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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 …
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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
The Jan. 6 Narrative Commission
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Olafimihan Oshin / The Hill:
Trump calls for Jan. 6 commission debate to end ‘immediately’
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?
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
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
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Politico:
Liberals to Biden: Ditch the infrastructure talks with Republicans
Discussion: The Week
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
ABC News:
Biden floors electric Ford truck in test drive as he pushes infrastructure plan  —  Biden went pedal to the metal while modeling green energy with a test drive.  —  Biden endorses cease-fire in Middle East amid mounting pressure  —  The administration has been focusing on quiet diplomatic efforts behind the scenes.
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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
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) …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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
Ian Lovett / Wall Street Journal:
Russell Moore, Southern Baptist Official Who Criticized Trump, Resigns  —  One of the most influential figures in evangelical Christianity sparked a backlash with his comments during the 2016 campaign  —  Russell Moore, one of the top-ranking officials in the Southern Baptist Convention …
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 …
Discussion: The Guardian, HuffPost and Insider
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
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
 
 
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Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
More Than Half of GOP Voters Now Dislike Cheney After Her Ouster From Leadership
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
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
Progressives Ask Biden Not To Name Pharma Allies To Top Patent Posts
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Edward Luce / Financial Times:
America's urban crime wave threatens Biden
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
T. Becket Adams / And another thing:
Twitter's Holocaust problem
Discussion: Breitbart and IJR
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
House Democrats Vote Against Hamas Sanctions
A.G. Gancarski / Florida Politics:
Rick Scott continues to plead with Donald Trump to stay out of Senate primaries
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story