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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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Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
For Democrats and voting rights groups, the push for federal voting protections is far from over.  —  For many Democrats and voting rights groups, the failure to advance the party's major elections bill on Tuesday felt like the arrival of the inevitable, the final thud of a tree crashing in the woods after wavering for months.
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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Washington Post:
Democrats signal a shift toward accepting voter ID laws  —  Prominent Democrats have increasingly softened their opposition to voter identification requirements in recent days, signaling a new openness to measures that activists have long vilified as an insidious method of keeping minorities from the ballot box.
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
A Bill Destined to Fail May Now Spawn More Plausible Options  —  The For the People Act had little chance of testing the limits of what if anything is still possible in Washington.  Oddly, it was so far from passage that it may provide some hope, because so many avenues remain to be pursued.
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
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
Voting Rights Bill Will Be Blocked by the Anti-Democratic System It Seeks to Reform
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: Democrats voter ID debacle
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
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. …
Discussion: New York Magazine and NBC News
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John Nichols / The Nation:   WANT TO INCREASE ELECTION TURNOUT? LOWER THE VOTING AGE TO 16.
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.
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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.
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.
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Scoop: Lincoln Project's Law Firm Concludes Independent Investigation of John Weaver Allegations  —  The independent investigation into the sexual harassment allegations against Lincoln Project co-founder John Weaver, and whether the anti-Trump group's leadership covered up those allegations, has concluded.
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John Sexton / HotAir:
Law firm concludes Lincoln Project didn't know John Weaver was soliciting ‘underage individuals’
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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 …
Washington Post:
Black leaders in Rhode Island divided over Sen. Whitehouse's family ties to exclusive club  —  Black leaders in Rhode Island were divided Tuesday on Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse's (D-R.I.) defense of his family's ties to an exclusive beach club, amid questions about whether the club's membership is all-White.
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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.”
Reuters:
Biden's Justice Dept may defend Trump in Capitol riot lawsuits  —  Former U.S. President Donald Trump may have an unlikely ally to defend him against lawsuits alleging he incited the U.S. Capitol insurrection: President Joe Biden's Justice Department.  —  The Biden administration paved …
Discussion: Vanity Fair, Raw Story and The US Sun
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: '90s throwback edition: Monica talks and Biden takes on crime  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  NYC mayor's race as of 5 a.m.:  —  ERIC ADAMS: 31.7% MAYA WILEY: 22.3% KATHRYN GARCIA: 19.5%  —  THE ONCE UNBEATABLE ANDREW YANG: 11.7% (Cue the knife fight: “Yang Presidential …
Charlie Warzel / Galaxy Brain:
“I need you to just be there.  I need you to hold my story.”  —  Andrew Kaczynski on grieving publicly on social media — and his ongoing work to raise awareness about childhood cancer.  —  6 hr ago … We found out Francesca had a brain tumor on September 6, 2020.
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
Politico:
‘Staggering’: Biden breaks from agenda to grapple with bloodshed plaguing big cities  —  The White House is struggling to contain the nation's surge in gun violence without exacerbating existing tensions on policing.  —  CHICAGO — It was 6 a.m. last week when news broke of a mass shooting in Chicago.
Discussion: USA Today
Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
Sanders signals openness to adjusting SALT cap to retain key votes as he maneuvers to pass Biden's agenda.  —  Senator Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent in charge of the powerful Senate Budget Committee, signaled on Tuesday an openness to adjusting the cap on how much taxpayers can deduct …
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 …
Buffalo News:
2021 primary election results: Buffalo mayor and Erie County sheriff  —  Following are unofficial tallies of votes counted on election night, which include early vote and election day tallies.  They do not include absentee ballots.  —  Buffalo  —  Erie County  —  Support Local Journalism
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
153 people resigned or were fired from a Texas hospital system for refusing to get vaccinated  —  Houston Methodist was one of the nation's first health systems to impose a coronavirus vaccine mandate.  —  More than 150 health-care workers who did not comply with a Houston-based hospital …
The White House:
Fact Sheet: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Comprehensive Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gun Crime and Ensure Public Safety  —  President Biden believes that the surge in gun violence that has affected communities across the country over the last year and a half is unacceptable …
Discussion: ABC News
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
So when is Trump going to turn on Gov. Ron DeSantis?  —  For most of the summer of 2015, Donald Trump was leading the field of Republicans vying for the party's presidential nomination.  By August, though, he faced a new threat: Neurosurgeon Ben Carson had emerged from the pack behind him to surge into second place.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
 
 
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Allan James Vestal / Politico:
More than a dozen Democrats and two Republicans will vie to replace outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio (D).  The ranked-choice election is expected to take weeks to resolve.
Discussion: Power Line
KASW-TV:
10 people arrested at protest outside Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's Phoenix office
Discussion: Breitbart, Fox News and The Hill
William Saletan / Slate:
The Evidence of Trump's Pandemic Sabotage Keeps Piling Up
Detroit News:
Michigan county that backed Trump seeks review of 2020 election
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Dave Chappelle and Jon Stewart Take Down Candace Owens
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Noah Yoo / Pitchfork:
Untangling MF DOOM's Lifelong Struggle With the U.S. Immigration System
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Lucy Komisar / American Prospect:
How the GameStop Hustle Worked
Washington Free Beacon:
Amazon Funding Distribution of Ibram X. Kendi's ‘Antiracist’ Books in Public Schools
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Job Approval of Biden Steady, Congress Down
Daniel Klaidman / Yahoo News:
Exclusive: Biden's top intelligence official says COVID origins may never be known
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
What Biden — and a lot of other people — get wrong about journalists
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Scoop: Longtime C-SPAN political editor Steve Scully leaving network