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4:20 PM ET, June 25, 2021


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New York Times:
Trump Organization Could Face Criminal Charges in D.A. Inquiry  —  An indictment of the Trump Organization could mark the first criminal charges to emerge from an investigation by the Manhattan district attorney into Donald J. Trump and his business dealings.
POLITICO Playbook: Graham: Biden made GOP look like ‘f—ing idiots’  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  MUTUALLY ASSURED DESTRUCTION — President JOE BIDEN, Senate Majority Leader CHUCK SCHUMER and Speaker NANCY PELOSI unveiled a rather daring new strategy Thursday for getting the president's agenda passed.
Washington Post:
GOP senators are furious over Biden pledge tying infrastructure bill to huge Democratic package  —  A number of senators accused the White House of a bait-and-switch.  Next steps are unclear.  —  Congressional Republicans erupted on Friday after President Biden pledged to reject …
Lisa Mascaro / Associated Press:
‘Blindsided’ GOP senators put infrastructure deal in doubt  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Livid and “blindsided” over President Joe Biden's refusal to sign a bipartisan infrastructure deal without passage of his broader priorities, Republican senators Friday were frantically considering options …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: Biden's reckless threat  —  Welcome to Byron York's Daily Memo newsletter.  —  Was this email forwarded to you?  Sign up here to receive the newsletter.  —  BIDEN'S RECKLESS THREAT.  For a few minutes Thursday, it appeared President Joe Biden had found a way to pass big …
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:   Jen Psaki Makes Republicans Look Like Fools For Lying About Infrastructure Bill
GOP infrastructure negotiators fume over Biden's handling of their deal
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
Democrats' narrow chance to retain control after 2022
Discussion: Washington Examiner
National Review:
Republicans Shouldn't Fall for Biden's Infrastructure Charade
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. to file lawsuit against state of Georgia over new voting restrictions  —  The Justice Department will file a federal lawsuit Friday against the state of Georgia for its efforts to enact new voting restrictions that federal authorities allege discriminate against Black Americans …
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
Justice Department Is Suing Georgia Over Voter Suppression Law  —  Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.  —  In its first major action to combat GOP voter suppression laws …
Mother Jones:
The FBI Searched the Home of a Rudy Giuliani Associate  —  Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.  —  FBI agents on Tuesday searched the California home of George Dickson III …
New York Times:
The Justice Department is suing Georgia over its new voting law.
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
Justice Department to sue Georgia over voting rights law
Aruna Viswanatha / Wall Street Journal:
Justice Department to Sue Georgia Over Its New Voting Law
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
New Details Suggest Senior Trump Aides Knew Jan. 6 Rally Could Get Chaotic  —  Text messages and interviews show that Stop the Steal leaders fooled the Capitol police and welcomed racists to increase their crowd sizes, while White House officials worked to both contain and appease them.
Reginald C. Oh / Washington Monthly:
An Academic Theory Has Become the 21st Century's Willy Horton  —  Contrary to what you've heard, Critical Race Theory, born at academic conferences, values diversity and healing.  It does not mean what Republicans say it means.  —  Critical Race Theory is the new Willie Horton.
Discussion: Slate and Townhall
New York Times:
They Seemed Like Democratic Activists.  They Were Secretly Conservative Spies.  —  Operatives infiltrated progressive groups across the West to try to manipulate politics and reshape the national electoral map.  They targeted moderate Republicans, too — anyone seen as threats to hard-line conservatives.
Felix Salmon / Axios:
America's continued move toward socialism  —  Just half of younger Americans now hold a positive view of capitalism — and socialism's appeal in the U.S. continues to grow, driven by Black Americans and women, according to a new Axios/Momentive poll.  —  Why it matters: The pandemic …
Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
Discovery of ‘Dragon Man’ Skull in China May Add Species to Human Family Tree  —  A laborer discovered the fossil and hid it in a well for 85 years.  Scientists say it could help sort out the human family tree and how our species emerged.  —  Scientists on Friday announced …
Trump set to reemerge on the trail with revenge on his mind  —  Former President Donald Trump is bronzed, rested and politically bloodthirsty.  —  Having spent months in semi-retirement after his election loss in 2020, Trump is set this weekend to kick off a series of political events.
Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
Arizona poised to enact new election restrictions, strip power from Democratic secretary of state  —  The Arizona House approved new election restrictions late Thursday — including language intended to curb the power of Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs — in budget legislation that will soon head to the governor's desk.
Zeynep Tufekci / New York Times:
Where Did the Coronavirus Come From?  What We Already Know Is Troubling.  —  Dr. Tufekci is a contributing Opinion writer who has extensively examined the Covid-19 pandemic.  —  There were curious characteristics about the H1N1 influenza pandemic of 1977-78, which emerged from northeastern Asia …
Jeet Heer / The Time of Monsters:
The Right Versus the Military  —  General Mark Milley has emerged as an unlikely bulwark against authoritarianism  —  Throughout Trump's presidency there was a running debate on the left about fascism.  Was Trump, as many ]thought, an authoritarian threat, a proto-fascist if not fascist tout court?
Houston Keene / Fox News:
VP Harris met by protesters in El Paso: ‘Kamala, you came a little too late’  —  Vice president has come under fire for waiting so long to visit border  —  VP Kamala Harris' media misadventures on the border crisis  —  Vice President Kamala Harris was met by protesters in El Paso, Texas …
Discussion: Politico, Slate, Townhall and The Texan
Harris looks to shift the narrative at the southern border
Ali Breland / Mother Jones:
How Amazon Bullies, Manipulates, and Lies to Reporters  —  Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.  —  It was a slow news day at Gizmodo, the tech website where Dell Cameron worked.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Haley praises Trump in Iowa speech laced with 2024 intrigue  —  A potential 2024 presidential hopeful, Haley has changed her approach to the former president since the Capitol riot.  —  Nikki Haley speaks during the RedState Gathering in Charleston, S.C., on Aug. 13, 2011.  (Gerry Broome/AP Photo)
New York Times:
Pence, Diverging From Trump, Says He Was ‘Proud’ to Certify Election
Democracy Docket:
DOJ Announces Criminal Task Force to Investigate Threats Against Election Workers  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Friday, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will form a criminal task force to investigate threats made against election workers across the country.
Discussion: CNN
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson Trashes Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: 'He's Not Just a Pig, He's Stupid'  —  On Thursday, Tucker Carlson slammed Gen. Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, calling him “a pig” and “stupid.”  —  The Fox News host took particular issue with Milley's testimony …
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Ben Casselman / New York Times:
A survey finds support for halting federal unemployment benefits.
Discussion: HotAir and Insider
The White House:
Remarks by President Biden on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal
Erik Sandoval / WKMG:
Suspect in Daytona Beach police shooting had ties to Black militia group
Discussion: WINK NEWS
Ruy Teixeira / The Liberal Patriot:
Ten Things We Now Know About the White Working Class Vote in 2020
Emily Goodin / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump laughed at Rudy for falling asleep on planes and ‘spitting during meetings’ and would tell him he ‘sucked’ and was ‘pathetic’ after TV appearances, new book claims
Discussion: Insider
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
Video Shows GOP Rep. Comparing Democrats to Nazis: ‘They Want to Destroy the Country’
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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U.S. Unemployment Rescue Left at Least 9 Million Without Help
Discussion: Insider
Joe Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
Derek Chauvin Faces Sentencing for Murder of George Floyd
Jackson Richman / Washington Examiner:
Chicago Dyke March chooses antisemitic hate
Grant Stern / Washington Press:
Florida cracks down on Sidney Powell and Michael Flynn's “deceptive” fundraising
Rob Pattinson / The Sun:
CHEATING HANCOCK Matt Hancock's secret affair with aide Gina Coladangelo is exposed after office snogs while Covid raged on
Thomas Page McBee / New York Times:
What I Saw in My First 10 Years on Testosterone
Discussion: KVIA-TV
John Rose / Wall Street Journal:
How I Liberated My College Classroom
Yascha Mounk / Persuasion:
The Perils of 180ism  —  A few months after I first moved to the United States, “The Colbert Report” premiered on television.