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8:15 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.
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Biden White House has temporarily halted a military aid package to Ukraine that would include lethal weapons, a plan originally made in response to aggressive Russian troop movements along Ukraine's border this spring.
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
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’
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.
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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John Sexton / HotAir:
South China Morning Post publishes story about alleged defector  —  Yesterday, Allahpundit wrote about the Daily Beast story about rumors that a high level Chinese State Security Minister had defected to the United States in February.  According to the story, his name is Dong Jingwei and he is (or was) China's top spy-catcher:
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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
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!
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: Raw Story and Political Flare
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.
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.”
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
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.
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 …
Adam Andrzejewski / Forbes:
With Juneteenth, Federal Employees Now Get 44 Paid Days Off Each Year  —  With the stroke of his pen Thursday, President Joe Biden signed legislation giving millions of federal employees Friday off to celebrate Saturday's new federal holiday, Juneteenth.  —  This makes 44 paid days off …
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CNN:
What's open and closed on Friday now that Juneteenth is a federal holiday
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 …
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.
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
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
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 and Joe.My.God.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The slow-building conservative effort to turn Ashli Babbitt into a martyr  —  Earlier this week, 21 congressional Republicans voted not to award Congressional Gold Medals to the police officers who protected the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.  The stated purpose was often that they disagreed …
Discussion: IJR, HuffPost and The Daily Beast
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.
 
 
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Center for American Liberty:
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
State Dept clears Trump official of allegations of inappropriate comments on race
Hunter Walker / The Uprising:
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Tyler Olson / Fox News:
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 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Giovanni Gravano / The James G. Martin Center …:
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Discussion: National Review
Kat Tenbarge / Insider:
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Curbed:
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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
Slate:
Kyrsten Sinema Has Toxic White Lady Energy
Discussion: Townhall and Twitchy
Zack Stanton / Politico:
'As Long as the Party Embraces Trump, It's Going to Have Trouble'
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story