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3:50 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.
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 …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Manchin Vows to Block Democratic Voting Rights Bill and Preserve Filibuster  —  Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, appeared to slam the door on the far-reaching measure when he wrote in a home state newspaper he will not vote for any partisan voting bill.
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.
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Manchin says he won't vote for Democrats' sweeping election reform bill  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) wrote in a Charleston Gazette-Mail op-ed Sunday that he will not support congressional Democrats' expansive election and anti-corruption bill, suggesting the measure is partisan.
CNN:   STATE OF THE UNION  —  JAKE TAPPER, CNN HOST (voice-over): Trillion-dollar question.
Sue Halpern / New Yorker:   The Republicans' Wild Assault on Voting Rights in Texas and Arizona
Aila Slisco / Newsweek:   Arizona's Former GOP AG Says Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin Should Abolish Filibuster or Resign
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
Ryan Taylor / Rev:
Donald Trump Speech Transcript at North Carolina GOP Convention Dinner June 5  —  Former President Donald Trump gave a speech on June 5, 2021 at Greenville, North Carolina's annual state Republican Party convention.  He endorsed Republican Ted Budd for the NC Senate race and Lara Trump announced she will not be running.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Althouse
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
The GOP superspreaders of Trump's contagion
Discussion: Political Wire and Politico
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Trump endorses North Carolina's Rep. Ted Budd for Senate after Lara Trump declines to run
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
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
Maya T. Prabhu / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
At GOP meeting, Georgia Republicans look backward to 2020  —  JEKYLL ISLAND — The Georgia GOP convention was supposed to be a chance for thousands of conservative activists to project unity and chart out their strategy headed into 2022 races.  Instead, much of the conference was focused …
Discussion: Mediaite
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) …
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.
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.
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 …
Harry Enten / CNN:
Why Democrats may defy history and win the 2022 midterms  —  (CNN)Democrats have to defy history to hold onto the House in the 2022 midterms.  As I've noted before, the president's party almost always loses House seats in the midterms.  History, though, is a guide, not a fortune teller.
Discussion: USA Today
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
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 |
Aaron Rabinowitz / Haaretz:
Top Right-wing Israeli Rabbis Call on Public to Do ‘Everything’ to Thwart Bennett-Lapid Gov't  —  Citing security concerns and potential harm to fundamental aspects of religion and state matters, rabbis issue letter imploring public to ‘try and do everything so that this government does not materialize’
Barak Ravid / Axios:   Israeli security chief warns of Jan. 6-type violence
Justin Gomez / ABC News:
Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo says no ‘hardwire deadline’ on infrastructure deal  —  Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo appears on ABC's “This Week.”  —  Infrastructure negotiations between the White House and Republicans continue on Monday with the two sides still very far apart …
Discussion: Politico
David Cohen / Politico:
Cyberattacks ‘are here to stay,’ Commerce secretary says
Discussion: ABC News
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Quint Forgey / Politico:
W.H. briefing room to return to full, pre-pandemic seating capacity
Discussion: The Hill
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
David Frost / Financial Times:
the EU must revisit the Northern Ireland protocol
Discussion: Politico and Bloomberg
Kristine Phillips / MSN:
Justice Department withdraws FBI subpoena for USA TODAY records ID'ing readers
Discussion: USA Today and Fox News
 Earlier Items: 
Rep. Dan Meuser / The Hill:
The cost of ‘tax and spend’
Katherine Huggins / Mediaite:
Capitol Police Officers Blast Republicans Who Voted Against Jan. 6 Commission in CNN Interview: ‘We Deserve Justice’
Jason Lemon / Newsweek:
Texas AG Says Trump Would've ‘Lost’ State If It Hadn't Blocked Mail-in Ballots Applications Being Sent Out
Discussion: HotAir
Joe Biden / Washington Post:
My trip to Europe is about America rallying the world's democracies
Discussion: The Guardian and Hackwhackers
Neil Irwin / New York Times:
Workers Are Gaining Leverage Over Employers Right Before Our Eyes

From Mediagazer:

Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
The US Senate passes the TikTok divestment bill by a margin of 79-18; the legislation now heads to President Biden, who has committed to sign it into law

Chris Morris / Fortune:
Taylor Swift's new album smashed streaming records; Spotify says it had 300M+ streams on launch day and became 2024's most-streamed album within just 12 hours

Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Spotify Q1: revenue up 20% YoY to €3.6B, MAUs up 19% to 615M, vs. 617.9M est., subscribers up 14% to 239M, and a €168M operating income; SPOT closes up 11.41%

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