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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 …
DOI OIG:
Review of U.S. Park Police Actions at Lafayette Park  —  Create Date: Report Date:  —  At the request of then Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior David Bernhardt and Members of Congress, we reviewed the actions the U.S. Park Police (USPP) took to disperse protesters …
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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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 …
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
McConnell slams ‘radical,’ ‘waste of time’ Dem agenda as Schumer attacks GOP for ‘obstruction and gridlock’
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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 …
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 …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
House Republican demands West Point cease critical race theory trainings to military cadets  —  Rep. Mike Waltz said enemies 'don't care about race, religion, or socioeconomic background'  —  Rep. Michael Waltz exposes racial indoctrination at West Point  —  EXCLUSIVE: Republican …
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Kenny Xu / The Federalist:   Critical Race Theory's Poisonous Roots Trace Back To Harvard University
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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ABC News:
Biden embarks on 1st foreign trip as president, including summit with Putin
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
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: CNN and Raw Story
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William Saletan / Slate:
Americans Are Dangerously Divided on the Insurrection
Discussion: Just Security and Daily Kos
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
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 …
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: The Western Journal and CNN
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
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post 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 …
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
The Disturbing New Hybrid of Democracy and Autocracy  —  In 2015, Daniel Obajtek was the county commissioner of Pcim, a tiny district south of Kraków and north of the Polish-Slovak border.  “County commissioner” is perhaps a grand-sounding title, but I can't find a better one.
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
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.
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 …
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
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
Andrea Salcedo / Washington Post:
A doctor falsely told lawmakers vaccines magnetize people: ‘They can put a key on their forehead.  It sticks.’  —  Sherri Tenpenny, a Cleveland-based doctor invited as an expert witness Tuesday to a hearing in the Ohio House, had a grave warning for legislators about coronavirus vaccines.
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
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.
 
 
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Jake Bleiberg / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: State bar investigating Texas attorney general
Discussion: The Hill, Forbes and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Iraq releases Iran-linked militiaman in blow to efforts to check impunity
New York Times:
Five Former Treasury Secretaries: Fund the IRS
Tia Mitchell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Sen. Jon Ossoff fulfills campaign promise by putting financial assets in blind trust
Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
Landlords Squeeze Stonewall Just in Time for Pride
Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
Judge appoints ex-judge to oversee Giuliani devices' review
Discussion: Slate and The Intellectualist
Lianne Kolirin / CNN:
LEGO gets nostalgic with 2,000-piece classic typewriter — complete with moving keys and carriage
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Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
Idaho candidate for governor endorsed by rightwing militia leader, video reveals
Discussion: Alternet.org
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
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Cicadas Took On Biden's Press Plane. They Won.