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8:45 PM ET, June 22, 2021

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New York Times:
Saudi Operatives Who Killed Khashoggi Received Paramilitary Training in U.S.  —  The training, approved by the State Department, underscores the perils of military partnerships with repressive governments.  —  WASHINGTON — Four Saudis who participated in the 2018 killing …
Discussion: Insider
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Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
Voting Rights Bill Will Be Blocked by the Anti-Democratic System It Seeks to Reform  —  Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.  —  Congressional Democrats' signature voting rights bill …
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John Bowden / The Independent:
Nearly 1,000 US political scientists sign letter in support of key voting rights bill  —  Hundreds urge Senate to protect voting rights amid GOP attacks  —  A group of nearly 1,000 political scientists from around the country released an open letter on Tuesday affirming their support …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Kyrsten Sinema accidentally reveals the huge hole in her filibuster defense  —  If and when Republicans refuse to allow any debate of the Democrats' voting rights legislation on Tuesday, there will be a hidden silver lining: It will finally force the Senate to engage in the grand argument …
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Top adviser to Dem megadonor privately blasts party's prioritization of voting rights bill  —  The top political adviser to one of the Democratic Party's biggest donors privately urged fellow Democrats last week to abandon the push around federal voting rights legislation in favor of legislative items with better chances of passage.
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CNN:
US government seizes dozens of US website domains connected to Iran  —  (CNN)The United States government has seized dozens of US website domains connected to Iran, linked to what the US says are disinformation efforts, a US national security official told CNN.
Isaac Schultz / Gizmodo:
Ground Temperatures Hit 118 Degrees in the Arctic Circle  —  Newly published satellite imagery shows the ground temperature in at least one location in Siberia topped 118 degrees Fahrenheit (48 degrees Celsius) going into the year's longest day.  It's hot [Siberia] Earth summer, and it certainly won't be the last.
Reuters:
Biden's Justice Dept may defend Trump in Capitol riot lawsuits  —  Former U.S. President Donald Trump may have an unlikely ally to defend him against lawsuits alleging he incited the U.S. Capitol insurrection: President Joe Biden's Justice Department.  —  The Biden administration paved …
Discussion: Vanity Fair, Raw Story and The US Sun
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.
Monique Welch / Houston Chronicle:
Gov. Abbott vetoes bipartisan anti dog-chain bill.  Twitter responds with #AbbottHatesDogs.  —  “Pancake” gets some attention after Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Speaker Dennis Bonnen speak at the Governor's Mansion on January 9, 2019.  —  Texans love their dogs, no doubt.
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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 …
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Scoop: Lincoln Project's Law Firm Concludes Independent Investigation of John Weaver Allegations  —  The independent investigation into the sexual harassment allegations against Lincoln Project co-founder John Weaver, and whether the anti-Trump group's leadership covered up those allegations, has concluded.
David Weigel / Washington Post:
The Trailer: New York mayor's primary crashes to an end, with plenty of questions and a long wait for results.  —  In this edition: New York City votes, social conservatives bring more Latinos for the party, and Donald Trump returns to New Jersey's airwaves (thanks to Democrats).
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Politico:
Primary Day!  —  Well, the big day is here.  —  New York City, which has played a central role …
Discussion: TheGrio, abc7NY and PIX11
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Scoop: Longtime C-SPAN political editor Steve Scully leaving network  —  Longtime C-SPAN political editor and on-air host Steve Scully is leaving the network on July 2, Axios has learned.  He will join the Bipartisan Policy Center as SVP of communications.  —  Why it matters: Scully has been with C-SPAN for over three decades.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
So when is Trump going to turn on Gov. Ron DeSantis?  —  For most of the summer of 2015, Donald Trump was leading the field of Republicans vying for the party's presidential nomination.  By August, though, he faced a new threat: Neurosurgeon Ben Carson had emerged from the pack behind him to surge into second place.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Rich Lowry stepping down as editor of National Review's print magazine  —  Rich Lowry, the longtime editor of the conservative opinion magazine National Review, is stepping down from his role overseeing the print publication to focus on more strategic long-term initiatives as the company's editor-in-chief, Lowry tells Axios.
Rob Stein / NPR:
Fauci Warns Dangerous Delta Variant Is The Greatest Threat To U.S. COVID Efforts  —  The dangerous Delta variant of the coronavirus is spreading so quickly in the United States that it's likely the mutant strain will become predominant in the U.S. within weeks, according to federal health officials and a new analysis.
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
153 people resigned or were fired from a Texas hospital system for refusing to get vaccinated  —  Houston Methodist was one of the nation's first health systems to impose a coronavirus vaccine mandate.  —  More than 150 health-care workers who did not comply with a Houston-based hospital …
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Garland Rebuffs a Potential Broad Look at Trump-Era Justice Dept.  —  The attorney general said that various inspector general inquiries would help uncover any wrongdoing and that he wanted to avoid politicizing the work of career officials.  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General Merrick B. Garland backed away …
Lucy Komisar / American Prospect:
How the GameStop Hustle Worked  —  How hedge funds and brokers have manipulated the market.  —  In the aftermath of the GameStop run-up in January, retail investors found telltale signs of a common yet egregious trading fraud by major brokers and hedge funds.
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.
Charlie Warzel / Galaxy Brain:
“I need you to just be there.  I need you to hold my story.”  —  Andrew Kaczynski on grieving publicly on social media — and his ongoing work to raise awareness about childhood cancer.  —  6 hr ago … We found out Francesca had a brain tumor on September 6, 2020.
Sui-Lee Wee / New York Times:
They Relied on Chinese Vaccines.  Now They're Battling Outbreaks.  —  More than 90 countries are using Covid shots from China.  Experts say recent infections in those places should serve as a cautionary tale in the global effort to fight the disease.  —  Mongolia promised its people a “Covid-free summer.”
New York Times:
Britney Spears Quietly Pushed for Years to End Her Conservatorship  —  Confidential court records obtained by The Times reveal that the singer has urged changes to the arrangement that controls her life, and her father's role in leading it.  —  In the years since a judge gave the father …
FIRE:
‘Stop talking right now’: University of Oklahoma training shows instructors how to censor, indoctrinate students  —  Do you question whether refusing to use preferred pronouns is hate speech?  You can't — writing on that topic is “not acceptable.”  —  Think Black Lives Matter shouldn't engage in property destruction?
Discussion: Twitchy and Reason
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
What Biden — and a lot of other people — get wrong about journalists  —  Journalism has never been the most admired of professions, and in recent years the rap on its practitioners has only gotten worse.  —  Gallup puts trust in the news media at about 40 percent nationally …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The big questions on Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and the allegedly ‘all-White’ beach club  —  It's not entirely clear whether Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) has indeed belonged to an all-White beach club.  What is clear is that he has handled questions about it poorly and that it remains inexplicable that we don't know more by now.
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
White House admits: We won't get to 70% vaccinations by July 4  —  In fairness, this isn't a failure of the Biden administration — at least, not directly.  We have the vaccines.  We have the logistics to deliver them.  In fact, vaccinations are now available on demand throughout the US.
Discussion: Politico and Fox News
Jordan Libowitz / CREW:
Nearly 900 Secret Service employees got COVID … Nearly 900 Secret Service employees tested positive for COVID-19 between March 1, 2020 and March 9, 2021, according to government records obtained by CREW.  The vast majority served in protection jobs, either as Special Agents or in the Uniformed Division.
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Mike Lindell Promises ‘Donald Trump Will Be in Office by This Fall, For Sure’  —  Thousands of right-wing activists gathered in Tampa, Florida, last weekend for a “Restore America” rally that featured a cavalcade of election, COVID-19, and QAnon conspiracy theorists as speakers.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Job Approval of Biden Steady, Congress Down  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fifty-six percent of Americans approve of the job President Joe Biden is doing overall, essentially unchanged from 54% in May. Biden's approval rating has averaged 56% since he took office, with his monthly approval ratings straying …
Discussion: Political Wire
Des Moines Register:
Iowa abortion law requiring 24-hour waiting period permanently blocked by district court  —  William Morris Stephen Gruber-MillerDes Moines Register  —  An Iowa judge has permanently blocked a state law requiring women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion.
Jeremy Duda / Arizona Mirror:
Shawnna Bolick, author of bill to reject voters' presidential choice, running to be top elections official  —  State Rep. Shawnna Bolick, who sponsored legislation earlier this year that would have allowed the legislature to reject voters' selection in presidential races, is running to become Arizona's top elections official.
Anne Lutz Fernandez / NBC News:
America's school teachers aren't the Marxist cabal Fox News keeps depicting … Following George Floyd's murder last year, my principal emailed parents with suggested readings to help students understand the protests sweeping the nation.  Teachers were given the green light — if we felt comfortable — to discuss the events in class.
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Connecticut state Sen. Alex Kasser resigns, blames bitter divorce battle waged by Morgan Stanley executive husband  — Connecticut state Sen. Alex Kasser announced that she is resigning her seat, which represents Greenwich and parts of Stamford and New Canaan.
Discussion: NBC Connecticut
Daniel Klaidman / Yahoo News:
Exclusive: Biden's top intelligence official says COVID origins may never be known  —  The top U.S. intelligence official said in an interview with Yahoo News on Monday that the true origin of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed 600,000 Americans and almost 4 million people worldwide, may never be known.
Sara Cline / Associated Press:
Portland police halt minor traffic stops, citing disparity  —  PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police in Oregon's largest city are being advised to no longer pursue low-level traffic infractions — including expired plates and broken headlights — unless related to an immediate safety threat, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced Tuesday.
 
 
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