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3:40 PM ET, June 12, 2021

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Alta Spells / CNN:
At least 13 people were injured in a shooting in downtown Austin, authorities say  —  (CNN)At least 13 people were injured early Saturday morning in a shooting in downtown Austin, Texas, officials said.  —  Two of the people injured are in critical condition, Austin Interim Chief …
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KXAN-TV:
Austin mass shooting: 2 suspects wanted in connection with attack on 6th Street  —  AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police have identified two suspects in connection with the shooting on East 6th Street Saturday morning that sent 14 people to the hospital.  —  During a briefing Saturday …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
G7 Live Updates: Biden and Putin Won't Hold a Joint News Conference  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  Biden will hold a solo news conference rather than pairing with Putin after their summit.  —  After President Biden meets his Russian counterpart on Wednesday, the two men will not face …
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Anita Kumar / Politico:
Biden revels in Trump's absence from the world stage  —  CARBIS BAY, England — Joe Biden had many messages for U.S. allies during his first foreign trip as president.  But perhaps none were more pronounced than this: I'm not Donald Trump.  —  Biden's predecessor spent four years disparaging world leaders …
Washington Post:
Biden asks G-7 to take a tougher line on China, but not all allies are enthusiastic  —  CARBIS BAY, England — President Biden is asking leaders of other wealthy democracies to make a unified front against China's use of forced labor, arguing Saturday that a stronger line is a moral and practical imperative.
Washington Examiner:   Biden should make sure G-7 isn't full of hot air
Associated Press:
The Latest: Climate change protests hit beach near G7 summit
Discussion: New York Post and Associated Press
Wall Street Journal:
Biden Pushes G-7 to Criticize China Over Forced-Labor Allegations
Discussion: Fox News
Myah Ward / Politico:
Putin: Relationship with U.S. has ‘deteriorated to its lowest point’ in years
Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
In NBC interview, Putin calls Trump ‘colorful’ but says he can work with Biden
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Republican attacks on Biden agenda can't break through conservative media's culture wars  —  Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) started off talking about the cancellation of a domestic oil pipeline, the job losses and higher gas prices, key kitchen-table items that Republicans believe will be critical to winning back the majority next year.
Discussion: Raw Story and Hackwhackers
New York Times:
Private Inequity: How a Powerful Industry Conquered the Tax System  —  The I.R.S. almost never audits private equity firms, even as whistle-blowers have filed claims alleging illegal tax avoidance.  —  There were two weeks left in the Trump administration when the Treasury Department handed …
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
There's no escape from holding Trump accountable  —  It was inevitable that the Trump administration's politically motivated misuse of the investigative arms of government would burst into public view and demand accountability.  That moment is upon us.  —  The revelation that the Trump …
Discussion: The Hill, New York Times and Wired
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Stephen Nellis / Reuters:
Apple tightens rules after Justice Department targeted U.S. lawmakers
Discussion: CNBC, more at Techmeme »
CNN:
Justice Department requested data on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses from Apple
Alex Pareene / New Republic:
Here's an Idea for Liberals: Propaganda  —  What does the Democratic Party stand for?  What do voters think the Democratic Party stands for?  How can Democrats communicate to voters that they actually do stand for things?  These are vexing questions for Democratic politicians and the people who run their campaigns.
Erin Doherty / Axios:
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she doesn't “believe in evolution”  —  Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said this week she does not “believe in evolution,” adding, “I don't believe in that type of so-called science.”  —  What she's saying: Greene leaned on religion to explain the origins of the coronavirus.
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Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:   Marjorie Taylor Greene to headline Hillsborough GOP dinner this summer
Harry Enten / CNN:
Most blue states will make Biden's July 4 vaccine goal.  The red ones won't.  —  (CNN)The United States looks increasingly unlikely to reach President Joe Biden's July 4 vaccine goal.  We need at least 70% of all adults to have one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and we're on pace to have somewhere between 67% and 68%.
Discussion: Washington Post, ABC News, KVIA-TV and WTOP
Blake Montgomery / The Daily Beast:
YouTube Suspends Sen. Ron Johnson for Spreading Coronavirus Misinformation  —  AT IT AGAIN  —  YouTube has suspended the account of Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) for seven days for promoting misinformation about coronavirus treatments.  Johnson promoted the use of two drugs for treating COVID-19 …
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Bill Glauber / USA Today:
Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson suspended for a week from YouTube for COVID misinformation
emptywheel:
Some Perspective on the Politicized Leak Investigation Targeting Adam Schiff  —  The NYT reported the other day that DOJ obtained phone records of Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell, and a bunch of House Intelligence Committee staffers in the guise of what it reports is a leak investigation …
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 …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Joe Concha / The Hill:
CNN insults #MeToo movement, provides happy ending for Jeffrey Toobin  —  CNN's chief legal analyst returned to national television on Thursday, eight months after masturbating on a New Yorker Zoom conference call that included several female colleagues who had to witness it.
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The Partisan Bureaucracy  —  Would the IRS violate your privacy to further Democratic policy objectives?  —  The lesson of this week's leak of billionaires' tax returns isn't that taxes are too low, the rich should pay more or any of the other claims the leak was designed to support.
Joseph Clark / Washington Times:
Pentagon gets ‘woke’: Whistleblowers reveal segregation for ‘privilege walks,’ critical race theory  —  Sen. Tom Cotton has revealed some of the hundreds of whistleblower complaints from service members who object to critical race theory indoctrination in the military, including airmen …
Discussion: Alternet.org
 
 
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Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:
The Pathetic New Chapter of the Baby Trumps
Nicki Gostin / Page Six:
‘SNL’ alum Jon Lovitz compares cancel culture to McCarthyism
New York Times:
Kamala Harris's Vice Presidency Is Coming Into Focus. Everyone Has an Opinion About What They See.
Aaron Bandler / Jewish Journal:
UCLA Confirms BLM Co-founder Who Called to End “Project That's Called Israel” Will Be Commencement Speaker
Discussion: BizPac Review and Fox News
Washington Post:
Russia's FSB poisoned another Putin critic. It's chilling.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Wonking Out: Economic Nationalism, Biden-Style
 Earlier Items: 
Nicholas Bagley / The Atlantic:
The Drug That Could Break American Health Care
Discussion: Politico and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
Chicago Cop Arrested In Jan. 6 Attack Allegedly Texted ‘We Inside The Capital LMFAO’
Discussion: Chicago Sun-Times and Forbes
The Times of Israel:
Netanyahu's last ditch bid to Gantz: 'I'll resign now, you'll be PM for 3 years'
Fox News:
Federal Reserve tells employees to avoid ‘biased terms’ like ‘Founding Fathers’
Hunter Walker / The Uprising:
Jeff Brain, Whose Site Organized ‘Patriot Caravans’ On January 6, Is Threatening To Sue The Uprising
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
Doug Fraser / Cape Cod Times:
‘I was completely inside’: Lobster diver swallowed by humpback whale off Provincetown