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2:50 PM ET, July 6, 2021


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Washington Post:
Nikole Hannah-Jones, Ta-Nehisi Coates to join Howard University faculty  —  Hannah-Jones said she would not join faculty of UNC-Chapel Hill after tenure controversy  —  Journalists Nikole Hannah-Jones and Ta-Nehisi Coates are joining Howard University's faculty, school officials announced Tuesday …
Mariel Fernandez / NAACP Legal Defense …:
Nikole Hannah-Jones Issues Statement on Decision to Decline Tenure Offer at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and to Accept Knight Chair Appointment at Howard University  — HOME - > - News - > - Nikole Hannah-Jones Issues Statement on Decision ...  Today, award-winning journalist …
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
‘So, So Angry’: Reporters Who Survived the Capitol Riot Are Still Struggling  —  The reporters who survived the insurrection are still covering Congress.  But things don't feel normal.  —  CJ  —  Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox?  Sign up here.
Pentagon cancels $10 billion JEDI cloud contract that Amazon and Microsoft were fighting over  —  The Department of Defense announced Tuesday it's calling off the $10 billion cloud contract that was the subject of a legal battle involving Amazon and Microsoft.
Joe Trippi / USA Today:
I'm joining the Lincoln Project to make sure Republicans don't win Congress in 2022  —  Donald Trump is fueling an authoritarian movement abetted by far too many Republican senators and House members.  We must unite to preserve democracy.  —  America is exhausted.
Discussion: The Hill and Twitchy
Robby Soave / Reason:
Is Critical Race Theory Taught in K-12 Schools?  The NEA Says Yes, and That It Should Be.  —  The public debate over critical race theory (CRT) is in large part a semantics argument, with the anti-CRT faction attempting to include “all of the various cultural insanities” …
Russell Contreras / Axios:
Critical race theory uproar sparks a new wave of school board recalls
The Daily Beast:
Ivanka Just Might Flip on Her Dad, Mary Trump Says  —  “She's much less likely to stay loyal than Allen Weisselberg.”  —  The Trump Organization is now feeling the heat, with its CFO under indictment for grand larceny.  Prosecutors are clearing to get that money man, Allen Weisselberg, to flip on his boss.
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:   Ivanka Trump is the next place the district attorney will likely look: Former federal prosecutor
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Republicans weigh ‘cracking’ cities to doom Democrats  —  Kentucky's GOP congressional delegation entered the redistricting cycle with an unusual request for their state legislative counterparts: leave Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth alone.  —  The group, which includes Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell …
Discussion: CBS News, CNN and The Daily Caller
David Rothkopf / The Daily Beast:
We Still Won't Admit Why So Many People Believe the Big Lie  —  CLUELESS … Six months after the insurrection it triggered, it's clear that the stolen-election nonsense is just a drop in a tidal wave of bullshit.  —  How could so many Americans believe in “the Big Lie?”  We see the numbers and we shake our heads.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Raw Story
American Prospect:
Meet the Consulting Firm That's Staffing the Biden Administration  —  WestExec represented major corporations throughout the Trump years.  Now it's in the White House.  —  This piece has been co-published with The Intercept  —  From its headquarters just blocks from the White House …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Fox's New Channel Changes the Climate for Weather TV  —  As viewers tune out cable news, Rupert Murdoch is preparing the debut of Fox Weather, a potentially powerful new player in a sphere long dominated by the Weather Channel.  —  Weather is taking the media industry by storm.
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
What Does Mitch McConnell Do Now?  —  To visit Mitch McConnell at his office in the Capitol, you must first pass through a faded world that he has meticulously preserved.  A fireplace in the reception room still bears a crack left by a fire British soldiers set during the War of 1812.
Discussion: ABC News and Raw Story
Blake Douglas / Tulsa World:
Sen. Lankford responds to ‘unheard of’ lack of neutrality from state GOP chairman  —  In addition to challengers in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate next year, incumbent Sen. James Lankford said he is contending with opposition from a high-ranking member of his own party.
Nicole Russell / Washington Examiner:
No, children don't need to see kink at Pride parades  —  If I didn't know better, I'd think a post titled, “Yes, kink belongs at Pride.  And I want my kids to see it,” was such an outrageous invitation to spar in the public square that it was not worthy of a response.
Discussion: Front Page Magazine and Townhall
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Trump sees Walker as ‘unstoppable’ candidate, but many in GOP are wary  —  Herschel Walker hasn't lived in Georgia for decades.  He's never held public office, doesn't attend the sort of Republican events that are mainstays on the political calendar and has bypassed the backslapping fundraising circuit …
Discussion: Fox News
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Meet the Republicans who want to stop the next attempt to steal an election  —  As we hit the six-month anniversary of Jan. 6, the GOP's radicalization against democracy continues to hurtle forward.  And very few prominent Republicans will stand athwart that radicalization and yell, “Stop!”
United States Capitol Police:
After the Attack: The Future of the U.S. Capitol Police  —  It has been six months since rioters attacked the United States Capitol and our brave police officers and law enforcement partners who fought valiantly to protect elected leaders and the democratic process.
Jessica Glenza / The Guardian:
‘It shakes you to your core’: the anti-abortion extremists gaining ground on the right  —  Operation Save America opposes Covid vaccination, women in power and same-sex marriage - and allies are making inroads among legislators  —  undreds of anti-abortion protesters lined blocks along …
Tim Lister / CNN:
An American lawyer went on a lunch date in Moscow.  Now he's languishing in a jail cell in Belarus  —  (CNN)When Youras Ziankovich, a lawyer with American citizenship, returned to his Moscow hotel after a lunch date with a friend in April, he found four men waiting for him in the street.
Joshua Tait / The Bulwark:
The Paradox of Trumpist Patriotism  —  Claiming to love America while believing that it is broken and that many of your fellow citizens are your enemies.  —  How is it that we hear the loudest jingoistic yelps from dismal patriots who cannot stand the state of the nation and half the people in it?
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
He says he helped his country.  A decade later, the government accused him of fraud.  —  Rafi Anwari had worked his way up from delivery driver to owner of two Northern Virginia deep-dish pizza shops when he was offered a job recruiting Dari and Pashto linguists to work with U.S. troops in Afghanistan during the 2009 surge.
Ankush Khardori / Politico:
What the DOJ Isn't Telling Us About Jan. 6  —  Today marks six months since the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, and the effort to find, investigate and prosecute the people responsible is moving forward on many fronts—including just last week, with the House voting along party lines to create …
At least 150 people fatally shot in more than 400 shootings over the Fourth of July weekend  —  (CNN)At least 150 people were killed by gun violence in more than 400 shootings across the country during the Fourth of July weekend as major cities nationwide confront a surge in violent crime …
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Maggie Astor / New York Times:
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Claire Atkinson / Insider:
Megyn Kelly on switching from NBC to SiriusXM and why she'd rather interview Donald Trump Jr. over Donald Trump
Discussion: The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
Bitcoin Draws More Scrutiny From Regulators Worried About Fraud
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DNC launches organizing program ahead of midterms
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Nick R. Martin / The Informant:
Rep. Paul Gosar's history of extremism
Discussion: New York Times
German Lopez / Vox:
How political polarization broke America's vaccine campaign
Discussion: CNN and The American Independent
Gary Ginsberg / The Daily Beast:
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, The Dispatch and Fox News