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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?
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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 …
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
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Manchin got Republicans to admit to the ‘big lie.’ Democrats should celebrate.  —  Credit where due to Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.): The media seems to have missed it, but last week he got Republicans to admit to the “big lie.”  Whatever his Democratic colleagues' other beefs with him, they should celebrate this achievement.
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Nancy Cordes / CBS News:
U.S. won't hit Biden's 70% COVID vaccination goal by July 4, White House official admits  —  Washington — Jeff Zients, White House's coronavirus response coordinator, will acknowledge Tuesday that the U.S. will fall short of President Biden's goal of having 70% of American adults receive …
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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.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Liberals fume at Biden over demise of voting rights bill  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  MUST READ: New York Democrats go to the polls today.  Start your morning with RUBY CRAMER'S debut POLITICO Mag piece, in which she strolls through Prospect Park chatting …
Discussion: HotAir, Washington Post and UPI
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Whether Maya Wiley or Kathryn Garcia, a Woman Mayor Could Save N.Y.C.  —  Only the Women Can Save Us Now, New York  —  Both men leading the Democratic mayoral primary are disasters.  —  We Were Promised a Village: A Year in the Life of Pandemic-Baby Parents  —  Readers share life lessons from an extraordinary year.
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Politico:
‘No one is gonna steal the election from me’: Echoes of 2020 in NYC mayor's race
Discussion: Insider and ABC News
Lew Blank / Data For Progress:
DFP's Final NYC Polling
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and TheGrio
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.
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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 …
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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.
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 …
Discussion: Insider
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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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,” …
Rob Stein / NPR:
Delta Variant Of The Coronavirus Could Dominate In U.S. Within Weeks  —  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 a new analysis.
Discussion: HotAir
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Kristen V Brown / Bloomberg:   Delta Variant Gains Steam in Undervaccinated U.S. Counties
David Schleicher / Slow Boring:
The Machine Man  —  The case for and against Eric Adams  —  Eric Adams is clearly ahead in the race to be the next mayor of New York City.  He leads in most polls and has the biggest campaign apparatus.  But for someone who is a clear favorite, there has been little press coverage of what he would do as mayor.
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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Washington Examiner:
In New York City mayoral race, Democrats show their (race) cards
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
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.
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: Slate and Wall Street Journal
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: WTOP
Joel Kotkin / UnHerd:
The battle between the two Americas  —  In recent history, the United States has arguably never been so divided — but not in the way you might think.  Yes, the country has been split by the culture wars, with their polarising focus on race and gender.  But behind the scenes …
Discussion: Townhall
Shibani Mahtani / Washington Post:
An American lawyer tried to break up a scuffle in Hong Kong.  Now, he's in jail.  —  HONG KONG — Samuel Bickett, an American corporate lawyer in Hong Kong, was on his way to dinner in late 2019 when he saw a man hitting a teenager with a baton and stopped to intervene.
Washington Post:
‘In the Heights’ is just more of the same whitewashed Hollywood  —  Julissa Contreras is a Dominican writer, poet, actor and creator of the “Ladies Who Bronché” podcast.  Dash Harris Machado is co-founder of AfroLatino Travel, producer and facilitator of the “Radio Caña Negra” …
Discussion: National Review and RedState
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: Politico
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.
 
 
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Jordan Libowitz / CREW:
Nearly 900 Secret Service employees got COVID
Discussion: Insider
Monique Welch / Houston Chronicle:
Gov. Abbott vetoes bipartisan anti dog-chain bill. Twitter responds with #AbbottHatesDogs.
James T. Areddy / Wall Street Journal:
American Basketball Pro Spent Eight Months in Secretive China Detention
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Susan Collins: Biden ATF nominee Chipman ‘unusually divisive,’ will vote against confirmation
Discussion: National Review
Mikayla Newton / WGN-TV:
Pritzker signs voter access plan, moving primary from March to June
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Weiner / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Donald Trump offers to back challenger to Rep. John Katko: ‘He is bad news’
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and Raw Story
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
Georgia Conducting Secret 2020 Ballot Review — Keeping Plaintiffs in the Dark
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
What I Learned From the Bloomberg Equality Briefing on Driving Inclusive Transformation in Corporate Equity
Discussion: Instapundit
Bloomberg:
A Record Buyout Is Just the Start as Wealthy Flee U.S. Tax Hike
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
Eva Dou / Washington Post:
Wuhan lab's classified work complicates search for pandemic's origins
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
A Lawyer For Jan. 6 Defendants Is Giving Her Clients Remedial Lessons In American History
Discussion: Raw Story