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12:35 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: Raw Story and Digby's Hullabaloo
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  —  NBC News reports the FBI have been questioning at least one of the people charged in the Capitol riot about his possible connections to members of Congress.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The slow-building conservative effort to turn Ashli Babbitt into a martyr
Discussion: IJR
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
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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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
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 …
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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Sarah McCammon / NPR:
After Debate On Biden's Abortion Views, Bishops Vote to Rethink Communion Rules
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
The Supreme Court's Newest Justices Produce Some Unexpected Results  —  In the term so far, including two major decisions on Thursday, the court's expanded conservative majority is fractured and its liberals are often on the winning side.  —  WASHINGTON — The arrival of Justice Amy Coney Barrett …
Discussion: The Dispatch and The Daily Beast
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
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Eugene Daniels / Politico:
Civil rights leaders to Biden: less bipartisanship, more action  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  Happy Saturday and, more importantly, Happy Juneteenth, y'all!  —  For 156 years, June 19th has been celebrated by millions of Black folks in the U.S. to mark the real day that many of our ancestors …
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 …
Reuters:
EXCLUSIVE U.S. triples vaccines for Taiwan with 2.5 million-dose shipment  —  The United States will ship 2.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Taiwan on Saturday, a senior administration official told Reuters, more than tripling Washington's previous allocation of shots for the island …
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.
Parker Molloy / The Present Age:
Moral Panic Attack  —  “It's not what you say, it's what people hear.”  —  20 hr ago  —  I began this newsletter, in part, as a way to better understand the power of language and how our world is shaped by the specific words used to describe issues and objects, places and people.
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 …
Discussion: CNN
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.
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.
Shawn McCreesh / New York Times:
Washington Society Steps Back Out  —  Like a grizzly waking from hibernation, the ruling class is coming out of this thing with an appetite.  —  WASHINGTON — Something surreal was happening on the Potomac one recent night.  A big white tent erected outside the Kennedy Center seemed to be a portal back in time.
Discussion: Page Six
Barton Swaim / Wall Street Journal:
Why Shutdowns and Masks Suit the Elite  —  Covid restrictions seem less onerous from the standpoint of ‘expressive individualism,’ which defines the self in terms of ‘its will and not its body.’  —  A marvelous review in these pages last November inspired me to read a new book by O. Carter Snead …
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
The White House:
Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Ukraine Security Assistance  —  The idea that we have held back security assistance to Ukraine is nonsense.  Just last week—in the run-up to the U.S.-Russia Summit—we provided a $150 million package of security assistance, including lethal assistance.
 
 
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A small win for the free exercise of religion
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
Lee Brown / New York Post:
Unvaccinated West Point cadets getting bullied and punished, families say
Discussion: Fox News and The Daily Caller
Wall Street Journal:
Dow Falls More Than 500 Points
Discussion: WTOP
 Earlier Items: 
Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
Ronald J. Ostrow, tenacious Times reporter who led the paper's Watergate coverage, dies
Matt Taibbi / TK News:
Why Has “Ivermectin” Become a Dirty Word?
Stephanie Ruhle / MSNBC:
'I'm a Republican. I'm not sure what that means anymore.'
Anna P. Kambhampaty / New York Times:
Why Do People Want Jeff Bezos to Buy and Eat the Mona Lisa?
Discussion: Althouse and The Register
Dom DiFurio / Dallas Morning News:
Texas loses to Oklahoma on electric vehicle company Canoo's ‘mega-factory.’ Power grid cited as one reason.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
WPLG-TV:
Man surrenders after video shows vandal in truck with Trump flag damaging Pride mural