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9:40 AM ET, June 29, 2021


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Jen Fifield / Arizona Republic:
Maricopa County won't reuse voting equipment that was with Cyber Ninjas for audit  —  Maricopa County will not reuse most of its voting equipment after it has been with Arizona Senate contractors for its audit of November election results, the county announced Monday.  —  The potential cost to taxpayers is so far unknown.
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Maricopa County will replace voting machines, fearful that audit has compromised security  —  Arizona's Maricopa County announced Monday that it will replace voting equipment that was turned over to a private contractor for a Republican-commissioned review of the 2020 presidential election …
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Trump lawyer: Manhattan DA won't charge former president  —  Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance has indicated he does not currently plan to charge the Trump Organization with crimes related to allegations of “hush money” payments and real estate value manipulations, according to a personal lawyer for Donald Trump.
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Organization Lawyers Make Last-Ditch Effort to Avoid New York Charges
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Miami Herald:
Two days before condo collapse, a pool contractor photographed this damage in garage  —  There was nothing unusual about the lobby and pool area at Champlain Towers South condo, which looked clean and well maintained to a commercial pool contractor who visited the building last Tuesday …
Deborah Acosta / Wall Street Journal:
Miami-Area Condo Board President Warned of Need for Repairs in April Letter  —  ‘The concrete deterioration is accelerating.  The roof situation got much worse,’ condo board leader told residents  —  SURFSIDE, Fla.—The president of the Champlain South Towers condo association told residents …
Miami Herald:
Death toll hits 11 in Champlain condo collapse on fifth day of search for 150 missing
Amy Graff / SFGATE:
It's so hot in the Pacific Northwest that roads are buckling  —  It's so hot in the Pacific Northwest that roads are buckling.  —  Asphalt and concrete roadways are expanding and cracking and even Interstate 5 has been impacted amid a heat wave that has sent temperatures soaring to dangerous levels.
Discussion: Washington Post and HuffPost
Andrew Freedman / Axios:
Pacific Northwest heat wave reaches astonishing peak on Monday
Discussion: Mercury News
Jonathan Van Meter / Vogue:
A First Lady for All of Us: On the Road with Dr. Jill Biden  —  To listen to this profile, click the play button below:  —  When Jill Biden visits community colleges, which is a lot these days, she is received in highly choreographed settings by a governor, say, or members of the public as the nation's first lady.
Discussion: CNN
Luke Money / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. County urges everyone to wear masks indoors as Delta variant spreads  —  With the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus continuing to spread statewide, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is recommending that all residents wear masks in public indoor spaces …
Wall Street Journal:
Delta Variant of Covid-19 Surges Across Unvaccinated Africa
Discussion: California Globe
Boring news cycle deals blow to partisan media  —  In the months since former President Donald Trump left office, media companies' readership numbers are plunging — and publishers that rely on partisan, ideological warfare have taken an especially big hit.  —  Why it matters …
Joe Biden / Yahoo News:
Americans can be proud of the infrastructure deal  —  I have always believed that there is nothing our nation can't do when we decide to do it together.  Last week, we began to write a new chapter in that story.  —  After weeks of negotiations, a bipartisan group of United States senators forged …
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
House GOP bristles as a Jan. 6 investigation lands in its lap  —  In the days after the deadly Capitol attack on Jan. 6, tension among House Republicans was so high that one of them privately suggested some GOP colleagues be punished for their roles in encouraging the riot.
Kurt Bardella / USA Today:
Republicans are terrified of Capitol attack truths and Democrats must find out why
Mike Memoli / NBC News:
Democrats launch new ‘coming back’ push to tout Biden agenda  —  WASHINGTON — Covid-19 kept candidate Joe Biden off the campaign trail last July Fourth.  But this year, the White House and the Democratic National Committee are launching a campaign-style blitz as Americans get set …
How Biden and his team rushed to save him from his infrastructure blunder
Discussion: NBC News and Daily Herald
Roland Li / San Francisco Chronicle:
Californians are fueling Austin's housing frenzy: 'We've never seen migration like this'  —  AUSTIN, Texas — The metro area of this capital city grows by around 180 people every day, a boom that's made it the country's fastest-growing major region for the past decade.
Discussion: Breitbart
Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:
General Milley Leads the Enemy Within  —  Championing critical race theory, undermining the military.  —  [Editors' note: To sign the Freedom Center's petitions to remove Admiral Michael Gilday and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin from their positions, CLICK HERE and HERE.]
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:   Democracies Don't Try to Make Everyone Agree
Alan M. Dershowitz / The Hill:
Giuliani's suspension from the law is unconstitutional  —  Rudy Giuliani has been suspended from the practice of law without a hearing, based largely on First Amendment-protected statements he made outside of any court of law.  A panel of the Appellate Division of New York suspended …
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Book bombshells reveal depths of Trump's 2020 delusions  —  Washington (CNN)Excerpts from three upcoming books revealed previously unknown efforts by then-President Donald Trump to abuse the powers of his office to overturn the 2020 election, deploy the military against racial justice protests and prosecute his political opponents.
Jeffrey Sachs / Arc Digital:
Laws Aimed at Banning Critical Race Theory in K-12 Schools Are a Poorly Written, Misguided Mess  —  Even if you agree with the intention, these laws are a mistake  —  This is the year of the anti-Critical Race Theory bill.  Back in February, I warned of the threat these bills pose …
Collin Anderson / Washington Free Beacon:   McAuliffe Calls Critical Race Theory a ‘Right-Wing Conspiracy.’ His Union Ally Says It's Needed to ‘Teach the Truth’
Andrew Beaton / Wall Street Journal:
Dan Snyder Tries to End an Era of NFL Scandal With a Progressive Pivot  —  A diverse front office.  A gender-neutral dance team.  His wife as the new co-CEO.  Snyder, the owner of the Washington Football Team, speaks out on his bid to fix a franchise plagued by internal problems.
Hayes Brown / MSNBC:
Biden's defense of new airstrikes in Iraq and Syria is weak … The United States launched airstrikes on another country's soil this week.  Again.  According to the Pentagon, the “defensive precision” strikes hit their targets in Iraq and Syria.  Great victory, huge success, everyone shrugs and goes about their day.
Discussion: Just Security, CNN and Task & Purpose
The Criterion Collection:
The Criterion Channel's July 2021 Lineup  —  Next month brings a bevy of femmes fatales, gumshoes, crooks, and con artists to the Channel with a twenty-seven-film spotlight on the neonoir thrillers that updated one of Hollywood's richest genres for the post-studio-system era.
Nick Cahill / Courthouse News Service:
Newsom Sues Elections Chief to Get Party Preference on Recall Ballot  —  Months before the pending recall, the Democratic governor of California is at risk of being designated without a party preference on ballots destined for millions of voters.  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) …
The Daily Beast:
Jared Kushner Really Did Make the Pandemic Worse  —  “Washington Post” reporters Yasmine Abutaleb and Damien Paletta discuss terrifying details from their book “Nightmare Scenario,” which recounts how the Trump admin handled COVID.  —  Jared Kushner is the epitome of the fuckup trope in every movie ever.
Discussion: Raw Story
Daniel Hill / News Blog, Riverfront Times:
Inside Gun-Surrendering Criminal Mark McCloskey's Very Sad St. Louis Rally  — They were at least kind enough to wear their signature outfits, which is good because no one would recognize or care about them otherwise.  —  Noted local criminal Mark McCloskey played host to a barbecue/political rally …
Christina Greer / New York Times:
Kamala Harris Isn't Being Helped by Joe Biden  —  Ms. Greer is a political scientist at Fordham University.  —  On Sunday, after Vice President Kamala Harris's visit to the southern border, the White House felt the need to issue a statement calling her trip a “success.”
Discussion: Althouse
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Jon Campbell / Democrat and Chronicle:
NY Republican leaders make their early pick for governor: Rep. Lee Zeldin
Bill Scher / Washington Monthly:
The Voting Rights Package That Can Pass the Senate
Discussion: NPR
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
As Biden bumbles, the question is: Who's really running the country?
Discussion: Power Line
Dave Levinthal / Insider:
Republican Rep. Pat Fallon failed to properly disclose more than 90 stock transactions worth as much as $17.53 million in apparent violation of federal law
Discussion: Raw Story
Julia Preston / Politico:
They Were Deported by Trump. Now Biden Wants to Bring Them Back.
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Courtney Fischer / ABC7:
Man cuts power to ex's home, breaks in, shoots her 4 times on day of child custody hearing: Deputies
Danielle E. Gaines / Maryland Matters:
‘Guardians of the First Amendment’ Memorial Dedicated in Annapolis
Discussion: WBAL
Joe Concha / The Hill:
US just finished dead last among 46 countries in media trust — here's why
Discussion: The Daily Caller and OutKick
Moderate House Democrats are uneasy over Pelosi's infrastructure strategy
John Nichols / The Nation:
Mike Gravel Told Americans What Was Being Done in Their Name but Without Their Consent
Discussion: Jacobin
The Daily Beast:
YouTube Bans and Then Unbans Right Wing Watch, a Media Watchdog Devoted to Exposing Right-Wing Conspiracies