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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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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Three big takeaways from the explosive new Trump-DOJ revelations  —  On Thursday night, the New York Times reported that the Justice Department took the highly unusual step in 2017 and 2018 of subpoenaing the account data of two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee …
Discussion: Eschaton and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Trump Justice Dept. secretly subpoenaed records of two Democrats on House Intelligence Committee  —  The Justice Department in 2018 secretly subpoenaed Apple for the data of two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, as well as the data of their current and former staffers and family members …
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
‘William Barr was truly out of control’: Legal experts stunned by Trump's DOJ spying on Democrats  —  Legal experts blasted the Trump-era Department of Justice after a bombshell report on the department spying on Democrats in Congress.  —  “As the Justice Department investigated …
Discussion: The Hill and Associated Press
CNN:
Trump Justice Department subpoenaed Apple for data from House Intelligence Committee Democrats, sources say
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’
Linda So / Reuters:
Trump-inspired death threats are terrorizing election workers  —  Election officials and their families are living with threats of hanging, firing squads, torture and bomb blasts, interviews and documents reveal.  The campaign of fear, sparked by Trump's voter-fraud falsehoods, threatens the U.S. electoral system.
Discussion: Raw Story and Morning Shots
Hillary Borrud / Oregonian:
Oregon legislators expel Rep. Mike Nearman, who helped armed protesters enter Capitol  —  The Oregon House voted 59-1 Thursday to expel Rep. Mike Nearman, the first time it has ejected a sitting representative.  —  Lawmakers removed Nearman because he let far-right demonstrators …
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Dirk VanderHart / opb:
OPB's First Look newsletter  —  Lawmakers are making arrangements for a rare evening floor session to take up a potentially historic vote.  —  Nearly half a year after an Oregon lawmaker allowed a crowd of far right protesters to enter the capitol building, new evidence emerged showing …
Connor Radnovich / Statesman Journal:
Oregon House expels Rep. Mike Nearman for role in state capitol riot
Discussion: Hackwhackers and Bill Post
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
Revealed: rightwing firm posed as leftist group on Facebook to divide Democrats  —  FEC investigation failed to uncover link to Rally Forge, a firm with close ties to Turning Point USA  —  digital marketing firm closely linked to the pro-Trump youth group Turning Point USA was responsible …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
Joe Jervis / Joe.My.God.:
Texas Gov: I'm Going To Build My Own Border Wall  —  Dallas's CBS News affiliate reports:  —  During a summit on Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott said he will announce plans next week for Texas to begin building a wall along the southern border.  “I will announce next week the plan for the state …
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Office of the Texas Governor:
Governor Abbott Hosts Border Security Summit, Announces Comprehensive Border Security Plan To Crack Down On Unlawful Border Crossings
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Townhall
David Hogberg / Washington Examiner:
CDC panel to hold emergency meeting on heart inflammation cases linked to COVID-19 vaccine  —  The committee that advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on vaccines will hold an emergency meeting next Friday, June 18, to discuss cases of heart inflammation possibly linked …
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Jaclyn Peiser / Washington Post:
After her arrest, she found her explicit photos sent to a strange number.  A state trooper answered the line.  —  Minnesota State Trooper Albert Kuehne sat in his cruiser in March 2020 and scrolled through a phone belonging to a 25-year-old woman he'd just detained on suspicion of drunken driving.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Sam Metz / Associated Press:
Nevada schools reckon with race, triggering polarization  —  RENO, Nev. (AP) — One year after protests over racial injustices and police violence swept the country, clashes over how to teach students about racism and its role in U.S. history are raging in school districts across Nevada and elsewhere …
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Trumpists Are America's Jacobites  —  “He loved authority and business.  He had a high sense of his own personal dignity,” one commentator observed.  “He was not altogether destitute of a sentiment which bore some affinity to patriotism ... His second wish was to be feared and respected abroad.
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
For Biden, Trump Is an Easy Act to Follow in Europe  —  But no amount of rallying the allies is going to make it easy to meet with Vladimir Putin.  —  Joe Biden has waited a lifetime for this trip.  As his White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, joked, before Biden departed on his first European tour …
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Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Democracy Is Already Dying in the States  —  While Senator Joe Manchin is demanding that both parties agree on any further federal voting-rights legislation, a new study quantifies how completely Republicans have excluded Democrats from the passage of the restrictive voting laws proliferating in red states.
Jeff Schogol / Task & Purpose:
Racism didn't exist in the military before Biden, US Senator says with straight face  —  ‘Growing mistrust between the races and sexes where none existed just six months ago’  —  A White senator from the South told America's first Black defense secretary on Thursday that President Joe Biden's …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
“I'm not finished”: Harris' border-czar tour flop continues  —  Something tells me this won't assuage fears from Democrats that Kamala Harris is out of her depth in dealing with the border crisis.  The Biden administration can't ask for a friendlier venue than Univision for its immigration policies …
Hayes Brown / MSNBC:
Ilhan Omar was attacked for saying war crimes allegations should be investigated … Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., asked a question of the secretary of state this week about international law and justice.  Since then, she has been the subject of bad faith scorn from her fellow Democrats and threatened with pariah status by Republicans.
Yousef Munayyer / Jewish Currents:
What Does “From the River to the Sea” Really Mean?  —  IN RECENT WEEKS, as Palestinians rose up in their homeland, in the wider Middle East, and around the world, you probably heard the slogan “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”  In cities across the globe …
Deb Haaland / Washington Post:
My grandparents were stolen from their families as children.  We must learn about this history.  —  Deb Haaland, the U.S. interior secretary, is the first Native American to serve as a Cabinet secretary.  —  As I read stories about an unmarked grave in Canada where the remains …
Discussion: Indian Country Today
Connie Schultz / USA Today:
Magnets, vaccines and the toll the conspiracy of misinformation takes on our ability to protect ourselves  —  This morning I walked around our house with a magnet to test a theory that had made its Ohio debut in our statehouse on Wednesday and quickly ricocheted across the country.
Discussion: Washington Post
United States Department of State:
Secretary Blinken's Call with Politburo Member Yang  —  The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:  —  Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke by phone with Chinese Communist Party Politburo Member and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission Yang Jiechi today.
Heather Haddon / Wall Street Journal:
McDonald's Hit by Data Breach  —  Hack exposed some U.S. business information, customer data in South Korea and Taiwan  —  McDonald's Corp. said hackers stole some data from its systems in markets including the U.S., South Korea and Taiwan, in another example of cybercriminals infiltrating high-profile global companies.
Alex Barker / Financial Times:
Rupert Murdoch writes down value of The Sun to zero  —  Pandemic hits circulation and advertising at tabloid newspaper that helped build media baron's empire  —  Rupert Murdoch has written down the value of The Sun newspapers to zero, acknowledging the tabloid brand that helped build …
 
 
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