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Washington Post:
Biden signs bill making Juneteenth a national holiday; federal workers to get Friday off  —  President Biden on Thursday signed into law a bill creating a federal holiday to commemorate Juneteenth, the day marking the end of slavery in Texas.  Because June 19 falls on a Saturday this year …
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Erwin Chemerinsky / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: Giving people a license to discriminate because of their religious beliefs  —  Under long-standing constitutional law, religious beliefs do not provide an exemption from civil rights laws and cannot be used as an excuse for discrimination.  —  Yet the Supreme Court on Thursday …
Discussion: Associated Press
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
‘Obamacare’ survives: Supreme Court dismisses big challenge
Michael Schaub / NPR:
Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's Rise Continues To Fascinate In ‘Dissent’
Discussion: New York Times and SCOTUSblog
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Affordable Care Act survives third Supreme Court challenge, as case from GOP-led states and endorsed by Trump administration is rejected
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 …
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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.
NBC News:
Stacey Abrams backs Manchin's voting rights compromise as Senate eyes vote  —  Voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams threw her support behind Sen. Joe Manchin's voting legislation compromise — including the component requiring a form of voter identification — handing the West Virginia Democrat …
Bloomberg:
Schumer Set to Challenge GOP With Vote to Advance Election Bill
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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Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:   In first, U.S. charges Jan. 6 defendant with bringing firearms to Capitol under controversial federal rioting law
CNN:
Justice Department releases harrowing new bodycam footage from January 6 attack
Discussion: Insider
MSNBC:
Putin polls higher than Biden among Trump voters  —  In new Economist/YouGov polling, Russian President Vladimir Putin polls higher than President Biden among Trump voters.
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John Haltiwanger / Insider:
Putin says Biden is of ‘sound mind,’ walking back on Russian disinformation about the president's mental acuity
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 …
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.
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New York Times:   Taiwan Wants German Vaccines. China May Be Standing in Its Way.
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
To push back against Chinese aggression, give Taiwan vaccines
Discussion: Washington Examiner and HotAir
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 …
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Nathan J. Robinson / Current Affairs:
How To End Up Serving The Right … Journalists Glenn Greenwald and Matt Taibbi have a long track record of work that exposes the crimes of the powerful.  Both were early intellectual heroes of mine; Taibbi was one of the first writers to see through Barack Obama's hollow rhetoric …
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, HotAir and RedState
Dave Levinthal / Insider:
Here's what $15,000 will buy lobbyists on Sen. Mike Crapo's pay-for-access price list  — Crapo is the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee.  — He offers prospective donors three levels of access at different donation price points.  — One reform advocate called …
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
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.
Associated Press:
Disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti deserves ‘very substantial’ prison time, prosecutors say  —  Prosecutors urged a judge Wednesday to impose a “very substantial” prison sentence on Michael Avenatti for trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike.  —  Prosecutors noted in a Manhattan …
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
Democracy Is Surprisingly Easy to Undermine  —  Here's a quiz: Which world leader made the following statements? … If you guessed Donald Trump, you are only one-third right.  The first statement was made by Benjamin Netanyahu, the former Israeli prime minister, soon after his opponents formed a parliamentary coalition to oust him.
Jim Salter / Associated Press:
St. Louis gun-waving couple pleads guilty to misdemeanors  —  ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis couple who gained notoriety for pointing guns at social justice demonstrators last year pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor charges and agreed to give up the weapons they used during the confrontation.
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
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Have Journalists Ever Met the People They Write About?  —  The latest explanation of why workers are staying home is astounding.  —  any business owners," records Axios, “argue that COVID-era enhanced unemployment benefits of $300 a week are keeping would-be workers at home.
Discussion: Fox News
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 …
Michael Hauser Tov / Haaretz:
Netanyahu Ordered Illegal Shredding of Docs at His Office Before Bennett Took Over, Sources Say  —  The material was kept in safes in the so-called ‘aquarium,’ where prime ministers and their most senior aides sit.  It's unclear which, or how many, documents were destroyed at Netanyahu's orders
Discussion: The Times of Israel
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Elise Stefanik's post on democracy group board sparked a staff uproar  —  New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, who questioned the legitimacy of the 2020 election and voted against certification of Joe Biden's win, currently serves as a board member for a revered U.S. organization dedicated to the promotion of democracy.
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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