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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%  —  We are disclosing the tax details of the richest Americans because we believe the public interest in an informed debate outweighs privacy considerations.  —  Today, ProPublica is launching the first in a series of stories based …
Discussion: National Review, HotAir and Twitchy
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Joe Manchin is opposing big parts of Biden's agenda as the Koch network pressures him  — The Koch network has been pressuring Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., to oppose key parts of the Democratic agenda, including filibuster reform and voting rights legislation.  — That lobbying effort appears to be paying off.
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Alex Pareene / New Republic:
Democrats, Stop Negotiating With Traitors  —  The average consumer of political news can be forgiven for not being entirely sure how much to panic about the state of our democracy.  On the one hand, one can read in the mainstream press that “more than 100 scholars of democracy have signed …
NBC News:
Biden's infrastructure talks with GOP collapse amid irreconcilable differences … WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden's infrastructure talks with Republicans collapsed on Tuesday, the lead GOP negotiator said.  —  “I spoke with the president this afternoon, and he ended our infrastructure negotiations …
Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
Democratic supporters starting to realize their voting rights bill is dead without changes
Discussion: Washington Examiner, USA Today and NPR
Nicholas Rowan / Washington Examiner:
Senate confirms first Biden judicial nominee
Discussion: Politico, USA Today, Fox News and The Hill
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 …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A damning Senate report on Jan. 6 shows what Republicans want to keep buried  —  It's sometimes said that history is written by the victors, but if Republicans get their way, the history of the Jan. 6 insurrection will be written largely by the perpetrators and the enablers.
New York Times:
‘Does Anybody Have a Plan?’ Senate Report Details Jan. 6 Security Failures.
CNN:
Senate report reveals new details about security failures ahead of January 6 attack but omits Trump's role
Katherine Doyle / Washington Examiner:
Harris says she has been to southern border and ‘will go again’  —  One day after Kamala Harris said she would avoid “grand gestures” by visiting the U.S.-Mexico border, the vice president vowed to do just that as pressure mounted.  —  “Look, I've been to the border, and I will go again,” …
Discussion: ABC News, Fox News, HotAir and Newsy
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Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
NBC's Lester Holt Grills Kamala Harris on Migrant Crisis: 'You Haven't Been to the Border'
The Daily Beast:
Sidney Powell Just ‘Eviscerated’ Her Own Legal Defense, Experts Say  —  “That seems like an extremely damaging admission from Ms. Powell,” a top lawyer says.  —  Sidney Powell lost the plot.  —  To protect herself from a billion-dollar defamation lawsuit, the Trumpist lawyer was supposed …
Discussion: Reason and Raw Story
Curbed:
A Ranked Choice Cheat Sheet We asked New Yorkers about their ranked-choice-voting strategies.  —  Picking who to vote for in an election with a crowded field, numerous scandals, and New York City's recovery at stake is already a difficult task — but picking five candidates?
Josh Boswell / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Hunter Biden addressed his white lawyer as ‘n***a’ multiple times, used phrases like ‘true dat n***a’ and bantered 'I only love you because you're black,' in shocking texts unearthed days after Joe's emotional Tulsa speech decrying racism  — Text messages obtained …
Jan Wolfe / Reuters:
U.S. defending presidency, not trying to ‘save Trump,’ in recent legal moves  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden's Justice Department aimed to shield the presidency, not Donald Trump, with its latest action in a defamation case brought by a woman who accuses the former president of raping her, legal experts said.
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New York Times:
Biden Justice Department Seeks to Defend Trump in Suit Over Rape Denial
George Packer / The Atlantic:
How America Fractured Into Four Parts  —  Nations, like individuals, tell stories in order to understand what they are, where they come from, and what they want to be.  National narratives, like personal ones, are prone to sentimentality, grievance, pride, shame, self-blindness.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
New Democratic focus groups find many voters aren't sure what the party stands for  —  WASHINGTON — New focus groups conducted by a prominent Democratic pollster warn that many voters “have trouble describing a clear positive vision of what the Democratic Party stands for.”
R.R. Reno / Wall Street Journal:
Why I Stopped Hiring Ivy League Graduates  —  Even those who aren't woke seem damaged by the experience, and they're deprived of role models.  —  I'm not inclined to hire a graduate from one of America's elite universities.  That marks a change.  A decade ago I relished the opportunity …
T. Becket Adams / And another thing:
The White House press corps's most useless reporter strikes again  —  Subservience.  —  6 hr ago … For a brief moment this weekend, after conducting an embarrassingly sycophantic interview with White House press secretary Jen Psaki, CNN's Brian Stelter became the poster child for all that is wrong with legacy media.
Discussion: New York Post
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Record-High 70% in U.S. Support Same-Sex Marriage  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. support for legal same-sex marriage continues to trend upward, now at 70% — a new high in Gallup's trend since 1996.  This latest figure marks an increase of 10 percentage points since 2015 …
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
Democrats are giving up on their greatest achievement since the 1960s  —  The pandemic boost to unemployment benefits has helped millions of Americans  —  The $600 boost to unemployment benefits passed in the CARES Act last year was the best policy passed in this country since the 1960s.
Discussion: Insider
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
James Murdoch spent $100 million to help fund political causes during 2020 election cycle  — James Murdoch, the son of billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch, quietly invested $100 million into his nonprofit foundation, which then used a chunk of the money to fund political groups during the 2020 election cycle.
David Browne / Rolling Stone:
Antony Blinken's Rock & Roll Heart  —  The U.S. secretary of state talks worshiping Clapton, crashing White House concerts, and the time he jammed with Hüsker Dü's Grant Hart  —  On the plane home from Jordan, Antony Blinken seems relieved to be talking about something other than his day job.
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
Why a Judge Has Georgia Vote Fraud on His Mind: ‘Pristine’ Biden Ballots That Looked Xeroxed  —  When Fulton County, Ga., poll manager Suzi Voyles sorted through a large stack of mail-in ballots last November, she noticed an alarmingly odd pattern of uniformity in the markings for Joseph R. Biden.
Ron Johnson Senator from Wisconsin:
Sen. Johnson and Colleagues Request Answers from DOJ on Unequal Application of Justice to Protestors  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), along with senators Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), sent a letter on Monday …
Miami Herald:
Rebekah Jones' Twitter account suspended, citing ‘platform manipulation,’ ‘spam’  —  Rebekah Jones, who formerly maintained Florida's COVID-19 dashboard but was fired last year as she raised concerns about transparency, was suspended Monday from Twitter for “platform manipulation and spam.”
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Alyssa Milano says she could ‘potentially run’ for House in 2024  —  Actor-turned-activist Alyssa Milano may seek to transition from Hollywood to the House, saying she's “considering” a congressional run in 2024.  —  “I'm looking at California's 4th District to potentially run against …
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
New York Times Made Staff Nix Pro-Union Images, Guild Says  — Complaint filed with NLRB says publisher violated labor law  —  A New York Times Co. employee union is accusing the newspaper publisher of violating federal labor law by restricting its tech workers from showing support for the NewsGuild.
GroundUp News:
It's apartheid, say Israeli ambassadors to South Africa  —  “It is clearer than ever that the occupation is not temporary, and there is not the political will in the Israeli government to bring about its end.”  —  Ilan Baruch and Alon Liel  —  Map of the West Bank, the Israeli occupied Palestinian territory.
Mike Corder / Associated Press:
Global sting: Secure FBI-run messaging network tricks crooks  —  THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Criminal gangs divulged plans for moving drug shipments and carrying out killings on a secure messaging system secretly run by the FBI, law enforcement agencies said Tuesday, as they unveiled …
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Rep. Mo Brooks pushes falsehood that Trump won 2020 election, claims unlawful votes for Biden  —  Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) is continuing to promote the false claim that former president Donald Trump won the 2020 election, ahead of a battle for the seat of Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.).
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Why Cruise Ship Vaccination Requirements Are Different from Those of Other Institutions  —  A huge part of life is drawing distinctions.  —  This requires observation, foresight for likely consequences, and judgment — and even then, you can still get it wrong.  This is hard.
Discussion: HotAir
Eoin Higgins / The Flashpoint:
Fresh Off Twitter Ban, Naomi Wolf To Headline Anti-Vax “Juneteenth” Event  —  Organizers told me they found that date appropriate because the ending of slavery and resistance to vaccines are both about “liberation”  —  Three groups opposed to Covid restrictions, masks …
Discussion: The Hill, Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
Dennis M. Powell / The Hill:
Democrats control the language of politics and culture — but for how long?  —  Elections are won by creating a contrast between you and your opponent.  Republicans are not doing a very good job at creating that contrast right now; they seem to acquiesce when Democrats define the issues.
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Right-wing ‘Boogaloo’ militants plotted violence against cops so Trump would invoke Insurrection Act: Court docs  —  An Air Force sergeant accused of killing law enforcement officers last year in California was part of an extremist cell plotting “war” against police, according to newly revealed court filings.
 
 
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Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Senate Democrats start confirming Biden's judges to ‘restore the balance’ in courts
Discussion: HuffPost, Esquire, Axios and Joe.My.God.
Faye Flam / Bloomberg:
‘Faucigate’ Emails Prove Nothing About a Covid Lab Leak
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Democrats' Improbable New F.E.C. Strategy: More Deadlock Than Ever
Michelle Baruchman / The Seattle Times:
Washington state to halt driver's license suspension for unpaid tickets, failure to appear in court
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
It's not just voting and Covid: How red states are overriding their blue cities
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Hannah Natanson / Washington Post:
Judge orders Virginia school district to reinstate teacher who said he wouldn't use transgender students' preferred pronouns
Dan Friedman / Mother Jones:
Abbe Lowell Is the Go-To Lawyer for Embattled Politicians. Now He Faces a Controversy of His Own.
Wall Street Journal:
Millions of J&J Covid-19 Vaccines Are at Risk of Expiring in June
Discussion: New York Post
Lahav Harkov / Jerusalem Post:
Erdan to AP CEO: Hamas worked on anti-Iron Dome tech in AP Gaza building
Bryan Metzger / Politico:
Why the GOP Just Got Blown Out in a Congressional Race
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Newsmax turned down embattled Republican Matt Gaetz for a job -spokesperson