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Washington Post:
White House infrastructure talks with Capito collapse, leading to fingerpointing as Biden shifts strategy  —  The negotiations had stalled amid major disagreements over the size of any package and how to pay for it.  —  President Biden and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.a) …
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NBC News:
Biden's infrastructure talks with GOP collapse amid irreconcilable differences … WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden's infrastructure talks with Republicans collapsed on Tuesday, the lead GOP negotiator said.  —  “I spoke with the president this afternoon, and he ended our infrastructure negotiations …
Alex Pareene / New Republic:
Democrats, Stop Negotiating With Traitors  —  The average consumer of political news can be forgiven for not being entirely sure how much to panic about the state of our democracy.  On the one hand, one can read in the mainstream press that “more than 100 scholars of democracy have signed …
The White House:
Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Negotiations with Congress
Discussion: Insider
ProPublica:
The Secret IRS Files: Trove of Never-Before-Seen Records Reveal How the Wealthiest Avoid Income Tax  —  The Secret IRS Files  —  In 2007, Jeff Bezos, then a multibillionaire and now the world's richest man, did not pay a penny in federal income taxes.  He achieved the feat again in 2011.
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ProPublica:
Why We Are Publishing the Tax Secrets of the .001%  —  We are disclosing the tax details of the richest Americans because we believe the public interest in an informed debate outweighs privacy considerations.  —  Today, ProPublica is launching the first in a series of stories based …
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Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Capitol Police had intelligence indicating an armed invasion weeks before Jan. 6 riot, Senate probe finds
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate GOP blocks bill to combat gender pay gap
Discussion: Politico, Wall Street Journal and CNN
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Senate approves sprawling $250 billion bill to curtail China's economic and military ambitions  —  The bill, adopted on a bipartisan vote, invests heavily in U.S. science and technology while threatening a host of punishments against Beijing  —  The Senate voted on Tuesday to adopt …
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Josh Boswell / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Hunter Biden addressed his white lawyer as ‘n***a’ multiple times, used phrases like ‘true dat n***a’ and bantered 'I only love you because you're black,' in shocking texts unearthed days after Joe's emotional Tulsa speech decrying racism  — Text messages obtained …
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Samuel Chamberlain / New York Post:
Hunter Biden repeatedly called his white lawyer the N-word, texts show
Discussion: Washington Times and The US Sun
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Joe Manchin is opposing big parts of Biden's agenda as the Koch network pressures him  — The Koch network has been pressuring Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., to oppose key parts of the Democratic agenda, including filibuster reform and voting rights legislation.  — That lobbying effort appears to be paying off.
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Ezra Levin / Medium:
So What The Hell Do We Do Now? (Joe Manchin Edition)
Discussion: Washington Post
The Daily Beast:
Sidney Powell Just ‘Eviscerated’ Her Own Legal Defense, Experts Say  —  “That seems like an extremely damaging admission from Ms. Powell,” a top lawyer says.  —  Sidney Powell lost the plot.  —  To protect herself from a billion-dollar defamation lawsuit, the Trumpist lawyer was supposed …
Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
Florida Covid whistle-blower Rebekah Jones hopes to unseat scandal-scarred Rep. Matt Gaetz … The scientist who said she was fired by Gov. Ron DeSantis for refusing to censor Florida's Covid-19 numbers said Tuesday she's hoping to unseat another high-profile Republican politician in the state — Rep. Matt Gaetz.
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Miami Herald:
Rebekah Jones' Twitter account suspended, citing ‘platform manipulation,’ ‘spam’
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Alyssa Milano says she could ‘potentially run’ for House in 2024  —  Actor-turned-activist Alyssa Milano may seek to transition from Hollywood to the House, saying she's “considering” a congressional run in 2024.  —  “I'm looking at California's 4th District to potentially run against …
T. Becket Adams / And another thing:
The White House press corps's most useless reporter strikes again  —  Subservience.  —  6 hr ago … For a brief moment this weekend, after conducting an embarrassingly sycophantic interview with White House press secretary Jen Psaki, CNN's Brian Stelter became the poster child for all that is wrong with legacy media.
Discussion: New York Post
Washington Post:
FBI-controlled Anom app ensnares scores of alleged criminals in global police sting  —  SYDNEY — The alleged drug syndicates, contract killers and weapons dealers thought they were using high-priced, securely encrypted phones that would protect them as they openly discussed drug deals …
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George Packer / The Atlantic:
How America Fractured Into Four Parts  —  Nations, like individuals, tell stories in order to understand what they are, where they come from, and what they want to be.  National narratives, like personal ones, are prone to sentimentality, grievance, pride, shame, self-blindness.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Politico:
Burning the midnight oil: Eric Adams' mysterious whereabouts off the campaign trail  —  Eric Adams announced he was living in Brooklyn Borough Hall to combat Covid last March.  Now it seems he may have never left.  —  The mayoral hopeful has been staying overnight and keeping late-night …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Farewell, Millennial Lifestyle Subsidy  —  The price for Ubers, scooters and Airbnb rentals is going up as tech companies aim for profitability.  —  A few years ago, while on a work trip in Los Angeles, I hailed an Uber for a crosstown ride during rush hour.
Tom Dreisbach / NPR:
Trump Impeachment Lawyers Are Now Representing Capitol Riot Defendants  —  Attorneys Michael van der Veen and Bruce Castor defended former President Donald Trump at his Senate impeachment trial for allegedly inciting the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection.  —  Even as van der Veen …
Discussion: Associated Press
Paul Campos / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
Pretending that what's happening isn't happening  —  I want to highlight a comment DamnYankeesLGM made in Scott's post about Merrick Garland's decision to have the DOJ continue to substitute the United States for Donald Trump as the defendant in E. Jean Carroll's lawsuit.
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and BuzzFeed News
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
New Democratic focus groups find many voters aren't sure what the party stands for  —  WASHINGTON — New focus groups conducted by a prominent Democratic pollster warn that many voters “have trouble describing a clear positive vision of what the Democratic Party stands for.”
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
Three Democratic incumbents, one Republican ousted in Virginia House primaries  —  Four Virginia lawmakers who span the political spectrum lost their bids for reelection in Tuesday's primary, with another incumbents fighting for political survival.  —  Del. Lee Carter (D-Manassas) …
Curbed:
A Ranked Choice Cheat Sheet We asked New Yorkers about their ranked-choice-voting strategies.  —  Picking who to vote for in an election with a crowded field, numerous scandals, and New York City's recovery at stake is already a difficult task — but picking five candidates?
Quinn Scanlan / ABC News:
Former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli wins GOP gubernatorial primary in New Jersey  —  A poll out Tuesday indicated he faces an uphill battle against Gov. Phil Murphy.  —  Former three-term assemblyman and businessman Jack Ciattarelli prevailed in New Jersey's Republican gubernatorial primary Tuesday, the Associated Press projected.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
James Murdoch spent $100 million to help fund political causes during 2020 election cycle  — James Murdoch, the son of billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch, quietly invested $100 million into his nonprofit foundation, which then used a chunk of the money to fund political groups during the 2020 election cycle.
Karen Townsend / HotAir:
Biden's 2022 budget wokeness: Mothers are now “birthing people”  —  Why are woke Democrats waging a war on women?  Joe Biden is embracing a particularly disturbing term for women who give birth.  While most of us call these women ‘mothers’, the woke insist on a new terminology- birthing people.
Discussion: MSN and Washington Times
CNN:
US ambassador to Russia warned senators that Biden administration risks repeating predecessors' mistakes in dealing with Putin  —  (CNN)The day before the White House announced that President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin would hold their first in-person meeting in Geneva …
Discussion: Breitbart
Lee Harpin / Jewish NewsLee Harpin:
‘Free Gaza’ Warsaw Ghetto vandaliser ‘supporting’ union antisemitism sessions  —  EXCLUSIVE: Ewa Jasiewicz, who caused outrage in 2010 by daubing graffiti on the walls of the former ghetto, is assisting with sessions for members of the National Education Union.
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
In the U.S., vaccines for the youngest are expected this fall.  —  Coronavirus vaccines may be available in the fall for U.S. children as young as 6 months, drugmakers say.  Pfizer and Moderna are testing their vaccines in children under 12 years, and are expected to have results in hand for children aged 5 through 11 by September.
Discussion: Al Jazeera and Bangor Daily News
Tom LoBianco / Insider:
SCOOP: The top Trump political fundraiser who helped plan his January 6 rally is out of Trumpworld  — Trump advisors say they fired Caroline Wren, who they accused of trying to control access to donors.  — A Republican familiar with Wren's departure from Trumpworld said she left on her own.
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Brad Lander for Comptroller  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.  It is separate from the newsroom.  —  The New York City comptroller serves as the fiscal watchdog …
Lowkell / Blue Virginia:
Virginia Primary Day 2021 Results: Live Blog  —  UPDATE 9:57 pm - Kim Melnyk has won the Dem nomination in HD84 over Tracie Liguid, by a 52.6%-47.4% margin.  —  UPDATE 9:29 pm - Looks like turnout's going to end up VERY solid tonight for Dems, with well over 400,000 votes cast...probably over 450,000 when all is said and done.
Techno Fog / The Reactionary:
The DC Pipe Bomb Suspect  —  What is the FBI hiding from the public?  —  9 hr ago  —  It has been over five months and the FBI still has not apprehended the hooded suspect who placed pipe bombs near the RNC and DNC headquarters in Washington, D.C. on the evening of January 5, 2021.
Oliver Willis / The American Independent:
Greene says she knows COVID-19 is a ‘bioweapon’ because evolution doesn't exist  —  Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene accused Dr. Anthony Fauci of being ‘criminally liable’ for COVID-19.  —  Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) asserted on Tuesday that COVID-19 was a “bioweapon” …
Eoin Higgins / The Flashpoint:
Fresh Off Twitter Ban, Naomi Wolf To Headline Anti-Vax “Juneteenth” Event  —  Organizers told me they found that date appropriate because the ending of slavery and resistance to vaccines are both about “liberation”  —  Three groups opposed to Covid restrictions, masks …
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
 
 
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