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6:45 AM ET, June 24, 2021

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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 …
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Alanna Durkin Richer / Associated Press:
No jail time in 1st riot sentence; Oath Keeper pleads guilty  —  An Indiana woman on Wednesday became the first defendant to be sentenced in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and avoided time behind bars, while a member of the Oath Keepers extremist group pleaded guilty in a conspiracy case …
Discussion: WINK NEWS and Bloomberg
CNN:
Judge rebukes GOP for downplaying US Capitol riot as he hands out first sentence in insurrection
Discussion: UPI and NBC News
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 …
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Andy Newman / New York Times:
N.Y.C. Mayoral Race Live Updates: Ranked-Choice Could Give Wiley and Garcia a Win, But It Is an Uphill Battle  —  Eric Adams holds a commanding lead in the race for the Democratic nomination.  The winner might not be known for weeks.  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  Can Wiley or Garcia still win?
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Eric Kleefeld / Media Matters for America:
“From POTUS”: Trump wanted Justice Department to investigate a QAnon-linked election conspiracy theory
Discussion: Politico and National Review
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Cindy McCain is Biden's choice for ambassador to the U.N.'s food program.  —  President Biden announced Wednesday that he was nominating Cindy McCain, the widow of former Senator John McCain, as ambassador to the United Nations World Food Programme, giving the post to a longtime Republican friend …
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Homer Wilkes / The White House:
President Biden Announces 17 Key Nominations  —  WASHINGTON - Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate the following 17 individuals to serve in key roles:  — Michael Carpenter, Nominee for U.S. Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), with rank of Ambassador
Discussion: UPI, Breitbart and Politico
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Biden nominates Cindy McCain as ambassador to UN food agency
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Biden administration removes Rodney Scott as head of U.S. Border Patrol  —  The Biden administration has forced out the head of the U.S. Border Patrol, Rodney Scott, clearing a path for a leadership overhaul at an agency strained by a 20-year-high in illegal border crossings …
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Eileen Sullivan / New York Times:
Biden administration forces out border patrol chief, a supporter of Trump's policies.  —  The Biden administration is forcing out the chief of the United States Border Patrol, Rodney S. Scott, who took over the agency during the final year of the Trump administration, a Department of Homeland Security official said on Wednesday.
Discussion: NBC News and Los Angeles Times
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.
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
John McAfee found dead of apparent suicide in Spanish jail after court approves his extradition for tax crimes  — Eccentric antivirus software company founder John McAfee was found dead of suspected suicide in a jail in Barcelona, Spain.  — McAfee died shortly after Spain's National Court approved …
David Siders / Politico:
‘A lot of people are jaded’: Dems despair amid D.C. gridlock  —  Five months into the post-Trump era, the promise of Democrat-occupied Washington is crashing into reality.  —  Efforts to forge a bipartisan gun control deal in the Senate have fallen apart.  A sweeping Democratic elections reform bill has failed.
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Right-Wingers Who Demanded Kamala Harris Visit the Border Are Now Mad She's Going  —  After shouting for months that Harris needed to go to the border, conservatives on Wednesday complained that her announced visit is a “complete mistake.”  —  Republican officials and right-wing media stars …
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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Kamala Harris is set to visit the border
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats hear calls to nix recess  —  Democratic senators are starting to say the August recess, or at least part of it, should be in peril as the party falls further behind on its legislative agenda.  —  Bipartisan infrastructure talks have bogged down, and Senate Democrats …
Discussion: Political Wire
Jordan Lancaster / The Daily Caller:
REPORT: Brian Stelter's Wife Accused Of Workplace Bullying  —  CNN host Brian Stelter's wife has been accused of workplace bullying by anonymous colleagues, according to a New York Magazine report published Wednesday.  —  The piece claims there was an alleged hostile work environment at the news station, NY1.
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Brian Flood / Fox News:
Brian Stelter's newscaster wife accused of workplace bullying: ‘People would avoid her’
Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
The Shark Attack Party  —  How panic porn shapes our politics  —  In the Before Times, you could always tell that it was a slow news day when we got lots of stories about the crisis of shark attacks.  Even now, we have a taste for the panic porn.  —  Fox News News reports: “Shark attack prompts dramatic rescue at Florida beach.”
Jonathan D. Salant / New Jersey Online:
Secret Service paid Trump to stay at his N.J. golf club while protecting him as president.  Here's the total bill.  —  The U.S. Secret Service spent more than $500,000 over the last four years at Donald Trump's Bedminster golf club, taxpayer funds that went directly to the former president's business.
Jack Jenkins / Religion News Service:
Jesse Jackson, William Barber arrested protesting filibuster and Manchin  —  The Rev. Jesse Jackson, right, was arrested alongside the Rev. William Barber II during the protest on June 23, 2021, outside the Hart Senate Building.  RNS photo by Jack Jenkins  —  WASHINGTON (RNS) …
Discussion: The Sun, Fox News and WTTG-TV
Romy Varghese / Bloomberg:
California Governor to Face Recall, Second in State History  — Enough voter signatures are certified to trigger race  — Resentment over pandemic fueled drive to remove Democrat  —  It's official: There will be a recall election of California Governor Gavin Newsom this year.
New York Post:
Curtis Sliwa gives an inside look of what life is like with 15 cats  —  It's the purrrfect apartment.  —  The Post got an exclusive look inside Curtis Sliwa's tiny Upper West Side studio apartment Wednesday — after the newly minted GOP mayoral nominee revealed that he and his wife share the space with 15 rescue cats.
Discussion: Fox News
Ditas B Lopez / Bloomberg:
Benigno Aquino III, Who Led Philippine Growth Spurt, Dies at 61  — Son of the country's first female leader also become president  — Oversaw highest GDP growth in decades, stood up to China  —  Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, the former Philippine president who oversaw the fastest period …
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 …
John Nichols / The Nation:
A Socialist Claims a Historic Victory in Buffalo  —  “A well-meaning group of rebels and revolutionaries” just put a democratic socialist on track for the top job in a major American city.  —  Hours after election results delivered India Walton a solid lead in her Democratic primary bid …
Politico:
‘The Tea Party to the 10th power’: Trumpworld bets big on critical race theory  —  Former top aides to President Donald Trump have begun an aggressive push to combat the teaching of critical race theory and capitalize on the issue politically, confident that a backlash will vault them back into power.
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Majority believes COVID-19 leaked from lab in China  —  No direct scientific evidence has been made public that conclusively proves either perspective  —  Newly resurfaced report from U.S. scientists says Wuhan lab leak theory is ‘plausible’
Discussion: Power Line and The Hill
Brian Flood / Fox News:
Joy Reid's MSNBC show has worst week ever, sets viewership lows in multiple categories  —  ‘The ReidOut’ averaged 1.2 million total viewers for its smallest audience since the far-left program began  —  MSNBC's “The ReidOut” with Joy Reid had its worst week ever from June 14-18 …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
When will Biden realize that liberals won the marijuana debate?  —  You can put the genesis of the American culture war about as far back as you want: to the Civil War, or to pretty much the first time White people set foot in this land.  But most directly, it dates to the tumult of the 1960s.
Discussion: Breitbart and Associated Press
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
Flesh Peddling To Own the Libs  —  Raymond Arroyo is the perfect distillation of modern conservatism.  —  4 hr ago  —  1. Victoria's Secret  —  If you want to see the single purest distillation of modern conservatism so far in existence, I beg you to watch the first three minutes …
Ted Nesi / WPRI-TV:
Sen. Whitehouse's beach club says accusations of all-white membership are ‘inaccurate and false’  —  You have been added to Nesi's Notes Newsletter  —  Nesi's Notes  —  NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) — The leaders of the private beach club tied to U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse broke their silence Wednesday …
Discussion: CNN, National Review and The Hill
 
 
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Laura J. Nelson / Los Angeles Times:
California's yoga, wellness and spirituality community has a QAnon problem
Discussion: Los Angeles Magazine
Washington Post:
Hong Kong's Apple Daily newspaper folds under government pressure
Reuters:
Partisan war over teaching history and racism stokes tensions in U.S. schools
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Dhruv Khullar / New Yorker:
The Delta Variant Is a Grave Danger to the Unvaccinated
Discussion: BBC, ScienceAlert, Quartz and Cyprus Mail
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Blest / VICE:
Here's the Tweet Matt Gaetz Tried to Delete About the FBI
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Merrick Garland is the wrong man for the job
Discussion: Twitchy and Townhall
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
Top general fires back at ‘offensive’ criticism of military being ‘woke’
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Why won't the national media cover the story Americans care about most?