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8:35 AM ET, June 15, 2021

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Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Senate confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson to be judge on powerful appeals court  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Monday to confirm President Joe Biden's nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  —  The vote was 53-44.
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Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Mitch McConnell plays his Supreme Court card  —  (CNN)If President Joe Biden wants to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, he had better hope a seat opens up between now and the end of 2022.  —  That's the unmistakeable message sent by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) …
Clare Foran / CNN:
McConnell says ‘highly unlikely’ he would let Biden fill a Supreme Court vacancy in 2024 if GOP wins back Senate
Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell On President Biden Judicial Nominees, A New “JCPOA”
CNN:
New emails show how Trump and his allies pressured Justice Department to try to challenge 2020 election results  —  (CNN)New emails show how former President Donald Trump's White House assistant, chief of staff and other allies pressured the Justice Department to investigate claims of voter fraud …
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Katie Benner / New York Times:
Trump Pressed Official to Wield Justice Dept. to Back Election Claims  —  The former president began pressuring his acting attorney general even before announcing that his predecessor was stepping down, emails show.  —  WASHINGTON — An hour before President Donald J. Trump announced …
Washington Post:
Biden, E.U. eliminate long-running aircraft trade dispute, but other Trump tariffs still stand in the way  —  BRUSSELS — President Biden and European Union leaders on Tuesday reached a deal to put to rest a 17-year-old trade dispute about subsidies for aircraft manufacturers, officials said …
Discussion: Bloomberg, NPR, CNBC and Politico
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Rep. Greene apologizes for comparing face masks to Holocaust, but stands by comparison of Democrats to Nazi party  —  Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Monday visited the Holocaust Museum and apologized for previously comparing coronavirus face-mask policies to the Nazi practice of labeling Jews with Star of David badges.
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
America's contest of nightmares isn't even close  —  America is in a contest of contending nightmares.  —  The dreams of conservatives are currently troubled by “wokeness” and critical race theory.  As with most nightmares, there is a grain of truth within such terrors.
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
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NBC News:
Critical race theory invades school boards — with help from conservative groups  —  A booby-trapped billboard.  A list of demands.  A conservative media frenzy.  —  Jeff Porter, superintendent of a wealthy suburban school district in Maine, had no idea that his community was about to become part …
Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas:
Cotton, McConnell, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Defund 1619 Project Curriculum
Discussion: Townhall
Colin Woodard / Press Herald:
Ex-Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, now a Mainer, marched on the Capitol on Jan. 6  —  The former Californian, who's been called 'Putin's favorite congressman,' said he participated to protest the ‘stolen election’ but urged fellow protesters not to storm the Capitol.  —  POLITICS
Erin Douglas / The Texas Tribune:
Texas' main power grid operator urges reduced electricity use through Friday due to “tight grid conditions”  —  The Electric Reliability Council of Texas says a large number of power plants are offline, but it could not provide details as to what may be causing the “very concerning” number of outages.
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The White House:
Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on the National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism  —  Domestic terrorism - driven by hate, bigotry, and other forms of extremism— is a stain on the soul of America.  It goes against everything our country strives for and it poses …
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The White House:
FACT SHEET: National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Pompeo builds national profile with new political group  —  Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is launching an organization to support Republican candidates in the 2022 midterm elections and build his national political profile, as the GOP ponders its future after the Trump administration.
Discussion: The Hill and National Review
David Siders / Politico:
Why Mike Lindell Can't Stop  —  CHASKA, Minn.—  One day in mid-May, after a rally in South Dakota to promote his new website, Mike Lindell, the pillow magnate and indefatigable election-conspiracy promoter, barreled into his company headquarters, sat himself down at a long table …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Stephen Rodrick / Rolling Stone:
Diamond and Sulk: A Weekend With Mike Lindell and the MAGA Zombies
Discussion: Insider, Washington Times and Raw Story
Politico:
'He's screwed over so many publishers': Trump confronts a skeptical book industry  —  Almost five months after leaving office, major publishing houses still are wary of publishing a book by former President Donald Trump, even though a post-White House memoir would almost assuredly be a best-seller.
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Is Bill de Blasio Secretly Backing Eric Adams for Mayor?  —  The mayor is not making a public endorsement in the primary race, but he is believed to favor Mr. Adams, the Brooklyn borough president.  —  It was one of the more memorable moments in the New York City mayor's race …
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org
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Michael Hendrix / City Journal:
Rounding the Turn  —  The state of New York's mayoral race, as the June 22 primary approaches
Discussion: Politico and New York Post
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Former Trump officials help Biden with Putin summit prep  —  The previously unreported session demonstrates the extent to which Biden wants to be well prepared.
Discussion: Insider, The Guardian and Тел …
William Bredderman / The Daily Beast:
Gohmert Swears $5,500 ‘Donation’ to Holocaust Denier Was a Mistake  —  GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert's campaign gave $5,500 to “ministries” linked to anti-gay, anti-Semitic preacher Steve Anderson. … Rep. Louie Gohmert celebrated New Year's Eve 2020 by dropping several thousand dollars …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Schumer apologizes after using outdated term for disabled children during housing interview  —  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer apologized on Monday for using an outmoded word to refer to developmentally disabled children during a recent podcast appearance.
Jennifer Taub / Washington Monthly:
Why Is Merrick Garland Defending Bill Barr's Policies?  —  Biden's attorney general is siding with Donald Trump's Justice Department on everything from the Mueller Report to a rape accusation.  —  Merrick Garland took the helm of the United States Justice Department three months ago …
Matthew A. Winkler / Bloomberg:
California Defies Doom With No. 1 U.S. Economy  —  When misfortunes multiplied during the coronavirus pandemic, observers seized on a four-letter word signaling end of days for the largest state with one-eighth the U.S. population and 14% of its gross domestic product.
Discussion: The Big Picture
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Republicans Now Want to ‘Audit’ Election Results in States That Trump Won  —  Questioning the results of the states where Biden triumphed?  That's old news.  The new hotness in GOP circles is to review the votes in states where Trump came out on top.  —  The Arizona state senate's haphazard …
Issues & Insights:
California Gov. Newsom Releases His Political Prisoners  —  June 15 should be celebrated as the Golden State Independence Day.  On this date, more than 15 long months after he issued his first imperial order limiting the movements of an ostensibly free people, Gov. Gavin Newsom reopened the state.
Discussion: RedState and Instapundit
 
 
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Gerard Baker / Wall Street Journal:
Jeffrey Toobin, the ‘1619 Project’ and the Journalistic Reign of Error
Wall Street Journal:
University Vaccine Mandates Violate Medical Ethics
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Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants Would Boost U.S. Economic Growth
Radley Balko / Washington Post:
The bogus backlash against progressive prosecutors
Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
Exclusive: Democrat exploring ‘patriot tax’ on multimillionaires' wealth
Anshel Pfeffer / Haaretz:
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid awaiting President Reuven Rivlin for the official governing coalition earlier today.Credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND - AFP
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Arizona AG defends Maricopa vote audit against ‘hysterical’ Justice criticism
Holmes Lybrand / CNN:
Fact-checking Sen. Ron Johnson's continued efforts to mislead on Covid-19 and January 6 insurrection
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
There's not going to be a post-presidency revelation that submarines Trump
Discussion: Raw Story, Power Line and CNN
Errin Haines / The 19th:
Barack Obama: Women have found themselves “in an impossible situation”
Discussion: Washington Post, IJR and The Hill