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9:50 AM ET, June 19, 2021

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Elizabeth Dias / New York Times:
Targeting Biden, Catholic Bishops Advance Controversial Communion Plan  —  The decision was aimed at the nation's second Catholic president and exposed bitter divisions in American Catholicism.  —  The Roman Catholic bishops of the United States, flouting a warning from the Vatican …
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Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Biden, deeply Catholic president, finds himself at odds with many U.S. bishops  —  There was a time when President Biden could have been Father Joe.  —  For long stretches of his childhood, as he was educated by nuns in Catholic schools, Biden considered entering the priesthood, eventually convinced by his mother to try college first.
Discussion: Boston Herald
Washington Post:
Biden marks milestone of 300 million coronavirus vaccination shots in 150 days
Discussion: Fox News
Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
Catholic bishops vote on controversial Communion document
Francis X. Rocca / Wall Street Journal:
Bishops Vote to Prepare Document on Communion for Catholic Politicians Who Support Abortion Rights
Discussion: Breitbart and Human Events
MSNBC:
FBI asks Jan. 6 suspect about ties to Congress, extremists groups  —  NBC News reports the FBI have been questioning at least one of the people charged in the Capitol riot about his possible connections to members of Congress.
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Jack Shafer / Politico:
The Simple Remedy for Jan. 6 Trutherism  —  Just because Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar voted against establishing a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol doesn't mean he's not ready to use the power of his office to stage an inquiry into the topic by other means.
Discussion: Just Security, HotAir and Mediaite
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The slow-building conservative effort to turn Ashli Babbitt into a martyr
Discussion: IJR
New York Times:
She Was a Black Election Official in Georgia.  Then Came New G.O.P. Rules.  —  In Georgia, Republicans are removing Democrats of color from local boards.  In Arkansas, they have stripped election control from county authorities.  And they are expanding their election power in many other states.
Discussion: Raw Story
Kerry Picket / Washington Examiner:
Critical race theory becomes a top issue in Virginia governor's race  —  The power of critical race theory as a political issue will be put to the test in the Virginia governor's race this year, as Republican Glenn Youngkin promises to eradicate the racially based education curriculum …
Discussion: Poynter
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Anna P. Kambhampaty / New York Times:
Why Do People Want Jeff Bezos to Buy and Eat the Mona Lisa?  —  An online petition that started as a joke has gone viral, becoming a kind of digital performance art piece all of its own.  —  In order to “imagine a new art, one must break the ancient art,” the French author Marcel Schwob wrote more than 100 years ago.
Discussion: Althouse and The Register
The White House:
Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Ukraine Security Assistance  —  The idea that we have held back security assistance to Ukraine is nonsense.  Just last week—in the run-up to the U.S.-Russia Summit—we provided a $150 million package of security assistance, including lethal assistance.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Breitbart
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Politico:
White House freezes Ukraine military package that includes lethal weapons
Reuters:
EXCLUSIVE U.S. triples vaccines for Taiwan with 2.5 million-dose shipment  —  The United States will ship 2.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Taiwan on Saturday, a senior administration official told Reuters, more than tripling Washington's previous allocation of shots for the island …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
The Supreme Court's Newest Justices Produce Some Unexpected Results  —  In the term so far, including two major decisions on Thursday, the court's expanded conservative majority is fractured and its liberals are often on the winning side.  —  WASHINGTON — The arrival of Justice Amy Coney Barrett …
Franz Lidz / New York Times:
She Fell Nearly 2 Miles, and Walked Away  —  At 17, biologist Juliane Diller was the sole survivor of a plane crash in the Amazon.  Fifty years later she still runs Panguana, a research station founded by her parents in Peru.  —  On the morning after Juliane Diller fell to earth …
Mark Sundstrom / PIX11:
Video: Children narrowly missed in Bronx sidewalk shooting  —  MOUNT EDEN, the Bronx — Shocking video released by the NYPD Friday shows the moment two young children were nearly caught in the crossfire on a Bronx street when a gunman shot a man multiple times at close range.
Andrew Sullivan / The Weekly Dish:
Don't Ban CRT.  Expose It.  —  There's a liberal way to fight illiberalism.  And it's beginning to work.  —  17 hr ago  —  The stories in the mainstream media this past week about the broadening campaign to ban critical race theory in public schools have been fascinating — and particularly in how they describe what CRT is.
Peter Aldhous / BuzzFeed News:
The Delta Variant Could Create “Two Americas” Of COVID, Experts Warn  —  If you are fully vaccinated, you are most likely to be safe.  But in parts of the US where few people have gotten COVID vaccine shots, the Delta variant could trigger renewed deadly surges.  —  Copy
Stephanie Ruhle / MSNBC:
'I'm a Republican.  I'm not sure what that means anymore.'  —  Chuck Hagel, who served as a GOP senator from Nebraska and as the secretary of defense in the Obama administration, discusses the current state of the GOP.
Shawn McCreesh / New York Times:
Washington Society Steps Back Out  —  Like a grizzly waking from hibernation, the ruling class is coming out of this thing with an appetite.  —  WASHINGTON — Something surreal was happening on the Potomac one recent night.  A big white tent erected outside the Kennedy Center seemed to be a portal back in time.
Discussion: Page Six
Barton Swaim / Wall Street Journal:
Why Shutdowns and Masks Suit the Elite  —  Covid restrictions seem less onerous from the standpoint of ‘expressive individualism,’ which defines the self in terms of ‘its will and not its body.’  —  A marvelous review in these pages last November inspired me to read a new book by O. Carter Snead …
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
Matt Taibbi / TK News:
Why Has “Ivermectin” Become a Dirty Word?  —  At the worst moment, Internet censorship has driven scientific debate itself underground  —  On December 8, 2020, when most of America was consumed with what The Guardian called Donald Trump's “desperate, mendacious, frenzied and sometimes farcical” …
Macy Gray / MarketWatch:
For Juneteenth, America needs a new flag that all of us can honor  —  Singer Macy Gray says the flag should be redesigned to represent all Americans  —  The Confederate battle flag, which was crafted as a symbol of opposition to the abolishment of slavery, is just recently tired.  We don't see it much anymore.
Gary Sheffield, Jr / OutKick:
Victoria's Secret Angel Megan Rapinoe Is Under Fire For Anti-Asian Tweet  —  Earlier this week, Victoria's Secret clipped its own wings by leaving attractive women in the dust for Megan Rapinoe, who looks like Tony Hawk's sister.  Now the new face of Victoria's Secret is in hot water for some iffy tweets back in 2011.
Discussion: Breitbart and The Western Journal
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Military to Withdraw Hundreds of Troops, Aircraft, Antimissile Batteries From Middle East  —  Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told Saudi crown prince of drawdown in June 2 call, officials say  —  WASHINGTON—The Biden administration is sharply reducing the number of U.S. antimissile systems …
 
 
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Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
A Homeless Amazon Warehouse Worker in New York City Tells Her Story
Rasmussen Reports:
44% of Voters Rate Biden's European Trip a Success
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Breitbart
Emily DeCiccio / CNBC:
New Covid study hints at long-term loss of brain tissue, Dr. Scott Gottlieb warns
Discussion: HotAir
Wall Street Journal:
Dow Falls More Than 500 Points
Discussion: WTOP
Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
Ronald J. Ostrow, tenacious Times reporter who led the paper's Watergate coverage, dies
Center for American Liberty:
STOP BIG TECH CENSORSHIP
Discussion: Page Array
 Earlier Items: 
Dom DiFurio / Dallas Morning News:
Texas loses to Oklahoma on electric vehicle company Canoo's ‘mega-factory.’ Power grid cited as one reason.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
State Dept clears Trump official of allegations of inappropriate comments on race
Discussion: Washington Examiner
WPLG-TV:
Man surrenders after video shows vandal in truck with Trump flag damaging Pride mural
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Pennsylvania Republicans want voters to be able to recall elected officials — but only in Philly | Clout
Jack Crowe / National Review:
A Grad Student Tried to Correct a Misleading COVID Narrative. Rebekah Jones Tried to Ruin His Career for It
Discussion: Fox News and Twitchy