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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 …
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 …
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Senate poised to block debate on elections bill, dealing blow to Democrats' voting rights push
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 …
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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ABC News:
White House to admit US won't hit Biden's 70% vaccination goal by July 4
Discussion: Politico and CBS News
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Top White House officials heading to Senate for infrastructure talks
Discussion: Forbes and CNN
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: Breitbart and The Hill
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Why NYC's ‘instant runoff’ could take weeks to decide  —  AOC'S RANKED CHOICES — Rep. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ (D-N.Y.), who's backing MAYA WILEY in the New York City mayoral primary today, said this morning on HOT 97 that she ranked SCOTT STRINGER No. 2.  The clip
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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New York Times:
Live Updates: Candidates Hit the Trail as New Yorkers Go to the Polls
Discussion: Reason and Bloomberg
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 and KVIA-TV
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Kristen V Brown / Bloomberg:   Delta Variant Gains Steam in Undervaccinated U.S. Counties
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.
Discussion: Insider and UPI
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Brody Ford / Bloomberg:   Secret Service's Covid Caseload Totaled Nearly 900 Over a Year
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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Lew Blank / Data For Progress:
DFP's Final NYC Polling
Discussion: Tangle, Talking Points Memo and TheGrio
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 and Mediaite
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.
Wilson Wong / NBC News:
Driver apologizes after deadly Pride parade crash in Florida … A member of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus apologized Monday after he lost control of his pickup truck and drove through a weekend Pride event, hitting and killing a fellow choir member and injuring two others.
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon's Planned Purchase of MGM to Be Reviewed by FTC  —  Commission secures antitrust review after talks with Justice Department; scrutiny comes as Amazon critic Lina Khan takes helm of FTC  —  WASHINGTON—The Federal Trade Commission will be the agency to review Amazon. com Inc.'s proposed acquisition …
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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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,” …
CNN:
Democrats can defy history in 2022.  Here's how  —  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.
David Hogberg / Washington Examiner:
Medicaid enrollment hit record during pandemic with 10M new sign-ups  —  Nearly 10 million people signed up for Medicaid during the pandemic, suggesting the growing importance of the federal program in the U.S. healthcare system.  —  A new report from the Centers for Medicare …
Discussion: HotAir, CMS and Wall Street Journal
 
 
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Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Majority of voters say Biden should implement stricter immigration policies: poll
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Monique Welch / Houston Chronicle:
Gov. Abbott vetoes bipartisan anti dog-chain bill. Twitter responds with #AbbottHatesDogs.
Shibani Mahtani / Washington Post:
An American lawyer tried to break up a scuffle in Hong Kong. Now, he's in jail.
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Susan Collins: Biden ATF nominee Chipman ‘unusually divisive,’ will vote against confirmation
Joel Kotkin / UnHerd:
The battle between the two Americas
Discussion: Townhall
 Earlier Items: 
David Sirota / The Daily Poster:
Why Are Billionaires Presumed Innocent?
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
Georgia Conducting Secret 2020 Ballot Review — Keeping Plaintiffs in the Dark
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
Washington Post:
‘In the Heights’ is just more of the same whitewashed Hollywood
Discussion: National Review and RedState
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Federal judge tosses most claims against Trump, Barr and U.S. officials in clearing of Lafayette Square