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11:45 PM ET, June 23, 2021


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Washington Post:
In sentencing regretful Capitol protester, federal judge rebukes Republicans  —  U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth castigated Republican lawmakers on Wednesday for downplaying the violence of the mob that stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, saying in handing down the first sentence …
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: WINK NEWS and Bloomberg
Judge rebukes GOP for downplaying US Capitol riot as he hands out first sentence in insurrection
Discussion: UPI, NBC News and KCTV
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 …
Discussion: HotAir and New York Post
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
Sam Mintz / Politico:
Senators say a deal with the White House is in hand on infrastructure  —  A group of bipartisan senators said Wednesday evening that they had agreed with the White House on a framework for an infrastructure package and will brief President Joe Biden in person Thursday on the details.
Eric Kleefeld / Media Matters for America:
“From POTUS”: Trump wanted Justice Department to investigate a QAnon-linked election conspiracy theory  —  The ongoing release of materials on former President Donald Trump's attempts to subvert the 2020 election has shown the extent to which the White House pushed for the Department of Justice …
Discussion: Politico and National Review
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
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 …
Homer Wilkes / The White House:
President Biden Announces 17 Key Nominations  —  WASHINGTON - Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate the following 17 individuals to serve in key roles:  — Michael Carpenter, Nominee for U.S. Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), with rank of Ambassador
Discussion: UPI, Politico and Breitbart
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Cindy McCain is Biden's choice for ambassador to the U.N.'s food program.  —  President Biden announced Wednesday that he was nominating Cindy McCain, the widow of former Senator John McCain, as ambassador to the United Nations World Food Programme, giving the post to a longtime Republican friend …
Jonathan D. Salant / New Jersey Online:
Secret Service paid Trump to stay at his N.J. golf club while protecting him as president.  Here's the total bill.  —  The U.S. Secret Service spent more than $500,000 over the last four years at Donald Trump's Bedminster golf club, taxpayer funds that went directly to the former president's business.
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 …
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
John McAfee Found Dead in Spanish Prison Cell
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: The Wrap, Insider and Mediaite
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 goes full fascist’: Ron DeSantis sparks furious backlash with ‘authoritarian’ campus political surveys
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Supreme Court Restricts Police Powers To Enter A Home Without A Warrant  —  The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police cannot always enter a home without a warrant when pursuing someone for a minor crime.  —  The court sent the case back to the lower court to decide if the police violated …
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: ScienceAlert and New York Post
Democracy Docket:
Michigan Senate Investigation Finds No Evidence of Fraud in 2020 Election  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a report released Wednesday, the Republican-led Michigan Senate Oversight Committee announced that they had found no evidence of voter fraud in the 2020 election during their eight-month inquiry …
Jonathan Oosting / Bridge Michigan:
GOP investigation finds no Michigan vote fraud, deems many claims ‘ludicrous’
Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
The Shark Attack Party  —  How panic porn shapes our politics  —  In the Before Times, you could always tell that it was a slow news day when we got lots of stories about the crisis of shark attacks.  Even now, we have a taste for the panic porn.  —  Fox News News reports: “Shark attack prompts dramatic rescue at Florida beach.”
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
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
Jordan Lancaster / The Daily Caller:
REPORT: Brian Stelter's Wife Accused Of Workplace Bullying  —  CNN host Brian Stelter's wife has been accused of workplace bullying by anonymous colleagues, according to a New York Magazine report published Wednesday.  —  The piece claims there was an alleged hostile work environment at the news station, NY1.
‘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.
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.”
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: CNN, The Hill and National Review
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 …
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 …
Ditas B Lopez / Bloomberg:
Benigno Aquino III, Who Led Philippine Growth Spurt, Dies at 61  — Son of the country's first female leader also become president  — Oversaw highest GDP growth in decades, stood up to China  —  Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, the former Philippine president who oversaw the fastest period …
Out-group animosity drives engagement on social media  —  aDepartment of Psychology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 3RQ, United Kingdom;  —  bDepartment of Psychology, Center for Neural Science, New York University, New York, NY 10003  — Edited by James N. Druckman …
Partisan war over teaching history and racism stokes tensions in U.S. schools  —  The school board of Virginia's wealthy Loudoun County had planned to hold a routine meeting to close out the school year.  Instead, it was pandemonium.  —  Many of the hundreds of parents who flooded …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Jack Jenkins / Religion News Service:
Jesse Jackson, William Barber arrested protesting filibuster and Manchin
Discussion: The Sun
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Majority believes COVID-19 leaked from lab in China
Discussion: The Hill, Power Line and Political Wire
Laura Zornosa / New York Times:
Unanimous Vote Is Final Step Toward Removing Roosevelt Statue
Discussion: New York Post, Breitbart and IJR
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
US ranks last among 46 countries in trust in media, Reuters Institute report finds
Dhruv Khullar / New Yorker:
The Delta Variant Is a Grave Danger to the Unvaccinated
Discussion: BBC, ScienceAlert, Quartz and Cyprus Mail
Brian Flood / Fox News:
Joy Reid's MSNBC show has worst week ever, sets viewership lows in multiple categories
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Paul Blest / VICE:
Here's the Tweet Matt Gaetz Tried to Delete About the FBI
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Israel approves demolition of Palestinian home after deadly attack
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Why won't the national media cover the story Americans care about most?
Hilary Andersson / BBC:
‘Heartbreaking’ conditions in US migrant child camp
Discussion: Breitbart and The Hill
Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
Republican official in Ohio faces charge for voting twice in November election