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2:30 PM ET, June 11, 2021

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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 …
Washington Post:
Senate Democrats threaten to subpoena Barr, Sessions for testimony over Justice Dept.'s secret pursuit of two House Democrats' data  —  Senate Democratic leaders on Friday demanded that former attorneys general in the Trump administration testify over secret subpoenas of two House Democrats.
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 …
CNN:
Trump Justice Department subpoenaed Apple for data from House Intelligence Committee Democrats, sources say
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: HotAir, Morning Shots and Raw Story
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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Connor Radnovich / Statesman Journal:
Oregon House expels Rep. Mike Nearman for role in state capitol riot
Discussion: Bill Post and Hackwhackers
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 …
US Food and Drug Administration:
FDA Takes Steps to Increase Availability of COVID-19 Vaccine  —  For Immediate Release:  —  Following careful review and deliberation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking important steps that will allow a critically needed supply of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 Vaccine to be made available.
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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 …
BBC:
G7: UK and US have an ‘indestructible relationship’, PM says  —  The alliance between the US and the UK should be known as the “indestructible relationship”, Boris Johnson has told the BBC after meeting US President Joe Biden for the first time.  —  He said he had “terrific” talks with Mr Biden …
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Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
For Biden, Trump Is an Easy Act to Follow in Europe
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: New York Post and Joe.My.God.
Karen Townsend / HotAir:
Governor Abbott: I'll build a southern border wall in Texas  —  Texas Governor Greg Abbott hosted a Border Security Summit in Del Rio on Thursday.  During the summit, he made a major announcement - Texas will build a southern border wall.  Abbott also stated his intention for local law enforcement …
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Joe Jervis / Joe.My.God.:
Texas Gov: I'm Going To Build My Own Border Wall
Washington Post:
‘People of Praise leaders failed me’: Christian group tied to Justice Amy Coney Barrett faces reckoning over sexual misconduct  —  EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — In December, Katie Logan called the police in this Minneapolis suburb to unearth a buried secret: Her high school physics teacher …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Brian Klaas / Washington Post:
The world is horrified by the dysfunction of American democracy  —  It's official: America is no longer a “shining city upon a hill.”  —  Data released Thursday from Pew Research shows that our allies are beyond delighted that the Trump presidency has ended.  Confidence in U.S. leadership has soared.
Discussion: UPI, Foreign Policy and NBC News
David Mack / BuzzFeed News:
BuzzFeed News Has Won Its First Pulitzer Prize  —  BuzzFeed News won a Pulitzer Prize on Friday for a series of innovative articles that used satellite images, 3D architectural models, and daring in-person interviews to expose China's vast infrastructure for detaining hundreds of thousands of Muslims in its Xinjiang region.
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
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.
Joan Walsh / The Nation:
Dianne Feinstein Is an Embarrassment  —  The senior California senator's defense of the filibuster is shameful—but she's not alone, and she's got more company than just Manchin and Sinema.  —  She's said it before.  Now she's said it again.  —  Senator Dianne Feinstein …
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.
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  —  The long read by Mitchell S. Jackson also won a top award by ASME just one day ago.  —  “Peoples, I invite you to ask yourself, just what is a runner's world?
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 …
Melanie Warner / Politico:
The Geophysicist Who Stormed the Capitol  —  KITTREDGE, Colo.—  The text message showed up on John Bergman's phone in late January.  Sent to him by a former work colleague, it came with the question “Have you seen this??” and linked to an article and video from a news channel.  Bergman pressed play.
Discussion: Raw Story
Medium:
Astroturfing, Dr. Evil, and N.Y.C.'s Elite Schools  —  Last week, The New York Post published an exclusive article, by investigative reporter Dana Kennedy, about 3 groups of anonymous concerned parents who “plan to troll elite NYC schools with anti-woke billboards.”
Michael Warren / CNN:
Trump struggles to find a challenger to Kemp in Georgia  —  (CNN)Donald Trump's plans to play GOP kingmaker are being disrupted by one of his most loyal supporters in Georgia.  —  In early May at Mar-a-Lago, Trump met with Georgia state Sen. Burt Jones and Jones' father, a wealthy pro-Trump donor …
Discussion: Associated Press
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Why We Can't Move On From Jan. 6  —  If you weren't appalled by what happened that day, you have given up on American democracy.  —  I started the new year with a bang, at a gathering in the Washington home of a European diplomat.  I was interested in how Europe was processing America's political scene …
Discussion: Associated Press
The Spectator World:
Exclusive: Chip Roy seeks to ban China from purchasing US land  —  Texas congressman Chip Roy is introducing legislation Friday to ban members of the Chinese Communist party from purchasing American land, The Spectator has learned.  —  The bill, 'called the 'Securing America's Land …
Charlotte Mitchell / Daily Mail:
Kim Jong-un calls K-pop a ‘vicious cancer’ and threatens anyone caught listening to it with 15 YEARS in a labour camp  — Kim Jong-un has hit out at South Korean pop culture, calling it a ‘viscous cancer’  — In December, a new law decreed those caught listening to K-pop or watching dramas …
 
 
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Taylor Goldenstein / Houston Chronicle:
Texas Republicans say lowering the bar for overturning elections is bad policy. So why did they try?
Discussion: Alternet.org
Ben Dreyfuss / Good Faith:
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Laura A. Bischoff / The Columbus Dispatch:
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says he opposes controversial anti-vaccine bill
Financial Times:
James Biden abandons UK energy venture after White House review
Discussion: The Hill
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Connie Schultz / USA Today:
Magnets, vaccines and the toll the conspiracy of misinformation takes on our ability to protect ourselves
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Joe Killian / NC Policy Watch:
A ‘potential resolution’ to Hannah Jones tenure controversy may not heal damage done at UNC