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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 …
Discussion: HotAir
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 …
Discussion: Bloomberg, Insider and CNBC
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Senate confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson to be judge on powerful appeals court  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Monday to confirm President Joe Biden's nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  —  The vote was 53-44.
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Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Mitch McConnell plays his Supreme Court card  —  (CNN)If President Joe Biden wants to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, he had better hope a seat opens up between now and the end of 2022.  —  That's the unmistakeable message sent by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) …
Clare Foran / CNN:
McConnell says ‘highly unlikely’ he would let Biden fill a Supreme Court vacancy in 2024 if GOP wins back Senate
New York Times:
U.S. and E.U. Agree to Suspend Feud Over Aid for Airbus and Boeing  —  The agreement, coming as President Biden prepares to meet European leaders, ends a 17-year dispute over aircraft subsidies.  —  BRUSSELS — President Biden on Tuesday announced the end of a bitter, 17-year dispute …
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Silvia Amaro / CNBC:   U.S. and EU resolve 17-year Boeing-Airbus dispute
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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 …
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
America's contest of nightmares isn't even close
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas:
Cotton, McConnell, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Defund 1619 Project Curriculum
Discussion: Townhall
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Finds Out How Bad the Holocaust Was  —  MTG, WTF  —  Last month, QAnon believer and freshman GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene appeared on a conservative podcast, where she compared the COVID-19 safety protocols put in place by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi …
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Rep. Greene apologizes for comparing face masks to Holocaust, but stands by comparison of Democrats to Nazi party
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
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.
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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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The White House:
Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on the National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
David Siders / Politico:
Why Mike Lindell Can't Stop  —  CHASKA, Minn.—  One day in mid-May, after a rally in South Dakota to promote his new website, Mike Lindell, the pillow magnate and indefatigable election-conspiracy promoter, barreled into his company headquarters, sat himself down at a long table …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Stephen Rodrick / Rolling Stone:
Diamond and Sulk: A Weekend With Mike Lindell and the MAGA Zombies
Discussion: Insider, Washington Times and Raw Story
Teny Sahakian / Fox News:
North Korean defector says ‘even North Korea was not this nuts’ after attending Ivy League school  —  Yeonmi Park escaped the oppressive regime in 2007 at the age of 13  —  'America's future is as bleak as North Korea' says defector after attending Columbia
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Pompeo builds national profile with new political group  —  Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is launching an organization to support Republican candidates in the 2022 midterm elections and build his national political profile, as the GOP ponders its future after the Trump administration.
Discussion: The Hill and National Review
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Schumer apologizes after using outdated term for disabled children during housing interview  —  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer apologized on Monday for using an outmoded word to refer to developmentally disabled children during a recent podcast appearance.
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.
New York Times:
Is Bill de Blasio Secretly Backing Eric Adams for Mayor?  —  The mayor is not making a public endorsement in the primary race, but he is believed to favor Mr. Adams, the Brooklyn borough president.  —  It was one of the more memorable moments in the New York City mayor's race …
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org
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Michael Hendrix / City Journal:
Rounding the Turn  —  The state of New York's mayoral race, as the June 22 primary approaches
Discussion: Politico and New York Post
Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
White House to host July 4 ‘independence from virus’ bash  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Cue the fireworks.  —  President Joe Biden wants to imbue Independence Day with new meaning this year by encouraging nationwide celebrations to mark the country's effective return to normalcy after 16 months of coronavirus pandemic disruption.
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
The Health 202: The pandemic books are here.  We read them.  —  As the first big wave of coronavirus books arrives, it's shedding new light on the outbreak — and raising questions when those stories conflict.  —  The pandemic literary moment is hard to miss, with reporters, pundits and politicians afflicted by book contracts.
Discussion: New York Times and MSN
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 …
William Bredderman / The Daily Beast:
Gohmert Swears $5,500 ‘Donation’ to Holocaust Denier Was a Mistake  —  GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert's campaign gave $5,500 to “ministries” linked to anti-gay, anti-Semitic preacher Steve Anderson. … Rep. Louie Gohmert celebrated New Year's Eve 2020 by dropping several thousand dollars …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
 
 
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Holmes Lybrand / CNN:
Fact-checking Sen. Ron Johnson's continued efforts to mislead on Covid-19 and January 6 insurrection
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Matthew A. Winkler / Bloomberg:
California Defies Doom With No. 1 U.S. Economy
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
There's not going to be a post-presidency revelation that submarines Trump
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