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Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Justice official resigning amid uproar over Dems' subpoenas  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department's top national security official is resigning from his position after revelations that the department secretly seized record s from Democrats and members of the media.
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Katie Benner / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Official to Step Down Amid Uproar Over Leaks Inquiry  —  John Demers, a Trump appointee who remained in the department, would typically have been briefed on investigations like those involving the secret collection of journalists' phone records.
Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell On President Biden Judicial Nominees, A New “JCPOA”  —  GOP Senator Mitch McConnell joined me this morning:  —  Audio:  —  06-14hhs-mcconnell  —  Transcript:  —  HH: Joined now by an old friend of show, Senate Leader of the GOP, Mitch McConnell.
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Melissa Quinn / CBS News:
Senate confirms Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to powerful D.C. federal appeals court  —  Washington — The Senate on Monday approved the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the federal appeals court in the District of Columbia, confirming President Biden's first nominee to the U.S. appellate courts.
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell signals GOP would block Biden Supreme Court pick in '24
Ben Kesslen / NBC News:
Former NSA contractor Reality Winner, jailed for leaking secrets about Russian hacking, released early from prison … Reality Winner, the former National Security Agency contractor who was jailed for leaking secrets about Russian hacking, has been released early from prison, her lawyer said Monday.
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Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Reality Winner, NSA contractor in leak case, out of prison
Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:   Reality Winner Released From Prison
Tim Darnell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
NSA leaker Reality Winner released from prison, attorney says
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Jane E. Brody / New York Times:
The Health Benefits of Coffee  —  Drinking coffee has been linked to a reduced risk of all kinds of ailments, including Parkinson's disease, melanoma, prostate cancer, even suicide.  —  Americans sure love their coffee.  Even last spring when the pandemic shut down New York …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
There's not going to be a post-presidency revelation that submarines Trump  —  There was a theory, to which I once subscribed, that former president Donald Trump's efforts to remain salient in American politics could be hobbled by what might be learned after he left office.
Discussion: UPI, Power Line, Raw Story and ABC News
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Steve Benen / MSNBC:
As Trump-era Justice Dept scandal intensifies, Republicans shrug
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Arizona AG defends Maricopa vote audit against ‘hysterical’ Justice criticism  —  Arizona's attorney general today warned the Biden Justice Department to back off its criticism of the state Senate's audit of the Maricopa County 2020 vote, charging that it was giving into “hysterical” liberal Trump haters.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Are Democrats doomed in the midterms?  Not if they can do this first.  —  The midterm elections will take place in approximately 500 days.  Which is exactly why some Democratic strategists believe it's urgent to begin executing their midterm strategy right now — nearly a year and a half in advance.
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Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Schumer apologizes after using outdated term for disabled children during housing interview  —  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer apologized on Monday for using an outmoded word to refer to developmentally disabled children during a recent podcast appearance.
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Greene apologizes for comparing vaccine rules to Holocaust  —  Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) on Monday apologized for comparing COVID-19 vaccine and mask rules to the Holocaust, declaring that “there is no comparison” between the safety measures and the genocide of six million Jews during World War II.
Discussion: Raw Story, Townhall and POLITICUSUSA
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CNN:
First on CNN: FBI warns lawmakers that QAnon ‘digital soldiers’ may become more violent  —  Washington (CNN)The FBI has warned lawmakers that online QAnon conspiracy theorists may carry out more acts of violence as they move from serving as “digital soldiers” to taking action in the real world following the January 6 US Capitol attack.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
GOP Senator Says Democracy, Majority Rule Aren't What Our Country Stands For Rand Paul gets a little too honest about his beliefs.  —  One of the edifying side effects of the Trump era has been that, by making democracy the explicit subject of political debate, it has revealed the stark fact …
Discussion: National Review and Twitchy
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NBC News:
Putin dismisses criticism of hacking and internal crackdowns ahead of Biden summit
Washington Post:
2020 was the deadliest gun violence year in decades.  So far, 2021 is worse.  —  The shootings have come at a relentless pace.  Gun violence this year has cut through celebrations and funerals, places of work and houses of worship.  It has taken lives at a grocery store and in a fast-food drive-through lane.
Discussion: ABC News and Daily Kos
Stephen Rodrick / Rolling Stone:
Diamond and Sulk: A Weekend With Mike Lindell and the MAGA Zombies  —  The phone rings and it's Mike Lindell, the MyPillow Guy, recovered cocaine addict, believer that the 2020 presidential count was 20 million off, and, apparently, a fan of 1970s AM Radio.  After saying hello and introducing myself …
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
Matthew A. Winkler / Bloomberg:
California Defies Doom With No. 1 U.S. Economy  —  When misfortunes multiplied during the coronavirus pandemic, observers seized on a four-letter word signaling end of days for the largest state with one-eighth the U.S. population and 14% of its gross domestic product.
New York Times:
China's ‘Bat Woman,’ at the Center of a Pandemic Storm, Speaks Out  —  Shi Zhengli, a top virologist, said in a rare interview that speculation about her lab in Wuhan was baseless.  But China's habitual secrecy makes her claims hard to validate.  —  To a growing chorus of American politicians …
Washington Post:
Coronavirus infections dropping where people are vaccinated, rising where they are not, Post analysis finds  —  States with higher vaccination rates now have markedly fewer coronavirus cases, as infections are dropping in places where most residents have been immunized and are rising …
Discussion: Daily Kos
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
A Covid Update  —  We have the latest on the Delta variant.  —  It's time for one of this newsletter's occasional updates on the state of the pandemic.  The brief version: The situation continues to look reassuring for anybody who is vaccinated — but has become more worrisome for anybody who is not …
Discussion: Politico, HotAir, Gothamist and CBS News
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
America's contest of nightmares isn't even close  —  America is in a contest of contending nightmares.  —  The dreams of conservatives are currently troubled by “wokeness” and critical race theory.  As with most nightmares, there is a grain of truth within such terrors.
Discussion: Raw Story
Ben Makuch / VICE:
Leaked Chats Show Ex-Marine Wants to Make Maine Safe Space for Neo-Nazis  —  “We are white nationalist preppers.”  —  Ben Makuch  —  A neo-Nazi and ex-Marine who coordinated a national counterprotest on the anniversary of George Floyd's murder, is making plans to turn Maine into an all-white ethnostate.
Discussion: Bangor Daily News and Raw Story
Holmes Lybrand / CNN:
Fact-checking Sen. Ron Johnson's continued efforts to mislead on Covid-19 and January 6 insurrection  —  Washington (CNN)Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson's penchant for spreading false claims and misinformation shows no signs of stopping after a week in which he touted falsehoods related …
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Fox News
Romy Ellenbogen / Tampa Bay Times:
Anna Paulina Luna says potential political opponents conspired to kill her  —  Luna said in the injunction that she got word of a plan against her life.  The people mentioned say it's “nonsense.”  —  Updated Just now  —  Anna Paulina Luna, a candidate for Florida's 13th Congressional District …
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Exclusive: US assessing reported leak at Chinese nuclear power facility  —  (CNN)The US government has spent the past week assessing a report of a leak at a Chinese nuclear power plant, after a French company that part owns and helps operate it warned of an “imminent radiological threat,” …
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Vatican Warns U.S. Bishops: Don't Deny Biden Communion Over Abortion  —  Conservative American Catholic bishops are pressing for a debate over whether Catholics who support the right to an abortion should be allowed to take Communion.  —  ROME — The Vatican has warned conservative American bishops …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
‘Full of s—’: Candidates warned not to fake Trump endorsement  —  Lynda Blanchard donated nearly $1 million to pro-Donald Trump political committees, served as his ambassador to Slovenia and launched her Alabama Senate campaign with a video spotlighting her Trump bumper sticker-adorned pickup truck.
Fletcher Peters / Decider:
Ana Navarro Defends Jeffrey Toobin's CNN Return on ‘The View’: “He Was Not Sexually Harassing Somebody, He Was Sexually Harassing Himself”  —  On today's episode of The View, the co-hosts tore into Jeffrey Toobin's return to CNN last Thursday (June 07) after he exposed himself on a New Yorker Zoom call last Fall.
Colin Woodard / Press Herald:
Ex-Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, now a Mainer, marched on the Capitol Jan. 6  —  The former Californian, who's been called 'Putin's favorite congressman,' confirmed he attended the march to protest the ‘stolen election’ but says he urged fellow protesters not to storm the Capitol.
Seth Richardson / Plain Dealer:
‘Never quit:’ Former Cleveland Mayor Dennis Kucinich running for mayor again  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio — Four decades after last holding the position, Dennis Kucinich, the Democratic former Boy Mayor, U.S. congressman and presidential candidate who made his name saving Cleveland Public Power's predecessor …
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
These 25 rainbow flag-waving corporations donated more than $10 million to anti-gay politicians in the last two years  —  This month, corporations are plastering their social media avatars with rainbows, sponsoring Pride parades, and declaring their unwavering commitment to the LGBTQ community.
Discussion: The Guardian and Raw Story
 
 
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Rep. Pramila Jayapal wants to bar lawmakers from trading stocks — and plans to introduce a bill that would do exactly that
Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
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Washington Post:
117th Congress: Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.)
Discussion: The Hill and Blue Virginia
David Byler / Washington Post:
House Republicans have two critical advantages in 2022
Adrian Carrasquillo / Newsweek:
Exclusive: Nikki Fried's Campaign Site Was Liberal in English, Moderate in Spanish Until She Was Questioned
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Politico:
Adams, Garcia top latest poll in New York mayor's race
Discussion: City Journal and The Hill
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
G.O.P. Bills Rattle Disabled Voters: 'We Don't Have a Voice Anymore'
Erin Doherty / Axios:
Vermont becomes first state to reach 80% vaccine threshold
Discussion: Townhall, Forbes and Political Wire
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
House GOP prays Trump can kick his habit of 2020 grievances