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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 …
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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 …
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 …
Kyrsten Sinema / Washington Post:
We have more to lose than gain by ending the filibuster
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.
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.
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Isabel Debre / Associated Press:
US seizes Iranian news sites under unclear circumstances  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — American authorities took down a range of Iran's state-linked news websites under unclear circumstances on Tuesday, the U.S. and Iran said, a move that appeared to be a far-reaching crackdown …
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 …
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.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Why NYC's ‘instant runoff’ could take weeks to decide
Discussion: New York Times
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: The US Sun
Barrington D. Martin II / MSN:
Listen to Black Parents Furious With Critical Race Theory  —  In a nation of hundreds of millions of people, each with their own thoughts, beliefs, and ideas, there will be those with ugly thoughts committing ugly deeds.  Racial prejudice will to a certain degree never be truly eradicated.
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Samantha Lock / Newsweek:
Marjorie Taylor Greene Demands Joe Biden Remove Kamala Harris as She Signs Letter  —  Georgia Republican Congressperson Marjorie Taylor Greene says she is proud to have signed a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to replace Vice President Kamala Harris in her role controlling illegal immigration at the U.S. border.
Discussion: Human Events and Sacramento Bee
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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.
Andrew Solender / Forbes:
Manchin Will Vote With Democrats On Election Bill Set To Be Blocked By GOP  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said Tuesday he will vote with Democrats to move forward with a S.1, a sweeping election reform bill poised to be blocked by Republicans.  —  KEY FACTS
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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.
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.
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.
Alexander Sammon / American Prospect:
The Supreme Court Is Closer to a 9-0 Corporatist Supermajority Than a 3-3-3 Split  —  No amount of regrouping can obviate the need for Supreme Court reform.  —  While the language of recent decisions may seem alluring, the ideology of the Court is not experiencing a tectonic shift.
Discussion: RedState, Slate and Wall Street Journal
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.
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.
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.
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: Reason and Twitchy
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.
NBC News:
Tentacles of Manhattan DA's Trump probe reach former bodyguard Calamari  —  New York prosecutors involved in a sweeping probe of the Trump Organization are investigating Matthew Calamari, the former Donald Trump bodyguard who's now a top executive at the former president's company …
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
Ruby Cramer / Politico:
Bill de Blasio Has Some Regrets  —  BROOKLYN, N.Y.—  The mayor likes to walk in the middle of the day, preferably around 2:30 p.m. This is the best time, when the sun has traveled across Prospect Park, just beginning its descent west, and when, on weekdays, the shaded trails are empty and still.
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 and The Guardian
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.
Patrick Tucker / Defense One:
US Must Do More to Stop AI From Causing Trouble, Pentagon No. 2 Says  —  The concept of “artificial intelligence safety” is given short shift, says Deputy Secretary Kathleen Hicks, who wants the Defense Department to lead a cultural change.  — ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE - AI & AUTONOMY - INDUSTRY
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.
James T. Areddy / Wall Street Journal:
American Basketball Pro Spent Eight Months in Secretive China Detention  —  A human-rights group says a legal form of Chinese detention that often leaves people cut off from family and lawyers is used at a ‘mass level’  —  When Chinese police detained American professional basketball player Jeff Harper …
Discussion: TheBlaze
U.S. Department of Justice:
Department of Justice Announces Formation of Firearms Trafficking Strike Forces to Crack Down on Sources of Crime Guns  —  Today, the Department of Justice announced it will launch five cross-jurisdictional firearms trafficking strike forces within the next 30 days to help reduce violent crime …
Discussion: The Hill and CBS San Francisco
Stephen Gutowski / The Reload:
The Real Danger of the New Texas Silencer Law  —  Texas passed a law last week that claims to legalize unregistered gun silencers made and sold within Texas, putting it at odds with federal law.  There is a significant danger in this law, but it's not the one many people might expect.
Discussion: Twitchy
Margaret McMullan / The Bulwark:
To the man who shouted at me about stolen elections,  —  A poll worker responds to an angry heckler.  —  To the man who shouted at me about stolen elections,  —  Just thought I'd follow up about our recent encounter at the polling place where I'm a poll worker.
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
How Democrats can defy history in 2022  —  (CNN)The huge voter turnout over the past three elections could scramble the usual dynamics of midterm voting — potentially providing Democrats their best chance to avoid losses next year that could cost them control of the House, the Senate or both.
Discussion: New York Times
 
 
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Jonathan Levin / Bloomberg:
Covid Rebounds in U.S. South, With Many Shunning Vaccines
Discussion: Political Wire
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
So when is Trump going to turn on Gov. Ron DeSantis?
Discussion: Raw Story
Cassidy Morrison / Washington Examiner:
Obamacare remains popular with voters following third Supreme Court decision to keep law
Discussion: Fox News and Morning Consult
Ken Klippenstein / The Intercept:
U.S. Military Training Document Says Socialists Represent “Terrorist” Ideology
Discussion: The Guardian
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
What Biden — and a lot of other people — get wrong about journalists
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Progressives count their foreign policy wins with Omar flap in rear view
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
Wall Street Journal:
Joint Chiefs Warn Against Bill Overhauling Military Justice System
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Ian Duncan / Washington Post:
Traffic deaths increased during the pandemic. The toll fell more heavily on Black residents, report shows.
Pew Research Center:
Denominational switching among U.S. Jews: Reform Judaism has gained, Conservative Judaism has lost
Nancy Cordes / CBS News:
U.S. won't hit Biden's 70% COVID vaccination goal by July 4, White House official admits
New York Times:
California Has a Plan to Pay the Back Rent for Low-Income Tenants. All of It.
Jim Swift / The Bulwark:
The Legend of the Restaurant Workers Too Lazy to Work