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10:00 AM ET, June 21, 2021

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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
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, Mediaite and Raw Story
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
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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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.
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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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
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.”
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
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 …
New York Times:
Who Are the Billionaires' Picks for New York Mayor?  Follow the Money.  —  Ultrawealthy donors have given $16 million to super PACs dedicated to the New York City mayor's race.  Half of that money has gone to three moderate candidates.  —  More than seven years after one of the nation's …
Washington Post:
Trump and his CFO Allen Weisselberg stay close as prosecutors advance their case  —  The former president and his trusted lieutenant head to Trump Tower as prosecutors press Weisselberg to turn on his boss  —  NEW YORK — If Donald Trump was looking for some good news on his 75th birthday on last Monday …
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
With ranked-choice voting, NYC Democratic mayoral primary might take weeks to pick winner  —  With 13 candidates on the ballot and a ranked choice election, results won't be coming fast and furious  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for June 21  —  Voters in the nation's most populous city head …
Discussion: Washington Post and FOX News Radio
Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:
A Racist Training Program for the U.S. Navy  —  Forget fighting China, confess your white privilege.  —  Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.
 
 
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Anton Troianovski / New York Times:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Taylor Branch / Bloomberg:
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Carly Roman / Washington Examiner:
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Heather Long / Washington Post:
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Kat O'Brien / New York Times:
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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
Caitlin Moscatello / New York Magazine:
Nobody Wraps Pat Kiernan The petty, vindictive, backbiting, lawsuit-laden, career ruining infighting at everyone's favorite local NY1 news station.
Jonathan Lis / Haaretz:
Three Countries Ask Israel for COVID Vaccines if Palestinians Nix Deal, Source Says
Discussion: The Times of Israel and Breitbart