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5:50 PM ET, June 10, 2021

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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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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
UFOs?  Havana Syndrome?  Lab Leak?  The Post-Trump News Cycle Is Stranger Than Fiction  —  After four years of Washington dominating headlines, readers are turning to Wuhan—and galaxies far, far away.  The challenge for journalists, says one, is “we usually don't deal with stories that don't have answers.”
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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 and The Daily Caller
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
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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Sara Boboltz / HuffPost:
Arizona Democrats Plead With Kyrsten Sinema To Ax Filibuster, Pass Voting Rights Act
Discussion: Politico
Sharon Zhang / Truthout:
AOC Blasts Manchin for Dark Money Ties, Suggests He's “Intertwined” With Kochs
Discussion: The Intellectualist and Raw Story
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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CNN:
Senate confirms Zahid Quraishi as first Muslim American federal judge in US history
Discussion: UPI and NPR
John Fritze / USA Today:
Biden's pick for appeals court, Ketanji Brown Jackson, clears Senate hurdle despite GOP opposition
Discussion: Forbes and Political Wire
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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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 and CNN
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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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: Raw Story, Mediaite and NBC News
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
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: Alternet.org and Morning Shots
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
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 …
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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.
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.
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
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.
Washington Post:
Photos: Biden visits Europe in first presidential overseas trip  —  Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive on Air Force One at Cornwall Airport Newquay, near Newquay, England.  —  Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, his wife Carrie Johnson and President Biden with first lady Jill Biden …
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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
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and CNN
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
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 …
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 …
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
 
 
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New York Times:
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
McGahn Affirmed That Trump Tried to Oust Mueller, Transcript Shows
Gabby Orr / CNN:
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Stephen Fowler / Georgia Public Broadcasting:
Georgia 2020 Election Deniers Setting Sights On Higher Office
Discussion: Daily Kos and Raw Story
Haaretz:
Pompeo Says Sale of F-35 Jets Was ‘Critical’ for Israel-UAE Peace Deal
Discussion: The Times of Israel
Jenny Gross / New York Times:
Yes, Your Employer Can Require You to Be Vaccinated
Discussion: NBC News and The Daily Caller
Frank Figliuzzi / MSNBC:
How the FBI's most wanted Capitol rioters are being hunted online
Michael Starr Hopkins / The Hill:
The GOP's strategy is galvanizing Democrats ahead of 2022
Discussion: Associated Press
Alice Yan / South China Morning Post:
Beijing bus stunned by shrieking woman demanding a seat saying she's royalty
Mark Schoofs / New York Times:
Natalie Edwards Exposed ‘Dirty Money.’ Why Send Her to Prison?
Kadia Goba / BuzzFeed News:
The Congressional Black Caucus Is Blocking A Black Republican From Joining The Group