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4:35 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: Daily Kos and 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
Washington Post:
Leader of companies that pushed ‘Italygate’ election conspiracy theory falsely claimed $30 million mansion was her home  —  Late last December, as President Donald Trump pressed senior officials to find proof of election fraud, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows emailed acting attorney …
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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
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.
Discussion: Just Security and HotAir
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MSNBC:   FBI asks Jan. 6 suspect about ties to Congress, extremists groups
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
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
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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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 …
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
Jonathan D. Salant / New Jersey Online:
How much did you pay to cover Trump visits to his N.J. golf club as president?  We added it up.  —  Donald Trump's trips to his Bedminster golf club as president cost U.S. taxpayers more than $2.4 million, according to U.S. Secret Service records obtained by NJ Advance Media.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Lizzie Widdicombe / New Yorker:
What Is Going On at Yale Law School?  —  The prestigious institution has tied itself in knots over a dispute involving one of its most popular—and controversial—professors, Amy Chua.  —  A decade ago, back when we talked about things besides new coronavirus strains and vaccination rates …
Olivia Solon / NBC News:
Drought-stricken communities push back against data centers  —  On May 17, the City Council of Mesa, Arizona, approved the $800 million development of an enormous data center — a warehouse filled with computers storing all of the photos, documents and other information we store “in the cloud” …
Jon Levine / New York Post:
Manhattan City Council candidate caught with dominatrix in leaked video … It's a late-breaking case of electoral bondage.  —  Zack Weiner, 26, a City Council candidate running in Manhattan, has found his campaign tied up after video of him enjoying a sadomasochism session found its way onto Twitter.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Zac Anderson / Sarasota Herald-Tribune:
Crist calls for bipartisan state commission to investigate Florida links to Capitol siege  —  With Florida tied for the most arrests stemming from the siege on the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist joined with Hillsborough County's top prosecutor Friday in calling for a bipartisan commission …
Discussion: Tampa Bay Times, Raw Story and Insider
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
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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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 …
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 …
Russell Contreras / Axios:
Juneteenth forces U.S. to confront lasting impact of slavery economy  —  Juneteenth, a once-obscure commemoration of emancipation of enslaved people in Texas, has transformed into an annual reminder about how slavery robbed Black Americans of generational wealth.
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
The Spectacular Failure of the MyPillow Guy's Mask Operation
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Cassandra Pollock / The Texas Tribune:
Gov. Greg Abbott vetoes funding for Texas Legislature and its staff as punishment for Democrats' walkout on elections bill
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
Nicholas Riccardi / Associated Press:
Voting debate roils Washington but leaves many voters cold
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Kerry Picket / Washington Examiner:
Critical race theory becomes a top issue in Virginia governor's race
Discussion: Poynter
Barton Swaim / Wall Street Journal:
Why Shutdowns and Masks Suit the Elite
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Biden, deeply Catholic president, finds himself at odds with many U.S. bishops
Shawn McCreesh / New York Times:
Washington Society Steps Back Out
Discussion: Page Six
Matt Taibbi / TK News:
Why Has “Ivermectin” Become a Dirty Word?