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7:15 PM ET, June 21, 2021

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Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump's Former Bodyguard Under Scrutiny in New York Probe  —  Matthew Calamari, now the Trump Organization's chief operating officer, has hired his own attorney as prosecutors investigate the company's employee perks  —  New York prosecutors are investigating whether …
Discussion: The Hill and The Gateway Pundit
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Washington Post:
Trump and his CFO Allen Weisselberg stay close as prosecutors advance their case
Discussion: Raw Story
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Progressives crank up filibuster pressure on Sinema with million-dollar ad buy in Arizona … WASHINGTON — A progressive group is launching a seven-figure ad campaign aiming to pressure Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., to support abolition of the filibuster, as the Senate eyes a vote to advance major voting rights legislation.
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Evan Osnos / New Yorker:
The Man Who Controls the Senate
Discussion: Politico, Vanity Fair and The Hill
Rafael Bernal / The Hill:
Obama: Voting rights bill must pass before next election
Discussion: NBC News, Roll Call and IJR
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 …
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Bess Levin / Vanity Fair:
“They Can Tweet All They Want”: Eric Adams on Weed, Beyoncé, and the Housing-Sleuth Haters  —  Talking to the mayoral front-runner about his Bed-Stuy apartment, the weird contraband video, stop and frisk, and more.  —  If you buy into the polls, Eric Adams may very well be the next mayor of New York City.
Discussion: Insider and THE CITY
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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: The Nation, New York Times and Reason
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
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.
Ryan Girdusky / Mediaite:
The Media is Gaslighting America on Critical Race Theory  —  Critical race theory has become one of the most hotly discussed issues facing our country over the last few months.  Since the death of George Floyd, the summer of race riots, and spike in anti-Asian hate crimes …
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Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
The Backlash against Critical Race Theory Is Real
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 …
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
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 …
Kevin McCarthy / House Republican Leader:
Holding China Accountable  —  Holding China Accountable: A Republican Call to Action & Roadmap for Covid-19 Accountability  —  A letter to House Republicans from Leader Kevin McCarthy:  —  Last week, I wrote to you saying that our country was dealt a significant blow by the coronavirus …
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Jack Beyrer / Washington Free Beacon:
McCarthy Pushes to Move Olympics from China
Discussion: RedState and Washington Examiner
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
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.
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
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
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.
Quint Forgey / Politico:
White House: Biden's Catholic faith is not ‘political’  —  White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday that President Joe Biden did not interpret his Catholic faith “through a political prism,” declining to comment on a recent decision by U.S. Catholic bishops that could result …
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Tom Joyce / Washington Examiner:
Denying Joe Biden Communion may feel right but would likely backfire on the Catholic Church
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Supreme Court Rejects NCAA's Tight Limits on Athlete Benefits, Compensation  —  The court rules the NCAA violated antitrust law by limiting schools from competing for player talent by offering better benefits—to the detriment of college athletes  —  WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court on Monday ruled …
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New York Times:
Supreme Court Backs Payments to Student-Athletes in N.C.A.A. Case
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
Jaclyn Peiser / Washington Post:
Thieves have been stealing truckloads of nuts, police say.  The latest heist was 42,000 pounds of pistachios.  —  As Touchstone Pistachio Company ran through its routine audit earlier this month, something wasn't adding up.  —  More than 42,000 pounds of pistachios had vanished.
Discussion: Fox News
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.
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
How Democrats are ‘unilaterally disarming’ in the redistricting wars  —  Oregon Democrats had finally secured total control of redistricting for the first time in decades.  —  Then, just months before they were set to draw new maps, they gave it away.  —  In a surprise that left Democrats …
Discussion: HotAir
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 …
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 …
FWIW:
Donald Trump is back advertising on Facebook  —  The former President's “Team Trump” page is running ads for the first time since November 2020, in violation of Facebook's policy.  —  Despite Facebook's assertion that Donald Trump is banned from their platform for at least two years …
Discussion: Politico
Aruna Viswanatha / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Election Pressure Caused Senior Justice Official to Weigh Resigning  —  John Demers led the Justice Department's national security division as it focused on threats of Chinese espionage and influence  —  John Demers, head of the Justice Department's national security division …
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
Nasty N.C. Senate primary tests Trump's sway over the GOP  —  Donald Trump has endorsed conservative Rep. Ted Budd in North Carolina's critical Senate race, the former president's first foray into an open primary in a battleground.  That state's retiring Republican senator has other ideas.
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
Robby Soave / Reason:
Vancouver School Board Is Eliminating Honors Programs To Achieve ‘Equity’  —  The Vancouver School Board in British Columbia, Canada, is eliminating honors courses as part of a push to foster inclusivity and equity in the classroom.  —  The board had previously eliminated …
Discussion: Freddie deBoer
 
 
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New York Times:
When It Comes to Big City Elections, Republicans Are in the Wilderness
Discussion: Florida Politics
Summer Ballentine / Associated Press:
Trial over Missouri's refusal to expand Medicaid to begin
Discussion: Washington Post and FOX 2
Erin Banco / Politico:
America is ready to return to normal. Biden's CDC chief isn't so sure.
Discussion: Axios and GovExec.com
U.S. Department of Justice:
Indiana Man Sentenced to 46 Months in Prison for Making Racially Motivated Threats Toward Black Neighbor and for Unlawfully Possessing Firearms
Neil Irwin / New York Times:
The Pandemic Stimulus Was Front-Loaded. That Could Mean a Bumpy Year.
Discussion: The National Interest
Jim Jones / The Hill:
How critical race theory became today's defining culture-war issue
Courtney Kube / NBC News:
Since 9/11, military suicides dwarf the number of soldiers killed in combat
Discussion: Common Dreams and Raw Story
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Lahav Harkov / Jerusalem Post:
German media giant: If you're anti-Israel, don't work for us
Discussion: Townhall
Craig Mauger / Detroit News:
Michigan county board to consider unproven theory of ‘manipulated’ election results
Zachary Petrizzo / Salon:
Fox News' Dan Bongino claimed he was leaving Twitter to own the libs. Now he's back
Discussion: Gizmodo
The Angry Staff Officer:
“We believe in making treason odious:” U.S. Veterans of the Civil War Attack the Lost Cause
Discussion: The Constitutionalist
Robert Klemko / Washington Post:
Unmasking the far right: An extremist paid a price when his identity was exposed online after a violent clash in Washington
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Trump World's latest crazy idea could be good for Democrats