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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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Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Florida students required to register political views with the state to promote ‘intellectual diversity’  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation requiring students, faculty and staff at Florida's public universities and colleges to register their political views with the state as a way to encourage “intellectual diversity.”
Discussion: driftglass
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Ron DeSantis is showing Trump-level skill at waging culture war
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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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 …
Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
Supreme Court rules for cheerleader in case involving school rules, free speech on social media
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Rules Against Union Recruiting on California Farms
Discussion: Associated Press and ABC News
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Supreme Court Strikes Down Union Organizers' Access Right to California Farms
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A top Biden ally just fired a warning shot on the filibuster.  Should we believe it?  —  As a Democrat from Joe Biden's longtime home state of Delaware, Sen. Christopher A. Coons is widely perceived to have a direct line to the president, so his views on what's next after the failure of voting reform deserve careful attention.
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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.
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
A Bill Destined to Fail May Now Spawn More Plausible Options
CBS News:
Senate Republicans block Democrats' voting rights bill from advancing
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Kamala Harris is set to visit the border  —  Vice President Kamala Harris is heading to the U.S.-Mexico border this week, amid an unrelenting chorus of criticism from Republicans over her failure to visit there.  —  Harris, who was tasked by President Joe Biden to lead diplomatic efforts …
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Olivia Beavers / Politico:
House Republicans set to join Trump's border trip
Discussion: Insider
Tyler Pager / Washington Post:
Vice President Harris to travel to U.S.-Mexico border Friday
Discussion: National Review and Political Wire
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: HotAir, CNN, MSN and USA Today
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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
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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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
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:
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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Bloomberg:
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 …
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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.”
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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Afghan Government Could Collapse Six Months After U.S. Withdrawal, New Intelligence Assessment Says  —  Taliban advances prompt agencies to revise outlook for how long Kabul can hold out  —  KABUL—The U.S. intelligence community concluded last week that the government of Afghanistan …
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 …
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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?
Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
Republican official in Ohio faces charge for voting twice in November election  —  Republican lawmakers in Ohio pushing for more “safety and security” at the ballot box can now point to a clear example of voter fraud in the November 2020 presidential election.  —  Unfortunately for them, it involves another Republican.
Discussion: The Hill and Mediaite
Abraham Riesman / New York Magazine:
My Grandfather the Zionist He helped build Jewish American support for Israel.  What's his legacy now?  —  On February 25, 1986, my grandfather Robert Arnold Riesman Sr. delivered a speech at his synagogue in Providence, Rhode Island.  Grandpa was a lantern-jawed, even-tempered man …
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
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, BizPac Review and The Sun
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 …
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
Senator Josh Hawley:
Senator Hawley Introduces Legislative Agenda to Hire 100,000 New Police Officers, Keep American Families Safe  —  Ahead of President Biden's Wednesday address on the spiking crime throughout America, Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) rolled out his own legislative agenda to hire 100,000 new police officers …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
 
 
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Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
How Federal Cop Control Left Liberals Joyless in Seattle (Also, Tear-Gassed)
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Associated Press:
Supreme Court limits when police can enter home without warrant
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Fox News
Scott Rodd / capradio.org:
Newsom Misled the Public About Wildfire Prevention Efforts Ahead Of Worst Fire Season On Record
Agence France-Presse:
Crushing climate impacts to hit sooner than feared: draft UN report
Jeremy Wallace / Houston Chronicle:
Ted Cruz defends Texas Rep. Chip Roy as Donald Trump attacks him
 Earlier Items: 
Jaclyn Peiser / Washington Post:
He was preparing for ‘a coming civil war,’ feds say. Now he faces up to 30 years in prison.
Discussion: Raw Story and Sun-Sentinel
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
Mark Tapson / Front Page Magazine:
The Plot Against the President  —  “These guys have perpetrated the greatest crime against the American people ever seen.”
New York Times:
‘We Are Very Free’ How China Spreads Its Propaganda Version of Life in Xinjiang
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Unlawful assembly? Arrests in Northern Virginia school board meeting after parents erupt over CRT
Discussion: Fox News and TheBlaze
Axios:
Democrats sound alarm on crime as top threat to 2022 election chances
Discussion: Breitbart