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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: HotAir and Twitchy
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Your Tax Return Is Confidential... Until It Isn't
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and HotAir
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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 …
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 …
The White House:
Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Negotiations with Congress … The President has spoken to a number of members of the House and Senate the past two days.  —  He informed Senator Capito today that the latest offer from her group did not, in his view, meet the essential needs …
Discussion: Insider
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican
Discussion: CBS News
CNBC:
Biden seeks new coalition for infrastructure bill as talks with key GOP senators fall apart
Discussion: HotAir, The Hill and Associated Press
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.
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 …
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.
Paul Campos / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
Pretending that what's happening isn't happening  —  I want to highlight a comment DamnYankeesLGM made in Scott's post about Merrick Garland's decision to have the DOJ continue to substitute the United States for Donald Trump as the defendant in E. Jean Carroll's lawsuit.
Discussion: CNN, Deadline and BuzzFeed News
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Jan Wolfe / Reuters:
U.S. defending presidency, not trying to ‘save Trump,’ in recent legal moves
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 …
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
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.”
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 …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Senate approves sprawling $250 billion bill to curtail China's economic and military ambitions  —  The bill, adopted on a bipartisan vote, invests heavily in U.S. science and technology while threatening a host of punishments against Beijing  —  The Senate voted on Tuesday to adopt …
Discussion: CNN and CNBC
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.
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 …
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 …
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.”
Jeannie Suk Gersen / New Yorker:
The Importance of Teaching Dred Scott  —  By limiting discussion of the infamous Supreme Court decision, law-school professors risk minimizing the role of racism in American history.  —  In January, 2011, the House of Representatives undertook a recitation of the United States Constitution on the House floor.
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
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.
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
NBC's Lester Holt Grills Kamala Harris on Migrant Crisis: 'You Haven't Been to the Border'  —  The veep attempted to wave off Holt's question with a laugh, noting that she also hasn't been to Europe lately.  —  NBC anchor Lester Holt pressed Vice President Kamala Harris on why she has yet …
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.).
Politico:
Burning the midnight oil: Eric Adams' mysterious whereabouts off the campaign trail  —  Eric Adams announced he was living in Brooklyn Borough Hall to combat Covid last March.  Now it seems he may have never left.  —  The mayoral hopeful has been staying overnight and keeping late-night …
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 …
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
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
In the U.S., vaccines for the youngest are expected this fall.  —  Coronavirus vaccines may be available in the fall for U.S. children as young as 6 months, drugmakers say.  Pfizer and Moderna are testing their vaccines in children under 12 years, and are expected to have results in hand for children aged 5 through 11 by September.
Discussion: Al Jazeera and Bangor Daily News
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 …
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.
Dan Friedman / Mother Jones:
Abbe Lowell Is the Go-To Lawyer for Embattled Politicians.  Now He Faces a Controversy of His Own.  —  Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.  —  Abbe Lowell, one of Washington's top attorneys …
 
 
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Jonathan Tamari / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Democratic Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan won't run for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania
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Oliver Traldi / Arc Digital:
What's in a Name?  —  Attacking the language anti-woke critics use forestalls the real conversation
Larry O'Connor / Townhall:
Andrew Breitbart's Triumph Over Anthony Weiner: 10 Years Later
David Browne / Rolling Stone:
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Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
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Dennis M. Powell / The Hill:
Democrats control the language of politics and culture — but for how long?
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Bryan Metzger / Politico:
Why the GOP Just Got Blown Out in a Congressional Race
Discussion: Daily Kos and Raw Story