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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 …
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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CNN:
Ohio GOP House candidate J.R. Majewski called for secession in livestream following 2020 election  —  J.R. Majewski shared pro-QAnon material online.  Now, he's running for Congress  —  (CNN)Ohio Republican congressional candidate J.R. Majewski said in a livestream following the 2020 election …
Discussion: Raw Story and DCCC
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 …
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Mark Trevelyan / Reuters:
Struggling in Ukraine, Russia paves way to sign up over-40s for army
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.
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Tal Kopan / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. archbishop says Pelosi will be denied communion over abortion  —  WASHINGTON — The San Francisco archbishop issued a notice Friday that he would no longer allow House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to receive Communion, an escalation of his feud with the Catholic Democrat over abortion politics.
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Luke Coppen / Catholic News Agency:
BREAKING: Archbishop Cordileone bars Nancy Pelosi from Communion until she ends abortion support  —  Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone announced on Friday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi should not be admitted to Holy Communion in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, nor should she present herself …
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 …
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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Washington Post:
Oracle's Larry Ellison joined Nov. 2020 call about contesting Trump's loss  —  The billionaire GOP donor participated along with Fox's Sean Hannity and Sen. Lindsey Graham, according to court filings and a participant  —  Larry Ellison, the billionaire co-founder and chairman …
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: Reason and HotAir
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.
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.'
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Karine Jean-Pierre's Unlikely Rise to the White House Lectern  —  The first Black and first openly gay press secretary was raised in an immigrant family with “so many secrets.”  Now she occupies one of the most scrutinized jobs in American politics.  —  Karine Jean-Pierre began her debut briefing …
Discussion: Twitchy and Daily Mail
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Trump's real win-loss record
Washington Post:
Clyburn: ‘We still refuse to admit that we have a race problem in this country’  —  Good morning to everyone, especially Rihanna and her baby boy.  Tips?  Comments?  Baby pics?  We're all eyes: earlytips@washpost.com.  Have a lovely weekend.  🫶
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Prepares for ‘War’ With AIPAC and Its Super PAC  —  The pro-Israel group, which is involved with direct political spending this year for the first time, has opposed progressive candidates backed by Mr. Sanders.  —  Senator Bernie Sanders, the progressive former presidential candidate …
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Kellyanne Conway: Media coverage of daughter was ‘unconscionable and unforgivable’  —  Kellyanne Conway, a former top aide to ex-President Trump, says she is still bothered by the way news outlets covered the social media postings of her teenage daughter around the time she left the White House.
Discussion: IJR and People.com
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
Graham Moomaw / Virginia Mercury:
Va. Republicans try to restrict minors' access to two books after judge's obscenity finding  —  'They're basically treated like adult magazines now'  —  A Republican lawyer who serves in the Virginia House of Delegates is pursing restraining orders that would make two books unavailable …
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon, WJLA-TV and UPI
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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CBS News:
Sen. Kevin Cramer floats Mike Pompeo for president in 2024
Ben Samuels / Haaretz:
57 U.S. Lawmakers Demand FBI, State Dept. Inquiry Into Shireen Abu Akleh Killing
Discussion: Al Jazeera and The Intercept
Kyle Chayka / New Yorker:
The Online Spaces That Enable Mass Shooters
Jerod Macdonald-Evoy / Arizona Mirror:
The Yuma sheriff isn't investigating election fraud because of ‘2000 Mules’
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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
 Earlier Items: 
Anemona Hartocollis / New York Times:
Princeton President Recommends Firing Joshua Katz After Uproar
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Group Chat Linked to Roger Stone Shows Ties Among Jan. 6 Figures
Discussion: Raw Story
Hannah Natanson / Washington Post:
This Florida teacher married a woman. Now she's not a teacher anymore.
Discussion: Daily Kos and TheBlaze
 

 
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Ruth La Ferla / New York Times:
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Michael Msika / Bloomberg:
PE firm Blackstone offers ~$1.5B to purchase Hipgnosis, about 7% higher than the bid made earlier this week by Concord to which Hipgnosis' board had agreed

Todd Spangler / Variety:
Filing: Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav's 2023 compensation package was worth $49.7M, up 26.5% from the year prior, with $23.1M in stock awards

 
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