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3:15 PM ET, June 7, 2021

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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How Joe Manchin's awful new stance could blow up in his face  —  By now you've heard that Sen. Joe Manchin III has essentially declared he has consigned us to a future of minority rule.  In a new piece, the West Virginia Democrat says he'll vote against his party's voting rights legislation and will never …
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Time to call Manchin's bluff  —  Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) declared in a Sunday op-ed that he is against the For the People Act because it is not bipartisan.  “I believe that partisan voting legislation will destroy the already weakening binds of our democracy, and for that reason …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Joe Manchin's Incoherent Case for Letting Republicans Destroy Democracy The most powerful senator ties himself in knots.  —  What does Joe Manchin want?  The inscrutable whims of the West Virginia senator and 50th Senate vote have always controlled the future of the Biden administration's domestic agenda.
Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Schumer recommending 2 voting rights lawyers to be judges  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Democrat is recommending President Joe Biden nominate two prominent voting rights attorneys to serve as judges on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and on the federal bench in Manhattan.
Discussion: The Hill and Talking Points Memo
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Pete Williams / NBC News:
Supreme Court declines to hear lawsuit challenging male-only draft … The Supreme Court declined Monday to consider the constitutionality of a federal law requiring men, but not women, to register for the military draft when they turn 18.  —  As is its usual practice, the court didn't say why it wouldn't take the case.
Jackie Wattles / CNN:
Jeff Bezos is going to space on first crewed flight of rocket  —  New York (CNN Business)Jeff Bezos will be flying to space on the first crewed flight of the New Shepard, the rocket ship made by his space company, Blue Origin.  The flight is scheduled for July 20th, just 15 days after he is set to resign as CEO of Amazon.
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Washington Post:
Jeff Bezos announces he'll be on first crewed spaceflight of Blue Origin rocket  —  The billionaire says he and his brother will be aboard the New Shepard when it takes flight July 20 — roughly two weeks after he steps down as CEO of Amazon  —  A couple of weeks after Jeff Bezos officially steps …
Discussion: CNBC, The Hill, Vox, NPR, abc7NY and Associated Press
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Biden should go it alone  —  Seventeen months — that's all the time that's left.  —  That's how long President Biden can hope to hold Democratic majorities in the House and Senate.  —  Now is the time to start thinking about the November 2022 midterm elections.
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Chandelis Duster / CNN:
Democrat calls Manchin ‘the new Mitch McConnell’ and says he is working to thwart Biden's agenda
John T. Bennett / Washington Examiner:
Biden-Capito call about infrastructure bill, promised on Monday, has not been scheduled
Discussion: The Federalist
Caroline Kelly / CNN:
Cheney: Trump inciting January 6 riot ‘the most dangerous thing’ a president has done  —  Jonathan Swan: Liz Cheney is a woman without a party  —  (CNN)Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney accused former President Donald Trump of having committed the worst violation of a president's oath …
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Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Liz Cheney: GOP Members of Congress Told Her They Voted NOT to Impeach Trump Due to Personal Security Concerns
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Supreme Court rules against immigrants with temporary status  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that thousands of people living in the U.S. for humanitarian reasons are ineligible to apply to become permanent residents.  —  Justice Elena Kagan wrote for the court …
Dr. Patrizia Cavazzoni / US Food and Drug …:
FDA's Decision to Approve New Treatment for Alzheimer's Disease  —  Today FDA approved Aduhelm (aducanumab) to treat patients with Alzheimer's disease using the Accelerated Approval pathway, under which the FDA approves a drug for a serious or life-threatening illness that may provide meaningful …
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Javier Manjarres / The Floridian:
Kamala Harris Greeted In Guatemala With ‘Go Home’ and ‘Trump Won’ Messages  —  Vice President Kamala Harris' much anticipated “foreign policy” trip to Guatemala to meet with leaders there about what can be done to stem the influx of illegal immigrants that are crossing into the U.S. from that country …
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Spectrum News NY1:
Exclusive: Eric Adams jumps in front, Yang slips in NY1/Ipsos poll  —  Eric Adams has surged to the front of the pack, overtaking Andrew Yang and building a six-point lead in the Democratic primary for mayor, according to the exclusive results of a new Spectrum News NY1/Ipsos poll.  —  What You Need To Know
New York Times:
What Happened When Trump Was Banned on Social Media  —  When Facebook and Twitter barred Donald J. Trump from their platforms after the Capitol riot in January, he lost direct access to his most powerful megaphones.  On Friday, Facebook said the former president would not be allowed …
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
What Were They Thinking About Insurrection?  —  The hopes and fears of the participants in the Capitol attack, government officials, and Donald Trump.  —  On January 6, 2021, members of the Oath Keepers, high on conspiracies and disinformation, went to Washington, D.C. to support then-President Donald Trump.
Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
Blinken won't say how US will hold China accountable over Wuhan lab access  —  Secretary of State Antony Blinken will not say what the Biden administration will do to hold China accountable for denying the United States and the international community access to the Wuhan Institute of Virology during the hunt for the origins of COVID-19.
Discussion: Fox News
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Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
Blinken suddenly interested in holding China accountable
Discussion: Townhall and Axios
Evan Perez / CNN:
First on CNN: US recovers millions in cryptocurrency paid to Colonial Pipeline ransomware hackers  —  Washington (CNN)US investigators have recovered millions of dollars in cryptocurrency paid in ransom to hackers whose attack prompted the shutdown of the key East Coast pipeline last month, according to people briefed on the matter.
New York Times:
New York City Plans a Central Park Mega-Concert to Celebrate Reopening  —  The mayor's office has asked the producer Clive Davis to sign up musical stars for an event on the Great Lawn in August.  —  Brunch crowds are back.  Rush-hour traffic is back.  Tourists in horse-drawn carriages are back.
Irin Carmon / New York Magazine:
The Tiger Mom and and the Hornet's Nest For decades, Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld were Yale Law power brokers.  A new generation wants to see them exiled.  —  Photo: Photograph by Gillian Laub for New York Magazine  —  It's supposedly haunted," Amy Chua says brightly as she ushers …
Evie Fordham / Fox News:
Biden snubs D-Day's 77th anniversary, angering veterans  —  Veteran calls Biden's failure to recognize D-Day ‘reprehensible’  —  Trey Gowdy marks the 77th anniversary of D-Day  —  A homeland security source told Fox News that service members and veterans are upset after President Biden failed …
David Dayen / American Prospect:
House Democrat Leading Effort Against Key Consumer Protection  —  Rep. Josh Gottheimer is lobbying against a resolution that would end the practice of predatory lenders charging astronomical interest rates on consumer loans.  —  Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) speaks during …
Jim Treacher / Who the Hell Is Jim Treacher?:
AOC = Abjure Offered Cash  —  (Don't worry, I had to look up “abjure” too)  —  Over the weekend, something amazing happened: A conservative pundit raised over $100,000 to help the destitute grandmother of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  And then something that was probably inevitable happened: GoFundMe shut down the fundraiser.
Melissa Eddy / New York Times:
David Dushman, Soviet Soldier Who Helped Liberate Auschwitz, Dies at 98  —  Mr. Dushman is believed to have been the last surviving liberator of the camp.  He went on to become a decorated fencer.  —  BERLIN — David Dushman, who as a soldier for the Soviet Union drove his tank through …
Discussion: CNN, The Guardian and Stars & Stripes
Ian Beacock / New Republic:
Who Will Read Niall Ferguson's Doom?  —  In November 2006, Niall Ferguson traveled to the Bahamas.  Then a professor of history at Harvard, he had been invited to address Morgan Stanley's swank annual gathering for investors in Lyford Cay, a 1,000-acre gated community (and tax shelter) of 450 homes in the British Colonial style.
Brian Bennett / TIME:
Exclusive: Iran Steps up Efforts to Sow Discord Inside the U.S.  —  Iranian state actors are intensifying their disinformation campaign on social media to spread discord and anti-Semitic tropes inside the U.S., two U.S. intelligence officials say.  —  Social media accounts tracked …
Michael Wines / New York Times:
In Arizona 2020 Election Review, Risks for Republicans, and Democracy  —  Experts call it a circus.  Polls say it will hurt the G.O.P. in 2022.  But Republicans are on board in Arizona and elsewhere, despite warnings of lasting damage to the political system.
Discussion: Raw Story and Los Angeles Times
Joe Sutton / CNN:
Video appears to show GOP Oregon lawmaker telling protesters how to enter closed state Capitol  —  (CNN)An Oregon state lawmaker who has been charged after he allegedly allowed protesters into the closed state Capitol building during a debate over Covid-19 restrictions is seen in new video appearing …
Jason Delgado / Florida Politics:
Twitter suspends Rebekah Jones … Jason Delgado  —  Jason Delgado covers news out of the state capital for Florida Politics.  After a stint with the U.S. Army, Jason attended the University of Central Florida where he studied American Policy and National Security.  His past bylines include WMFE-NPR and POLITICO Florida.
Noah Smith / Noahpinion:
America's scarcity mindset  —  Is our society turning into a zero-sum competition for survival?  —  6 hr ago  —  “This land was made for you and me” — Woody Guthrie  —  “I'm all right Jack, keep your hands off of my stack” — Pink Floyd  —  I've been reading Rick Perlstein's Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-1980.
 
 
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Cheyenne Roundtree / The Daily Beast:
Ellie Kemper Apologizes for Participating in St. Louis Ball With ‘Unquestionably Racist’ Past
David Yaffe-Bellany / Bloomberg:
‘Sedition Hunters’ Turn Capitol Insurrection Into Ultimate Online Manhunt
Discussion: Raw Story and Hackwhackers
Eliza Collins / Wall Street Journal:
Sen. Jon Tester Walks Blue Line in Solid Red Montana
Discussion: Daily Kos and Political Wire
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
Why Are All the Experts Such Dopes?  —  The great progressive dream is to dispense with rule …
Hayes Brown / MSNBC:
The Bush family evolved along with the GOP. George P. Bush is no exception.
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
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