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New York Times:
New York Suspends Giuliani's Law License  —  A state appellate court concluded that as Donald J. Trump's personal lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani, had lied about election fraud.  —  A New York appellate court suspended Rudolph W. Giuliani's law license on Thursday after a disciplinary panel found that he made …
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ABC News:
Rudy Giuliani suspended from practice of law in New York  —  A New York court has suspended Giuliani's law license on an interim basis.  —  A New York court has suspended the law license of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, citing in part his work as counsel to former President Donald Trump.
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Breaking: Giuliani suspended from practicing law in New York
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Washington Post:
Inside the extraordinary effort to save Trump from covid-19  —  His illness was more severe than the White House acknowledged at the time.  Advisers thought it would alter his response to the pandemic.  They were wrong.  —  This article is adapted from “Nightmare Scenario …
Discussion: The Hill, The Sun, Forbes, Insider and Raw Story
Politico:
Biden endorses Senate's bipartisan infrastructure agreement  —  President Joe Biden on Thursday endorsed the bipartisan infrastructure framework clinched by 10 senators, appearing alongside them at the White House to declare “we have a deal.”  —  The Senate's nascent infrastructure deal faced …
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CNN:
Biden: ‘We have a deal’ on infrastructure with bipartisan group of senators  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden said Thursday he has agreed to a deal on infrastructure with a bipartisan group of senators after White House officials and the senators had a massive breakthrough the night before in their infrastructure negotiations.
The White House:
FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces Support for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework
Discussion: Insider
ProPublica:
Lord of the Roths: How Tech Mogul Peter Thiel Turned a Retirement Account for the Middle Class Into a $5 Billion Tax-Free Piggy Bank  —  The Secret IRS Files  —  Billionaire Peter Thiel, a founder of PayPal, has publicly condemned “confiscatory taxes.”  He's been a major funder …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Washington Examiner
Jonathan H. Adler / Reason:
Does a New Florida Law Require State Universities to Monitor Faculty and Student Beliefs?  —  Why is straight reporting on educational reform measures so difficult.  —  “Florida Gov signs law requiring students, faculty be asked to declare their political beliefs,” blares a headline from The Hill.
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Brett Bachman / Salon:
DeSantis signs bill requiring Florida students, professors to register political views with state  —  Universities may lose funding if staff and students' beliefs do not satisfy Florida's GOP-run legislature  —  Public universities in Florida will be required to survey both faculty and students …
Discussion: Axios, Talking Points Memo and PennLive
Washington Post:
Pelosi announces a select committee will investigate Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Thursday that the House will form a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob …
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Politico:
Pelosi announces select committee will investigate Jan. 6 attack  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday she would create a new committee to investigate what she said are “many questions” about the events leading up to the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, and the federal response to that day.
Winston Marshall:
Why I'm Leaving Mumford & Sons  —  I loved those first tours.  Bouncing off a sweaty stage in an Edinburgh catacomb we then had to get to a gig in Camden by lunch the next day.  We couldn't fit all four of us and Ted's double-bass into the VW Polo.  I think it was Ben who drew the short-straw …
Lee Drutman / Democracy Fund Voter Study Group:
Theft Perception  —  Examining the Views of Americans Who Believe the 2020 Election was Stolen  —  Democratic Norms, Elections, Political Parties  —  TABLE OF CONTENTS:  — Measuring Support for ‘Stop the Steal’  — Measuring Devotion to Trump and Its Relationship to ‘Stop the Steal’
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Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Why Police Have Been Quitting in Droves in the Last Year  —  Asheville, N.C., has been among the hardest hit by police departures in the wake of last year's George Floyd protests.  About a third of the force quit or retired.  —  ASHEVILLE, N.C. — As protests surged across the country …
Discussion: HotAir
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The most brutal debunking of Trump's fraud claims yet — from Republicans  —  The Republican Party's response to former president Donald Trump and his allies' wild, baseless claims of voter fraud has been anything but courageous.  It's been entirely clear most reputable members of the GOP …
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Financial Times:
US says Chinese scientists asked for removal of virus records from database  —  Deletion of early Wuhan cases evidence of ‘deliberate obfuscation’ of Covid's origins, expert says  —  Records of early Covid-19 cases in Wuhan were deleted from a US database at the request of Chinese scientists, American officials have confirmed.
Discussion: HotAir
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Bloomberg:
U.S. Confirms Removal of Wuhan Virus Sequences From Database
Discussion: New York Post and TheBlaze
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Read Britney Spears' Full Statement Against Conservatorship: ‘I Am Traumatized’ … I just got a new phone, and I have a lot to say, so bear with me.  Basically, a lot has happened since two years ago, the last time — I wrote all this down — the last time I was in court.  —  I will be honest with you.
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
House investigates possible shadow operation in Trump justice department  —  Judiciary committee want to know if officials violated policies in issuing secret subpoenas against congressional Democrats  —  Top Democrats in the House are investigating whether Trump justice department officials ran …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
John McCormick / Wall Street Journal:
Nikki Haley Banks Political Favors in Iowa Ahead of Possible 2024 Bid  —  Former governor and ambassador tries to build political friendships in state that is expected to start GOP nomination process  —  DES MOINES, Iowa—Nikki Haley has sought in recent remarks to emphasize her own political identity …
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Mike Pompeo, other 2024 GOP hopefuls head to New York to meet with donors as possible White House bids loom
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
A ‘Saigon moment’: Biden feels political heat as chaos looms in Afghanistan  —  President Joe Biden's self-imposed Sept. 11 deadline to unconditionally withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan is nearly three months away, but the political and humanitarian fallout from his decision is already rattling his administration.
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New York Times:
U.S. to Move Afghans Who Aided Troops to Third Countries
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Can Congress Insure Fair Elections?  —  The legal scholar Rick Hasen discusses the dangers of election subversion and voter suppression.  —  At a bleak moment for voting rights in the U.S.—Republican-controlled state governments across the country, spurred in part by former President Trump's false claims …
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
DHS is concerned about Trump reinstatement conspiracy theory, top official says  —  The conspiracy theory that Donald Trump will be reinstated as president in August has sparked concerns at the Department of Homeland Security, a top official there told members of Congress on Wednesday.
Discussion: Raw Story and KVIA-TV
Grant Stern / The Stern Facts:
Florida cracks down on Sidney Powell and Michael Flynn's “deceptive” fundraising with Defending the Republic Inc. (UPDATED)  —  The Kraken releaser is facing a new enforcement action for publishing lies in response to this newsletter's last article.  —  4 hr ago  —  This story contains an update after publication.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Senate committee approves legislation to put Supreme Court hearings on camera  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a pair of bills Thursday that would dramatically expand video coverage of federal court trials and other proceedings while putting Supreme Court arguments on camera for the first time.
Discussion: National Review
YouGov:
How Trump has redefined conservatism  —  In 2004, Pennsylvania Rep. Patrick Toomey was the face of the conservative insurgency.  An anti-taxes, anti-spending hawk, Toomey was one of many conservative upstarts who primaried a more moderate fellow Republican; in Toomey's case, longtime Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter.
Jim Treacher / Who the Hell Is Jim Treacher?:
John McAfee, Rest In Power  —  Suicide?  Seriously?  —  2 hr ago  —  Entrepreneur and two-time presidential candidate John McAfee was found in his cell in a Spanish prison yesterday, dead of an apparent suicide.  He was 75.  —  McAfee was incarcerated in Spain last year …
Dan Casey / The Roanoke Times:
Bedford County church's QAnon event and upcoming militia ‘muster’ stoke questions  —  In May, Apple Valley Community Church held a viewing of a QAnon indoctrination film.  And this upcoming Saturday, the Bedford Militia's holding a ‘muster’ in a county park, and advising attendees to bring unloaded semiautomatic rifles.
Discussion: Raw Story
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
App Taps Unwitting Users Abroad to Gather Open-Source Intelligence  —  The Premise app pays users, many in the developing world, to do tasks like taking photos and completing surveys for clients including the U.S. military  —  WASHINGTON—A consumer app has assembled a workforce of hundreds …
Washington Post:
Inside the ‘shadow reality world’ promoting the lie that the presidential election was stolen … The slickly produced movie trailer, set to ominous music, cuts from scenes of the 2020 election to clips of allies of former president Donald Trump describing a vast conspiracy to steal the White House.
Chandelis Duster / CNN:
Florida judge blocks USDA debt relief payments to farmers of color  —  (CNN)Debt relief payments to farmers of color from the US Department of Agriculture were blocked nationwide Wednesday by a federal judge in Florida, the second halt on the payments as push back mounts against the assistance …
Discussion: Florida Politics
Asher Schechter / ProMarket:
How Insufficient Enforcement Led to Prevalent Tax Evasion and Contributed to American Inequality  —  The prevalence of tax evasion among the top 1 percent of the income distribution is much worse than previously thought, a study by IRS researchers and economists recently discovered.
 
 
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Santi Ruiz / Washington Free Beacon:
Microsoft Exemption From Antitrust Bill Followed Company Donation to Top Democrat
Jeanna Smialek / New York Times:
Top U.S. Officials Consulted With BlackRock as Markets Melted Down
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Kaitlin Sullivan / NBC News:
U.S. life expectancy decreased by an ‘alarming’ amount during pandemic
Discussion: HotAir and WTOP
Abby Smith / Washington Examiner:
Senate approves bipartisan measure to help farmers sell carbon credits
Discussion: Politico
Bill Glauber / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes hires key political adviser as he edges toward 2022 U.S. Senate run
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Stefanik, Daines push bill to force Biden to open Canadian border, lament that Mexico border is ‘wide open’
Discussion: Townhall
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The Markup:
After Repeatedly Promising Not to, Facebook Keeps Recommending Political Groups to Its Users
Noah Kulwin / New Republic:
An Origin Story for the Netanyahus
Discussion: Bookshop
Sam Meredith / CNBC:
Covid is already deadlier this year than all of 2020. So why do many in U.S. think the problem's over?