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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 …
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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Ross Hunt / The American Mind:
Fighting Critical Race Theory, One Door at a Time
Lis Power / Media Matters for America:
Fox has mentioned “critical race theory” nearly 1,300 times in the past 3.5 months
Discussion: Insider and New Republic
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.
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Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
New Book Publisher Caters to Conservative Voices It Says Are Being Silenced
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
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.
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Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Senate confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson to be judge on powerful appeals court
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Mitch McConnell plays his Supreme Court card
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 …
Discussion: Missouri Independent
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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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Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
Biden Wants To Beef Up Its Ranks Of Prosecutors, Analysts, And Agents To Combat Domestic Terrorism
Discussion: CNN, UPI and The Hill
The White House:
Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on the National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism
Discussion: New York Times
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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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.
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 …
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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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
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 …
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
Andrew Oxford / Arizona Republic:
People impersonating election officials are knocking on doors in Yavapai County, sheriff warns  —  People are knocking on the doors of Yavapai County residents and asking how they voted in the last election, while falsely claiming to represent the county recorder's office, sheriff's office officials said.
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.  There's a name for that behavior.  —  American democracy is in a bad way, and the Republican Party is the reason why.  —  Blocking an inquiry into the January 6 attack on the Capitol …
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 …
Noah Smith / Noahpinion:
The terrific triviality of Twitter  —  Twitter strikes fear into the heart of millions.  But how much real power does it have?  —  8 hr ago  —  Anyone who's read my writing over the years knows that I have this weird obsession with Twitter.  I've come to believe that Twitter …
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.
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
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
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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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
Bryan Bender / Politico:
Get your earmarks in  —  PROGRAMMING NOTE: Morning Defense will not publish on Friday June 18.
Discussion: Defense One
American Greatness:
Who Let Capitol Protesters Into the Building on January 6?
Financial Times:
Biden, Putin and the new era of information warfare
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
A Song of Wolves and Whales
Discussion: RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE
Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
White House to host July 4 ‘independence from virus’ bash
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Out-of-Touch Media Elites Are Ignoring Working-Class Biden Voters
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Issues & Insights:
California Gov. Newsom Releases His Political Prisoners
Discussion: RedState and Instapundit
Wall Street Journal:
University Vaccine Mandates Violate Medical Ethics
Discussion: TheBlaze
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Pompeo builds national profile with new political group
Matthew A. Winkler / Bloomberg:
California Defies Doom With No. 1 U.S. Economy
Discussion: Twitchy and The Big Picture
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Schumer apologizes after using outdated term for disabled children during housing interview
Teny Sahakian / Fox News:
North Korean defector says ‘even North Korea was not this nuts’ after attending Ivy League school