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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.
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: KEYT-TV and Salon
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.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McConnell opposes House's bipartisan Jan. 6 commission bill  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told Republicans on Wednesday that he is opposed to an independent commission investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection as envisioned by the House, casting serious doubt on the future of the proposed bipartisan panel.
Wall Street Journal:
The Jan. 6 Narrative Commission
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Elizabeth Drew / Project Syndicate:
The Big Lie and Its Consequences
Discussion: Raw Story and National Memo
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Sources: McConnell opposed to current Jan. 6 commission
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 …
Washington Post:
Investigation of Trump Organization now exploring possible criminal conduct, N.Y. attorney general's office says
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
New York AG's office opens criminal probe into Trump Organization
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  —  The Arizona Senate's audit of 2.1 million fall 2020 ballots has been extremely controversial since its inception.  As recently retired Arizona Republican U.S. Senator Jeff Flake reiterated on May 11 …
Discussion: Mediaite
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Arizona auditors now say voter data is intact, after sparking GOP feud
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 …
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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.
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 …
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
Associated Press:
Israeli strikes kill 6 in Gaza; rockets fired from Lebanon  —  GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli airstrikes killed at least six people across the Gaza Strip and destroyed the home of an extended family early Wednesday.  The military said it widened its strikes in the Palestinian territory's south …
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?”
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.
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Jack Suntrup / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
St. Louis attorney famous for waving gun at protesters is running for U.S. Senate
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Alex Kane / Jewish Currents:
Breaking News: AOC to Introduce Resolution Blocking Bomb Sale to Israel  —  AMIDST ISRAEL'S DEVASTATING ASSAULT ON GAZA, New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is preparing to introduce a resolution that would block the United States' planned $735 million sale of bombs to Israel …
Discussion: Townhall, Roll Call and Algemeiner.com
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
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
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
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 …
 
 
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Cameron Easley / Morning Consult:
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Discussion: Breitbart
Wall Street Journal:
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California Leftists Try to Cancel Math Class
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Discussion: The Week
RealClearInvestigations:
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Brian Faler / Politico:
Going after tax cheats to pay for Dems' spending plans? There's just one problem.