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5:30 PM ET, June 21, 2017

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New York Times:
Democrats Seethe After Georgia Loss: ‘Our Brand Is Worse Than Trump’  —  Democrats seethed, second-guessed and sought to regroup on Wednesday after a disappointing special election defeat in Georgia, with the party's campaign chief in the House of Representatives outlining alternative paths to taking power …
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
This Might Be the Worst Democratic Freak-out Ever  —  Karen Handel's close-but-not-that-close win in Georgia's sixth district, the fourth Republican victory in four special elections, has officially made the party's failure to capture a House seat in 2017 a capital-T Thing.
David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
GA-06: Why Handel's Win Isn't a Disaster for Democrats  —  It's a devastating psychological blow for a party to spend over $30 million on a House special election and still lose.  For Democrats, Jon Ossoff's defeat to Karen Handel stings, and the blame game is already raging: “Why did Ossoff run such a bland campaign?
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Pelosi faces growing doubts among Dems after Georgia loss  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats put a brave face on Wednesday morning after a disappointing loss in the Georgia special election, yet there is no disguising the unhappiness in the party ranks.
Patricia Murphy / The Daily Beast:
Jon Ossoff's $23 Million Loss Shows Dems Have No Idea How to Win in the Age of Trump … SANDY SPRINGS, Georgia—After $50 million and a congressional contest bigger than some presidential primaries, the special election in Georgia's 6th District to replace Rep. Tom Price ended up where it began …
Charlie Spiering / Breitbart:
‘Sad CNN’ Meme Storms the Internet as Karen Handel Wins Georgia Special Election  —  As the election results showed Republican Karen Handel soundly beating her opponent Jon Ossoff in the special election in Georgia, CNN analysts appeared disappointed by the results before anchor Anderson Cooper cut to a break.
Discussion: Fox News, The Daily Caller and IJR
Daniel Nussbaum / Breitbart:
Hollywood Melts Down After Ossoff Loss: ‘Grouphug, Get In’
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Trump spikes the ball after Georgia election win
Discussion: ABC News, Washington Post and The Hill
Steve / steveschale.com:   One big lesson from GA 06.
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Most Americans say Republican healthcare plan will be harmful: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  When U.S. Senate Republicans unveil their plan to overhaul America's healthcare system, they will face a skeptical public that already does not buy the justification for an earlier version that passed the House …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Trump, Russia and a Shadowy Business Partnership  —  An insider describes the Bayrock Group, its links to the Trump family and its mysterious access to funds.  It isn't pretty.  —  The special counsel's investigation of the White House has come more sharply into focus.
Theodoric Meyer / Politico:
Congressional Black Caucus expected to decline Trump meeting  —  The Congressional Black Caucus is expected to reject an invitation to meet with President Donald Trump, according to four sources close to the group.  —  The Trump administration, sources said, has done nothing to advance …
BuzzFeed:
A Bunch Of CIA Staff Got Fired For Stealing Snacks From Vending Machines  —  The group of employees shared a vending machine hack to steal more than $3,000 in snacks.  —  Several CIA contractors were kicked out of the agency for stealing more than $3,000 in snacks from vending machines …
Federal Bureau of Investigation:
Law Enforcement Shares Findings of the Investigation into the June 14 Alexandria, Virginia Shooting  —  Today, law enforcement officials shared findings to date of the investigation into the shooting that occurred at the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.
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Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
FBI Claims Attempted GOP Assassinations Are ‘Assault’ — NOT Terrorism
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
DeVos picks CEO of for-profit lender to run federal student loan system  —  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's pick to lead the department's $1.3 trillion student loan system is the CEO of a private student loan company.  —  A. Wayne Johnson, who was tapped as chief operating officer of Federal Student Aid …
Discussion: The Root
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ED News:
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Announces Intent to Appoint Dr. A. Wayne Johnson as Chief …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The FADER
Jordan Smith / The Intercept:
Texas Couple Exonerated 25 Years After Being Convicted of Lurid Crimes That Never Happened  —  Twenty-five years after they were convicted of a crime that never happened, Fran and Dan Keller were formally exonerated on June 20 in Austin, Texas.  —  The couple's prosecution in 1992 was part …
Discussion: Raw Story
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Uber Founder Travis Kalanick Resigns as C.E.O.  —  Travis Kalanick stepped down Tuesday as chief executive of Uber, the ride-hailing service that he helped found in 2009 and that he built into a transportation colossus, after a shareholder revolt made it untenable for him to stay on at the company.
Jacob Sullum / Hit & Run:
Philando Castile Video Shows a Cop Who Panicked and Killed an Innocent Man  —  Much has been made of the fact that the dashcam video of the July 6, 2016, traffic stop in which Philando Castile was killed, which was finally released to the public yesterday, does not show what was going on inside his car …
Paul Sperry / New York Post:
Next up: a special counsel to probe Team Obama's obstruction of justice  —  MORE FROM: … By using fired FBI Director James Comey to attack the new Republican administration, Democrats have opened up a legal can of worms for the Obama administration.  —  Under sworn questioning …
Darren Sands / BuzzFeed:
What Happened To Black Lives Matter?  —  Donald Trump's election and presidency has inspired the biggest outpouring of liberal activism in more than a decade.  But Black Lives Matter seems less visible than a year ago.  After a meteoric rise to prominence, the movement is struggling mightily …
New York Times:
ISIS Is Said to Destroy Historic Al Nuri Mosque in Mosul  —  BAGHDAD — The Islamic State on Wednesday night destroyed Mosul's centuries-old Al Nuri Grand Mosque and its distinctive leaning minaret, one of Iraq's most famous landmarks, according to the Iraqi and American militaries.
Ben Hubbard / New York Times:
Saudi Arabia Rewrites Succession as King Replaces Heir With Son, 31  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — King Salman of Saudi Arabia promoted his 31-year-old son, Mohammed bin Salman, to be next in line to the throne on Wednesday, further empowering a young, activist leader at a time when the kingdom …
Allan Dodds Frank / ABC News:
Trump Organization seeks hefty tax break for Westchester golf club  —  The Trump Organization wants its tax bill cut in half at one of its high-end golf clubs, part of a longstanding Trump practice of using legal challenges and appeals to lower his corporate tax bills.
Discussion: Axios, Raw Story and Bipartisan Report
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Bloomberg: Trump will win reelection because ‘the Democratic Party is going to be torn apart’  —  Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) says President Trump is likely to win reelection in 2020 because Democrats will be hamstrung by the deep fissures between the liberal and moderate wings of the party.
Discussion: IJR and Washington Free Beacon
Matthew Mosk / ABC News:
Democrats seek suspension of Jared Kushner's security clearance pending Russia probe  —  House Democrats are raising “serious concerns” with security clearances held by President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, saying suspicions about his contacts with Russian officials …
Discussion: Axios and Politico
Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Tom Cotton Intern Calls British ‘Faggots’ and Paul Ryan a ‘Cuck’ in Audio Recording  —  GOP Senator Tom Cotton's intern is not shy about spouting off incendiary comments, as the young Republican calls Speaker Paul Ryan “a cuck” and the British “faggots.”
Jason Richwine / Center for Immigration Studies:
Immigrant Literacy: Self-Assessment vs. Reality  —  Jason Richwine, PhD, is an independent public policy analyst based in Washington, D.C., and a contributing writer at National Review.  —  To measure the English ability of immigrants in the United States, researchers often rely on the opinion of the immigrants themselves.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Harvey Day / Daily Mail:
Hillary Clinton is under investigation AGAIN for her handling of government emails and the former Secretary of State and her aides could have their security clearances revoked  — Clinton and her staffers still have security clearances which could be revoked depending on the outcome of the investigation
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
How The Guardian Lost America  —  The Guardian's US newsroom didn't become the voice of the Bernie left during the election.  It didn't break huge campaign scoops.  Years after winning a Pulitzer for the Edward Snowden story, Guardian US has slashed costs, leaving employees stewing about mismanagement …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Wall Street Journal fires Jay Solomon over involvement with arms dealer  —  The Wall Street Journal has fired chief foreign affairs correspondent Jay Solomon for what the paper called a “breach” and ethical lapses over his involvement with an Iranian-born arms dealer.
 
 
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Tim Hains / RealClearPolitics:
Dem Sen. Chris Murphy: Russia Issue Is Becoming A “Distraction” That Is Hurting Democrats
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Sheriff Clarke Accuses Andrew Kaczynski of ‘Electronic Terrorism’
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Tal Kopan / CNN:
DHS officials: 21 states potentially targeted by Russia hackers pre-election
Discussion: IJR and TheBlaze
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Russian diplomat cancels meeting over new US sanctions
Discussion: Axios
Jessica Wehrman / The Columbus Dispatch:
Portman met secretly with North Koreans to lobby for Warmbier's release
Discussion: Axios
Brigid Delaney / The Guardian:
YMCA partners with Boy George to embrace eponymous gay anthem for first time
New York Times:
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Discussion: Business Insider and The Outline
Ian Hanchett / Breitbart:
Dem Rep Bustos: 'It's Not Going to Work for Us Just to Have an Anti-Trump Message'
Discussion: Washington Times
 Earlier Items: 
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Franken: 'I don't want to be president'
Discussion: The Daily Caller and ABC News
Jeff Poor / Breitbart:
Camille Paglia Blames Dems for Destroying Journalism — ‘It Is Going to Take Decades to Recover’
Discussion: Daily Wire
Ilya Marritz / WNYC News:
Trump Hotel Tells Workers Not To Leak
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Illinois Comptroller: “The State Can No Longer Function”
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Fears mount that Obamacare repeal will put life-saving treatments for opioid epidemic out of reach
Michael Crowley / Politico:
Why the White House Is Reading Greek History
Discussion: Raw Story