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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 …
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
New York AG's office opens criminal probe into Trump Organization
Discussion: CBS News and HotAir
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: An insider's guide to Biden and Israel
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’
Wall Street Journal:
The Jan. 6 Narrative Commission
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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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Wall Street Journal:
FBI Probes Defense Contractor's Contributions to Sen. Susan Collins
Discussion: Bloomberg
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?
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 …
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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
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
Discussion: New York Times
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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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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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
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 …
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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) …
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 …
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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.”
RealClearInvestigations:
Accused Russiagate ‘Spy’ Kilimnik Speaks — and Evidence Backs His ‘No Collusion’ Account  —  Konstantin KiIimnik says his standard red passport, above, disproves the Mueller report's claim he used a diplomatic passport, a tipoff to being a Russian agent.  See “Kilimnik Passport” section below.
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.
Rich Noyes / Newsbusters:
Liberal TV Touts GOP ‘Civil War’ Over Biden's Policy Debacles  —  As President Biden and his profligate administration leave their fingerprints on more and more policy failures affecting millions of Americans, the liberal media's tactic seems to be to barely cover or outright ignore these Democratic debacles.
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
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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Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
More Than Half of GOP Voters Now Dislike Cheney After Her Ouster From Leadership
Ian Lovett / Wall Street Journal:
Russell Moore, Southern Baptist Official Who Criticized Trump, Resigns
Roy Peter Clark / Nieman Lab:
Darnella Frazier, who filmed George Floyd's murder by police, should win a Pulitzer Prize
THE CITY:
NYPD Commissioner Shea Insists Cops Did a ‘Phenomenal Job’ Policing Racial Justice Protests
Brian Faler / Politico:
Going after tax cheats to pay for Dems' spending plans? There's just one problem.
Houston Keene / Fox News:
McCarthy, GOP Doctors Caucus to introduce resolution for vote to roll back House mask policy
Discussion: National Review
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
Progressives Ask Biden Not To Name Pharma Allies To Top Patent Posts
Rachel Olding / The Daily Beast:
Judge Tosses Michigan Election Lawsuit That Trump Was Still Clinging To
Discussion: Detroit Free Press and RedState
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
“They Want Enough Money to Keep Up the Fight”: New York Media's Top Union Erupts in Conflict Over Cash
Giovanni Russonello / New York Times:
Breyer Worries Retiring Could Add to Polarization. Would It?
Discussion: HotAir, CNN and Washington Post
Noah Caldwell / NPR:
America's Satanic Panic Returns — This Time Through QAnon
Discussion: Raw Story
T. Becket Adams / And another thing:
Twitter's Holocaust problem
Discussion: Breitbart and IJR