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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 …
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 …
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Emails reveal Trump pressured top DOJ officials to overturn election results
Discussion: 89.3 KPCC
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: Twitchy and Raw Story
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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.
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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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Biden to Nominate 5 More Judges  —  The Biden administration is set to on Tuesday announce a fourth round of judicial nominations, including a New York appeals court nominee with an expertise in voting rights — an issue likely to occupy the courts in coming months.
Discussion: Politico and Washington Times
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The White House:   President Biden Announces 4th Slate of Judicial Nominations
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Senate confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson to be judge on powerful appeals court
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
White House to Democrats: Get ready to go it alone on infrastructure  —  White House officials told House Democrats Tuesday to get ready to go it alone on infrastructure, setting the stage for party leaders to tap an obscure budget procedure to move President Biden's top domestic priority without Republican support.
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Politico:
Republicans plot an infrastructure 2-step: Spend more, then kill Biden's agenda
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Two more Democrats signal opposition to bipartisan infrastructure deal
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.
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 New Neo
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CNA / Catholic News Agency:
Meeting between Pope Francis and President Biden did not happen
Talal Ansari / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Covid-19 Deaths Top 600,000  —  Seven-day average of daily deaths has significantly dropped in recent months  —  The number of confirmed U.S. deaths from Covid-19 surpassed 600,000 on Tuesday.  —  The milestone follows a significant slowdown in all Covid-19 metrics after a winter surge …
Discussion: NPR, HotAir, Metro.co.uk, KVIA-TV and Joe.My.God.
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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.
The White House:
FACT SHEET: National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism … On his first full day in office, President Biden directed his national security team to lead a 100-day comprehensive review of U.S. Government efforts to address domestic terrorism, which has evolved into the most urgent terrorism threat the United States faces today.
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Anita Kumar / Politico:
Not friends, few benefits: Biden to take ‘calculated risk’ in Putin summit  —  The president has been criticized for his long-anticipated meeting with the Russian leader.  But he and his team think it's well worth it.  —  President Joe Biden steps off Air Force One at Geneva Airport in Geneva, Switzerland.
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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 …
Institute of Politics and Public Service:
Battleground Poll  —  The Battleground Poll is a national bipartisan survey that has been reliably measuring political opinion among registered voters in the United States for nearly thirty years.  Produced by Republican strategist Ed Goeas of The Tarrance Group and Democratic strategist Celinda Lake …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
Colin Woodard / Press Herald:
Ex-Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, now a Mainer, marched on the Capitol on Jan. 6  —  The former Californian, who's been called 'Putin's favorite congressman,' said he participated to protest the ‘stolen election’ but urged fellow protesters not to storm the Capitol.  —  POLITICS
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.
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
Erin Douglas / The Texas Tribune:
Texas' main power grid operator urges reduced electricity use through Friday due to “tight grid conditions”  —  The Electric Reliability Council of Texas says a large number of power plants are offline, but it could not provide details as to what may be causing the “very concerning” number of outages.
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Former Trump officials help Biden with Putin summit prep  —  The previously unreported session demonstrates the extent to which Biden wants to be well prepared.
Discussion: The Hill, NBC News, Тел …, Insider and CNN
Revolver:
Unindicted Co-Conspirators in 1/6 Cases Raise Disturbing Questions of Federal Foreknowledge  —  Experience Revolver without ads … Of all the questions asked, words spoken, and ink spilled on the so-called “Capitol Siege” of January 6, 2021, none hold the key to the entire event quite …
 
 
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Lara Seligman / Politico:
Pentagon considering permanent naval task force to counter China in the Pacific
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Patrick McGreevy / Yahoo News:
California offers $100 million to rescue its struggling legal marijuana industry
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Gabe Stutman / J.:
Stanford therapists allege ‘hostile climate’ for Jews in the workplace
Noah Smith / Noahpinion:
The terrific triviality of Twitter
Andrew Oxford / Arizona Republic:
People impersonating election officials are knocking on doors in Yavapai County, sheriff warns
Discussion: Raw Story and Election Law Blog
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Call it authoritarianism  —  The Republican Party has embraced an agenda that rigs the rules in their favor.
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American Greatness:
Who Let Capitol Protesters Into the Building on January 6?
Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
Feds Investigating Chinese Spies' Return to US Ahead of COVID Travel Ban
Discussion: Instapundit
Amir Tibon / Haaretz:
What Nikki Haley Got Very Wrong in Her Meeting With Netanyahu
Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
White House to host July 4 ‘independence from virus’ bash
Discussion: ABC News, Breitbart and Forbes
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Out-of-Touch Media Elites Are Ignoring Working-Class Biden Voters
David Siders / Politico:
Why Mike Lindell Can't Stop
Discussion: Raw Story