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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 …
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Ron DeSantis is showing Trump-level skill at waging culture war
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Florida students required to register political views with the state to promote ‘intellectual diversity’
Discussion: driftglass
Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
Supreme Court rules for cheerleader in case involving school rules, free speech on social media  —  The case involves how schools can enforce rules of conduct on social media.  —  The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in a major free speech case involving when schools can enforce rules of conduct on social media.
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 …
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Supreme Court sides with high school cheerleader who cursed online  —  SCOTUS to hear teen cheerleader's Snapchat free speech case  —  Washington (CNN)The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a former high school cheerleader who argued that she could not be punished by her public school for posting …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Rules Against Union Recruiting on California Farms
Discussion: Associated Press and ABC News
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.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Republicans Say Voting Protections Trample ‘States’ Rights.' Uh-Oh.  The chilling future implications of a very old argument.  —  The brief Senate debate over voting rights was treated as an anticlimax, chiefly because its bottom-line result — fewer than ten Republican senators …
Washington Examiner:
Democrats lie about lying about voter ID
Discussion: HotAir, Daily Kos and The US Sun
CBS News:
Senate Republicans block Democrats' voting rights bill from advancing
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
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 …
Robert J. McCarthy / Buffalo News:
India Walton claims upset in Buffalo mayoral race; Byron Brown pins hopes on absentees
Discussion: NBC News, WIVB-TV and HuffPost
U.K. Denies Russia Claim Warning Shots Fired at Warship  — Fighter dropped bombs near destroyer in Black Sea, Russia says  — U.K. says Russian action was part of ‘gunnery exercise’  —  Russia said it used bombs and gunfire in “warning shots” to force a British Navy destroyer …
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.
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.”
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 …
Jennifer Mercieca / Just Security:
The Propaganda Playbook: A Section-by-Section Dissection of Tucker Carlson's Communication Strategy  —  Tucker Carlson is very effective at setting the rightwing agenda, telling them what to think about and framing how to understand politics.  Ever wonder how he does it?
‘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: MSN and USA Today
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Kamala Harris is set to visit the border  —  The vice president will go to El Paso this week.  She has previously resisted calls to make the stop.  —  Megan Varner/Getty Images  —  Vice President Kamala Harris is heading to the U.S.-Mexico border this week, amid an unrelenting chorus …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Townhall
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Eduwonk
Scott Rodd /
Newsom Misled the Public About Wildfire Prevention Efforts Ahead Of Worst Fire Season On Record  —  On Gavin Newsom's first full day in office, Jan. 8, 2019, the newly elected governor stood before the cameras, clad in jeans and sneakers and surrounded by emergency responders, and declared war on wildfires.
Jeremy Wallace / Houston Chronicle:
Ted Cruz defends Texas Rep. Chip Roy as Donald Trump attacks him  —  Donald Trump may be gunning for Congressman Chip Roy, but U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is making it clear he's going to fight to defend Roy, his former chief of staff.  —  A month after Trump publicly blasted Roy, an Austin Republican …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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” …
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 …
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‘Rogue city leaders’: How Republicans are taking power away from mayors
Discussion: Fox News and Raw Story
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Discussion: Politico and Insider
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