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5:50 PM ET, June 11, 2021

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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 …
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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.
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.
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Garland declares voting rights expansion ‘central’ to democracy  —  The attorney general's speech comes as voting rights legislation faces dire odds in Congress.  —  Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks during a Senate Appropriations hearing.  —  Attorney General Merrick Garland affirmed Friday …
Washington Post:
Garland announces expansion of Justice Department's voting rights unit, vowing to scrutinize GOP-backed voting restrictions and ballot reviews  —  Attorney General Merrick Garland pledged Friday to double the size of the Justice Department's voting rights enforcement staff to vigorously combat efforts …
New York Times:
Hunting Leaks, Trump Officials Focused on Democrats in Congress
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Associated Press
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Shibley Telhami / Brookings:
America must rethink its unique and contradictory advocacy of Israel's Jewishness  —  As a new Israeli government takes shape, the Biden administration must rethink its messaging about Israel and the Palestinians, especially in the absence of a clear path to ending their conflict.
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Yousef Munayyer / Jewish Currents:   What Does “From the River to the Sea” Really Mean?
Joseph Krauss / Associated Press:
EXPLAINER: What will change under Israel's new government?
Discussion: The Times of Israel
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:
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Chicago Sun-Times:
Chicago police officer charged in connection with US Capitol breach  —  Karol J. Chwiesiuk is at least the 10th individual from Illinois charged in connection with the U.S. Capitol breach, and he is the fourth on that list from the Chicago area.  —  Federal authorities have arrested …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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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 …
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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 …
Discussion: HotAir
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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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
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.
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
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
Trump's false Lafayette Square exoneration  —  Don't be fooled by the media's credulous acceptance of a new report  —  One of the most notorious events of the Trump presidency was the attack at Lafayette Square on June 1 last year.  Cops from numerous law enforcement agencies suddenly charged …
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.
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
YouTube Bans Sen. Ron Johnson For Discussing Early Treatment Of COVID-19  —  YouTube's position is that content on the site must parrot whatever comes from its narrow set of authorities, even though their positions change frequently and dramatically.
Politico:
Coronavirus restrictions spark mutiny against GOP governor  —  BOISE, Idaho — Gov. Brad Little had only briefly traveled out of state to attend a Republican governors' conference when his own lieutenant governor made him regret it.  —  Without warning, GOP Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin took advantage …
Discussion: HotAir and Raw Story
mailchi.mp:
“New Yorkers will be sick of me”  —  After getting slammed for fleeing the city for his country home in New Paltz during the pandemic, Andrew Yang warned New Yorkers that they would see him in the city around the clock - at least during his first term - if he's elected mayor.
Discussion: City & State NY, Slate and Politico
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: Fox News, New York Post and Joe.My.God.
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.
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.
 
 
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Attorney General Wanted Lockdown-Defying Restaurant Owner Arrested Before Going On Fox News
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Michael E. Miller / Washington Post:
Op-eds in a Chinese state tabloid slammed U.S. policy. The author works at the Pentagon.
Ben Dreyfuss / Good Faith:
If A Republican Congress Throws The 2024 Election To Trump, Then What?
Michael Warren / CNN:
Trump struggles to find a challenger to Kemp in Georgia
Discussion: Associated Press
Brian Klaas / Washington Post:
The world is horrified by the dysfunction of American democracy
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 Earlier Items: 
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.
Discussion: Associated Press
Medium:
Astroturfing, Dr. Evil, and N.Y.C.'s Elite Schools
Discussion: VICE
Deb Haaland / Washington Post:
My grandparents were stolen from their families as children. We must learn about this history.
Discussion: Indian Country Today
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Trumpists Are America's Jacobites
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Democracy Is Already Dying in the States