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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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Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
Catholic bishops vote on controversial Communion document  —  Catholic bishops on Friday voted to create guidelines on the meaning of Communion, a move that could be an early step toward limiting the serving of the Eucharist to President Biden and other politicians who support abortion rights.
Sarah McCammon / NPR:
After Debate On Biden's Abortion Views, Bishops Vote to Rethink Communion Rules  —  After a contentious debate, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has voted to move forward with a process that could call into question the eligibility of politicians like President Joe Biden to receive Communion.
Washington Post:
Biden marks milestone of 300 million coronavirus vaccination shots in 150 days
Discussion: Political Wire
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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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The slow-building conservative effort to turn Ashli Babbitt into a martyr
Discussion: IJR, HuffPost and The Daily Beast
Politico:
White House freezes Ukraine military package that includes lethal weapons  —  The Biden White House has temporarily halted a military aid package to Ukraine that would include lethal weapons, a plan originally made in response to aggressive Russian troop movements along Ukraine's border this spring.
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The White House:
Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Ukraine Security Assistance
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Jack Crowe / National Review:
A Grad Student Tried to Correct a Misleading COVID Narrative.  Rebekah Jones Tried to Ruin His Career for It  —  Jon Taylor's desire to help Floridians understand a pandemic that was remaking their lives nearly cost him his career.  —  Taylor, a 37-year-old Ph.D. candidate …
Discussion: Twitchy
Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New Yorker:
How a Conservative Activist Invented the Conflict Over Critical Race Theory  —  To Christopher Rufo, a term for a school of legal scholarship looked like “the perfect weapon.”  —  Remote work turned out to be advantageous for people looking to leak information to reporters.
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: The Register
John Sexton / HotAir:
South China Morning Post publishes story about alleged defector  —  Yesterday, Allahpundit wrote about the Daily Beast story about rumors that a high level Chinese State Security Minister had defected to the United States in February.  According to the story, his name is Dong Jingwei and he is (or was) China's top spy-catcher:
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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 …
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.
WPLG-TV:
Man surrenders after video shows vandal in truck with Trump flag damaging Pride mural  —  DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - A 20-year-old man intentionally damaged a colorful crosswalk mural in Delray Beach, police said.  It had been painted to commemorate Pride month in solidarity with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer community.
Dom DiFurio / Dallas Morning News:
Texas loses to Oklahoma on electric vehicle company Canoo's ‘mega-factory.’ Power grid cited as one reason.  —  Canoo says it will complete its assembly plant in Oklahoma by 2023 but will manufacture and ship its first vehicles to U.S. customers from the Netherlands by the end of 2022.
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and The Texas Tribune
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Pennsylvania Republicans want voters to be able to recall elected officials — but only in Philly |  Clout  —  Clout pop quiz: What's the most efficient way to foul up reform-minded legislation with potential for bipartisan support in Harrisburg?  Make it apply only to Philadelphia!
Michael C. Bender / Politico:
‘I Made Juneteenth Very Famous’: The Inside Story of Trump's Post-George Floyd Month  —  For Father's Day in 2020, what Donald Trump mostly wanted was to avoid his son-in-law.  —  It was Jared Kushner who had talked the president into hiring Brad Parscale to run a campaign that was now, just months before the election, in freefall.
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Joe Rogan torches CNN's Brian Stelter: 'Hey motherf—er, you're supposed to be a journalist'  —  'Brian Stelter's show keeps slipping and slipping and slipping in the ratings'  —  Podcast juggernaut Joe Rogan blasted CNN's leftwing media guru Brian Stelter on Thursday's installment of “The Joe Rogan Experience.”
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 …
Noah Bookbinder / USA Today:
Garland and DOJ must finish Mueller's work.  Investigate Trump for obstruction of justice.  —  Nothing is more important for our democracy than ensuring that Trump does not escape justice forever simply because he was once elected president.  —  A recent legal decision and partially released memo …
Discussion: Political Flare and Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Dow Falls More Than 500 Points  —  Stocks drop after Fed official James Bullard said he expects the first rate increase in late 2022  —  U.S. stocks retreated Friday, as traders warily eyed the Federal Reserve for hints of where monetary policy is headed.  —  The Dow Jones Industrial Average …
Discussion: WTOP
Emily DeCiccio / CNBC:
New Covid study hints at long-term loss of brain tissue, Dr. Scott Gottlieb warns  — A new U.K. study examined brain imaging before and after a coronavirus infection and looked specifically at the potential effect on the nervous system.  — “In short, the study suggests …
Discussion: HotAir
Adrian Sainz / Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Many Americans resuming pre-virus activities  —  MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Many Americans are relaxing precautions taken during the COVID-19 pandemic and resuming everyday activities, even as some worry that coronavirus-related restrictions were hastily lifted, a new poll shows.
Discussion: Breitbart, Forbes, TheBlaze and The Hill
Washington Post:
One America News is the face of the Arizona election audit.  Its reporter is also helping pay for it.  —  One America News correspondent Christina Bobb had some exciting news to share from the scene of the Arizona GOP-led audit of the 2020 presidential vote in Maricopa County …
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: The Western Journal
Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
Ronald J. Ostrow, tenacious Times reporter who led the paper's Watergate coverage, dies  —  Ronald J. Ostrow, a soft-spoken but tenacious reporter who helped vault The Times into the first rank of Washington journalism during the Watergate scandal and won respect from leading Democrats and Republicans alike …
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
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
Curbed:
What's Going On in Washington Square Park?  A 48-hour diary of a ten-acre park where everything in the city seems to be happening at once.  —  In late May, the Parks Department quietly posted leaflets around Washington Square Park warning that from Friday to Sunday during Memorial Day weekend …
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” …
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
A Homeless Amazon Warehouse Worker in New York City Tells Her Story  —  “Jeff Bezos has no idea that his workers are homeless, especially in New York, and I'm not the only one.”  —  Lauren Kaori Gurley  —  Natalie Monarrez's commute to work at Amazon's colossal warehouse in Staten Island …
Discussion: Marketplace and New York Times
Mack Lamoureux / VICE:
QAnons Are Harassing People at the Whim of a Woman They Say Is Canada's Queen  —  A woman who claims she is the secret ruler of Canada has, thanks to QAnon influencers, thousands of followers, some of which are extremely active offline and harassing Canadians.  —  Mack Lamoureux  —  TORONTO, CA
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.
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Graham quips key to working with Trump: We both ‘like him’  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) offered tongue-in-cheek insight on Friday into why his working relationship with former President Trump is successful: They both like Trump.  —  Graham, speaking at the Faith & Freedom Coalition Conference …
Discussion: IJR
 
 
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
The Supreme Court's Newest Justices Produce Some Unexpected Results
Rasmussen Reports:
44% of Voters Rate Biden's European Trip a Success
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Examiner
Center for American Liberty:
STOP BIG TECH CENSORSHIP
Discussion: Page Array
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
State Dept clears Trump official of allegations of inappropriate comments on race
 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
Top Trump Lawyers Find Washington's Revolving Door Turns Slowly
Discussion: Raw Story
Giovanni Gravano / The James G. Martin Center …:
When Universities Don't Step Up, Good Professors Are Forced to Step Down
Discussion: National Review
CNN:
His cybersecurity firm is working on the Arizona ‘audit’. But people who know him have questions
Discussion: HuffPost and The Guardian
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Kids, Covid and Delta
Slate:
Kyrsten Sinema Has Toxic White Lady Energy
Discussion: Townhall and Twitchy
ABC News:
As Gaetz investigation ramps up, feds mount sweeping probe into Central Florida political scene: Sources