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CNN:
New emails show how Trump and his allies pressured Justice Department to try to challenge 2020 election results  —  (CNN)New emails show how former President Donald Trump's White House assistant, chief of staff and other allies pressured the Justice Department to investigate claims of voter fraud …
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House Committee on Oversight and Reform:
New Documents Show Trump Repeatedly Pressed DOJ to Overturn Election Results Before Inciting Capitol Attack  —  Ahead of Hearing on Insurrection, Oversight Committee Releases New Evidence and Seeks Transcribed Interviews with Key Officials  —  Washington, D.C. (June 15, 2021)— Today …
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Trump Pressed Official to Wield Justice Dept. to Back Election Claims  —  The former president began pressuring his acting attorney general even before announcing that his predecessor was stepping down, emails show.  —  WASHINGTON — An hour before President Donald J. Trump announced …
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Emails reveal Trump pressured top DOJ officials to overturn election results
Discussion: CNN, HotAir and 89.3 KPCC
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Trump and House committee still at loggerheads over tax records
Discussion: CBS News
Rick Hasen / Election Law Blog:   Ludicrous, Audacious, and Incredibly Dangerous: Read the Draft “Bill of Complaint” …
Kyle Whitmire / al.com:
Alabama lawmaker wants to ban critical race theory, so I asked him what it is  —  This is an opinion column.  —  There's been a lot of talk about critical race theory lately, and I've felt at a loss.  I've heard so many conflicting things about critical race theory, I've gotten more and more confused.
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NBC News:
Critical race theory invades school boards — with help from conservative groups  —  A booby-trapped billboard.  A list of demands.  A conservative media frenzy.  —  Jeff Porter, superintendent of a wealthy suburban school district in Maine, had no idea that his community was about to become part …
Discussion: Salon, Raw Story and Twitchy
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
The Wuhan lab-leak explanation is “not a conspiracy theory, ” says ... Jon Stewart?  —  That strange popping sound you've been hearing overnight?  Media-elite heads exploding, perhaps, or maybe just eardrums adjusting to the new narrative pressure provided by Jon Stewart.
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Thomas Barrabi / Fox News:
Former CDC director Redfield explains why he believes COVID-19 emerged from lab, WHO ‘compromised’  —  Redfield argued COVID-19's efficient human-to-human spread contradicted behavior of other deadly coronaviruses with similar profiles  —  Exclusive: Former CDC Director Redfield says he believes COVID-19 came from Wuhan lab
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Former CDC director: That Jon Stewart fellow is on the right track about COVID-19 origin, you know
Discussion: The Spectator World and Twitchy
Robby Soave / Reason:
A Composer Condemned Arson.  Now No One Will Hire Him.  —  Until last year, Daniel Elder—a 34-year-old musician who lives in Nashville, Tennessee—had a promising career ahead of him.  The theme of the prize-winning composer's work, truth through emotion, is evident across his catalogue of choral music …
Discussion: HotAir
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Get Ready for the Shitstorm That Will Follow the Arizona “Recount”  —  Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy's plan for Arizona is the same as it was before January 6.  —  Your whole life, like a sandglass, will always be reversed and will ever run out again,—a long minute of time will elapse until …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Schumer to trigger reconciliation process on Wednesday  —  Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) says he will convene a meeting with all 11 Democratic members of the Budget Committee Wednesday to begin the process for passing a budget resolution, paving the way for Democrats to pass …
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
White House to Democrats: Get ready to go it alone on infrastructure
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Two more Democrats signal opposition to bipartisan infrastructure deal
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Forbes
New York Times:
The Amazon That Customers Don't See  —  Each year, hundreds of thousands of workers churn through a vast mechanism that hires and monitors, disciplines and fires.  Amid the pandemic, the already strained system lurched.
Politico:
'He's screwed over so many publishers': Trump confronts a skeptical book industry  —  Almost five months after leaving office, major publishing houses still are wary of publishing a book by former President Donald Trump, even though a post-White House memoir would almost assuredly be a best-seller.
CNN:
‘Potential red flag’: Trump struggles to clear Senate GOP fields  —  (CNN)A growing number of GOP Senate contenders are spurning former President Donald Trump's wishes with campaigns that defy his criticism or ignore his support of a rival, as the Republican Party debates his role in its future.
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David Jackson / USA Today:
Donald Trump plans to hold first post-presidential rallies in Ohio, Florida in coming weeks
The White House:
President Biden Announces 4th Slate of Judicial Nominations  —  As he continues to move at an historic pace with respect to judicial nominees, the President is announcing five new candidates for the federal bench and two new candidates for District of Columbia courts, all of whom …
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Bonchie / RedState:
More Evidence Emerges That Joe Biden Is Not Well  —  Joe Biden's disastrous G7 performance has been well documented here at RedState.  From his getting played by Vladimir Putin to his partisan rantings against Republicans to his train wreck of a press conference (before his other train wreck …
Discussion: The Federalist and The New Neo
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John Hudson / Washington Post:
Amid internal disputes over Russia policy, Biden has chosen a mix of confrontation and cooperation  —  BRUSSELS — Before embarking on his first meeting with Vladimir Putin as commander in chief, President Biden touted the steps he took to punish the Russian president for a range …
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Reuben F. Johnson / Washington Free Beacon:
Lifting Sanctions May Help Russians Supply Spy Satellites to Iran
Alex Kotch / EXPOSEDbyCMD:
REVEALED: The Federalist Foundation's Tax Records  —  The Center for Democracy (CMD) has obtained the first 990 tax filing of a new nonprofit linked to the right-wing digital publication The Federalist, as well as the most recent filing from the Real Clear Foundation, another media nonprofit that has ties to The Federalist.
Jonathan Tamari / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Pa. Congresswoman Madeleine Dean won't run for Senate, further shaping 2022 Democratic primary  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean will not run for U.S. Senate and will instead aim to build her career in the House, she said Tuesday, further clarifying the Democratic field …
Discussion: The Hill
Jennifer Taub / Washington Monthly:
Why Is Merrick Garland Defending Bill Barr's Policies?  —  Biden's attorney general is siding with Donald Trump's Justice Department on everything from the Mueller Report to a rape accusation.  —  Merrick Garland took the helm of the United States Justice Department three months ago …
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Betsy McKay / Wall Street Journal:
Covid-19 Virus Ranged From Illinois to Massachusetts Before States Reported First Cases  —  People in five U.S. states were infected with the Covid-19 virus well before their state's first confirmed case, including some in December 2019  —  The Covid-19 virus infected people in five U.S. states …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Politico's top editor leaving for NBC  —  Politico's top editor Carrie Budoff Brown is joining NBC in a high-level executive position at the network that includes overseeing the “Meet the Press” franchise, sources familiar with the discussions tell Axios.  —  Why it matters …
Washington Post:
Trump administration's hunt for pandemic ‘lab leak’ went down many paths and came up with no smoking gun  —  Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, ducked out of his granddaughter's swim meet into a dark recess of a Michigan high school, eager to hear from a team …
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Times
Katie Benner / New York Times:
F.B.I. warns that some QAnon believers could turn to violence as predictions fail to bear fruit.  —  The F.B.I. said this month that QAnon adherents could turn to violence as some of the conspiracy theory's major predictions, including that Democrats would be subject to mass arrest and detention, have not come to pass.
Tyler Pager / Washington Post:
Biden to nominate Tom Nides as ambassador to Israel; Ken Salazar, ‘Sully’ Sullenberger also get posts  —  President Biden announced his first slate of political ambassadors Tuesday, selecting longtime Washington hands for key foreign postings.  —  Biden will nominate Thomas R. Nides …
Megan Basham / The Daily Wire:
Nickelodeon Ratings Crash Amid LGBTQ Push  —  There's growing evidence that Nickelodeon's hard push to promote the LGBTQ agenda to children is having a negative impact on the network's ratings.  —  In the last two weeks, both Nickelodeon and its preschool-targeted network, Nick Jr. …
Gabe Stutman / J.:
Stanford therapists allege ‘hostile climate’ for Jews in the workplace  —  Two Jewish mental health professionals at Stanford's on-campus counseling clinic have filed workplace discrimination complaints after what they call “severe and persistent” anti-Jewish harassment from colleagues.
Julius Young / Fox News:
Michael Costello shares ‘unhealed trauma,’ says he had suicidal thoughts after alleged Chrissy Teigen bullying  —  The ‘Project Runway’ star claimed Teigen allegedly followed through on threats to end his career  —  Fox News Flash top entertainment headlines for June 14
Discussion: The Wrap, Medium, CNN and The Daily Caller
 
 
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Joel Burgess / The Asheville Citizen Times:
Madison Cawthorn lead staffer makes $127,000 despite no experience, Republican source says
Discussion: The Root, Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
James D. Walsh / New York Magazine:
Wall Street's Favorite DA Candidate Donated $8.2 Million to Her Own Campaign
Discussion: The Intercept, THE CITY and Gothamist
Jeff Dunetz / The Lid:
If Netanyahu Studied Godfather Movies He Might Still Be Prime Minister
Discussion: HotAir
Ben Jealous / The Nation:
The Right's War on History and Truth
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Patrick McGreevy / Yahoo News:
California offers $100 million to rescue its struggling legal marijuana industry
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Revolver:
Unindicted Co-Conspirators in 1/6 Cases Raise Disturbing Questions of Federal Foreknowledge
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Call it authoritarianism  —  The Republican Party has embraced an agenda that rigs the rules in their favor.
The White House:
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