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5:45 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.
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
GOP infrastructure negotiators fume over Biden's handling of their deal
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Is Probably Doomed, Alas
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 …
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
Justice Department to sue Georgia over voting rights law
New York Times:
The Justice Department is suing Georgia over its new voting 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.
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: HotAir, Power Line and Washingtonian
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 …
Cas Mudde / The Guardian:   ‘Critical race theory’ is the right's new bogeyman. The left must not fall for it
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 …
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 …
Discussion: New York Times
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
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 …
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.
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
Video Shows GOP Rep. Comparing Democrats to Nazis: ‘They Want to Destroy the Country’  —  “They are not the loyal opposition.  They are the opposition to everything you love and believe in,” Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry said about Democrats in a recent speech.  —  CJ
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Michael Lipin / Voice of America:
Iran's Absentee Voting Events at US Hotels Raise Sanctions, Ethics Questions  —  Iran's apparent use of 20 U.S.-based hotel properties as polling sites for its recent presidential election has raised questions about the hotel owners' compliance with U.S. sanctions and the appropriateness …
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?
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.
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.
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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: HotAir and Insider
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
Democrats' narrow chance to retain control after 2022
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
Harris looks to shift the narrative at the southern border
Yascha Mounk / Persuasion:
The Perils of 180ism  —  A few months after I first moved to the United States, “The Colbert Report” premiered on television.
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson Trashes Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: 'He's Not Just a Pig, He's Stupid'