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12:55 PM 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
Discussion: New York Post, Mediaite and 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.
Discussion: HotAir, The Hill, Breitbart and Insider
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:   The Democrats' big voting reform bill is in real trouble. Here's what's next.
Caroline Vakil / The Hill:
More than 70 companies call on Senate to pass voting right bill
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   D.C. Statehood Is the Democrats' Only Option
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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Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Trump discussed sending infected Americans to Guantanamo Bay: book  —  Former President Trump reportedly suggested sending Americans infected with COVID-19 to Guantanamo Bay in an effort to stem the rapidly growing number of cases on U.S. soil in the early days of the pandemic, according to a new book.
Discussion: Insider, TMZ.com, POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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.
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Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:   CNN's valentine to a Trump insurrectionist
John L. Dorman / Insider:
Liz Cheney is surrounded by a security detail after death threats over her Trump criticism: NYT
Discussion: HotAir, Washington Post, The Hill and IJR
Sophie Lewis / CBS News:
New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard to become first openly transgender athlete to compete at Olympics  —  Laurel Hubbard lifted a whopping 628 pounds in two lifts to qualify for her first Olympic Games.  And when she competes in Tokyo next month, she will make history as the first openly transgender athlete ever to do so.
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Praveen Menon / Reuters:
NZ weightlifter Hubbard to become first transgender athlete to compete at Games
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
US reveals where it's sending 55M COVID-19 vaccine doses worldwide  —  US to share 75% of the vaccine doses through COVAX, the UN-backed global vaccine sharing program  —  Biden touts COVID vaccine progress amid delta variant warning  —  The Biden administration is sharing 55 million doses …
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Jeanne Whalen / Washington Post:   Models predict U.S. coronavirus infections could surge this fall if vaccination rates lag, former FDA chief says
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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Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
Supreme Court rules against NCAA caps on student-athlete education-related gifts and benefits  —  The justices did not deal with the issue of whether players should get salaries.  —  The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against the NCAA in a major case involving whether it violates anti-trust law …
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.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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Max Greenwood / The Hill:   Burr on ‘unusual’ Trump endorsement in NC Senate race: 'I can't tell you what motivates him'
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
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  —  In a flash, Laura Jedeed was surrounded by screaming men.  The freelance journalist was filming a group of Trump supporters walking the streets of the District after the …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: The Root, TheGrio and NBC New York
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
U.S. Representative Val Demings:
Rep. Demings Alerts Floridians to Check for Child Tax Credit  —  55,000 households in Rep. Demings' district are eligible for up to $300 per child per month as part of the American Rescue Plan, which Rep. Demings helped pass  —  Washington, D.C.: Today Rep. Val Demings (FL-10) …
Adam McCann / WalletHub:
2021's Most Patriotic States in America  —  Americans may feel their patriotism dampened this year amid the recent surge in racial injustice, including police brutality and a rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans.  Many people may find it hard to celebrate a country in which racist incidents persist.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Daily Caller
Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
DOJ Nominee Worked with Hunter Biden at Law Firm Tied To Ukrainian Energy Giant  —  Hunter Biden laptop emails indicate he attended private dinner with DOJ nominee Hampton Dellinger  —  Joe Biden's nominee for a top Justice Department position worked alongside Hunter Biden at a prominent law firm …
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: Vanity Fair and Washington Post
 
 
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Nicole Gelinas / New York Post:
NYC progressives are going to lose the Dem primary to soaring crime
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The Angry Staff Officer:
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Heather Long / Washington Post:
The economy isn't going back to February 2020. Fundamental shifts have occurred.
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