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Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump's Former Bodyguard Under Scrutiny in New York Probe  —  Matthew Calamari, now the Trump Organization's chief operating officer, has hired his own attorney as prosecutors investigate the company's employee perks  —  New York prosecutors are investigating whether …
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ABC News:
Trump Organization sues New York City for wrongful termination of contracts  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio moved to terminate the contracts after the Capitol riot.  —  Former President Donald Trump's company sued New York City Monday for allegedly wrongfully terminating contracts the Trump Organization had to operate city facilities.
CNN:
Pressure mounts on Trump Organization CFO to cooperate against Donald Trump  —  (CNN)The Trump Organization's chief financial officer is staring down a decision: whether to cooperate with prosecutors against former President Donald Trump and the Trump Organization or potentially face criminal tax-related charges.
Discussion: KVIA-TV
Erica Orden / CNN:   The winner of Tuesday's Manhattan DA primary is poised to take over Trump investigation
Kyrsten Sinema / Washington Post:
We have more to lose than gain by ending the filibuster  —  Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat, represents Arizona in the U.S. Senate.  —  Everyday Arizonans are focused on questions that matter most in their daily lives.  —  Is my job secure?  Can I expand my business?  Can we afford college?
Paul Blumenthal / HuffPost:
Democrats To Introduce Bill To Combat Election Subversion As Part Of Voting Rights Push  —  The bill will try to stop state-level Republicans from fulfilling Trump's dream of giving them the power to overturn future elections.  —  Democrats plan to introduce legislation in the House and Senate …
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Rafael Bernal / The Hill:
Obama: Voting rights bill must pass before next election
Discussion: NBC News, Breitbart and IJR
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Federal judge tosses most claims against Trump, Barr and U.S. officials in clearing of Lafayette Square  —  A U.S. judge on Monday dismissed most claims filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of D.C., Black Lives Matter and others who in lawsuits accused the Trump administration …
David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
The Berserk End of the Campaign Yang and Garcia team up.  Adams cries victim.  Wiley goes after them all.  —  A Democratic mayoral primary that mostly played out in the tiny confines of a square box on Zoom spun into full Technicolor berserk in the race's final days.
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Sarah Kliff / New York Times:
Medicaid Enrollment Surpassed 80 Million, a Record, During the Pandemic  —  The increase points to the program's growing role not just as a safety net, but also as a foundation of U.S. health coverage.  —  Medicaid enrollment rose sharply during the pandemic, with nearly 10 million Americans joining …
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Summer Ballentine / Associated Press:
Trial over Missouri's refusal to expand Medicaid to begin
Discussion: Washington Post and FOX 2
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Sen. Whitehouse defends family's membership in private beach club amid questions about whether it is all-White  —  Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) is defending his family's ties to an exclusive beach club in Rhode Island, amid questions about whether the club's membership is all-White.
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Ted Nesi / WPRI-TV:
Whitehouse under scrutiny for belonging to exclusive Newport beach club
Discussion: RedState, Fox News and HotAir
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
A Lawyer For Jan. 6 Defendants Is Giving Her Clients Remedial Lessons In American History  —  D.C. attorney H. Heather Shaner says that books and movies about the uglier parts of American history are “a revelation” for some of her Capitol attack clients.  —  At first glance …
Discussion: Raw Story
Valerie Strauss / Washington Post:
Student challenges Florida Gov. DeSantis over critical race theory ban  —  Uma Menon is a 17-year-old writer and student at Princeton University who attended public schools in Florida, where the state Board of Education just banned public schools from teaching that racism is …
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Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
The Backlash against Critical Race Theory Is Real
The National Pulse:
SCALP: Daszak Recused from COVID Commission After National Pulse Exposés.  —  Compromised scientist Peter Daszak has been removed from the Lancet's COVID-19 commission following a number of leading exposés by The National Pulse investigative team surrounding Daszak's work with the Chinese Communist Party.
Joe Killian / NC Policy Watch:
UNC Press now in the crosshairs of Board of Governors, which is refusing to re-appoint professor who criticized handling of Silent Sam monument  —  Eric Muller served two five-year terms on the UNC Press Board.  —  In an unprecedented move, the UNC Board of Governors is refusing to re-appoint …
Bess Levin / Vanity Fair:
“They Can Tweet All They Want”: Eric Adams on Weed, Beyoncé, and the Housing-Sleuth Haters  —  Talking to the mayoral front-runner about his Bed-Stuy apartment, the weird contraband video, stop and frisk, and more.  —  If you buy into the polls, Eric Adams may very well be the next mayor of New York City.
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
Egyptian intelligence chief to face questioning over alleged involvement in Khashoggi killing  —  A human rights group is calling on members of Congress to interrogate the chief of Egyptian intelligence on Tuesday about a Yahoo News report that a Saudi plane carrying a team of assassins stopped …
PNAS:
Stewardship of global collective behavior  —  Joseph B. Bak-Coleman, Mark Alfano, Wolfram Barfuss, Carl T. Bergstrom, Miguel A. Centeno, Iain D. Couzin, Jonathan F. Donges, Mirta Galesic, Andrew S. Gersick, Jennifer Jacquet, Albert B. Kao, Rachel E. Moran, Pawel Romanczuk, Daniel I. Rubenstein …
Evie Fordham / Fox News:
US Olympic athlete Chelsea Wolfe threatened to burn flag on podium  —  BMX Freestyle rider Chelsea Wolfe identifies as a trans woman  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for June 21  —  EXCLUSIVE - BMX Freestyle rider Chelsea Wolfe, who qualified as an alternate to represent the U.S …
Abigail Shrier / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
The Books Are Already Burning  —  The question is only: How long will decent people stand by quietly and watch it happen?  —  6 hr ago … One hundred and forty-six people in Halifax, Nova Scotia wait on a list to borrow a library book.  A question hangs over them: Will activists let them read it?
Discussion: HotAir
Brian Flood / Fox News:
New York Times' scribe Maggie Haberman can't quit Trump, largely ignores Biden  —  ‘She traded in what credibility she had during the Trump administration for 15 minutes of cable news fame,’ Chris Barron said  —  New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman serves as a Washington correspondent …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
I'm a conservative who believes systemic racism is real  —  The phrase “systemic racism,” like “climate change” and “gun control,” has been sucked into the vortex of the culture war.  The emotional reaction to these words seems to preclude reasoned debate on their meaning.  —  But a divisive concept can be clarifying.
Vicky Prodeline / Monmouth University Polling …:
Public Supports Both Early Voting And Requiring Photo ID to Vote  —  One-third remain convinced of 2020 election fraud  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Most Americans support both easier access to early voting and requiring photo identification to vote, according to the Monmouth ("Mon-muth") University Poll.
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
After Courtroom Beatdown, Ex-'Kraken' Lawyer Withdraws Lawsuit Against MLB Over All-Star Game  —  After striking out in spectacular fashion in a federal judge's courtroom earlier this month, the non-profit group that sought a judicial order to bring back the 2021 All-Star Game to Atlanta held …
Discussion: Raw Story
Joe Nocera / Bloomberg:
NCAA's Era of Exploiting College Athletes Is Ending  —  The dam has broken.  College athletes are going to be paid — eventually.  And it's about time.  —  The Supreme Court on Monday confirmed unanimously that the National Collegiate Athletic Association is a business that has to conform …
Isabel Debre / Associated Press:
Iran president-elect takes hard line, refuses to meet Biden  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's president-elect staked out a hard-line position Monday in his first remarks since his landslide election victory, rejecting the possibility of meeting with President Joe Biden …
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Karim Sadjadpour / The Atlantic:
Iran Stops Pretending
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Is This the Dumbest Filibuster Defense Ever Written?  I cannot believe this column was published in a national newspaper.  —  I have read a lot of bad arguments for the filibuster.  They typically consist of a hazy or outright false historical account of how the filibuster was created …
Discussion: Raw Story and Wall Street Journal
Michael Kunzelman / Associated Press:
US hits encouraging milestones on virus deaths and shots  —  COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have dipped below 300 a day for the first time since the early days of the disaster in March 2020, while the drive to put shots in arms hit another encouraging milestone Monday: 150 million Americans fully vaccinated.
Abha Bhattarai / Washington Post:
Retail workers are quitting at record rates for higher-paying work: 'My life isn't worth a dead-end job'  —  Some 649,000 employees gave notice in April, the sector's largest one-month exodus in over 20 years, a reflection of pandemic-era strains and a strengthening job market
Discussion: Payday Report
NBC News:
New Texas law aims to protect parents wrongly accused of child abuse  —  HOUSTON — Texas child welfare workers and family courts will be required to consider additional medical opinions before taking children from parents in cases of suspected child abuse, under a new law going into effect Sept. 1.
Discussion: The Hill
 
 
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Dina Schipper / Fairleigh Dickinson University:
FDU Poll: Murphy leads a mostly unknown Ciatterelli
Discussion: The Hill
Hayes Brown / MSNBC:
How Arizona's 2020 election ‘audit’ went from comedy to tragedy
Discussion: Breitbart
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Remember Who Tucker Carlson Is
Discussion: The US Sun, HotAir and Vanity Fair
Washington Post:
‘In the Heights’ is just more of the same whitewashed Hollywood
Washington Post:
Biden administration to endorse bill to end disparity in drug sentencing between crack and powder cocaine
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
Hannah Allam / Washington Post:
In Oklahoma, the 1995 bombing offers lessons — and warnings — for today's fight against extremism
New York Times:
When It Comes to Big City Elections, Republicans Are in the Wilderness
Discussion: Raw Story
Robby Soave / Reason:
Vancouver School Board Is Eliminating Honors Programs To Achieve ‘Equity’
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Aruna Viswanatha / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Election Pressure Caused Senior Justice Official to Weigh Resigning
Discussion: Raw Story
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
The Authoritarian Instincts of Police Unions
Courtney Kube / NBC News:
Since 9/11, military suicides dwarf the number of soldiers killed in combat
Discussion: Common Dreams and Raw Story
Will Doran / Raleigh News & Observer:
McCrae Dowless guilty plea on social security disability fraud
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
FBI agent acknowledges in court filing that Trump backers discussed ‘revolution’ before Jan. 6
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
How Putin Made a Fool of Tucker Carlson
Discussion: Raw Story