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CNN:
Justice Department requested data on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses from Apple  —  Here's the biggest problem Justice Department watchdog faces  —  (CNN)The Department of Justice sent a broad request in February 2018 to Apple as part of its investigation that collected data on members of Congress, staffers and their families.
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The Daily Beast:
Jeff Sessions Claims He's Clueless About His DOJ's Snooping on Congress  —  The former Attorney General oversaw dozens of leak investigations.  But he's telling associates he knew nothing about this particular one. … Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is telling associates that he had no idea …
Politico:
Barr distances himself from Trump-era subpoenas of Democratic lawmakers  —  Former Attorney General William Barr on Friday distanced himself from reports that the Trump Justice Department seized communications records belonging to two prominent Democratic lawmakers who were spearheading investigations into then-President Donald Trump.
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:
Apple tightens rules after Justice Department targeted U.S. lawmakers  —  (Adds details of what data Apple provided, background)  —  Apple Inc on Friday said it has tightened some of its rules for responding to legal requests after the U.S. Justice Department during Donald Trump's presidency subpoenaed …
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Garland declares voting rights expansion ‘central’ to democracy
Washington Post:
Garland announces expansion of Justice Department's voting rights unit, vowing to scrutinize GOP-backed voting restrictions and ballot reviews
Doug Fraser / Cape Cod Times:
‘I was completely inside’: Lobster diver swallowed by humpback whale off Provincetown  —  PROVINCETOWN — At a little before 8 a.m., Friday, veteran lobster diver Michael Packard entered the water for his second dive of the day.  —  His vessel, “the J 'an J,” was right off Herring Cove Beach …
Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
In NBC interview, Putin calls Trump ‘colorful’ but says he can work with Biden  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an exclusive interview Friday with NBC News, called former president Donald Trump a “colorful individual” and said he can work with President Joe Biden.
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Myah Ward / Politico:
Putin: Relationship with U.S. has ‘deteriorated to its lowest point’ in years  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a new interview, said Russia's relationship with the United States has “deteriorated to its lowest point” in recent years, while noting that President Joe Biden is “radically different” from his predecessor.
Ren LaForme / Poynter:
Here are the winners of the 2021 Pulitzer Prizes  —  The Pulitzers, regarded as one of the highest honors in journalism, were announced later than usual this year due to the pandemic.  —  The Pulitzer Prizes, usually announced at a ceremony at Columbia University, were announced remotely again …
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Amaris Castillo / Poynter:   A freelancer who wrote a Runner's World essay on Ahmaud Arbery's killing has won a Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing
Errin Haines / The 19th:
Darnella Frazier, the teen who filmed George Floyd's murder, wins honorary Pulitzer
Bill Glauber / USA Today:
Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson suspended for a week from YouTube for COVID misinformation  —  A Milwaukee Press Club event has landed Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., in hot water with YouTube.  —  On Friday, Johnson was slapped with a one-week suspension from uploading videos …
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Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
Chicago Cop Arrested In Jan. 6 Attack Allegedly Texted ‘We Inside The Capital LMFAO’  —  Officer Karol J. Chwiesiuk allegedly breached the Capitol building, and told an acquaintance beforehand that he was going to D.C. to “f**k up some commies.”  —  Federal authorities arrested …
Discussion: Chicago Sun-Times and Forbes
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Wall Street Journal:
Biden Pushes G-7 to Criticize China Over Forced-Labor Allegations  —  Group of world leaders is expected to unveil new infrastructure initiative known as ‘Build Back Better for the World’  —  ST. IVES, England—President Biden is pushing world leaders to call out China over allegations …
KXAN-TV:
Austin mass shooting: 13 hospitalized after attack downtown  —  AUSTIN (KXAN) — At least 13 people were injured in a shooting in downtown Austin early Saturday morning.  —  During a briefing Saturday morning, Interim Police Chief Joseph Chacon said the shooting happened at 400 E. 6th Street, which is near Trinity Street.
Discussion: WKBN-TV
Fox News:
Federal Reserve tells employees to avoid ‘biased terms’ like ‘Founding Fathers’  —  Source: Fed's Board of Governors issued the guidance for all employees on April 29,
USA Today:
One worked for Trump.  The other for Obama.  This is their advice on unifying the country.  —  We must overcome political differences and honor our precious rights.  Otherwise, the country will fail entirely.  —  As President Joe Biden heads out to rally the world, our biggest vulnerability is ourselves.
Greg Woodfield / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: 'It's a problem here in Puerto Rico - not with Washington.' AOC's aunt says Trump is NOT to blame for lack of aid to the struggling island after the congresswoman bashed the former president for damage to her grandmother's home  — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared images on social media …
Stephanie Saul / New York Times:
Two Black Students Won School Honors.  Then Came the Calls for a Recount.  —  After two white families claimed a grade calculation error, a Mississippi school added their children as co-valedictorian and co-salutatorian, reviving questions about race and equity.  —  At first, it seemed a joyous occasion.
Discussion: Insider and The Hill
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Inside the palace intrigue in Jordan and a thwarted ‘deal of the century’  —  President Donald Trump had a dizzying dream for a diplomatic “deal of the century” for Arab-Israeli peace that would unite his allies Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Discussion: The Times of Israel
Hunter Walker / The Uprising:
Jeff Brain, Whose Site Organized ‘Patriot Caravans’ On January 6, Is Threatening To Sue The Uprising  —  This is a special issue of The Uprising, a daily politics newsletter.  If you appreciated this story and want to help support this work, please sign up!
Kristal Dixon / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Cobb County school board bans teaching critical race theory  —  The Cobb County School Board is the second in metro Atlanta to ban an academic concept usually reserved for college classrooms from being taught to its students.  —  A divided board voted Thursday to ban teaching critical race theory …
The Times of Israel:
Netanyahu's last ditch bid to Gantz: 'I'll resign now, you'll be PM for 3 years'  —  Report says Blue and White chief's associates resolutely rejected multiple offers, with latest proposal for immediate resignation made as recently as the early hours of Friday
Michigan Capitol Confidential:
Attorney General Wanted Lockdown-Defying Restaurant Owner Arrested Before Going On Fox News  —  Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel: ‘We should just have her picked up before she goes on’  —  After learning that a Holland woman who defied state lockdown orders by keeping her restaurant open might …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Why Does Elena Kagan Keep Roasting Brett Kavanaugh?  —  The Supreme Court is quiet.  Too quiet.  It is almost mid-June, and the court has yet to release any blockbuster decisions.  What's going on?  —  The simple answer is also the obvious one: These cases have sharply divided the justices …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Wonking Out: Economic Nationalism, Biden-Style  —  If you're under 50, you probably don't remember when Japan was going to take over the world.  But in the late 1980s and early 1990s, many people were obsessed with Japan's economic success and feared American decline.
Associated Press:
Law enforcement struggles to recruit since killing of Floyd  —  Law enforcement agencies across the country experienced a wave of retirements and departures and are struggling to recruit the next generation of police officers in the year since George Floyd was killed by a cop.
Cdcmmwr / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Emergency Department Visits for Suspected Suicide Attempts Among Persons Aged 12-25 Years Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, January 2019-May 2021  —  Ellen Yard, PhD1; Lakshmi Radhakrishnan, MPH2; Michael F. Ballesteros, PhD1; Michael Sheppard, MS2; Abigail Gates …
 
 
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Anton Shekhovtsov / The Moscow Times:
The Self-Unfulfilling Prophecy of a ‘Dialogue with Russia’
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Washington Post
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Robert Katzmann, U.S. Judge With Reach Beyond the Bench, Dies at 68
John O. Mcginnis / Law & Liberty:
“It Is a Sordid Thing, This Divvying Us Up by Race”
Christopher Manderioli / TAPinto:
Randolph BOE Votes To Remove Names of All Holidays on School Calendar; Everything to be Called “Day Off”
Discussion: The US Sun and National Review
A.G. Gancarski / Florida Politics:
Ron DeSantis says critical race theory teaches kids to ‘attack cops’
Discussion: REVOLT
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Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Ruthless podcast plays ‘Dem or Journo’ game using quotes condemning Joe Manchin over filibuster support
Jared Yates Sexton / Dispatches From A …:
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Discussion: HotAir, Ordinary Times and CNN
Shibley Telhami / Brookings:
America must rethink its unique and contradictory advocacy of Israel's Jewishness
Michael E. Miller / Washington Post:
Op-eds in a Chinese state tabloid slammed U.S. policy. The author works at the Pentagon.
Politico:
Coronavirus restrictions spark mutiny against GOP governor
Discussion: Raw Story and HotAir
Washington Post:
‘People of Praise leaders failed me’: Christian group tied to Justice Amy Coney Barrett faces reckoning over sexual misconduct
Discussion: Raw Story