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Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
Colin Powell and the Crisis of the Boomer Elite  —  You need to understand that in a society where religion has gone out of fashion, the elite has to canonize secular saints as examples for the people it proposes to rule.  The elite needs a quasi-religious justification to feel superior …
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Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
'Don't feel sorry for me,' Powell said as the end approached  —  As death approached, Colin L. Powell was still in fighting form.  —  “I've got multiple myeloma cancer, and I've got Parkinson's disease.  But otherwise I'm fine,” he said in a July interview.  —  And he rejected expressions of sorrow at his condition.
Spencer Ackerman / Forever Wars:
The Only Man Who Could Have Stopped The Iraq War Is Dead
Greg Mitchell / Between Rock and a Hard Place:
Why Colin Powell's Iraq Speech at the U.N. Was So Crucial (and Bad)
Discussion: Eschaton
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Congressman says he expects to be indicted  —  Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) told supporters on Tuesday he expects to be indicted on allegations he lied to federal investigators.  —  Driving the news: In a video uploaded to YouTube, the congressman sat with his wife and dog in a vintage pickup truck …
Discussion: Insider, Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
What is Tommy Tuberville doing here? … Tommy Tuberville had a decision to make.  So did the other Republican senators huddling with him in the storage closet.  —  It was Jan. 6, right-wing rioters were ransacking the U.S. Capitol, but these lawmakers were already in a secured part …
Select Committee to Investigate …:
Thompson & Cheney Statement on the Former President's Lawsuit  —  Washington—Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) and Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) today made the following statement:  —  “The former President's clear objective is to stop the Select Committee from getting to the facts …
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Justin Klawans / Newsweek:
Psaki Says Trump ‘Incited Insurrection,’ Pressured DOJ to ‘Propagate Lies’
Discussion: Associated Press and RedState
Politico:
Trump sues Jan. 6 committee, National Archives
New York Post:
Midnight runs: Biden secretly flying underage migrants into NY in dead of night  —  Planeloads of underage migrants are being flown secretly into suburban New York in an effort by President Biden's administration to quietly resettle them across the region, The Post has learned.
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New York Post:   Biden playing a deadly game using secret flights to move migrants
David Dayen / American Prospect:
What If Build Back Better Builds Back Worse?  —  Joe Manchin's prescriptions for the Biden bill in some cases even fall short of the status quo.  —  Sen. Joe Manchin's “red line” demands on infrastructure are threatening to effectively neuter President Biden's signature legislation.
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The Bulwark:
Steve Bannon Out in the Open  —  The erstwhile Trump adviser is refusing to talk to the Jan. 6 committee, but most of his energetic anti-democratic activities are in plain sight.  —  The House committee investigating the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol is expected to vote today …
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Josh Chafetz / NBC News:
Steve Bannon's House subpoena defiance should end in prosecution
Discussion: CNBC, Reason, CNN, The Guardian and The Hill
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Democratic Party chair reports lynching threat after writing op-ed critical of Donald Trump  —  Iowa Democratic Party Chair Ross Wilburn received multiple threats, including one of lynching, after he penned an opinion piece critical of former President Donald Trump, he told the Des Moines Register.
Julie Ray / Gallup:
U.S. Ratings at Record Low as Trump Exited, Rally Under Biden  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Six months into Joe Biden's presidency, approval ratings of U.S. leadership around the world had largely rebounded from the record-low ratings observed during the Trump administration.
Micheline Maynard / Washington Post:
Don't rant about short-staffed stores and supply chain woes.  Try to lower expectations.  —  For more than a century, business experts have been trying to dial up the United States' efficiency.  Ever since Frederick Taylor published “The Principles of Scientific Management” in 1911 …
Discussion: The Right Scoop and Twitchy
Joe Otterson / Variety:
‘History of the World Part II’ Variety Series Ordered at Hulu, Mel Brooks to Write and Executive Produce (EXCLUSIVE) … “History of the World, Part I” is finally getting a Part II, with Hulu ordering a variety series followup to the classic Mel Brooks comedy film, Variety has learned exclusively.
The HighWire:
San Francisco Closes In-N-Out Burger After Defying City's Vaccine Rule … In-N-Out Burger's Chief Legal and Business Officer, Arnie Wensinger, is set to release a statement after the San Francisco Department of Health closed one of the Top California Burger Restaurant's locations.
Rob Crilly / Daily Mail:
REVEALED: Virginia's Democratic Governor candidate Terry McAuliffe received $200,000 in donations from private equity billionaire Ron Burkle - who owns a plane known as the ‘f*** jet’  — Billionaire Ron Burkle gave $200,000 to Democratic candidate for VA governor
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Julia Manchester / The Hill:
McAuliffe rolls out ad invoking Charlottesville riots in latest effort to tie Youngkin to Trump
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
Drew Weisholtz / TODAY.com:
Katie Couric on withholding full anthem quote from Ruth Bader Ginsburg interview: ‘I should have included it’  —  Former TODAY co-anchor Katie Couric is opening up about omitting some comments made by late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg about kneeling during the national anthem …
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Conservative pundit Dan Bongino threatens to quit radio giant over vaccination mandate  —  'I don't see this going forward as a workable arrangement,' Bongino said of his radio distributor's vaccination requirement  —  In late May, the massively influential radio network Westwood One debuted …
Chuck Culpepper / Washington Post:
Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich fired after failing to comply with vaccine mandate  —  In perhaps the most striking case to date of a public employee being terminated because of a coronavirus vaccine mandate, Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich was dismissed Monday …
Washington Post:
Russia allows methane leaks at planet's peril  —  On the morning of Friday, June 4, an underground gas pipeline running through the ancient state of Tatarstan sprang a leak.  And not a small one.  —  In a different era, the massive leak might have gone unnoticed.  —  Blank slide
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Meghan McCain / Variety:
Meghan McCain Reveals Why She Quit ‘The View’ (EXCLUSIVE BOOK EXCERPT) … On July 1, 2021, I announced live on air that I was leaving “The View” after four years.  My co-hosts learned about my decision that morning, and the shock registered on their faces.  I'd been talking to ABC's higher-ups for weeks about wanting to leave.
Discussion: Rolling Stone and Page Six
Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Trump goes after Cassidy after saying he wouldn't support him for president in 2024  —  Former President Trump blasted Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) on Monday after the senator said in an interview he would not vote for the real estate mogul if he ran for president again in 2024.
Elisha Sauers / Virginian-Pilot:
Gov. Northam, leader of Virginia's fight against pandemic, has had ‘long COVID’ for a year  —  RICHMOND — At first, the positive results from Gov. Ralph Northam's COVID-19 test were the only indication he had been infected.  It wasn't until a couple of days later that the symptoms erupted …
Discussion: The Guardian
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Democrats to scale back Treasury's IRS bank reporting plan amid GOP uproar  —  Business groups and Republicans had blasted the White House proposal alleging government overreach.  —  Senate Democrats on Tuesday will unveil a scaled-back version of a Biden administration proposal to crack …
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Hill
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
Rachel Levine, openly transgender health official, to be sworn in as four-star admiral  —  The former Pennsylvania health secretary will be the sixth four-star admiral in the history of the U.S. Public Health Service  —  A senior Biden health appointee who made history when she became …
Discussion: The Daily Wire
Wall Street Journal:
Haiti Kidnap Gang Seeks $17 Million Ransom for Abducted American Missionaries  —  FBI and Haitian police are in contact with the kidnappers and seeking the release of the missionaries; victims include five children  —  BERLIN, Ohio—The Haitian gang that abducted a group of American …
Discussion: Breitbart, WSVN-TV and CNN
Gary Fineout / Politico:
Race for Hastings' Florida seat turns into 11-candidate pileup  —  TALLAHASSEE — The late Alcee Hastings held on to his South Florida congressional seat for more than 28 years.  His successor may not last 12 months.  —  The death of the 84-year-old lawmaker in April created a rare opportunity …
Charlie Warzel / Galaxy Brain:
JOE ROGAN DESTROYSSSSSS CNN YOU WONT BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT  —  (We all lose) … The Least Productive Conversation  —  Today, I want to talk about a way that our media ecosystems can take even relatively boring exchanges and turn them into internet chum that helps basically nobody.
Associated Press:
Texas lawmakers pass new congressional maps bolstering GOP  —  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans approved redrawn U.S. House maps that favor incumbents and decrease political representation for growing minority communities, even as Latinos drive much of the growth in the nation's largest red state.
 
 
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J.D. Capelouto / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Atlanta could appoint a ‘night mayor’ dedicated to after-hours life, economy
New York Times:
Why Public Health Faces a Crisis Across the U.S.
Discussion: Michigan Advance
Washington Post:
Emanuel touts support among Black leaders ahead of confirmation hearing for ambassador job. But senators have questions.
Brian Klaas / Washington Post:
Republican ‘election audits’ have been used before — by dictators
Christopher Tremoglie / Washington Examiner:
No gold coffins or public funerals for officer Dylan Harrison
Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
Special elections show how much the parties have changed
C. Ryan Barber / Insider:
Senate Republicans have put a ‘hold’ on Biden's pick to oversee the January 6 prosecutions
 Earlier Items: 
Summer Concepcion / Talking Points Memo:
Fox News Anchor Thoroughly Dragged For Boosting Anti-Vax Talk After Powell's Death
New York Times:
F.D.A. to Allow ‘Mix and Match’ Approach for Covid Booster Shots
Politico:
State IG launches investigations into end of Afghanistan operations