The New York Times • Mark Mazzetti, Adam Goldman • June 25 • nytimes.com
They Seemed Like Democratic Activists. They Were Secretly Conservative Spies.
Operatives infiltrated progressive groups across the West to try to manipulate politics and reshape the national electoral map. They targeted moderate Republicans, too — anyone seen as threats to hard-line conservatives.
The New York Times • Mark Mazzetti, Julian E. Barnes, Michael LaForgia • June 22 • nytimes.com
Saudi Operatives Who Killed Khashoggi Received Paramilitary Training in U.S.
The training, approved by the State Department, underscores the perils of military partnerships with repressive governments.
The Washington Post • Kyrsten Sinema • June 21 • washingtonpost.com
Opinion | Kyrsten Sinema: We have more to lose than gain by ending the filibuster
The 60-vote threshold compels moderation and helps protect the country from wild swings between opposing policy poles.
The New York Times • Shane Goldmacher • June 26 • nytimes.com
How Deceptive Campaign Fund-Raising Ensnares Older People
Older Americans, a critical source of political donations, often fall victim to aggressive and misleading digital practices. A broad Times analysis points to the scope of the problem.
The Washington Post • Damian Paletta, Yasmeen Abutaleb • June 24 • washingtonpost.com
Inside the extraordinary effort to save Trump from covid-19
An excerpt from the book ‘Nightmare Scenario’ details how Trump's illness was far more severe than the White House acknowledged. Advisers thought it would alter his pandemic response. They were wrong.
The Washington Post • Dan Diamond • June 21 • washingtonpost.com
New book offers fresh details about chaos, conflicts inside Trump’s pandemic response
At one point, the president mused about repatriating infected Americans in Asia to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.
CNN • Zachary Cohen, CNN • June 24 • cnn.com
Top US general rejected Trump suggestions military should 'crack skulls' during protests last year, new book claims
The top US general repeatedly pushed back on then-President Donald Trump's argument that the military should intervene violently in order to quell the civil unrest that erupted around the country last year. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley often found he was the lone voice of opposition to those demands during heated Oval Office discussions, according to excerpts of a new book, obtained by CNN, from Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender.
Associated Press • Carla K. Johnson • June 24 • apnews.com
Nearly all COVID deaths in US are now among unvaccinated
Nearly all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. now are in people who weren’t vaccinated, a staggering demonstration of how effective the shots have been and an indication that deaths per day — now down to under 300 — could be practically zero if everyone eligible got the vaccine.
ProPublica • June 24 • propublica.org
Lord of the Roths: How Tech Mogul Peter Thiel Turned a Retirement Account for the Middle Class Into a $5 Billion Tax-Free Piggy Bank
Roth IRAs were intended to help average working Americans save, but IRS records show Thiel and other ultrawealthy investors have used them to amass vast untaxed fortunes.
The New York Times • Sabrina Imbler • June 22 • nytimes.com
When an Eel Climbs a Ramp to Eat Squid From a Clamp, That’s a Moray
Moray eels can hunt on land, and footage from a recent study highlights how they accomplish this feat with a sneaky second set of jaws.
The New York Times • William K. Rashbaum, Ben Protess, Jonah E. Bromwich • June 25 • nytimes.com
Trump Organization Could Face Criminal Charges in D.A. Inquiry
An indictment of the Trump Organization could mark the first criminal charges to emerge from an investigation by the Manhattan district attorney into Donald J. Trump and his business dealings.
The New York Times • David W. Dunlap • June 25 • nytimes.com
Richard J. Meislin, Times Editor and Web Journalism Pioneer, Dies at 68
He was both a computer whiz and an accomplished newsman when he began prodding colleagues and the newspaper itself to begin adapting to the online world.
Tampa Bay Times • Ana Ceballos, Tampa Bay Times • June 22 • tampabay.com
State university faculty, students to be surveyed on beliefs
Gov. Ron DeSantis suggested that budget cuts could be looming if universities and colleges are found to be “indoctrinating” students.
ProPublica • June 25 • propublica.org
New Details Suggest Senior Trump Aides Knew Jan. 6 Rally Could Get Chaotic
Text messages and interviews show that Stop the Steal leaders fooled the Capitol police and welcomed racists to increase their crowd sizes, while White House officials worked to both contain and appease them.
The New York Times • Michael S. Schmidt, Maggie Haberman • June 25 • nytimes.com
Trump Aides Prepared Insurrection Act Order During Debate Over Protests
President Donald Trump never invoked the act, but fresh details underscore the intensity of his interest last June in using active-duty military to curb unrest.
POLITICO • Ally Mutnick • June 21 • politico.com
How Democrats are ‘unilaterally disarming’ in the redistricting wars
Democrats have greater control of state legislatures than in the last round of redistricting but have turned over map-making powers in some states to independent commissions.
POLITICO • Ruby Cramer • June 22 • politico.com
Bill de Blasio Has Some Regrets
As voters ready to pick his successor, the outgoing mayor reflects on his legacy and his relationship with a city that loves to hate him.
The Washington Post • Jeff Stein, Tyler Pager • June 24 • washingtonpost.com
Biden whisperer, longtime Washington lobbyist helps secure breakthrough in infrastructure talks
Steve Ricchetti is playing a key role in guiding the president through negotiations, pulling on decades of experience and relationships
The Washington Post • Felicia Sonmez • June 21 • washingtonpost.com
Sen. Whitehouse defends family’s membership in private beach club amid questions about whether it is all-White
“It’s a long tradition in Rhode Island, and there are many of them,” Whitehouse told a local news outlet when asked whether such clubs should continue to exist.
The New York Times • Lisa Lerer • June 26 • nytimes.com
Progressives’ Urgent Question: How to Win Over Voters of Color
A yearslong challenge for the left was starkly illustrated this week as its hopes faded in the New York mayor’s race.