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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.
Politico:
McConnell turns Senate Republicans against Jan. 6 commission
Wall Street Journal:
The Jan. 6 Narrative Commission
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Washington Post:
Biden sets deadline for Netanyahu; McConnell announces opposition to Jan. 6 commission bill
Discussion: Political Wire and Balloon Juice
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.”
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Hussman Faculty / Medium:
Stunned: UNC Hussman Faculty Statement on Nikole Hannah-Jones  —  As Hussman School of Journalism and Media faculty, we are stunned at the failure to award tenure to Nikole Hannah-Jones, a Pulitzer Prize, Peabody, and MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” winner and UNC-Chapel Hill 2019 …
Donald J. Trump:
back to feed  —  I have just learned, through leaks in the mainstream media, that after being under investigation from the time I came down the escalator 5 ½ years ago, including the fake Russia Russia Russia Hoax, the 2 year, $48M, No Collusion Mueller Witch Hunt, Impeachment Hoax #1 …
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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.
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Ivanka Trump Is Now Under Criminal Investigation In New York  —  Ivanka, Don Jr., and Eric Trump are all under criminal investigation as the state of New York is investigating the entire Trump Organization.  —  NBC News reported: … The state probe is different from the Manhattan investigation …
Discussion: NBC News and HotAir
New York Times:
New York's Attorney General Joins Criminal Inquiry Into Trump Organization
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Trump calls New York criminal investigation ‘corrupt’ and ‘in desperate search of a crime’
Discussion: MSNBC
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
GOP to Democrats: If you raise taxes now, we'll cut them back when we win power … WASHINGTON — Republicans are sending a pointed warning to congressional Democrats: If you raise taxes on corporations and top earners, we'll just cut them back when we regain power.
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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.
Shannon Najmabadi / The Texas Tribune:
Gov. Greg Abbott signs into law one of nation's strictest abortion measures, banning procedure as early as six weeks into a pregnancy  —  The signing of the bill opens a new frontier in the battle over abortion restrictions as first-of-its-kind legal provisions intended to make the law harder …
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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 …
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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:
Biden's CDC Chief Keeps Changing Her Story—And Confusing Everyone  —  Dr. Rochelle Walensky was supposed to be a breath of fresh air after Trump-era CDC messaging fiascos.  Instead, she's confounding experts and the public alike.  —  The most remarkable moment of national frustration …
Discussion: cobbk12.org and IJR
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 …
Sheera Frenkel / New York Times:
Mob Violence Against Palestinians in Israel Is Fueled by Groups on WhatsApp  —  Israeli extremists have formed more than 100 new groups on the Facebook-owned encrypted messaging app in recent days to target attacks.  —  Last Wednesday, a message appeared in a new WhatsApp channel called “Death to the Arabs.”
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 …
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?”
Discussion: CBS New York
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 and The Daily Caller
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 …
Discussion: Insider
Gabe Kaminsky / The Federalist:
Biden Tells Unamused U.S. Coast Guard Graduates They Are ‘Really Dull’  —  While speaking at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy commencement ceremony Wednesday, President Joe Biden scolded the class for not clapping.  —  “You are a really dull class,” Biden said.  “Come on, man.  Is the sun getting to you?
Clara Hill / Yahoo News:
Capitol rioter allegedly boasted about pushing female police officer down the stairs as the 'coolest thing I've done'  —  Florida man has been arrested and charged for violence at the  —  insurrection, including pushing a female  —  police offer, something the suspect allegedly said was “the coolest thing I've ever done”.
Discussion: Raw Story, HotAir and Forbes
Mike Allen / Axios:
Fauci says people are “misinterpreting” the new CDC mask guidance  —  Dr. Anthony Fauci told me for an Axios virtual event airing later today that many Americans are “misinterpreting” the CDC's new mask guidance, which lets vaccinated individuals forego masks indoors.
Wall Street Journal:
Fed Officials Say They Are Closely Watching for Right Moment to Make Policy Shift  —  Central bankers, speaking publicly ahead of the release of minutes from an April policy meeting, say the Fed policy should be nimble as the economy recovers from the pandemic
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.
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 …
Juana Summers / NPR:
Survivors Of 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Share Eyewitness Accounts  —  The day that a white mob came to Greenwood Avenue in Tulsa, Okla., Viola Fletcher was just seven years old.  —  During emotional testimony on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Fletcher, who is now 107, recalled her memories …
 
 
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Marik Von Rennenkampff / The Hill:
Strange bedfellows: UFOs are uniting Trump's fiercest critics, loyalists
Discussion: NBC News and Washington Post
American Greatness:
Shilling for Corporations Is Not a Conservative Principle
David R. Hoffman / The Indianapolis Star:
Op-ed: Critical race theory ban is bad, but real danger is belief in right to ban ideas
Discussion: Eduwonk and New York Times
Michael Hendrix / City Journal:
New York's Mayoral Race: Where It Stands
Discussion: Politico
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot will grant interviews only to ‘Black or Brown journalists,’ local reporters say
Michael Ruiz / Fox News:
Rashida Tlaib listed as special guest for event hosted by controversial, allegedly anti-Semitic activist
Discussion: RedState
CREW:
Insurrectionist members have received $2.6 million from corporate interests since January 6th
 Earlier Items: 
Justin Cohen / Jewish News:
Cars draped in Palestinian flags ‘chased me down and rammed into me’
Axios:
Police recruiting suffers as morale hits new lows
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
Wall Street Journal:
Centrist Democrats' Departures Challenge Party's Control of House
The Daily Beast:
OAN Stars Bolt for Newsmax as Pro-Trump Network Reaches New Levels of Bonkers