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11:45 AM ET, June 23, 2021


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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
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.
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 …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Rules Against Union Recruiting on California Farms
Discussion: Associated Press and ABC News
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Supreme Court sides with high school cheerleader who cursed online
Discussion: KVIA-TV
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 …
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
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
Robert J. McCarthy / Buffalo News:
India Walton claims upset in Buffalo mayoral race; Byron Brown pins hopes on absentees
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
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 …
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.”
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
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.
‘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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Financial Times:
Germany and France seek EU-Russia meeting  —  Surprise initiative follows US president Joe Biden's summit with Vladimir Putin  —  Germany and France have called for a new EU strategy of closer engagement with Russia to build on discussions with Moscow in the wake of US president Joe Biden's Geneva summit with Vladimir Putin.
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?
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” …
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
Atlantic Council:
The Biden White House plan for a new US industrial policy  —  National Economic Council Director Brian Deese responds to a question from the news media during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 04 June 2021.  The May jobs report indicated that unemployment fell …
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.
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 …
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
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Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
Republican official in Ohio faces charge for voting twice in November election
Discussion: The Hill
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Danielle Douglas-Gabriel / Washington Post:
Warren holds up confirmation of a Biden pick at Education Department
Discussion: Politico and Insider
Isaac Schultz / Gizmodo:
Ground Temperatures Hit 118 Degrees in the Arctic Circle
Sui-Lee Wee / New York Times:
They Relied on Chinese Vaccines. Now They're Battling Outbreaks.
Discussion: HotAir