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ABC News:
Police did not clear Lafayette Park area so Trump could hold ‘Bible’ photo op: Watchdog  —  The inspector general's findings shed new light on a major controversy.  —  U.S. Park Police did not clear Lafayette Park and the nearby area of protesters on June 1, 2020, so President Donald Trump …
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Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Police did not clear D.C.'s Lafayette Park of protesters so Trump could hold a photo op, new report says  —  WASHINGTON — When federal police officers violently cleared protesters from the city's Lafayette Park in June 2020, they did it so a contractor could install fencing …
Mark Lee Greenblatt / DOI OIG:
Statement from Inspector General Mark Lee Greenblatt Regarding Special Review Report “Review of U.S. Park Police Actions at Lafayette Park”  —  My office is releasing today our report addressing the actions of the U.S. Park Police (USPP) to disperse protesters in and around Lafayette Park in Washington, DC, on June 1, 2020.
DOI OIG:
Review of U.S. Park Police Actions at Lafayette Park
CNN:
Trump administration pursued CNN reporter's records in months-long secret court battle  —  Washington (CNN)The Trump administration battled with CNN for half a year to obtain the email records of a reporter and insisted it all take place under an extraordinary order of secrecy, CNN's lead attorney revealed on Wednesday.
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Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
Justice Department says it can ‘vigorously’ defend religious schools' exemption from anti-LGBTQ discrimination laws  —  The Justice Department in a court filing Tuesday said it can “vigorously” defend a religious exemption from federal civil rights law that allows federally funded religious schools …
David Vigilante / CNN:
CNN lawyer describes gag order and secretive process where Justice Department sought reporter's email records
Timothy Puko / Wall Street Journal:
Keystone XL Oil Project Abandoned by Developer  —  Decision ends a yearslong effort to pipe more Canadian crude to the U.S.  —  Canada's TC Energy Corp. and the Albertan provincial government said Wednesday they would scuttle the Keystone XL oil pipeline project, bringing to an end …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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Washington Post:
Biden administration to buy 500 million Pfizer coronavirus vaccine doses to donate to the world  —  The Biden administration is buying 500 million doses of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine to donate to the world, as the United States dramatically increases its efforts to help vaccinate the global population …
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Will Stone / NPR:
Biden To Announce Plans To Donate 500 Million Pfizer Vaccines To Countries In Need
Discussion: Roll Call
E. Jean Carroll / Ask E. Jean:
Carroll v Trump (an Update)  —  Why Is the DOJ Butting In?  —  Yup, that's me.  You can read all about it in New York Times , or The Washington Post, or The Wall Street Journal, or a thousand other places.  But would you like to know why the DOJ is really messing around in my little law suit?
Discussion: ABC News and Townhall
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Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
Stephen Breyer's Apparent Retirement Plan Will Backfire  —  The New York Times reported last month that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, age 82, has been resisting calls for his retirement from fellow progressives.  The reason?  Breyer apparently worries that retiring in the face …
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Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
On Supreme Court steps, Dem senator calls right-leaning justices ‘servants’ of dark money interests
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
There's A Stark Red-Blue Divide When It Comes To States' Vaccination Rates  —  Loading...  It's less than a month until the Fourth of July, which was President Biden's goal for 70% of American adults to have gotten at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.  —  It looks like it's going to be a stretch to get there.
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Jesus Jiménez / New York Times:
In the U.S., hospitalizations are rising in areas with low vaccination rates.  —  Health officials worry that Covid-19 hospitalization rates could increase among the unvaccinated as variants of the virus spread.  —  The coronavirus might be receding in much of the United States …
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
State GOPs Can't Explain Millions In ‘Trump Victory’ Cash  —  “These joint fundraising practices amount to little more than legalized money laundering,” said Brendan Fischer, director of federal reform at the Campaign Legal Center.  —  Months after the Federal Election Commission notified …
Discussion: Alternet.org and ArkansasTimes
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Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
‘Legalized money laundering’: Trump Victory fund exposes GOP state officials
Discussion: Wyoming Tribune-Eagle
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
From the synagogue to the Senate: The busiest Democratic senator you've probably never heard of … Larry Rosen and Doug Emhoff bonded because of their powerful wives.  As two of the only men in the book club for spouses when their other halves served as senators, they became good friends.
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Politico:
Inside Biden and Manchin's Joemance
Ron Kampeas / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
Jewish Democratic lawmakers consider condemning Ilhan Omar for likening Hamas to Israel and US  —  WASHINGTON (JTA) — Jewish Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives met Wednesday to discuss antisemitism.  The 25 members of the unofficial caucus ended up fulminating about a fellow Democrat …
Jake Bleiberg / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: State bar investigating Texas attorney general  —  DALLAS (AP) — The Texas bar association is investigating whether state Attorney General Ken Paxton's failed efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election based on bogus claims of fraud amounted to professional misconduct.
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
White House ‘Perplexed’ By Kamala Harris Performance on First Foreign Policy Trip: CNN  —  Unnamed White House “insiders” were left “perplexed” by the performance of Vice President Kamala Harris on her recent trip to Guatemala and Mexico to address the root causes of the immigration problems at the US Southern border.
Kenny Xu / The Federalist:
Critical Race Theory's Poisonous Roots Trace Back To Harvard University  —  Harvard bears a unique responsibility for disseminating the toxic ideology known as critical race theory into our national discourse.  —  In the past several months, multiple state legislatures have made moves …
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New York Times:
Five Former Treasury Secretaries: Fund the IRS  —  The authors are former U.S. Treasury secretaries.  Mr. Geithner and Mr. Lew served under President Barack Obama, Mr. Paulson under President George W. Bush, and Mr. Rubin and Mr. Summers under President Bill Clinton.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
Story retracted  —  Editor's note (6/8/21): Earlier today, Media Matters published a story stating that Texas state Sen. Bob Hall had “appeared on the program of a white nationalist, pro-Hitler outlet that denies the Holocaust.”  After publication, we were made aware that the program in question …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Hill
Gwynedd Stuart / Los Angeles Magazine:
The Curious Rise of Twitter Power Broker Yashar Ali  —  I'm extremely upset.  Yashar Ali delivers this news as he settles into a booth in the lobby of Santa Monica's Proper Hotel.  His eyes are red and puffy—he's clearly been crying—and his voice cracks with emotion when he speaks.
Laura Miller / Slate:
Bogus Social Media Outrage Is Making Authors Change Lines in Their Books Now  —  Elin Hilderbrand writes novels about people who summer in Nantucket and have lots of family secrets and complicated love lives.  The books—whose covers feature beach scenes with women in sun hats …
Kimberlee Kruesi / Associated Press:
Closed cold case murder tied to ousted Tennessee governor  —  CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A former Tennessee governor's administration helped fund a contract murder of a key federal witness decades ago while embroiled in the state's largest political scandal, law enforcement officials announced Wednesday.
Discussion: The Hill, Associated Press and LIVE
Medium:
An open letter on U.S. media coverage of Palestine  —  From journalists, to journalists: Why reporting on Palestine has to change.  —  Finding truth and holding the powerful to account are core principles of journalism.  —  Yet for decades, our news industry has abandoned those values in coverage of Israel and Palestine.
The Boston Globe:
The case for prosecuting Donald Trump  —  Saving American democracy for the long run requires a clear condemnation of the Trump presidency.  That means making clear that no one is above the law.  —  Norms in a democracy are only as good as our willingness to enforce them.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Intellectualist
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Trump is sabotaging the GOP's Senate prospects  —  The former president's growing involvement in primaries is jeopardizing Republican chances of winning back the majority.  —  Former President Trump could have been an important asset for the GOP, turning out voters as it seeks to regain control …
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Parker Molloy / The Present Age:
Dre(a)dfully fake outrage  —  The New Yorker's contribution to the “cancel culture” rage machine is embarrassing.  —  2 hr ago  —  Last month, I wrote an article about the expansion of Fox News' annual “War on Christmas” narrative into a year-long freakout, which was itself an expansion …
Discussion: New Yorker
Barbara Comstock / New York Times:
My Fellow Republicans, Stop Fearing This Dangerous and Diminished Man  —  Ms. Comstock, a Virginia Republican and a lawyer, was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 2015 to 2019.  —  When Donald Trump, the patron saint of sore losers, appeared at a Republican event on Saturday night …
Discussion: Slate, CNN and Raw Story
Kate Fowler / Newsweek:
‘Redneck’ TikTok User Burns Confederate Flag After Discovering Its History  —  A TikTok user has documented herself burning the Confederate flag after learning about its history and modern-day use.  —  @TikTok_hates_me__ shared the clip on June 6, writing “I'm sorry I ever showed I was ‘racist’ from a flag.
Discussion: Raw Story
Lee Brown / New York Post:
Oxford student who led ‘woke’ move to remove Queen's portrait is American … The Oxford university student who led a vote to remove Queen Elizabeth II's portrait — sparking outrage in the top tiers of UK government — is a wealthy American private school boy who is a Captain America fan, it emerged Wednesday.
Discussion: Breitbart, NPR, JONATHAN TURLEY and VICE
Lianne Kolirin / CNN:
LEGO gets nostalgic with 2,000-piece classic typewriter — complete with moving keys and carriage  —  Once found in virtually every office across the globe, the trusty typewriter is all but extinct.  —  But now LEGO has gone back in time, launching a 2,079-piece model of the gadget — complete with moving keys and carriage.
KHQ-TV:
Dog ejected from car during Sunday crash found on sheep farm, herding sheep  —  Tilly, the 2-year-old Border Collie who was ejected from a car Sunday during a crash, has been found.  —  He was found on a sheep farm, where he had apparently taken up the role of sheep herder.
Discussion: UPI
New York Times:
Pipeline Investigation Upends Idea That Bitcoin Is Untraceable  —  The F.B.I.'s recovery of Bitcoins paid in the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack showed cryptocurrencies are not as hard to track as it might seem.  —  When Bitcoin burst onto the scene in 2009, fans heralded the cryptocurrency as a secure …
Discussion: The Crime Report
 
 
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Jessie Balmert / Cincinnati.com:
Former U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci announces campaign for Ohio governor, challenging incumbent Gov. Mike DeWine
Discussion: Fox News and NBC News
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
The Disturbing New Hybrid of Democracy and Autocracy
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The White House:
Executive Order on Protecting Americans' Sensitive Data from Foreign Adversaries
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Record-High 47% in U.S. Think Abortion Is Morally Acceptable
Richard Bernstein / RealClearInvestigations:
Almost Overnight, Standards of Color-Blind Merit Tumble Across American Society
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