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4:45 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.
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.
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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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The slow-building conservative effort to turn Ashli Babbitt into a martyr
Discussion: IJR and HuffPost
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Biden White House has temporarily halted a military aid package to Ukraine that would include lethal weapons, a plan originally made in response to aggressive Russian troop movements along Ukraine's border this spring.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  —  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.
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
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: Fox News and Twitchy
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Althouse, Common Dreams and The Wrap
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
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
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
Timothy Svoboda / U.S. Representative Glenn Grothman:
Grothman Bill Bans Critical Race Theory  —  Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-WI-06) has introduced the Ending Critical Race Theory in D.C. Public Schools Act.  This legislation ensures that the harmful ideology of Critical Race Theory (CRT) will no longer be present in the Washington, D.C. public school system.
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
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” …
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
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!
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
Rasmussen Reports:
44% of Voters Rate Biden's European Trip a Success  —  President Joe Biden just completed a weeklong trip to Europe that included the G7 summit and a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but less than half of voters think his European trip was successful.
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Examiner
 
 
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Center for American Liberty:
STOP BIG TECH CENSORSHIP
Discussion: Page Array
Donna Brazile / The Hill:
Commemorating Juneteenth: Learn from the past to improve the present and future
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
State Dept clears Trump official of allegations of inappropriate comments on race
Discussion: Washington Examiner
 Earlier Items: 
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Graham quips key to working with Trump: We both ‘like him’
Discussion: IJR
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
Mack Lamoureux / VICE:
QAnons Are Harassing People at the Whim of a Woman They Say Is Canada's Queen
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Joe Rogan torches CNN's Brian Stelter: 'Hey motherf—er, you're supposed to be a journalist'
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Kids, Covid and Delta