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12:35 AM ET, June 9, 2021

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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 …
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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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Reuters:   U.S. investigates disclosure of tax records on rich Americans
ProPublica:
Why We Are Publishing the Tax Secrets of the .001%
Ezra Levin / Medium:
So What The Hell Do We Do Now?  (Joe Manchin Edition)  —  If you had the misfortune of being online this weekend, you might have seen Senator Manchin's op-ed explaining his opposition to the For the People Act (here).  The piece is riddled with historical falsehoods and bizarre, antiquated political analysis.
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Joe Manchin is opposing big parts of Biden's agenda as the Koch network pressures him
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate GOP blocks bill to combat gender pay gap
Discussion: 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: The US Sun and Washington Times
CNN:
Jack Ciattarelli wins GOP primary for New Jersey governor, CNN projects  —  (CNN)Jack Ciattarelli will win the Republican nomination for New Jersey governor, CNN projected Tuesday, setting him up to take on Gov. Phil Murphy in the fall.  —  Ciattarelli, a former state assemblyman …
Discussion: Fox News and Breitbart
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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
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) …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
John Kenneth White / The Hill:
Kamala Harris gambles with history  —  Six months into her young vice presidency, Kamala Harris has settled into the job.  Taking her oath of office last January, the coronavirus was raging, travel was restricted and few were allowed to work in the White House.
Discussion: NBC News, The Daily Caller and Politico
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.”
Politico:
McAuliffe wins big in Virginia  —  McLEAN, Va. — Terry McAuliffe's comeback bid aced its first test Tuesday, as the former Virginia governor cruised to victory in the state's Democratic gubernatorial primary.  —  He easily defeated his two main rivals, former state Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy …
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: BizPac Review and Raw Story
Abigail Shrier / City Journal:
When the State Comes for Your Kids  —  Social workers, youth shelters, and the threat to parents' rights  —  Ahmed is a Pakistani immigrant, a faithful Muslim, and until recently, a financial consultant to Seattle's high-tech sector.  But when he reached me by phone in October 2020, he was just one more frightened father.
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.
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?
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
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.
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 …
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” …
Gregory S. Schneider / Washington Post:
Charlottesville city council votes to remove Confederate statues that were the focus of violent 2017 ‘Unite the Right’ rally  —  RICHMOND — The Charlottesville City Council voted unanimously Monday night to remove statues of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson from public parks …
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.
 
 
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Eleanor Mueller / Politico:
Senate Republicans block bill targeting gender pay gap
Discussion: Townhall
Matthew Cappucci / Washington Post:
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Rich Mendez / CNBC:
Fauci says U.S. must vaccinate more people before Delta becomes dominant Covid variant in America
Lowkell / Blue Virginia:
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Karen Townsend / HotAir:
Biden's 2022 budget wokeness: Mothers are now “birthing people”
Discussion: BizPac Review and MSN
Sune Engel Rasmussen / Wall Street Journal:
Afghan Soldiers Gird for Taliban to Attack Cities After the U.S. Leaves
Discussion: The National Interest
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
The Mogul and the Monster: Inside Jeffrey Epstein's Decades-Long Relationship With His Biggest Client
Discussion: Forbes
Lisa Kashinsky / Politico:
Charlie Baker is one of the nation's most popular governors. That isn't enough for the GOP.
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Lee Drutman / The Guardian:
The Republican party is now an explicitly illiberal party
Discussion: The Intellectualist and Daily Kos
Gothamist:
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Jeannie Suk Gersen / New Yorker:
The Importance of Teaching Dred Scott
Larry O'Connor / Townhall:
Andrew Breitbart's Triumph Over Anthony Weiner: 10 Years Later
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Rep. Mo Brooks pushes falsehood that Trump won 2020 election, claims unlawful votes for Biden
GroundUp News:
It's apartheid, say Israeli ambassadors to South Africa