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9:30 AM ET, June 30, 2021


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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Billionaire GOP megadonor funding South Dakota's troop deployment to border  —  The Oklahoma-born Johnson is estimated to be worth $2.2 billion, per Forbes.
Discussion: KSFY/KDLT and Talking Points Memo
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
Auto Scrap Billionaire Who Paid To Send National Guard To Southern Border Sounds Off On Why He Did It  —  The auto scrap billionaire who is funding South Dakota's deployment of national guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border told TPM in an interview that he was making the contribution because …
Techno Fog / The Reactionary:
That Strange NSA Non-Denial  —  Tucker v. the Surveillance State  —  Yesterday, Tucker announced that the National Security Agency had been collecting his communications in order to take him off the air.  He has now provided a brief update: … Tonight, the NSA responded to Tucker Carlson's allegations.
Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
Most advertisers have dumped Tucker Carlson — why he's still on TV ?
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Associated Press:
Error mars vote count in NYC mayoral primary  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The Democratic primary for mayor of New York City was thrown into a state of confusion Tuesday when election officials retracted their latest report on the vote count after realizing it had been corrupted by test data never cleared from a computer system.
Katie Glueck / New York Times:
New York Mayor's Race in Chaos After Elections Board Counts 135,000 Test Ballots
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Eric Adams Says He's the ‘Face of the New Democratic Party.’ Is He Right?
Discussion: BizPac Review
POLITICO Playbook: Nutso in New York  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  POLITICO New York's Joe Anuta and David Giambusso, in a story that posted at 11:31 p.m.: “Tallies released Tuesday afternoon indicated that KATHRYN GARCIA had come within 2.2 points of leading Democratic candidate ERIC ADAMS after ranked-choice tabulations were processed.
The Columbus Dispatch:
Josh Mandel's staff quit campaign because of toxic work environment created by staffer in relationship with Mandel, sources say  —  Laura A. Bischoff Haley BeMillerThe Columbus Dispatch  —  At least two of the three fundraisers who quit Josh Mandel's U.S. Senate campaign in recent months …
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
‘Right-Wing Death Squad’: Active-Duty Marine Plotted to Bomb DNC, Murder Black People, Feds Say
Discussion: The Time of Monsters
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Trump: Herschel Walker will run for Senate in Georgia  —  Former President Donald Trump said Georgia Bulldog football great Herschel Walker told him he was going to run for U.S. Senate, a decision that would make him the front-runner in the chaotic race against Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Murkowski has the moxie to take on Trump.  Will she?  —  Lisa Murkowski has an ice-cold review of the Donald Trump-backed conservative who's vowing to topple her in Alaska's Senate race next year.  —  “It doesn't surprise me.  The president has said, you know, that he's gonna endorse anybody …
Katy O'Donnell / Politico:
Supreme Court allows eviction ban to remain in place  —  The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled to keep the federal eviction moratorium to in place, in a 5-4 decision in which Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined with liberals.  —  The decision is a blow …
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Supreme Court allows coronavirus eviction moratorium to remain in place
Discussion: New York Times and UPI
John Fritze / USA Today:
Supreme Court permits federal eviction moratorium to remain in place
Discussion: HotAir and Townhall
NY prosecutors examining cash bonuses at Trump Organization, sources say  —  New York (CNN)New York prosecutors investigating the Trump Organization are scrutinizing cash bonuses as part of their focus on whether the company failed to pay taxes on benefits provided to some of its employees, people familiar with the matter say.
Discussion: Vanity Fair, Raw Story and KRDO
CBS News:
Trump legal team expects charges against company in coming days
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Zittrain / The Atlantic:
The Internet Is Rotting  —  Sixty years ago the futurist Arthur C. Clarke observed that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.  The internet—how we both communicate with one another and together preserve the intellectual products of human civilization—fits Clarke's observation well.
Washington Post:
Video, images and interviews deepen questions about role of pool deck in condo collapse  —  Your browser does not support the video element.  —  A Washington Post examination of video and images from the deadly collapse of a high-rise apartment building outside Miami …
Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
January 6 Clearinghouse  —  Welcome to this all-source, public resource for analysts, researchers, investigators, journalists, educators, and the public at large.  —  If you think the January 6 Clearinghouse is missing something, please send recommendations for additional content by email to
Discussion: NBC Bay Area and NPR
Justin Hendrix / Just Security:
Assessing Parler's Letter Documenting Warnings It Gave FBI of Jan. 6 Attack
Discussion: Lawfare
Max Eden / RealClearPolicy:
Stop Gaslighting Parents on Critical Race Theory  —  Proponents of Critical Race Theory are resorting to semantic gaslighting to defend a dogma that most Americans instinctively abhor.  —  Some pundits claim that CRT is exclusively a school of thought taught in legal academia.
Discussion: Reason
Anthony L. Fisher / Insider:
Rep. Paul Gosar keeps hanging out with white nationalists, and GOP leaders don't do a thing about it  — Republican Rep. Paul Gosar appeared with white nationalist Nicholas Fuentes in February, and is cagey about whether he'll be doing another fundraiser with him.
Associated Press:
Putin: US aircraft involved in Black Sea UK incident  —  MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft was operating in sync with a British destroyer during last week's Black Sea incident in what he described as a “provocation” to test Moscow's response.
Discussion: Bloomberg, The Sun and
Shawn Hubler / New York Times:
Masks Again?  Delta Variant's Spread Prompts Reconsideration of Precautions.  —  Los Angeles County and the W.H.O. warned that even immunized people should wear masks indoors.  Some scientists agreed, but urged a localized approach.  —  Throughout the pandemic, masks have ranked among …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and NPR
Christina Vazquez / WPLG-TV:
‘Something inside me said run’: Surfside survivor describes escaping as building came down  —  SURFSIDE, Fla. - It's an unbelievable story of survival.  —  For 64-year-old Iliana Monteagudo it's as if a supernatural force she said woke her up and guided her from her sixth floor unit at Champlain Towers South.
Discussion: WSVN-TV, KRDO and CNN
Dan Pfeiffer / The Message Box:
Infrastructure and McConnell's Theory of Midterm Politics  —  Mitch McConnell is more afraid of a big, party line bill than a smaller, bipartisan one, Democrats should take heed  —  Mitch McConnell is the physical embodiment of everything people hate about politics — self-interested, cynical, corrupt, and dishonest.
Cameron Jenkins / The Hill:
McConnell says Biden would be his ‘desert island’ Democratic president
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, IJR and NBC News
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Dan McLaughlin / New York Post:
Media keep trying — and failing — to take down Florida's Ron DeSantis
Discussion: Washington Examiner
James Pindell Globe / The Boston Globe:
N.H.'s Sununu, the GOP's top Senate recruit for 2022, may have just created a big political problem over abortion
Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Russia Targets Fox News Fans in Bid to Become the World's Anti-Woke Capital
Discussion: Raw Story and PinkNews
Phil Mattingly / CNN:
Biden to announce 5th wave of judicial nominees as Democrats aim to maintain quick pace of confirmations to federal bench
Ban Ki-moon / Financial Times:
US should back a new approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Mike Ives / New York Times:
Beyond Tulsa, Overlooked Race Massacres Draw New Focus
 Earlier Items: 
HHS News releases:
American Rescue Plan Lowers Health Insurance Costs for Americans Who May Have Lost Their Job
Discussion: ACA Signups
Jacob M. Schlesinger / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Weighs New Executive Order Restraining Big Business
Discussion: Political Wire
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
No. 3 House Democrat Steps Into Ohio Race to Head Off a Sanders Acolyte
Discussion: Fox News, The Daily Poster and The Hill
Janna Karel / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Transgender woman captures Miss Nevada USA pageant