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7:30 PM ET, July 1, 2021


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Richard L. Hasen / New York Times:
The Supreme Court Is Putting Democracy at Risk  —  Mr. Hasen is the author of several books about elections and democracy.  Last year he proposed an amendment to the Constitution to defend and expand voting rights.  —  In two disturbing rulings closing out the Supreme Court's term …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Townhall
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Democrats Have 1 Option Left  —  Today's Supreme Court decision further weakening the Voting Rights Act affirmed that the only way Democrats can reverse the wave of restrictive voting laws in GOP-controlled states is to pass new federal voting rights by curtailing the Senate filibuster.
The White House:
Statement by President Joe Biden on the Supreme Court's Voting Rights Decision in Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee  —  I am deeply disappointed in today's decision by the United States Supreme Court that undercuts the Voting Rights Act, and upholds what Justice Kagan called …
Sam Baker / Axios:
Supreme Court upholds GOP voting restrictions in Arizona  —  The Supreme Court today upheld a pair of voting restrictions in Arizona, likely paving the way for new limitations across the country.  —  Why it matters: It's the court's biggest voting rights decision in several years.
Discussion: IJR
Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
Supreme Court strikes down California's donor disclosure requirement for charities  —  The court voted 6-3 along ideological lines.  —  In a second significant opinion Thursday, the US Supreme Court divided 6-3 along ideological lines to strike down a California law that required charities …
Rick Hasen / Election Law Blog:
Breaking and Analysis: Supreme Court on 6-3 Vote Rejects Voting Rights Act Section 2 Case in Brnovich Case— A Significant Weakening of Section 2  —  The Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, has severely weakened Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act as a tool to fight against laws that make it harder to register and vote.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Voting Restrictions
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
The Supreme Court leaves the Voting Rights Act alive — but only barely
Discussion: ABC17NEWS
New York Times:
Top Trump Executive, Allen Weisselberg, Surrenders to Face Charges  —  The Trump Organization and Mr. Weisselberg have been indicted in connection with a tax investigation and are expected to appear in court Thursday.  —  Donald J. Trump's long-serving chief financial officer, Allen H. Weisselberg …
Washington Post:
Trump Organization and CFO Allen Weisselberg arraigned on multiple criminal charges as prosecutors alleged a 15-year tax fraud scheme  —  NEW YORK — Prosecutors charged the Trump Organization with a 15-year “scheme to defraud” the government and its chief financial officer with grand larceny …
POLITICO Playbook: Trump aide: Ex-prez emboldened by indictment news
Associated Press:
Trump Organization, CFO indicted on tax fraud charges
Nicholas Wu / Politico:
Kinzinger on McCarthy's Jan. 6 investigation threat: ‘Who gives a s—?’  —  Rep. Adam Kinzinger knows GOP leaders wanted to scare him away from serving on the Democrat-led panel investigating the Capitol riot.  And he doesn't care one bit.  —  “Who gives a shit?” the Illinois Republican …
Ryan Nobles / CNN:
House Democrats call on McCarthy to ‘take immediate action’ to address Greene's behavior  —  (CNN)Nearly 40 House Democrats are demanding House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy take what they call “immediate action” to address the behavior of GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia …
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Which Republicans Should Be Put on the January 6 Committee?
Jamie Gangel / CNN:
McCarthy threatens to strip GOP members of committee assignments if they accept an offer from Pelosi to serve on 1/6 commission
Team Trump quietly launches new social media platform  —  Former President Donald Trump's team quietly launched a new social media platform on Thursday, billing it as an alternative to Big Tech sites.  —  But the debut immediately ran into confusion about whether it was the former president's …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Former Trump aide Jason Miller to launch new social app “Gettr”
Josh Barro / Insider:
Admit it: Grilling is bad  — Just because you can cook outside doesn't mean you should.  — Your grill is dirty, has poor temperature control, and lets fat drip into the flame.  — Indoor cooking is better — which is why that's the main way you cook.  — This is an opinion column.
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Attorney General Merrick Garland orders pause of federal executions  —  Attorney General Merrick Garland ordered a temporary stop Thursday to scheduling further federal executions.  —  In a memo to senior officials, he said serious concerns have arisen about the arbitrariness of capital punishment …
Jeremy B. White / Politico:
California elections chief certifies Newsom recall contest  —  OAKLAND — California's elections chief certified the gubernatorial recall Thursday, setting up a likely mid-September election to consider whether Gov. Gavin Newsom should remain in office.  —  It officially marks …
John Sexton / HotAir:
Newsom recall election has been certified after Democrats changed election laws to benefit governor
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Lindsey McPherson / Roll Call:
House Democrats to skip budget markup, wait for Senate  —  House Budget Committee Democrats have decided to forgo their own fiscal 2022 budget resolution and wait to see what Senate Democrats can muscle through their 50-50 chamber.  —  The panel's chairman, John Yarmuth, D-Ky. …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Tucker Carlson told associates he voted for Kanye, not Trump  —  He's one of Donald Trump's most vociferous backers.  But Tucker Carlson has told multiple people that he voted for pop star Kanye West last year instead.  —  Shortly after the presidential election, the Fox News host started telling …
Ryan Randazzo / Arizona Republic:
Republic takes Senate, Cyber Ninjas to court for audit records  —  The Arizona Republic has gone to court to demand records from the state Senate and one of its contractors to shed light on the audit of 2020 election results.  —  The news organization on Wednesday filed a special action …
Joe Sonka / USA Today:
Charles Booker makes it official, announces run for US Senate seat held by Rand Paul  —  LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Almost exactly one year after his bid for U.S. Senate came up just short in the Democratic primary, Charles Booker formally launched his new candidacy for the office Thursday …
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
Joe Rogan Is Too Big to Cancel  —  He's now one of the most consumed media products on the planet.  His Spotify deal, estimated at $100 million, speaks to the allure of making audiences feel they're in on something subversive.  —  The other comics called him “Little Ball of Anger” …
Marina E. Franco / Axios:
The building collapse felt throughout Latin America  —  The collapse of a 12-story condominium near Miami Beach a week ago has reverberated throughout Latin America.  —  Why it matters: Miami is more than 70% Latino and has historically offered refuge from some trying to escape the hemisphere's turmoils.
Discussion: CNBC
New York Times:
Homeland Security Watchdog Delayed Inquiry, Complaint Says  —  The department's inspector general delayed looking into a retaliation complaint by a former intelligence chief until after the 2020 election, according to officials and a whistle-blower.  —  The Department of Homeland Security's …
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
D.C. AG subpoenas Facebook in escalating probe of Covid-19 misinformation  —  D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine has subpoenaed Facebook for records related to the platform's handling of coronavirus misinformation as part of a previously undisclosed investigation into whether the tech giant is violating consumer protection laws.
Joanne Rosa / ABC News:
Meghan McCain announces departure from ‘The View’  —  McCain joined the Emmy Award-winning daytime talk show in October 2017.  —  After four seasons on “The View,” Meghan McCain announced Thursday that she's leaving at the end the season.  —  “I am just going to rip the band-aid off.
Sherman Smith / Kansas Reflector:
Kansas groups halt voter registration drives to avoid being jailed under new law  —  TOPEKA — The League of Women Voters of Kansas and other nonprofits are suspending voter registration drives for fear of criminal prosecution under a new state law.  —  The groups filed a lawsuit …
Discussion: Democracy Docket
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's former staffers detail a ‘demoralizing’ office environment where they were afraid to ‘mess up in any way’ while working for the Arizona Democrat  — Insider interviewed seven former staffers who worked for Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, an Arizona Democrat.
Discussion: Slate, RedState and Daily Kos
Kara Swisher / New York Times:
Biden's Chief of Staff Is Worried About ‘Everything.’ Except the Midterms.  —  (SINGING) When you walk in the room, do you have sway?  —  I'm Kara Swisher, and you're listening to “Sway.”  My guest today is Ron Klain, the White House chief of staff.  He's one of the most powerful people in America.
Discussion: Insider, REVOLT and Mock Paper Scissors
Ed Yong / The Atlantic:
The 3 Simple Rules That Underscore the Danger of Delta  —  Fifteen months after the novel coronavirus shut down much of the world, the pandemic is still raging.  Few experts guessed that by this point, the world would have not one vaccine but many, with 3 billion doses already delivered.
Discussion: New York Times
Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
Iconic American Magazine Fails To Disclose CCP Funding in Latest Print Edition  —  Time magazine failed to disclose Chinese government funding for content published in its most recent print edition.  —  The magazine's June 21-28 double issue included an insert from China Daily, a media outlet controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.
Discussion: Townhall and Twitchy
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Laura Packard / Newsweek:
The Filibuster is an Assault on Our Health Care. End it
Nouriel Roubini / Project Syndicate:
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Laura Kelly / The Hill:
Democrats call for DOJ, FBI to declassify 9/11 intelligence related to Saudi Arabia
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
In launching airstrikes in Syria and Iraq, Biden lowers bar for use of military force
Kay S. Hymowitz / City Journal:
Why the New Child-Tax Credit Won't Live Up to the Hype
Will Wilkinson / Model Citizen:
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 Earlier Items: 
Kathleen Brush / Washington Examiner:
Wokery's war on reality
Discussion: spiked
Roger Kimball /
The embarrassing and pathetic Vogue profile of Dr Jill Biden, EdD
Discussion: The Sun
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Progressives Don't Need to Downplay Rising Homicides
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The Most Complete Picture Yet of America's Changing Electorate
Los Angeles Times:
17 hurt in huge blast during LAPD detonation of explosive devices
CBC News:
Village of Lytton, B.C., evacuated as mayor says ‘the whole town is on fire’
Discussion: The Daily Beast