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11:00 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 and Raw Story
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
Biden expected to back Senate's bipartisan infrastructure framework  —  President Joe Biden is highly likely to endorse the bipartisan infrastructure framework that was clinched on Wednesday night, according to three people with direct knowledge of the talks.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats hear calls to nix recess
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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’
David Siders / Politico:
‘A lot of people are jaded’: Dems despair amid D.C. gridlock  —  Efforts to forge a bipartisan gun control deal in the Senate have fallen apart.  A sweeping Democratic elections reform bill has failed.  A self-imposed White House deadline for a police reform bill has come and gone.
James Clark / Task & Purpose:
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs is tired of ignorant bullsh*t from people who don't like to read  —  “I've read Mao Zedong, I've read Karl Marx, I've read Lenin.  That doesn't make me a communist.”  —  As has happened so often recently, a Congressional hearing on the military veered off-topic …
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
General Milley pushes back on G.O.P. accusations of a ‘woke’ military.
Mike LaChance / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:   Sen. Josh Hawley Calls Critical Race Theory ‘State Sanctioned Racism’
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.
Joe Coscarelli / New York Times:
Britney Spears: ‘I Just Want My Life Back’
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 …
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
New videos show Capitol rioters attacking police line from officers' point of view
Discussion: NPR and Raw Story
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Tension grips Michigan as Trump's election attacks continue to reverberate  —  As Michigan state Rep. Donna Lasinski got out of her car at the state Capitol in Lansing on a sunny morning last week, she was greeted by two people carrying what she described as assault rifles while protesters outside …
Michigan GOP investigation finds no evidence of widespread fraud in 2020 election
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
Selene San Felice / Axios:
DeSantis takes aim at student “indoctrination” in Florida  —  Following his successful effort to ban critical race theory in public schools, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis expanded his war against student “indoctrination” on Wednesday.  —  What's happening: DeSantis signed three pieces …
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.
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.
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 …
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: TheBlaze
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.
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 …
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 …
Sam Dorman / Fox News:
Anti-critical race theory org launching with over $1M ad buy  —  The ads will run on national networks and in local markets targeting ‘political agendas’ in schools  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for June 23  —  FIRST ON FOX: A new organization is joining the fight against critical race theory …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Staving Off G.O.P. Attacks, Democrats Show New Urgency on Crime  —  A strong showing by Eric Adams in the New York mayoral race and President Biden's announcement of a new crime-fighting agenda signal a shift by Democrats toward themes of public safety.  —  Facing a surge in shootings …
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.
Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:
Jared and Ivanka Ditch Daddy and Try to Launder Four Years of Filth  —  SHAM, WOW … If you believe what you're reading now about how they tried their darndest to do good, you deserve what you get.  —  It was just six days after Jared Kushner announced his book deal, promising …
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Why Police Have Been Quitting in Droves in the Last Year
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
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
BuzzFeed Nears Deal to Go Public Via SPAC, Eyeing Digital-Media Rollup
Discussion: The Hill
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Google, Facebook Pressure Falls Short as Antitrust Measures Advance in House Committee
 Earlier Items: 
The Hill:
Despite diverging economic views, we all support the Biden plan
Discussion: USA Today and Raw Story
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:
The Shark Attack Party
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Majority believes COVID-19 leaked from lab in China
Discussion: Raw Story, Power Line and The Hill
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