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9:40 AM ET, June 23, 2021

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New York Times:
Saudi Operatives Who Killed Khashoggi Received Paramilitary Training in U.S.  —  The training, approved by the State Department, underscores the perils of military partnerships with repressive governments.  —  WASHINGTON — Four Saudis who participated in the 2018 killing …
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Washington Examiner:
Democrats lie about lying about voter ID  —  Let's not sugarcoat this: For decades, Democratic politicians and their enablers in the media cartel have flat-out lied when claiming it is racist to require voters to provide proof of their identities.  —  A sudden about-face on the issue …
Discussion: HotAir, Daily Kos and The US Sun
CNN:
Democrats, act now to protect US democracy from death spiral
ABC News:
Senate Republicans block voting rights reform bill despite unified Democratic support
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.
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New York Times:
New York Primary Election Results  —  The race to become New York City's next mayor is one of the most consequential political contests in a generation, with the recovery of the nation's largest city at stake.  The winner of the Democratic primary is likely to win the general election in November.
Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Examiner
Max Gowins / Decision Desk HQ:
Election Results: NYC Municipal Primaries and More
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
Discussion: USA Today
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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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Jon Campbell / Democrat and Chronicle:
India Walton, a socialist, poised to become Buffalo's first woman mayor
Discussion: Mother Jones
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.
The Moscow Times:
Russia Fires ‘Warning’ Shots at British Warship Near Crimea  —  A Russian fighter jet and border guard ship have fired “warning” shots at a British warship that the military said violated Russia's borders in the Black Sea near annexed Crimea, state media reported Wednesday.
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Isaac Schultz / Gizmodo:
Ground Temperatures Hit 118 Degrees in the Arctic Circle  —  Newly published satellite imagery shows the ground temperature in at least one location in Siberia topped 118 degrees Fahrenheit (48 degrees Celsius) going into the year's longest day.  It's hot [Siberia] Earth summer, and it certainly won't be the last.
U.S. Department of Justice:
United States Seizes Websites Used by the Iranian Islamic Radio and Television Union and Kata'ib Hizballah  —  Today, pursuant to court orders, the United States seized 33 websites used by the Iranian Islamic Radio and Television Union (IRTVU) and three websites operated by Kata'ib Hizballah (KH), in violation of U.S. sanctions.
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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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
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Miranda Devine / New York Post:
Did Joe inadvertently pay for Hunter Biden's wild night at Chateau Marmont?  —  It's May 2018, and Robert Hunter Biden is trawling through his favorite Los Angeles escort sites.  He orders “Yanna,” a 24-year-old Russian native from Emerald Fantasy Girls.  —  “Russian, Green Eyes …
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.
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Garland Says Watchdog Is Best Positioned to Review Trump-Era Justice Dept., Not Him  —  The attorney general said that various inspector general inquiries would help uncover any wrongdoing and that he wanted to avoid politicizing the work of career officials.
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.”
Hunter Walker / The Uprising:
Yang Presidential Campaign Advisers Blame Tusk Strategies For ‘Crashing’ His Mayoral Bid  —  This is a special breaking news issue of The Uprising, a daily politics newsletter.  If you enjoyed this story and want to read more like it, please sign up!  —  BROOKLYN, N.Y. …
John Sexton / HotAir:
Law firm concludes Lincoln Project didn't know John Weaver was soliciting ‘underage individuals’  —  You may recall that earlier this year the Lincoln Project hired an outside law firm (one whose independence is open to question) to investigate what the group's founders knew about sexual harassment by co-founder John Weaver.
Discussion: The Hill
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Axios:
Democrats sound alarm on crime as top threat to 2022 election chances  —  It's no coincidence former NYPD captain Eric Adams is leading the NYC mayoral race.
David Weigel / Washington Post:
The Trailer: New York mayor's primary crashes to an end, with plenty of questions and a long wait for results.  —  In this edition: New York City votes, social conservatives bring more Latinos for the party, and Donald Trump returns to New Jersey's airwaves (thanks to Democrats).
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John Nichols / The Nation:   WANT TO INCREASE ELECTION TURNOUT? LOWER THE VOTING AGE TO 16.
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 …
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 …
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Ron DeSantis is showing Trump-level skill at waging culture war  —  Former president Donald Trump is America's premier culture warrior.  No other modern politician has displayed as much talent at dividing Americans, peddling disinformation, demonizing minorities and exacerbating social problems.
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Unlawful assembly?  Arrests in Northern Virginia school board meeting after parents erupt over CRT  —  How does a public comment period at a school board turn into an unlawful assembly, and then into an ugly scrum?  The Loudoun County school board apparently got tired of getting lectured …
Discussion: Fox News and Raw Story
Brett Kelman / The Tennessean:
Jill Biden promotes vaccines in Nashville, but few get the jab at pop-up clinic  —  As first lady Jill Biden arrived in Nashville Tuesday on her latest stop in a vaccine advocacy tour, she was welcomed by state politicians, city officials, a country music superstar and a boisterous crowd of vaccinated fans.
Discussion: Breitbart
CNN:
Pelosi expected to appoint select committee to investigate January 6, sources say  —  (CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to appoint a select committee to investigate the deadly January 6 attack on the US Capitol after Senate Republicans blocked the creation of an independent commission …
 
 
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Shawna Chen / Axios:
Biden administration to launch drive tackling gun violence spike
Discussion: KVIA-TV and CNBC
Financial Times:
Hong Kong pro-Beijing legislators intervene in judicial appointment
Discussion: KVIA-TV
Washington Post:
Egypt's top spy is visiting Washington. He ought to answer these questions.
Discussion: Yahoo News
Angelo Codevilla / The American Mind:
To Rescue a Nation  —  Restoring America requires dedicated citizens to re-found our Republic.
Liz Crampton / Politico:
‘Rogue city leaders’: How Republicans are taking power away from mayors
Discussion: Raw Story
Alexandre Tanzi / Bloomberg:
Nine Months After Lockdowns, U.S. Births Plummeted by 8%
Danielle Douglas-Gabriel / Washington Post:
Warren holds up confirmation of a Biden pick at Education Department
Discussion: Insider
 Earlier Items: 
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: '90s throwback edition: Monica talks and Biden takes on crime
Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
Sanders signals openness to adjusting SALT cap to retain key votes as he maneuvers to pass Biden's agenda.
Buffalo News:
2021 primary election results: Buffalo mayor and Erie County sheriff
Charlie Warzel / Galaxy Brain:
“I need you to just be there. I need you to hold my story.”
Lucy Komisar / American Prospect:
How the GameStop Hustle Worked
Sui-Lee Wee / New York Times:
They Relied on Chinese Vaccines. Now They're Battling Outbreaks.
Discussion: HotAir