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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?
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
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.
Discussion: National Review and New York Times
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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
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
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
Lew Blank / Data For Progress:
DFP's Final NYC Polling
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and TheGrio
Averi Harper / ABC News:
New Yorkers cast ballots in mayoral primary, using ranked-choice voting for 1st time
Discussion: New York Magazine, Bloomberg, PIX11 and NPR
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.
Discussion: CNN, Forbes, Townhall, ABC News and The Guardian
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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: Washington Examiner, The Hill and CNBC
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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
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.
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,” …
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
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
New York Times:
California Has a Plan to Pay the Back Rent for Low-Income Tenants.  All of It.  —  The state is poised to embark on an ambitious, complex effort to cover the unpaid rent of low-income renters who struggled during the pandemic.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Swimming in cash from an unexpected budget surplus …
Discussion: Breitbart and Fox News
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Chris Christie Wants to Out-Trump Trump  —  BULLY PULPIT … The public bullying as a political power play pioneer isn't waiting for the president who stole his act to make up his mind about a comeback run before testing the waters himself. … Clinton wasn't talking specifically …
Discussion: Raw Story
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
Populist Leaders in Eastern Europe Run Into a Little Problem: Unpopularity  —  The leaders of Slovenia, Hungary and Poland, who rode to power on waves of anti-elitism anger, face rising opposition over their pandemic responses and heavy-handed policies.  —  LJUBLJANA, Slovenia …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 and Daily Kos
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 …
Discussion: Insider and Washington Free Beacon
Mark Weiner / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Donald Trump offers to back challenger to Rep. John Katko: ‘He is bad news’  —  Washington - Former president Donald Trump is offering to help back a primary challenger to Rep. John Katko, one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach him in January.  —  Trump made his offer …
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and Raw Story
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: RedState
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
What I Learned From the Bloomberg Equality Briefing on Driving Inclusive Transformation in Corporate Equity  —  One of the biggest challenges facing American corporations today is figuring out how to performatively express support for the various social justice causes that educated young professionals tend …
Discussion: Instapundit
 
 
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Discussion: Raw Story
Mikayla Newton / WGN-TV:
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Hayes Brown / MSNBC:
How Arizona's 2020 election ‘audit’ went from comedy to tragedy
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Ted Nesi / WPRI-TV:
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Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
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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'
Discussion: The Atlantic and Payday Report