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5:45 PM ET, June 18, 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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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.
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
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.
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Tara Palmeri / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: ‘I want to be the next John McCain’
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.
Discussion: Althouse, DCist, Common Dreams and The Wrap
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Nikki McCann Ramirez / Media Matters for America:   Tucker Carlson has full control over Fox and its stranglehold on the Republican Party
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.
Glenn Greenwald:
Questions About the FBI's Role in 1/6 Are Mocked Because the FBI Shapes Liberal Corporate Media  —  The FBI has been manufacturing and directing terror plots and criminal rings for decades.  But now, reverence for security state agencies reigns.  —  The axis of liberal media outlets …
Discussion: HuffPost, Washington Post and The Wrap
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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
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How Democrats are hoping to unmask the latest Trump-DOJ scandal
Discussion: Raw Story
Nicholas Bagley / The Atlantic:
The Next Major Challenge to the Affordable Care Act  —  The Supreme Court's rejection of the latest effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act does not mark the end of lawsuits over the law's constitutionality.  The next big case has already been filed, and it involves a clash between …
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CNN:
Roberts, Kavanaugh and Barrett have seized the Supreme Court for now
Discussion: Election Law Blog, Townhall and NPR
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Curiously incurious: Where is the media coverage of China's defector?  —  Or even the possibility of a defector from China with potential information about COVID-19's origins?  RedState's Jennifer Van Laar began reporting on this development a week ago, although while the source remained anonymous.
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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire and Lucianne
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!
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.
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.”
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: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
CNN:
What's open and closed on Friday now that Juneteenth is a federal holiday  —  Washington (CNN)Most federal government employees across the country have Friday off after President Joe Biden signed legislation establishing Juneteenth as a US federal holiday.  —  But the introduction …
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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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Townhall and Twitchy
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
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 …
Donna Brazile / The Hill:
Commemorating Juneteenth: Learn from the past to improve the present and future  —  I was encouraged to see that Republicans joined Democrats in Congress this week to overwhelmingly approve making Juneteenth a federal holiday to mark the end of slavery, and that President Biden signed the bill into law Thursday.
Discussion: Breitbart and TheGrio
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia releases list of 102K voter registrations to be canceled … Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Friday made public the names of nearly 102,000 people who are at risk of having their Georgia voter registrations canceled, a warning before they lose their ability to vote next month.
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 …
 
 
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Dom DiFurio / Dallas Morning News:
Texas loses to Oklahoma on electric vehicle company Canoo's ‘mega-factory.’ Power grid cited as one reason.
Discussion: The Texas Tribune
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
State Dept clears Trump official of allegations of inappropriate comments on race
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The slow-building conservative effort to turn Ashli Babbitt into a martyr
Discussion: IJR, HuffPost and The Daily Beast
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 and Reason
 Earlier Items: 
Kat Tenbarge / Insider:
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CNN:
His cybersecurity firm is working on the Arizona ‘audit’. But people who know him have questions
Discussion: HuffPost and The Guardian
Justin Fox / Bloomberg:
Young American Adults Are Dying — and Not Just From Covid
Zack Stanton / Politico:
'As Long as the Party Embraces Trump, It's Going to Have Trouble'
Discussion: GovTop Report and Raw Story