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3:20 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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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.
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: Townhall and NPR
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Nicholas Bagley / The Atlantic:
The Next Major Challenge to the Affordable Care Act
Discussion: ACA Signups and Constitution Daily
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 …
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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
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’
Discussion: Insider, Joe.My.God. and New York Times
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.”
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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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: The Wrap
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 …
CNN:
China's about to administer its billionth coronavirus shot.  Yes, you read that right  —  (CNN)Editor's note: CNN is launching the Meanwhile in China newsletter on June 21, a three-times-a-week update exploring what you need to know about the country's rise and how it impacts the world.  Sign up here.
Discussion: National Review, RedState and Twitchy
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Keith Zhai / Wall Street Journal:
China Considers Lifting All Childbirth Restrictions by 2025
Discussion: Political Wire
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: The Hill, TheBlaze, Forbes and Breitbart
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
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
CNN:
His cybersecurity firm is working on the Arizona ‘audit’.  But people who know him have questions  —  (CNN)In recent weeks, GOP lawmakers from at least 16 states have flocked to Phoenix for a first-hand look at a controversial, partisan “audit” of the 2020 vote in Arizona's largest county.
Discussion: HuffPost and The Guardian
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.
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: Fox News, Forbes, Twitchy and The US Sun
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.
 
 
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The Philadelphia Inquirer:
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Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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Ariela Gross / New York Daily News:
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