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10:55 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.
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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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?
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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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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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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
Kadia Goba / BuzzFeed News:
The Congressional Black Caucus Is Blocking A Black Republican From Joining The Group  —  The Congressional Black Caucus is blocking membership to Rep. Byron Donalds, a Republican from Florida who has tried to join the organization, a source familiar with the CBC's plans told BuzzFeed News.
Discussion: Fox News, The Hill and The Daily Caller
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.
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.
Christina Larson / Associated Press:
EXPLAINER: The US investigation into COVID-19 origins  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Once dismissed by most public health experts and government officials, the hypothesis that COVID-19 leaked accidentally from a Chinese lab is now receiving scrutiny under a new U.S. investigation.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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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.
Miami Herald:
The city that's home to Trump's South Florida resort just voted to ban casinos  —  Count Doral among the latest Miami-Dade cities to erect defenses against casino politics as the prospect of gambling — and a Trump-branded casino — creeps closer.  —  The Doral city council on Wednesday voted 4 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Judge Finds Proud Boy's Pleas to Get Out of Jail ‘Without Merit,’ Highlighting Vulgar Threats He Made Against People Who ‘Ratted’ Him Out  —  Finding a Proud Boys member's complaints of inadequate medical care behind bars “without merit,” a federal judge issued a scathing ruling on Wednesday explaining …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Ivan Penn / New York Times:
A U.S. solar company will build a new factory in Ohio, giving Biden a boost.  —  One of the nation's biggest solar-energy companies said on Wednesday that it would double production in the United States by opening a third plant in Ohio by the middle of 2023.
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
New York Times:
An Exposé Has Congress Rethinking How to Tax the Superrich  —  A report showing that the richest Americans, including Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Warren Buffett, pay almost no taxes has refocused attention on the tax code.  —  WASHINGTON — A jaw-dropping report by ProPublica detailing …
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
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Democratic senator says his party should move forward on infrastructure without GOP: ‘We cannot just sort of twiddle our thumbs’  —  (CNN)Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen said Wednesday that it's time for his party to move forward on infrastructure legislation without Republican agreement …
New York Times:
With a Ban on Navalny's Group, Putin Sends Clear Message to Biden  —  The move, just a week before their summit, will likely push the Russian opposition further underground and was a signal that the country's domestic affairs are not up for discussion.  —  MOSCOW — A Russian court …
Discussion: Japan Times
Washington Post:
Democratic establishment tightens its hold on the party as far-left candidates fall short  —  Democratic primary voters have been turning away this year from the anti-elite furies that continue to roil Republican politics, repeatedly choosing more moderate candidates promising steady leadership …
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 …
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
Cmte Judiciary (D) RSS Articles:
House Judiciary Committee Releases Transcript of Interview with Former White House Counsel Don McGahn  —  Washington, D.C. - Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) released a transcript of the Committee's June 4 interview with Donald F. McGahn, former White House Counsel.
Discussion: NPR
Jerusalem Post:
EU study finds incitement in Palestinian textbooks, kept from public  —  The 200-page report, commissioned by then EU foreign affairs representative Federica Mogherini, examined 156 textbooks and 16 teaching curriculums issued by the PA between 2017-2019.  —  Palestinian Authority textbooks …
Discussion: JNS.org
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.
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
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.
National Review:
How Texas Could Improve Its Election Bill  —  Arguments over lawmakers revising state election laws have sunk into familiar ruts, which have played out again in Texas.  Republicans try to shore up the real and perceived security of American elections.  Many of their proposals are reasonable and modest …
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
 
 
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New York Times:
U.S. Weighs Possibility of Airstrikes if Afghan Forces Face Crisis
Ed Yong / The Atlantic:
The Fundamental Question of the Pandemic Is Shifting
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Fauci blasts ‘preposterous’ Covid conspiracies, accuses his critics of ‘attacks on science’
Discussion: New York Post and The Daily Caller
Jessie Balmert / Cincinnati.com:
Former U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci announces campaign for Ohio governor, challenging incumbent Gov. Mike DeWine
Discussion: Breitbart, The Hill, Fox News and NBC News
Tia Mitchell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Sen. Jon Ossoff fulfills campaign promise by putting financial assets in blind trust
Kate Fowler / Newsweek:
‘Redneck’ TikTok User Burns Confederate Flag After Discovering Its History
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Kenny Xu / The Federalist:
Critical Race Theory's Poisonous Roots Trace Back To Harvard University
Lianne Kolirin / CNN:
LEGO gets nostalgic with 2,000-piece classic typewriter — complete with moving keys and carriage
Matt Egan / CNN:
Exclusive: US businesses warn crumbling infrastructure is hurting the economy
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
Idaho candidate for governor endorsed by rightwing militia leader, video reveals
Discussion: Alternet.org and Political Wire
Jesus Jiménez / New York Times:
In the U.S., hospitalizations are rising in areas with low vaccination rates.
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Trump is sabotaging the GOP's Senate prospects
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Raw Story