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Ben Smith / New York Times:
Anthony Weiner's Not Coming Back.  But He Has Nowhere to Go.  —  The man who was almost New York's mayor talks about the current campaign, selling tweets and why he feels bad for the media.  —  Anthony Weiner doesn't pay the kind of attention to New York politics that he did back when he was running …
Madison Dapcevich / Snopes.com:
No, Trump Did Not Wear His Pants Backwards at Rally  —  Former U.S. President Donald Trump wore his pants backwards during the June 2021 North Carolina Republican Party convention in Greenville, North Carolina.  —  Rating  —  False  —  In early June 201, a video of former U.S. President …
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Washington Post:
Republican leaders say they want to focus on the future, but Trump is far from done with the past
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Rep. Mo Brooks served with lawsuit related to his role in Capitol insurrection  —  (CNN)Alabama GOP Rep. Mo Brooks was served with a lawsuit filed by California Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell seeking to hold him partially accountable for the January 6 insurrection, according to a tweet from Brooks and an attorney for Swalwell.
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Andrew Solender / Forbes:
Eric Swalwell Finally Serves Mo Brooks With Lawsuit Holding Him Responsible For Jan. 6  —  Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) successfully served Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) with a lawsuit holding Brooks and other top Republicans “responsible for the injury and destruction” on Jan. 6 after initially failing …
Discussion: Occupy Democrats and Raw Story
Fred Ryan / Washington Post:
Something appears to be ‘simply, simply wrong’ at the Biden Justice Department  —  Fred Ryan is publisher of The Post.  —  During the final days of the Trump administration, the attorney general used extraordinary measures to obtain subpoenas to secretly seize records of reporters at three leading U.S. news organizations.
Michael Wines / New York Times:
In Arizona 2020 Election Review, Risks for Republicans, and Democracy  —  Experts call it a circus.  Polls say it will hurt the G.O.P. in 2022.  But Republicans are on board in Arizona and elsewhere, despite warnings of lasting damage to the political system.
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Melanie Mason / Los Angeles Times:
A conservative talk radio host once backed the Arizona GOP election recount.  Now he's warning Republicans against it  —  Mike Broomhead talks for a living, but for a moment last week, all he could do was sigh.  —  With that flash of wordless exasperation behind him, he continued with his work …
Discussion: CNN
Michael Powell / New York Times:
Once a Bastion of Free Speech, the A.C.L.U. Faces an Identity Crisis  —  An organization that has defended the First Amendment rights of Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan is split by an internal debate over whether supporting progressive causes is more important.  —  It was supposed to be the celebration …
Discussion: Reason
David Edwards / Raw Story:
'You're doing it exactly the wrong way': Chris Wallace shreds Joe Manchin for enabling GOP ‘obstruction’  —  Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday challenged Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who is refusing to support filibuster reform to pass a voting rights bill and other progressive initiatives.
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Allan Smith / NBC News:
Rubio may still want to be president one day.  He's content to wait out Trump. … When Sen. Marco Rubio ran for president the first time, he was in a hurry.  —  But now, Rubio, R-Fla., is gearing for a third Senate bid, and he appears OK to wait.  —  “You can be the world's greatest surfer …
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Spectrum News NY1:
Exclusive: Eric Adams jumps in front, Yang slips in NY1/Ipsos poll  —  Eric Adams has surged to the front of the pack, overtaking Andrew Yang and building a six-point lead in the Democratic primary for mayor, according to the exclusive results of a new Spectrum News NY1/Ipsos poll.  —  What You Need To Know
Mike Allen / Axios:
Blinken warns Putin ahead of upcoming U.S.-Russia summit  —  Secretary of State Tony Blinken told me during an “Axios on HBO” interview that President Biden is meeting with Vladimir Putin nine days from now “not in spite of” the cyberattacks that disrupted U.S. meat and gas supplies: “It's because of them.”
Discussion: The Hill
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Mike Allen / Axios:   “Axios on HBO”: Blinken vows to hold China accountable on COVID origins
Rebecca Klapper / Newsweek:
Fox News Blocks Ad Showing Law Enforcement Officers Describing Capitol Riot Violence  —  Fox News blocked a commercial showing law enforcement officers describing the events of the deadly January 6 Capitol riot that was supposed to air for the first time on Sunday, the creators of the commercial said.
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Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Fox News declines to air ad about Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol
Discussion: FTVLive, News Corpse and Insider
Matthew Kassel / Jewish Insider:
Interview with Barack Obama … During his time in office, former President Barack Obama maintained something of a hot-and-cold relationship with Jewish leaders, particularly around his administration's foreign policy in the Middle East.  Obama first entered the national stage with longstanding ties …
Discussion: Power Line
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Biden should go it alone  —  Seventeen months — that's all the time that's left.  —  That's how long President Biden can hope to hold Democratic majorities in the House and Senate.  —  Now is the time to start thinking about the November 2022 midterm elections.
New York Times:
C.I.A. Scrambles for New Approach in Afghanistan  —  The rapid withdrawal of U.S. troops has left the agency seeking ways to maintain its intelligence-gathering, war-fighting and counterterrorism operations in the country.  —  WASHINGTON — The rapid U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan …
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
What Were They Thinking About Insurrection?  —  The hopes and fears of the participants in the Capitol attack, government officials, and Donald Trump.  —  On January 6, 2021, members of the Oath Keepers, high on conspiracies and disinformation, went to Washington, D.C. to support then-President Donald Trump.
Rosalind Helderman / Washington Post:
How the national push by Trump allies to audit 2020 ballots started quietly in Pennsylvania  —  Joe Biden's presidential victory in Pennsylvania had been certified for weeks when officials in some Republican-leaning counties began receiving strange phone calls from GOP state senators in late December.
BBC:
Abubakar Shekau: Boko Haram leader is dead, says rival militant group  —  The leader of the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has killed himself, rival Islamist militants said in an audio recording.  —  In audio obtained by news agencies, the Islamic State West Africa Province …
Milton J. Valencia Globe / The Boston Globe:
With a legal challenge, Dennis White case could drag on for years, stalk former mayor Martin J. Walsh  —  Acting Mayor Kim Janey could decide the fate of embattled Boston Police Commissioner Dennis White in the coming days, but that doesn't mean the legal wrangling will come to an end …
Anshel Pfeffer / Haaretz:
Party leaders to meet as government swearing-in approaches  —  A new Israeli government may be sworn in as soon as Wednesday after securing a coalition to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  —  Party leaders will meet Sunday to finalize the coalition deal, with Yamina party leader Naftali expected …
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Aaron Rabinowitz / Haaretz:   Top Right-wing Israeli Rabbis Call on Public to Do ‘Everything’ to Thwart Bennett-Lapid Gov't
Greg B. Smith / THE CITY:
Eric Adams' Aqueduct Casino Bid Scandal Interview Transcript Reveals Contradictions and Shaky Memory  —  The now-mayoral candidate repeatedly told investigators he couldn't remember key details of his birthday bash at a fancy Manhattan club, documents show.  Among the guests: bidders for a …
 
 
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Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Biden Is Embracing Europe, but Then What? NATO and the E.U. Have Concerns.
Discussion: The Atlantic and The Guardian
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
Was mask-wearing pointless, after all? Fauci must be forced to answer
National Review:
GOP Sweeps in Texas Races Signal Growing Hispanic Support for the Party
The Daily Beast:
Dems Worry the GOP Will Try to ‘Benghazi’ Jan. 6 Probe
Discussion: Bloomberg and Raw Story
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Biden's vaccine push fails to gain traction with African Americans
Discussion: Washington Post
Stacey Matthews / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Fauci Spin: Criticism of #FauciEmails Revelations ‘Very Much an Attack on Science’
Discussion: TheBlaze and Twitchy
New York Times:
What Happened When Trump Was Banned on Social Media
Jordan Williams / The Hill:
Lincoln Project co-founder: Trump's words ‘will surely kill again’
Discussion: Insider and Townhall
 Earlier Items: 
Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
We'll Probably Need Booster Shots for Covid-19. But When? And Which Ones?
Cate Cadell / Reuters:
EXCLUSIVE China policies could cut millions of Uyghur births in Xinjiang
Discussion: Bloomberg and Japan Times
NBC News:
Meet the Press - June 6, 2021
Discussion: Townhall, HotAir and Insider
Wall Street Journal:
‘Do We Need to Be in Hong Kong?’ Global Companies Are Eying the Exits
Discussion: Instapundit
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
George P. Bush, the Lone Star state's latest profile in cowardice
Stars & Stripes:
David Dushman, last surviving Auschwitz liberator, dies at 98
 

 
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Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Microsoft launches a Copilot for Finance in public preview; the chatbot can perform some common role-specific actions in Excel and Outlook

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