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Lara Jakes / New York Times:
F.E.C. Dismisses Claims That Twitter Illegally Blocked Hunter Biden Article  —  Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken defended the Biden administration's decision to withdraw American forces and diplomats from Afghanistan on Monday, saying there was no evidence that the country would have stabilized …
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Politico:
Biden's winning the Afghan messaging
Discussion: Raw Story
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
The F.E.C. dismisses claims that Twitter illegally blocked a Hunter Biden article.
New York Times:
Under G.O.P. Pressure, Tech Giants Are Empowered by Election Agency
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
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 …
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 …
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Washington Post:
New Pegasus hack found targeting Apple devices through iMessage, researchers say  —  Apple released a software update Monday to fix a security flaw exploited in hacking iPhones and other devices made by the company  —  Spyware researchers have captured what they say is a new exploit …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Ron DeSantis is winning the Republican primary already playing out at Fox News  —  The Florida governor has a few reasons to thank the network for his current position in the lead  —  Fox News helped make Donald Trump president, providing him a weekly outlet for years before the 2016 election …
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump says Dems ‘disparaged’ COVID-19 vaccine while he was president: ‘Now they wonder why’ some are hesitant
Politico:
Tensions mount between CDC and Biden health team over boosters
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: Vanity Fair and RedState
Catherine Clifford / CNBC:
Lab-grown woolly mammoths could walk the Earth in six years if geneticist's new start-up succeeds  — Tech entrepreneur Ben Lamm is helping to fund a project by Harvard geneticist George Church to revive the woolly mammoth.  — The project, called Colossal, aims to create a calf in as little as six years, Church told CNBC.
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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.
United States Capitol Police:
USCP Officers Arrest California Man with Bayonet & Machete  —  This morning the United States Capitol Police arrested a California man who had multiple knives in his truck near the Democratic National Committee headquarters.  —  “This is good police work plain and simple,” said Chief Tom Manger.
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 …
New York Times:
House Democrats' Plan to Tax the Rich Leaves Vast Fortunes Unscathed  —  The House Ways and Means Committee's proposal to pay for trillions in social spending leaves wealth gains and inheritances largely alone.  It focuses instead on a more traditional target: income.
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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 …
Washington Post:
Seven reasons to think Senate Democrats will actually change the filibuster  —  The party has to pass voting rights legislation.  Changing the rules is the only way to do it.  —  In the middle of a brazen nationwide assault on voting rights, of a kind we have not seen since Jim Crow …
New York Times:
A Million Afghan Children Could Die in ‘Most Perilous Hour,’ U.N. Warns  —  The international community pledged more than $1 billion in emergency aid as millions of Afghans risk running out of food just as winter sets in.  —  Millions of Afghans could run out of food before the arrival …
Discussion: Breitbart and Common Dreams
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 …
Washington Post:
GOP condemnation of Biden coronavirus mandate fuels concern other vaccine requirements could be targeted  —  Republicans' sweeping denunciations of President Biden's plan to force more people to get vaccinated against the coronavirus are raising concerns among public health experts …
Politico:
Democrats confront their Manchin and Sinema dilemma  —  Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema hold the reins on President Joe Biden's jobs and families plan, and their fellow Democrats are struggling with how to handle it.  —  Led by Manchin's media tour on Sunday shows and in the Wall Street Journal op-ed pages …
Discussion: Axios, CNN and KFOR-TV
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 …
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 …
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) …
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Blinken testifies on Afghanistan: “We inherited a deadline, but not a plan”  —  Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivered an unwavering defense of the Biden administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan on Monday, insisting it was “time to end America's longest war” and praising the evacuation from Kabul as “extraordinary.”
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.
David Gilbert / VICE:
Major Trump Backer Is Hosting a Huge QAnon Conference in Las Vegas  —  A Nevada businessman who once cleared out his company's warehouse to host a Trump rally in violation of state lockdown laws, has become the new host for the country's biggest QAnon conference.
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Chris Talgo / Washington Examiner:
Inflation alarm bells keep ringing
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Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
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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
Jonathan Landay / Reuters:
Family of U.S. hostage held by Taliban calls for envoy's firing
Discussion: The Hill
Mike Baker / New York Times:
‘Their Crisis’ Is ‘Our Problem’: Washington Grapples With Idaho Covid Cases
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Stephen Gruber-Miller / Des Moines Register:
Federal judge temporarily blocks Iowa's ban on mask mandates in schools
Discussion: The Hill and Iowa Capital Dispatch
Aaron Timms / New Republic:
George Packer's Center Cannot Hold
Jelani Cobb / New Yorker:
The Man Behind Critical Race Theory
Julian Mark / Washington Post:
California couple die of covid, leaving five kids behind. Their newborn is 3 weeks old.
Discussion: Insider and The Hill
Hunter Walker / Rolling Stone:
GOP ‘Moderate’ Blasted Capitol Riots — and Cozied Up to a Jan. 6 Bus Trip Organizer
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
George Lenker / Union-News:
Former US Sen. Al Franken talks political downfall, return to comedy before Northampton show
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Grisham dishes on Melania