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9:20 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 …
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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’
Chandelis Duster / CNN:
Democrat calls Manchin ‘the new Mitch McConnell’ and says he is working to thwart Biden's agenda
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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Irin Carmon / New York Magazine:
The Tiger Mom and and the Hornet's Nest For decades, Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld were Yale Law power brokers.  A new generation wants to see them exiled.  —  Photo: Photograph by Gillian Laub for New York Magazine  —  It's supposedly haunted," Amy Chua says brightly as she ushers …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and Althouse
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
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:
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 …
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
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Supreme Court declines to hear lawsuit challenging male-only draft
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 …
Discussion: National Review
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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Jackie Wattles / CNN:
Jeff Bezos is going to space on first crewed flight of rocket
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
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
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
Joe Sutton / CNN:
Video appears to show GOP Oregon lawmaker telling protesters how to enter closed state Capitol  —  (CNN)An Oregon state lawmaker who has been charged after he allegedly allowed protesters into the closed state Capitol building during a debate over Covid-19 restrictions is seen in new video appearing …
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Andrew Selsky / Associated Press:
Oregon lawmaker faces expulsion for assault on state Capitol
Discussion: The Hill and opb
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 …
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 …
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.
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Too many people are still underestimating the Trump threat  —  Former president Donald Trump's secret weapon has always been that it is hard for educated people to take him seriously.  He acts like a preening buffoon with pretensions of grandeur — doltish and delusional in equal measure.
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Raw Story
Michelle L. Price / Associated Press:
GOP chair expects former Nevada AG Laxalt to run for Senate  —  LAS VEGAS (AP) — The head of the Senate Republican political arm says he expects former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt to challenge Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada next year.
New York Times:
Nicaragua's Democracy Hangs by Thread as Crackdown Deepens  —  Under President Daniel Ortega, the country is a step away from becoming a one-party state.  Money-laundering charges against his main rival have heightened concerns.  —  MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Opposition candidates have been detained.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Political Wire
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” …
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
Russell Falcon / KXAN-TV:
Gov. Greg Abbott: Texas businesses will be 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 …
Jack Rasmus / CounterPunch:
Biden Capitulates: Cuts Corp Taxes & Cuts Infrastructure Spending  —  Reuters reported last week that Biden announced a massive shift in his fiscal policy, cutting (not raising) corporate taxes even further than had Trump, AND cutting his proposed infrastructure spending bill by hundreds …
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: Politico and BuzzFeed News
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 …
 
 
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Kim Hart / Axios:
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Sam Buckingham-Jones / Australian Financial Review:
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