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4:10 PM ET, June 23, 2021


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Ana Ceballos / Tampa Bay Times:
State university faculty, students to be surveyed on beliefs  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis suggested that budget cuts could be looming if universities and colleges are found to be “indoctrinating” students.  —  TALLAHASSEE — In his continued push against the “indoctrination” of students …
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Florida students required to register political views with the state to promote ‘intellectual diversity’  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation requiring students, faculty and staff at Florida's public universities and colleges to register their political views with the state as a way to encourage “intellectual diversity.”
Discussion: driftglass and Crooks and Liars
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
‘Florida goes full fascist’: Ron DeSantis sparks furious backlash with ‘authoritarian’ campus political surveys  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation requiring Florida students, faculty and staff to register their political views in surveys in an effort to promote “intellectual diversity” …
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Ron DeSantis is showing Trump-level skill at waging culture war
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Rules for Cheerleader Punished for Vulgar Snapchat Message  —  A Pennsylvania school district violated the First Amendment by disciplining a student for off-campus speech, the court ruled.  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a Pennsylvania school district …
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Supreme Court sides with high school cheerleader who cursed online
Discussion: KVIA-TV
Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
Supreme Court rules for cheerleader in case involving school rules, free speech on social media
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Supreme Court Rules Cheerleader's F-Bombs Are Protected By The 1st Amendment
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Kamala Harris is set to visit the border  —  Vice President Kamala Harris is heading to the U.S.-Mexico border this week, amid an unrelenting chorus of criticism from Republicans over her failure to visit there.  —  Harris, who was tasked by President Joe Biden to lead diplomatic efforts …
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
House Republicans set to join Trump's border trip  —  A group of House Republicans is set to join Donald Trump's visit to the U.S.-Mexico border next week.  —  About a dozen members of the Republican Study Committee, the biggest caucus in the House GOP, plan to join the former president on the trip next Wednesday.
Jeremy Wallace / Houston Chronicle:   Ted Cruz defends Texas Rep. Chip Roy as Donald Trump attacks him
‘The Tea Party to the 10th power’: Trumpworld bets big on critical race theory  —  Former top aides to President Donald Trump have begun an aggressive push to combat the teaching of critical race theory and capitalize on the issue politically, confident that a backlash will vault them back into power.
Discussion: PRESS RUN and Vanity Fair
Olivia Krauth / Courier-Journal:
Protesters, driven by disdain for critical race theory, derail JCPS school board meeting
Discussion: Raw Story
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner distance themselves from the former President and his constant complaints  —  (CNN)With each passing day away from Washington, former President Donald Trump's grievances continue unabated.  And those complaints appear to be driving away two of the people …
Discussion: Insider, KVIA-TV and Raw Story
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A top Biden ally just fired a warning shot on the filibuster.  Should we believe it?  —  As a Democrat from Joe Biden's longtime home state of Delaware, Sen. Christopher A. Coons is widely perceived to have a direct line to the president, so his views on what's next after the failure of voting reform deserve careful attention.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Republicans Say Voting Protections Trample ‘States’ Rights.' Uh-Oh. The chilling future implications of a very old argument.
New York Times:
The Most Detailed Map of New York City Mayoral Primary Results  —  New York City voters cast their ballots for mayor on Tuesday, and it became clear that the competitive Democratic race would be decided by the city's new ranked-choice system.  It is likely to be weeks before a winner is known.
David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
The Mayor's Race Isn't (Quite) Decided Yet  —  “This is going to be about not only the ones, but also about the two and threes,” Kathryn Garcia said in her flat Brooklynese when she took the stage at 99 Scott, the hip Bushwick event space her sister runs.  She was referring to the city's …
Jonathan Oosting / Bridge Michigan:
GOP investigation finds no Michigan vote fraud, deems many claims ‘ludicrous’ … LANSING —A months-long Republican investigation into Michigan's 2020 election uncovered no evidence of widespread fraud and concluded Wednesday with a recommendation the attorney general investigate those who made false claims for “personal gain.”
Luis Ferré-Sadurní / New York Times:
India Walton, a socialist candidate, stuns longtime incumbent in Buffalo mayor's race.  —  A progressive challenger running her first campaign was poised on Tuesday to beat Buffalo's four-term Democratic mayor in a primary upset that would upend the political landscape in New York's second-biggest city …
Robert J. McCarthy / Buffalo News:
India Walton claims upset in Buffalo mayoral race; Byron Brown pins hopes on absentees
Discussion: WIVB-TV, NBC News, TheBlaze and HuffPost
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Manchin open to Biden's ‘human infrastructure’ plans and undoing some Trump tax cuts  —  WASHINGTON — A key moderate Democratic senator opened the door Tuesday to investing in President Joe Biden's “human infrastructure” proposals and unwinding some of the Republican tax cuts of 2017.
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
A Bill Destined to Fail May Now Spawn More Plausible Options
‘Staggering’: Biden breaks from agenda to grapple with bloodshed plaguing big cities  —  CHICAGO — It was 6 a.m. last week when news broke of a mass shooting in Chicago.  Eight people were shot, five of whom died.  By 7:30 a.m. a White House official was on the phone with Mayor Lori Lightfoot's office.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Scoop: New book says Trump talked of COVID killing John Bolton  —  “Nightmare Scenario,” a book out next week on President Trump's handling of COVID, reports that he said he hoped it would take out his former national security adviser, John Bolton, who had just written an explosive tell-all about his time in the White House.
Wall Street Journal:
Afghan Government Could Collapse Six Months After U.S. Withdrawal, New Intelligence Assessment Says  —  Taliban advances prompt agencies to revise outlook for how long Kabul can hold out  —  KABUL—The U.S. intelligence community concluded last week that the government of Afghanistan …
Discussion: Defense One
Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
How Federal Cop Control Left Liberals Joyless in Seattle (Also, Tear-Gassed)  —  Under an Obama-era consent decree, Seattle was powerless to defund police last year.  More such surrenders of local control to federal judges are likely as the Biden administration revives decrees.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
Republican official in Ohio faces charge for voting twice in November election  —  Republican lawmakers in Ohio pushing for more “safety and security” at the ballot box can now point to a clear example of voter fraud in the November 2020 presidential election.  —  Unfortunately for them, it involves another Republican.
Discussion: Raw Story, The Hill and Mediaite
I can't forgive the people who won't admit my partner, Brian Sicknick, was a hero  —  Opinion by Sandra Garza  —  Sandra Garza is a licensed clinical social worker and was the long-time partner of Brian Sicknick, the Capitol Police Officer who protected the US Capitol from pro-Trump rioters during …
Jennifer Mercieca / Just Security:
The Propaganda Playbook: A Section-by-Section Dissection of Tucker Carlson's Communication Strategy  —  Tucker Carlson is very effective at setting the rightwing agenda, telling them what to think about and framing how to understand politics.  Ever wonder how he does it?
U.K. Denies Russia Claim Warning Shots Fired at Warship  — Fighter dropped bombs near destroyer in Black Sea, Russia says  — U.K. says Russian action was part of ‘gunnery exercise’  —  Russia said it used bombs and gunfire in “warning shots” to force a British Navy destroyer …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Why won't the national media cover the story Americans care about most?  —  It's a very basic concept of journalism: Cover the stories that impact your viewers and readers most, the stories they most care about.  —  But for one very big story, there's been relative silence from our national media, just passing mentions.
Wall Street Journal:
Covid-19 Gene Data That Could Have Aided Research on Early Epidemic Removed From Database  —  Researcher says he recovered gene sequences after a Chinese scientist asked that they be removed from government archive  —  Chinese researchers directed the U.S. National Institutes of Health …
Yun Li / CNBC:
Warren Buffett gives away another $4.1 billion, resigns as trustee at Gates Foundation  — This year's donation marked the halfway point for Buffett, who pledged in 2006 to give away all of his Berkshire shares through annual gifts to five foundations.  — Buffett said his 16 annual contributions …
Quinnipiac University Poll:
Texans Split On Whether Gov. Abbott Deserves To Be Reelected, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Democrats Want O'Rourke To Run For Governor, About 4 In 10 Texas Voters Want McConaughey To Run  — mail_outline  —  As Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, seeks reelection next year …
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Do Chance Meetings at the Office Boost Innovation?  There's No Evidence of It.  —  For some, the office even stifles creativity.  As the pandemic eases in the U.S., a few companies seek to reimagine what work might look like.  —  When Yahoo banned working from home in 2013 …
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Nikole Hannah-Jones Says She Won't Join U.N.C. Faculty Without Tenure  —  A letter from Ms. Hannah-Jones's lawyers said an unnamed “powerful donor” had contributed to the University of North Carolina board of trustees' failure to grant her tenure.  —  The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist …
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Associated Press:
Israel approves demolition of Palestinian home after deadly attack
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
21 Republicans, led by Boebert, move to censure Biden over ‘failure’ to enforce border laws
Discussion: Breitbart, The Daily Caller and IJR
Anna Giaritelli / Washington Examiner:
EXCLUSIVE: Biden administration forces head of Border Patrol to leave post immediately
Discussion: Fox News and Townhall
Hilary Andersson / BBC:
‘Heartbreaking’ conditions in US migrant child camp
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
Christian Datoc / Washington Examiner:
Biden calls on US to ‘come together as one nation’ during remarks at Republican senator's funeral
Discussion: ABC News, CBS News and The Hill
Associated Press:
Supreme Court limits when police can enter home without warrant
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Examiner
 Earlier Items: 
Abraham Riesman / New York Magazine:
My Grandfather the Zionist He helped build Jewish American support for Israel. What's his legacy now?
Agence France-Presse:
Crushing climate impacts to hit sooner than feared: draft UN report
Financial Times:
Germany and France seek EU-Russia meeting
Jaclyn Peiser / Washington Post:
He was preparing for ‘a coming civil war,’ feds say. Now he faces up to 30 years in prison.
Discussion: Raw Story and Sun-Sentinel
Freddie deBoer:
Education Week: Educational Assessments are Valid, Reliable, and Remarkably Predictive
Discussion: Eduwonk
New York Times:
‘We Are Very Free’ How China Spreads Its Propaganda Version of Life in Xinjiang
Democrats sound alarm on crime as top threat to 2022 election chances
Discussion: National Review and Breitbart