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Jack Goldsmith / New York Times:
Prosecute Trump?  Put Yourself in Merrick Garland's Shoes  —  The evidence gathered by the Jan. 6 committee and in some of the federal cases against those involved in the Capitol attack pose for Attorney General Merrick Garland one of the most consequential questions that any attorney general has ever faced …
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National Review:
The January 6 Show  —  As has been true of so many things surrounding Donald Trump's career in politics, many more people have come out of the January 6 committee hearings looking worse than looking better.  Most importantly, the whole tawdry spectacle reminds us: As many good things …
Marita Vlachou / HuffPost:
Adam Kinzinger Warns Next Presidential Election ‘Is Going To Be A Mess’  —  “Wake up, Republicans, because this is not going to be good for you if you think it is,” Kinzinger said.  —  Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) said Sunday he is “very worried” about the next presidential election …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:   The Jan. 6 hearings show urgency of Electoral Count Act reform
Ramon Antonio Vargas / The Guardian:
Kinzinger: Trump's actions surrounding January 6 amount to ‘seditious conspiracy’
Discussion: Washington Post, The Hill and HuffPost
Khaleda Rahman / Newsweek:
Texas Could Secede From U.S. in 2023 as GOP Pushes for Referendum  —  Texas Republicans are pushing for a referendum to decide whether the state should secede from the U.S.  —  The demand for Texans to be allowed to vote on the issue in 2023 was one of many measures adopted …
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New York Times:
Texas Republicans Approve Far-Right Platform Declaring Biden's Election Illegitimate  —  The platform, which was voted on at the Republican state party convention in Houston, was the latest sign of Texas conservatives moving further to the right.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Trump campaign documents give inside look at fake-elector plan  —  A review of emails and memos shows that lawyers advising the former president knew the plan was baseless but pursued it anyway  —  The convening of the electoral college on Dec. 14, 2020, was supposed to mark the end of the wild …
Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
“Bloody” protesters outside Amy Coney Barret's home  —  Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett had some visitors at her home in Virginia this weekend, but they weren't friends and family members stopping by for a pre-summer barbeque.  A group of mostly female protesters showed …
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Bonchie / RedState:
Disney Arrives at a Crossroads After ‘Lightyear’ and Its Lesbian Kiss Flop  —  The recent success of “Top Gun: Maverick,” the sequel to the 1980s blockbuster original starring Tom Cruise, has presented a golden opportunity for Hollywood to reset and start producing non-woke, non-divisive films people actually want to see.
New York Times:
The Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh: Tracing a Bullet to an Israeli Convoy  —  A New York Times investigation found that the bullet that killed a Palestinian-American journalist was fired from the approximate position of an Israeli military vehicle.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Discussion: Al Jazeera and The Times of Israel
Dexter Filkins / New Yorker:
Can Ron DeSantis Displace Donald Trump as the G.O.P.'s Combatant-in-Chief?  —  A fervent opponent of mask mandates and “woke” ideology, the Florida governor channels the same rage as the former President, but with greater discipline. … One Sunday afternoon in September, 2020, Jay Bhattacharya …
Daniel W. Drezner / Washington Post:
Goodbye, farewell and adieu to Spoiler Alerts  —  Daniel W. Drezner is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a regular contributor to PostEverything.  —  In 2014, I began writing on a regular basis at The Washington Post.
Discussion: Althouse
Sarakshi Rai / The Hill:
Trump says he hasn't endorsed McCarthy for Speaker  —  Former President Trump last week said he has not endorsed House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for Speaker of the House, saying he had endorsed him in just his reelection bid in California's 20th Congressional District.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Trump corrects record, says he hasn't endorsed McCarthy for speaker
Nick Vivarelli / Variety:
Paul Haggis Arrested in Italy on Sexual Assault Charges … Bizio has confirmed to Variety that Haggis is under arrest.  —  “Under Italian Law, I cannot discuss the evidence,” Haggis' longtime personal attorney Priya Chaudhry said in a statement.  “That said, I am confident that all allegations will be dismissed against Mr. Haggis.
Margot Cleveland / The Federalist:
Why Both Republicans And Democrats Are Wrong About Bill Barr  —  That U.S. prosecutors didn't find ballot-stuffing in Detroit and Atlanta says nothing about whether there were systemic violations of election law and illegal voting in 2020.  —  Last week, the Jan. 6"Committee" …
Noah Carl / The Daily Sceptic:
Energy Sanctions Are Hurting Europe More than Russia  —  For Europe, the merits of sanctioning Russian energy were always questionable.  After all, cheap energy is essential to the running of the economy, and Russia was Europe's single biggest source.  Not only that, but alternative sources …
Discussion: The Guardian
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Julie Turkewitz / New York Times:
Gustavo Petro wins the Colombian election, becoming the country's first leftist president.  —  For the first time, Colombia will have a leftist president.  —  Gustavo Petro, a former rebel and a longtime senator who has pledged to transform the country's economic system, has won Sunday's election …
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Maria Cramer / New York Times:
Juneteenth Is a Federal Holiday, but in Most States It's Still Not a Day Off  —  One year after President Biden made Juneteenth a federal holiday, 26 states have not authorized the funding that would allow for state employees to take the day off.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Discussion: NPR, Politico, CBS News, Axios and The Root
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Michelle Garcia / NBC News:
Juneteenth was finally recognized as a federal holiday. Then came commercialization.
Discussion: CBS Baltimore and Mother Jones
Bill Graff / OutKick:
Lia Thomas Will Not Race Against Women After FINA Rule On Transgender Athletes  —  The world governing body for swimming, FINA, has voted to restrict participation of transgender athletes in elite swimming competitions, effective Monday.  —  The new rule, which passed by a 71% majority of all members …
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Livia Albeck-Ripka / New York Times:
FINA Restricts Transgender Women From Competing at Elite Level
 
 
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