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2:50 PM ET, June 19, 2021

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New York Times:
How Republican States Are Expanding Their Power Over Elections  —  In Georgia, Republicans are removing Democrats of color from local boards.  In Arkansas, they have stripped election control from county authorities.  And they are expanding their election power in many other states.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
Georgia Republicans purging Black election officials as they eye 2022 midterms: report  —  According to a report from the New York Times, Republicans in Georgia are making a concerted effort to purge election officials they don't believe are on their side as they put up more barriers to casting a vote in the 2022 election.
Discussion: HotAir
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Trump Commerce Boss Wilbur Ross Hoovered Up $53 Million While In Public Office  —  Then he slipped out of public life and into a business he set up in the Cayman Islands while reportedly still commerce secretary.  —  Donald Trump's commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, earned at least $53 million …
Discussion: Raw Story
Agence France-Presse:
Not on brand!  Liberal soccer star Megan Rapinoe under fire for ‘Asian eyes’ tweet about ex-teammate one day after being named face of newly woke Victoria's Secret  — Liberal soccer star Megan Rapinoe has come under fire after a tweet she made more than 10 years was revealed
Discussion: Fox News and The Western Journal
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Gary Sheffield, Jr / OutKick:
Victoria's Secret Angel Megan Rapinoe Is Under Fire For Anti-Asian Tweet
Discussion: HotAir and Breitbart
Peter Aldhous / BuzzFeed News:
The Delta Variant Could Create “Two Americas” Of COVID, Experts Warn  —  If you are fully vaccinated, you are most likely to be safe.  But in parts of the US where few people have gotten COVID vaccine shots, the Delta variant could trigger renewed deadly surges.  —  Copy
Jack Shafer / Politico:
The Simple Remedy for Jan. 6 Trutherism  —  Just because Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar voted against establishing a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol doesn't mean he's not ready to use the power of his office to stage an inquiry into the topic by other means.
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MSNBC:   FBI asks Jan. 6 suspect about ties to Congress, extremists groups
Andrew Sullivan / The Weekly Dish:
Don't Ban CRT.  Expose It.  —  There's a liberal way to fight illiberalism.  And it's beginning to work.  —  17 hr ago  —  The stories in the mainstream media this past week about the broadening campaign to ban critical race theory in public schools have been fascinating — and particularly in how they describe what CRT is.
New York Times:
‘Keep an Eye on This Guy’: Inside Eric Adams's Complicated Police Career  —  Mr. Adams's police credentials have helped him rise to the top of this year's mayoral field.  But his relationship with the department is complex.  —  As Eric Adams lined up for graduation at the New York City Police Academy …
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David Catron / The American Spectator:
SCOTUS Wimps Out on Obamacare — Again  —  Obamacare has once again been rescued by a Supreme Court that seems determined to keep it alive regardless of the Constitution or precedent.  Thursday morning, the justices dismissed California v. Texas based on the dubious proposition that a coalition …
Discussion: Lucianne, USA Today and Fox News
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
The Supreme Court's Newest Justices Produce Some Unexpected Results
Discussion: The Dispatch
Leonard Pitts Jr / Miami Herald:
That ‘well-regulated militia?’  It was originally created to quell rebellions of the enslaved, prof says  —  Conservatives have a special purgatory for uppity black women who dare question America's founding myths.  —  New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones — her Pulitzer Prize-winning …
Franz Lidz / New York Times:
She Fell Nearly 2 Miles, and Walked Away  —  At 17, biologist Juliane Diller was the sole survivor of a plane crash in the Amazon.  Fifty years later she still runs Panguana, a research station founded by her parents in Peru.  —  On the morning after Juliane Diller fell to earth …
Washington Post:
Biden struggles to sell democracy abroad when it faces challenges at home  —  GENEVA — Standing under the wing of Air Force One in Geneva on Wednesday — after a week-long trip abroad in which he repeatedly extolled the virtues of democracy over autocracy — President Biden seemed briefly to knock his own product.
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Ellie Kaufman / CNN:
First on CNN: Biden administration moves to make gender confirmation surgery available through Veteran Affairs health care system  —  (CNN)Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough is moving to make gender confirmation surgery available to transgender veterans through Veterans Affairs health care coverage …
Discussion: National Review and Rolling Stone
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
ItalyGate Is The Crown Jewel Of Big Lie Conspiracies.  And It Just Got A Lot Wilder.  —  For those ready to believe that President Trump really won re-election, there's one particularly fantastical conspiracy theory to hang your hat on.  —  It's called ItalyGate, and it offers a simple …
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Nicholas Riccardi / Associated Press:
Voting debate roils Washington but leaves many voters cold  —  PLANO, Texas (AP) — Brenda Martinez, a 19-year-old community college student, thinks the government should help immigrant students more.  Donald Huffman is worried about turning 50 next week with no work available …
Kerry Picket / Washington Examiner:
Critical race theory becomes a top issue in Virginia governor's race  —  The power of critical race theory as a political issue will be put to the test in the Virginia governor's race this year, as Republican Glenn Youngkin promises to eradicate the racially based education curriculum …
Discussion: Poynter
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Democrats will need to make Congress spend a lot more time in Washington if they want to get Biden's agenda passed  —  One of the toughest jobs on Capitol Hill has always been the scheduler: that aide who helps lawmakers juggle their committee meetings and votes, their constituent work back home …
Mark Sundstrom / PIX11:
Video: Children narrowly missed in Bronx sidewalk shooting  —  MOUNT EDEN, the Bronx — Shocking video released by the NYPD Friday shows the moment two young children were nearly caught in the crossfire on a Bronx street when a gunman shot a man multiple times at close range.
Macy Gray / MarketWatch:
For Juneteenth, America needs a new flag that all of us can honor  —  Singer Macy Gray says the flag should be redesigned to represent all Americans  —  The Confederate battle flag, which was crafted as a symbol of opposition to the abolishment of slavery, is just recently tired.  We don't see it much anymore.
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Biden, deeply Catholic president, finds himself at odds with many U.S. bishops  —  There was a time when President Biden could have been Father Joe.  —  For long stretches of his childhood, as he was educated by nuns in Catholic schools, Biden considered entering the priesthood, eventually convinced by his mother to try college first.
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Washington Post:
The administrators of U.S. democracy are under attack
Eugene Daniels / Politico:
Civil rights leaders to Biden: less bipartisanship, more action
Parker Molloy / The Present Age:
Moral Panic Attack
Washington Examiner:
A small win for the free exercise of religion
Reuters:
EXCLUSIVE U.S. triples vaccines for Taiwan with 2.5 million-dose shipment
Barton Swaim / Wall Street Journal:
Why Shutdowns and Masks Suit the Elite
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
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Shawn McCreesh / New York Times:
Washington Society Steps Back Out
Discussion: Page Six
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
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Discussion: Daily Kos
Rasmussen Reports:
44% of Voters Rate Biden's European Trip a Success
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Breitbart
Emily DeCiccio / CNBC:
New Covid study hints at long-term loss of brain tissue, Dr. Scott Gottlieb warns
Discussion: HotAir
Wall Street Journal:
Dow Falls More Than 500 Points
Discussion: WTOP
Matt Taibbi / TK News:
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