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8:00 AM ET, June 11, 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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Washington Post:
Trump Justice Dept. secretly subpoenaed records of two Democrats on House Intelligence Committee  —  The Justice Department in 2018 secretly subpoenaed Apple for the data of two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, as well as the data of their current and former staffers and family members …
Discussion: CBS News and Al Jazeera
CNN:
Trump Justice Department subpoenaed Apple for data from House Intelligence Committee Democrats, sources say  —  (CNN)Prosecutors in the Trump administration Justice Department subpoenaed Apple for data from the accounts of House Intelligence Committee Democrats — including Chairman Adam Schiff …
NBC News:
Schiff calls for inquiry after report that Trump DOJ targeted Democrats in Congress … Rep. Adam Schiff denounced Thursday the “politicization” of government under former President Donald Trump after The New York Times reported the Department of Justice targeted communication records …
Discussion: Raw Story and MSNBC
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:   ‘William Barr was truly out of control’: Legal experts stunned by Trump's DOJ spying on Democrats
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:   Bill Barr could lose his law license over Trump DOJ spy scandal: Legal expert says ‘expect a lot of legal fallout’
MSNBC:   NYT: Trump DOJ seized Apple data from top Dems, their family members
Kimberly Atkins Stohr Globe / The Boston Globe:
Garland wants to protect the rule of law from politics. This isn't how to do it.
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
For Biden, Trump Is an Easy Act to Follow in Europe  —  But no amount of rallying the allies is going to make it easy to meet with Vladimir Putin.  —  Joe Biden has waited a lifetime for this trip.  As his White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, joked, before Biden departed on his first European tour …
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Molly McKew / Great Power:
Biden in the UK  —  “A commitment by the American people” to the world, Jill's jacket, Joe goes for a pint (sort of), Donald who? — and the Kremlin casts a shadow over it all  —  On the first stop of his first trip overseas as president, Joe Biden was the UK for bilateral talks and visits …
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
As Biden prepares to meet Putin, millions of Syrian lives are at stake
Discussion: CNN
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Reuters:
Three Percenters militia members charged in U.S. Capitol attack  —  Federal prosecutors have charged six members of the Three Percenters right-wing militia group with conspiring to attack the U.S. Capitol, the latest in a series of such charges arising from the Jan. 6 riot by former President Donald Trump's supporters.
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Republicans in the States Are Proving Joe Manchin Wrong  —  While Senator Joe Manchin is demanding that both parties agree on any further federal voting-rights legislation, a new study quantifies how completely Republicans have excluded Democrats from the passage of the restrictive voting laws proliferating in red states.
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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 …
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
Bipartisan Group of Senators Reaches Agreement on Infrastructure Proposal
Dirk VanderHart / opb:
OPB's First Look newsletter  —  Lawmakers are making arrangements for a rare evening floor session to take up a potentially historic vote.  —  Nearly half a year after an Oregon lawmaker allowed a crowd of far right protesters to enter the capitol building, new evidence emerged showing …
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Joe Jervis / Joe.My.God.:
Texas Gov: I'm Going To Build My Own Border Wall  —  Dallas's CBS News affiliate reports:  —  During a summit on Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott said he will announce plans next week for Texas to begin building a wall along the southern border.  “I will announce next week the plan for the state …
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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.
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Times of Israel
Joe Killian / NC Policy Watch:
A ‘potential resolution’ to Hannah Jones tenure controversy may not heal damage done at UNC  —  “Ninety percent of Black and non-white faculty right now, they are probably looking at their other options.  That may be a conservative estimate.”  —  Attorneys for UNC-Chapel Hill will meet …
Politico:
Jason Miller to head tech startup that could become Trump platform  —  Longtime senior Donald Trump adviser Jason Miller is taking over as chief executive officer of a tech startup company that could be used by the former president.  —  Miller's company is currently developing a social media platform …
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: HotAir and Raw Story
ProPublica:
“City Hall Put the Kibosh on That”: The Inside Story of How de Blasio Promised, Then Thwarted NYPD Accountability  —  Bill de Blasio once pledged powerful oversight of the police.  Then he became mayor.  Insiders reveal what happened next.  —  The NYPD Files  —  Investigating America's Largest Police Force
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: Washington Post and HotAir
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
The C.D.C.'s New Leader Follows the Science.  Is That Enough?  —  By all accounts, Dr. Rochelle Walensky is a fierce advocate and an empathetic scientist.  But C.D.C. advice must be better attuned to the real world, critics say.  —  On her first day as director of the Centers for Disease Control …
Discussion: The Federalist and Twitchy
Fred Lucas / Fox News:
Biden's proposed corporate tax hike poses potential for costlier utility bills  —  State public utility commissions must consider how tax liability factors into cost of operation for public utility companies  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for June 10  —  Residents in President Biden's home state …
Discussion: National Review
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 …
Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
Biden and G-7 leaders will endorse a global minimum corporate tax of at least 15%  — President Joe Biden and G-7 leaders will jointly endorse a global minimum corporate tax of at least 15% on Friday, according to a White House fact sheet.  — They will also announce an agreement …
Discussion: Fox News and NBC News
 
 
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Amir Tibon / Haaretz:
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Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
Jim Acosta Torches Fox News as a ‘Bullsh*t Factory,’ Calls Tucker Carlson a ‘Race-Baiting Tyrant’
Discussion: FTVLive, HuffPost and POLITICUSUSA
Patrick McGreevy / Los Angeles Times:
California appeals judge's ruling that overturned the state's assault weapons ban
Discussion: Fox News and KTLA
The Daily Beast:
Trump's Loyal, ‘Low Profile’ Money Man Could Bring Him Down
Discussion: Raw Story
Paul Wiseman / Associated Press:
US unemployment claims fall to 376,000, sixth straight drop
Denis Slattery / New York Daily News:
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Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman will throw ceremonial first pitch at Nats Park
Daniel Nichanian / The Appeal:
Norfolk Elects Prosecutor Who Says Crime Is a “Symptom of Structural Racism”
Christopher Ashley Ford / Medium:
The “Lab-leak” inquiry at the State Department:
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Shelby sides against Trump in Alabama Senate race
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, WHNT-TV and The Hill