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The Trump administration "secretly sought and obtained" the phone and email records of CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr, CNN reported Thursday.

Why it matters: The disclosure comes less than two weeks after it was revealed that former President Trump's Justice Department obtained phone records of three Washington Post reporters in 2017.

The big picture: In a letter from the Department of Justice on May 13, Starr was informed that federal prosecutors had obtained her phone and email records from June 1, 2017 to July 31, 2017, per CNN.

  • These included her work, home, and cell phone numbers, as well as her personal and work emails accounts.

Of note: Though the records were sought through the courts last year, it's unclear exactly when the investigation was opened and whether Jeff Sessions or Bill Barr was attorney general.

  • It's also unclear what precisely the Trump administration was looking for in the records, per CNN.
  • A DOJ official confirmed Starr herself was never under investigation, CNN added.

What they're saying: "CNN strongly condemns the secret collection of any aspect of a journalist's correspondence, which is clearly protected by the First Amendment," said CNN President Jeff Zucker.

  • "We are asking for an immediate meeting with the Justice Department for an explanation."

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Ancestry.com opened the world’s largest digitized and searchable collection of Freedmen’s Bureau and Freedman’s Bank records to the public this week.

Why it matters: Free access to these records kept during Reconstruction can help African Americans find missing family links prior to 1870.

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The Senate parliamentarian ruled Sunday that Democrats cannot include pathways to citizenship in the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package, per a copy of the ruling obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: It's a blow to Democrats who hoped to provide pathways for millions of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Using reconciliations would have allowed them to pass politically contentious immigration changes with only 50 votes, as opposed to the usual 60 required.

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Human remains found in Teton County, Wyoming, are "consistent with the description of" missing 22-year-old Gabby Petito, said FBI Denver official Charles Jones at a news conference Sunday.

Details: The cause of death had yet to be determined, but Jones said: "Full forensic identification has not been completed to confirm 100% that we found Gabby, but her family has been notified of this discovery." Authorities said they're continuing the search for her fiancé, Brian Laundrie.