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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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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
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.
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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
Annie Linskey / Washington Post:
Biden's plan to tackle rising homicides: Tighten gun regulations, bolster police
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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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
‘Killibuster’: Democratic angst grows as filibuster threatens agenda  —  Democrats are confronting the reality that absent any seismic shifts, their top agenda items face long, if not impossible, odds in the Senate amid growing frustration with the legislative filibuster.
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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
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.
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
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.
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, Washington Post and POLITICUSUSA
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
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.
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: 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 …
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.
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.”
Discussion: HotAir
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
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
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
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 …
 
 
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Brett Kelman / The Tennessean:
Jill Biden promotes vaccines in Nashville, but few get the jab at pop-up clinic
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%
The White House:
Fact Sheet: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Comprehensive Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gun Crime and Ensure Public Safety
KASW-TV:
10 people arrested at protest outside Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's Phoenix office
Discussion: Breitbart, Fox News and The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
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
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
What Biden — and a lot of other people — get wrong about journalists