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8:35 PM ET, June 10, 2021

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New York Times:
Hunting Leaks, Trump Officials Focused on Democrats in Congress  —  The Justice Department seized records from Apple for metadata of House Intelligence Committee members, their aides and family members.  —  WASHINGTON — As the Justice Department investigated who was behind leaks …
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The lingering questions about the clearing of Lafayette Square
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Feds obtain another conspiracy indictment in Jan. 6 riot  —  Federal prosecutors have obtained a conspiracy indictment against six men allegedly affiliated with a “California Patriots” group for plotting to obstruct the electoral vote count on Jan. 6.  —  The indictment, returned by a grand jury …
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USA Today:
Trump State Department appointee Federico Klein offered plea deal in Capitol riot case
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors and The Hill
Peter Beaumont / The Guardian:
Leading biologist dampens his ‘smoking gun’ Covid lab leak theory  —  Nobel laureate David Baltimore says he overstated case, and the origins of the virus are still unknown  —  A Nobel prize-winning US biologist, who has been widely quoted describing a “smoking gun” to support the thesis …
Discussion: Fox News
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Washington Post:
The media called the ‘lab leak’ story a ‘conspiracy theory.’ Now it's prompted corrections — and serious new reporting.
Discussion: Washington Examiner, HotAir and Forbes
Felix Salmon / Axios:
Half of the pandemic's unemployment money may have been stolen  —  Criminals may have stolen as much as half of the unemployment benefits the U.S. has been pumping out over the past year, some experts say.  —  Why it matters: Unemployment fraud during the pandemic could easily reach $400 billion …
CNN:
Jeffrey Toobin is back at CNN eight months after exposing himself on Zoom  —  New York (CNN Business)Jeffrey Toobin returned to CNN as the network's chief legal analyst on Thursday, eight months after he exposed himself during a Zoom call with colleagues at The New Yorker.
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Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Jeffrey Toobin returns to CNN for the first time since Zoom exposure incident
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
‘Time is running out’: Democrats split over Biden's relentless focus on infrastructure  —  President Biden's relentless focus on passing an infrastructure bill is increasingly dividing his party, as many Democrats fear that the drawn-out negotiations could derail the rest of Biden's agenda …
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Washington Post:
Gore pressed Biden to stick with climate plans as liberals fear White House is softening its agenda  —  The president and former vice president had a private phone call amid concerns the White House might strip climate measures from the infrastructure deal.  —  A number of Democrats …
Nicholas Rowan / Washington Examiner:
Senate Democrats confirm first Muslim American federal judge  —  Senate Democrats led the confirmation on Thursday of the first Muslim American judge to sit on a federal district court.  —  Judge Zahid Quraishi, whom President Joe Biden nominated in March for the U.S. District Court …
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John Fritze / USA Today:
Biden's pick for appeals court, Ketanji Brown Jackson, clears Senate hurdle despite GOP opposition
Discussion: Forbes and Political Wire
Pew Research Center:
America's Image Abroad Rebounds With Transition From Trump to Biden  —  But many raise concerns about health of U.S. political system  —  This analysis focuses on public opinion of the United States in 16 advanced economies in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
Heidi Pérez-Moreno / The Texas Tribune:
Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas will build a border wall, but doesn't yet give details on cost or location  —  The governor suggested more details would be released next week.  His announcement Thursday of several initiatives is the latest in an ongoing conflict between Abbott, a Republican …
Discussion: New York Post
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Thomas Barrabi / Fox News:
Gov. Abbott says Texas will build border wall amid immigration crisis
Discussion: KVIA-TV, Washington Examiner and UPI
Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
These businesses found a way around the worker shortage: Raising wages to $15 an hour or more  —  The owners of Klavon's Ice Cream Parlor had hit a wall.  —  For months, the 98-year-old confectionary in Pittsburgh couldn't find applicants for the open positions it needed to fill ahead of warmer weather and …
Discussion: Balloon Juice, New York Times and CNN
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Pelosi, leaders seek to squelch Omar controversy with rare joint statement  —  With a rare joint statement, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her entire leadership team on Thursday sought to quell a growing controversy over Rep. Ilhan Omar's remarks equating war crimes committed by the U.S …
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Kate Briquelet / The Daily Beast:
Epstein Kept Dossiers on His Victims to Blackmail Them  —  A ballerina says that Epstein and his associates kept files on underage girls to scare them into silence.  —  A survivor of Jeffrey Epstein's sex ring claims that a financial advisory firm linked to the deceased trafficker “coaxed” …
Discussion: Raw Story
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Russia is preparing to supply Iran with an advanced satellite system that will boost Tehran's ability to surveil military targets, officials say  —  Russia is preparing to supply Iran with an advanced satellite system that will give Tehran an unprecedented ability to track potential military targets across …
Berkeley Lovelace Jr / CNBC:
CDC says heart inflammation cases were higher than expected in 16- to 24-year-olds after second Covid vaccine shot, but still rare  — The number of cases of a heart inflammation condition in 16- to 24-year-olds was higher than expected after they received their second dose of Pfizer's or Moderna's Covid-19 vaccines, the CDC said.
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Dan Friedman / Mother Jones:
A New Giuliani Tape Shows a Key Witness Didn't Testify Accurately in the First Trump Impeachment  —  Kurt Volker said he didn't know Trump wanted Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Biden.  New audio indicates he did.  —  Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise …
Discussion: Alternet.org and Just Security
Benjamin Wittes / Lawfare:
On the Sliming of Susan Hennessey  —  I have made a point of staying quiet as the Trumpist right has gone after Lawfare's former executive editor, Susan Hennessey, following her appointment to a position in the Justice Department's National Security Division.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Shelby sides against Trump in Alabama Senate race  —  Republican Richard Shelby is backing his former chief of staff Katie Boyd Britt in the race to succeed him in the Senate, siding against former President Donald Trump's favored candidate, Rep. Mo Brooks.  —  “She's like family.
Discussion: The Hill and POLITICUSUSA
Denis Slattery / New York Daily News:
N.Y. lawmakers advance bill that could strip Trump name from state park  —  ALBANY — The state Senate approved a bill Thursday that could lead to New York removing former President Donald Trump's name from a Hudson Valley state park.  —  Lawmakers have sought to strip Trump's name …
Scott Allen / Washington Post:
Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman will throw ceremonial first pitch at Nats Park  —  U.S. Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman, who has been hailed as a hero for protecting lawmakers and facing down a wave of rioters who breached the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, will throw out the ceremonial …
Joshua Green / Bloomberg:
Election Denial and $16 Spritzers: Welcome to Florida's Trump Coast  —  Since he left Washington in turmoil in January, Donald Trump has spent the bulk of his brief, contentious post-presidency holed up in what Karl Rove calls his “Fortress of Solitude”—Mar‑a‑ Lago, his private club in Palm Beach.
Christopher Ashley Ford / Medium:
The “Lab-leak” inquiry at the State Department:  —  An Open Letter by former Assistant Secretary Christopher Ford  —  In both journalism and policymaking — if not always in politics, or in the sordid world of score-settling by unemployed, second-rate apparatchiks — facts matter, and intellectual integrity matters.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Daniel Nichanian / The Appeal:
Norfolk Elects Prosecutor Who Says Crime Is a “Symptom of Structural Racism”  —  Virginia's primaries on Tuesday saw Ramin Fatehi clinch the Democratic nomination for Commonwealth Attorney in Norfolk, the site of a major showdown over reform in 2019.  He is unchallenged in November.
Discussion: Virginian-Pilot
San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. supervisor Aaron Peskin says he's entering ‘alcohol treatment’ after complaints  —  San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin said Thursday he is entering treatment for alcohol use, a day after The Chronicle asked Peskin about his berating of a department head in a public meeting this week and other complaints about his behavior.
Meryl Kornfield / Washington Post:
Texas bar association probing attorney general's effort to overturn 2020 election  —  The Texas bar association is investigating state Attorney General Ken Paxton to determine whether he committed professional misconduct in his failed effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
 
 
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Robert Reich / The Guardian:
When America's richest men pay $0 in income tax, this is wealth supremacy
Discussion: Twitchy
Leigh Thomas / Reuters:
Exception to the rule? G7 deal on tax triggers carve-out talk
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Bloomberg
Lexi Lonas / The Hill:
Ashli Babbitt's family seeks records of Capitol Police officer who shot her
CREW:
CREW requests records on Meadows' involvement in pushing for DOJ investigation of election conspiracy theories
Kaelan Deese / Washington Examiner:
Recount of 2.1M Maricopa County ballots expected to conclude this week
Discussion: Politico and 12news.com
Rich Schapiro / NBC News:
Man sentenced to prison for threatening Trump whistleblower's lawyer
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
The Daily Beast:
The Far-Right Paramilitary Wannabes Feeding Mike Flynn's Conspiracy Machine
Discussion: Raw Story
Gabby Orr / CNN:
Pence eyes his political future as he tries to make peace with Trump
New York Times:
Google Seeks to Break Vicious Cycle of Online Slander
Jennifer Oldham / Politico:
Where Voters Are Losing Patience With Lauren Boebert
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Raw Story