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SHOW ME THE MEMO A federal judge has ordered the release of a legal memorandum the Trump-era Justice Department prepared for then-Attorney General William Barr before he announced his conclusion that President Donald Trump had not obstructed justice during the Russia investigation. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said the Justice Department had obscured “the true purpose of the memorandum” when it withheld the document. [AP]

 

BIDEN SETS NEW VACCINE GOAL President Joe Biden is aiming to get 70% of U.S. adults vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by July 4. Biden's focus is now on getting the vaccine to three groups: people who having difficulty accessing it, people who need encouragement, and people under 16. [HuffPost]

 

WORLD AWAITS FACEBOOK'S DECISION ON TRUMP BAN Facebook's quasi-independent Oversight Board will announce at 9 a.m. today whether Trump's account will be restored. It was suspended after his inflammatory rhetoric incited the violent Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Politicians, free speech experts and activists are watching the decision closely. [AP]

 

KEVIN MCCARTHY'S 'HAD IT' WITH LIZ CHENEY: REPORT House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was caught on a hot mic complaining about Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and her refusal to falsely describe the 2020 presidential election as fraudulent. The Wall Street Journal editorial board took aim at the GOP for trying to oust Cheney for "daring to tell the truth" about the election. [HuffPost]

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PFIZER TO SEEK APPROVAL FOR KIDS' VACCINE Pfizer said it expects to apply for emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 2-11 in September. It also plans to file for full approval from the Food and Drug Administration for use in 16- to 85-year-olds, which could help alleviate some Americans' vaccine hesitancy. [HuffPost]

 

MONTANA TO STOP UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS Citing a "labor shortage," Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte (R) said the state will cut off federal unemployment benefits nearly three months early and offer "Return to Work Bonuses" as a favor to employers. The U.S. Labor Department said that it was disappointed at the state's decision and that unemployment benefits aren’t keeping people out of the labor force. [HuffPost]

 

WHAT'S BREWING

 

ASIAN AMERICANS 'EXTREMELY' UNDERREPRESENTED IN OFFICE While Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders make up about 6% of the U.S. population, they represented a meager 0.9% of federal, state and local elected leaders in 2020. “Our nation is made stronger when its government looks more like the people it represents,” said Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) in a news release. [HuffPost]

 

FIRST DEM ANNOUNCES RUN AGAINST FLORIDA'S DESANTIS  Florida Rep. Charlie Crist, once the state’s Republican governor, has become the first Democrat to announce his candidacy to take on GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis next year — a must-win race for DeSantis if he wants to run for president in 2024. Some Democratic officials and consultants said Crist’s history could work against him, with voters eager for someone new. [HuffPost]

 

MUMMIFIED CULT LEADER'S REMAINS FOUND IN COLORADO HOME  Seven members of a cult-like group known as Love Has Won have been arrested on charges of abusing a corpse and child abuse after mummified remains believed to be their leader’s were found in a home in rural southern Colorado. The remains were wrapped in “what appears to be” a sleeping bag and decorated with Christmas tree lights in what resembled “some type of shrine,” police said in an arrest warrant affidavit. [HuffPost]

 

DEB HAALAND CAN RECOMMEND SOME BOOKS FOR SANTORUM Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said that it is “unfortunate” former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) recently claimed that “nothing” was in America before white colonizers arrived and that Native Americans haven’t done much for American culture anyway. She offered to give him some book recommendations to help him better understand Native American history. [HuffPost]

 

CHAUVIN'S ATTORNEY ASKS FOR NEW TRIAL The attorney for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted of murdering George Floyd in 2020, is asking for a new trial on multiple grounds, including jury misconduct. Chauvin is scheduled to be sentenced June 16. [HuffPost]

 

NO, UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AREN'T CREATING LABOR SHORTAGE As the economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, some employers say they are having a hard time finding workers. GOP leaders say unemployment benefits are creating the shortage by paying people not to work, but economists say this isn't true, write HuffPost's Arthur Delaney and Dave Jamieson. [HuffPost]

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