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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 Post:
Democrats signal a shift toward accepting voter ID laws  —  Prominent Democrats have increasingly softened their opposition to voter identification requirements in recent days, signaling a new openness to measures that activists have long vilified as an insidious method of keeping minorities from the ballot box.
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ABC News:
Senate Republicans block voting rights reform bill despite unified Democratic support
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Manchin, Schumer strike deal ahead of election bill vote
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
Voting Rights Bill Will Be Blocked by the Anti-Democratic System It Seeks to Reform
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
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. …
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John Nichols / The Nation:   WANT TO INCREASE ELECTION TURNOUT? LOWER THE VOTING AGE TO 16.
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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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.
Discussion: Insider, The Hill and Political Wire
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William Saletan / Slate:
The Evidence of Trump's Pandemic Sabotage Keeps Piling Up
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.
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.
Discussion: Florida Politics
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
So when is Trump going to turn on Gov. Ron DeSantis?
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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.
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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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.
Discussion: Bloomberg, Associated Press and WTOP
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.
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
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 …
Jon Campbell / Democrat and Chronicle:
India Walton, a socialist, poised to become Buffalo's first woman mayor  —  India Walton scored an apparent victory Tuesday over four-term incumbent Byron Brown in a Democratic primary for Buffalo mayor, making her poised to become the first female and first socialist to lead New York's second-largest city.
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.
Discussion: CNN and Washington Post
Sui-Lee Wee / New York Times:
They Relied on Chinese Vaccines.  Now They're Battling Outbreaks.  —  More than 90 countries are using Covid shots from China.  Experts say recent infections in those places should serve as a cautionary tale in the global effort to fight the disease.  —  Mongolia promised its people a “Covid-free summer.”
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 …
Reuters:
Biden's Justice Dept may defend Trump in Capitol riot lawsuits  —  Former U.S. President Donald Trump may have an unlikely ally to defend him against lawsuits alleging he incited the U.S. Capitol insurrection: President Joe Biden's Justice Department.  —  The Biden administration paved …
Discussion: Vanity Fair, Raw Story and The US Sun
Liz Crampton / Politico:
‘Rogue city leaders’: How Republicans are taking power away from mayors  —  Mayors and city councils across Arizona issued face mask mandates during the pandemic to prevent the spread of Covid-19, angering conservative state lawmakers who decried government overreach.
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: '90s throwback edition: Monica talks and Biden takes on crime  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  NYC mayor's race as of 5 a.m.:  —  ERIC ADAMS: 31.7% MAYA WILEY: 22.3% KATHRYN GARCIA: 19.5%  —  THE ONCE UNBEATABLE ANDREW YANG: 11.7% (Cue the knife fight: “Yang Presidential …
Danielle Douglas-Gabriel / Washington Post:
Warren holds up confirmation of a Biden pick at Education Department  —  James Kvaal is President Biden's pick to head higher-education policy at the agency  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is impeding the confirmation of James Kvaal, President Biden's pick to head higher-education policy …
Discussion: Insider
Charlie Warzel / Galaxy Brain:
“I need you to just be there.  I need you to hold my story.”  —  Andrew Kaczynski on grieving publicly on social media — and his ongoing work to raise awareness about childhood cancer.  —  6 hr ago … We found out Francesca had a brain tumor on September 6, 2020.
 
 
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Alexandre Tanzi / Bloomberg:
Nine Months After Lockdowns, U.S. Births Plummeted by 8%
The White House:
Fact Sheet: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Comprehensive Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gun Crime and Ensure Public Safety
Discussion: ABC News
KASW-TV:
10 people arrested at protest outside Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's Phoenix office
Discussion: Breitbart, Fox News and The Hill
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
Detroit News:
Michigan county that backed Trump seeks review of 2020 election
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Dave Chappelle and Jon Stewart Take Down Candace Owens
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Lucy Komisar / American Prospect:
How the GameStop Hustle Worked
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Job Approval of Biden Steady, Congress Down
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
What Biden — and a lot of other people — get wrong about journalists
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Scoop: Longtime C-SPAN political editor Steve Scully leaving network