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11:45 PM ET, June 24, 2021

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Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Top US general rejected Trump suggestions military should ‘crack skulls’ during protests last year, new book claims  —  General's response to Gaetz's question leaves him shaking his head  —  Washington (CNN)The top US general repeatedly pushed back on then-President Donald Trump's argument …
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
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Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
Trump Wanted Military to ‘Beat the F*ck’ Out of George Floyd Protesters, ‘Just Shoot Them,’ Says New Book  —  Former President Donald Trump had an aggressive reaction to his fellow Americans protesting the death of George Floyd, reportedly telling his team that he wanted the military to “beat the f*ck” out of them, “just shoot them.”
The White House:
FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces Support for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework … Today, President Biden and Vice President Harris announced their support for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework, the largest long-term investment in our infrastructure and competitiveness in nearly a century …
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The Hill:
Biden says he won't sign bipartisan bill without reconciliation bill  —  President Biden on Thursday said he won't sign the bipartisan infrastructure deal if Congress doesn't also pass a reconciliation bill, committing to a dual track system to get both bills passed.
National Review:
Republicans Shouldn't Fall for Biden's Infrastructure Charade  —  Last month, we warned Republicans about the pitfalls of indulging President Biden's infrastructure fantasies.  The bipartisan framework announced Thursday isn't causing us to change our mind.
Associated Press:
‘We have a deal’: Biden announces infrastructure agreement
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:   Joe Biden Is Confirming Judges Faster Than Decades Of Past Presidents
Politico:
Biden endorses Senate's bipartisan infrastructure agreement
Associated Press:
Nearly all COVID deaths in US are now among unvaccinated  —  Nearly all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. now are in people who weren't vaccinated, a staggering demonstration of how effective the shots have been and an indication that deaths per day — now down to under 300 — could be practically zero if everyone eligible got the vaccine.
New York Times:
New York Suspends Giuliani's Law License  —  A state appellate court concluded that as Donald J. Trump's personal lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani, had lied about election fraud.  —  A New York appellate court suspended Rudolph W. Giuliani's law license on Thursday after a disciplinary panel found that he made …
Zachary Evans / National Review:
Pence ‘Proud’ of Rejecting ‘Un-American’ Demand That He Overturn Election Results  —  Former vice president Mike Pence said he would remain “proud” that he and members of Congress completed the certification of the Electoral College results, in remarks at the Reagan Library on Thursday evening.
Discussion: CBS News, Washington Post and Bloomberg
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Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
Trump is launching a series of ‘revenge rallies’ — and Republicans are worried
New York Times:
Two top travel officials for Kamala Harris are departing, just as a rush of touring begins.  —  Two top aides who oversee travel for Vice President Kamala Harris are departing, leaving the vice president with her critical support staff in flux as she seeks to ramp up travel ahead of big vaccine …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Hill
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Politico:   A heart transplant at 18. The White House at 31.
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
‘Neither I, Nor OAN, Are Suggesting Anyone Should Be Executed,’ Says Guy on OAN Who Suggested People Should Be Executed For Election Fraud  —  On Thursday, One America News host Pearson Sharp attempted to clarify on-air remarks suggesting that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Brett Bachman / Salon:
DeSantis signs bill requiring Florida students, professors to register political views with state  —  Universities may lose funding if staff and students' beliefs do not satisfy Florida's GOP-run legislature  —  Public universities in Florida will be required to survey both faculty and students …
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Jonathan H. Adler / Reason:
Does a New Florida Law Require State Universities to Monitor Faculty and Student Beliefs?
Caroline Anders / Washington Post:
In push against ‘indoctrination,’ DeSantis mandates surveys of Florida college students' beliefs
Winston Marshall / Medium:
Why I'm Leaving Mumford & Sons  —  I loved those first tours.  Bouncing off a sweaty stage in an Edinburgh catacomb we then had to get to a gig in Camden by lunch the next day.  We couldn't fit all four of us and Ted's double-bass into the VW Polo.  I think it was Ben who drew the short-straw …
CNN:
More than 50 unaccounted for in deadly Surfside, Florida, building collapse, official says  —  Video shows moment building collapses in Florida  —  Surfside, Florida (CNN)An intense search and rescue effort is underway after part of a 12-story residential building collapsed early Thursday …
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Stephen Gutowski / The Reload:
Exclusive: 48 Republican Senators Demand Withdrawal of Pistol Brace Ban That Would Affect Millions  —  Forty-eight Republican senators signed a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday slamming the Biden Administration's plan to ban most pistol braces.
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
‘Lean into the culture war’: House conservatives push fight against critical race theory  —  The head of Congress' largest conservative caucus is encouraging Republicans to embrace anti-critical race theory rhetoric, as the GOP looks to lean into the nation's culture wars ahead of the looming battle for the House.
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Matt Fuller / The Daily Beast:
Congressmen Squirm as ‘World-Class Sleazeball’ Gaetz Continues to Roam  —  Members of Congress—Democrats and Republicans—are pretending like nothing is wrong, like their colleague isn't credibly accused of paying for sex with a minor.  —  Matt Gaetz is currently stuck somewhere between …
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Hilda Bastian / The Atlantic:
The mRNA Vaccines Are Extraordinary, but Novavax Is Even Better  —  At the end of January, reports that yet another COVID-19 vaccine had succeeded in its clinical trials—this one offering about 70 percent protection—were front-page news in the United States, and occasioned push alerts on millions of phones.
Discussion: CNN and Florida Politics
Caity Weaver / New York Times:
Meetings.  Why?  —  Does this conversation need to be a meeting?  Does anything?  —  Humanity has spent millenniums confined within the earthly limbo of meetings.  —  Ancient Egyptians, to name one subset of mankind, had multiple hieroglyphs to convey the concept of “council.”
FiveThirtyEight:
How Trump Has Redefined Conservatism  —  In 2004, Pennsylvania Rep. Patrick Toomey was the face of the conservative insurgency.  An anti-taxes, anti-spending hawk, Toomey was one of many conservative upstarts who primaried a more moderate fellow Republican; in Toomey's case, longtime Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter.
Discussion: HotAir
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Contracts call for probe into Wisconsin vote ‘illegalities’  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Retired police officers hired by Wisconsin Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos are being paid $3,200 a month to investigate “potential irregularities and/or illegalities” in the 2020 presidential election …
Michael Laris / Washington Post:
TSA self-defense course for flight attendants, paused during covid, relaunches amid reports of unruly behavior  —  After a pandemic hiatus, the Transportation Security Administration is relaunching a self-defense training course for flight attendants and pilots that includes suggestions …
The New York Times Company:
Ryan Mac Joining Technology Team  —  Ryan is joining The Times from BuzzFeed to cover tech accountability.  Read more in this note from Ellen Pollock, Pui-Wing Tam, Jim Kerstetter and Joe Plambeck.  —  We're thrilled to announce that Ryan Mac is joining The New York Times to cover tech accountability.
New York Times:
U.S. to Search Former Native American Schools for Children's Remains  —  Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced a new initiative that would delve into the records of the federal schools to which Native American children were forcibly relocated for 150 years.
Discussion: New York Post
Miranda Devine / New York Post:
FBI tears innocent New Yorker's life into shreds after Jan. 6  —  Joseph Bolanos was a pillar of his community.  President of his Upper West Side block association for the past 23 years, he looked out for his neighbors during the pandemic.  He dropped off masks and kept extra heaters in his rent-controlled apartment for seniors.
Lindsay Kornick / Fox News:
Biden's bizarre behavior at press conference causes ‘Creepy Joe’ to trend on Twitter  —  Biden, lawmakers strike bipartisan $1.2T infrastructure deal  —  President Joe Biden trended on Twitter for what many are calling a “creepy” interaction with the press during a press conference on Thursday.
Corey Kilgannon / New York Times:
‘The Rabbi Said It Was OK’: Hasidic Mother of 10 Becomes Doctor  —  An ultra-Orthodox mother navigated strict cultural norms to become one of the few Hasidic female doctors in the country.  —  Years ago, Alexandra Friedman saw a T-shirt bearing a message she never forgot: “Become the doctor your mother always wanted you to marry.”
ProPublica:
Lord of the Roths: How Tech Mogul Peter Thiel Turned a Retirement Account for the Middle Class Into a $5 Billion Tax-Free Piggy Bank  —  The Secret IRS Files  —  Billionaire Peter Thiel, a founder of PayPal, has publicly condemned “confiscatory taxes.”  He's been a major funder …
 
 
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New York Times:
Gaza's Deadly Night: How Israeli Airstrikes Killed 44 People
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Column: Senior Democrats (75 and older) have a message for Feinstein and Breyer: It's time to go
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Admin Walks Back U.S. Recognition of Golan Heights as Israeli Territory
Discussion: NOQ Report
Associated Press:
Eligibility rule keeps transgender runner out of trials
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Bloomberg:
Anti-Trump Republicans Launch New Group to Impact Midterms
Grant Stern / The Stern Facts:
Florida cracks down on Sidney Powell and Michael Flynn's “deceptive” fundraising with Defending the Republic Inc. (UPDATED)
Washington Post:
Pelosi announces a select committee will investigate Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob
Washington Post:
Inside the ‘shadow reality world’ promoting the lie that the presidential election was stolen
Discussion: New York Magazine
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Why Police Have Been Quitting in Droves in the Last Year
Discussion: HotAir