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5:35 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 …
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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: HotAir and driftglass
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:   ‘Florida goes full fascist’: Ron DeSantis sparks furious backlash with ‘authoritarian’ campus political surveys
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Ron DeSantis is showing Trump-level skill at waging culture war
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Rules Against Union Recruiting on California Farms  —  The case concerned a unique state regulation allowing labor representatives to meet with farm workers at their workplaces for up to three hours a day for as many as 120 days a year.  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court …
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Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Supreme Court Restricts Police Powers To Enter A Home Without A Warrant
Discussion: Sacramento Bee and Daily Kos
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Rules for Cheerleader Punished for Vulgar Snapchat Message
Associated Press:
Supreme Court limits when police can enter home without warrant
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Examiner
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Supreme Court Rules Cheerleader's F-Bombs Are Protected By The 1st Amendment
Alex Pareene / New Republic:
Centrist Pundits' Supposedly Savvy, Terribly Wrong Takes About the New York Mayoral Race  —  Savvy guys like Matt Yglesias, the newsletter writer and former Vox and Slate blogger, sometimes critique bad political punditry by pointing out that it often boils down to saying things like …
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Post
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David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
The Mayor's Race Isn't (Quite) Decided Yet
Discussion: New York Post
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 …
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Connor O'Brien / Politico:
Top general fires back at ‘offensive’ criticism of military being ‘woke’  —  The military's top officer on Wednesday pushed back against GOP lawmakers who said the Pentagon's efforts to combat racism and promote diversity have made the armed forces too “woke.”
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Politico:
‘The Tea Party to the 10th power’: Trumpworld bets big on critical race theory
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
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
John McAfee found dead of apparent suicide in Spanish jail after court approves his extradition for tax crimes  — Eccentric antivirus software company founder John McAfee was found dead of suspected suicide in a jail in Barcelona, Spain.  — McAfee died shortly after Spain's National Court approved …
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Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
John McAfee Found Dead in Spanish Prison Cell  —  The software magnate reportedly died just hours after a Spanish court approved his extradition to the United States.  —  Software magnate John McAfee was found dead Wednesday afternoon in a Spanish prison cell just hours …
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Biden administration removes Rodney Scott as head of U.S. Border Patrol  —  The Biden administration has forced out the head of the U.S. Border Patrol, Rodney Scott, clearing a path for a leadership overhaul at an agency strained by a 20-year-high in illegal border crossings …
Discussion: Political Wire and National Review
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Anna Giaritelli / Washington Examiner:
EXCLUSIVE: Biden administration forces head of Border Patrol to leave post immediately  —  The Biden administration is forcing out the career law enforcement official overseeing the U.S. Border Patrol and will temporarily replace him with the second in command, the Washington Examiner has learned.
Discussion: Fox News, New York Post and Townhall
CNN:
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 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.
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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 …
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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.”
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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:
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
Politico:
‘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.
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.
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.
Zaid Jilani / INQUIRE:
The Intercept Publishes Bogus “Exclusive Leak” Of Material Publicly Available Online  —  Beyond presenting banal publicly available information as a blockbuster leak, the site wildly misrepresented its contents: No, the U.S. military is not targeting socialism.  —  7 hr ago
CNN:
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 Rubin / Washington Post:
Merrick Garland is the wrong man for the job  —  Attorney General Merrick Garland on Tuesday made clear that he has decided to let bygones be bygones.  I can only imagine the reaction from the scores of former Justice Department lawyers who spent four years writing pleas to their ex-colleagues …
Lauren Gardner / Politico:
FDA to add warning about rare heart inflammation to Moderna, Pfizer vaccine fact sheets  —  FDA plans to “move rapidly” to add a warning to fact sheets for Pfizer and Moderna's Covid-19 vaccines about the rare risk of developing inflammatory heart conditions, an agency official said Wednesday.
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?
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 …
 
 
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Paul Blest / VICE:
Here's the Tweet Matt Gaetz Tried to Delete About the FBI
Discussion: Raw Story
Justin Rood / Insider:
The Biden administration has named a secretive private equity mogul with significant investment interests in climate-related businesses to help shape the US's response to the climate crisis
Associated Press:
Israel approves demolition of Palestinian home after deadly attack
Christian Datoc / Washington Examiner:
Biden calls on US to ‘come together as one nation’ during remarks at Republican senator's funeral
Discussion: ABC News, Roll Call and CBS News
Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
How Federal Cop Control Left Liberals Joyless in Seattle (Also, Tear-Gassed)
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
 Earlier Items: 
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Nikole Hannah-Jones Says She Won't Join U.N.C. Faculty Without Tenure
Abraham Riesman / New York Magazine:
My Grandfather the Zionist He helped build Jewish American support for Israel. What's his legacy now?
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
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
New York Times:
‘We Are Very Free’ How China Spreads Its Propaganda Version of Life in Xinjiang
Discussion: HotAir
Bloomberg:
U.K. Denies Russia Claim Warning Shots Fired at Warship
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Do Chance Meetings at the Office Boost Innovation? There's No Evidence of It.