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9:35 AM ET, June 7, 2021

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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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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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
Discussion: PRESS RUN and CNN
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
Discussion: Occupy Democrats and Raw Story
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 …
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
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.
Jackie Wattles / CNN:
Jeff Bezos is going to space on first crewed flight of rocket  —  New York (CNN Business)Jeff Bezos will be flying to space on the first crewed flight of the New Shepard, the rocket ship made by his space company, Blue Origin.  The flight is scheduled for July 20th, just 15 days after he is set to resign as CEO of Amazon.
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 and Eduwonk
Caroline Kelly / CNN:
Cheney: Trump inciting January 6 riot ‘the most dangerous thing’ a president has done  —  Jonathan Swan: Liz Cheney is a woman without a party  —  (CNN)Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney accused former President Donald Trump of having committed the worst violation of a president's oath …
Steve Thomma / White House Correspondents' Association:
WHCA Announces New Scholarship at University of Tennessee  —  The White House Correspondents' Association is pleased to announce a new scholarship at the University of Tennessee.  —  The Carter Holland memorial scholarship will be in honor of the late Carter Holland, a promising young journalist …
New York Times:
What Happened When Trump Was Banned on Social Media  —  When Facebook and Twitter barred Donald J. Trump from their platforms after the Capitol riot in January, he lost direct access to his most powerful megaphones.  On Friday, Facebook said the former president would not be allowed …
New York Times:
New York City Plans a Central Park Mega-Concert to Celebrate Reopening  —  The mayor's office has asked the producer Clive Davis to sign up musical stars for an event on the Great Lawn in August.  —  Brunch crowds are back.  Rush-hour traffic is back.  Tourists in horse-drawn carriages are back.
Discussion: The Hill and Variety
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
Was mask-wearing pointless, after all?  Fauci must be forced to answer  —  Did we ever need masks?  —  It's a touchy, complex question.  People may not want to learn that millions of us covered our faces for 15 months for no good reason, after all.  But asking the questions is exactly what we must do.
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
The dirty secret behind the success of top Republican fundraisers  —  A constellation of obscure websites — populated with content stolen from major media outlets like Politico, Axios, and BuzzFeed — has played a significant role in the fundraising success of Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene …
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
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.
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
Washington Examiner:
Biden rejoining the World Health Organization looks worse every day  —  President Joe Biden's decision to rejoin the World Health Organization without preconditions was foolish.  Now, the organization is making itself an even greater mockery of the credibility that Washington is lending it.
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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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 …
Discussion: The Guardian
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.
Jordan Williams / The Hill:
Lincoln Project co-founder: Trump's words ‘will surely kill again’  —  Steve Schmidt, co-founder of the anti-Trump group The Lincoln Project, slammed the media for its coverage of the former president ending his blog, and warned that Trump's words will “surely kill again.”
Discussion: Insider and Townhall
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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Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Yellen Won a Global Tax Deal. Now Comes the Hard Part.
Discussion: Foreign Policy and Bloomberg
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
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Stacey Matthews / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Fauci Spin: Criticism of #FauciEmails Revelations ‘Very Much an Attack on Science’
Discussion: TheBlaze and Twitchy
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
New York Times:
C.I.A. Scrambles for New Approach in Afghanistan
Greg B. Smith / THE CITY:
Eric Adams' Aqueduct Casino Bid Scandal Interview Transcript Reveals Contradictions and Shaky Memory
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
George P. Bush, the Lone Star state's latest profile in cowardice
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