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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?
Sabrina Imbler / New York Times:
When an Eel Climbs a Ramp to Eat Squid From a Clamp, That's a Moray  —  Moray eels can hunt on land, and footage from a recent study highlights how they accomplish this feat with a sneaky second set of jaws.  —  In the video, forceps nudge a piece of squid that sits on a ramp as an offering.
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 …
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ABC News:
Trump Organization sues New York City for wrongful termination of contracts
Erica Orden / CNN:
The winner of Tuesday's Manhattan DA primary is poised to take over Trump investigation
The Daily Beast:
Trump Wanted His Justice Department to Stop ‘SNL’ From Teasing Him  —  “SNL” amounted to “nothing less than unfair news coverage and Dem commercials,” Trump tweeted in 2018, pondering whether his thought “should be tested in courts, can't be legal?”  —  It was the middle of Donald Trump's presidency …
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Sinéad Baker / Insider:   Trump asked whether the DOJ and the FCC could investigate ‘SNL’ after it mocked him, report says
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Whether Maya Wiley or Kathryn Garcia, a Woman Mayor Could Save N.Y.C.  —  Only the Women Can Save Us Now, New York  —  Both men leading the Democratic mayoral primary are disasters.  —  We Were Promised a Village: A Year in the Life of Pandemic-Baby Parents  —  Readers share life lessons from an extraordinary year.
Discussion: Althouse and New York Magazine
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Politico:
‘No one is gonna steal the election from me’: Echoes of 2020 in NYC mayor's race
Discussion: Insider and ABC News
Jim Swift / The Bulwark:
The Legend of the Restaurant Workers Too Lazy to Work  —  The notion that the food-services industry can't find workers because they like being on the dole is a gross simplification of complicated economic trends.  —  After a year of applause—or worse, silence—about “Trump Bucks,” …
Barrington D. Martin II / MSN:
Listen to Black Parents Furious With Critical Race Theory  —  In a nation of hundreds of millions of people, each with their own thoughts, beliefs, and ideas, there will be those with ugly thoughts committing ugly deeds.  Racial prejudice will to a certain degree never be truly eradicated.
Stephen Gruber-Miller / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Majority of Iowans disapprove of the job Joe Biden is doing as president  —  President Joe Biden's approval rating among Iowans is underwater six months into his term in office, with 43% approving of the job he is doing and 52% disapproving in the latest Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll.
Discussion: The Hill
Mike Memoli / NBC News:
White House to concede it's likely to miss original July 4 vaccination target … WASHINGTON — The Biden administration planned to concede Tuesday that it will likely fall short of President Joe Biden's goal of partially vaccinating 70 percent of American adults by Independence Day …
Discussion: Associated Press
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Hans Nichols / Axios:
Top White House officials heading to Senate for infrastructure talks
Discussion: Bloomberg
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Manchin got Republicans to admit to the ‘big lie.’ Democrats should celebrate.  —  Credit where due to Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.): The media seems to have missed it, but last week he got Republicans to admit to the “big lie.”  Whatever his Democratic colleagues' other beefs with him, they should celebrate this achievement.
Discussion: ABC News, Townhall, Forbes and The Guardian
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Ruby Cramer / Politico:
Bill de Blasio Has Some Regrets  —  BROOKLYN, N.Y.—  The mayor likes to walk in the middle of the day, preferably around 2:30 p.m. This is the best time, when the sun has traveled across Prospect Park, just beginning its descent west, and when, on weekdays, the shaded trails are empty and still.
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
Bloomberg:
A Record Buyout Is Just the Start as Wealthy Flee U.S. Tax Hike  — Fear of higher capital gains tax spurs Medline sale and others  — Families, private equity firms are preparing a deluge of deals  —  For 110 years, four generations of Mills family members earned their money …
Margaret McMullan / The Bulwark:
To the man who shouted at me about stolen elections,  —  A poll worker responds to an angry heckler.  —  To the man who shouted at me about stolen elections,  —  Just thought I'd follow up about our recent encounter at the polling place where I'm a poll worker.
David Schleicher / Slow Boring:
The Machine Man  —  The case for and against Eric Adams  —  Eric Adams is clearly ahead in the race to be the next mayor of New York City.  He leads in most polls and has the biggest campaign apparatus.  But for someone who is a clear favorite, there has been little press coverage of what he would do as mayor.
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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Washington Examiner:
In New York City mayoral race, Democrats show their (race) cards
Discussion: Washington Post
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
Georgia Conducting Secret 2020 Ballot Review — Keeping Plaintiffs in the Dark  —  After several Fulton County, Ga., poll monitors testified last year that boxes of mail-in ballots for Joe Biden looked liked they'd been run through a photocopy machine, state investigators quietly broke the seal …
Joel Kotkin / UnHerd:
The battle between the two Americas  —  In recent history, the United States has arguably never been so divided — but not in the way you might think.  Yes, the country has been split by the culture wars, with their polarising focus on race and gender.  But behind the scenes …
Discussion: Townhall
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Remember Who Tucker Carlson Is  —  In November 2018, The Washington Post published a disturbing headline: “'They Were Threatening Me and My Family': Tucker Carlson's Home Targeted by Protesters.”  —  The Post story quoted the prime-time Fox News host at length.
David Sirota / The Daily Poster:
Why Are Billionaires Presumed Innocent?  —  After an IRS leak, corporate media says there's nothing to see here because billionaire tax avoidance must be legal — even though it occurred during a crime spree.  —  In the wake of ProPublica's recent disclosure of how billionaires avoid income taxes …
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
Washington Post:
‘In the Heights’ is just more of the same whitewashed Hollywood  —  Julissa Contreras is a Dominican writer, poet, actor and creator of the “Ladies Who Bronché” podcast.  Dash Harris Machado is co-founder of AfroLatino Travel, producer and facilitator of the “Radio Caña Negra” …
Discussion: RedState
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Susan Collins: Biden ATF nominee Chipman ‘unusually divisive,’ will vote against confirmation  —  Collins says Chipman has made comments to ‘demean law-abiding gun owners’  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for June 22  —  Sen. Susan Collins announced Monday that she will oppose the confirmation …
Discussion: National Review
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Chris Christie Wants to Out-Trump Trump  —  BULLY PULPIT … The public bullying as a political power play pioneer isn't waiting for the president who stole his act to make up his mind about a comeback run before testing the waters himself. … Clinton wasn't talking specifically …
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
California Has a Plan to Pay the Back Rent for Low-Income Tenants.  All of It.  —  The state is poised to embark on an ambitious, complex effort to cover the unpaid rent of low-income renters who struggled during the pandemic.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Swimming in cash from an unexpected budget surplus …
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
Eva Dou / Washington Post:
Wuhan lab's classified work complicates search for pandemic's origins  —  In May 2019, the Wuhan Institute of Virology's staff filed into an old-fashioned lecture hall.  A local representative of China's National Administration for the Protection of State Secrets was at the podium.
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 …
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
What I Learned From the Bloomberg Equality Briefing on Driving Inclusive Transformation in Corporate Equity  —  One of the biggest challenges facing American corporations today is figuring out how to performatively express support for the various social justice causes that educated young professionals tend …
Discussion: Instapundit
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
How Democrats can defy history in 2022  —  (CNN)The huge voter turnout over the past three elections could scramble the usual dynamics of midterm voting — potentially providing Democrats their best chance to avoid losses next year that could cost them control of the House, the Senate or both.
Discussion: Politico
American Greatness:
China's COVID Coup  —  China deserves credit for a remarkable feat of strategic improvisation in translating a public health crisis into a large economical and geopolitical advance at the expense of the West.  —  It is time for Americans to contemplate the possibility that the United States …
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
Populist Leaders in Eastern Europe Run Into a Little Problem: Unpopularity  —  The leaders of Slovenia, Hungary and Poland, who rode to power on waves of anti-elitism anger, face rising opposition over their pandemic responses and heavy-handed policies.  —  LJUBLJANA, Slovenia …
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Washington Post:
Biden administration to endorse bill to end disparity in drug sentencing between crack and powder cocaine
Discussion: NBC News, The Hill and HuffPost
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Lindsey Graham inaccurately describes Democrats' redistricting proposal
Discussion: Raw Story
Mikayla Newton / WGN-TV:
Pritzker signs voter access plan, moving primary from March to June
Wall Street Journal:
Afghans Who Spied for CIA Can't Get U.S. Visas
Discussion: HotAir
Mark Weiner / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Donald Trump offers to back challenger to Rep. John Katko: ‘He is bad news’
Mark Judge / The Stream:
Weak Dissent. Another Lazy, Dumb, and Error-Packed Book About Me in High School
Kristen V Brown / Bloomberg:
Delta Variant Gains Steam in Undervaccinated U.S. Counties
 Earlier Items: 
Hayes Brown / MSNBC:
How Arizona's 2020 election ‘audit’ went from comedy to tragedy
Discussion: Breitbart
Michael Kunzelman / Associated Press:
US hits encouraging milestones on virus deaths and shots
PNAS:
Stewardship of global collective behavior
Abigail Shrier / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
The Books Are Already Burning
Discussion: Why Evolution Is True and HotAir
Abha Bhattarai / Washington Post:
Retail workers are quitting at record rates for higher-paying work: 'My life isn't worth a dead-end job'
Discussion: The Atlantic and Payday Report