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3:40 PM ET, June 2, 2021


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Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Trump blog page shuts down for good  — Former President Donald Trump's blog has been permanently shut down.  — The page, “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump,” has been scrubbed from Trump's website and “will not be returning,” his senior aide Jason Miller told CNBC.
Washington Post:
Pressure mounts on Manchin as ‘panic’ sets in among Democrats over voting rights  —  Democratic leaders and activists are urgently stepping up pressure on Sen. Joe Manchin III to support legislation to fight Republican-led voting restrictions across the country, with party officials increasingly concluding …
Rich Lowry / National Review:
The Texas Voting Lie  —  None of the bill's provisions would actually prevent anyone from voting, no matter what Democrats say.  —  The Democratic opposition to legislative minorities using whatever leverage they have to block legislation is highly situational.
Discussion: Townhall
Crystal Hill / Yahoo News:
Biden calls out Sinema, Manchin for voting ‘more with Republicans’  —  President Biden zinged Democratic Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin during a speech Tuesday — insinuating that they align themselves more with Republicans than their own party — while calling for Congress to take action on legislation to protect voting rights.
Amir Vahdat / Associated Press:
Iran's largest warship catches fire, sinks in Gulf of Oman  —  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The largest warship in the Iranian navy caught fire and later sank Wednesday in the Gulf of Oman under unclear circumstances, the latest calamity to strike one of the country's vessels in recent years amid tensions with the West.
Employees Are Quitting Instead of Giving Up Working From Home  —  A six-minute meeting drove Portia Twidt to quit her job.  —  She'd taken the position as a research compliance specialist in February, enticed by promises of remote work.  Then came the prodding to go into the office.
Discussion: OutKick and Orange County Register
Biden announces ‘National Month of Action’ — that could include free beer — to get more Americans vaccinated by July 4  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced a “National Month of Action” and outlined additional steps his administration is taking to get 70% of US adults at least one Covid-19 shot by July 4.
Humeyra Pamuk / Reuters:
U.S. to detail global distribution plan for 80 mln vaccine doses
Discussion: New York Times and Balloon Juice
Tim Rogers / D Magazine:
Lake Highlands High Valedictorian Pulls Switcheroo on Commencement Speech  —  You know the drill.  Every valedictorian has to get her speech approved before she delivers it at commencement.  You can't let high school kids — even really smart, hardworking, responsible kids — just get up and say whatever they want to say.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Melanie Stansbury, a Democrat, Cruises in New Mexico House Race  —  Ms. Stansbury won a landslide victory in a special election to fill the seat vacated by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.  The result is likely to hearten national Democrats worried about the 2022 midterms.
Jason DeParle / New York Times:
Stimulus Checks Substantially Reduced Hardship, Study Shows  —  Researchers found that sharp declines in food shortages, financial instability and anxiety coincided with the two most recent rounds of payments.  —  WASHINGTON — Julesa Webb resumed an old habit: serving her children three meals a day.
New York Times:
The M.T.A. Is Breached by Hackers as Cyberattacks Surge  —  Hackers with suspected ties to China penetrated the New York transit agency's computer systems in April, an M.T.A. document shows.  Transit officials say the intrusion did not pose a risk to riders.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
The Conservative Publishing Industry Has a Joe Biden Problem  —  In the conservative book world, nothing is supposed to set off a gold rush like a new Democratic president.  Ever since Bill Clinton inspired a wave of right-wing best sellers in the '90s, publishing houses that cater …
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Man Pleads Guilty to Obstruction of an Official Proceeding for Breaching U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6  —  Defendant Illegally Entered U.S. Capitol, Walked in the Senate Chamber, Took a Selfie and Stood with Other Individuals  —  WASHINGTON - A Florida man pleaded guilty today to crimes related …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Dems' dark-money bid aimed to paint Josh Hawley as an anti-gun lefty  —  A dark-money group aligned with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer helped pay for deceptive ads aimed at depressing Republican general election turnout in 2018, newly released records show.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Biden team is making terrible excuses for keeping Trump's secrets buried  —  As the Biden administration increasingly resists pressure to release various documents that would shed light on the depths of Donald Trump's corruption, you'll be hearing a key excuse a lot: We need to restore normalcy.
Discussion: and Raw Story
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Are Republicans Really a Threat to Democracy?  —  How worried should we be about the state of democracy in the U.S.?  A group of leading political scientists who study the issue say: a lot.  A whole lot.  In fact, they say: “our entire democracy is now at risk.”  They're correct.
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The GOP Can Win Without Waging War on Democracy
Discussion: Washington Post
Scott Calvert / Wall Street Journal:
The Fast and the Furious: Electric Bikers and Cyclists Compete for Trail Space  —  Bicyclists says e-bikers zip by recklessly, motorized bike enthusiasts say pedal crowd is just as bad; “increasing rudeness.”  —  Scott Sterner and his wife, Donna Rupert, 60-year-old retirees in Dunedin …
New York Times:
Quiz: How Well Do You Understand Today's Crime Trends?  —  Crime has emerged as a significant issue in the U.S. during the pandemic.  But context can be lost amid the headlines and partisan claims.  How well can you separate fact from fiction on this topic?  —  1 of 12
Michael Kunzelman / Associated Press:
Charges after US Capitol insurrection roil far-right groups  —  Indictments.  Infighting.  Incarceration.  —  Former President Donald Trump's lies about a stolen 2020 election united right-wing supporters, conspiracy theorists and militants on Jan. 6, but the aftermath of the insurrection …
Discussion: Raw Story and Forbes
Gromer Jeffers Jr / Dallas Morning News:
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott defends controversial election bill while blasting Biden, Delaware  —  Donald Trump endorses Abbott for reelection as midterm election season approaches.  —  AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday defended a controversial, and failed, GOP-driven election bill …
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Republicans say they'll tweak part of Texas elections bill criticized for impact on Black churchgoers
Hayes Brown / MSNBC:
Donald Trump's rebooted rallies have no place on your television  —  Former President Donald Trump has lost access to some of the biggest guns in his political arsenal.  He can no longer tweet directly to the masses; nor can his Facebook page gin up excitement and ardor among his fans.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Covid Hope Over Fear  —  We look at the effects of the C.D.C.'s new mask guidance on Covid cases and vaccinations.  —  When the C.D.C. reversed its Covid-19 guidelines last month and said that vaccinated Americans rarely needed to wear masks, it caused both anxiety and uncertainty.
Discussion: HotAir and Twitchy
Wall Street Journal:
The Economic Recovery Is Here.  It's Unlike Anything You've Seen.  —  Households saved cash and banks amassed capital, but supply shortages are popping up and some employers can't find workers  —  The U.S. economic recovery is unlike any in recent history, powered by consumers with trillions …
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Amazon US customers have one week to opt out of mass wireless sharing  —  Critics raise transparency fears over plan to turn all smart home devices into ‘mesh network’  —  Amazon customers have one week to opt out of a plan that would turn every Echo speaker and Ring security camera in the US …
Mary Wood / University of Virginia School of Law:
Robert Mueller Will Share Lessons From Special Counsel Investigation During UVA Law Course  —  Mueller and Senior Staff, Including Aaron Zebley '96, Will Give Students Insights on Historic Inquiry  —  Robert S. Mueller III '73 will participate in a University of Virginia School …
Discussion: Insider
Eugene Daniels / Politico:
Biden privately tells lawmakers not to expect much on reparations legislation  —  Joe Biden was more blunt about racism than perhaps any president before him — and than many in the crowd expected — in his remarks commemorating 100 years since the Tulsa Race Massacre Tuesday.
Joe Drape / New York Times:
Failed Drug Test Confirmed for Kentucky Derby Winner Medina Spirit  —  The colt, trained by seven-time Derby winner Bob Baffert, stands to become the second horse in the history of the race to be disqualified for a failed test.  —  The Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit's post-race positive drug test …
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Ronna McDaniel: RNC will advise presidential candidates to skip debates unless reforms made  —  RNC chair cites ‘repeated missteps and the partisan actions’ by commission during Trump-Biden debates  —  Biden ‘putting a magnet out to draw people’ to US illegally: Ronna McDaniel
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Jill Biden getting Delaware beach day for her 70th birthday  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden is getting a day at the beach for her 70th birthday.  —  President Joe Biden and his wife were heading to their Delaware beach house Wednesday evening to help the first lady celebrate that personal milestone on Thursday.
Discussion: The Hill and Associated Press
Emma Hinchliffe / Fortune:
The female CEOs on this year's Fortune 500 just broke three all-time records  —  Our mission to make business better is fueled by readers like you.  To enjoy unlimited access to our journalism, subscribe today.  —  In 2021, the number of women running businesses on the Fortune 500 hit an all-time record: 41.
Kylee Zempel / The Federalist:
Fauci's ‘Expect The Unexpected’ Book Is Exactly What You'd Expect From A Self-Serving Bureaucrat  —  The highest-paid federal employee, best known for flip-flopping on COVID messaging and fudging the numbers, is now going to pontificate about truth and service in an autobiography where he gets to be the hero?
Hamilton Nolan / In These Times:
Words That Mean Nothing  —  Our political discourse is dominated by issues that don't exist  —  Much of the time that we think we are talking about ​"issues," we are actually talking about words.  One side will argue against one definition of a word, while the other side argues in favor of a different definition of a word.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Parliamentarian: Democrats only get one more chance to sidestep GOP this year
Discussion: Bloomberg Law, National Review and UPI
US troops accidentally storm olive oil factory in Bulgaria
Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
Biden won't build the wall, but Greece will
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Thomas Moore / The Hill:
CNN under ethics scrutiny following Cuomo revelations
Discussion: HotAir and BizPac Review
Leading money-in-politics data nonprofits merge to form OpenSecrets, a state-of-the-art democratic accountability organization
William Kristol / The Bulwark:
Seven Entrepreneurial Paths Toward a Democratic Majority
Discussion: Morning Shots
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Josephine Harvey / HuffPost:
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New York Times:
2 Leading Manhattan D.A. Candidates Face the Trump Question
Discussion: Raw Story