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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’  —  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
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: CNN, Daily Kos, The 19th and HuffPost
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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: The Hill
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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 …
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
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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
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
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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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
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: CNN, Politico and Talking Points Memo
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.”
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 …
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.
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
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
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 …
New York Times:
Israeli Planes Bomb Gaza Just Days Into New Government  —  After a day of rising tensions, which saw a far-right march in Jerusalem and incendiary balloons launched from Gaza, Israel's new coalition government ordered airstrikes against Hamas.  —  JERUSALEM — The Israeli military …
Discussion: Associated Press, Al Jazeera and PIX11
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 …
David Harsanyi / National Review:
The Myth of Unprecedented Republican Obstructionism  —  Political parties might be right or wrong, but only one clamors to blow up the rules every time they don't get their way.  —  he political media have spent the entire Joe Biden presidency up to this point pressuring holdout moderate Democrats …
John R. Ellement Globe / The Boston Globe:
Death penalty should be reinstated for Tsarnaev in Boston Marathon bombings case, Biden administration tells US Supreme Court  —  The Biden administration is asking the US Supreme Court to reinstate the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for the Boston Marathon terror bombings that killed three people and wounded hundreds more.
 
 
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Shawn Hubler / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Proud Boys descended into dysfunction and finger-pointing as members were arrested in US Capitol riot, new messages show
Washington Post:
Trump administration's hunt for pandemic ‘lab leak’ went down many paths and came up with no smoking gun
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Times
Joel Burgess / The Asheville Citizen Times:
Madison Cawthorn lead staffer makes $127,000 despite no experience, Republican source says
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