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8:25 PM ET, June 9, 2021

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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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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.
Annie Karni / New York Times:   Watchdog says police were already planning to clear Lafayette Square before Trump photo op.
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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David Vigilante / CNN:
CNN lawyer describes gag order and secretive process where Justice Department sought reporter's email records
Discussion: Politico and New York Times
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
No, the Biden Administration Isn't Betraying Its Support for LGBTQ Rights
Discussion: CBS News
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
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 …
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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.
Jacob Bunge / Wall Street Journal:
JBS Paid $11 Million to Resolve Ransomware Attack  —  Meat supplier's U.S. chief executive says firm paid cybercriminals in bitcoin to avoid more disruptions  —  JBS USA Holdings Inc. paid an $11 million ransom to cybercriminals who last week temporarily knocked out plants that process roughly …
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: ArkansasTimes and Alternet.org
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Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
‘Legalized money laundering’: Trump Victory fund exposes GOP state officials
Discussion: Wyoming Tribune-Eagle
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.
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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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Rubio reelection wastes no time getting off the ground in Florida  —  Sen. Marco Rubio is powering up his reelection campaign early, bracing for Democrats to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in Florida to defeat him.  —  Seventeen months before Election Day, the Republican has a campaign manager …
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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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
Marc Rod / Jewish Insider:
Blinken dodges questions on Iran negotiations during Senate hearings  —  The secretary of state was pressed from both sides of the aisle on the details of the administration's plans  —  Secretary of State Tony Blinken was grilled on a range of aspects of the administration's plans for dealing …
Michael Weiss / Newlines Magazine:
The Russian Agent Who Escaped  —  Vadim Mayorov was an FSB operative sent to entrap an anti-Putin opposition movement and give false testimony at its trial.  He fled Russia and has shared his story for the first time in this Newlines exclusive  —  Michael Weiss is a senior editor at Newlines
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
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 …
New York Times:
U.S. Weighs Possibility of Airstrikes if Afghan Forces Face Crisis  —  The Pentagon is considering whether to intervene with warplanes or drones in the event that Kabul is in danger of falling to the Taliban, though no decisions have been made.  —  WASHINGTON — The Pentagon …
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 …
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
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
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
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.
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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Kadia Goba / BuzzFeed News:
The Congressional Black Caucus Is Blocking A Black Republican From Joining The Group
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House Judiciary Committee Releases Transcript of Interview with Former White House Counsel Don McGahn
Discussion: NPR
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Telling the Truth About Lab-Leak Theory Wouldn't Help Trump If reality has become “contrarian,” we're in bad shape.
Jessie Balmert / Cincinnati.com:
Former U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci announces campaign for Ohio governor, challenging incumbent Gov. Mike DeWine
Discussion: The Hill, Fox News and NBC News
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
The Disturbing New Hybrid of Democracy and Autocracy
Kate Fowler / Newsweek:
‘Redneck’ TikTok User Burns Confederate Flag After Discovering Its History
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
Landlords Squeeze Stonewall Just in Time for Pride
Medium:
An open letter on U.S. media coverage of Palestine
The White House:
Executive Order on Protecting Americans' Sensitive Data from Foreign Adversaries
KHQ-TV:
Dog ejected from car during Sunday crash found on sheep farm, herding sheep
Discussion: Whiskey Riff and UPI
Barbara Comstock / New York Times:
My Fellow Republicans, Stop Fearing This Dangerous and Diminished Man
Discussion: Slate, CNN and Raw Story
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
How Far Are Republicans Willing to Go? They're Already Gone.
Discussion: Common Dreams and CounterPunch