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11:55 AM ET, June 24, 2021

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Washington Post:
Inside the extraordinary effort to save Trump from covid-19  —  His illness was more severe than the White House acknowledged at the time.  Advisers thought it would alter his response to the pandemic.  They were wrong.  —  This article is adapted from “Nightmare Scenario …
Discussion: Insider, The Guardian and Raw Story
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 …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Biden catches his white whale  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  ENGAGED!  — EUGENE DANIELS, a POLITICO White House reporter and co-author of Playbook from South Carolina, and NATE STEPHENS, a social change facilitator from South Dakota.  Pic ... Another pic ... One more pic ... OK, a final pic
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Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Bipartisan group of senators to brief Biden on infrastructure ‘framework’ after potential breakthrough in talks
Joseph Guzman / The Hill:
Florida Gov signs law requiring students, faculty be asked to declare their political beliefs  —  The law goes into effect July 1.  —  Story at a glance  — Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed HB 233 Tuesday.  — The legislation will require public universities to survey students …
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Jonathan H. Adler / Reason:
Does a New Florida Law Require State Universities to Monitor Faculty and Student Beliefs?  —  Why is straight reporting on educational reform measures so difficult.  —  “Florida Gov signs law requiring students, faculty be asked to declare their political beliefs,” blares a headline from The Hill.
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Read Britney Spears' Full Statement Against Conservatorship: ‘I Am Traumatized’ … I just got a new phone, and I have a lot to say, so bear with me.  Basically, a lot has happened since two years ago, the last time — I wrote all this down — the last time I was in court.  —  I will be honest with you.
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Joe Coscarelli / New York Times:
Britney Spears: ‘I Just Want My Life Back’
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
Mark Milley deserves no applause for his defense of critical race theory  —  Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley got way out of line Wednesday, scolding members of Congress while defending the inclusion of ultra-progressive racialist literature in military curricula.
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
General Milley pushes back on G.O.P. accusations of a ‘woke’ military.
Lee Drutman / Democracy Fund Voter Study Group:
Theft Perception  —  Examining the Views of Americans Who Believe the 2020 Election was Stolen  —  Democratic Norms, Elections, Political Parties  —  TABLE OF CONTENTS:  — Measuring Support for ‘Stop the Steal’  — Measuring Devotion to Trump and Its Relationship to ‘Stop the Steal’
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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 …
Discussion: ABC News, USA Today, The Hill and Twitchy
Washington Post:
Pelosi announces a select committee will investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Thursday that House Democrats will form a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob …
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Rachel Maddow / MSNBC:   Rep. Maxine Waters: Yes, Jan. 6 select committee is being discussed
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
House investigates possible shadow operation in Trump justice department  —  Judiciary committee want to know if officials violated policies in issuing secret subpoenas against congressional Democrats  —  Top Democrats in the House are investigating whether Trump justice department officials ran …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
The White House:
FACT SHEET: New U.S. Government Actions on Forced Labor in Xinjiang  —  At the recent G7 Summit in Cornwall, United Kingdom, the world's leading democracies stood united against forced labor, including in Xinjiang, and committed to ensure global supply chains are free from the use of forced labor.
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Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
The U.S. bans imports of some Chinese solar panel materials tied to forced labor.
Discussion: Forbes
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Michigan Republicans Debunk Voter Fraud Claims in Unsparing Report  —  The report, produced by a G.O.P.-led committee in the State Senate, exposes false claims made about the 2020 election by Trump allies in Michigan and other states.  —  A committee led by Michigan Republicans …
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Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
App Taps Unwitting Users Abroad to Gather Open-Source Intelligence  —  The Premise app pays users, many in the developing world, to do tasks like taking photos and completing surveys for clients including the U.S. military  —  WASHINGTON—A consumer app has assembled a workforce of hundreds …
Sam Meredith / CNBC:
Covid is already deadlier this year than all of 2020.  So why do many in U.S. think the problem's over?  — U.S. Covid cases have fallen far below the winter peak in recent weeks, with new diagnoses now down at a seven-day average of around 11,310 a day, compared to more than 250,000 at the start of the year.
Washington Post:
Inside the ‘shadow reality world’ promoting the lie that the presidential election was stolen … The slickly produced movie trailer, set to ominous music, cuts from scenes of the 2020 election to clips of allies of former president Donald Trump describing a vast conspiracy to steal the White House.
YouGov:
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.
Amber Jamieson / BuzzFeed News:
A Former NRA President Was Tricked Into Speaking At A Fake High School Graduation  —  In a speech to the James Madison Academy 2021 graduating class, David Keene, a former NRA president and current board member of the gun rights group, called on the teens to fight those looking to implement tighter gun restrictions.
Bloomberg:
U.S. Confirms Removal of Wuhan Virus Sequences From Database  —  Details of the genetic makeup of some of the earliest samples of coronavirus in China were removed from an American database where they were initially stored at the request of Chinese researchers, U.S. officials confirmed …
Discussion: HotAir and TheBlaze
Ashraf Khalil / Associated Press:
CDC extends eviction moratorium a month, says it's last time  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has extended the nationwide ban on evictions for a month to help tenants who are unable to make rent payments during the coronavirus pandemic, but it said this is expected to be the last time it does so.
Discussion: NBC Chicago and POLITICUSUSA
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Why Police Have Been Quitting in Droves in the Last Year  —  Asheville, N.C., has been among the hardest hit by police departures in the wake of last year's George Floyd protests.  About a third of the force quit or retired.  —  ASHEVILLE, N.C. — As protests surged across the country …
PNAS:
Out-group animosity drives engagement on social media  —  aDepartment of Psychology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 3RQ, United Kingdom;  —  bDepartment of Psychology, Center for Neural Science, New York University, New York, NY 10003  — Edited by James N. Druckman …
Noah Kulwin / New Republic:
An Origin Story for the Netanyahus  —  Melekh Bibi—King Bibi—has been dethroned.  Usurped by his former deputy, Naftali Bennett, in early June, Netanyahu was finally dealt an election result with which he could not form a majority government.  For the time being, as of June 13 …
Discussion: Bookshop
Washington Post:
In sentencing regretful Capitol protester, federal judge rebukes Republicans  —  U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth castigated Republican lawmakers on Wednesday for downplaying the violence of the mob that stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, saying in handing down the first sentence …
New York Post:
Is no one going to mention how confusing and out of it Biden was?  —  President Biden's topic was one of utmost importance Wednesday — crime and gun violence.  But you wouldn't know it from the way he spoke.  —  He slurred his words.  He called the ATF “the AFT.”
The Hill:
Despite diverging economic views, we all support the Biden plan  —  We are not generally regarded as occupying the same position within economic policy debates.  We have had divergent views on issues relating to spending, taxes and deficits.  But we've come to the same conclusion …
Discussion: USA Today and Raw Story
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Mike Pompeo, other 2024 GOP hopefuls head to New York to meet with donors as possible White House bids loom  — Mike Pompeo has been making the biggest push into New York donor circles since the 2020 presidential election ended, according to insiders.  — “He's basically already running …
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Sam Dorman / Fox News:
Anti-critical race theory org launching with over $1M ad buy
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Matthew Foldi / Washington Free Beacon:
Companies Secure White House Meetings After Hiring Top Biden Aide's Brother
Discussion: Washington Post
The Markup:
After Repeatedly Promising Not to, Facebook Keeps Recommending Political Groups to Its Users
Mike LaChance / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Sen. Josh Hawley Calls Critical Race Theory ‘State Sanctioned Racism’
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Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
BuzzFeed Nears Deal to Go Public Via SPAC, Eyeing Digital-Media Rollup
Discussion: The Hill
Bethany Brunelle / Newport Daily News:
U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse releases statement regarding membership to Bailey's Beach club
Laura J. Nelson / Los Angeles Times:
California's yoga, wellness and spirituality community has a QAnon problem
Discussion: Los Angeles Magazine
Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
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New York Post:
Curtis Sliwa gives an inside look of what life is like with 15 cats
Discussion: Fox News
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
John McAfee found dead of apparent suicide in Spanish jail after court approves his extradition for tax crimes