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11:40 PM ET, June 15, 2021

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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 …
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
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Trump Pressed Official to Wield Justice Dept. to Back Election Claims
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 …
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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 …
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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.
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Jon Stewart's rant is a reminder: Don't rely on celebrities for covid-19 theories  —  It seems like a long time ago now, but Jon Stewart used to be an immensely important figure sitting at the place where politics and pop culture meet; he turned “The Daily Show” into a hit …
Discussion: IndieWire
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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.
Thomas Barrabi / Fox News:
Former CDC director Redfield explains why he believes COVID-19 emerged from lab, WHO ‘compromised’
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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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.
Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Washington Post:
Southern Baptists elect Ed Litton as their president, a defeat for the hard right  —  NASHVILLE — The Southern Baptist Convention elected Ed Litton as its president on Tuesday, signaling a defeat for the hard right within the nation's largest Protestant denomination.
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: Forbes
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CNN:
Congressional Gold Medal vote for January 6 police officers overwhelmingly passes House as 21 Republicans vote no
Discussion: NBC News and Denver Post
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
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.
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 …
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Hans Nichols / Axios:
Biden names first political ambassadors, including for Israel and Mexico
Discussion: New York Times and The Hill
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
NY Mayoral Candidate Maya Wiley Hosted Event With Anti-Semite Dropped From Women's March  —  Event with activist Linda Sarsour could hinder Wiley's rise in polls  —  New York City mayoral candidate Maya Wiley (D.) hosted an event for anti-Semitic activist Linda Sarsour in 2017, calling her …
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Jeffery C. Mays / New York Times:
Battle for Black Voters in N.Y.C. Mayor's Race Centers on Policing
Discussion: HotAir
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.
Tammy Bruce / Washington Times:
At G7, Biden is slow, confused and seemingly dazed  —  Confusing Libya with Syria no less than three times, the president's slip-ups have national security implications  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  —  “I'm going to get in trouble with mom and dad if I don't do this the right way ... ” …
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.
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 …
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
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
Glen Johnson / Axios:
First person: What I learned in the room with Vladimir Putin  —  I had the rare opportunity to watch Vladimir Putin in action during my four-year stint serving as a senior communications aide to former Secretary of State John Kerry.  —  Why it matters: From his timing to his baiting techniques …
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.”
Washington Post:
In new letter, Democratic Rep. Cuellar urges Harris to travel to the border  —  Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Tex.) sent a letter to Vice President Harris on Tuesday urging her to visit the southern border with him and telling her that an increase in migrants has caused “severe burdens” …
Pam Belluck / New York Times:
Many Post-Covid Patients Are Experiencing New Medical Problems, Study Finds  —  An analysis of health insurance records of almost two million coronavirus patients found new issues in nearly a quarter — including those whose Covid infection was mild or asymptomatic.
Discussion: HotAir and Deseret News
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.
Jason Rantz / MyNorthwest.com:
Rantz: Seattle cops forced to give personal texts, financial records to city under termination threat  —  Six Seattle police officers who attended President Donald Trump's January 6 speech are being forced to prove their innocence during an investigation.  And if they don't submit personal documents to the city, they face termination.
Discussion: Townhall
Ed Z / Ed Zitron's Where's Your Ed At:
Newsrooms Need To Treat Coordinated Online Attacks On Reporters Like Propaganda - And Act Like They're At War  —  The latest in the near-endless flow of bad faith attacks on the media erupted last week in a coordinated attack on New York Times reporter Mara Gay.
 
 
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Olafimihan Oshin / The Hill:
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Luis Ferré-Sadurní / New York Times:
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New York Times:
The F.D.A. Has Reached a New Low
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David Harsanyi / National Review:
The Myth of Unprecedented Republican Obstructionism
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How a Democratic Supermajority Confirmed a Tough-On-Crime Prosecutor to New York's Top Court
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Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Proud Boys descended into dysfunction and finger-pointing as members were arrested in US Capitol riot, new messages show
Discussion: The Daily Beast
New York Times:
Cuomo's Inner Circle Raised Money for Aide Who Was Convicted of Bribery
Discussion: New York Post
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Saudi embassy has helped its citizens facing criminal charges flee the United States
Jonathan Tamari / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Pa. Congresswoman Madeleine Dean won't run for Senate, further shaping 2022 Democratic primary
Discussion: The Hill