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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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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 …
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Yup, the Wuhan Institute of Virology Kept Live Bats within Its Walls  —  On the menu today: New evidence shows that despite the contentions of Peter Daszak, the Wuhan Institute of Virology did indeed have live bats within its walls; a spectacularly inaccurate op-ed attempting to dispel the lab-leak theory …
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,” …
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell signals GOP would block Biden Supreme Court pick in '24  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) signaled Monday that Republicans, if they win back control of the chamber, wouldn't advance a Supreme Court nominee if a vacancy occurred in 2024, the year of the next presidential election.
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:   McConnell warns he's willing to intervene in 2022 GOP primaries
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Washington Post:
Novavax's coronavirus vaccine is 90 percent effective, study finds  —  The vaccine is one of six the U.S. bet on but is likely to have its biggest impact globally  —  Novavax, a Maryland biotechnology company that endured delays in developing a coronavirus vaccine, revealed results Monday showing …
Discussion: NPR
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NBC News:
Putin dismisses criticism of hacking and internal crackdowns ahead of Biden summit … MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin denied ordering a hit on political rival Alexei Navalny, but in an exclusive interview with NBC News he did not guarantee that the jailed Kremlin critic …
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Washington Post:
Biden will give Putin a list of demands. The Russian president may ignore them.
NBC News:
Virginia governor's race is shaping up as choice between change and Trump
Discussion: Virginia Mercury
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Melanie Zanona / Politico:
House GOP prays Trump can kick his habit of 2020 grievances
John McCormack / National Review:
Chip Roy Charts His Own Course in the House
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Why The New Yorker's Stars Didn't Join Its Union  —  The 96-year-old magazine, known for its revered writers and sophisticated audience, is being consumed by a labor dispute.  —  Writers for The New Yorker have been known to refer to the editor, David Remnick, as “Dad,” …
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 …
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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 …
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Ralph Northam Reflects on His Journey Back From the Edge  —  When a racist picture was discovered on his yearbook page, the governor of Virginia refused to resign.  Now he's leaving office with a widely praised progressive record on racial justice.  —  RICHMOND, Va. — Just two years ago …
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Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:   Black Virginians Took Ralph Northam Back. Neither Has Forgotten.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court puts off decision on reviewing Harvard race-conscious admissions system  —  The Supreme Court on Monday put off a decision on reviewing whether Harvard's consideration of race to build a diverse student body discriminates against Asian Americans, the latest attempt to convince …
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Kevin Daley / Washington Free Beacon:
Breyer's Departure Could Make the Supreme Court More Conservative
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 …
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.
Tracy Connor / The Daily Beast:
Painfully Confused Capitol Rioter Claims He's Running for Congress  —  JOKER  —  A New Hampshire man who admits he chugged wine after joining the mob at the Capitol riot says he is running against Congresswoman Anne Kuster.  There are a couple of problems, though.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Katherine Underwood / NBC Boston:
NH Man Arrested After He ‘Chugged’ Wine at Capitol Riot Says He's Running for Congress
Discussion: VICE and Joe.My.God.
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: Raw Story
Sarah Mucha / Axios:
Harris' trip problems rekindle 2020 campaign doubts  —  Vice President Kamala Harris' stumbles during her first foreign trip have rekindled the debate from her presidential campaign about whether she — and not her staff — is to blame.  —  Why it matters: While Harris' only overture toward running …
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Perry Bacon / Washington Post:   We should rethink how we think about Vice President Harris
theepochtimes.com:
News Flash: Trump Was Right  —  On Saturday, June 12, former President Donald Trump released a statement that, in tone, will have his opponents rolling their eyes.  —  “I told you so,” they will say, because Donald Trump told them so and managed to get in a bit of signature Trump braggadocio along the way.
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David Catron / The American Spectator:   Media Alarmism Is the Real Threat to Democracy
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
Exclusive: Saudi assassins picked up illicit drugs in Cairo to kill Khashoggi  —  Early on the morning of Oct. 2, 2018, a Gulfstream jet carrying a team of Saudi assassins on its way to Istanbul made a quick stopover in Cairo.  The purpose: to pick up a lethal dose of “illegal” …
Chauncey Alcorn / CNN:
Attorney general will discuss Trump administration media probe with leaders of CNN, WaPo, NYT  —  New York (CNN Business)Leaders from CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post will meet with US Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday to discuss the Trump administration's controversial …
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Barbara Starr / CNN:   I'm a journalist and the Trump administration tried to secretly obtain tens of thousands of my emails
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Justices rule against low-level crack cocaine offenders  —  The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that low-level crack cocaine offenders convicted more than a decade ago can't take advantage of a 2018 federal law to seek reduced prison time  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday …
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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