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8:40 PM ET, June 6, 2021

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Joe Manchin / Charleston Gazette-Mail:
Why I'm voting against the For the People Act  —  THE MOUNTAIN STATE'S TRUSTED NEWS SOURCE.  —  The right to vote is fundamental to our American democracy and protecting that right should not be about party or politics.  Least of all, protecting this right, which is a value I share, should never be done in a partisan manner.
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David Edwards / Raw Story:
'You're doing it exactly the wrong way': Chris Wallace shreds Joe Manchin for enabling GOP ‘obstruction’  —  Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday challenged Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who is refusing to support filibuster reform to pass a voting rights bill and other progressive initiatives.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
House progressives push Biden to go bold without Joe Manchin  —  House progressives are getting fed up with efforts to accommodate Republican senators — and Joe Manchin.  Look for them to start demanding swift action — and threatening payback.  —  Why it matters: The White House …
Fox Business:
Bipartisan lawmakers prep $878B infrastructure plan as White House-GOP negotiations drag  —  GOP's offer to the White House, which is looking bleak, was a $1.1 trillion offer over eight years  —  A group of bipartisan, bicameral lawmakers are preparing to reveal a roughly $878 billion infrastructure proposal …
Discussion: Fox News
CNN:
STATE OF THE UNION  —  JAKE TAPPER, CNN HOST (voice-over): Trillion-dollar question.
Discussion: HotAir and Twitchy
Madison Dapcevich / Snopes.com:
No, Trump Did Not Wear His Pants Backwards at Rally  —  Former U.S. President Donald Trump wore his pants backwards during the June 2021 North Carolina Republican Party convention in Greenville, North Carolina.  —  Rating  —  False  —  In early June 201, a video of former U.S. President …
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Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Trump adviser Lewandowski: he ‘lost the election’ and will not be reinstated  — Former campaign manager speaks to Fox News Sunday  —  The morning after Donald Trump returned to frontline politics with a speech in North Carolina, a close adviser poured cold water on his reported belief …
Discussion: Insider
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
The GOP superspreaders of Trump's contagion
Discussion: Slate, Politico and Washington Examiner
Michael Powell / New York Times:
Once a Bastion of Free Speech, the A.C.L.U. Faces an Identity Crisis  —  An organization that has defended the First Amendment rights of Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan is split by an internal debate over whether supporting progressive causes is more important.  —  It was supposed to be the celebration …
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Rep. Mo Brooks served with lawsuit related to his role in Capitol insurrection  —  (CNN)Alabama GOP Rep. Mo Brooks was served with a lawsuit filed by California Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell seeking to hold him partially accountable for the January 6 insurrection, according to a tweet from Brooks and an attorney for Swalwell.
Discussion: Salon and Raw Story
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Andrew Solender / Forbes:   Eric Swalwell Finally Serves Mo Brooks With Lawsuit Holding Him Responsible For Jan. 6
Sam Sokol / Haaretz:
Netanyahu Slams ‘Biggest Election Fraud in History of Country’ at Likud Meeting  —  Although the prime minister condemned the rising incitement, he told Likud members ‘to lay into’ right-wing politicians who ‘teamed up with the left’ and claimed the right was being unfairly censored
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Anshel Pfeffer / Haaretz:   Party leaders to meet as government swearing-in approaches
Shira Rubin / Washington Post:   Israel's security issues rare warning over Jan. 6-style mob violence ahead of Netanyahu departure
Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Fox News declines to air ad about Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol  —  Fox News declined to broadcast an ad Sunday about the violence that law-enforcement members faced as they tried to stop the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, according to the creators of the political commercial.
Discussion: Insider and News Corpse
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Rebecca Klapper / Newsweek:   Fox News Blocks Ad Showing Law Enforcement Officers Describing Capitol Riot Violence
Fred Ryan / Washington Post:
Something appears to be ‘simply, simply wrong’ at the Biden Justice Department  —  Fred Ryan is publisher of The Post.  —  During the final days of the Trump administration, the attorney general used extraordinary measures to obtain subpoenas to secretly seize records of reporters at three leading U.S. news organizations.
Matthew Futterman / New York Times:
Martina Navratilova Has Plenty to Say  —  One of the most dominant players in tennis history, Navratilova was a cultural pioneer when the world wasn't prepared for an outspoken lesbian.  Finally, the world is catching up, and she's still here.  —  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. …
Discussion: Iowa Capital Dispatch
Wall Street Journal:
The Science Suggests a Wuhan Lab Leak  —  The Covid-19 pathogen has a genetic footprint that has never been observed in a natural coronavirus.  —  The possibility that the pandemic began with an escape from the Wuhan Institute of Virology is attracting fresh attention.
Discussion: New York Post
Peggy Fletcher Stack / Salt Lake Tribune:
QAnon?  The ‘big lie’?  What might it take to get Latter-day Saints to stop believing in them?  —  It wouldn't be easy for church leaders to sway those opinions, experts say, because allegiance to conspiracy theories bumps into partisan politics and agenda-driven sources.  —  (Matt Rourke |
Charlie Sykes / MSNBC:
Trump's August election reinstatement theory is even worse than it looks  —  I'm afraid this is even worse than it looks.  —  The National Review is now confirming that Donald J. Trump, the former president of the United States (and probable Republican nominee in 2024) …
Stars & Stripes:
David Dushman, last surviving Auschwitz liberator, dies at 98  —  BERLIN — David Dushman, the last surviving Allied soldier involved in the liberation of Auschwitz, has died.  He was 98.  —  The Jewish Community of Munich and Upper Bavaria said Sunday that Dushman had died at a Munich hospital on Saturday.
Discussion: New York Post and Associated Press
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Democratic Report Raises 2022 Alarms on Messaging and Voter Outreach  —  A new report, in perhaps the most thorough soul-searching done by either party this year, points to an urgent need for the party to present a positive economic agenda and rebut Republican misinformation.
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
White House briefing room to return to full capacity  —  The White House press briefing room will return to 100 percent capacity on Monday.  —  “Since the onset of the pandemic, our priority has been to keep journalists safe, while ensuring that the critical work of informing the public …
Discussion: Townhall
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Quint Forgey / Politico:   W.H. briefing room to return to full, pre-pandemic seating capacity
 
 
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Rosalind Helderman / Washington Post:
How the national push by Trump allies to audit 2020 ballots started quietly in Pennsylvania
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
Maria Cramer / New York Times:
School District Agrees to Pay $3 Million After a Bullied Boy, 8, Killed Himself
Discussion: The Hill
Melanie Mason / Los Angeles Times:
A conservative talk radio host once backed the Arizona GOP election recount. Now he's warning Republicans against it
Discussion: CNN
Wall Street Journal:
‘Do We Need to Be in Hong Kong?’ Global Companies Are Eying the Exits
Discussion: Instapundit
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
George P. Bush, the Lone Star state's latest profile in cowardice
Timothy Snyder / Thinking about:
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Heather Kelly / Washington Post:
Ransomware attacks are closing schools, delaying chemotherapy and derailing everyday life
 Earlier Items: 
Chandelis Duster / CNN:
Energy secretary says adversaries have capability of shutting down US power grid
Discussion: Mother Jones and New York Post
Sarah Oliver / Daily Mail:
Julian Assange's lawyer fiancee says the WikiLeaks founder is in mental turmoil in Belmarsh just days before a ruling on a new US bid to extradite him
New York Times:
U.S. Aid to Central America Hasn't Slowed Migration. Can Kamala Harris?
Discussion: The Week, Alpha News and Twitchy
David Frost / Financial Times:
the EU must revisit the Northern Ireland protocol
Discussion: Mercury News and Politico
Aaron Rabinowitz / Haaretz:
Top Right-wing Israeli Rabbis Call on Public to Do ‘Everything’ to Thwart Bennett-Lapid Gov't
Sue Halpern / New Yorker:
The Republicans' Wild Assault on Voting Rights in Texas and Arizona
Discussion: HuffPost and CNN
Harry Enten / CNN:
Why Democrats may defy history and win the 2022 midterms
Discussion: USA Today
 

 
From Mediagazer:

Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
Robert MacNeil, who anchored evening newscasts for over two decades on PBS and delivered evenhanded, non-flashy news with Jim Lehrer, dies at 93

Katherine Maher / NPR:
Memo: NPR's Katherine Maher says questioning whether NPR is living up to its mission is fair, but questioning staff integrity based on identity is disrespectful

Jack Brewster / Wall Street Journal:
A case study of the creation of an AI-powered local “news” website, directed to produce partisan stories on a US Senate race; a Fiverr developer made it for $80

 
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