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11:10 AM ET, June 18, 2021

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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 …
Discussion: Houston Public Media and Townhall
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Axios:
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.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
‘Alito was just pissed’: Trump's Supreme Court breaks down along surprising lines  —  The key fault line in the Supreme Court that Donald Trump built is not the ideological clash between right and left — it's the increasingly acrimonious conflict within the court's now-dominant conservative wing.
Nicholas Bagley / The Atlantic:   The Next Major Challenge to the Affordable Care Act
Erwin Chemerinsky / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: Giving people a license to discriminate because of their religious beliefs
Discussion: Associated Press
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.
Discussion: Forbes and The Federalist
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Ariela Gross / New York Daily News:
Why they attack critical race theory  —  Twenty-one states have introduced or passed legislation in recent weeks to ban the teaching of “critical race theory,” a school of legal academic thought that most legislators had likely never heard of before this year.
Barnini Chakraborty / Washington Examiner:
Group with Marxist ties behind critical race theory push in schools
Discussion: The Federalist
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.
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Washington Post:
Where was the FBI before the attack on the Capitol?
Discussion: Raw Story
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
In first, U.S. charges Jan. 6 defendant with bringing firearms to Capitol under controversial federal rioting law
Discussion: The Hill and Joe.My.God.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Kids, Covid and Delta  —  A guide to help parents.  —  For most American adults, the Covid-19 situation is now straightforward.  Vaccine shots are widely available, and once you've had one, Covid no longer needs to dominate your life.  You are unlikely to contract any form of the virus …
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 …
Slate:
Kyrsten Sinema Has Toxic White Lady Energy  —  This week on the Waves, Slate staff writers Christina Cauterucci and Julia Craven talk about Kyrsten Sinema, the first-term Senator from Arizona whose position on the filibuster (and flamboyant wigs) have gotten her quite a bit of attention recently.
Justin Fox / Bloomberg:
Young American Adults Are Dying — and Not Just From Covid  —  Nearly 19% more Americans died in 2020 than in 2019, according to data that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updates each week as more reports from state and local medical examiners trickle in (meaning that the 2020 numbers …
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Republicans want to hide behind Juneteenth while they enable modern-day racism  —  Making Juneteenth, the anniversary of the day news of emancipation finally reached enslaved people in Galveston, Tex., a national holiday is a victory.  But it is a hollow one at a moment when the political party …
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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 …
Discussion: Fox News, HotAir, AIER, The Guardian, Poynter and NPR
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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Andrew Egger / The Dispatch:
The New January 6 Scapegoats  —  The latest attempt to absolve Trump supporters of planning the storming of the Capitol doesn't hold water.  —  3 hr ago  —  In the wake of months of “Stop the Steal” rhetoric from Donald Trump and his allies, the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol …
Zack Stanton / Politico:
'As Long as the Party Embraces Trump, It's Going to Have Trouble'  —  In the aftermath of the 2020 election, the Republican National Committee opted not to order an autopsy into what exactly led to the party's decline in suburban communities that were, until recently, considered deep red.
Discussion: Raw Story
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: Joe.My.God.
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.
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.
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 …
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Convention circuit of delusion gives forum for election lies  —  NEW RICHMOND, Wisconsin (AP) — For a few hours last weekend, thousands of Donald Trump's supporters came together in a field under the blazing Wisconsin sun to live in an alternate reality where the former president was still in office — or would soon return.
Discussion: Spectrum News NY1 and Raw Story
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.
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.
Discussion: The US Sun
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
Habi Zhang / The American Mind:
The People's Republic of Campus  —  Maoist self-education comes to America.  —  As a teenager, I saw old-stone American university buildings on TV, and was enthralled by their dignified appearance.  Later, I came across a book in my hometown that explained that the American university was a special place …
Keith Zhai / Wall Street Journal:
China Considers Lifting All Childbirth Restrictions by 2025  —  Concerned about falling birthrates, policy makers plan further shift toward policies that explicitly encourage childbirth  —  SINGAPORE—Chinese officials are drawing up plans to further loosen birth restrictions …
Discussion: Political Wire
Aja Romano / Vox:
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's cancel culture screed is a dangerous distraction  —  We're having the wrong conversation.  —  One of the worst aspects of any cancel culture debate is the tendency to obscure, deny, and dismiss as invalid any actual harm caused by whatever sparked the debate.
Discussion: NPR
Danielle Tcholakian / New Republic:
Can the Socialist Mayor Rise Again?  —  India Walton greets me alone at her campaign office, which is actually just a one-desk room in a co-working space, sparsely decorated but for a few books, stacks of campaign lit, and a whiteboard where people have left each other messages both practical …
 
 
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His cybersecurity firm is working on the Arizona ‘audit’. But people who know him have questions
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Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:
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Bloomberg:
Americans Can Pack Their Bags for Europe: EU Lifts Travel Curbs
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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’
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
Pack-a-day puffer Kathryn Garcia would be first cigarette-smoking mayor since '65
Discussion: The Daily Caller and PIX11
Jeff Stein / The Daily Beast:
Rumors of U.S. Secretly Harboring Top China Official Swirl
Discussion: HotAir, SpyTalk, RedState and The US Sun