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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 …
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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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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
CNN:
Senate report reveals new details about security failures ahead of January 6 attack but omits Trump's role
Nicholas Wu / Politico:
Senators reveal further Capitol riot security failures in bipartisan report
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 …
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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.
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 …
New York Times:
Biden Justice Department Seeks to Defend Trump in Suit Over Rape Denial  —  Donald Trump is facing a defamation lawsuit brought by E. Jean Carroll, who has accused Mr. Trump of raping her.  —  During the presidential campaign, Joseph R. Biden Jr., then the Democratic candidate …
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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.
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Reuters:
U.S. report concluded COVID-19 may have leaked from Wuhan lab - WSJ  —  A report on the origins of COVID-19 by a U.S. government national laboratory concluded that the hypothesis of a virus leak from a Chinese lab in Wuhan is plausible and deserves further investigation …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Allahpundit / HotAir:
Lawrence Livermore lab study last May concluded lab-leak theory was plausible — based on the virus's genome
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: HotAir, Breitbart, Forbes and Joe.My.God.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos and CBS San Francisco
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 …
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
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
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.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Are We Destined for a Trump Coup in 2024?  —  Some alarm is understandable.  The progressive sense of certain doom is not.  —  THE EDITORIAL BOARD  —  Biden, Congress and the Free Press  —  The Biden administration should break with Trump and Obama administration practices and stop targeting journalists.
Discussion: New York Magazine
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 …
The White House:
FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force to Address Short-Term Supply Chain Discontinuities  —  100-Day Review Outlines Steps to Strengthen Critical Supply Chains  —  Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing key findings …
Discussion: Insider
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Ex-National Guard general enters GOP Senate primary in Arizona  —  Mick McGuire is adding his name to the growing list of Arizona Republicans vying to challenge Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly in the midterm elections.  —  McGuire, former adjutant general of the Arizona National Guard, was to announce his candidacy on Tuesday.
Discussion: Fox News
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.
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
Lahav Harkov / Jerusalem Post:
Erdan to AP CEO: Hamas worked on anti-Iron Dome tech in AP Gaza building  —  Hamas had intelligence, research and development offices in building Israel struck last month.  —  Hamas worked on a device to disrupt the Iron Dome missile defense system in the same building in Gaza …
 
 
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George Packer / The Atlantic:
How America Fractured Into Four Parts
Discussion: Daily Kos
Nihal Krishan / Washington Examiner:
Job openings soar to record high 9.3 million, raising fears of labor shortage
Discussion: National Review
Wall Street Journal:
Millions of J&J Covid-19 Vaccines Are at Risk of Expiring in June
CBC News:
Canada eyeing multi-stage approach to reopening the border to travellers
Ronald J. Pestritto / RealClearPublicAffairs:
Why the Early Progressives Rejected American Founding Principles
Liz Essley Whyte / Center for Public Integrity:
Spreading vaccine fears. And cashing in.
 Earlier Items: 
The Texas Tribune:
An anti-abortion program will receive $100 million in the next Texas budget, but there's little data on what's being done with the money
Craig Mauger / Detroit News:
Gov. Whitmer's approval rating drops after string of controversies, poll finds
Discussion: Townhall
Julia Harte / Reuters:
From Vermont to Kentucky, some Republicans expand voting access in 2021
Washington Post:
Senate Republicans hold up Biden personnel nominee over ‘critical race theory’ and abortion rights
Discussion: The Hill
Nicole Di Ilio / Newlines Magazine:
‘I Will Kill Myself’: The Enduring Nightmare of Lebanon's Kafala System
Paul Brandus / USA Today:
The four best ways Team Biden can show America the Donald Trump era is really over
Dan Merica / CNN:
Obama criticizes Republicans for embracing 2020 falsehoods