National Review • Charles C. W. Cooke • June 3 • nationalreview.com
Maggie Haberman Is Right
Donald Trump really does believe that he, along with two former GOP senators, will be ‘reinstated’ to office this summer.
The Washington Post • Matt Zapotosky, Jacob Bogage • June 3 • washingtonpost.com
FBI investigating Postmaster General Louis DeJoy in connection with his political fundraising
Federal agents have interviewed current and former employees of DeJoy and a business he once ran.
The Washington Post • Seung Min Kim, Tony Romm • June 3 • washingtonpost.com
Biden offers major change to tax proposal in effort to secure infrastructure deal with Republicans
President Biden signaled at a private meeting on Wednesday that he would further narrow his infrastructure package to win Republican support, outlining a plan for about $1 trillion in new spending financed through tax reforms that would leave the top corporate rate intact.
The Washington Post • Tyler Pager, Jeff Stein • June 3 • washingtonpost.com
Biden privately called Lawrence Summers, a critic of White House agenda, to discuss economy
Biden recently phoned the former treasury secretary to acknowledge his concerns and ask him to explain his objections
Vanity Fair • Katherine Eban • June 3 • vanityfair.com
The Lab-Leak Theory: Inside the Fight to Uncover COVID-19’s Origins
Throughout 2020, the notion that the novel coronavirus leaked from a lab was off-limits. Those who dared to push for transparency say toxic politics and hidden agendas kept us in the dark.
The New York Times • Julian E. Barnes, Helene Cooper • June 3 • nytimes.com
Government Finds No Evidence That Aerial Sightings Were Alien Spacecraft
The strange objects witnessed by Navy pilots remain unexplained, but officials briefed on a new study say they are not secret technology from a classified American program.
POLITICO • Betsy Woodruff Swan, Daniel Lippman • June 3 • politico.com
Sources: Dem lobbying firm under federal investigation for Burisma work
The Department of Justice is looking at whether Blue Star Strategies illegally lobbied on behalf of a Ukrainian company that counted Hunter Biden as a board member.
BuzzFeed News • David Mack • June 3 • buzzfeednews.com
A Former Treasury Official Was Sentenced To 6 Months In Prison For Giving Documents To BuzzFeed News
Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards pleaded guilty in January 2020.
The New York Times • Charlie Savage, Katie Benner • June 2 • nytimes.com
Trump Administration Secretly Seized Phone Records of Times Reporters
The admission by the Biden Justice Department followed similar recent disclosures to The Washington Post and CNN.
Intelligencer • Jonathan Chait • June 2 • nymag.com
The Fake History of the Filibuster Won’t Die
Senators keep repeating the made-up origin story for their peculiar rule.
The Daily Beast • Will Sommer, Asawin Suebsaeng • June 2 • thedailybeast.com
MyPillow Guy Says He ‘Probably’ Inspired Trump’s Idea of an August Restoration
“If Trump is saying August, that is probably because he heard me say it,” Lindell told The Daily Beast.
The Washington Post • Josh Dawsey, Rosalind Helderman • June 2 • washingtonpost.com
Trump has grown increasingly consumed with ballot audits as he pushes falsehood that election was stolen
The former president’s interest has been fueled by conversations he has had with an array of figures who have publicly touted false claims of election fraud, among them a host for the One America News network.
Los Angeles Times • Mark Z. Barabak • June 3 • latimes.com
Column: He helped make Ronald Reagan president. Now he's had it with the Republican Party
Stu Spencer says President Trump killed the GOP of old and Reagan would have been disgusted with him.
The New York Times • Jason DeParle • June 2 • nytimes.com
Stimulus Checks Substantially Reduced Hardship, Study Shows
Researchers found that sharp declines in food shortages, financial instability and anxiety coincided with the two most recent rounds of payments.
The Washington Post • Susannah George • June 3 • washingtonpost.com
Afghan war enters more brutal phase as U.S. troops begin pullout
As withdrawing U.S. forces reduce airstrikes, the Taliban is advancing into more densely populated areas.
The Verge • Alex Heath • June 3 • theverge.com
Facebook to end special treatment for politicians after Trump ban
There could be global ramifications for elected officials.
NPR • Miles Parks • June 2 • npr.org
Experts Call It A 'Clown Show' But Arizona 'Audit' Is A Disinformation Blueprint
"It's an audit in name only," says one former election security official. "It's a threat to the overall confidence of democracy, all in pursuit of continuing a narrative that we know to be a lie."
The Atlantic • Adam Serwer • June 3 • theatlantic.com
The Capitol Rioters Won
Although some Republican leaders deplored their violence, most have come to support the rioters’ claim that Trump’s defeat meant the election was inherently illegitimate.
The Daily Beast • Roger Sollenberger • June 3 • thedailybeast.com
This Undercover Operative Says She Recruited the Proud Boys for the GOP
“Just received this from the GOP. They are asking me to potentially gather the ’boys and all the patriots and lead a literal (non violent) charge on the County Elections office.”
Axios • Sam Baker, Andrew Witherspoon • June 3 • axios.com
COVID-19 cases hit their lowest point in the U.S. since the pandemic began
The U.S. is averaging about 16,500 cases per day, the lowest level since March 2020.