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“I relive that day every single day,” Pulse survivor Brandon Wolf says on the fifth anniversary of the shooting.

“I am so tired of statements, I’m so tired of hashtags and thoughts and prayers. I'm so tired of archaic Senate procedure being used as an excuse to do nothing"

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Crew members and passengers of a Delta flight subdued an unruly passenger after he assaulted two flight attendants and, according to police, said he was "going to take the plane down."
A witness on the flight, Benjamin Curlee, discussed what he experienced

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President Biden said that he and French President Emmanuel Macron are “on the same page” during a bilateral meeting at the G7 summit.
“I think that what you demonstrate is that leadership is partnership,” Macron said to Biden.

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Millions of dollars in private safe deposit boxes were seized by the FBI, according to a report.
Robert Frommer, lawyer for Joseph Ruiz, a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the FBI, tells @smerconish “the way that they broke into these security boxes violates the Constitution.”

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The ACLU’s mission should be to uphold “basic constitutional principles,” David Goldberger, former legal director of the Illinois ACLU, tells @smerconish.
“The law applies equally to everyone, no matter who they are, no matter their identities, no matter how offensive they are.”

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Those who have natural immunity after being infected with Covid-19 should also be allowed into public venues like concerts and shows, along with vaccinated individuals, Stanford University’s Dr. Jay Bhattacharya tells @smerconish.

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Police in northwest Philadelphia will no longer stop or detain citizens for certain “quality of life” violations in a pilot program. Here’s why former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey tells @smerconish it may “erode trust even more” between police and the public.

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Dr. Joel Perlmutter resigned from an FDA advisory committee over the approval of a new Alzheimer’s drug. Here’s why he says the FDA’s decision was “egregious.”

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The Trump DOJ subpoenaed Apple for data from the accounts of House Intelligence Committee Democrats, sources say.
Rep. Eric Swalwell said he was targeted, telling @jimsciutto that Trump “weaponized the Justice Department.”

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President Biden’s upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin is “certainly not a reset” or a “reward,” Amanda Sloat, the National Security Council’s senior director for Europe, tells @jimsciutto.

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World leaders pose for “family photo” ahead of first day of G7 summit

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Jeffrey Toobin, CNN’s chief legal analyst, returned to the air, eight months after exposing himself on a call with New Yorker colleagues.

He apologized to his family, those on the call, and his colleagues saying “it was wrong, it was stupid…I’m trying to be a better person.”

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Democratic Rep. John Garamendi on infrastructure negotiations: “Republicans are going to have to make a choice. They’re going to have to seriously negotiate, which they are not now doing … or face a reconciliation process.”

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Qualified immunity is “a political hashtag in some respects that is driving policy,” former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton says. “Most people, including lawyers, politicians and indeed police themselves would have a hard time explaining it to you.”

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San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo is proposing that gun owners in the city obtain insurance and pay an annual fee to help cover the cost of gun violence.
“The Second Amendment protects everyone’s right to own a gun; it does not require taxpayers subsidize that ownership.”

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, the progressive and quintessential outsider, has become a key voice in the Biden administration: called upon, consulted and indispensable in keeping the liberal Democratic flock in line. @GloriaBorger reports.

RT @NewDay: Sen. Bernie Sanders, the progressive and quintessential outsider, has become a key voice in the Biden administration: called up…

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Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the FDA is “very, very carefully” looking into extending Johnson & Johnson vaccine expiration dates and re-utilizing doses.

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio says if gun control policies “are further weakened, then you can predict more violence in America.” 

“The laws on guns give way too much power, bluntly, to the criminals because it's too easy to get a weapon in this country.”

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"Cops have a get out of jail free card when they violate somebody's constitutional or civil rights," says @benandjerrys co-founder Ben Cohen, on ending qualified immunity.

"There's a breakdown of trust... because there's no accountability," adds co-founder Jerry Greenfield.

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The youngest survivors of the Parkland massacre are now graduating, CNN’s @KateBolduan spoke to two students as they reflect on life after the deadly shooting.

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"How much are we actually going to spend on the elements of the infrastructure program?" Democratic Rep. John Garamendi said. "Add up each one of those pieces, and you would find out that what we spent in the past is woefully inadequate so now we're talking about new money."

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“No insulting comparisons to a Swiss Army knife is going to take away the pain that these weapons have caused so many people in this country,” Brandon Wolf, a Pulse shooting survivor, says after a federal judge overturned California’s assault weapons ban.

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The White House teamed up with Anheuser-Busch, which is offering free beers if the country reaches its goal of getting 70% of adults at least one vaccine shot by July 4.
Here’s how it’d work, according to Anheuser-Busch’s Cesar Vargas.

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Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi says he thinks the federal judge’s ruling that overturned California's longtime ban on assault weapons will be appealed.
“It sounds more like an advertisement and basically legislating on his part.”

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A federal judge, who compared an AR-15 to a Swiss Army knife, overturned California's ban on assault weapons.
“My daughter's in a cemetery…because a Swiss Army knife was not used. Because it was an AR-15,” says Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed in the Parkland shooting.

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“You go from being the president and first lady one day and the next day, you're walking around Sam's Club pulling a pulley cart.”
Jean Becker, President George H.W. Bush’s former chief of staff, tells @smerconish about some behind-the-scenes moments in Bush’s life.

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Women and Americans with kids at home saw a rise in alcohol consumption to cope with stress during the pandemic, The Atlantic’s Kate Julian tells @smerconish.

“Alcohol itself isn't necessarily the problem, but the way we’ve been drinking is it really concerning.”

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The 58 lawmakers in the Problem Solvers Caucus are trying to find common ground.
“We’re not about tweets and screaming at each other,” Rep. Josh Gottheimer tells @smerconish
"Whether it's infrastructure or criminal justice reform … it's going to take us working together."

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Facebook has announced that former President Donald Trump would be suspended from its platform until at least January 2023 — two years from when he was initially suspended.

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JUST IN: Facebook has announced that former President Donald Trump would be suspended from its platform until at least January 2023 — two years from when he was initially suspended

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At the current pace, “we'll be back to full employment sometime in late 2022,” Moody’s Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi says.
“We’ve got a ways to go here, and obviously a lot of things could go wrong, but right now it feels like we're on the right track.”

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Pence “just basically put an end to his political career,” says Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman. “Any Republican that puts any distance between himself and absolute fealty to Donald Trump does so at their political career’s peril … It's just a fact now in the current GOP.”

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"This is historic progress — progress that's pulling our economy out of the worst crisis it's been in in 100 years," President Biden says about the latest jobs report. "It's testament to the new strategy that is growing this economy ... from the bottom up and the middle out."

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"We're going to start to see more and more people get back into the economy. We can't just flip a switch and get everyone back to work tomorrow... Over the course of the next few months we're going to see the jobs filled," Labor Secretary Marty Walsh says

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Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says the state's GOP-backed voting bills will replace existing secure ID requirements with ones that do “nothing to add to the security of the process but only make it more difficult for citizens to vote.”

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Infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm: "I can't put enough emphasis on the importance of a global response. Every country in the high-income brackets have to be right now supporting major efforts to get the rest of the world vaccinated."

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Former Speaker of the House John Boehner says Rep. Liz Cheney's ouster from House Republican leadership is just politics.

"As a leader of the party, if the majority of the members of the party don't agree with what you're saying, you're not going to be there long."

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Olympic rugby player Naya Tapper says she and her fellow athletes will have “very strict” regimens, including quarantining and staying in team “bubbles,” to prevent Covid-19 spread at the Tokyo Olympics.

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“We’re definitely not there yet. I would say there is a gap. And so that's our job to try to find where the common ground is,” Commerce Sec. Gina Raimondo says about negotiations on President Biden’s infrastructure package.

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“We should all be up in arms about the fact that this is happening. Because once they're able to chip away at some of our rights, then they're going to try to chip away at all of our rights,” DNC Chair Jaime Harrison says about restrictive voting bills.

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