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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 …
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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.
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.
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CBS News:
Senate Republicans block Democrats' voting rights bill from advancing
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.
Max Gowins / Decision Desk HQ:
Election Results: NYC Municipal Primaries and More
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
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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Robert J. McCarthy / Buffalo News:
India Walton claims upset in Buffalo mayoral race; Byron Brown pins hopes on absentees  —  India B. Walton, the community activist barely known to many Buffalo voters just months ago, shocked four-term incumbent Byron W. Brown in Tuesday's Democratic primary for mayor in what may rank …
Discussion: WIVB-TV, NBC News and HuffPost
Jon Campbell / Democrat and Chronicle:
India Walton, a socialist, poised to become Buffalo's first woman mayor
Discussion: Mother Jones
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.”
Discussion: HotAir, Raw Story and Detroit News
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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Axios:   Democrats sound alarm on crime as top threat to 2022 election chances
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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.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Rules for Cheerleader Punished for Vulgar Snapchat Message  —  A Pennsylvania school district violated the First Amendment by disciplining a student for off-campus speech, the court ruled.  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a Pennsylvania school district …
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Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
Supreme Court rules for cheerleader in case involving school rules, free speech on social media
Discussion: NPR, Washington Post and abc7NY
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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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 …
Laura Reiley / Washington Post:
The rising cost of being in the National Guard: Reservists and guardsmen are twice as likely to be hungry as other American groups  —  Civil unrest and pandemic deployments have led to extreme food insecurity among National Guard and Reserves  —  National Guard and reserve soldiers …
Pamela Wood / Baltimore Sun:
Longtime Democratic official Tom Perez joins race for Maryland governor  —  Tom Perez, who spent the last four years leading the national Democratic Party, is launching a campaign to be Maryland's next governor.  —  Perez said Marylanders “are punching below our weight” …
Freddie deBoer:
Education Week: Educational Assessments are Valid, Reliable, and Remarkably Predictive  —  liberal dismissal of the power of these tools is 100% politics, 0% science … One of the most frustrating recent developments in American politics is that progressive people have suddenly become deeply skeptical …
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 …
Jaclyn Peiser / Washington Post:
He was preparing for ‘a coming civil war,’ feds say.  Now he faces up to 30 years in prison.  —  Sometimes Paul Miller dressed as Batman's nemesis, the Joker — face paint and all.  Other times he wore army-green tactical gear with a red armband adorned with a swastika.
Discussion: Raw Story and Sun-Sentinel
Joe Killian / The Progressive Pulse:
PW Exclusive: Nikole Hannah-Jones will not join UNC-Chapel Hill faculty without tenure  —  Nikole Hannah-Jones will not join the faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill without tenure, according to a letter from her legal team to the university this week.  —  According to the letter …
New York Times:
‘We Are Very Free’ How China Spreads Its Propaganda Version of Life in Xinjiang  —  These and thousands of other videos are meant to look like unfiltered glimpses of life in Xinjiang, the western Chinese region where the Communist Party has carried out repressive policies against Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities.
Mark Tapson / Front Page Magazine:
The Plot Against the President  —  “These guys have perpetrated the greatest crime against the American people ever seen.”  —  Mark Tapson is the Shillman Fellow on Popular Culture for the David Horowitz Freedom Center.  —  If you haven't yet seen The Plot Against the President …
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
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.
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
The feedback loop the conservative movement is using against “critical race theory”  —  A feedback loop between powerful right-wing institutions is fueling the GOP's anti-"critical race theory" strategy, which seeks to turn local debates about school curricula into a polarized national issue Republicans …
Discussion: Fox News, PRESS RUN and Townhall
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.
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: Politico and Insider
 
 
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Asharq AL-awsat:
Israel Approves Demolition of Palestinian Home after Attack
Josh Siegel / Washington Examiner:
House Republicans launch conservative climate caucus
Discussion: New York Times
Brittany Bernstein / National Review:
Hawley Warns Biden Nominee Will Usher in ‘New Era of Racial Engineering’ in Federal Government
American Greatness:
Juneteenth: George Floyd's Critical Race Holiday
Discussion: Brooklyn Magazine
Brett Kelman / The Tennessean:
Jill Biden promotes vaccines in Nashville, but few get the jab at pop-up clinic
Discussion: Breitbart
Angelo Codevilla / The American Mind:
To Rescue a Nation  —  Restoring America requires dedicated citizens to re-found our Republic.
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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
Charlie Warzel / Galaxy Brain:
“I need you to just be there. I need you to hold my story.”
CNN:
Pelosi expected to appoint select committee to investigate January 6, sources say
Sui-Lee Wee / New York Times:
They Relied on Chinese Vaccines. Now They're Battling Outbreaks.
Discussion: HotAir