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3:20 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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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 …
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: New York Times
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
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’
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
MSNBC:   NYT: Trump DOJ seized Apple data from top Dems, their family members
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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.
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
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Wall Street Journal:
Bipartisan Group of Senators Reaches Agreement on Infrastructure Proposal
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
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: HotAir
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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: The Times of Israel and Raw Story
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 …
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Thomas Barrabi / Fox News:
Gov. Abbott says Texas will build border wall amid immigration crisis
Discussion: KVIA-TV, UPI and Washington Examiner
Cassidy Morrison / Washington Examiner:
Heart inflammation after second COVID-19 vaccine dose more common than expected in young adults, CDC says  —  A higher-than-expected number of young people 16 to 24 have experienced heart inflammation after receiving their second dose of an mRNA vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday.
Discussion: CNN, RedState, CBS News, Politico and STAT
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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
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
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 …
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 …
CNN:
Senate confirms Zahid Quraishi as first Muslim American federal judge in US history  —  (CNN)The Senate on Thursday voted to confirm Zahid Quraishi to be a US District Judge for the District of New Jersey, making him the first Muslim American federal judge in US history.
Discussion: UPI, NPR and Insider
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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 …
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: NBC News
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 and New York Times
Patrick McGreevy / Los Angeles Times:
California appeals judge's ruling that overturned the state's assault weapons ban  —  California Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta on Thursday filed an appeal to a federal court decision that overturned the state's ban on assault weapons, arguing that the law is needed “to protect the safety of Californians.”
Discussion: Fox News and KTLA
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 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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Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
Jim Acosta Torches Fox News as a ‘Bullsh*t Factory,’ Calls Tucker Carlson a ‘Race-Baiting Tyrant’
Discussion: HuffPost and POLITICUSUSA
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
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Jill Biden will meet with Kate Middleton in England this week
Discussion: The Hill
Leigh Thomas / Reuters:
Exception to the rule? G7 deal on tax triggers carve-out talk
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Lexi Lonas / The Hill:
Ashli Babbitt's family seeks records of Capitol Police officer who shot her
Daniel Nichanian / The Appeal:
Norfolk Elects Prosecutor Who Says Crime Is a “Symptom of Structural Racism”
Kaelan Deese / Washington Examiner:
Recount of 2.1M Maricopa County ballots expected to conclude this week
Discussion: 12news.com and Politico
Christopher Ashley Ford / Medium:
The “Lab-leak” inquiry at the State Department:
Discussion: Nuclear Diner
San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. supervisor Aaron Peskin says he's entering ‘alcohol treatment’ after complaints
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Shelby sides against Trump in Alabama Senate race
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Hill
Benjamin Wittes / Lawfare:
On the Sliming of Susan Hennessey
Pew Research Center:
America's Image Abroad Rebounds With Transition From Trump to Biden