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8:50 AM ET, July 1, 2021


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New York Times:
Top Trump Executive, Allen Weisselberg, Surrenders to Face Charges  —  The Trump Organization and Mr. Weisselberg have been indicted in connection with a tax investigation and are expected to appear in court Thursday.  —  Donald J. Trump's long-serving chief financial officer, Allen H. Weisselberg …
New York Times:
Trump Organization and Top Executive Are Indicted in Tax Investigation  —  The former president's family business and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, are expected to appear in court on Thursday.  —  A grand jury in Manhattan has indicted Donald J. Trump's family business …
Washington Post:
N.Y. grand jury said to return criminal indictments against Trump's company and its CFO, the first from prosecutors probing the former president's business dealings  —  NEW YORK — A grand jury in Manhattan filed criminal indictments Wednesday against former president Donald Trump's company …
Trump Organization and its CFO indicted by Manhattan grand jury, report says  — The Trump Organization and Allen Weisselberg, its longtime finance chief, were indicted Wednesday by a grand jury in Manhattan, The Washington Post reported.  — The charges reportedly center around allegations …
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg Surrenders to Authorities  —  Former President Donald Trump's company and top accountant are set to face tax-related charges in New York  —  The Trump Organization's finance chief Allen Weisselberg surrendered to New York prosecutors Thursday morning …
POLITICO Playbook: Trump aide: Ex-prez emboldened by indictment news  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  TRUMP ORG INDICTMENT DAY — “New York grand jury returns criminal indictments against Trump's company and its CFO, the first from prosecutors probing the former president's business dealings,” …
Pew Research Center:
Behind Biden's 2020 Victory
George Packer / The Atlantic:
How Rumsfeld Deserves to Be Remembered  —  In 2006, soon after I returned from my fifth reporting trip to Iraq for The New Yorker, a pair of top aides in the George W. Bush White House invited me to lunch to discuss the war.  This was a first; until then, no one close to the president would talk to me …
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Donald Rumsfeld, Killer of 400,000 People, Dies Peacefully  —  KNOWN KNOWNS … Do not mourn the defense secretary.  Mourn his victims.  There were nearly too many to tally, but his Pentagon refused to count anyway.  —  The only thing tragic about the death of Donald Rumsfeld is that it didn't occur in an Iraqi prison.
Discussion: Common Dreams, Fox News and HuffPost
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Donald Rumsfeld, Defense Secretary During Iraq War, Is Dead at 88
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Donald Rumsfeld, a cunning leader undermined by Iraq war
Discussion: The Guardian
Matt Latimer / Politico:
The Don Rumsfeld the Obituaries Won't Write About
Discussion: Instapundit
New York Times:
Inside the Capitol Riot: An Exclusive Video Investigation  —  The Times analyzed thousands of videos from the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol Building to understand how it happened — and why.  Here are some of the key findings.  —  In the six months since an angry pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol …
Jessica Tarlov / The Hill:
Trump is on the ballot whether his name is there or not
Discussion: NPR and Washington Examiner
Sarah Doiron / WPRI-TV:
Seekonk man accused of stomping on media equipment during Capitol riots
Discussion: CBS Boston
Elizabeth Wagmeister / Variety:
Judge Denies Britney Spears' Request to Remove Father From Conservatorship Again … New court documents that were filed by the Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday show that the judge has denied the request by Spears' attorney, Samuel Ingham III, to remove her father, Jamie Spears, as her sole conservator.
Washington Post:
Majority of Florida condo board quit in 2019 as squabbling residents dragged out plans for repairs  —  The president of the board of the Florida condominium that collapsed last week resigned in 2019, partly in frustration over what she saw as the sluggish response to an engineer's report …
Mary Harris / Slate:
The Dream of Florida Is Dead … Danny Rivero was one of the first reporters on the scene of the Champlain Towers South condo collapse in the town of Surfside, Florida, not too far from Miami Beach.  He's been there almost every day since, chronicling what is still, technically, a search and rescue mission.
Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
Federal judge blocks Florida law that would penalize social media companies  —  A federal judge on Wednesday blocked a Florida law that would penalize social media companies for blocking a politician's posts, a blow to conservatives' efforts to respond to Facebook and other websites' suspension of former President Donald Trump.
Discussion: Politico, NetChoice, Forbes, UPI and USA Today
‘Not a healthy environment’: Kamala Harris' office rife with dissent  —  When Vice President Kamala Harris finally made the decision to visit the Mexico border last week, people inside her own office were blindsided by the news.  —  For days, aides and outside allies had been calling …
Amanda Becker / The 19th:
Nikole Hannah-Jones receives tenure offer from UNC after backlash  —  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's board of trustees voted on Wednesday to grant tenure to Nikole Hannah-Jones after initially delaying the customary job protection for the incoming journalism professor …
Discussion: ABC17NEWS and Twitchy
Chris McGreal / The Guardian:
ExxonMobil lobbyists filmed saying oil giant's support for carbon tax a PR ploy
Discussion: Gizmodo and Washington Examiner
DHS raises alarms over potential for summer violence pegged to August conspiracy theory  —  Department of Homeland Security officials are warning that the same sort of rhetoric and false narratives that fueled the January 6 attack on the US Capitol could lead to more violence this summer by right-wing extremists.
Discussion: Raw Story
CBC News:
Village of Lytton, B.C., evacuated as mayor says ‘the whole town is on fire’  —  Several out-of-control wildfires burning in other parts of province after heat wave  —  A small B.C. village that endured the hottest temperatures ever recorded in Canada for days on end this week was engulfed …
Discussion: CBS News and The Daily Beast
Chris Buckley / New York Times:
Live Updates: On Communist Party's Centenary, Xi Jinping Warns Against Foreign Interference  —  The Chinese leader warned foreign forces that they would “crack their heads and spill blood” if they tried to prevent Beijing's rise.  —  RIGHT NOW In Hong Kong, a leadership shuffle elevates the security apparatus.
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Ed Henry Sues Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott, Alleging She Covered Up Affair Between Network President and Employee  —  Former Fox News anchor Ed Henry, who was fired from the network after being accused of rape, is suing Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott, accusing her of defaming him “as a sex criminal.”
John Sexton / HotAir:
CNN: Biden should probably stop telling this story about Amtrak that can't possibly be true  —  President Biden gave a speech in Philadelphia at the end of April as part of a celebration of Amtrak's 50th anniversary.  During the speech he told a particular story about something that had happened …
Discussion: Instapundit
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Biden keeps repeating a false story about an Amtrak conductor he knew
Mallory Simon / CNN:
Not just neo-Nazis with tiki torches: Why Jewish students say they also fear cloaked anti-Semitism  —  (CNN)As Julia Jassey packed up her things before flying off to college in Chicago, she had the usual concerns — beginning her life as an adult, making friends and getting her work done.
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Kristi Noem Is Activating Forces That She Does Not Understand and Will Never Be Able to Control  —  It's one thing for the wingnut welfare apparatus to fund think tanks and cultivate the Ben Shapiros.  This is a step down a road other republics have traveled, never to be seen again.
Zac Houston / House Republican Leader:
McCarthy Statement on the National Security Agency  —  Washington, D.C. - House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on why he's asked House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Ranking Member Devin Nunes (CA-22) to investigate the National Security Agency:
Zoe Kleinman / BBC:
Flying car completes test flight between airports  —  A prototype flying car has completed a 35-minute flight between international airports in Nitra and Bratislava, Slovakia.  —  The hybrid car-aircraft, AirCar, is equipped with a BMW engine and runs on regular petrol-pump fuel.
Discussion: WGN-TV and Ace of Spades HQ
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Supreme Court expansion push starts to fizzle  —  An effort by progressives to expand the Supreme Court is starting to fizzle as a presidential commission tasked with reviewing the controversial proposal saps earlier momentum.  —  The stalled progress isn't exactly unwelcome to Democratic leaders …
David Lim / Politico:
Biden admin preps for next pandemic as Delta variant surges  —  The Biden administration is rethinking its approach to Covid-19 testing as the pandemic enters an uncertain phase — one in which new infections have dropped to the lowest level since the spring of 2020, but the highly contagious Delta variant is driving fresh outbreaks.
Discussion: ABC News
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
‘Sedition Hunters’: Meet The Online Sleuths Aiding The FBI's Capitol Manhunt  —  Six months and 500 arrests into the Jan. 6 probe, a motley crew of online sleuths is generating leads, making connections, and keeping the feds on their toes.  —  There's a mother and former teacher …
Discussion: KRDO
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Miranda Devine / New York Post:
Laptop shows Joe Biden attended meetings between Hunter and his Mexican business partners
Discussion: The Sun
Allan Smith / NBC News:
House Republicans who opposed Covid aid still see funds flow to local police departments
Discussion: Washington Post
Associated Press:
WATCH: Biden signs three bills overturning Trump-era rules
Kristin Tate / The Hill:
Biden's unemployment blunder is crushing economic supply chains
Ana Ceballos / Miami Herald:
In surprise veto, DeSantis rejects bipartisan push to expunge minors' criminal records
Tim Alberta / The Atlantic:
The Senator Who Decided to Tell the Truth
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Miller / Nieman Lab:
All the right words on climate have already been said
The Spectator World:
Who killed Ashli Babbitt?
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
The Collapse of American Identity
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
Swing voters are flashing warning signs to Democrats
Discussion: Salon and NPR
Andrew Solender / Forbes:
Trump Ranks 41st Of 44 Presidents In Survey Of Historians As Obama Cracks Top 10
Katherine Doyle / Washington Examiner:
DeSantis feuds with Trump over Florida rally amid search for survivors in Surfside