was rammed by a vehicle draped with a Palestinian flag moments after leaving her home in Hendon.
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
An ‘Army of 16-Year-Olds’ Takes On the Democrats  —  Young progressives are an unpredictable new factor in Massachusetts elections.  They're ardent, and organized, and they don't take orders.  —  BOSTON — Dana Depelteau, a hotel manager, had just gone public with a long-shot candidacy …
New York Times:
Where Abortion Access Would Decline if Roe v. Wade Were Overturned  —  Impact on legal abortion  —  States with trigger laws and others deemed likely to ban abortion  —  The Supreme Court's decision Monday to hear a case about a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
 
 
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Discussion: Breitbart
Wall Street Journal:
Centrist Democrats' Departures Challenge Party's Control of House
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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Feds investigating alleged scheme to illegally finance Collins' reelection bid