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Emma Brown / Washington Post:
Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court justice, pressed Ariz. lawmakers to help reverse Trump's loss, emails show  —  Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, pressed Arizona lawmakers after the 2020 election to set aside Joe Biden's …
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New York Times:
New Evidence Shows How Russian Soldiers Executed Men in Bucha  —  Witness testimony and videos obtained by The New York Times show how Russian paratroopers executed at least eight Ukrainian men in a Kyiv suburb on March 4, a potential war crime.  —  THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS IMAGES OF GRAPHIC VIOLENCE.
Yaroslav Trofimov / Wall Street Journal:   Ukraine Will Fight Until All Russian Forces Are Expelled, Military Intelligence Chief Says
Josh Margolin / ABC News:
2 Secret Service employees being sent home from South Korea ahead of Biden's arrival after alleged incident: Sources  —  Agency spokesman told ABC News they'll be “placed on administrative leave.”  —  Two Secret Service employees — an agent and an armed physical security specialist …
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Eastman provides new details of Trump's direct role in legal effort to overturn election  —  John Eastman, the attorney who architected Donald Trump's last-ditch legal strategy to overturn the 2020 election, revealed Friday that he routinely communicated with Trump either directly or via …
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Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Right-wing attorney who challenged election results says Trump wrote him handwritten notes
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Fox News:
Hillary Clinton approved dissemination of Trump-Russian bank allegations to media, campaign manager testifies  —  Clinton's former campaign manager said he took the idea of leaking Trump-Russia allegations to multiple senior campaign officials  —  Special counsel John Durham releases evidence …
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BBC:
Michael Sussmann: Clinton lawyer ‘lied to manipulate FBI over Trump’  —  A lawyer for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign lied to the FBI to “manipulate” the agency in order to win the election, a court has heard.  —  Arguments in the trial of Michael Sussmann have begun …
Kate Sosin / The 19th:
A lesbian mom raised her son for two years.  An Oklahoma judge erased that in 15 minutes.  —  For more stories like this, subscribe to our daily newsletter.  —  For the first two years of her son's life, Kris Williams read him the book “Love You Forever” before bedtime most nights.
Nicholas Riccardi / Associated Press:
Biden's approval dips to lowest of presidency: AP-NORC poll  —  President Joe Biden's approval rating dipped to the lowest point of his presidency in May, a new poll shows, with deepening pessimism emerging among members of his own Democratic Party.  —  Only 39% of U.S. adults approve …
National Review:
Yes on Kemp, No on Greene  —  Georgia voters going to the primary polls on Tuesday have some serious choices to make.  They should renominate Brian Kemp for a second term as governor.  But they should reject freshman congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene and nominate Jennifer Strahan in the 14th congressional district.
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   The Jolt: Republicans running against Herschel warn: 'He can't win.'
Sam Adler-Bell / New York Magazine:
The Liberal Obsession With ‘Disinformation’ Is Not Helping  —  On Wednesday, the Washington Post's Taylor Lorenz reported on the disastrous rollout of the Department of Homeland Security's Disinformation Governance Board.  Announced on April 27 with a hazy remit to “coordinate countering …
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Charlie Warzel / The Atlantic:
The Disinformation Board Is the Latest Cursed News Story
Ryan Cooper / American Prospect:
The 2024 Presidential Election Is on the Ballot This Year  —  If Republicans seize control of swing-state election administration in the midterms, they will steal the presidency.  —  State Sen. Doug Mastriano, the Republican candidate for governor of Pennsylvania, gestures to the crowd during …
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CNN:
Ohio GOP House candidate J.R. Majewski called for secession in livestream following 2020 election
Discussion: Raw Story and DCCC
Michael Bamberger / GolfDigest.com:
Donald Trump speaks out on Phil, Jack, Saudi Arabia and the PGA that got away  —  After a reporter's story on Trump's lost 2022 PGA, the former president called unannounced to weigh in with his own thoughts.  —  After a reporter's story on Trump's lost 2022 PGA, the former president called unannounced …
Discussion: Insider and New Jersey Online
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CBS News:
2 killed, 8 wounded in mass shooting outside a Chicago McDonald's  —  A suspect is in custody after two people were killed and eight others wounded in a mass shooting in downtown Chicago late Thursday night.  —  Police said it happened just after 10:40 p.m. outside a McDonald's a few blocks …
CNN:
Clarence Thomas calls out John Roberts as Supreme Court edges closer to overturning Roe v. Wade  —  (CNN)There was a little seen warm moment between Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Clarence Thomas last November 1, just before the Supreme Court heard arguments on Texas' abortion ban.
Discussion: HotAir and Reason
Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
Doug Mastriano warned of left-wing ‘Hitlerian Putsch’ in 2001 paper  —  The Pennsylvania GOP governor nominee's thesis argued morally debauched political leaders weren't fit to oversee the U.S. military  —  Two decades before he was Republican nominee for Pennsylvania governor …
Flora Garamvolgyi / The Guardian:
Viktor Orbán tells CPAC the path to power is to ‘have your own media’  —  Hungarian leader also tells Republicans at Budapest conference that shows like Tucker Carlson's should be broadcast ‘24/7’  —  The Hungarian leader, Viktor Orbán, has told a conference of US conservatives …
Hailey Fuchs / Politico:
Eric Garcetti's parents register to lobby for their son's ambassador bid  —  The parents of Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti have enlisted the help of prominent lobbyists to aid their son's beleaguered nomination to serve as U.S. ambassador to India.  —  McGuireWoods Consulting registered …
HuffPost:
Trump-Endorsed Candidate Backs Banning Birth Control  —  Jacky Eubanks, who is running for Michigan state Senate, said “sex ought to be between one man and one woman in the confines of marriage.”  —  Donald Trump's pick for a Michigan state Senate seat is promising to ban all birth control if she gets the chance.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Hannah Natanson / Washington Post:
This Florida teacher married a woman.  Now she's not a teacher anymore.  —  MIAMI — Nicolette Solomon felt her mother's words come through the phone and settle, heavy, in her stomach.  —  It was January, and her mother was talking about a new bill, just proposed in the Florida legislature …
Discussion: TheBlaze
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Group Chat Linked to Roger Stone Shows Ties Among Jan. 6 Figures  —  The roster of participants highlights how Mr. Stone, the pro-Trump political operative, was involved with a strikingly large number of people who sought to overturn the 2020 election.  —  It was known as F.O.S. …
Discussion: Raw Story
Andrew Sullivan / The Weekly Dish:
The Sinister Symmetry Of CRT And GRT  —  The extremes of right and left on immigration are fueling each other.  —  The MSM rushed last weekend to explain the previously obscure conspiracy theory that motivated a mass-murderer on a shooting spree in a black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York.
Alice McCool / VICE:
The Daily Wire Spent Thousands of Dollars Promoting Anti-Amber Heard Propaganda  —  The conservative media outlet ran Facebook and Instagram ads for stories backing Johnny Depp, an investigation by media non-profit the Citizens for VICE World News found.  —  AM  —  MN
Jerod Macdonald-Evoy / Arizona Mirror:
The Yuma sheriff isn't investigating election fraud because of ‘2000 Mules’  —  Conservative activist and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza told a conservative podcast that “2000 Mules,” his film making flawed and faulty claims about election fraud in 2020, directly led the Yuma County Sheriff's Office …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Casper Star-Tribune:
Wyo GOP chairman quietly assumed power as party fractured  — Victoria Eavis and Rone Tempest Casper Star-Tribune and WyoFile  —  W. Frank Eathorne says two of the most important moments in his life occurred when he was 7 years old, living on the family ranch in the Thunder Basin grasslands of eastern Wyoming.
 
 
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Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Kellyanne Conway: Media coverage of daughter was ‘unconscionable and unforgivable’
Discussion: IJR and People.com
NBC News:
DHS concerned it may need $2B to deal with migrant surge at border, documents show
Discussion: Political Wire
Graham Moomaw / Virginia Mercury:
Va. Republicans try to restrict minors' access to two books after judge's obscenity finding
Discussion: UPI and WJLA-TV
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Prepares for ‘War’ With AIPAC and Its Super PAC
Christian Schneider / The Bulwark:
In Defense of Unwritten Rules
Marisa Kabas / New Republic:
George W. Bush Makes a Brutal Return to Our Psyche
Discussion: The Guardian
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
It's time for local journalists to reckon with the racism we overlooked
Wall Street Journal:
Senior Executives, Board Members Flee Russian Oil Giant Rosneft
Anemona Hartocollis / New York Times:
Princeton President Recommends Firing Joshua Katz After Uproar
Discussion: New York Post
David J. Lynch / Washington Post:
Why Biden hasn't killed Trump's China tariffs and made imports cheaper
Politico:
An Obamacare fiasco could blow up on Democrats right before the midterms
Discussion: Washington Post and HotAir
Rich McHugh / Insider:
A SpaceX flight attendant said Elon Musk exposed himself and propositioned her for sex, documents show. The company paid $250,000 for her silence.
 

 
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