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9:30 PM ET, June 15, 2021

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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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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 …
Rick Hasen / Election Law Blog:
Ludicrous, Audacious, and Incredibly Dangerous: Read the Draft “Bill of Complaint” That President Trump Pressured the Department of Justice to File to Steal and Overturn the 2020 Presidential Election  —  It begins on page 33 of these documents released by the House Oversight Committee.
House Committee on Oversight and Reform:
New Documents Show Trump Repeatedly Pressed DOJ to Overturn Election Results Before Inciting Capitol Attack
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Merrick Garland seems to operate as though the last four years didn't happen
Discussion: CNN, Reuters and New York Times
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
New emails detail Trump's efforts to have Justice Department take up his false election-fraud claims
New York Times:
Trump Executive Could Face Charges as Soon as This Summer  —  An investigation into Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organization's finance chief, appears to be heading into its final stages as prosecutors increase pressure on him.  —  The Manhattan district attorney's office appears to have entered …
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.
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’
Politico:
Top Trump officials pushed the Covid-19 lab-leak theory. Investigators had doubts.
Discussion: Twitchy
Alana Wise / NPR:
Senate Unanimously Approves A Bill To Make Juneteenth A Public Holiday  —  The Senate unanimously approved a bill Tuesday that would make Juneteenth, the date commemorating the end of chattel slavery in the United States, a legal public holiday.  —  The holiday is celebrated on June 19 …
Discussion: Daily Kos, The 19th and HuffPost
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Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Sen. John Barrasso: GOP aiming to make Biden a ‘half-term president’  —  A member of Senate Republican leadership is vowing to make President Joe Biden a “one-half-term president” by toppling Democrats' congressional majorities in the 2022 midterms.  —  Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming …
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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.
The Daily Beast:
Wait, This Is Why a Local Fox Reporter Sabotaged Her Career?  —  Ivory Hecker told The Daily Beast on Tuesday that she's been terminated after claiming on-air that the station has “muzzled” her. … Fox 26 Houston general assignment reporter Ivory Hecker said Tuesday that she has been fired …
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
BBC:
Israel strikes in Gaza after arson balloons launched  —  Israel says it has launched air strikes against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, after incendiary balloons were launched from the territory.  —  Explosions were heard in Gaza City in the early hours of Wednesday.
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Politico:
‘Shocking failure’: Pentagon and FBI come under fire for Jan. 6 response  —  Days before the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, social media company Parler flagged dozens of worrying messages to the FBI — warnings that appeared to go unanswered.  —  “Don't be surprised if we take the Capitol building …
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Luke Broadwater / New York Times:
F.B.I. Is Pursuing ‘Hundreds’ in Capitol Riot Inquiry, Wray Tells Congress
Discussion: CNN and TheBlaze
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Biden names first political ambassadors, including for Israel and Mexico  —  President Biden announced his first slate of political ambassadors Tuesday, naming five political allies and donors, as well as four career foreign service officers.  —  Why it matters: Biden's announcement …
Discussion: New York Times and The Hill
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
21 House Republicans vote against awarding Congressional Gold Medal to all police officers who responded on Jan. 6  —  Twenty-one House Republicans on Tuesday voted against awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to all police officers who responded to the Jan. 6 violent attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Forbes
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Eileen Drage O'Reilly / Axios:
Some Americans were infected with COVID in December 2019  —  The National Institutes of Health said Tuesday morning that testing of samples from an ongoing study of Americans show a very limited number of cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in five U.S. states as early as Jan. 7, 2020.
Ryan Dailey / WJXT-TV:
DeSantis signs bill to require daily school moment of silence  —  TALLAHASSEE - Touting the measure as a way of allowing students to “reflect and be able to pray as they see fit,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed a bill that will require public schools to hold moments of silence at the beginning of each day.
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Michael Gartland / New York Daily News:
Hillary Clinton endorses Tali Farhadian Weinstein for Manhattan DA  —  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Tuesday she's backing Tali Farhadian Weinstein's run for Manhattan district attorney — a big coup in a crowded field that has focused much of their attention on criminal justice reform.
Discussion: The Hill and New York Magazine
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.
Jeffery C. Mays / New York Times:
Battle for Black Voters in N.Y.C. Mayor's Race Centers on Policing  —  As New York's Democratic primary nears, Black voters appear torn between Eric Adams and Maya Wiley and their divergent views on balancing public safety and civil rights.  —  With concerns rising over violent crime in New York City …
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Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:   NY Mayoral Candidate Maya Wiley Hosted Event With Anti-Semite Dropped From Women's March
Aja Romano / Vox:
The backlash against In the Heights, explained  —  The new film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway show relegated its Black Latinx community to the background and sparked a debate about colorism.  —  Despite an early onslaught of critical praise, the highly anticipated film adaptation …
Andrew Purcell / Reprieve:
Saudi Arabia executes Mustafa al-Darwish for teenage protests  —  In a statement this morning, Saudi Arabia's Ministry of the Interior announced that Mustafa Hashem al-Darwish has been executed.  His family received no advance notice, and found out Mustafa had been executed by reading the news online.
Discussion: Al Jazeera
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
Discussion: Politico and Defense One
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Saudi embassy has helped its citizens facing criminal charges flee the United States  —  On the night of Oct. 13, 2018, Raekwon Moore was stabbed during a street fight with two strangers in the popular Uptown district of Greenville, N.C. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he died.
MacKenzie Scott / Medium:
Seeding by Ceding  —  Sitting down to write this post, I felt stuck.  I want to de-emphasize privileged voices and cede focus to others, yet I know some media stories will focus on wealth.  The headline I would wish for this post is “286 Teams Empowering Voices the World Needs to Hear.”
Wall Street Journal:
Medical-Debt Charity to Buy, Wipe Out $278 Million of Patients' Hospital Bills  —  Deal between Ballad Health and RIP Medical Debt shows the gaps in the financial-aid programs of nonprofit hospitals  —  A national charity will for the first time buy medical debt, totaling $278 million …
Discussion: Insider
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Proud Boys descended into dysfunction and finger-pointing as members were arrested in US Capitol riot, new messages show  —  Washington (CNN)A private Proud Boys audio chat that was made public Tuesday shows how the right-wing group fell into dysfunction and finger-pointing as its members got arrested after the US Capitol riot.
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.
Brett Tingley / The Drive:
Check Out The Anti-Drone Weapons Carried By Security At Biden's Meeting In Brussels … Images shared to social media show Belgian security forces wielding a combination of handheld anti-drone weapons to protect a meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and King Philippe of Belgium held on Monday, June 14.
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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New York Times:
The F.D.A. Has Reached a New Low
Discussion: HotAir
U.S. Department of Justice:
Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Remarks: Domestic Terrorism Policy Address
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Biden ‘greatly expands’ number of Central American children eligible to apply for asylum in U.S.
Discussion: CBS News
David Harsanyi / National Review:
The Myth of Unprecedented Republican Obstructionism
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
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Politico's top editor leaving for NBC
Megan Basham / The Daily Wire:
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Jonathan Tamari / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Pa. Congresswoman Madeleine Dean won't run for Senate, further shaping 2022 Democratic primary
Discussion: The Hill