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Sun-Sentinel:
One dead after pickup truck drives into crowd attending Wilton Manors LGBTQ Pride parade  —  A pickup truck drove into a crowd of spectators at the start of the Wilton Manors Stonewall Parade and Festival in what appeared to be an intentional act, witnesses said.
Discussion: The Daily Beast, CBS News and Mediaite
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Rubén Rosario / WSVN-TV:
Mayor: 1 dead, 1 hospitalized after truck hits pedestrians at Stonewall Pride Parade; driver in custody  —  One person has died and another has been taken to the hospital after they were run over by a truck in Fort Lauderdale at the beginning of Stonewall Pride Parade, according to the city's mayor.
WPLG-TV:
2 hit by truck, 1 killed at Pride parade in Wilton Manors  —  Man behind the wheel was wearing Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus t-shirt  —  WILTON MANORS, Fla. - One man was killed and another injured when they were run over by a pickup truck as the Stonewall Pride Parade in Wilton Manors was just getting started Saturday night.
Devoun Cetoute / Miami Herald:   One killed, two injured by pickup truck at Broward Stonewall Pride Parade, reports say
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: HuffPost and 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.
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 …
Discussion: CNN, Reason and New York Times
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New York Times:
Yang and Garcia Form Late Alliance in Mayor's Race, Drawing Adams's Ire  —  Andrew Yang and Kathryn Garcia campaigned together on Saturday in a show of unity that their top rival, Eric Adams, sought to portray as racially motivated.  —  Andrew Yang and Kathryn Garcia, two leading candidates …
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: The Hill and Raw Story
Alan M. Dershowitz / The Hill:
We should recognize the progress we've made on discrimination  —  The welcome adoption of Juneteenth as a national holiday celebrating the end of slavery proves what should have been obvious for at least a generation — namely, that we are no longer a systemically racist nation.
Washington Examiner:
Sen. Tuberville blows whistle on Biden's lawsuit ‘slush funds’  —  The Biden administration is trying to revive a form of thoroughly corrupt, politicized shakedowns.  Thankfully, Sen. Tommy Tuberville is trying to stop them.  —  The shakedowns were a favorite tactic of the Justice Department under …
Zach Despart / Houston Chronicle:
Texas said inland counties had lower disaster risk, yet awarded them huge share of $1B in Harvey aid  —  Disasters have not fallen evenly on Iola and Port Arthur.  Hurricane Harvey flooded almost the entire coastal city on the Louisiana border, which was damaged by Ike and Rita before that.
David Remnick / New Yorker:
Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin, and the Weight of History  —  At last week's summit, on the centenary of the Russian dissident Andrei Sakharov's birth, Biden tried to reassert democratic values—and to counter Putin's amoral authoritarianism.  —  The lives of the saints do not alter the fate of nations—except when they do.
Dan McLaughlin / National Review:
The Shakespearean Father-Son Tragedy of the Biden Family  —  It was announced Saturday that Joe Biden's dog Champ has died at age 13.  By all accounts, the family German Shepherd was - as we would say - a good boy.  Dogs are with us too briefly, and saying goodbye to them is inevitable but never easy.
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.
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 …
Taffy Brodesser-Akner / New York Times:
The One About Bibi Netanyahu's Father and the Perils of Diaspora … When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission.  —  THE NETANYAHUS  —  An Account of a Minor and Ultimately Even Negligible Episode in the History of a Very Famous Family
Discussion: Foreign Policy
Jon Levine / New York Post:
AOC skips out on congressional voting to campaign for Maya Wiley  —  AOC is MIA.  —  Queens Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been skipping out on congressional votes citing pandemic hardship — but has found time to campaign for progressive mayoral candidate Maya Wiley.
Toby Helm / The Guardian:
John Bercow defects to Labour with withering attack on Johnson  —  Former Speaker says party has become reactionary and xenophobic under its current leadership  —  John Bercow, the former Tory MP and Speaker of the House of Commons, has delivered an extraordinary broadside against Boris Johnson …
Discussion: Politico, Metro.co.uk and Bloomberg
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
Natalie Winters / The National Pulse:
REVEALED: Google & USAID Funded Wuhan Collaborator Peter Daszak's Virus Experiments For Over A Decade.  —  Google funded research conducted by Peter Daszak's EcoHealth Alliance - a controversial group which has openly collaborated with the Wuhan Institute of Virology on “killer” …
Discussion: 100PercentFedUp.com
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
Kareem Fahim / Washington Post:
Iran's new president Ebrahim Raisi consolidates hard-line grip as reformers pushed aside  —  Iran's announcement Saturday of a resounding election victory by Ebrahim Raisi, the ultraconservative judiciary chief, signaled a stunning consolidation of power, handing the elected leadership …
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Danielle Echeverria / San Francisco Chronicle:
Only one U.S. city saw a bigger pandemic exodus than San Francisco
Washington Post:
Severe heat and drought the hallmarks of a changing west
Discussion: Gizmodo
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: Insider and Raw Story
Cassandra Pollock / The Texas Tribune:
Gov. Greg Abbott vetoes funding for Texas Legislature and its staff as punishment for Democrats' walkout on elections bill
Russell Contreras / Axios:
Juneteenth forces U.S. to confront lasting impact of slavery economy
Discussion: Raw Story
Olivia Solon / NBC News:
Drought-stricken communities push back against data centers
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Jon Levine / New York Post:
Manhattan City Council candidate caught with dominatrix in leaked video
Discussion: OutKick and The US Sun
Leonard Pitts Jr / Miami Herald:
That ‘well-regulated militia?’ It was originally created to quell rebellions of the enslaved, prof says
David Catron / The American Spectator:
SCOTUS Wimps Out on Obamacare — Again
Rachel Janfaza / CNN:
Georgia removes 100,000 names from voter registration rolls
Discussion: The Root, Associated Press and Insider
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
Discussion: Fox News
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Trump Commerce Boss Wilbur Ross Hoovered Up $53 Million While In Public Office
Discussion: Raw Story