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6:20 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 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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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Rules for Cheerleader Punished for Vulgar Snapchat Message
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Supreme Court Restricts Police Powers To Enter A Home Without A Warrant
Discussion: Sacramento Bee and Daily Kos
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
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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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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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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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
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
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
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 …
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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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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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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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
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.
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
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 …
Ted Nesi / WPRI-TV:
Sen. Whitehouse's beach club says accusations of all-white membership are ‘inaccurate and false’  —  You have been added to Nesi's Notes Newsletter  —  Nesi's Notes  —  NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) — The leaders of the private beach club tied to U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse broke their silence Wednesday …
Discussion: The Hill and National Review
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
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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Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
US ranks last among 46 countries in trust in media, Reuters Institute report finds
Amber Jamieson / BuzzFeed News:
A Former NRA President Was Tricked Into Speaking At A Fake High School Graduation
Discussion: Mediaite
Dhruv Khullar / New Yorker:
The Delta Variant Is a Grave Danger to the Unvaccinated
Discussion: BBC, Quartz, Cyprus Mail and New York Times
Brian Flood / Fox News:
Joy Reid's MSNBC show has worst week ever, sets viewership lows in multiple categories
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
Flesh Peddling To Own the Libs
Discussion: The Ringer
 Earlier Items: 
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
Jennifer Mercieca / Just Security:
The Propaganda Playbook: A Section-by-Section Dissection of Tucker Carlson's Communication Strategy
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