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8:00 PM ET, June 30, 2021


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Corinne Ramey / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Organization and CFO Allen Weisselberg Expected to Be Charged Thursday  —  The Manhattan district attorney's first charges in three-year probe will focus on alleged tax-related crimes at former president's company  —  The Manhattan district attorney's office is expected to charge …
Washington Post:
Trump's company is told to expect criminal charges Thursday, a dramatic turn in years-long probe of former president's business dealings  —  Prosecutors have told attorneys for former president Donald Trump's business that both the company and its longtime chief financial officer are likely …
New York Times:
Inside the Capitol Riot: An Exclusive Video Investigation  —  The Times analyzed thousands of videos from the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol Building to understand how it happened — and why.  Here are some of the key findings.  —  In the six months since an angry pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol …
New York Times:
Day of Rage: An In-Depth Look at How a Mob Stormed the Capitol  —  “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic, for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”  [cheering] They came from all 50 states …
Allahpundit / HotAir:
House votes to approve January 6 select committee, with only two Republicans voting yes
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
House approves select panel to probe Jan. 6 attack
Pew Research Center:
Behind Biden's 2020 Victory  —  An examination of the 2020 electorate, based on validated voters  —  Pew Research Center conducted this study to understand how Americans voted in 2020 and how their turnout and vote choices differed from 2016 and 2018.  For this analysis …
Danielle Kurtzleben / NPR:
We Just Got Our Clearest Picture Yet Of How Biden Won In 2020  —  We know that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election (regardless of what former President Trump and his allies say).  We just haven't had a great picture of how he won.  —  ...that is, until today …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Steven Shepard / Politico:
New poll shows how Trump surged with women and Hispanics — and lost anyway
Discussion: NBC News
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Donald Rumsfeld, Killer of 400,000 People, Dies Peacefully
Discussion: HuffPost
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Donald Rumsfeld, a cunning leader undermined by Iraq war
Discussion: The Guardian
Bradley Graham / Washington Post:
Donald Rumsfeld, influential but controversial Bush defense secretary, dies at 88
Discussion: Political Wire
Amanda Becker / The 19th:
Nikole Hannah-Jones receives tenure offer from UNC after backlash  —  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's board of trustees voted on Wednesday to grant tenure to Nikole Hannah-Jones after initially delaying the customary job protection for the incoming journalism professor …
Washington Post:
UNC board weighs tenure for journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones after uproar over inaction on job protection  —  Trustees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill met Wednesday afternoon in a closed-door session that could lead to a vote on tenure for Nikole Hannah-Jones …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
After Contentious Debate, UNC Grants Tenure To Nikole Hannah-Jones  —  Trustees for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill voted Wednesday afternoon at a closed session to give tenure to star New York Times writer Nikole Hannah-Jones.  —  The case inspired a bruising debate over race, journalism and academic freedom.
Discussion: The Hill
Zac Houston / House Republican Leader:
McCarthy Statement on the National Security Agency  —  Washington, D.C. - House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on why he's asked House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Ranking Member Devin Nunes (CA-22) to investigate the National Security Agency:
John Schindler / TOP SECRET UMBRA:   NSA to Tucker: Drop Dead
‘Not a healthy environment’: Kamala Harris' office rife with dissent  —  When Vice President Kamala Harris finally made the decision to visit the Mexico border last week, people inside her own office were blindsided by the news.  —  For days, aides and outside allies had been calling …
Associated Press:
Bill Cosby's sex assault conviction overturned by Pennsylvania Supreme Court  —  PHILADELPHIA - Pennsylvania's highest court overturned Bill Cosby's sex assault conviction Wednesday after finding an agreement with a previous prosecutor prevented him from being charged in the case.
Maryclaire Dale / Associated Press:
Bill Cosby's sex assault conviction overturned by court
Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
Bill Cosby gets his walking papers
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Stephen Breyer, and why Thursday is a huge day for the future of the Supreme Court  —  Relatively few people are talking about it right now, but Thursday (and perhaps the days to come) could be one of the most pivotal moments in recent Supreme Court history.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:   Experts Debate Reducing the Supreme Court's Power to Strike Down Laws
Nikki Schwab / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE - The ‘blood feud’ between Jared and Kellyanne: Kushner thought Conway was an ‘idiot’ and tried to get her fired - before she threw him under the bus over Trump's Bible photo-op during George Floyd protests  — Michael Bender writes about the years-long feud between Conway and Kushner
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
The Trump Books Are Coming. Cue the War of the Excerpts.
Discussion: NPR
Jon Ward / Yahoo News:
New York City election debacle further undermines confidence in elections  —  mishandling of the vote count in the high-profile mayoral race has thrown that contest into confusion, but the city's debacle has significant national import as well.  —  Confidence in elections nationwide …
Discussion: Slate, Townhall, HotAir, TheGrio and UPI
Jim Brunner / The Seattle Times:
Washington lawmaker wears yellow Star of David, evoking Nazi persecution, to protest COVID vaccine mandates  —  A Washington state lawmaker critical of COVID-19 vaccine mandates wore a yellow Star of David at a speech over the weekend — a symbol the Nazis forced Jews to wear during the Holocaust.
ABC News:
‘Perfect storm’: Bulletin warns of extremist violence as pandemic restrictions lift  —  No specific threat was mentioned for Independence Day.  —  Federal authorities are deeply concerned about the possibility of domestic terror and violence, including mass shootings, as the Fourth …
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Ron Johnson's anti-science crusade sets back the drive to vaccinate more people in Wisconsin  —  COVID-19 is still killing people in Wisconsin — nearly all of them people who have not been fully vaccinated, state health officials say.  —  And that's why Ron Johnson's news conference Monday was so disheartening.
Andrew Solender / Forbes:
Trump Ranks 41st Of 44 Presidents In Survey Of Historians As Obama Cracks Top 10  —  Former President Donald Trump came just short of being ranked dead last among America's presidents in a newly released survey of presidential historians as his predecessor, former President Barack Obama made his way into the top 10.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Politico and Slate
Emily VanDerWerff / Vox:
A sci-fi writer got meta about gender.  The internet responded by ruining her life.  —  Isabel Fall's sci-fi story “I Sexually Identify as an Attack Helicopter” drew the ire of the internet.  This is what happened next.  —  “In a war zone, it is not safe to be unknown.
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
China is building more than 100 new missile silos in its western desert, analysts say  —  China has begun construction of what independent experts say are more than 100 new silos for intercontinental ballistic missiles in a desert near the northwestern city of Yumen, a building spree …
Discussion: Political Wire and Foreign Policy
Lauren Rowello / Washington Post:
Yes, kink belongs at Pride.  And I want my kids to see it.  —  Children need to know that they can make their own ways in the world  —  Our family often took the train into Philadelphia, but as we rode across the bridge to attend the city's Pride parade five years ago, my wife's leg bounced with a nervous jitter.
Mary Harris / Slate:
The Dream of Florida Is Dead … Danny Rivero was one of the first reporters on the scene of the Champlain Towers South condo collapse in the town of Surfside, Florida, not too far from Miami Beach.  He's been there almost every day since, chronicling what is still, technically, a search and rescue mission.
Discussion: E&E News, New York Times and NBC News
Katherine Doyle / Washington Examiner:
DeSantis feuds with Trump over Florida rally amid search for survivors in Surfside  —  Former President Donald Trump is rejecting pleas from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to postpone a campaign-style rally this weekend some 200 miles from the Miami suburb where an international search-and-rescue mission …
Sarah Doiron / WPRI-TV:
Seekonk man accused of stomping on media equipment during Capitol riots  —  SEEKONK, Mass. (WPRI) ─ A Seekonk man was among two Massachusetts residents arrested for participating in the riots at the U.S. Capitol earlier this year.  —  Chase Kevin Allen, 25, of Seekonk was apprehended …
Daniela Altimari / Hartford Courant:
Lamont vetoes bill sharply limiting solitary confinement in Connecticut prisons, saying it could jeopardize the safety of incarcerated people and staff  —  Gov. Ned Lamont on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have sharply curtailed the use of solitary confinement in Connecticut prisons …
Matt Taibbi / TK News:
Our Endless Dinner With Robin DiAngelo  —  Suburban America's self-proclaimed racial oracle returns with a monumentally oblivious sequel to “White Fragility” … Nice Racism, the booklike product released this week by the “Vanilla Ice of Antiracism,” Robin DiAngelo, begins with an anecdote from the author's past.
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Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
Swing voters are flashing warning signs to Democrats
Discussion: Salon and NPR
Sam Sachs / WFLA-TV:
DeSantis signs ‘Church Carry’ bill, legalizing guns at places of worship
Discussion: WWSB and Breitbart
Financial Times:
US and Japan conduct war games amid rising China-Taiwan tensions
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Keith Griffith / Daily Mail:
Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse's mother claims #FightBack Foundation left him in jail for a MONTH after raising millions needed for bail and says lawyers used him as a ‘ticket out of debt’
Discussion: BizPac Review
The White House:
President Biden Names Fifth Round of Judicial Nominees
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Kennedy's Presidency Accomplished Little, But His Historic Myth Endures
Discussion: Mediaite, Washingtonian and The Hill
Ana Ceballos / Tampa Bay Times:
DeSantis vetoes bipartisan bill that would have expunged minors' criminal records
Discussion: The Hill and Florida Politics
 Earlier Items: 
The Guardian:
How bad is the rise in US homicides? Factchecking the ‘crime wave’ narrative police are pushing
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Marissa Martinez / Politico:
Rep. Adam Smith pushes back against private funding for National Guard deployment
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
David Harsanyi / National Review:
Who Really Wants to Defund the Police? Democrats, That's Who
Tom Davies / Associated Press:
Federal judge blocks Indiana ‘abortion reversal’ law
Discussion: National Review and Insider
Lydia DePillis / ProPublica:
This Company Got a $10 Million PPP Loan, Then Closed Its Plant and Moved Manufacturing Jobs to Mexico
Discussion: TheBlaze