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4:50 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 …
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 …
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Sun-Sentinel:
Crash that killed 1 at Wilton Manors LGBTQ Pride parade was an accident, police say  —  FORT LAUDERDALE — A truck plowed through a crowd at an LGBTQ Pride parade Saturday night, killing one person and injuring another — but the 77-year-old man behind the wheel did not intend to hurt a soul, police say.
Discussion: Washington Blade and Twitchy
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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 …
Discussion: UPI, RedState and Washington Examiner
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 …
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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Jonathan Lis / Haaretz:
Three Countries Ask Israel for COVID Vaccines if Palestinians Nix Deal, Source Says  —  The Palestinian Health Ministry has said that it intends to resume negotiations with Israel and Pfizer about ‘safe vaccines that meet our standards’  —  Israel is holding talks with three other countries …
Discussion: The Times of Israel and Breitbart
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Avner Gvaryahu / Haaretz:   In the News- PM Bennett- Israel - Hamas- Ebrahim Raisi- COVID vaccines- Aliyah- Meron- Holocaust - Nakba- Apartheid?- What's Israeli cuisine?- Man vs. God- App
Gideon Levy / Haaretz:   A woman carries an Israeli national flag as she walks in an alley in Jerusalem's Old City, June 2021.Credit: RONEN ZVULUN/ REUTERS
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: The Western Journal
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Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Pope's Silence Speaks Volumes on Controversial Communion Vote by U.S. Bishops
Discussion: Washington Examiner and HotAir
CNN:
Trump dashed dreams of reform in Iran.  The country's new hardline president is living proof  —  Iranian presidential candidates ask for voting extension  —  (CNN)It should have been a spring day most Iranians could look forward to.  The trees that lined Tehran's boulevards glistened …
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Ewan Palmer / Newsweek:
QAnon Supporters Dismayed at Donald Trump's December Tour With Bill O'Reilly  —  QAnon supporters have acted with dismay and confusion after Donald Trump announced the December dates of his upcoming speaking tour with Bill O'Reilly, which coincides with when he is meant to have already been reinstated as president.
Discussion: Florida Politics and Raw Story
Maria Carrasco / Politico:
Graham to Biden: 'If you want an infrastructure deal of a trillion dollars, it's there for the taking'  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham encouraged President Joe Biden to support his bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure proposal, but said it could be jeopardized if Democrats signal that they intend …
Discussion: Boston Herald, Bloomberg and The Hill
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GoLocalProv:
“It's a Long Tradition in RI,” Whitehouse Defends Family's Membership in All-White Club  —  U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse continues to defend his family's membership in the all-white private Bailey's Beach Club in Newport.  —  GoLocal interviewed Whitehouse on Friday in Pawtucket …
Discussion: RedState, Twitchy and Politico
David Rothkopf / USA Today:
Joe Biden is better on the world stage than any president since George H.W. Bush  —  Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump all came into office with little or no international affairs experience.  And it showed.  —  Joe Biden has had more foreign policy experience than any other president in U.S. history.
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 …
Bloomberg:
Hong Kong's Apple Daily to Decide Monday on Shutting Down Paper  — Company has no access to bank accounts, top adviser says  — National security police arrested top editors last week  —  The board of Next Digital Ltd., which publishes Hong Kong's Apple Daily …
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 …
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Biden's bad run: Is he doing worse in the courts than Trump?  —  President Biden repeatedly framed his campaign and his administration as defending “the rule of law” after what he and others portrayed as the lawless reign of President Trump.  The image of Biden as restoring the Justice Department …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Tanisha M. Sullivan / The Hill:
156 years after “Freedom Day,” it's time to declare racism a public health crisis  —  On June 19th, 1865, a group of Union soldiers in Galveston, Texas delivered the news that the Civil War was over and with it the abolishment of slavery.  “Juneteenth” commemorates this moment in our nation's history …
Caleb Howe / Mediaite:
Conservative Conference 2024 Straw Poll Winner: Donald Tr — No Wait, Ron DeSantis!  —  At the Western Conservative Summit this weekend, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis beat former president Donald Trump in a presidential preference straw poll.  —  DeSantis just edged out Trump in the poll …
Kat O'Brien / New York Times:
I Am Breaking My Silence About the Baseball Player Who Raped Me  —  Kat O'Brien is a former journalist and baseball writer for The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Newsday.  —  I was 22 years old and working as a sports reporter when I was raped by a Major League Baseball player.
 
 
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Taylor Branch / Bloomberg:
Will Joe Manchin Be a Voting Rights Hero?
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Wall Street Journal:
How Five Hong Kong Protesters Escaped by Speedboat, Found Freedom in the U.S.
Carly Roman / Washington Examiner:
Don Lemon: 'I don't know' that US sees black people as ‘fully human’
Discussion: Fox News and TheBlaze
CNN:
How the Justice Department swept up records of two congressional Democrats and Trump's lawyer
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
'We don't want you here': Sen. Ron Johnson is booed at Milwaukee's Juneteenth celebration
Discussion: Slate, TheGrio and The Root
Jessica Campisi / CNN:
Ammon Bundy announces run for Idaho governor
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Liz Cheney's Unlikely Journey From G.O.P. Royalty to Republican Outcast
Discussion: Mother Jones and Daily Kos
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Ellis P. Monk, Jr / The University of Chicago Press:
Beholding Inequality: Race, Gender, and Returns to Physical Attractiveness in the United States1
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Robert Reich / The Guardian:
The US's greatest danger isn't China. It's much closer to home
Anuj Chopra / Agence France-Presse:
Saudi seeks religious reset as clerical power wanes
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Jon Stewart shows late-night conformity cabal how political comedy is done
Julian Shen-Berro / Raleigh News & Observer:
President Joe Biden to visit NC, promote COVID-19 vaccine
Discussion: ABC11
Harry Enten / CNN:
How this is the most unpredictable NYC mayoral race in 50 years