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Abbreviated Pundit Abstract: The legacy of George Floyd continues to unfold.

Daniel Payne / Politico:

White America: Awakened?

The death of George Floyd sparked an ongoing and historically significant wave of activism among white Americans that will have far-reaching political and political implications, experts say

On highly politicized and polarizing issues, even a change of 1 or 2 percentage points can be remarkable, said Drew Linzer, director at Civiqs, the election bureau co-founded by the liberal blog DailyKos.

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people: lol why would anyone want a liberal arts degree?

also people: ugh, why does the CDC seem struggling to articulate a synthesis of a handful of complex concepts

– Jake Anbinder (@JakeAnbinder) May 24, 2021

Zach Montellaro / Politician:

They tried to overthrow the 2020 elections. Now they want to let the next one go.

Trump supporters who support his claim that the 2020 vote has been rigged will become the top electoral officials in key states.

Republicans who have tried to undercut or overthrow President Joe Biden’s election victory will campaign next year to become the best election officials in their states, alerting local officials and opponents who are voting against pro-Trump voting.

Candidates include Rep. Jody Hice of Georgia, a Congressional Republican leader who voted against certification of 2020 Electoral College results; Arizona State Representative Mark Finchem, a major proponent of the conspiratorial ballot audit in Arizona’s largest county; Nevada’s Jim Marchant, the sued for reversing his 5-point congressional loss last year; and Michigan’s Kristina Karamo who made dozens of appearances in conservative media to claim election fraud.

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Republicans: “Here is our current counteroffer to your infrastructure proposal.”

Biden: “This is just a dirty cocktail napkin with the words ‘Pick up Obamacare’ scrawled on it in crayon.”

Manchin: “It is important that we continue these cross-party negotiations.”

– Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) May 25, 2021

Janet Hook / LA Times:

Trump-Biden rematch via proxy? A governor’s race is becoming an important post-Trump test

The Republican candidate is a wealthy businessman and political freshman who questions the integrity of the electoral system.

The Democratic front runner is an old-school career politician with deep party-building roots.

Sound familiar?

Just months after Joe Biden won the presidency on a wave of anti-Trump sentiments, a rematch is taking place in Virginia that will elect a new governor in 2021

Frameworks Institute:

What the American public thinks about vaccines and how framing can help. A literary criticism.

As the US prepares to distribute vaccines to all 50 states to contain a deadly pandemic, vaccination is more central than ever for many in the US and around the world.

The existing literature suggests that members of the American public do not have a clear understanding of what vaccines are and how they work. They also don’t understand exactly what immunity is and how the immune system works.

You can find the AAP paper mentioned above here.

So the Republicans filibuster the January 6th commission, and then then … ???

WaPo:

The judiciary publishes part of the internal memo that Trump will not be charged in Russia

The Justice Department released part of an important internal document that was used in 2019 to justify President Donald Trump not being charged with disability. This prompts a federal judge who wants to disclose the entire document to be more critical of former Attorney General William P. Barr.

Two new court files – one released late Monday night and one released on Tuesday – provided details of how Barr ended a potential obstacle case against Trump and how the department’s handling of this politically explosive issue drew the wrath of U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson Has.

The ongoing aftermath of dealing with Special Envoy Robert S. Mueller III’s findings is likely to fuel and frustrate Trump’s biggest critics, especially Democrats, who have long argued that Barr orchestrated discharge from Trump after Mueller tabled a 448-page report which describes his investigation into whether the 2016 Trump campaign partnered with Russia to meddle in the elections and whether Trump attempted to obstruct that investigation.

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Breaking WaPo: Manhattan’s district attorney has convened the grand jury, which is expected to decide whether Trump, other executives at his company, or the company itself should be indicted in case prosecutors bring criminal charges to the panel https://t.co/Z2UHqQ3jB9

– Kyle Griffin (@ kylegriffin1) May 25, 2021

Jason Sattler / USA Today:

Senators vowed to support America, not the filibuster. Kill it to save the January 6th commission.

If the Republicans beat up the January 6 commission, they’ll join Trump’s uprising. Will Democrats choose democracy or some rule that undermines them?

Americans still have no real understanding of the scope or role of Trump’s White House in an attack that was “to be burned into the American mind as firmly as 9/11 because it was the magnitude of a shock to the system.” “ The once staunch Republican George F. Will said. We need a 9/11 commission, so at least the multi-year efforts of Trump and his allies undermine our choices are written in the January 6th story.

Politico:

Poll: Most voters oppose Newsom’s recall as Covid’s optimism grows

California’s recovery from the Covid-19 crisis is making efforts to recall Governor Gavin Newsom difficult. A large majority of state voters are now in favor of his pandemic management and only 40 percent say they would remove him, a new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California shows.

Californians are increasingly optimistic about the state’s recovery as infection rates decline and more of the state becomes fully vaccinated while a wider range of businesses open. A whopping 90 percent of likely voters said they overwhelmingly believe the worst of the crisis lies behind the state, more than the 74 percent who said so in March.

The Democratic governor now enjoys a majority of approval for his job performance – 54 percent of all likely voters – and a more robust 64 percent support his handling of the pandemic, the poll found.

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Reuters: U.S. SENATE VOTES 51-48 APPROVING KRISTEN CLARKE TO RUN THE CIVIL RIGHTS DEPARTMENT OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT

– Kyle Griffin (@ kylegriffin1) May 25, 2021

Politico:

POLITICO Playbook: ‘Nerve Cloud’ hovers over Trump’s country after the Grand Jury’s report

Meanwhile, POLITICO has legal affairs for Josh Gerstein On the importance of the Trump Grand Jury, writes: “A source close to a witness in the investigation said prosecutors methodically combed evidence in informal interviews and were expected to make formal testimony soon.

“This Vance uses a large panel of judges to gather information About Trump and Trump Organization Finance is nothing new. A lawsuit over a grand jury subpoena for Trump’s tax returns broke out as early as 2019 and left to the Supreme Court. Vance prevailed, eventually winning copies of Trump’s taxes last February.

“However, the new grand jury is expected to go beyond the compilation of records by hearing live testimony from various witnesses, which gives prosecutors an opportunity to come up with a narrative that could convince the jury to bring charges in the coming months.

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