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10 things you need to know today

1. Biden to push G7 to take stand against China

President Biden on Saturday is expected to urge allied leaders to publicly pressure China over its forced labor practices that target Uighur Muslims and other ethnic majorities during the second day of a Group of Seven summit in the United Kingdom. Biden reportedly hopes his efforts will be part of a joint communique released at the end of the summit, but it's unclear if all the European governments involved will be on the same page, The Associated Press notes. Separately, G7 leaders will sign an agreement Saturday geared toward preventing future pandemics. Per The Guardian, it includes steps like reducing the time taken to develop and license vaccines, treatments, and diagnostic tools for future days, as well as a commitment to reinforcing global surveillance networks and genomic sequencing of viruses. [The Guardian, The Associated Press]

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2. Putin says there are 'some advantages' to Biden's leadership style

In an excerpt from an NBC News interview that aired Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledged that relations between Moscow and Washington are at a low point, though he also suggested he believes he can work with President Biden, with whom he'll meet next week in Switzerland. Putin praised Biden's predecessor, former President Donald Trump, in the interview, but said he thinks there could be "some advantages" to Biden's leadership style since "there will not be any impulse-based movements." Biden will seemingly take a no-nonsense approach when he meets with Putin, whom he's described as a "killer" (Putin was evasive about the comment in the NBC interview). On Friday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Biden is prepared to bring up Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny's imprisonment, which the U.S. opposes, with Putin. The two leaders won't hold a joint press conference after the meeting. [NBC News, Fox News]

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3. DOJ to probe subpoenas of Democrats under Trump

Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Friday announced his office will review the department's "use of subpoenas and other legal authorities to obtain communication records of members of Congress and affiliated persons, and the news media" during investigations into leaks of classified information. The step came following a report from The New York Times that the DOJ under former President Donald Trump took the "highly unusual" step of subpoenaing Apple for data from the accounts of House Intelligence Committee Democrats critical of Trump, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), and seized records of "at least a dozen people tied to the committee." The report drew a rebuke from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who on Friday threatened to subpoena former Attorney Generals Bill Barr and Jeff Sessions for testimony, The Washington Post reports.  [The Washington Post, Department of Justice]

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4. Garland announces DOJ voting rights enforcement unit expansion

Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday pledged to double the size of the Justice Department's voting rights enforcement unit within the next 30 days. He said the additional attorneys will examine both new laws, like those being pushed in several Republican-led states, and existing practices across the United States for possible discrimination against voters of color and other violations of the Voting Rights Act. If necessary, they'll challenge the laws in court and prosecute anyone found to have intimidated or threatened violence against election officials. The unit will also monitor the post-election ballot reviews that former President Donald Trump's supporters are calling for, Garland said. [The Washington Post, CBS News]

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5. 60 million J&J vaccines to be thrown out

About 60 million doses of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine that were produced at a troubled factory in Baltimore will have to be thrown out, the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday. The FDA determined that the tens of millions of vaccine doses that were produced at the factory, operated by Emergent BioSolutions, were possibly contaminated, The New York Times reports. The FDA will, however, reportedly allow 10 million vaccine doses to still be distributed with warning labels noting that regulators can't guarantee that Emergent "followed good manufacturing practices," the Times reports. It was reported in March that vaccine doses had been spoiled at the plant after workers mistakenly mixed up ingredients. Production at the plant was subsequently paused, and the FDA had been reviewing the situation for weeks.  [The New York Times, The Associated Press]

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6. At least 13 people injured in downtown Austin shooting

At least 13 people were injured early Saturday morning in a shooting in downtown Austin, Texas. Austin Interim Chief of Police Joseph Chacon said at a news briefing Saturday that 10 of the victims were taken to the hospital either by the police department or the Austin-Travis County EMS, while the three others were able to go on their own. Chacon said that two of the people injured are in critical condition. Police reportedly have a very general description of the suspect and believe the incident is isolated to the area, but Chacon said it's unclear if there was any additional public danger because the suspect is not in custody. A motive has yet to be determined. Meanwhile, one person was killed and eight others were injured in a separate shooting in Savannah, Georgia, on Friday night, authorities said. [CNN, NBC News]

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7. Prominent Hong Kong activist released from prison

Agnes Chow, a prominent pro-democracy activist in Hong Kong, was released from prison Saturday after she served nearly seven months for her role in the city's 2019 anti-Beijing protests. The 24-year-old Chow did not comment when she was met by a throng of reporters upon her release, but later said her immediate plans are to rest. "The painful half year and 20 days, it's finally over," she wrote in an Instagram post, per Reuters. It's not clear why Chow, who was sentenced to 10 months in prison, was released early. Like her fellow movement leaders, Joshua Wong (who remains in prison) and Nathan Law, Chow has been granted asylum in the United Kingdom. [Reuters, Al Jazeera]

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8. Alton Sterling's children, Baton Rouge reach settlement

The children of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old Black man shot and killed by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 2016, reached a $4.5 million settlement with the city Friday. Sterling's children will get $1 million upfront and the rest of the money will be paid in equal installments over the next four years. Lawyers for Sterling's relatives said the settlement would also involve "significant policy changes" for Baton Rouge law enforcement that "focus on de-escalation, providing verbal warnings prior to using deadly force, and prohibiting officers from using chokeholds and firing into vehicles."  [NBC News, The Advocate]

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9. Teen who filmed Floyd's killing receives Pulitzer citation

Darnella Frazier, the teenager whose video of George Floyd's killing sparked nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice, has been honored with a special citation from the Pulitzer Prize Board. The board on Friday revealed the 2021 Pulitzer Prize winners and announced that Frazier, who was 17 when she filmed ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck during an arrest while he said he couldn't breathe, would be receiving a special citation for "courageously recording the murder." Additionally, the staff of the Star Tribune won a Pulitzer Prize in breaking news reporting, the board announced, "for its urgent, authoritative, and nuanced coverage" of Floyd's killing "and of the reverberations that followed." [The Pulitzer Prizes]

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10. Djokovic outlasts Nadal in French Open semifinal

Novak Djokovic defeated his fellow all-time great Rafael Nadal on Friday in a thrilling 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-2 French Open semifinal match, preventing his rival, who has been dubbed the "King of Clay," from capturing a 14th title at Roland Garros. The match lasted over four hours. It was only the third loss ever in the French Open for Nadal, and the second to Djokovic who also beat him in 2015. Djokovic will seek his second Paris crown on Sunday against 22-year-old Stefanos Tsitipas. On the women's side,  Barbora Krejcikova is currently facing off against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Neither player has reached a Grand Slam final before, so either way, there will be a first-time winner. [ESPN, Tennis.com]

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Trump’s post-presidency statements include more lies about the election than talk of any other subject.
 
His two favorite topics: election lies (33% of statements) and bashing other Republicans (24% of statements).
 
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1 hour ago, jakeem said:

Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America

06/12/2021 15:50:08
TOTAL ESTIMATED U.S. COVID-19 DEATHS: 602,280

Trump Death Clock

361,368
Estimated U.S. COVID-19 Deaths Due To POTUS Inaction
In January 2020, the Trump administration was advised that immediate action was required to stop the spread of COVID-19. According to NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, “there was a lot of pushback” to this advice. President Trump declined to act until March 16th. Experts estimate that, had mitigation measures been implemented one week earlier, 60% of American COVID-19 deaths would have been avoided. (For further reading, click here).

 

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Trump-inspired death threats are terrorizing election workers

Election officials and their families are living with threats of hanging, firing squads, torture and bomb blasts, interviews and documents reveal. The campaign of fear, sparked by Trump's voter-fraud falsehoods, threatens the U.S. electoral system.

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‘Disturbing and sickening’

The intimidation in Georgia has gone well beyond Raffensperger and his family. Election workers - from local volunteers to senior administrators - continue enduring regular harassing phone calls and emails, according to interviews with election workers and the Reuters review of texts, emails and audio files provided by Georgia officials.

One email, sent on Jan. 2 to officials in nearly a dozen counties, threatened to bomb polling sites: “No one at these places will be spared unless and until Trump is guaranteed to be POTUS again.” The specific text of the threat has not been previously reported. The email, a state election official said, was forwarded to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which declined to comment for this story.

In Georgia, threatening violence against a poll officer is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $100,000. Making death threats is a separate crime carrying up to five years in prison and a $1,000 fine.

Criminal law specialists say the widespread threats could increase the legal jeopardy for Trump in the Georgia investigation. ........

“You actually deserve to hang by your ****, soy boy, skinny-**** neck,” said a woman in one voicemail, using a slang term for an effeminate man. Another caller wanted him banished to China: “That’s where you belong, in communist China, because you’re a crook.”.........

“This sh_t is rigged,” the email said. “Until Trump is guaranteed to be POTUS until 2024 like he should be, we will bring death and destruction to defend this country if needed and get our voices heard.” ......

 

“It seemed like we were descending into this third-world mentality. I never expected that out of this country.”.........

 

Richard Barron, Fulton County elections director .........

“This is deeply troubling,” Becker said.

Carlos Nelson, elections supervisor for Ware County in southeastern Georgia, shares that fear. “These are people who work for little or no money, 12 to 14 hours a day on Election Day,” Nelson said. “If we lose good poll workers, that’s when we’re going to lose democracy.”

In Georgia, Trump faces an investigation into alleged election interference, the only known criminal inquiry into his attempts to overturn the 2020 vote.................

 

https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-trump-georgia-threats/

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5 minutes ago, NipkowDisc said:

european economic socialists love epcot domes.

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Not as much as Donald Trump loved fellow criminal despotic autocrat Vladimir Putin!

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22 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

Trump claims he has rejected multiple book offers and is instead working on something 'big' - ahead of headlining Mike Lindell's 'Free Speech' rally

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Former President Donald Trump claims he has turned down two book deals as he is busy at work on a more important project.

Who's the ghosts writer?? You can bet he wont be writing it! THough he'll have plenty of time in prison!!!

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Maddow is on fire tonight. Says AG Garland & Deputy AG Lisa Monaco learned about the spying on Congress in last night's NYT. To DOJ leadership- "Wake up. You're going to work everyday at an active crime scene. And there's no other cops to call here."
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The United Nations' high commissioner for human rights condemned the ongoing military build up in parts of Myanmar, warning that escalating violence between the military junta and armed minority groups threatens to produce an "even greater loss of life."
 
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The Department of Education informed Congress on Friday that decades-old technology has forced the department to delay the implementation of a new, simplified application for students seeking federal financial aid.

 

The department was required by a law that Congress passed last year to start using the new Free Application for Federal Student Aid application by the 2023-24 academic year.
 
Now, it plans to roll out the redesigned form by the 2024-25 school year.
 
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Indirect nuclear talks — which are at a critical stage as key deadlines approach — between the United States and Iran resumed on Saturday in Vienna with the chief coordinator saying he believes a deal will emerge during this sixth round of negotiation.
 
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On the fifth anniversary of a mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, President Joe Biden said he will sign a bill naming the site a national memorial. The attack on the LGBTQ community left 49 people dead and 53 people wounded.
 
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We remember Jim "Mudcat" Grant - @Indians 1958-64; @Twins 1964-67; @Dodgers 1968; Expos 1969; @Cardinals 1969; @Athletics 1970, 1971; @Pirates 1970-71. First Black pitcher to win 20 games in AL with league-leading 21 as key member of #Twins '65 pennant winner. #RestInPeace
 
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