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5:55 PM 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 …
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 …
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
New emails detail Trump's efforts to have Justice Department take up his false election-fraud claims  —  President Donald Trump's staff began sending emails to Jeffrey Rosen, the No. 2 at the Justice Department, asking him to embrace Trump's claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election …
Rick Hasen / Election Law Blog:   Ludicrous, Audacious, and Incredibly Dangerous: Read the Draft “Bill of Complaint” …
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Trump and House committee still at loggerheads over tax records
Discussion: CBS News
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.
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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 …
Discussion: Salon, Raw Story and Twitchy
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
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
Politico:   Top Trump officials pushed the Covid-19 lab-leak theory. Investigators had doubts.
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Former CDC director: That Jon Stewart fellow is on the right track about COVID-19 origin, you know
Discussion: The Spectator World and Twitchy
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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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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Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
McConnell presses for ‘actual consequences’ in disclosure of tax data
Discussion: Insider, Washington Post and Jacobin
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.
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.
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 …
CNN:
‘Potential red flag’: Trump struggles to clear Senate GOP fields  —  (CNN)A growing number of GOP Senate contenders are spurning former President Donald Trump's wishes with campaigns that defy his criticism or ignore his support of a rival, as the Republican Party debates his role in its future.
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David Jackson / USA Today:
Donald Trump plans to hold first post-presidential rallies in Ohio, Florida in coming weeks
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 Federalist and The New Neo
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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 …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Two more Democrats signal opposition to bipartisan infrastructure deal
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Forbes
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.
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
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Politico's top editor leaving for NBC  —  Politico's top editor Carrie Budoff Brown is joining NBC in a high-level executive position at the network that includes overseeing the “Meet the Press” franchise, sources familiar with the discussions tell Axios.  —  Why it matters …
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.
Joel Burgess / The Asheville Citizen Times:
Madison Cawthorn lead staffer makes $127,000 despite no experience, Republican source says  —  The top staffer for Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina makes the equivalent of a $127,111 annual salary despite having no background in government and little other work experience except …
Discussion: The Root, Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
Local Fox Reporter: I Got Fired After My On-Air Project Veritas Stunt  —  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 …
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.
Megan Basham / The Daily Wire:
Nickelodeon Ratings Crash Amid LGBTQ Push  —  There's growing evidence that Nickelodeon's hard push to promote the LGBTQ agenda to children is having a negative impact on the network's ratings.  —  In the last two weeks, both Nickelodeon and its preschool-targeted network, Nick Jr. …
 
 
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Politico:
‘Shocking failure’: Pentagon and FBI come under fire for Jan. 6 response
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
MacKenzie Scott / Medium:
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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
Jeff Dunetz / The Lid:
If Netanyahu Studied Godfather Movies He Might Still Be Prime Minister
Discussion: HotAir
Ben Jealous / The Nation:
The Right's War on History and Truth
 Earlier Items: 
Alexandra Kelley / The Hill:
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The White House:
President Biden Announces 4th Slate of Judicial Nominations
Gabe Stutman / J.:
Stanford therapists allege ‘hostile climate’ for Jews in the workplace
Revolver:
Unindicted Co-Conspirators in 1/6 Cases Raise Disturbing Questions of Federal Foreknowledge
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Call it authoritarianism  —  The Republican Party has embraced an agenda that rigs the rules in their favor.
The White House:
FACT SHEET: National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism