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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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Max Boot / Washington Post:
Ron DeSantis is showing Trump-level skill at waging culture war
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:   ‘Florida goes full fascist’: Ron DeSantis sparks furious backlash with ‘authoritarian’ campus political surveys
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Staving Off G.O.P. Attacks, Democrats Show New Urgency on Crime  —  A strong showing by Eric Adams in the New York mayoral race and President Biden's announcement of a new crime-fighting agenda signal a shift by Democrats toward themes of public safety.  —  Facing a surge in shootings …
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Andy Newman / New York Times:
N.Y.C. Mayoral Race Live Updates: Ranked-Choice Could Give Wiley and Garcia a Win, But It Is an Uphill Battle  —  Eric Adams holds a commanding lead in the race for the Democratic nomination.  The winner might not be known for weeks.  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  Can Wiley or Garcia still win?
Alex Pareene / New Republic:
Centrist Pundits' Supposedly Savvy, Terribly Wrong Takes About the New York Mayoral Race
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Post
David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
The Mayor's Race Isn't (Quite) Decided Yet
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Post
Laura Zornosa / New York Times:
Unanimous Vote Is Final Step Toward Removing Roosevelt Statue
Discussion: New York Post, Breitbart and IJR
Alanna Durkin Richer / Associated Press:
No jail time in 1st riot sentence; Oath Keeper pleads guilty  —  An Indiana woman on Wednesday became the first defendant to be sentenced in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and avoided time behind bars, while a member of the Oath Keepers extremist group pleaded guilty in a conspiracy case …
Discussion: Bloomberg and WINK NEWS
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CNN:
Judge rebukes GOP for downplaying US Capitol riot as he hands out first sentence in insurrection
Discussion: NBC News and KCTV
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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Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Right-Wingers Who Demanded Kamala Harris Visit the Border Are Now Mad She's Going
Discussion: Washington Examiner, Breitbart and IJR
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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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
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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Eric Kleefeld / Media Matters for America:
“From POTUS”: Trump wanted Justice Department to investigate a QAnon-linked election conspiracy theory
Discussion: Politico and National Review
Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
Scientist Finds Early Virus Sequences That Had Been Mysteriously Deleted  —  By rooting through files stored on Google Cloud, a researcher says he recovered 13 early coronavirus sequences that had disappeared from a database last year.  —  About a year ago, genetic sequences …
Discussion: Twitchy and New York Post
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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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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  —  Court had previously said that police in ‘hot pursuit’ of a suspect believed to have committed a felony can enter a home without a warrant  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for June 23  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court …
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Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Supreme Court Restricts Police Powers To Enter A Home Without A Warrant
Politico:
‘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.
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Olivia Krauth / Courier-Journal:
Protesters, driven by disdain for critical race theory, derail JCPS school board meeting
Discussion: 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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Chad Pergram / Fox News:
Why Tuesday's Senate vote on S.1 gave Democrats fissile material to go nuclear on filibuster
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 …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Majority believes COVID-19 leaked from lab in China  —  No direct scientific evidence has been made public that conclusively proves either perspective  —  Newly resurfaced report from U.S. scientists says Wuhan lab leak theory is ‘plausible’
Discussion: The Hill
New York Post:
Curtis Sliwa gives an inside look of what life is like with 15 cats  —  It's the purrrfect apartment.  —  The Post got an exclusive look inside Curtis Sliwa's tiny Upper West Side studio apartment Wednesday — after the newly minted GOP mayoral nominee revealed that he and his wife share the space with 15 rescue cats.
Discussion: Fox News
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.
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 …
Paul Blest / VICE:
Here's the Tweet Matt Gaetz Tried to Delete About the FBI  —  Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox?  Sign up here.  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz tweeted Wednesday that Democrats should defund the FBI, the same agency investigating whether the Florida congressman participated in sex trafficking.
Discussion: Raw Story
Amber Jamieson / BuzzFeed News:
A Former NRA President Was Tricked Into Speaking At A Fake High School Graduation  —  In a speech to the James Madison Academy 2021 graduating class, David Keene, a former NRA president and current board member of the gun rights group, called on the teens to fight those looking to implement tighter gun restrictions.
Discussion: Mediaite
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
Flesh Peddling To Own the Libs  —  Raymond Arroyo is the perfect distillation of modern conservatism.  —  4 hr ago  —  1. Victoria's Secret  —  If you want to see the single purest distillation of modern conservatism so far in existence, I beg you to watch the first three minutes …
Discussion: The Ringer
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 …
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.
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.”
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
 
 
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Reuters:
Partisan war over teaching history and racism stokes tensions in U.S. schools
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Homer Wilkes / The White House:
President Biden Announces 17 Key Nominations
Matthew Foldi / Washington Free Beacon:
Watchdog Flags ‘Ongoing Ethics Violation’ by Florida Democrat
Ted Nesi / WPRI-TV:
Sen. Whitehouse's beach club says accusations of all-white membership are ‘inaccurate and false’
Discussion: The Hill and National Review
Dhruv Khullar / New Yorker:
The Delta Variant Is a Grave Danger to the Unvaccinated
Discussion: BBC, Cyprus Mail, Quartz and New York Times
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