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5:55 AM ET, June 14, 2021

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Benjamin Fearnow / Newsweek:
Kayleigh McEnany Claims ‘I Never Lied’ as Trump's White House Press Secretary, Cites Belief in God  —  Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany proclaimed Sunday that her faith in God prevented her from ever telling a single lie during her tenure as former President Donald Trump's chief spokesperson.
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Kaelan Deese / Washington Examiner:
McEnany claims ‘I never lied’ as Trump's press secretary, citing religious faith  —  Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany claimed Sunday her faith in God barred her from ever telling a lie during her time working under former President Donald Trump.
New York Times:
Apple Is Said to Have Turned Over Data on Trump's White House Counsel in 2018  —  The company notified Donald F. McGahn II last month that it had been subpoenaed for his account information three years ago.  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department subpoenaed Apple for information in February 2018 …
Washington Post:
Trump's Justice Department secretly sought data from Apple on former White House counsel McGahn
Discussion: ABC News, Bloomberg and Politico
The White House:
Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Prime Minister Bennett of Israel  —  President Biden spoke today with Prime Minister Bennett to offer his warm congratulations to Prime Minister Bennett on becoming Prime Minister of the State of Israel.  President Biden highlighted his decades …
Discussion: JNS.org
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David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
Netanyahu, ‘King of Israel,’ Exits a Stage He Dominated
Discussion: Los Angeles Times, NPR and Al Jazeera
Haaretz:
Pics: Noam Moskowitz/Knesset, Gil COHEN-MAGEN, Ariel Zandberg
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and New York Times
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
The fall of “King Bibi”
Discussion: Fox News and The Times of Israel
Axios:
Netanyahu is out as new Israeli government survives confidence vote
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Israel Approves Coalition Government, Ending Netanyahu's 12-Year Reign
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Why The New Yorker's Stars Didn't Join Its Union  —  The 96-year-old magazine, known for its revered writers and sophisticated audience, is being consumed by a labor dispute.  —  Writers for The New Yorker have been known to refer to the editor, David Remnick, as “Dad,” …
Hunter Walker / The Atlantic:
The NYC Mayor's Race Is a Warning for Progressives  —  Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the most prominent progressive politicians in the country, warned last week that her hometown is at high risk of having a decidedly moderate mayor.  Standing in New York's City Hall Park …
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Matthew Neale / NME:
Watch Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and John Mulaney open for The Strokes at Maya Wiley fundraiser
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Insider
Mihir Zaveri / New York Times:   New York Has a Housing Crisis. How Would the Mayoral Candidates Fix It?
Financial Times:
Biden rallies western allies in global ‘contest’ against autocrats  —  China counters that the G7 summit exposed the ‘sinister intentions’ of the US and its partners  —  Joe Biden has challenged leaders of G7 countries to use their financial muscle to counter China's rising global influence …
Discussion: The Atlantic and KVIA-TV
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Ned Beatty Dead / TMZ.com:
‘Network’ & ‘Superman’ Actor Ned Beatty Dead at 83  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  REMEMBERING NED BEATTY  —  3:28 PM PT — Ned's manager tells us ... his client died around 7:30 AM this morning of natural causes, surrounded by friends and loved ones.  —  Ned Beatty — a veteran character actor …
Marianna Sotomayor / Washington Post:
'I didn't take an oath to defend Donald Trump': Rep. Tom Rice tests whether Republican voters will support a conservative who crossed Trump  —  MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Republican Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina has been a reliable conservative during his five terms in Congress …
Eric Deggans / NPR:
Tom Hanks Is A Non-Racist.  It's Time For Him To Be Anti-Racist  —  First, I must note how much I love Tom Hanks as a performer, Hollywood citizen and all-around stand-up guy.  —  Of course, he's a consummate actor, with two Oscars and starring roles in landmark films such as Philadelphia and Forrest Gump.
Discussion: Hollywood in Toto and Fox News
Ezra Klein / New York Times:
What the Rich Don't Want to Admit About the Poor  —  I'm not going to pretend that I know how to interpret the jobs and inflation data of the past few months.  My view is that this is still an economy warped by the pandemic, and that the dynamics are so strange and so unstable that it will be some time before we know its true state.
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Police union PACs launch text attacks on The Squad  —  A national police union is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars attacking The Squad, records show.  —  Why it matters: The $510,000 in spending by two PACs associated with the International Union of Police Associations …
Discussion: Raw Story and Insider
Katherine Huggins / Mediaite:
Sen. Ron Johnson Claims Jan. 6 Was Not an ‘Armed Insurrection’ Because People Stayed ‘Within the Roped Lines’  —  Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) reiterated his belief Sunday that the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was a “non-violent” gathering.  —  Fox News' Mark Levin asked the senator …
Richard Alba / The Atlantic:
The Myth of a Majority-Minority America  —  In recent years, demographers and pundits have latched on to the idea that, within a generation, the United States will inevitably become a majority-minority nation, with nonwhite people outnumbering white people.  In the minds of many Americans …
Discussion: emptywheel
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
This is the Republicans' back-up plan in case they can't suppress enough votes  —  Like termites, destructive but largely unseen, anti-democracy forces around the country are gnawing at the foundations of America's free and fair elections.  —  State by state, the termites are trying to change …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Jackie Calmes / Yahoo News:
Op-Ed: My front row seat to the radicalization of the Republican Party  —  Since before he became president, Joe Biden has told crowds, “Folks, this is not your father's Republican Party.”  As a political reporter, I'd been hearing that lament since the late 1990s, from far better sources …
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Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
‘Exploited the crazies’: How the GOP used Trump's election lies to hide the fact that they're losing power  —  According to a report from the Guardian's Sam Levine, Republicans who have always dabbled in playing to the red meat crowd are now ramping up their efforts to use that voting bloc …
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Sam Levine / The Guardian:
How Republicans came to embrace the big lie of a stolen election
 
 
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H.A. Hellyer / Washington Post:
From Ontario to Bordeaux, Islamophobia and right-wing terrorism must be confronted head-on
Christina Zhao / Newsweek:
Calls for Alex Jones' Arrest Grow Louder After His $500K Donation to January 6 Rally Resurfaces
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
David Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
The Implications of the Lab-Leak Hypothesis
Anthony Izaguirre / Associated Press:
Exodus of election officials raises concerns of partisanship
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
Why the Mexico City Metro Collapsed
Jay Mathews / Washington Post:
Big hole in popular view that China beats U.S. in education
Travis Andrews / Washington Post:
Can astrology make sense of cryptocurrency? Maren Altman and a million TikTok followers think so.
Discussion: Althouse
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Grabowski / Washington Examiner:
Most of the media will sleep through the Biden years
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and KVIA-TV
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
Time will tell: Kamala Harris's presidential prospects
Discussion: New York Post and Townhall
Vanessa Martínez / Los Angeles Times:
Long underrepresented in film and TV, Latinos are falling further behind
cnalysis:
Poll: Democrats Hold Slight Leads in 2021 Virginia Elections
Discussion: Blue Virginia and Breitbart
Associated Press:
U.K. churchgoers stunned as Bidens join them at Sunday service
Discussion: NBC News