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Good morning, Portland! And a special good morning to the members of the Oregon House Republican caucus, who all seem to have located their spines and are calling on their colleague Rep. Mike Nearman to resign after new evidence proves he intentionally let armed right-wing demonstrators into the state Capitol last December. Nearman is now on the verge of being expelled from the House by vote, which would be a first in state history.
Anyway, here are the rest of the headlines.
• During the pandemic, Portlanders were concerned about food security in grocery stores and wanted to reinvest in local businesses—so they flocked to urban farms. The city's urban farmer community remained unified through those opportunities and challenges. Read more in this cool peek into Portland's urban farm culture.
• I am once again asking you to please read this excellent five-part series from our own Alex Zielinski, which covers what's changed—and what hasn't—in Portland policing after a full year of ongoing protests.
• At a speech in Guatemala yesterday, Vice President Kamala Harris had a chilling message for would-be immigrants: "Do not come to the US." She continued by imploring them to do it the "legal" way, rather than traveling to the border. Turns out that our country has always been shameful on immigration and foreign policy in general, and a presidential election wasn't going to change that particular issue.
“I want to be clear to folks in this region who are thinking about making that dangerous trek to the United States-Mexico border: Do not come. Do not come.”— The Recount (@therecount) June 7, 2021
— VP Kamala Harris during news conference with Guatemalan president Alejandro Giammattei pic.twitter.com/dYNwu7STbS
• Propublica has uncovered a trove of previously unreleased documents that show how the world's wealthiest people—including Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Warren Buffet—play the American people by paying little-to-none on their income tax returns. But, you know, we've really gotta go after all those single parents who are taking unemployment benefits rather than working jobs at McDonald's.
• Protesters in Minnesota are attempting to block the rebuilding of Line 3, an oil pipeline that runs from Alberta, Canada to Wisconsin and carries tar sands oil that worsens climate change and poses a direct threat to the surrounding wildlife in the event of a leak. Here's a look at how the US is treating these protesters:
• A Senate probe into the events of January 6 at the US Capitol has found that the Capitol Police seemed to have plenty of advance intelligence to predict and prepare for what eventually happened. That includes seeing "information from a pro-Trump website that included comments about the Capitol's tunnel system and that encouraged demonstrators to bring weapons to subdue members of Congress and police," according to NPR.
• Last week, I heaped praise on Michelle Zauner's new memoir, Crying in H Mart, as well as Jubilee, the new album she released as Japanese Breakfast. And yesterday, we got the news that Crying in H Mart will be a feature film, with Zauner doing the soundtrack! Let's celebrate by closing out today with this recently released video of "Savage Good Boy" from Japanese Breakfast: