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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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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 …
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
There's A Stark Red-Blue Divide When It Comes To States' Vaccination Rates
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 …
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.
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  —  Civil rights groups can't move him and neither can his colleagues.  If anyone can sway Joe Manchin, it might be Joe Biden.  —  Four months after Biden helped secure Manchin's vote for a party-line, $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief law …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Democrats befuddled by Joe Manchin
Discussion: Deseret News, CNN, Vanity Fair and HotAir
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Joe Manchin and the enemies of democracy
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Biden disliked Putin before it was cool  —  When President George W. Bush first met Vladimir Putin, he seemed smitten, describing the still-new Russian leader as “very straightforward and trustworthy,” even claiming he got “a sense of his soul.”  —  A certain Democratic senator from Delaware had a very different reaction.
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Matt Egan / CNN:
Exclusive: US businesses warn crumbling infrastructure is hurting the economy  —  New York (CNN Business)As infrastructure negotiations between the White House and a GOP Senate group broke down this week, business executives are warning that aging infrastructure is holding America back.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Bipartisan Senate group rules out tax hikes on infrastructure
Discussion: CNN and The Western Journal
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 …
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Travis Gettys / Raw Story:   ‘Legalized money laundering’: Trump Victory fund exposes GOP state officials
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 …
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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.
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Democratic Rep. Val Demings announces challenge to GOP Sen. Marco Rubio … WASHINGTON — Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., made her Senate bid official Wednesday, announcing that she plans to challenge GOP Sen. Marco Rubio for his seat next year.  —  Demings made the announcement in a three-minute-long video …
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Steven Lemongello / Orlando Sentinel:
Val Demings launches 2022 campaign for Senate against Marco Rubio
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Cicadas Took On Biden's Press Plane.  They Won.  —  The omnipresent insects filled the engines of a flight set to accompany the president on his trip to Europe, forcing a delay and a new plane and pilot to be called in.  —  WASHINGTON — The plane set to carry dozens of journalists to Europe …
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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
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
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.
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 …
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.
The White House:
Executive Order on Protecting Americans' Sensitive Data from Foreign Adversaries … By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.)
Richard Bernstein / RealClearInvestigations:
Almost Overnight, Standards of Color-Blind Merit Tumble Across American Society  —  A broad revolution is underway in the United States as traditional standards used to measure achievement and provide opportunity are being rejected by schools, corporations, and governments in favor of quotas based on race and gender.
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: NPR, VICE, Breitbart and JONATHAN TURLEY
New York Times:
Eric Adams Gives Apartment Tour as Questions Arise About Where He Lives  —  As Mr. Adams invited reporters to Brooklyn to rebut questions about whether he lives part-time in New Jersey, one of his rivals in the mayor's race, Maya Wiley, received a major endorsement.
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 Hill
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
How Far Are Republicans Willing to Go?  They're Already Gone.  —  Mr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C. on politics, demographics and inequality.  —  Determined to enforce white political dominance in pivotal states like Georgia, Arizona, Texas and North Carolina …
Discussion: CounterPunch
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.
Frances Langum / Crooks and Liars:
On What Planet Does Louie Gohmert Live?  —  Louie Gohmert asked, during a climate change hearing, if the Bureau of Land Management was influencing the orbit of the Earth or maybe the Moon or maybe something solar flares.  —  Views:  —  Either Louie Gohmert is the best performance artist on Planet Earth, or he's... Louie Gohmert.
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.
 
 
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Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
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Parker Molloy / The Present Age:
Dre(a)dfully fake outrage
Discussion: New Yorker
Kenny Xu / The Federalist:
Critical Race Theory's Poisonous Roots Trace Back To Harvard University
Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
Judge appoints ex-judge to oversee Giuliani devices' review
Discussion: Slate and The Intellectualist
Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
Idaho candidate for governor endorsed by rightwing militia leader, video reveals
 Earlier Items: 
Hillman Foundation:
Ari Berman and Nick Surgey win June Sidney for Exposing Secret Right-Wing Playbook on Voter Suppression
Discussion: Common Dreams
Wilborn Nobles / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed files paperwork for mayoral election bid
Laura Miller / Slate:
Bogus Social Media Outrage Is Making Authors Change Lines in Their Books Now
Discussion: National Review
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Record-High 47% in U.S. Think Abortion Is Morally Acceptable
The Survey Center on American Life:
Losing a Friend over Politics
Discussion: Breitbart, Newsweek and HotAir