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New York Times:
Trump Group Pays for Jan. 6 Lawyers, Raising Concerns of Witness Pressure  —  The former president's political organization and allies have paid for or promised to cover legal fees for witnesses, as the House inquiry suggests he is trying to influence testimony.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
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Politico:
New details of Jan. 6 panel's mystery messages emerge  —  The Jan. 6 select committee publicly pointed to two communications this week as potential evidence of Trump-world's efforts to influence witness testimony — without revealing their origin.  Both were detailed to the panel by Cassidy Hutchinson …
David Rohde / New Yorker:
A Potential Criminal Prosecution of Donald Trump Is Growing Closer  —  As evidence mounts, a rift has opened between the congressional committee investigating January 6th and the Department of Justice.  —  Attorney General Merrick Garland receives a briefing each week from senior Justice Department officials …
Discussion: The Racket News
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Mark Meadows' associate threatened ex-White House aide before her testimony  —  It was the second warning Cassidy Hutchinson had received before her deposition, cautioning her against cooperating with the panel  —  Former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson received at least …
ABC News:
Hutchinson's testimony raises fresh questions about Secret Service's handling of Jan. 6  —  The testimony “raises highly disconcerting questions,” says an ex-DHS official.  —  7:4  —  A video of President Trump's motorcade leaving the January 6th rally on the Ellipse is displayed as Cassidy Hutchinson …
Washington Post:
How Trump World pressures witnesses to deny his possible wrongdoing  —  Trump and his allies shower potential witnesses with flattery privately while publicly blasting those who dare cross him  —  As rumors flew in the spring of 2018 that Donald Trump's longtime lawyer Michael Cohen …
Discussion: CNN
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Is Biden Handling Putin Better Than He's Handling Trump?  —  Facing down the threats that the two men pose to democracy has become the defining challenge of Biden's Presidency.  —  Like most prickly would-be tyrants, neither Donald Trump nor Vladimir Putin likes to be mocked publicly—and a lot of that was directed at them this week.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Anthony Ornato has repeatedly disputed key White House conversations
Ryan Bort / Rolling Stone:
Supreme Court Rules 6-3 That the Planet Should Burn  —  The highest court in the nation ruled on Thursday that the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to regulate climate pollution should be limited  —  The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the Environmental Protection Agency cannot regulate …
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Blake Emerson / Slate:
The Real Target of the Supreme Court's EPA Decision
Daniel Boguslaw / The Intercept:   Sen. Joe Manchin May Not Be Kingmaker in West Virginia for Long
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Why Today Felt Like the Most Hopeless Day of the SCOTUS Term
Brian Lopez / The Texas Tribune:
Texas educator group proposes referring to slavery as “involuntary relocation” in second grade curriculum  —  The Texas State Board of Education is fielding proposals to update the state's public school social studies curriculum this summer.  —  Copy link  —  A group of Texas educators …
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Associated Press:
Some Texas schools may call slavery ‘involuntary relocation’
Discussion: WTOP News
Hannah Fingerhut / Associated Press:
Abortion, women's rights grow as priorities: AP-NORC poll  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll finds a growing percentage of Americans calling out abortion or women's rights as priorities for the government in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, especially among Democrats and those who support abortion access.
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G. Elliott Morris / Democracy:
An analysis claiming one million voters switched to the GOP last year was fatally flawed  —  The authors misused voter file data, conflating estimates of party ID with real changes in registration.  The error was fixed by other analysts who find parity in party-switching since 2020
Discussion: Catalist
Matthew Kassel / Jewish Insider:
Neo-Nazi publisher Andrew Anglin gives ‘forceful endorsement’ of Blake Masters' Senate bid  —  The move by The Daily Stormer publisher is a play to try to exert influence in a GOP moving to the right, experts in extremism contend  —  Andrew Anglin, the neo-Nazi publisher of The Daily Stormer …
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NBC News:
Justice Thomas cites debunked claim that Covid vaccines are made with cells from ‘aborted children’
Uriel J. García / The Texas Tribune:
“Nobody's giving us any answers”: Uvalde families demand details of shooting investigation at City Council meeting  —  Uvalde's mayor said city officials could be prosecuted for releasing details of the investigation.  Pete Arredondo, the City Council member and school district police chief, was absent for the second straight meeting.
Discussion: Off the Kuff
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CBS News:
Poll: Most Texans critical of law enforcement response to Uvalde massacre
Discussion: The Hill
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
The Sleeper ‘Wire Fraud’ Scheme That Could Nail Trumpworld  —  The Jan. 6 committee has already laid out a convincing case of wire fraud against the Trump campaign.  —  the day television networks called the election for Joe Biden—then-President Donald Trump's campaign manager was trying …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Federalist
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
White House press corps demands end to Biden event restrictions  —  A group of 66 journalists sent a rare protest letter to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre Thursday asking that President Biden's staff abandon a mysterious pre-screening process for reporters and reopen large events to all journalists.
America's Frontline Doctors:
Dr. Vladimir ‘Zev’ Zelenko passes away  —  Dr Simone Gold: ‘We stand on his shoulders’ … It is with immense sorrow that we announce the passing of our founder Dr. Vladimir “Zev” Zelenko.  Dr. Zelenko was a physician, scientist, and activist for medical rights who touched the lives of millions of people.
Luanna Muniz / Politico:
Von der Leyen lays out ‘hard work’ needed from Ukraine to join EU  —  European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Friday morning outlined the next steps in Ukraine's path to joining the European Union, during a virtual address to the Ukrainian parliament.  —  “The next steps are within your reach.
Discussion: National Review, The Guardian and TASS
Noa Hoffman / The Sun:
Tory whip RESIGNS after ‘groping 2 men’ & claims he ‘drank too much’  —  THE Tory deputy chief whip sensationally quit last night after allegedly groping two men while drunk.  —  In a bombshell resignation letter, Chris Pincher admitted he had “embarrassed myself and other people” after a boozy session on Wednesday night.
Associated Press:
McConnell warns Dems of fallout for reviving Biden bill  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell threatened Thursday to derail a bill designed to boost semiconductor manufacturing in the United States if Democrats revive their stalled package of energy and economic initiatives.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
‘Calm down,’ libs!  A look back at select pieces of Roe commentary  —  Lisa Blatt, an attorney who has argued more than 40 cases before the Supreme Court, wrote an opinion piece for Politico Magazine after the nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to serve as a Supreme Court justice.
Brahm Resnik / 12news.com:
Arizona Senate president gets FBI subpoena for Trump-related records  —  Karen Fann initiated the Republican review of Maricopa County's election results.  Feds are investigating the Trump White House role's in pressuring states.  —  PHOENIX — The FBI has subpoenaed records …
Discussion: Arizona Mirror and Raw Story
James Fallows / Breaking the News:
A Lucky Country, on Thin Ice  —  America prides itself on being a “young” country, which it certainly is in cultural terms and in demographics.  The median age in the U.S. is now just over 38—about a decade younger than Japan or Germany, many years below that of most European countries.
Liz Wolfe / Reason:
Criticizing Lack of Grocery Stores in the South Bronx Means the Twitter Mob Will Try To Get You Fired  —  “I've literally been to like five of those now, and I don't know what the fuck I'm about to do for dinner,” said NYC newcomer Griffin Green in a TikTok video posted this past week, referring to the bodegas of the South Bronx.
 
 
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The Daily Beast:
Libertarian Conference Cancels Notorious White Nationalist
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The Economist:
How a free and open Hong Kong became a police state
Michelangelo Signorile / The Signorile Report:
Yep, the GOP is ready to bring back sodomy bans
Discussion: Juanita Jean's
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Is Biden a Man Out of Time?  —  Democrats have a growing sense of panic about conservative advances …
Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
The Abortion Stories We Didn't Tell
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Discussion: Raw Story
Steven Contorno / CNN:
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Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
Buttigieg Under Fire From Capitol Hill Leaders
Discussion: HuffPost
U.S. Department of Justice:
Justice Department Announces Investigation Of New York City Police Department's Special Victims Division
Casey Michel / The Bulwark:
Texas Republicans Get Deadly Serious About Secession
Discussion: The Dispatch
Ana Ceballos / Miami Herald:
See for yourself: the slides shown to teachers during Florida's civics training sessions
Discussion: Tallahassee Democrat