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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: The Daily Caller, Twitchy and Insider
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 …
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Biden DOJ Will Keep Defending Trump on Rape Defamation Case
Discussion: Just The News
Paul Butler / Washington Post:   The best way for Garland to protect the Justice Department is to stop defending his predecessor
ProPublica:
The Secret IRS Files: Trove of Never-Before-Seen Records Reveal How the Wealthiest Avoid Income Tax  —  The Secret IRS Files  —  In 2007, Jeff Bezos, then a multibillionaire and now the world's richest man, did not pay a penny in federal income taxes.  He achieved the feat again in 2011.
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ProPublica:   Why We Are Publishing the Tax Secrets of the .001%
ProPublica:   You May Be Paying a Higher Tax Rate Than a Billionaire
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Capitol Police had intelligence indicating an armed invasion weeks before Jan. 6 riot, Senate probe finds  —  The U.S. Capitol Police had specific intelligence that supporters of President Donald Trump planned to mount an armed invasion of the Capitol at least two weeks before the Jan. 6 riot …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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New York Times:
‘Does Anybody Have a Plan?’  Senate Report Details Jan. 6 Security Failures.  —  A 127-page joint report is the most comprehensive and detailed account to date on the intelligence, communications and policing failures around the Capitol riot.  —  WASHINGTON — Top federal intelligence agencies failed …
NBC News:
Capitol Police didn't act on warnings Trump backers would breach Capitol, target Democrats, report says … WASHINGTON — U.S. Capitol Police leaders learned that Trump supporters were discussing ways to infiltrate tunnels around the complex and target Democratic members of Congress on Jan. 6 …
Discussion: HotAir, Bloomberg, Forbes, Roll Call and MSNBC
CNN:
Senate report reveals new details about security failures ahead of January 6 attack but omits Trump's role  —  (CNN)A new Senate report reveals previously unknown details about the stunning security breakdowns ahead of the January 6 US Capitol attack, adding an authoritative emphasis …
Discussion: USA Today, The Hill and Mother Jones
Nicholas Wu / Politico:
Senators reveal further Capitol riot security failures in bipartisan report
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Al Jazeera
Edmund DeMarche / Fox News:   Bipartisan group of senators release report on Capitol attack, make recommendations
Justin Haskins / The Hill:
By rejecting Democrats' election overhaul bill, Joe Manchin may have saved America  —  On Sunday, the Charleston Gazette-Mail published an op-ed by Sen. Joe Manchin in which the West Virginia Democrat announced his opposition of the For the People Act, a bill that aims to impose a variety …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Some Democrats wonder when Schumer will get tough with Manchin
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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Reuters:   U.S. report concluded COVID-19 may have leaked from Wuhan lab - WSJ
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 …
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.
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 …
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Alex Leary / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Administration to Outline Measures to Address Supply-Chain Issues  —  Action follows 100-day review of the breakdown of supply chains during the pandemic  —  WASHINGTON—The Biden administration is expected to outline new measures Tuesday to address widespread supply-chain issues …
Discussion: NBC News, New York Times and CNBC
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Gavin Bade / Politico:
Biden to shore up supply chains for four sectors after 100-day reviews
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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.
David Harsanyi / National Review:
The 1619 Project Comes for the Second Amendment  —  If the right to bear arms was intended to preserve slavery, why did civil-rights leaders insist that black Americans should be armed to protect themselves?  —  Left-wing academic Carol Anderson's new book, The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America, is all over the news.
Discussion: The Bulwark
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 …
Nicole Di Ilio / Newlines Magazine:
‘I Will Kill Myself’: The Enduring Nightmare of Lebanon's Kafala System  —  In the moral void of Lebanon's Kafala system, maids from Africa and Asia are trapped in a nightmare of inescapable cruelty  —  Nicole Di Ilio is a freelance journalist whose work focuses on conflicts, radicalism, migrations, and marginalized groups
Paul Brandus / USA Today:
The four best ways Team Biden can show America the Donald Trump era is really over  —  Trump treated our Constitution and laws as doormats.  Biden must reassert the primacy of the law and the importance of transparency in our democracy.  —  Tame the COVID-19 pandemic?  Check.
Discussion: Associated Press and NBC News
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Hundreds Arrested After FBI Reveals It Secretly Ran Encrypted Messaging App for Criminals  —  ‘TROJAN SHIELD’  —  Hundreds of alleged criminal underworld figures have been arrested around the globe after using an encrypted messaging app that was secretly being controlled by the FBI and Australian intelligence.
Discussion: Political Wire
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Harris border-czar flop: Guatemala president blames Biden, AOC objects  —  Maybe Kamala Harris should have gone to the border instead.  Joe Biden put the Vice President in charge of handling the migrant crisis, but later claimed he meant that Harris would lead the diplomatic effort to resolve it.
Bryan Metzger / Politico:
Why the GOP Just Got Blown Out in a Congressional Race  —  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—  Two weeks before the GOP had its first chance to pick up a seat in Congress since Joe Biden became president, the Republican Party of New Mexico hosted a three-day event dubbed “Operation Freedom.”
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Examiner:
Joe Biden warned as a court slaps down race-based COVID relief  —  As President Joe Biden pursues initiatives he announced last week to “help narrow the racial wealth gap,” he should heed a late-May reminder from the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that preferential treatment based on race is presumptively invalid.
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.
 
 
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Derek Lacey / USA Today:
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Taylor Goldenstein / Houston Chronicle:
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Discussion: Off the Kuff and The Texas Tribune
Evan Perez / CNN:
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