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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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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 …
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 …
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Top adviser to Dem megadonor privately blasts party's prioritization of voting rights bill  —  The top political adviser to one of the Democratic Party's biggest donors privately urged fellow Democrats last week to abandon the push around federal voting rights legislation in favor of legislative items with better chances of passage.
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 …
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: Fox News, Breitbart and The Hill
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Why NYC's ‘instant runoff’ could take weeks to decide
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
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
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Sadie Gurman / Wall Street Journal:
Justice Department to Target Gun Trafficking
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.
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Brody Ford / Bloomberg:   Secret Service's Covid Caseload Totaled Nearly 900 Over a Year
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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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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Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Senate moves to confirm Kiran Ahuja, nominee with critical race theory ties, to run federal personnel office
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
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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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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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
Patrick Tucker / Defense One:
US Needs to Defend Its Artificial Intelligence Better, Says Pentagon No. 2  —  AI safety is often overlooked in the private sector, but Deputy Secretary Kathleen Hicks wants the Defense Department to lead a cultural change.  —  As the Pentagon rapidly builds and adopts new artificial intelligence solutions …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
Pew Research Center:
Denominational switching among U.S. Jews: Reform Judaism has gained, Conservative Judaism has lost  —  The American Jewish population, like other religious groups, is in constant flux.  Some people who were raised as Jews have left the religion, while some who were raised outside the faith now identify with it.
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 Sullivan / Washington Post:
What Biden — and a lot of other people — get wrong about journalists  —  Journalism has never been the most admired of professions, and in recent years the rap on its practitioners has only gotten worse.  —  Gallup puts trust in the news media at about 40 percent nationally …
 
 
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Ken Klippenstein / The Intercept:
U.S. Military Training Document Says Socialists Represent “Terrorist” Ideology
Discussion: The Guardian
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Progressives count their foreign policy wins with Omar flap in rear view
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
Insider:
For $725, you can talk to Sen. Amy Klobuchar about how she wants to limit the role of money in politics
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Wall Street Journal:
Joint Chiefs Warn Against Bill Overhauling Military Justice System
Discussion: Politico
Ian Duncan / Washington Post:
Traffic deaths increased during the pandemic. The toll fell more heavily on Black residents, report shows.
 Earlier Items: 
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Mike Lindell Promises ‘Donald Trump Will Be in Office by This Fall, For Sure’
New York Times:
California Has a Plan to Pay the Back Rent for Low-Income Tenants. All of It.
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
How Democrats can defy history in 2022
Discussion: New York Times
Jim Swift / The Bulwark:
The Legend of the Restaurant Workers Too Lazy to Work