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Health care ruling saves Republicans from themselves  —  The Supreme Court saved the health care system from imploding Thursday by dismissing a Republican challenge to the Affordable Care Act.  But it also saved the GOP itself from another round of intraparty chaos.
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CNN:
Roberts, Kavanaugh and Barrett have seized the Supreme Court for now  —  (CNN)Chief Justice John Roberts, along with Justices Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh, demonstrated their collective power at America's highest court on Thursday.  —  They fueled the Supreme Court's limited opinions …
Erwin Chemerinsky / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: Giving people a license to discriminate because of their religious beliefs
Discussion: Associated Press
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
‘Obamacare’ survives: Supreme Court dismisses big challenge
Washington Post:
Where was the FBI before the attack on the Capitol?  —  Ryan Goodman, a former special counsel at the Defense Department, is a law professor at New York University and co-editor-in-chief at Just Security.  Andrew Weissmann, a law professor at New York University, previously served as general counsel of the FBI.
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Stephen Collinson / CNN:
The absurd whitewashing of Trump's record reaches dangerous level  —  The Republican Party has turned to another page in the authoritarian playbook as it whitewashes the history of Donald Trump's presidency.  —  It's as if the fawning over Vladimir Putin never happened.
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:   In first, U.S. charges Jan. 6 defendant with bringing firearms to Capitol under controversial federal rioting law
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Joe Manchin reaches out to Republicans, and they slap him in the face  —  On Thursday morning, leading voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams dropped a big piece of news: She told CNN she supports Sen. Joe Manchin III's (D-W.Va.) compromise bill to protect democracy.  —  Republicans were thrilled.
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP crushes Manchin's hopes for elections compromise  —  Senate Republicans spent months praising Joe Manchin for his insistence on cross-party compromise.  Next week they will almost surely end his hopes for a bipartisan deal on elections.  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell …
NBC News:
Stacey Abrams backs Manchin's voting rights compromise as Senate eyes vote
Bloomberg:
Schumer Set to Challenge GOP With Vote to Advance Election Bill
Discussion: Newsy and Political Wire
David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
The Company Eric Adams Keeps He's the candidate of old political-machine guys like Democratic fixer Frank Carone.  What would that mean in City Hall?  —  Heading into Memorial Day weekend, a poll had just shown Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams with his largest lead of the contest …
Discussion: Washington Post
Alison Young / USA Today:
‘I remember it very well’: Dr. Fauci describes a secret 2020 meeting to talk about COVID origins  —  A 2020 call appears to have played a key role in shaping views of scientists who contributed to shutting down talk of whether a lab leak caused COVID.  —  In the early days of the growing …
Washington Post:
A family affair: Children and other relatives of Biden aides get administration jobs  —  Barely a week into office, President Biden made a promise that signaled a sharp break from his predecessor: No member of his family would be involved in government.  —  But that vow did not extend to his senior staff and their relatives.
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Daily Mail:
BREAKING NEWS: Former White House doctor Ronny Jackson and 13 Republican Reps send letter to Biden urging him take a cognitive test to prove he is ‘mentally fit to be commander in chief’
ABC News:
As Gaetz investigation ramps up, feds mount sweeping probe into Central Florida political scene: Sources  —  The sprawling probe has revved up its focus on alleged corruption and fraud.  —  Since federal prosecutors obtained the cooperation of GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz's once close-ally in May …
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Donald J. Trump / Real Clear Politics:
A Plan to Get Divisive & Radical Theories Out of Our Schools  —  COMMENTARY  —  As a candidate, Joe Biden's number one promise was to “unite” America.  Yet in his first months as president, his number one priority has been to divide our country by race and gender at every turn.
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: ‘I want to be the next John McCain’  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  ‘THEY ALL F—  HATE ME’ — Check out the excerpt in POLITICO Mag today of WSJ reporter MIKE BENDER'S forthcoming book, “Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost.”
Discussion: New York Times
Zack Stanton / Politico:
How ‘Biden Republicans’ Took Over the Suburbs  —  The Republican collapse in Michigan's Oakland County, once a stronghold, was a long time coming.  Is losing these suburbs a warning light for Trumpism?  —  Zack Stanton is deputy editor of Playbook.  —  In the aftermath of the 2020 election …
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
New national holiday sets off scramble to shut down governments nationwide Friday  —  Biden signs bill into law making Juneteenth a national holiday  —  Washington (CNN)States across the country are scrambling to close their government offices Friday after President Joe Biden signed legislation …
Discussion: New York Times and Instapundit
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Jeff Stein / The Daily Beast:
Rumors of U.S. Secretly Harboring Top China Official Swirl  —  Reports that a top Chinese official defected to the U.S. have swept Chinese-language media this week.  The alleged reason?  Sharing sensitive information about COVID-19 origins.  —  Chinese-language anti-communist media …
Discussion: SpyTalk, RedState, The US Sun and HotAir
Hugo Gurdon / Washington Examiner:
Democrats really don't like democracy  —  Worried Capitol Hill Democrats whisper that they face a shellacking in the 2022 midterm elections.  They're tied 50-50 with Republicans in the Senate until Vice President Kamala Harris casts her deciding vote.  And their House majority vaporizes if five or six members peel off from the caucus.
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
Pack-a-day puffer Kathryn Garcia would be first cigarette-smoking mayor since '65 … City Hall hasn't had a cigarette smoker-in-residence since Mayor Robert Wagner left office in 1965 — but that would change if former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia wins the June 22 Democratic primary.
New York Times:
Many Expected to Shun Iran Vote Seen as Presidential Race of One  —  An ultraconservative judiciary chief appears to have the only real chance of winning after a council of powerful clerics disqualified virtually all the other viable candidates.  —  TEHRAN — Come presidential election time …
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
Parents who opposed critical race theory on Fox News are GOP activists, report says … Fox News failed to fully disclose the professional conservative ties of 11 guests featured in numerous segments about the teaching of critical race theory in schools, according to a new report from Media Matters …
Bloomberg:
Americans Can Pack Bags for Europe, as EU Lifts Travel Curbs  — U.S. added to Europe's ‘white list,’ allowing leisure travel  — Bloc is pushing the Biden administration to reciprocate  —  The European Union lifted travel restrictions for U.S. residents, in the latest step toward …
Gabrielle Bluestone / Insider:
Blade, the Uber for helicopters and chartered jets, had a fake spokesperson for 3 years  — Before Blade went public, spokesman Simon McLaren would rep the helicopter service in publications.  — When Insider sought to confirm McLaren's identity, a Blade employee initially said McLaren was real.
Discussion: The Information and New York Post
Oscar Lopez / New York Times:
Nicaragua Denies Entry to New York Times Journalist Amid Escalating Crisis  —  The refusal to admit the reporter comes amid a nationwide crackdown on journalists, opposition politicians and civil society groups.  —  MEXICO CITY — A New York Times journalist was denied entry into Nicaragua …
American Mindset:
We Won the Cold War, Right?  Right?  —  The state trudges on while the soul of the nation atrophies.  —  6 hr ago … - Leo Strauss, Natural Right and History  —  Leo Strauss wrote those lines in 1949 referring to the depressing fact that though Germany had been defeated in war …
Discussion: The Federalist
George Packer / The Atlantic:
It's Not Too Late to Avert a Historic Shame  —  In the past few weeks, the outlook for Afghans who helped the United States in Afghanistan has gone from worrying to critical.  As U.S. and NATO troops leave the country with breathtaking speed, the Taliban are attacking districts that had long …
Bernie Sanders / Foreign Affairs:
Washington's Dangerous New Consensus on China … The unprecedented global challenges that the United States faces today—climate change, pandemics, nuclear proliferation, massive economic inequality, terrorism, corruption, authoritarianism—are shared global challenges.
Orlando Sentinel:
Records link big business group to Florida elections probe  —  Investigators searching for the source of more than half-a-million dollars spent last year in support of spoiler candidates that helped Republicans win three key state Senate races have obtained bank records for an organization tied …
Discussion: Florida Politics
Hyung-Jin Kim / Associated Press:
North Korea's Kim vows to be ready for confrontation with US  —  SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his government to be prepared for both dialogue and confrontation with the Biden administration — but more for confrontation — state media reported Friday …
 
 
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Fran Spielman / Chicago Sun-Times:
Racism is public health crisis in Chicago, mayor declares
Discussion: Chicago Tribune and CBS Chicago
Elaine Yu / Wall Street Journal:
Hong Kong Police Arrest Apple Daily Editor Under China National Security Law
Alex Roarty / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Democrats vow better outreach to gain minority voter support
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Have Journalists Ever Met the People They Write About?
Discussion: Fox News
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
BlackRock Is Not Ruining the U.S. Housing Market
Brady / Medium:
Open Letter to Every Dad in America: Please Join #DadsForGunSafety
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
Democracy Is Surprisingly Easy to Undermine
New York Times:
Taiwan Wants German Vaccines. China May Be Standing in Its Way.
Discussion: The Verge and Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
What Is Wrong with the Lawyer Persecuting Jack Phillips?
Discussion: ADF Media
Jim Salter / Associated Press:
St. Louis gun-waving couple pleads guilty to misdemeanors
Stephen Fowler / Georgia Public Broadcasting:
Fact Check: Fulton County Is Not Missing Ballots Or Hundreds Of Drop Box Custody Forms
Kristin Tate / The Hill:
Biden approaches economic point of no return
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