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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 …
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
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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.
Discussion: Washington Examiner, HotAir and Forbes
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Feds obtain another conspiracy indictment in Jan. 6 riot  —  Federal prosecutors have obtained a conspiracy indictment against six men allegedly affiliated with a “California Patriots” group for plotting to obstruct the electoral vote count on Jan. 6.  —  The indictment, returned by a grand jury …
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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.
Discussion: Bloomberg, Reuters and Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
Yogi-Turned-'Stop the Steal' Protest Organizer Indicted for Jan. 6 Conspiracy
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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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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John Fritze / USA Today:
Biden's pick for appeals court, Ketanji Brown Jackson, clears Senate hurdle despite GOP opposition
Discussion: Forbes and Political Wire
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
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.
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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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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Just Security
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Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
14 GOP-Controlled States Have Passed Laws to Impede Free Elections
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
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.
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
Kaelan Deese / Washington Examiner:
Recount of 2.1M Maricopa County ballots expected to conclude this week  —  The Arizona Senate's hand recount of 2.1 million ballots cast in the Maricopa County election in 2020 is expected to conclude by the end of this week, but auditors still have several other tasks to complete before they are finished.
Discussion: Politico and 12news.com
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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.
Discussion: Virginian-Pilot
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 …
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Lexi Lonas / The Hill:
Ashli Babbitt's family seeks records of Capitol Police officer who shot her  —  The family of Ashli Babbitt, the woman who was shot and killed by Capitol Police during the Jan. 6 riot, is seeking the records of the officer who shot her after federal prosecutors said charges would not be brought against him.
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: Raw Story
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: Mock Paper Scissors and The Hill
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 …
 
 
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CREW:
CREW requests records on Meadows' involvement in pushing for DOJ investigation of election conspiracy theories
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Joseph R. Biden, Jr / The White House:
The New Atlantic Charter  —  Today, the President of the United States and Prime Minister …
Discussion: Politico and Al Jazeera
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
Discussion: Washington Examiner, Politico and CNN
Rich Schapiro / NBC News:
Man sentenced to prison for threatening Trump whistleblower's lawyer
Discussion: Raw Story
Houston Keene / Fox News:
Dem Rep. Axne invokes Civil War while trying to defend HR 1
The Daily Beast:
The Far-Right Paramilitary Wannabes Feeding Mike Flynn's Conspiracy Machine
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Gabby Orr / CNN:
Pence eyes his political future as he tries to make peace with Trump
American Greatness:
This Isn't Your Father's Left-Wing Revolution
Jenny Gross / New York Times:
Yes, Your Employer Can Require You to Be Vaccinated
Discussion: NBC News and The Daily Caller
New York Times:
WAKES  —  UP  —  During the pandemic, one of New York City's greatest qualities — its delirious density — became a liability.
New York Times:
Google Seeks to Break Vicious Cycle of Online Slander
Frank Figliuzzi / MSNBC:
How the FBI's most wanted Capitol rioters are being hunted online
Mark Schoofs / New York Times:
Natalie Edwards Exposed ‘Dirty Money.’ Why Send Her to Prison?
Michael Siegel / Ordinary Times:
The Final Stages of the Con: Donald Trump, Stolen Elections, and Delusion
Discussion: Alternet.org