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Ben Smith / New York Times:
Tucker Carlson Calls Journalists ‘Animals.’ He's Also Their Best Source.  —  His platform on Fox News made him a big player in Donald Trump's circle.  Off camera, he shapes the coverage of Trump's world and Fox's own internal politics.  —  Last month, I texted Tucker Carlson to ask …
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Greg Greene / CtrlAltRightDelete:
How Critical Race Theory Ate Fox News  —  The anti-"critical race theory" mania is this year's Tea Party — and Fox News is central to it.  —  Recent footage of crowds packing school board meetings has made something clear: the panic over ‘critical race theory’ is the Tea Party of our time …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, Insider, Raw Story and Mediaite
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: This week in Washington: Biden takes on rising crime  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  FOR YOUR RADAR: Violent crime has been spiking across America for more than a year.  The issue has been at the top of the GOP agenda and constitutes a major portion of Fox News programming.
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Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
The Race to Replace Liz Cheney Is a Trump Sideshow
Discussion: Raw Story
Christian Datoc / Washington Examiner:
EXCLUSIVE: Meadows says DeSantis won't run against Trump in 2024  —  Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows thinks you can add Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to the list of Republican presidential hopefuls who won't run against former President Donald Trump in 2024 should he enter the race.
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American Greatness:
The Biden No-Go Zones  —  The Democratic Party won the long march through journalism, but this Pyrrhic victory has meant the destruction of every principle of journalistic integrity liberals ever claimed to champion.  —  In American journalism, there are supposed to be some clear, nonnegotiable third-rails.
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David Rothkopf / USA Today:
Joe Biden is better on the world stage than any president since George H.W. Bush
Discussion: Daily Kos
Graham Rayman / New York Daily News:
‘What threat did I pose?’:  Heartbroken dad blames NY State Police trooper for ramming his SUV and causing crash that killed his 11-year-old Brooklyn daughter  —  Handcuffed in the back seat of a New York State Trooper's car, Tristin Goods could only seethe quietly and watch helplessly …
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.
Discussion: Insider and Outside the Beltway
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Taylor Branch / Bloomberg:
Will Joe Manchin Be a Voting Rights Hero?
Discussion: CNN
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
A World of High Wages and Cheap Burrito Bowls Is Possible  —  The Democratic Party's policies have delivered large wage increases to blue-collar workers, and at only a negligible cost to middle-class consumers.  —  This is, apparently, the GOP's new message about the Biden economy.
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 …
Isabel Debre / Associated Press:
Iran's president-elect says he won't meet with Biden  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's president-elect said Monday he wouldn't meet with President Joe Biden nor negotiate over Tehran's ballistic missile program and its support of regional militias, sticking to a hard-line position following …
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Evan Osnos / New Yorker:
The Man Who Controls the Senate  —  Will Joe Manchin's search for common ground wreck the Democrats' agenda?  —  On a frosty night in February, Joe Manchin III, the senior senator from West Virginia, invited a few colleagues over for dinner aboard the houseboat he docks on the Potomac.
Discussion: CNN and Washington Post
New York Times:
Taliban Enter Key Cities in Afghanistan's North After Swift Offensive  —  The setbacks come at a harrowing moment for Afghanistan, just as American and international troops are set to leave the country in coming weeks.  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban entered two provincial capitals …
Lindsay Kornick / Fox News:
Reporters, activists rush to judge Florida Pride parade crash before investigation  —  Fort Lauderdale mayor Dean Trantalis initially labelled the incident a “terrorist attack”  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for June 20  —  Reporters and liberal activists were quick to label …
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Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Scoop: White House eyes ending migrant family expulsion by July 31  —  The White House is considering ending — as early as July 31 — the use of a Trump-era public health order that's let U.S. border officials quickly turn back migrant families to Mexico, Axios has learned.
CNN:
Trump World's latest crazy idea could be good for Democrats  —  Dean Obeidallah, a former attorney, is the host of SiriusXM radio's daily program “The Dean Obeidallah Show” and a columnist for The Daily Beast.  Follow him @DeanObeidallah.  The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.
Politico:
Chaotic 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.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
THE CITY:
New Evidence Eric Adams Retained Brooklyn Co-op Long After He Says Gave It to His ‘Good Friend’  —  Mayoral frontrunner Eric Adams intervened in the potential sale of a Brooklyn co-op in 2017 that he insists he gave up his co-ownership of a decade earlier, according to a real estate agent who tried to broker the deal.
New York Times:
In Rift With Biden, a Dramatic Show of Force by a Conservative Catholic Movement  —  A vote by the U.S. bishops was the most dramatic example of the conservative Catholic movement's reach since Joseph R. Biden was elected.  But the contingent had been gaining strength throughout the Trump era.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Eric Swalwell / USA Today:
Trump abused power for revenge and personal gain.  This can't be our new normal  —  Trump ignored the rule of law, eroded nonpartisan safeguards and followed the dictator's playbook to weaponize law enforcement against me and others.  —  Almost 50 years ago, John Dean warned of “a cancer on the presidency.”
Jimmy Vielkind / Wall Street Journal:
New York State Coffers Swell, Riding Covid-19 Recovery  —  Some fiscal watchdogs question increased income taxes on high earners  —  A better-than-projected economic recovery and a massive influx of federal aid have stuffed New York state's once-bare coffers, a reversal of fortune that is leading …
Wall Street Journal:
Tight Labor Market Returns the Upper Hand to American Workers  —  Employers competing for low-wage workers are offering signing bonuses and other perks  —  Low-wage workers found something unexpected in the economy's recovery from the pandemic: leverage.  —  Ballooning job openings …
Heather Long / Washington Post:
The economy isn't going back to February 2020.  Fundamental shifts have occurred.  —  A new era has arrived of greater worker power, higher housing costs and very different ways of doing business  —  The U.S. economy is emerging from the coronavirus pandemic with considerable speed …
Annie Karni / New York Times:
U.S. Preparing More Sanctions Against Russia, Sullivan Says  —  The national security adviser raised the issue of more penalties in the poisoning of Aleksei A. Navalny days after President Biden met with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden's national security adviser …
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Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
With ranked-choice voting, NYC Democratic mayoral primary might take weeks to pick winner
Discussion: Washington Post and FOX News Radio
Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:
A Racist Training Program for the U.S. Navy
Washington Post:
Trump and his CFO Allen Weisselberg stay close as prosecutors advance their case
Adam McCann / WalletHub:
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Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Daily Caller
New York Times:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Anton Troianovski / New York Times:
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Wall Street Journal:
Xi's Rewriting of History Won't Stay in China
 Earlier Items: 
Carly Roman / Washington Examiner:
Don Lemon: 'I don't know' that US sees black people as ‘fully human’
Discussion: Fox News and TheBlaze
Kat O'Brien / New York Times:
I Am Breaking My Silence About the Baseball Player Who Raped Me
Tanisha M. Sullivan / The Hill:
156 years after “Freedom Day,” it's time to declare racism a public health crisis
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Biden's bad run: Is he doing worse in the courts than Trump?
Discussion: Reason and The Daily Beast
CNN:
How the Justice Department swept up records of two congressional Democrats and Trump's lawyer
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire