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Sam Tabachnik / Denver Post:
Bob Enyart, conservative firebrand and pastor, dies of COVID-19  —  Conservative firebrand Bob Enyart, the pastor of the Denver Bible Church and indelible talk show host, has died from COVID-19, his radio co-host announced Monday on Facebook.  —  “Bob Enyart was one of the smartest …
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David Zweig / The Atlantic:
Our Most Reliable Pandemic Number Is Losing Meaning  —  At least 12,000 Americans have already died from COVID-19 this month, as the country inches through its latest surge in cases.  But another worrying statistic is often cited to depict the dangers of this moment: The number …
Washington Post:
GOP condemnation of Biden coronavirus mandate fuels concern other vaccine requirements could be targeted
Mike Baker / New York Times:   ‘Their Crisis’ Is ‘Our Problem’: Washington Grapples With Idaho Covid Cases
Julian Mark / Washington Post:
California couple die of covid, leaving five kids behind. Their newborn is 3 weeks old.
Discussion: Insider and The Hill
Politico:
Biden's winning the Afghan messaging  —  With help from Bryan Bender, Connor O'Brien, Paul McLeary and Lee Hudson  —  Welcome to National Security Daily, your guide to the global events roiling Washington and keeping the administration up at night.  —  FIRST IN NATSEC DAILY …
Discussion: Raw Story, UPI, Fox News and The Hill
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BuzzFeed News:
She's One Of Congress's Leading Progressives — Just Not In Her Own Office, Staffers Say  —  WASHINGTON — Last May, Rep. Pramila Jayapal introduced the Paycheck Recovery Act, aimed at curbing layoffs during the pandemic by having the federal government pay people's salaries.
Discussion: Fox News
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Sinema's secret spreadsheets  —  Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) is negotiating the size and scope of President Biden's $3.5 trillion budget plan armed with her own spreadsheets about the costs and tax hikes needed for each program, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.
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Washington Post:
Seven reasons to think Senate Democrats will actually change the filibuster
Discussion: Roll Call and Washington Examiner
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close a Spyware Flaw  —  Researchers at Citizen Lab found that NSO Group, an Israeli spyware company, had infected Apple products without so much as a click.  —  Apple on Monday issued emergency software updates for a critical vulnerability …
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
As Newsom leads California recall polls, Larry Elder pushes baseless fraud claims  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans in Tuesday's California gubernatorial recall election are already laying the groundwork to argue the election was stolen — even before a single ballot is reported or a victor declared …
Bennett Madison / Gawker:
Help!  I Couldn't Stop Writing Fake Dear Prudence Letters That Got Published  —  Sometime at the tail end of 2018, shortly after abandoning yet another draft of what was supposed to be my fifth Young Adult novel, I took up a different form of fiction: I started writing fake letters to Dear Prudence, Slate's long-running advice column.
New York Times:
Under G.O.P. Pressure, Tech Giants Are Empowered by Election Agency  —  New rulings by the Federal Election Commission protect the flexibility of major social media companies to control political content shared on their platforms.  —  When Twitter decided briefly last fall to block users …
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Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
The F.E.C. dismisses claims that Twitter illegally blocked a Hunter Biden article.
Washington Post:
Let's stop pretending Biden's proposed tax increases on the rich are radical  —  Many of the spending items in the reconciliation bill Democrats are negotiating could be described as transformative.  If we had universal pre-K, free community college, paid family leave and enhanced Medicare benefits …
Discussion: New York Post
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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson Touts Nicki Minaj's Vaccine Comments, Reads Aloud Her Swollen Testicle Tweet  —  Tucker Carlson took a moment during his Monday night show to tout Nicki Minaj's comments about the covid-19 vaccines.  —  Minaj said earlier Monday that she isn't vaccinated yet …
Sarah Spellings / Vogue:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Sent a Message With Her First Met Gala Appearance  —  For her first appearance at the Met Gala, representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had to make a political statement.  It was only right.  And since she was at fashion's glitziest night, surrounded …
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
George W. Bush just threw a whole lot of shade at Donald Trump  —  (CNN)The man who was president during the attacks of September 11, 2001, used a speech commemorating the 20th anniversary of that terrible day to call out the “malign force” coursing through the country thanks to the presidency …
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David Frum / The Atlantic:
What the Never Trumpers Want Now  —  Many of the conservatives and Republicans appalled by Donald Trump's presidency clutched a hope through the bewildering years: Someday this would all be over and politics would return to normal.  —  But normal has not returned.
Discussion: RedState and Vanity Fair
NBC News:
Schools facing critical race theory battles are diversifying rapidly, analysis finds  —  Downingtown, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia, has been changing.  And the school district has tried to change with it.  —  In 1994, students of color made up just 5 percent of the enrollment in the Downingtown Area School District.
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Jelani Cobb / New Yorker:   The Man Behind Critical Race Theory
Jeff Horwitz / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Says Its Rules Apply to All.  Company Documents Reveal a Secret Elite That's Exempt.  —  A program known as XCheck has given millions of celebrities, politicians and other high-profile users special treatment, a privilege many abuse  —  Mark Zuckerberg has publicly said Facebook Inc. allows …
Jack Herrera / Texas Monthly:
Why Democrats Are Losing Texas Latinos  —  The party assumes people of color will turn the state blue.  But most Tejanos consider themselves white.  And more are voting Republican.  —  In an interview with Javier Villalobos in early June, Fox Business host Stuart Varney presented his guest with a riddle.
Josh Dzieza / Curbed:
They obey the bespoke instructions that pop up on their screens: Don't wait outside Benny's Burritos, don't ask to use the restroom, be “super nice!” to Dig Inn because it is a “VIP client” — or have your account suspended.  —  The apps failed and bought each other, and now three giants remain …
Ewan Palmer / Newsweek:
Veronica Wolski, Woman Who QAnoners Demanded Hospital Treat COVID With Ivermectin, Dies  —  A woman who became the center of a harassment campaign against a Chicago hospital as QAnon supporters demanded they treat her COVID-19 diagnosis with ivermectin has died, according to reports.
Sun Yu / Financial Times:
China uses anti-fraud app to track access to overseas financial news sites  —  Police identify and question people on back of software meant to prevent online scams  —  Chinese police are using a new anti-fraud app installed on more than 200m mobile phones to identify and question people …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
DeSantis and the Agony of the Anti-Anti-Anti-Vaxx Republican The GOP-elite darling tries to walk a careful line, and falls off.  —  The right-wing backlash against the coronavirus vaccines has forced Republican politicians to make an agonizing choice.  On the one hand, public health …
Politico:
Homeland Security chief of staff abruptly resigns  —  Karen Olick, chief of staff to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, announced Monday that she will be leaving for an undisclosed opportunity.  —  Jennifer Higgins, the current associate director of Refugee …
Hannah Giorgis / The Atlantic:
Most Hollywood Writers' Rooms Look Nothing Like America  —  I. “You Can Hear a Pin Drop”  —  Carl Winslow, the protagonist of the '90s sitcom Family Matters, wore his badge with honor.  On the show, about a middle-class Black household in Chicago, Winslow (played by Reginald VelJohnson) …
Virginia Aabram / Washington Examiner:
‘Smell my hair’: Hundreds of protesters greet Biden in Idaho  —  Hundreds of demonstrators gathered to protest President Joe Biden's visit to Boise, Idaho, on Monday.  —  The president, who is visiting Boise as part of his two-day tour of western states, including California and Colorado …
 
 
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Chris Talgo / Washington Examiner:
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Amy Davidson Sorkin / New Yorker:
The Forever Trial at Guantánamo  —  President Biden moved to end the war in Afghanistan …
Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:
Joe Manchin Thinks Parents Should Have To Work For Child Tax Credit
Discussion: Insider
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David Gilbert / VICE:
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