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11:35 PM ET, June 7, 2021

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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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: New York Times
Josh Gerstein / Politico:   Biden Justice Department defends Trump in suit over rape denial
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
The Justice Department Will Keep Fighting To Defend Donald Trump In A Lawsuit Brought By A Woman Who Accused Him Of Rape
Discussion: Raw Story
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, Insider and Snopes.com
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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 …
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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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How Joe Manchin's awful new stance could blow up in his face  —  By now you've heard that Sen. Joe Manchin III has essentially declared he has consigned us to a future of minority rule.  In a new piece, the West Virginia Democrat says he'll vote against his party's voting rights legislation and will never …
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Michelangelo Signorile / The Signorile Report:   Are we going to let Joe Manchin sink democracy?
David Edwards / Raw Story:   Steve Bannon pushes ‘major effort’ to ‘bring Joe Manchin into the Republican party’
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.
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
ABC News:
Biden's task force finds more than 3,900 children separated from families at border under Trump
Discussion: Townhall
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, Townhall and Mediaite
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 …
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Washington Post:
Despite pandemic, level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hits historic levels
Discussion: National Review
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.
Discussion: The Dispatch
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 …
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
Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Schumer recommending 2 voting rights lawyers to be judges  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Democrat is recommending President Joe Biden nominate two prominent voting rights attorneys to serve as judges on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and on the federal bench in Manhattan.
Discussion: The Hill
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Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Schumer Recommends Two Powerhouse Voting Rights Attorneys For Federal Bench
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 …
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 …
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.
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.”
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 …
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” …
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 …
Foreign Policy:
Defiant Belarus Snubs U.S. Ambassador  —  As relations between the West and Belarus crash, the U.S. envoy is barred from entering the country.  —  In February 2020, then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a historic visit to Belarus on a mission to normalize ties with the authoritarian country …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Top White House tech critic Tim Wu holds more than $1M in Bitcoin  —  Tim Wu, a top antitrust expert at the White House, is a Bitcoin millionaire, according to a personal financial disclosure he recently filed.  —  Wu, a tough critic of tech companies' power, owns between $1 million …
Ian Beacock / New Republic:
Who Will Read Niall Ferguson's Doom?  —  In November 2006, Niall Ferguson traveled to the Bahamas.  Then a professor of history at Harvard, he had been invited to address Morgan Stanley's swank annual gathering for investors in Lyford Cay, a 1,000-acre gated community (and tax shelter) of 450 homes in the British Colonial style.
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Supreme Court rules against immigrants with temporary status  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that thousands of people living in the U.S. for humanitarian reasons are ineligible to apply to become permanent residents.  —  Justice Elena Kagan wrote for the court …
 
 
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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.
Andrew Selsky / Associated Press:
Oregon lawmaker faces expulsion for assault on state Capitol
Discussion: opb, The Hill and Raw Story
Jack Rasmus / CounterPunch:
Biden Capitulates: Cuts Corp Taxes & Cuts Infrastructure Spending
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Biden promises the feds will stop trampling journalists' rights. But we need more than words.
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New York Times:
Nicaragua's Democracy Hangs by Thread as Crackdown Deepens
Discussion: Daily Kos and Political Wire
Kim Hart / Axios:
Scoop: Conservatives sound alarm against taking Big Tech money
Evie Fordham / Fox News:
Biden snubs D-Day's 77th anniversary, angering veterans
David Yaffe-Bellany / Bloomberg:
‘Sedition Hunters’ Turn Capitol Insurrection Into Ultimate Online Manhunt
Discussion: Raw Story
 

 
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Ashley Belanger / Ars Technica:
A House committee report claims the Global Alliance for Responsible Media colluded to cut Twitter revenue after Musk's acquisition; GARM guidance is non-binding

David Shepardson / Reuters:
The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals puts the FCC's reinstatement of net neutrality rules on hold until August 5 as it considers industry legal challenges

Tony Mecia / The Charlotte Ledger:
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