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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 …
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.
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Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
The Democratic Senators Hiding Behind Joe Manchin  —  Manchin has long been a “heat shield” for fellow moderates on the thorniest topics, including the filibuster.  He still is, but cracks are beginning to show. … It was March 5, right before the Senate's doomed vote to raise the minimum wage to $15 …
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Sharon Zhang / Truthout:
AOC Blasts Manchin for Dark Money Ties, Suggests He's “Intertwined” With Kochs
Discussion: Raw Story and RedState
Sara Boboltz / HuffPost:
Arizona Democrats Plead With Kyrsten Sinema To Ax Filibuster, Pass Voting Rights Act
Discussion: Politico
Jordain Carney / The Hill:   McConnell doesn't expect Manchin to flip parties
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.
Discussion: Mediaite, Raw Story and NBC News
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  —  WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden's nominee for a powerful appeals court who is also being watched as a potential future Supreme Court pick cleared a procedural hurdle Thursday in the Senate …
Discussion: Forbes and Political Wire
Gwynn Guilford / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Inflation Is Highest in 13 Years as Prices Surge 5%  —  The rapid rise in consumer prices in May reflected a surge in demand and shortages of labor and materials  —  The U.S. economy's rebound from the pandemic is driving the biggest surge in inflation in nearly 13 years, with consumer prices rising in May by 5% from a year ago.
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Lindsey Graham / Fox News:
COVID lab leak raises serious questions about politicization of science, 2020 election  —  The early and near-total dismissal of the lab leak theory played a prominent role in Trump's defeat in the 2020 presidential race  —  Lindsey Graham says lab leak theory coverup ‘stinks to high heavens’
Discussion: Washington Post, The Hill and IJR
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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.
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: New York Times
Jennifer Oldham / Politico:
Where Voters Are Losing Patience With Lauren Boebert  —  Charles Perko gestured past a vine-covered chain link fence toward a hulking steel facility with massive mills and squat brick office buildings.  The 140-year-old complex had forged the iron that built the West, and once was Colorado's largest employer, with some 10,000 workers.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Raw Story
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.
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
Don't Cry for H.R. 1  —  Amend the Electoral Count Act instead.  —  When Sen. Joe Manchin announced that he would oppose the For the People Act, Steve Benen of MSNBC spoke for many Democrats when he declared that “Joe Manchin is prepared to be remembered by history as the senator who did little …
Discussion: Morning Shots
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Kyrsten Sinema gets her make-or-break moment with Republicans  —  Throughout Joe Biden's weeks of infrastructure talks with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito about infrastructure, he was also hearing from another bipartisan broker holding her own quiet talks with Republicans: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema.
email.punchbowl.news:
THE TOP  —  News: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is expected to file cloture Thursday on Lina Khan to be an FTC commissioner.  Khan is a noted critic of Big Tech, which has won her support on both the left and right.  Schumer's move will set up a vote on Khan's confirmation next week.
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Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
“False equivalencies give cover to terrorist groups”: House Dems rip Omar for remarks on Israel, US, Hamas
USA Today:
Trump State Department appointee Federico Klein offered plea deal in Capitol riot case  —  Kristine Phillips Kevin JohnsonUSA TODAY  —  WASHINGTON - Plea negotiations are underway in the case of Federico Klein, a former Trump State Department appointee who's accused of charging a police line during the deadly Capitol assault Jan. 6.
Discussion: The Hill and Mock Paper Scissors
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
14 GOP-Controlled States Have Passed Laws to Impede Free Elections  —  Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.  —  Donald Trump will not be “reinstated” as president by August …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The lingering questions about the clearing of Lafayette Square  —  The most important question asked about the clearing of Lafayette Square on June 1 of last year came that day from then-Attorney General William P. Barr.  —  Barr had come out of the White House shortly after President Donald Trump's staff …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Shelby sides against Trump in Alabama Senate race  —  The retiring incumbent declined to back Roy Moore against former Sen. Doug Jones, helping the Democrat defeat the embattled GOP nominee in bright-red Alabama.  —  Sen. Richard Shelby speaks during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing.
New York Times:
Google Seeks to Break Vicious Cycle of Online Slander  —  In response to Times articles, the search giant is changing its algorithm, part of a major shift in how Google polices harmful content.  —  For many years, the vicious cycle has spun: Websites solicit lurid, unverified complaints …
Katherine Miller / BuzzFeed News:
How ARE You Supposed To Rank New York's Mayoral Candidates?  And Other Questions From The Chaotic, Confusing Campaign  —  One day this spring, mayoral candidate Scott Stringer held a press conference right next to the outdoor pandemic setup of a high-end steakhouse, where a woman sitting …
Discussion: New York Post, Gothamist and TheGrio
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Only in our anti-truth hellscape could Anthony Fauci become a supervillain  —  Right-wing commentators are pretending that thousands of newly released emails from Anthony S. Fauci represent some kind of smoking gun against the government's top infectious-disease expert, whom they have recently decided to try to destroy.
Discussion: Forbes and Wall Street Journal
New York Times:
WAKES  —  UP  —  During the pandemic, one of New York City's greatest qualities — its delirious density — became a liability.  New Yorkers had to adjust to a strange new reality, in which avoiding one another was the safe and responsible choice.  But last month, with the vaccination rate soaring …
Michael Siegel / Ordinary Times:
The Final Stages of the Con: Donald Trump, Stolen Elections, and Delusion  —  In 1986, televangelist Peter Popoff was at the top of his game.  Popoff had a wildly successful ministry which centered around faith healing.  Walking amidst a vast audience, he would approach apparent strangers.
Discussion: Alternet.org
Rich Schapiro / NBC News:
Man sentenced to prison for threatening Trump whistleblower's lawyer  —  A Michigan man was sentenced to one year in prison Thursday for sending an email threatening to hunt down and bleed out like a “pig” an attorney for the whistleblower who set in motion President Donald Trump's first impeachment.
Discussion: Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
The Far-Right Paramilitary Wannabes Feeding Mike Flynn's Conspiracy Machine  —  ROMAN SUPPLEMENTS  —  The ‘1st Amendment Praetorian’ group has become an on-call security and intelligence team for the most extreme and esoteric of Trumpists.  —  When QAnon conspiracy theorists descended …
Discussion: Raw Story
Gabby Orr / CNN:
Pence eyes his political future as he tries to make peace with Trump  —  (CNN)Six months after their relationship deteriorated in the midst of an insurrection at the US Capitol, Donald Trump and Mike Pence appear to be on the mend.  —  As Pence drops hints about his White House ambitions …
Jenny Gross / New York Times:
Yes, Your Employer Can Require You to Be Vaccinated  —  Companies can require workers entering the workplace to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to recent U.S. government guidance.  —  As many Americans prepare to head back to the office, companies are hammering out policies …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and NBC News
Houston Keene / Fox News:
Dem Rep. Axne invokes Civil War while trying to defend HR 1  —  Iowa congresswoman was defending Democrats' sweeping election overhaul bill  —  Gingrich: For The People Act should be called ‘Corrupt Politicians Act’  —  Rep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, invoked the Civil War while trying to defend …
Mark Schoofs / New York Times:
Natalie Edwards Exposed ‘Dirty Money.’ Why Send Her to Prison?  —  Mr. Schoofs is the editor in chief of BuzzFeed News and a visiting professor at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.  —  Last Thursday, President Biden vowed …
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
California appeals judge's ruling that overturned state's ban on assault-style weapons  —  Federal judge overturns California's assault weapons ban  —  Washington (CNN)California is appealing a federal judge's ruling last week that overturned the state's longtime ban on assault-style weapons …
American Greatness:
This Isn't Your Father's Left-Wing Revolution  —  Today's revolutionaries aren't fighting “the Man”—they are “the Man.”  —  Starry-eyed radicals in the 1960s and 1970s dreamed that they either were going to take over America or destroy it.  —  One of their favorite psychodramatic mottos was …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Youngkin says Virginia ‘cannot afford the recycled’ policies of Democratic rival McAuliffe  —  Republican candidate says there will be ‘stark contrast on the ballot’  —  Critical race theory not academic curriculum, it's a political agenda: Youngkin  —  Virginia's Republican gubernatorial …
Discussion: The Hill
 
 
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Stephen Fowler / Georgia Public Broadcasting:
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Grace Dean / Insider:
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