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9:40 AM 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 …
Discussion: HotAir and Talking Points Memo
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: Insider, Bloomberg and CNBC
Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
Biden Wants To Beef Up Its Ranks Of Prosecutors, Analysts, And Agents To Combat Domestic Terrorism  —  The White House on Tuesday released its much-anticipated plan for countering domestic terrorism, what President Joe Biden has called the most urgent threat the United States faces today and a “stain on the soul of America.”
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and UPI
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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.
The White House:
Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on the National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism
Discussion: New York Times
Washington Post:   Biden's domestic terrorism strategy details unprecedented focus on homegrown threats
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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Stephen Collinson / CNN:
McConnell haunts Democrats with new threat to block Biden court nominee
Discussion: New York Post and IJR
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, Associated Press, Forbes and WTOP
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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: Insider and Raw Story
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: Raw Story
Politico:
Republicans plot an infrastructure 2-step: Spend more, then kill Biden's agenda  —  Senate Republicans are mulling support for a massive amount of new spending on infrastructure — in part because they think it'll help kill President Joe Biden's liberal agenda.
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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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
Amir Tibon / Haaretz:
What Nikki Haley Got Very Wrong in Her Meeting With Netanyahu  —  Netanyahu hosted Haley in the prime minister's residence, where he is currently a guest.  She described him as if he's still the country's leader.  Together, they showed a lack of respect toward Israel's new government  —  Zen Read
Discussion: The Western Journal
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Anshel Pfeffer / Haaretz:   Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid awaiting President Reuven Rivlin for the official governing coalition earlier today.Credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND - AFP
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
Financial Times:
Biden, Putin and the new era of information warfare … The homepage of Global Research, a Canadian website that bills itself as an independent research and media organisation, is universally bleak about the prospects of western-made Covid-19 vaccines.  —  “Covid-19 Vaccines lead to new Infections …
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.
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
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 …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Republicans Now Want to ‘Audit’ Election Results in States That Trump Won  —  Questioning the results of the states where Biden triumphed?  That's old news.  The new hotness in GOP circles is to review the votes in states where Trump came out on top.  —  The Arizona state senate's haphazard …
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
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Out-of-Touch Media Elites Are Ignoring Working-Class Biden Voters  —  In the primary's early days, the media treated him like an afterthought.  At cocktail parties in Martha's Vineyard and happy hours in the East Village, economic and cultural elites agreed that the candidate was more of a has-been …
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.
BBC:
Beijing tells Nato to stop hyping up China threat  —  China has accused Nato of slandering its peaceful development after alliance leaders warned about “systemic challenges” coming from Beijing.  —  China's actions, including expanding its nuclear arsenal, threatened “rules-based international order”, Nato said.
Discussion: Al Jazeera and Breitbart
 
 
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Associated Press:
US military guns keep vanishing, some used in street crimes
Gerard Baker / Wall Street Journal:
Jeffrey Toobin, the ‘1619 Project’ and the Journalistic Reign of Error
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 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: OpenSecrets.org
Radley Balko / Washington Post:
The bogus backlash against progressive prosecutors
William Bredderman / The Daily Beast:
Gohmert Swears $5,500 ‘Donation’ to Holocaust Denier Was a Mistake
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
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
Discussion: The Big Picture
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
There's not going to be a post-presidency revelation that submarines Trump
Discussion: Raw Story, CNN and Power Line
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
America's contest of nightmares isn't even close
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story