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Rolling Stone:
Exclusive: Trump's Team Setting Up Eastman to Take Blame for Jan. 6  —  Trump in recent weeks has told confidants that he sees no reason to defend the lawyer who tried to help him overturn the 2020 election, sources tell Rolling Stone  —  With the Justice Department and Jan. 6 committee taking …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: SCOOP: Jan. 6 panel subpoenas unseen Trump tapes  —  With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  SCOOP: The House select committee investigating Jan. 6 sent a subpoena last week to ALEX HOLDER, a documentary filmmaker who was granted extensive access …
Washington Post:
Speaker at meeting of Ginni Thomas group called Biden's win illegitimate long after Jan. 6, video shows  —  Two months after rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to help President Donald Trump stay in office, Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas …
Politico:
Jan. 6 committee to highlight Trump's state-level pressure to overturn the 2020 election  —  Donald Trump's attempt to overturn the 2020 election depended on one key thing that he never received: the blessing of Republican-controlled state legislatures.  But it wasn't for a lack of trying.
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Donald Trump plotted fake electors scheme, January 6 panel set to show
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court says Maine cannot deny tuition aid to religious schools  —  The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended a recent streak of victories for religious interests, striking down a Maine tuition program that does not allow public funds to go to schools that promote religious instruction.
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Terri Langford / The Texas Tribune:
“If there's kids in there, we need to go in”: Officers in Uvalde were ready with guns, shields and tools — but not clear orders  —  The Texas Tribune has reviewed law enforcement transcripts and footage that federal and state investigators are examining after the May 24 tragedy.  —  Copy link
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Austin American-Statesman:
Exclusive: Officers arrived at Uvalde school with rifles, ballistic shield 19 minutes after gunman
KVUE-TV:
First interior image released in Uvalde school shooting shows officers with more firepower than previously believed
Laura Bassett / Jezebel:
Elon Musk's Trans Daughter Files to Change Her Name, No Longer ‘Wishes to Be Related’ to Him  —  She cited 'Gender Identity and the fact that I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form.  Alerts  —  Elon Musk, the world's richest man …
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Jared Malsin / Wall Street Journal:
Turkish Defense Industry Grows Cautious Over Selling Weapons to Ukraine  —  Caution over weapons sales illustrates how Turkey has catered to both sides in the Russia-Ukraine war  —  ANKARA, Turkey—The head of Turkey's weapons-production agency said the country must be cautious about delivering …
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Bobby Caina Calvan / Associated Press:
Nobel sold for Ukrainian kids shatters record at $103.5M
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
The corporations backing the Texas Republican Party  —  The Texas Republican Party is one of the largest and most influential state parties in the nation.  But it is also among the most radical.  Successful candidates nominated by the Texas GOP have implemented a near-total abortion ban …
Discussion: BizPac Review, HuffPost and Raw Story
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Jacob Factor / Tulsa World:
Broken Arrow open-carry incident raises law enforcement questions  —  An incident in Broken Arrow a week ago raised fresh questions about how witnesses and law enforcement should respond when people walk around in public armed with assault-style rifles.  —  A man in a tactical vest …
Missy Ryan / Washington Post:
Biden administration to reverse Trump-era rules on landmines  —  The Biden administration will ban the use of land mines by the United States across most of the globe, in a decision that reverses Trump-era rules allowing greater employment of the weapons that are blamed for killing thousands …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Examiner
ProPublica:
Meet the Billionaire and Rising GOP Mega-Donor Who's Gaming the Tax System  —  The Secret IRS Files … One day in July 1985, three young men from Philadelphia, their lawyer and a burly Pinkerton guard arrived at a horse track outside Chicago carrying a briefcase with $250,000 in cash.
Discussion: Truthout
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Pence says he won't let Dems use Jan. 6 ‘to distract’ from their ‘failed agenda,’ praises Trump record  —  Pence said he and Trump parted amicably, but that they have gone their separate ways  —  Media highlight danger to Pence  —  Chicago - Former Vice President Mike Pence said Monday he …
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John Hudson / Washington Post:
As businesses flee Russia, a New York model returns to Moscow  —  Model and reality TV personality Kira Dikhtyar seeks a reinvention in Vladimir Putin's Russia  —  As Western businesses fled Russia following Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, Kira Dikhtyar, a 33-year-old model in New York City, traveled in the opposite direction.
Politico:
New York GOP roiled by feud with Stefanik at the center  —  Bad blood is brewing between Rep. Elise Stefanik and the head of her home-state GOP.  And the hotter it runs, the more it threatens to monopolize a Republican primary in her backyard.  —  The tiff between Stefanik …
Discussion: Raw Story
Anchorage Daily News:
Al Gross withdraws from Alaska's U.S. House campaign  —  Independent Al Gross said Monday he was withdrawing as a candidate from both the special and general elections for U.S. House in Alaska, and urged supporters to consider voting instead for Democrat Mary Peltola or Republican Tara Sweeney.
Josh Blackman / Reason:
Tentative Thoughts On The Jewish Claim To A “Religious Abortion”  —  Recently, Congregation L'Dor Va-Dor, a synagogue in Palm Beach County, Florida, challenged the constitutionality of Florida's new abortion restriction.  I think there are many procedural problems with the complaint …
Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
Tampon shortage: Yet another ‘War on Women’  —  BEAVER, Pennsylvania — If you were looking to purchase tampons here at the Beaver Super Market along Third Street, the city's Main Street business district, the manager says there has been a shortage for a while.  When he does get them in, they are gone by midday.
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
What a Disturbing New Film Reveals About Modi's India  —  “The Kashmir Files” depicts the decades-old exodus of Hindus from the Muslim-majority region.  For nationalists, it's perfect propaganda.  —  Earlier this year, “The Kashmir Files”—a blood-soaked historical drama with a nearly three-hour run time …
Foreign Affairs:
Go Big in Saudi Arabia … What do you do with an oil-rich Arab leader that you can't live with, but also can't live without?  That's the dilemma President Joe Biden is confronting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia.  Since the beginning of his administration …
Discussion: The Hill, Vox, The Bulwark and Al Jazeera
 
 
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Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
AARP launches ads in W. Va. urging Manchin to support reconciliation bill
NBC News:
Texas Gov. Abbott vowed to offer mental health help for all in Uvalde, but residents point to roadblocks.
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David Horowitz / Front Page Magazine:
On Juneteenth, Bullets Fly From Obama Boulevard to John Lewis Way
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
NYC Mayor Adams raises cash from crypto execs in Hamptons amid push for Hochul to veto crypto-mining ban
Sophia Cai / Axios:
A record number of LGBTQ candidates are running for Congress
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Caroline O'Donovan / Washington Post:
Amazon drones are coming to town. Some locals want to shoot them.
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
Trump Says Jan. 6 Rally-Goers ‘Were Well-Behaved’
Daniel Desrochers / Kansas City Star:
Social media companies take down, flag Greitens' people-hunting video
Kurt Erickson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Missouri political group eyes former prosecutor to run as independent for U.S. Senate
Chad Pergram / Fox News:
How Colbert show staffers got themselves hurled out of two House office buildings
Benjamin Mueller / New York Times:
Despite Another Covid Surge, Deaths Stay Near Lows
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