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4:25 PM ET, June 8, 2021

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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 …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: SCOOP: Harris invites all 24 female senators to dinner party  —  VP KAMALA HARRIS has invited all of the female senators to her residence for dinner next week — bringing back what were regular bipartisan dinner parties that dwindled after tough election cycles in 2016 and 2020.
Discussion: CNN, The Hill, HotAir and Twitchy
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
NBC's Lester Holt Grills Kamala Harris on Migrant Crisis: 'You Haven't Been to the Border'
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Rich Americans Like Bezos, Musk, Buffett Avoided Income Tax
Discussion: ProPublica and National Review
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 …
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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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
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
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: 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?
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 …
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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
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
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.”
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
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 …
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.
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
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: Daily Kos and Raw Story
 
 
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Michelle Baruchman / The Seattle Times:
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John Nichols / The Nation:
Florida's Ron DeSantis Wants to Cancel Education About Systemic Racism
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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:
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Wall Street Journal:
Millions of J&J Covid-19 Vaccines Are at Risk of Expiring in June
Discussion: New York Post
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Ex-National Guard general enters GOP Senate primary in Arizona
Discussion: Fox News
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
Paul Brandus / USA Today:
The four best ways Team Biden can show America the Donald Trump era is really over