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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 …
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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 …
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
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
The Justice Department Will Keep Fighting To Defend Donald Trump In A Case Related To A Rape Allegation
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
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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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Retrieves Millions in Ransom Paid to Colonial Pipeline Hackers
U.S. Department of Justice:
Department of Justice Seizes $2.3 Million in Cryptocurrency Paid to the Ransomware Extortionists Darkside
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 …
Michelangelo Signorile / The Signorile Report:
Are we going to let Joe Manchin sink democracy?  —  We can't afford to, so don't even think about giving up … I was set to write a piece on Pride month.  —  It was going to focus on how I'd taken the annual June LGBTQ celebration for granted before the Trump years …
Discussion: New York Times
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How Joe Manchin's awful new stance could blow up in his face
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
John Lewis voting rights bill faces steep uphill climb in Senate
David Edwards / Raw Story:   Steve Bannon pushes ‘major effort’ to ‘bring Joe Manchin into the Republican party’
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
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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 …
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.
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 …
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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.
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story, Mediaite and Townhall
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
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 …
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.
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: The Texas Tribune
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.”
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Budget Refers to Mothers as ‘Birthing People’ in Nod to Woke Activists  —  President Joe Biden embraced the woke terminology favored by radical left-wing activists in his 2022 budget proposal, which refers to mothers as “birthing people.”  —  The text of Biden's record-breaking $6 trillion budget …
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.
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
KXAN-TV:
Gov. Greg Abbott: Texas businesses are now forbidden from requiring proof of vaccination  —  AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas is now open 100% — without any restrictions or limitations or requirements on businesses.  —  In a Monday tweet, Abbott — who has fiercely pushed …
Stephen Fowler / Georgia Public Broadcasting:
Here's How Georgia Could Conduct A Forensic Audit Of November's Election  —  Auditors split into seven teams of two conducted a manual recount of around 71,000 presidential ballots in Macon, Ga., part of the recount held November 2020.  In 2021, efforts to hold so-called “forensic audits” …
 
 
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Derek Lacey / USA Today:
New Super PAC formed with one goal: Fire Madison Cawthorn
Discussion: Political Wire
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
He spent years at war in Afghanistan. Now he commands the U.S. withdrawal.
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, Raw Story and The Hill
Jack Rasmus / CounterPunch:
Biden Capitulates: Cuts Corp Taxes & Cuts Infrastructure Spending
Foreign Policy:
Defiant Belarus Snubs U.S. Ambassador
 Earlier Items: 
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Biden promises the feds will stop trampling journalists' rights. But we need more than words.
New York Times:
Nicaragua's Democracy Hangs by Thread as Crackdown Deepens
Discussion: Daily Kos and Political Wire
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Too many people are still underestimating the Trump threat
Discussion: Raw Story and Vanity Fair
Evie Fordham / Fox News:
Biden snubs D-Day's 77th anniversary, angering veterans
Ian Beacock / New Republic:
Who Will Read Niall Ferguson's Doom?
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Supreme Court rules against immigrants with temporary status
 

 
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