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ABC News:
Trump Organization sues New York City for wrongful termination of contracts  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio moved to terminate the contracts after the Capitol riot.  —  Former President Donald Trump's company sued New York City Monday for allegedly wrongfully terminating contracts the Trump Organization had to operate city facilities.
CNN:
Pressure mounts on Trump Organization CFO to cooperate against Donald Trump
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Erica Orden / CNN:   The winner of Tuesday's Manhattan DA primary is poised to take over Trump investigation
Kyrsten Sinema / Washington Post:
We have more to lose than gain by ending the filibuster  —  Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat, represents Arizona in the U.S. Senate.  —  Everyday Arizonans are focused on questions that matter most in their daily lives.  —  Is my job secure?  Can I expand my business?  Can we afford college?
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David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
The Berserk End of the Campaign Yang and Garcia team up.  Adams cries victim.  Wiley goes after them all.  —  A Democratic mayoral primary that mostly played out in the tiny confines of a square box on Zoom spun into full Technicolor berserk in the race's final days.
Discussion: New York Times, HuffPost and Reason
Paul Blumenthal / HuffPost:
Democrats To Introduce Bill To Combat Election Subversion As Part Of Voting Rights Push  —  The bill will try to stop state-level Republicans from fulfilling Trump's dream of giving them the power to overturn future elections.  —  Democrats plan to introduce legislation in the House and Senate …
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Sen. Whitehouse defends family's membership in private beach club amid questions about whether it is all-White  —  Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) is defending his family's ties to an exclusive beach club in Rhode Island, amid questions about whether the club's membership is all-White.
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Ted Nesi / WPRI-TV:
Whitehouse under scrutiny for belonging to exclusive Newport beach club
Discussion: Fox News, RedState and The US Sun
Valerie Strauss / Washington Post:
Student challenges Florida Gov. DeSantis over critical race theory ban  —  Uma Menon is a 17-year-old writer and student at Princeton University who attended public schools in Florida, where the state Board of Education just banned public schools from teaching that racism is …
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Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
The Backlash against Critical Race Theory Is Real
Ryan Girdusky / Mediaite:   The Media is Gaslighting America on Critical Race Theory
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Federal judge tosses most claims against Trump, Barr and U.S. officials in clearing of Lafayette Square  —  A U.S. judge on Monday dismissed most claims filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of D.C., Black Lives Matter and others who in lawsuits accused the Trump administration …
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
A Lawyer For Jan. 6 Defendants Is Giving Her Clients Remedial Lessons In American History  —  D.C. attorney H. Heather Shaner says that books and movies about the uglier parts of American history are “a revelation” for some of her Capitol attack clients.  —  At first glance …
Discussion: Raw Story
Sarah Kliff / New York Times:
Medicaid Enrollment Surpassed 80 Million, a Record, During the Pandemic  —  The increase points to the program's growing role not just as a safety net, but also as a foundation of U.S. health coverage.  —  Medicaid enrollment rose sharply during the pandemic, with nearly 10 million Americans joining …
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Summer Ballentine / Associated Press:
Trial over Missouri's refusal to expand Medicaid to begin
Discussion: Washington Post and FOX 2
Joe Killian / NC Policy Watch:
UNC Press now in the crosshairs of Board of Governors, which is refusing to re-appoint professor who criticized handling of Silent Sam monument  —  Eric Muller served two five-year terms on the UNC Press Board.  —  In an unprecedented move, the UNC Board of Governors is refusing to re-appoint …
The National Pulse:
SCALP: Daszak Recused from COVID Commission After National Pulse Exposés.  —  Compromised scientist Peter Daszak has been removed from the Lancet's COVID-19 commission following a number of leading exposés by The National Pulse investigative team surrounding Daszak's work with the Chinese Communist Party.
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Kevin McCarthy / House Republican Leader:
Holding China Accountable
Vicky Prodeline / Monmouth University Polling …:
Public Supports Both Early Voting And Requiring Photo ID to Vote  —  One-third remain convinced of 2020 election fraud  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Most Americans support both easier access to early voting and requiring photo identification to vote, according to the Monmouth ("Mon-muth") University Poll.
Brian Flood / Fox News:
New York Times' scribe Maggie Haberman can't quit Trump, largely ignores Biden  —  ‘She traded in what credibility she had during the Trump administration for 15 minutes of cable news fame,’ Chris Barron said  —  New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman serves as a Washington correspondent …
Evie Fordham / Fox News:
US Olympic athlete Chelsea Wolfe threatened to burn flag on podium  —  BMX Freestyle rider Chelsea Wolfe identifies as a trans woman  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for June 21  —  EXCLUSIVE - BMX Freestyle rider Chelsea Wolfe, who qualified as an alternate to represent the U.S …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
I'm a conservative who believes systemic racism is real  —  The phrase “systemic racism,” like “climate change” and “gun control,” has been sucked into the vortex of the culture war.  The emotional reaction to these words seems to preclude reasoned debate on their meaning.  —  But a divisive concept can be clarifying.
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
Egyptian intelligence chief to face questioning over alleged involvement in Khashoggi killing  —  A human rights group is calling on members of Congress to interrogate the chief of Egyptian intelligence on Tuesday about a Yahoo News report that a Saudi plane carrying a team of assassins stopped …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Is This the Dumbest Filibuster Defense Ever Written?  I cannot believe this column was published in a national newspaper.  —  I have read a lot of bad arguments for the filibuster.  They typically consist of a hazy or outright false historical account of how the filibuster was created …
Discussion: Raw Story and Wall Street Journal
Isabel Debre / Associated Press:
Iran president-elect takes hard line, refuses to meet Biden  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's president-elect staked out a hard-line position Monday in his first remarks since his landslide election victory, rejecting the possibility of meeting with President Joe Biden …
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Karim Sadjadpour / The Atlantic:
Iran Stops Pretending
Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
How Putin Made a Fool of Tucker Carlson  —  A clip of the Fox News host agreeing with Putin was played on Russian State TV where pundits and propagandists are thrilled by how easy it is to manipulate Carslon.  —  President Putin has pulled off a targeted propaganda operation against the U.S. that's …
Discussion: Raw Story
Abha Bhattarai / Washington Post:
Retail workers are quitting at record rates for higher-paying work: 'My life isn't worth a dead-end job'  —  Some 649,000 employees gave notice in April, the sector's largest one-month exodus in over 20 years, a reflection of pandemic-era strains and a strengthening job market
Discussion: Payday Report
Joe Nocera / Bloomberg:
NCAA's Era of Exploiting College Athletes Is Ending  —  The dam has broken.  College athletes are going to be paid — eventually.  And it's about time.  —  The Supreme Court on Monday confirmed unanimously that the National Collegiate Athletic Association is a business that has to conform …
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
New book offers fresh details about chaos, conflicts inside Trump's pandemic response  —  At one point, the president mused about transferring infected American citizens in Asia to Guantánamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba.  —  In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic …
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
FBI agent acknowledges in court filing that Trump backers discussed ‘revolution’ before Jan. 6  —  WASHINGTON — The FBI director and other senior officials have consistently downplayed the intelligence value of social media posts by Trump supporters prior to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot …
Discussion: Raw Story
Abigail Shrier / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
The Books Are Already Burning  —  The question is only: How long will decent people stand by quietly and watch it happen?  —  6 hr ago … One hundred and forty-six people in Halifax, Nova Scotia wait on a list to borrow a library book.  A question hangs over them: Will activists let them read it?
Discussion: HotAir
Will Doran / Raleigh News & Observer:
McCrae Dowless guilty plea on social security disability fraud  —  McCrae Dowless pleads guilty to financial crimes related to 2018 election fraud scandal  —  McCrae Dowless pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to two crimes stemming from the investigation into the absentee ballot fraud scheme he's accused …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
The Authoritarian Instincts of Police Unions  —  In May 2020, Darnella Frazier, a 17-year-old with a smartphone camera, documented the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.  Most Americans who watched the video of Floyd begging for his life, as Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck, saw a human being.
Michael Kunzelman / Associated Press:
US hits encouraging milestones on virus deaths and shots  —  COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have dipped below 300 a day for the first time since the early days of the disaster in March 2020, while the drive to put shots in arms hit another encouraging milestone Monday: 150 million Americans fully vaccinated.
Discussion: East Bay Times
John Sexton / HotAir:
Harsh reality for progressives: Manchin and Sinema aren't the only Democrats opposed to ending the filibuster  —  Two weeks ago I wrote about the fact that Senators Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema are not the only Democrats opposed to getting rid of the filibuster.  Today, NBC News has an article which reaches the same conclusion.
New York Times:
When It Comes to Big City Elections, Republicans Are in the Wilderness  —  The party's growing irrelevance in urban and suburban areas comes at a considerable cost, sidelining conservatives in centers of innovation and economic might.  —  When Jerry Sanders finished his second term as mayor …
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Aruna Viswanatha / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Election Pressure Caused Senior Justice Official to Weigh Resigning
Discussion: Raw Story
Jim Jones / The Hill:
How critical race theory became today's defining culture-war issue
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Discussion: Raw Story and Common Dreams
David Dayen / American Prospect:
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