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10:05 AM ET, June 22, 2021

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Kyrsten Sinema / Washington Post:
We have more to lose than gain by ending the filibuster  —  Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat, represents Arizona in the U.S. Senate.  —  Everyday Arizonans are focused on questions that matter most in their daily lives.  —  Is my job secure?  Can I expand my business?  Can we afford college?
Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump's Former Bodyguard Under Scrutiny in New York Probe  —  Matthew Calamari, now the Trump Organization's chief operating officer, has hired his own attorney as prosecutors investigate the company's employee perks  —  New York prosecutors are investigating whether …
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ABC News:
Trump Organization sues New York City for wrongful termination of contracts  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio moved to terminate the contracts after the Capitol riot.  —  Former President Donald Trump's company sued New York City Monday for allegedly wrongfully terminating contracts the Trump Organization had to operate city facilities.
Politico:
‘No one is gonna steal the election from me’: Echoes of 2020 in NYC mayor's race  —  NEW YORK — Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers head to the polls Tuesday to pick the next mayor of the nation's biggest city.  But the closing days of the election, and perhaps the weeks that follow, may as well be a referendum on the ballot itself.
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Washington Examiner:   In New York City mayoral race, Democrats show their (race) cards
Averi Harper / ABC News:
New Yorkers cast ballots in mayoral primary, using ranked-choice voting for 1st time
Discussion: Bloomberg, BuzzFeed News and NPR
Washington Post:
New Yorkers vote in primaries for mayor after a race dominated by crime and coronavirus recovery
Paul Blumenthal / HuffPost:
Democrats To Introduce Bill To Combat Election Subversion As Part Of Voting Rights Push  —  The bill will try to stop state-level Republicans from fulfilling Trump's dream of giving them the power to overturn future elections.  —  Democrats plan to introduce legislation in the House and Senate …
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Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Manchin got Republicans to admit to the ‘big lie.’ Democrats should celebrate.
Discussion: Forbes, HuffPost and CNN
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.
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 …
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Sinéad Baker / Insider:   Trump asked whether the DOJ and the FCC could investigate ‘SNL’ after it mocked him, report says
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Federal judge tosses most claims against Trump, Barr and U.S. officials in clearing of Lafayette Square  —  A U.S. judge on Monday dismissed most claims filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of D.C., Black Lives Matter and others who in lawsuits accused the Trump administration …
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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Mike Memoli / NBC News:
White House to concede it's likely to miss original July 4 vaccination target … WASHINGTON — The Biden administration planned to concede Tuesday that it will likely fall short of President Joe Biden's goal of partially vaccinating 70 percent of American adults by Independence Day …
Discussion: WTOP
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Hans Nichols / Axios:
Top White House officials heading to Senate for infrastructure talks
Discussion: Bloomberg
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.
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
A Lawyer For Jan. 6 Defendants Is Giving Her Clients Remedial Lessons In American History  —  D.C. attorney H. Heather Shaner says that books and movies about the uglier parts of American history are “a revelation” for some of her Capitol attack clients.  —  At first glance …
Discussion: Raw Story
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
Georgia Conducting Secret 2020 Ballot Review — Keeping Plaintiffs in the Dark  —  After several Fulton County, Ga., poll monitors testified last year that boxes of mail-in ballots for Joe Biden looked liked they'd been run through a photocopy machine, state investigators quietly broke the seal …
Jim Swift / The Bulwark:
The Legend of the Restaurant Workers Too Lazy to Work  —  The notion that the food-services industry can't find workers because they like being on the dole is a gross simplification of complicated economic trends.  —  After a year of applause—or worse, silence—about “Trump Bucks,” …
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
Egyptian intelligence chief to face questioning over alleged involvement in Khashoggi killing  —  A human rights group is calling on members of Congress to interrogate the chief of Egyptian intelligence on Tuesday about a Yahoo News report that a Saudi plane carrying a team of assassins stopped …
The National Pulse:
SCALP: Daszak Recused from COVID Commission After National Pulse Exposés.  —  Compromised scientist Peter Daszak has been removed from the Lancet's COVID-19 commission following a number of leading exposés by The National Pulse investigative team surrounding Daszak's work with the Chinese Communist Party.
David Sirota / The Daily Poster:
Why Are Billionaires Presumed Innocent?  —  After an IRS leak, corporate media says there's nothing to see here because billionaire tax avoidance must be legal — even though it occurred during a crime spree.  —  In the wake of ProPublica's recent disclosure of how billionaires avoid income taxes …
Bloomberg:
A Record Buyout Is Just the Start as Wealthy Flee U.S. Tax Hike  — Fear of higher capital gains tax spurs Medline sale and others  — Families, private equity firms are preparing a deluge of deals  —  For 110 years, four generations of Mills family members earned their money …
Wall Street Journal:
Afghans Who Spied for CIA Can't Get U.S. Visas  —  Thousands of Afghans who worked for the U.S. but were given no paperwork to prove it are at risk of Taliban retaliation as U.S. leaves the country  —  KABUL—Rahmat says he carried out secret missions spying on the Taliban …
Discussion: HotAir
Eva Dou / Washington Post:
Wuhan lab's classified work complicates search for pandemic's origins  —  In May 2019, the Wuhan Institute of Virology's staff filed into an old-fashioned lecture hall.  A local representative of China's National Administration for the Protection of State Secrets was at the podium.
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.
PNAS:
Stewardship of global collective behavior  —  Joseph B. Bak-Coleman, Mark Alfano, Wolfram Barfuss, Carl T. Bergstrom, Miguel A. Centeno, Iain D. Couzin, Jonathan F. Donges, Mirta Galesic, Andrew S. Gersick, Jennifer Jacquet, Albert B. Kao, Rachel E. Moran, Pawel Romanczuk, Daniel I. Rubenstein …
Abigail Shrier / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
The Books Are Already Burning  —  The question is only: How long will decent people stand by quietly and watch it happen?  —  6 hr ago … One hundred and forty-six people in Halifax, Nova Scotia wait on a list to borrow a library book.  A question hangs over them: Will activists let them read it?
Discussion: HotAir
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Lindsey Graham inaccurately describes Democrats' redistricting proposal  —  What are the prospects for passing a voting rights bill?  —  Washington (CNN)At a conference of religious conservatives last week, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina inaccurately described …
Discussion: Raw Story
Abha Bhattarai / Washington Post:
Retail workers are quitting at record rates for higher-paying work: 'My life isn't worth a dead-end job'  —  Some 649,000 employees gave notice in April, the sector's largest one-month exodus in over 20 years, a reflection of pandemic-era strains and a strengthening job market
Discussion: The Atlantic and Payday Report
New York Times:
When It Comes to Big City Elections, Republicans Are in the Wilderness  —  The party's growing irrelevance in urban and suburban areas comes at a considerable cost, sidelining conservatives in centers of innovation and economic might.  —  When Jerry Sanders finished his second term as mayor …
Discussion: Raw Story
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Remember Who Tucker Carlson Is  —  In November 2018, The Washington Post published a disturbing headline: “'They Were Threatening Me and My Family': Tucker Carlson's Home Targeted by Protesters.”  —  The Post story quoted the prime-time Fox News host at length.
 
 
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Mikayla Newton / WGN-TV:
Pritzker signs voter access plan, moving primary from March to June
Joel Kotkin / UnHerd:
The battle between the two Americas
Mark Weiner / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Donald Trump offers to back challenger to Rep. John Katko: ‘He is bad news’
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
What I Learned From the Bloomberg Equality Briefing on Driving Inclusive Transformation in Corporate Equity
Discussion: Instapundit
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
Populist Leaders in Eastern Europe Run Into a Little Problem: Unpopularity
Discussion: Raw Story
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Chris Christie Wants to Out-Trump Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Kristen V Brown / Bloomberg:
Delta Variant Gains Steam in Undervaccinated U.S. Counties
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Michael Kunzelman / Associated Press:
US hits encouraging milestones on virus deaths and shots
Washington Post:
‘In the Heights’ is just more of the same whitewashed Hollywood
Evie Fordham / Fox News:
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