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Erica Orden / CNN:
DOJ argues it should substitute for Trump as defendant in E. Jean Carroll lawsuit  —  New York (CNN)The Justice Department argued in a brief filed Monday that it should be permitted to substitute itself for former President Donald Trump as defendant in a defamation lawsuit brought …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Biden Justice Department defends Trump in suit over rape denial  —  The Biden administration is pressing on with a controversial Justice Department defense of President Donald Trump in a defamation lawsuit brought by a writer who accused him of raping her at a New York City department store in the 1990s.
Discussion: Insider
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Biden DOJ Will Keep Defending Trump on Rape Defamation Case  —  Donald Trump used the Justice Department to defend him in a defamation case that accuses him of rape, and the Biden administration will continue defending him.  —  Donald Trump can continue to lean on the executive power he once …
Discussion: Just The News
Evan Perez / CNN:
First on CNN: US recovers millions in cryptocurrency paid to Colonial Pipeline ransomware hackers  —  Washington (CNN)US investigators have recovered millions of dollars in cryptocurrency paid in ransom to hackers whose attack prompted the shutdown of the key East Coast pipeline last month, according to people briefed on the matter.
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Department of Justice Seizes $2.3 Million in Cryptocurrency Paid to the Ransomware Extortionists Darkside
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Retrieves Millions in Ransom Paid to Colonial Pipeline Hackers
CNN:
Exclusive: New audio of 2019 phone call reveals how Giuliani pressured Ukraine to investigate baseless Biden conspiracies  —  (CNN)Never-before-heard audio, obtained exclusively by CNN, shows how former President Donald Trump's longtime adviser Rudy Giuliani relentlessly pressured and coaxed …
HuffPost:
Democrats May Need To Change Their Voting Rights Bill If They Want It To Pass  —  Even senators who nominally support the bill are open to amending it in order to advance voting rights.  —  With Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) firmly against his party's bill to block states from curtailing voting rights …
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Michelangelo Signorile / The Signorile Report:
Are we going to let Joe Manchin sink democracy?
Discussion: New York Times
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How Joe Manchin's awful new stance could blow up in his face
Nicholas Wu / Politico:
Senators reveal further Capitol riot security failures in bipartisan report  —  Capitol security officials tracking threats of violence on Jan. 6 saw social media posts as early as late December 2020 about a plot to breach the complex — complete with maps of the building's tunnels …
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NBC News:
Capitol Police didn't act on warnings Trump backers would breach Capitol, target Democrats, report says … WASHINGTON — U.S. Capitol Police leaders learned that Trump supporters were discussing ways to infiltrate tunnels around the complex and target Democratic members of Congress on Jan. 6 …
Discussion: CNN, NPR, ABC News, The Hill and Associated Press
Edmund DeMarche / Fox News:   Bipartisan group of senators release report on Capitol attack, make recommendations
Amanda Coletta / Washington Post:
Muslim family in Canada killed in ‘targeted’ attack, police say  —  TORONTO — A man accused of mowing down five members of the same family with a black pickup truck in an Ontario city on Sunday, killing four and seriously injuring a 9-year-old boy, targeted them because they were Muslim …
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CBC News:
Muslim family members targeted in fatal hit and run, police say, driver charged with murder  —  3 adults and 1 teen dead, child in London, Ont., hospital with serious injuries from Sunday incident  —  A 20-year-old man was charged Monday with four counts of murder and one count of attempted murder …
Discussion: globalnews.ca, Snopes.com and Insider
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Report Concluded Covid-19 May Have Leaked From Wuhan Lab  —  The 2020 lab report was used by the State Department in its own inquiry during Trump administration  —  WASHINGTON—A report on the origins of Covid-19 by a U.S. government national laboratory concluded that the hypothesis claiming …
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Newsmax turned down embattled Republican Matt Gaetz for a job -spokesperson  —  Conservative media outlet Newsmax, a favorite of former President Donald Trump's, rejected embattled Republican U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz's request for a job, a spokesperson for the website said on Monday.
Caleb Ecarma / Vanity Fair:
Trump's Deranged Theory That Democrats Would Replace Biden Might Have Helped Him Lose 2020  —  The president was obsessed with the idea that Democrats would strip the primary win from Joe Biden and nominate Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama instead, reporter Michael Bender writes in an upcoming book.
Wall Street Journal:
Federal Prosecutors Subpoena Material Related to Andrew Cuomo's Book  —  State officials who edited early versions of New York governor's memoir were among those receiving requests for information  —  Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed material related to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's recent memoir …
New York Times:
Gripped by ‘Dinner Party-gate,’ Yale Law Confronts a Venomous Divide  —  A dispute centering on the celebrity professor Amy Chua exposes a culture pitting student against student, professor against professor.  —  NEW HAVEN, Conn. — On March 26, a group of students at Yale Law School approached …
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
Guatemala's prez blames Biden for border crisis as protesters tell Kamala Harris ‘Trump won’  —  Vice President Kamala Harris was greeted Monday by protesters in Guatemala telling her “Trump won” and “go home” — as the country's president blamed President Biden for this year's migrant crisis.
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Rachel Schmidtke / Refugees International:   Refugees International Statement on VP Harris' Visit to Guatemala
David Harsanyi / National Review:
The 1619 Project Comes for the Second Amendment  —  If the right to bear arms was intended to preserve slavery, why did civil-rights leaders insist that black Americans should be armed to protect themselves?  —  Left-wing academic Carol Anderson's new book, The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America, is all over the news.
Peter Wehner / The Atlantic:
The Scandal Rocking the Evangelical World  —  “This is an earthquake,” a prominent Christian writer told me.  —  The publication of an extraordinary February 24, 2020, letter by Russell Moore, one of the most influential and respected evangelicals in America (and a friend), has shaken the Christian world.
Dan Merica / CNN:
Obama criticizes Republicans for embracing 2020 falsehoods  —  (CNN)Former President Barack Obama said Republicans have been “cowed into accepting” a series of positions that “would be unrecognizable and unacceptable even five years ago or a decade ago,” telling CNN's Anderson Cooper he is worried …
Theo Stein / NOAA Research:
Carbon dioxide peaks near 420 parts per million at Mauna Loa observatory  —  Atmospheric carbon dioxide measured at NOAA's Mauna Loa Atmospheric Baseline Observatory peaked for 2021 in May at a monthly average of 419 parts per million (ppm), the highest level since accurate measurements began 63 years ago …
Taylor Goldenstein / Houston Chronicle:
Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman resigns, fueling 2022 speculation  —  Republican Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman has announced her resignation from her seat on the bench without stating a reason, fueling speculation she may have her sights set on running for a different office in 2022.
Discussion: Off the Kuff and The Texas Tribune
Sadie Gurman / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Mandates Body Cameras for Federal Law-Enforcement Officers  —  Justice Department reverses longtime policy as more local police forces require video monitoring of police actions  —  WASHINGTON—The Justice Department will require federal agents to wear body cameras when executing arrest warrants …
CNN:
This is the first ever Holocaust exhibition to open in the Middle East  —  Up next  —  (CNN) — A Holocaust memorial exhibition billed as the first of its kind has opened in the Middle East.  —  “It reminds us that the unprecedented character of the Holocaust will always hold universal meaning.”
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Pro-McConnell PAC to vet Trump's 2022 primary picks  —  A super PAC closely aligned with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is prepared to intervene in GOP primaries — and challenge former President Trump — as it looks for the most viable candidates to reclaim the Senate.
The White House:
Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on Puerto Rico  —  Today, the Department of Justice will file a brief in the Supreme Court in the case United States v. Vaello-Madero, which addresses whether a provision in the Social Security Act that declines to provide Puerto Rico residents …
Washington Post:
Jeff Bezos announces he'll be on first crewed spaceflight of Blue Origin rocket  —  The billionaire says he and his brother will be aboard the New Shepard when it takes flight July 20 — roughly two weeks after he steps down as CEO of Amazon  —  A couple of weeks after Jeff Bezos officially steps …
 
 
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Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Top White House tech critic Tim Wu holds more than $1M in Bitcoin
Andrew Selsky / Associated Press:
Oregon lawmaker faces expulsion for assault on state Capitol
Discussion: opb, The Hill and Raw Story
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New York Times:
Nicaragua's Democracy Hangs by Thread as Crackdown Deepens
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