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11:45 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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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 …
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’  —  On CNN Thursday, Norm Eisen, who acted as counsel for House Democrats during the first impeachment of former President Donald Trump, expressed outrage at the New York Times report …
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: MSNBC and Raw Story
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.
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
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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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 …
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 and Fox News
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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:
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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John Fritze / USA Today:
Biden's pick for appeals court, Ketanji Brown Jackson, clears Senate hurdle despite GOP opposition
Discussion: Forbes and Political Wire
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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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
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.
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
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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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
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
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: POLITICUSUSA and The Hill
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 …
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 …
 
 
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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
Patrick McGreevy / Los Angeles Times:
California appeals judge's ruling that overturned the state's assault weapons ban
Discussion: 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
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Jill Biden will meet with Kate Middleton in England this week
Discussion: The Hill
Robert Reich / The Guardian:
When America's richest men pay $0 in income tax, this is wealth supremacy
Discussion: Twitchy
 Earlier Items: 
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: 12news.com and Politico
Rich Schapiro / NBC News:
Man sentenced to prison for threatening Trump whistleblower's lawyer
Discussion: Raw Story
USA Today:
Trump State Department appointee Federico Klein offered plea deal in Capitol riot case
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors and The Hill