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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, Washington Post and Twitchy
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Your Tax Return Is Confidential... Until It Isn't
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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 …
The White House:
Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Negotiations with Congress
Discussion: Insider
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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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate GOP blocks bill to combat gender pay gap
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and CNN
New York Times:
‘Does Anybody Have a Plan?’ Senate Report Details Jan. 6 Security Failures.
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 …
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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 …
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Samuel Chamberlain / New York Post:
Hunter Biden repeatedly called his white lawyer the N-word, texts show
Discussion: Washington Times and The US Sun
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 …
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
New York Times:
Brad Lander for Comptroller  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.  It is separate from the newsroom.  —  The New York City comptroller serves as the fiscal watchdog …
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Spectrum News NY1:   Exclusive: Corey Johnson leads an unsettled race for city comptroller, NY1/Ipsos poll finds
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
FBI-controlled Anom app ensnares scores of alleged criminals in global police sting  —  SYDNEY — The alleged drug syndicates, contract killers and weapons dealers thought they were using high-priced, securely encrypted phones that would protect them as they openly discussed drug deals …
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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
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.”
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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?
Tom Dreisbach / NPR:
Trump Impeachment Lawyers Are Now Representing Capitol Riot Defendants  —  Attorneys Michael van der Veen and Bruce Castor defended former President Donald Trump at his Senate impeachment trial for allegedly inciting the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection.  —  Even as van der Veen …
Discussion: Associated Press
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: New York Magazine
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Farewell, Millennial Lifestyle Subsidy  —  The price for Ubers, scooters and Airbnb rentals is going up as tech companies aim for profitability.  —  A few years ago, while on a work trip in Los Angeles, I hailed an Uber for a crosstown ride during rush hour.
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.”
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.
Tom LoBianco / Insider:
SCOOP: The top Trump political fundraiser who helped plan his January 6 rally is out of Trumpworld  — Trump advisors say they fired Caroline Wren, who they accused of trying to control access to donors.  — A Republican familiar with Wren's departure from Trumpworld said she left on her own.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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
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 …
 
 
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Lee Drutman / The Guardian:
The Republican party is now an explicitly illiberal party
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Gothamist:
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Jeannie Suk Gersen / New Yorker:
The Importance of Teaching Dred Scott
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
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
In the U.S., vaccines for the youngest are expected this fall.
Discussion: Al Jazeera and Bangor Daily News
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Rep. Mo Brooks pushes falsehood that Trump won 2020 election, claims unlawful votes for Biden
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GroundUp News:
It's apartheid, say Israeli ambassadors to South Africa
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
Democrats are giving up on their greatest achievement since the 1960s
Discussion: Insider
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
It's not just voting and Covid: How red states are overriding their blue cities
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Why Cruise Ship Vaccination Requirements Are Different from Those of Other Institutions
Discussion: HotAir
Lahav Harkov / Jerusalem Post:
Erdan to AP CEO: Hamas worked on anti-Iron Dome tech in AP Gaza building