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9:35 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
Discussion: HotAir, Daily Kos and The US Sun
CNN:
Democrats, act now to protect US democracy from death spiral
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
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
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  —  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.
Discussion: Mother Jones
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.
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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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
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.
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Ana Ceballos / Tampa Bay Times:
State university faculty, students to be surveyed on beliefs
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
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
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.”
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.
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
So when is Trump going to turn on Gov. Ron DeSantis?
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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 …
Shawna Chen / Axios:
Biden administration to launch drive tackling gun violence spike  —  President Biden on Wednesday will announce new strategies to prevent and respond to gun violence, according to senior administration officials.  —  Why it matters: The pandemic has led to increased gun violence …
Discussion: KVIA-TV and CNBC
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The White House:   Fact Sheet: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Comprehensive Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gun Crime and Ensure Public Safety
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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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. …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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
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.
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
 
 
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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
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Unlawful assembly? Arrests in Northern Virginia school board meeting after parents erupt over CRT
Discussion: Fox News and Raw Story
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%
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.
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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.”
Isabel Debre / Associated Press:
US seizes Iranian news sites under unclear circumstances