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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
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
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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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.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: What Marjorie Taylor Greene did not apologize for  —  By Patricia Murphy - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Greg Bluestein - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tia Mitchell - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution … Marjorie Taylor Greene has been called on to apologize many times before.
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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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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 …
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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
American Greatness:
Who Let Capitol Protesters Into the Building on January 6?  —  By contradicting the groupthink on January 6, Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) is taking fire from the usual suspects while most of his Senate colleagues remain silent.  —  Judge Amit Mehta thinks no one let protesters into the Capitol building on January 6.
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
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 …
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Michael Pompeo / Fox News:
Mike Pompeo: Biden-Putin meeting - from cyber attacks to energy policy, president must stand up to Russia
Discussion: CBS News and NBC News
 
 
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Discussion: RedState and Instapundit
Wall Street Journal:
University Vaccine Mandates Violate Medical Ethics
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Pompeo builds national profile with new political group
Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
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Matthew A. Winkler / Bloomberg:
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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