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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
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.
Erwin Chemerinsky / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: Giving people a license to discriminate because of their religious beliefs
Discussion: Associated Press
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?
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.
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 …
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.
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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Barnini Chakraborty / Washington Examiner:
Group with Marxist ties behind critical race theory push in schools  —  As the controversy over critical race theory in public schools heats up, activists on both sides of the debate have spent massive amounts of time and money on a topic that takes aim at white privilege in America.
Discussion: The Federalist
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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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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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Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP crushes Manchin's hopes for elections compromise
Adam Serwer / Amazon.com. Spend less. Smile more.:
Special offers and product promotions  — Pre-order Price Guarantee!  Order now and if the Amazon.com price decreases between your order time and the end of the day of the release date, you'll receive the lowest price.  Here's how (restrictions apply)  —  Amazon Business …
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
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.
Ashley Gold / Axios:
Exclusive poll: Broad public support for new tech regulations  —  On the heels of the new House bills and Lina Khan's ascent to the head of the FTC, new polling from left-leaning polling firm Data for Progress shared exclusively with Axios shows support for stricter regulation of technology platforms.
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
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
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 …
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 …
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Janet Malcolm, Provocative Journalist With a Piercing Eye, Dies at 86  —  Her subjects ranged widely, but she took special aim at journalism itself, writing that every journalist “knows that what he does is morally indefensible.”  —  Janet Malcolm, a longtime writer for The New Yorker …
Bloomberg:
Americans Can Pack Bags for Europe, as EU Lifts Travel Curbs  — U.S. added to Europe's ‘white list,’ allowing leisure travel  — Bloc is pushing the Biden administration to reciprocate  —  The European Union lifted travel restrictions for U.S. residents, in the latest step toward …
Discussion: East Bay Times
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.
Gabrielle Bluestone / Insider:
Blade, the Uber for helicopters and chartered jets, had a fake spokesperson for 3 years  — Before Blade went public, spokesman Simon McLaren would rep the helicopter service in publications.  — When Insider sought to confirm McLaren's identity, a Blade employee initially said McLaren was real.
Discussion: The Information and New York Post
 
 
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Daily Mail:
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