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8:10 AM ET, June 14, 2021

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Carolyn Y. Johnson / Washington Post:
Novavax's coronavirus vaccine is 90 percent effective, study finds  —  The vaccine is one of six the U.S. bet on but is likely to have its biggest impact globally  —  Novavax, a Maryland biotechnology company that endured delays in developing a coronavirus vaccine, revealed results Monday showing …
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Peter Loftus / Wall Street Journal:
Novavax Covid-19 Vaccine Is 90% Effective in Key Study  —  Two-dose shot also worked well against coronavirus variants, including alpha, now dominant in the U.S.  —  An experimental Covid-19 vaccine from Novavax Inc. was 90.4% effective at preventing symptomatic disease in adults in a large clinical trial …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Manchin and Sinema still might get their way  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  President JOE BIDEN is at NATO headquarters in Brussels today explaining his decision to pull out of Afghanistan to allies who felt blindsided.  The House is back in session and will soon be debating …
Discussion: CNN, Washington Post and Bloomberg
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Yaacov Benmeleh / Bloomberg:
Netanyahu Plots Comeback Even Before New Government Sworn In  — 'We'll be back — soon,' he said before successor was sworn in  — Coalition is shaky, but comeback threat might prop it up  —  Benjamin Netanyahu, unseated after a bruising, two-year battle to hold on to his job, is already plotting a comeback.
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Haaretz:
Pics: Noam Moskowitz/Knesset, Gil COHEN-MAGEN, Ariel Zandberg
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and New York Times
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Ralph Northam Reflects on His Journey Back From the Edge  —  When a racist picture was discovered on his yearbook page, the governor of Virginia refused to resign.  Now he's leaving office with a widely praised progressive record on racial justice.  —  RICHMOND, Va. — Just two years ago …
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Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:   Black Virginians Took Ralph Northam Back. Neither Has Forgotten.
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,” …
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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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: Insider and Crooks and Liars
Mihir Zaveri / New York Times:   New York Has a Housing Crisis. How Would the Mayoral Candidates Fix It?
Andrew Das / New York Times:
Westminster Dog Show 2021: Wasabi the Pekingese Wins Best in Show  —  Wasabi's victory capped an unusual Westminster, held at a riverside estate in Westchester County instead of its usual home at Madison Square Garden because of the coronavirus pandemic.  —  TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — Wasabi …
Discussion: Slate
Washington Post:
Biden will give Putin a list of demands.  The Russian president may ignore them.  —  But those demands raise a question that is vexing U.S. policymakers and the United States' European allies: What happens if Putin ignores the demands, as he has signaled he will do?
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Exclusive: US assessing reported leak at Chinese nuclear power facility  —  (CNN)The US government has spent the past week assessing a report of a leak at a Chinese nuclear power plant, after a French company that part owns and helps operate it warned of an “imminent radiological threat,” …
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 …
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
Exclusive: Saudi assassins picked up illicit drugs in Cairo to kill Khashoggi  —  Early on the morning of Oct. 2, 2018, a Gulfstream jet carrying a team of Saudi assassins on its way to Istanbul made a quick stopover in Cairo.  The purpose: to pick up a lethal dose of “illegal” …
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 …
Washington Free Beacon:
Lobbyists for Putin's Pipeline Dodge Foreign Agent Laws  —  The State Department labels Nord Stream 2 executives as ‘foreign persons’  —  Beltway firms lobbying for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline have dodged foreign lobbying laws, even though the Biden administration has affirmed that the company behind …
American Greatness:
Anatomy of the Woke Madness  —  How did such collective madness infect a once pragmatic and commonsensical America?  —  Wokeism has become our most popular secular religion—at least for a moment dethroning climate change.  It reduces all of the past and present into puerile binaries between “whites” and “non-whites.”
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
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.
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
Kevin Daley / Washington Free Beacon:
Breyer's Departure Could Make the Supreme Court More Conservative  —  Progressives are pushing the 82-year-old justice to clear the way for a more liberal replacement  —  The recent left-wing push for Justice Stephen Breyer to retire in favor of a younger liberal justice is likely …
Discussion: New Republic
BBC:
Nicaragua: Five more opposition figures detained ahead of election  —  Police in Nicaragua have detained five more prominent opposition figures, in what critics say is a crackdown on opponents of the country's president.  —  Several former allies of long-time President Daniel Ortega were among those arrested on Sunday.
 
 
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Perry Bacon / Washington Post:
We should rethink how we think about Vice President Harris
Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
Bernie Sanders: Biden Campaign Made Me Feel ‘Very Welcome,’ In Contrast to Clinton, Who ‘Wanted My Support,’ And ‘Tolerated’ Me
Discussion: Insider and POLITICUSUSA
BBC:
China denounces G7 after statement on Xinjiang and Hong Kong
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
‘Full of s—’: Candidates warned not to fake Trump endorsement
Discussion: Raw Story
Katherine Huggins / Mediaite:
Sen. Ron Johnson Claims Jan. 6 Was Not an ‘Armed Insurrection’ Because People Stayed ‘Within the Roped Lines’
H.A. Hellyer / Washington Post:
From Ontario to Bordeaux, Islamophobia and right-wing terrorism must be confronted head-on
Richard Alba / The Atlantic:
The Myth of a Majority-Minority America
Discussion: emptywheel
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Christina Zhao / Newsweek:
Calls for Alex Jones' Arrest Grow Louder After His $500K Donation to January 6 Rally Resurfaces
The White House:
Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Prime Minister Bennett of Israel
Discussion: JNS.org
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Police union PACs launch text attacks on The Squad
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
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
New York Times:
Apple Is Said to Have Turned Over Data on Trump's White House Counsel in 2018