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9:20 AM ET, June 7, 2021

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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
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 …
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  —  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: PRESS RUN and CNN
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
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.
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.
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David Edwards / Raw Story:
'You're doing it exactly the wrong way': Chris Wallace shreds Joe Manchin for enabling GOP ‘obstruction’
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
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
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 …
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 …
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
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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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
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
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.
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 …
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 …
National Review:
GOP Sweeps in Texas Races Signal Growing Hispanic Support for the Party  —  Winning Republican mayoral candidates ran on an anti-crime platform.  —  epublicans swept key races for mayor in Texas on Saturday, setting back Democratic hopes that the state's urban areas will deliver statewide majorities for them in the future.
Cate Cadell / Reuters:
EXCLUSIVE China policies could cut millions of Uyghur births in Xinjiang  —  Chinese birth control policies could cut between 2.6 to 4.5 million births of the Uyghur and other ethnic minorities in southern Xinjiang within 20 years, up to a third of the region's projected minority population …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Japan Times
 
 
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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
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
Was mask-wearing pointless, after all? Fauci must be forced to answer
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
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?
 Earlier Items: 
Greg B. Smith / THE CITY:
Eric Adams' Aqueduct Casino Bid Scandal Interview Transcript Reveals Contradictions and Shaky Memory
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
Anshel Pfeffer / Haaretz:
Party leaders to meet as government swearing-in approaches
Peggy Fletcher Stack / Salt Lake Tribune:
QAnon? The ‘big lie’? What might it take to get Latter-day Saints to stop believing in them?
 

 
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Bloomberg:
Meta plans to deprecate the Facebook News tab in the US and Australia in early April 2024 and stop signing deals for traditional news content in those countries

Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
A US judge orders the NSO Group to hand over its code for Pegasus and other spyware products to Meta, as part of Meta's ongoing litigation to protect WhatsApp

 
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