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7:30 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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Merrick Garland seems to operate as though the last four years didn't happen
Discussion: Reuters, CNN and New York Times
Rick Hasen / Election Law Blog:
Ludicrous, Audacious, and Incredibly Dangerous: Read the Draft “Bill of Complaint” …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Trump and House committee still at loggerheads over tax records
Discussion: CBS News
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.
Discussion: Twitchy
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.
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
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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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.
Alana Wise / NPR:
Senate Unanimously Approves A Bill To Make Juneteenth A Public Holiday  —  The Senate unanimously approved a bill Tuesday that would make Juneteenth, the date commemorating the end of chattel slavery in the United States, a legal public holiday.  —  The holiday is celebrated on June 19 …
Discussion: CNN, The 19th and HuffPost
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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
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.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
MacKenzie Scott / Medium:
Seeding by Ceding  —  Sitting down to write this post, I felt stuck.  I want to de-emphasize privileged voices and cede focus to others, yet I know some media stories will focus on wealth.  The headline I would wish for this post is “286 Teams Empowering Voices the World Needs to Hear.”
Aja Romano / Vox:
The backlash against In the Heights, explained  —  The new film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway show relegated its Black Latinx community to the background and sparked a debate about colorism.  —  Despite an early onslaught of critical praise, the highly anticipated film adaptation …
Discussion: The Guardian, USA Today and Althouse
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
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Trump Executive Could Face Charges as Soon as This Summer  —  An investigation into Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organization's finance chief, appears to be heading into its final stages as prosecutors increase pressure on him.  —  The Manhattan district attorney's office appears to have entered …
Gabe Stutman / J.:
Stanford therapists allege ‘hostile climate’ for Jews in the workplace  —  Two Jewish mental health professionals at Stanford's on-campus counseling clinic have filed workplace discrimination complaints after what they call “severe and persistent” anti-Jewish harassment from colleagues.
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 …
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
Politico:
‘Shocking failure’: Pentagon and FBI come under fire for Jan. 6 response  —  Days before the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, social media company Parler flagged dozens of worrying messages to the FBI — warnings that appeared to go unanswered.  —  “Don't be surprised if we take the Capitol building …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and CNN
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Proud Boys descended into dysfunction and finger-pointing as members were arrested in US Capitol riot, new messages show  —  Washington (CNN)A private Proud Boys audio chat that was made public Tuesday shows how the right-wing group fell into dysfunction and finger-pointing as its members got arrested after the US Capitol riot.
John R. Ellement Globe / The Boston Globe:
Death penalty should be reinstated for Tsarnaev in Boston Marathon bombings case, Biden administration tells US Supreme Court  —  The Biden administration is asking the US Supreme Court to reinstate the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for the Boston Marathon terror bombings that killed three people and wounded hundreds more.
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.
The White House:
President Biden Announces 4th Slate of Judicial Nominations  —  As he continues to move at an historic pace with respect to judicial nominees, the President is announcing five new candidates for the federal bench and two new candidates for District of Columbia courts, all of whom …
James D. Walsh / New York Magazine:
Wall Street's Favorite DA Candidate Donated $8.2 Million to Her Own Campaign  —  Candidates vying to succeed Cyrus Vance, Jr. as Manhattan district attorney filed their final campaign-finance disclosure reports last week, and one candidate “outraised” the field by a jaw-dropping sum.
Discussion: The Intercept, THE CITY and Gothamist
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.
 
 
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Andrew Purcell / Reprieve:
Saudi Arabia executes Mustafa al-Darwish for teenage protests
Discussion: Al Jazeera
David Harsanyi / National Review:
The Myth of Unprecedented Republican Obstructionism
New York Times:
Cuomo's Inner Circle Raised Money for Aide Who Was Convicted of Bribery
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Schumer to trigger reconciliation process on Wednesday
 Earlier Items: 
Jeff Dunetz / The Lid:
If Netanyahu Studied Godfather Movies He Might Still Be Prime Minister
Discussion: HotAir
Megan Basham / The Daily Wire:
Nickelodeon Ratings Crash Amid LGBTQ Push
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.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
The White House:
FACT SHEET: National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism