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Variety:
Alec Baldwin Fired Prop Gun That Killed Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, Injured Director  —  Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on a set in New Mexico on Thursday, accidentally killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.  —  The incident occurred on the set of …
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Victoria Traxler / Santa Fe New Mexican:
Sheriff's office: Alec Baldwin's ‘prop firearm’ kills one, injures another  —  Actor Alec Baldwin discharged a “prop firearm” that killed a cinematographer and injured the director of the movie Rust, being filmed on a set south of Santa Fe, a county sheriff's office spokesman said late Thursday.
NBC News:
Alec Baldwin shoots prop gun, killing 1, injuring another on set of ‘Rust,’ New Mexico officials say  —  Producer and actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun that killed one woman and injured a man on the set of the movie “Rust” in New Mexico on Thursday, Santa Fe County Sheriff's deputies confirmed.
Axios:
Scoop: “How about zero?”  Manchin, Sanders get heated behind closed doors  —  Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) squabbled behind closed doors Wednesday, with Manchin using a raised-fist goose egg to tell his colleague he can live without any of President Biden's social spending plan, Axios has learned.
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Kevin McCarthy or Liz Cheney?  Consultants Forced to Choose  —  The message, delivered by a lobbyist close to the House minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, has already led one Republican firm to cut ties.  —  WASHINGTON — A prominent Washington lobbyist close to Kevin McCarthy …
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Scott Wong / The Hill:
'You're a joke': Greene clashes with Cheney, Raskin on House floor  —  Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), tangled with two members of the Jan. 6 committee on the House floor Thursday, getting into an impromptu shouting match over Black Lives Matter and a wild conspiracy theory about space lasers starting California wildfires.
Rebecca Beitsch / The Hill:   Cheney reveals GOP's Banks claimed he was Jan. 6 panel's ranking member
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Allahpundit / HotAir:
Sounds like Sinema's about to make a deal on reconciliation
New York Times:
Calling Sinema an Obstacle to Progress, 5 Veterans Quit Her Advisory Council
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Adds Two Top Prosecutors to Matt Gaetz Case  —  The move by the department is a sign of the complex and high-stakes nature of the sex trafficking investigation into Representative Gaetz, a close ally of Donald Trump.  —  The Justice Department has added two top prosecutors …
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Mastodon's Founder Says Trump's New Social Network Is Just Mastodon  —  ‘Truth Social’, which will launch officially later in the year, is seemingly using Mastodon's codebase without credit.  —  Joseph Cox  —  Former President Donald Trump's new social network ‘Truth Social’ is seemingly …
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
CNN defends Joe Rogan treatment in fiery statement  —  Podcaster Joe Rogan's three-hour interview with CNN's Sanjay Gupta last week was an amicable affair, though it got a bit tense when the topic turned to the network's coverage of Rogan's recent bout with covid.  “It's a lie.
Jacob Fenston / DCist:
This Is What Climate Change Will Look Like In D.C.  —  The Lincoln Memorial, on an island surrounded by churning Potomac waters; Nationals Park, a bathtub surrounded by mid-rise office buildings flooded by the Anacostia River; the Pentagon, accessible by boat, with State Route 110 and the George Washington Memorial Parkway underwater.
Discussion: Twitchy
Julian Mark / Washington Post:
A couple died of covid, leaving five children behind.  A relative says people called their deaths ‘fake news.’  —  Two days after arriving at a Fredericksburg, Va., hospital with covid-19 in September, Misty Mitchem was put on a ventilator.  Another two days later, she died.
Lauren Gardner / Politico:
CDC gives green light to Moderna, J&J boosters plus mix-and-match strategy  —  The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday formally endorsed the use of Covid-19 booster shots from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson for some adults, clearing the way for millions of Americans to receive additional doses.
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Jerry Zremski / Buffalo News:
Schumer endorses Walton for Buffalo mayor  —  WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer on Thursday announced that he is endorsing India Walton to be mayor of Buffalo, giving the winner of the Democratic primary a crucial boost only days before early voting begins in her race against Mayor Byron Brown.
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Zaid Jilani / INQUIRE:   Buffalo Might Elect a Mayor Who Thinks Police Came from Slave Patrols
Neal Augenstein / WTOP:
Email from Loudoun Co. superintendent alerted school board on day of bathroom assault  —  The superintendent of Loudoun County Public Schools sent a brief, confidential email to school board members on May 28 — the same day a female student at Stone Bridge High School said she was sexually assaulted in bathroom.
Gabrielle Fonrouge / New York Post:
Photos inside Rikers Island expose hellish, deadly conditions  —  Dozens of men crammed together for days in temporary holding cells amid a pandemic.  Filthy floors sullied with rotten food, maggots, urine, feces and blood.  Plastic sheets for blankets, cardboard boxes for beds and bags that substituted for toilets.
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
Another voice of reason retires  —  The disparate House Democratic caucus is broken into factions: left-wing progressives, mainstream moderates, old bulls, young turks.  Then there is David Price, a wise owl who comes as close as any to winning respect from all.
Michael Hobbes / Confirm My Choices:
The Methods of Moral Panic Journalism  —  Scare stories on “left-wing illiberalism” display a familiar pattern.  —  During the 1990s, the media convinced Americans that frivolous lawsuits were out of control.  —  The canonical example was the 1994 “McDonald's hot coffee” case.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Tom LoBianco / Vanity Fair:
“He's Making Real Money for the First Time in His Life”: Mike Pence Is Already Cashing In on His Potential 2024 Run  —  The former veep and his wife are living their best lives: traveling widely, making bank on the speaking circuit, and residing in one of Indiana's toniest suburbs.
Discussion: Raw Story
Lee Brown / New York Post:
Taliban beheaded female volleyball player, posted photos online, coach says  —  An Afghan volleyball player on the girls' national team was beheaded by the Taliban — with gruesome photos of her severed head then posted on social media, according to her coach.
Megan Messerly / The Nevada Independent:
Prosecutors: Clark County man touted in Republican election fraud allegations voted his dead wife's ballot  —  A man who once described a ballot being cast in his dead wife's name as “sickening” and was cited by the Nevada Republican Party last November as evidence that massive voter fraud swayed …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
NBC News:
Human remains found in Florida reserve confirmed to be Brian Laundrie, FBI says  —  FBI: Human remains found in Brian Laundrie search  —  Partial remains found by authorities searching for Brian Laundrie, Gabby Petito's fiancé, were confirmed to be his after a review of dental records.
Meghan Faulkner / CREW:
USPS mismanaged DeJoy's conflicts of interest and tried to cover it up … The United States Postal Service seriously mismanaged Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's conflicts of interest from the start, according to documents obtained by CREW via a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
Discussion: Forbes
Elizabeth Bruenig / The Atlantic:
My Daily Life Is a Game of Roulette  —  A pair of realities: This week, Colin Powell, the former secretary of state whose service under President George W. Bush is most prominently associated with the American invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, died at 84 due to complications from COVID-19, despite having been fully vaccinated.
Discussion: FactCheck.org
Rudy Chinchilla / NBC10 Philadelphia:
No Proof Anyone ‘Callously’ Took Video of Rape on SEPTA Train, DA Says  —  “That is simply not true.  It did not happen.  We have security video from SEPTA that shows that is not the true narrative,” Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer said
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Beast
Reuters:
EXCLUSIVE Governments turn tables on ransomware gang REvil by pushing it offline  —  The ransomware group REvil was itself hacked and forced offline this week by a multi-country operation, according to three private sector cyber experts working with the United States and one former official.
Jacob Bliss / Breitbart:
Ohio Poll: J.D. Vance Surges in Senate Primary  —  J.D. Vance, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate seat from Ohio, is surging in the polls — within three points of another Republican candidate, Josh Mandel.  —  A poll conducted by Tony Fabrizio for a pro-Vance super PAC released …
Discussion: Page Array
Insider:
At informal ‘bitching’ dinners, Pete Buttigieg donors are chattering about prodding him to run against Kamala Harris in 2024 if Biden backs out  — Democrats publicly insist that Joe Biden will run again in 2024.  — But privately, some Democratic donors are preparing for a post-Biden campaign.
Discussion: Politico, The Daily Wire and Twitchy
Anna Kramer / Protocol:
Twitter's own research shows that it's a megaphone for the right.  But it's complicated.  —  Twitter is publicly sharing research findings today that show that the platform's algorithms amplify tweets from right-wing politicians and content from right-leaning news outlets more than people and content from the political left.
Andrew Miller / Fox News:
Biden pledges to defend Taiwan if China attacks  —  China has been amping up the pressure on Taiwan, which it considers its territory  —  Cotton: US allowing ‘China to annex, invade’ Taiwan would be catastrophe of ‘historic proportions’  —  President Joe Biden vowed to protect Taiwan …
David Webb / The Hill:
Pretzel logic  —  In two examples, how the left gets their way while American citizens pay the price.  —  The accusation will be that this is conspiracy.  The difference between conspiracy and what is real is often what is possible or obvious in the outcome.  I'm not into conspiracies.
Techno Fog / The Reactionary:
John Durham gears up against the Alfa Bank conspiracy  —  And thoughts on CrowdStrike  —  A new filing in the Michael Sussmann case has revealed the depth of Special Counsel John Durham's investigation.  It doesn't look good for former DNC lawyer (and former Perkins Coie partner) …
Discussion: The Western Journal
Nature:
Rather than inducing psychological reactance, requiring vaccination strengthens intentions to vaccinate in US populations  —  11, Article number: 20796 (2021) Cite this article  —  Abstract  —  In a survey and three experiments (one preregistered with a nationally representative sample) …
 
 
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Eva Xiao / Wall Street Journal:
NBA's Enes Kanter Calls for a Free Tibet, Sparks Chinese Backlash
Leighton Woodhouse / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
The Reality of ‘Anti-Racism’ Across America
National Review:
Canceling Thomas Jefferson
Wall Street Journal:
Fed Imposes New Restrictions on Officials' Investment Activities
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Republicans release redistricting map that maintains their decisive control of Assembly districts, most congressional seats
Discussion: Wisconsin Examiner
Emma Colton / Fox News:
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Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
Travis Tritt cancels shows with vaccination and mask mandates that are ‘trying to shame people’
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Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
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Tess Owen / VICE:
Capitol Rioters in Jail's ‘Patriot Wing’ Have Their Own Rituals and a Growing Fan Base
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story