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10:20 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.
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Jen Psaki Makes Republicans Look Like Fools For Lying About Infrastructure Bill  —  White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki destroyed the Republican lie that they didn't know about the second infrastructure bill.  —  Video: … Press Secretary Psaki replied to Republican claims …
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 …
White House scrambles to manage fallout of Biden's ‘tandem’ remarks  —  Joe Biden said the quiet part out loud and paid a price for it.  —  Reveling in his bipartisan win on infrastructure Thursday, the president declared that he would not sign the deal he'd just endorsed unless …
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.
GOP infrastructure negotiators fume over Biden's handling of their deal
Joe Biden, the anti-Sorkin
Discussion: New York Times and National Review
Joe Davidson / Washington Post:
Biden executive order aims to further equity, inclusiveness in federal hiring
Discussion: Fox News and The White House
Brett Forrest / Wall Street Journal:
UFO Report Cites ‘Unidentified Aerial Phenomena’ That Defy Worldly Explanation, U.S. Official Says  —  Propulsion, technology in some cases exceed present-day scientific knowledge, U.S. officials say  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. intelligence officials have examined more than a dozen sightings …
Government report can't explain UFOs, but offers no evidence of aliens  —  A new intelligence report sent to Congress on Friday concludes that virtually all of the 144 sightings of unidentified flying objects documented by the military since 2004 are of unknown origin, in an extremely rare public accounting …
Nomaan Merchant / Associated Press:   No ET, no answers: Intel report is inconclusive about UFOs
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 …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Justice Department Files Lawsuit Against the State of Georgia to Stop Racially Discriminatory Provisions of New Voting Law
New York Times:
Trump Aides Prepared Insurrection Act Order During Debate Over Protests  —  President Donald Trump never invoked the act, but fresh details underscore the intensity of his interest last June in using active-duty military to curb unrest.  —  Responding to interest from President Donald J. Trump …
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.
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 …
POLITICO Playbook PM: Moderate GOP senators ‘pissed’ over Biden infrastructure comments
Discussion: Insider and Power Line
Barnini Chakraborty / Washington Examiner:
Derek Chauvin sentenced to more than 22 years in George Floyd killing  —  Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer found guilty of murdering George Floyd, will spend more than 22 years behind bars.  —  His sentencing Friday comes just hours after his team unsuccessfully tried …
Janelle Griffith / NBC News:
Judge denies Derek Chauvin's request for new trial ahead of sentencing
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Pat Robertson Says Critical Race Theory ‘Is a Monstrous Evil’  —  It seems as if the entire right-wing movement is currently obsessed with critical race theory, which is leading to increasingly unhinged reactions to the dangers supposedly posed by it.  —  Technically, critical race theory …
Blake Montgomery / The Daily Beast:
WHO Says Keep Your Mask on Even If You're Vaccinated as Delta Variant Spreads  —  STAY SAFE  —  The World Health Organization announced new guidance Friday for people who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus that differed significantly from that of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and CNBC
Patricia Mazzei / New York Times:
Frustration Mounts in Search for Survivors of Condo Collapse Near Miami  —  No survivors were found Friday, and the number of people unaccounted for rose to more than 150.  Their families were increasingly losing hope.  —  SURFSIDE, Fla. — By the time yet another fire broke out amid …
Ana Ceballos / Miami Herald:
DeSantis sends Florida police officers to Texas border  —  Florida to send 50 law enforcement officers to Texas border  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday announced that Florida is sending 50 state law enforcement officers to Texas to help enforce the U.S.-Mexico border, though it remains unclear exactly …
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
France and U.S. Agree on the Perils of a Rising China, Blinken Says  —  After meeting with President Emmanuel Macron of France, who says Europe should be less dependent on U.S. leadership, Secretary of State Antony Blinken told The Times they see eye to eye on key issues.
Los Angeles Times:
Judge orders L.A. Sheriff's Department to release misconduct, use-of-force records after L.A. Times' lawsuit  —  A judge ordered the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to promptly turn over records on thousands of cases of deputy misconduct and on-duty shootings after finding the agency …
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Amanda Coletta / Washington Post:
Canada labels the Three Percenters a terrorist entity
Abraham Mahshie / Washington Examiner:
Afghan president rejects intelligence reports that Kabul will fall
Discussion: Politico and New York Post
Michael Lipin / Voice of America:
Iran's Absentee Voting Events at US Hotels Raise Sanctions, Ethics Questions
Democracy Docket:
DOJ Announces Criminal Task Force to Investigate Threats Against Election Workers
Discussion: CNN
Ben Casselman / New York Times:
A survey finds support for halting federal unemployment benefits.
Discussion: Insider and HotAir
Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
Arizona poised to enact new election restrictions, strip power from Democratic secretary of state
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Erik Sandoval / WKMG:
Suspect in Daytona Beach police shooting had ties to Black militia group
Ali Breland / Mother Jones:
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