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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How Joe Manchin's awful new stance could blow up in his face  —  By now you've heard that Sen. Joe Manchin III has essentially declared he has consigned us to a future of minority rule.  In a new piece, the West Virginia Democrat says he'll vote against his party's voting rights legislation and will never …
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Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Cheney compares Trump claims to Chinese Communist Party: 'It's very dangerous'
Discussion: Insider
Michael Wines / New York Times:
In Arizona 2020 Election Review, Risks for Republicans, and Democracy  —  Experts call it a circus.  Polls say it will hurt the G.O.P. in 2022.  But Republicans are on board in Arizona and elsewhere, despite warnings of lasting damage to the political system.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Pete Williams / NBC News:
Supreme Court declines to hear lawsuit challenging male-only draft … The Supreme Court declined Monday to consider the constitutionality of a federal law requiring men, but not women, to register for the military draft when they turn 18.  —  As is its usual practice, the court didn't say why it wouldn't take the case.
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Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
An end to the military draft... or an expansion?
Discussion: Politico and CBS News
Spectrum News NY1:
Exclusive: Eric Adams jumps in front, Yang slips in NY1/Ipsos poll  —  Eric Adams has surged to the front of the pack, overtaking Andrew Yang and building a six-point lead in the Democratic primary for mayor, according to the exclusive results of a new Spectrum News NY1/Ipsos poll.  —  What You Need To Know
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
What Were They Thinking About Insurrection?  —  The hopes and fears of the participants in the Capitol attack, government officials, and Donald Trump.  —  On January 6, 2021, members of the Oath Keepers, high on conspiracies and disinformation, went to Washington, D.C. to support then-President Donald Trump.
Discussion: Alternet.org and Washington Times
New York Times:
New York City Plans a Central Park Mega-Concert to Celebrate Reopening  —  The mayor's office has asked the producer Clive Davis to sign up musical stars for an event on the Great Lawn in August.  —  Brunch crowds are back.  Rush-hour traffic is back.  Tourists in horse-drawn carriages are back.
Discussion: The Hill, NME, Deadline and Variety
Noah Smith / Noahpinion:
America's scarcity mindset  —  Is our society turning into a zero-sum competition for survival?  —  6 hr ago  —  “This land was made for you and me” — Woody Guthrie  —  “I'm all right Jack, keep your hands off of my stack” — Pink Floyd  —  I've been reading Rick Perlstein's Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-1980.
Jackie Wattles / CNN:
Jeff Bezos is going to space on first crewed flight of rocket  —  New York (CNN Business)Jeff Bezos will be flying to space on the first crewed flight of the New Shepard, the rocket ship made by his space company, Blue Origin.  The flight is scheduled for July 20th, just 15 days after he is set to resign as CEO of Amazon.
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Rep. Mo Brooks served with lawsuit related to his role in Capitol insurrection  —  (CNN)Alabama GOP Rep. Mo Brooks was served with a lawsuit filed by California Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell seeking to hold him partially accountable for the January 6 insurrection, according to a tweet from Brooks and an attorney for Swalwell.
David Dayen / American Prospect:
House Democrat Leading Effort Against Key Consumer Protection  —  Rep. Josh Gottheimer is lobbying against a resolution that would end the practice of predatory lenders charging astronomical interest rates on consumer loans.  —  Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) speaks during …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Anthony Weiner's Not Coming Back.  But He Has Nowhere to Go.  —  The man who was almost New York's mayor talks about the current campaign, selling tweets and why he feels bad for the media.  —  Anthony Weiner doesn't pay the kind of attention to New York politics that he did back when he was running …
Discussion: Insider and Gothamist
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: Herschel Walker MIA from state GOP convention  —  By Patricia Murphy - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Greg Bluestein - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tia Mitchell - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution … If Herschel Walker wanted to fire up Republicans about a potential U.S. Senate run …
Discussion: The Hill and TheGrio
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Melissa Eddy / New York Times:
David Dushman, Soviet Soldier Who Helped Liberate Auschwitz, Dies at 98  —  Mr. Dushman is believed to have been the last surviving liberator of the camp.  He went on to become a decorated fencer.  —  BERLIN — David Dushman, who as a soldier for the Soviet Union drove his tank through …
Discussion: CNN and The Guardian
Fred Ryan / Washington Post:
Something appears to be ‘simply, simply wrong’ at the Biden Justice Department  —  Fred Ryan is publisher of The Post.  —  During the final days of the Trump administration, the attorney general used extraordinary measures to obtain subpoenas to secretly seize records of reporters at three leading U.S. news organizations.
Washington Post:
Vaccination rates fall off, imperiling Biden's July Fourth goal  —  The ‘last mile’ of delivering coronavirus shots has become a marathon, with health officials showing up at stores, parks and factories, rather than waiting for people to come to them.  —  Plummeting vaccination rates …
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Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Biden's vaccine push fails to gain traction with African Americans
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Times:
What Happened When Trump Was Banned on Social Media  —  When Facebook and Twitter barred Donald J. Trump from their platforms after the Capitol riot in January, he lost direct access to his most powerful megaphones.  On Friday, Facebook said the former president would not be allowed …
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
The dirty secret behind the success of top Republican fundraisers  —  A constellation of obscure websites — populated with content stolen from major media outlets like Politico, Axios, and BuzzFeed — has played a significant role in the fundraising success of Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene …
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
Was mask-wearing pointless, after all?  Fauci must be forced to answer  —  Did we ever need masks?  —  It's a touchy, complex question.  People may not want to learn that millions of us covered our faces for 15 months for no good reason, after all.  But asking the questions is exactly what we must do.
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Stormy Daniels says her attorney is in contact with prosecutors investigating Trump Organization  —  Stormy Daniels says her lawyer has been in touch with prosecutors in New York City who are investigating former President Trump's company.  —  “I have not been called to testify,” …
Discussion: CNBC and POLITICUSUSA
New York Times:
From Doomsday Preppers to Doomsday Plotters  —  Far-right movements have long dreamed of a moment that ends society as we've known it.  Now, experts say, so-called accelerationist thinking is proliferating in ways that could destabilize democracy.  —  For QAnon it is “The Storm,” …
Joe Sutton / CNN:
Video appears to show GOP Oregon lawmaker telling protesters how to enter closed state Capitol  —  (CNN)An Oregon state lawmaker who has been charged after he allegedly allowed protesters into the closed state Capitol building during a debate over Covid-19 restrictions is seen in new video appearing …
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Biden should go it alone  —  Seventeen months — that's all the time that's left.  —  That's how long President Biden can hope to hold Democratic majorities in the House and Senate.  —  Now is the time to start thinking about the November 2022 midterm elections.
 
 
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Irin Carmon / New York Magazine:
The Tiger Mom and and the Hornet's Nest For decades, Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld were Yale Law power brokers. A new generation wants to see them exiled.
Discussion: The Atlantic
CNN:
Senate sergeant-at-arms: We need a vaccine for disinformation
Discussion: The Daily Caller, HuffPost and Insider
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: Republicans dispute CNN's Tapper
Washington Examiner:
Biden rejoining the World Health Organization looks worse every day
Steve Thomma / White House Correspondents' Association:
WHCA Announces New Scholarship at University of Tennessee
Matthew Kassel / Jewish Insider:
Interview with Barack Obama
Discussion: Power Line
Mike Allen / Axios:
Blinken warns Putin ahead of upcoming U.S.-Russia summit
Discussion: The Times of Israel, The Hill and IJR
 Earlier Items: 
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Rubio may still want to be president one day. He's content to wait out Trump.
Discussion: Raw Story
National Review:
GOP Sweeps in Texas Races Signal Growing Hispanic Support for the Party
The Daily Beast:
Dems Worry the GOP Will Try to ‘Benghazi’ Jan. 6 Probe
Discussion: Bloomberg and Raw Story
Milton J. Valencia Globe / The Boston Globe:
With a legal challenge, Dennis White case could drag on for years, stalk former mayor Martin J. Walsh
Jordan Williams / The Hill:
Lincoln Project co-founder: Trump's words ‘will surely kill again’
Discussion: Insider and Townhall
New York Times:
C.I.A. Scrambles for New Approach in Afghanistan
Rebecca Klapper / Newsweek:
Fox News Blocks Ad Showing Law Enforcement Officers Describing Capitol Riot Violence
 

 
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