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9:35 PM ET, June 19, 2021

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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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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
Hunter Walker / New York Magazine:
A Very Late Night With the Yangs The former frontrunner and his wife vent about Eric Adams, the media, and much more.  —  “I have a pet peeve I want to share with you,” Andrew Yang declared immediately after we were introduced on Zoom late Thursday night.  —  The emotional toll of a series …
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New York Times:   ‘Keep an Eye on This Guy’: Inside Eric Adams's Complicated Police Career
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.
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Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
Georgia Republicans purging Black election officials as they eye 2022 midterms: report
Discussion: HotAir
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Is U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley now ‘vincible’?  In new Iowa Poll, nearly two-thirds say it's time for someone new  —  Fewer than a third of Iowa's likely voters say they would vote to reelect Republican Chuck Grassley if the U.S. Senate elections were held today, a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows.
Discussion: Raw Story
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: Raw Story, Tampa Bay Times and Insider
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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 …
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: Digby's Hullabaloo and Raw Story
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
NBC News:
Charges dropped for hundreds of alleged looters in New York City  —  In late May and early June 2020, looters smashed storefronts in the Bronx and Manhattan boroughs of New York City.  —  Many were caught on tape, some with their faces visible.  Others even posted their own videos of their actions those nights on social media.
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” …
Michael Hauser Tov / Haaretz:
Prime Minister's Office to Investigate Whether Netanyahu Shredded Documents Before Bennett Took Office  —  On Thursday, Haaretz reported that documents stored in safes in the Prime Minister's Office were shredded in violation of the law, shortly before Bennett took office
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Wall Street Journal:
The World Relies on One Chip Maker in Taiwan, Leaving Everyone Vulnerable  —  Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.'s dominance poses risks to the global economy, amid geopolitical tensions and a major chip shortage  —  Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. 's chips are everywhere, though most consumers don't know it.
Washington Post:
Severe heat and drought the hallmarks of a changing west  —  Farmers, regulators and politicians facing the consequences of historic water shortages  —  LAKE OROVILLE, Calif. - The work had to be done quickly as water vanished to vapor in the early summer heat.
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 …
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
Cassandra Pollock / The Texas Tribune:
Gov. Greg Abbott vetoes funding for Texas Legislature and its staff as punishment for Democrats' walkout on elections bill  —  The governor's move comes after House Democrats led a walkout in the final days of the regular legislative session to block passage of Senate Bill 7 …
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.
 
 
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Danielle Echeverria / San Francisco Chronicle:
Only one U.S. city saw a bigger pandemic exodus than San Francisco
C-SPAN.org:
Senators Cruz, Graham and Rubio and Representative Cawthorn Remarks at Faith and Freedom Conference
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
The Spectacular Failure of the MyPillow Guy's Mask Operation
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
Russell Contreras / Axios:
Juneteenth forces U.S. to confront lasting impact of slavery economy
Discussion: Raw Story
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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
Discussion: HotAir
Kerry Picket / Washington Examiner:
Critical race theory becomes a top issue in Virginia governor's race
Discussion: Fox News and Poynter
Macy Gray / MarketWatch:
For Juneteenth, America needs a new flag that all of us can honor