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11:05 AM ET, June 9, 2021

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Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
29% of GOP Voters Say It's Likely Trump Will Be Reinstated as President This Year  —  Most voters reject far-fetched idea, but many believe America's democracy is under threat  — 72% of voters, including 61% of Republicans, say it is unlikely Trump will be restored to the presidency.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Cassidy is the new Capito
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Post:
White House infrastructure talks with Capito collapse, leading to fingerpointing as Biden shifts strategy
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Biden disliked Putin before it was cool  —  When President George W. Bush first met Vladimir Putin, he seemed smitten, describing the still-new Russian leader as “very straightforward and trustworthy,” even claiming he got “a sense of his soul.”  —  A certain Democratic senator from Delaware had a very different reaction.
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Wall Street Journal:
Biden Heads to Europe to Restore Alliances and Counter Autocracy's Rise  —  Some G-7 allies are viewed as more skeptical about directly challenging China and Russia  —  WASHINGTON—On his first foreign trip, President Biden will seek to rally European partners and other democratic nations …
Discussion: The Hill and Fox News
CNN:   US ambassador to Russia warned senators that Biden administration risks repeating predecessors' mistakes in dealing with Putin
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Joe Manchin and the enemies of democracy  —  With American democracy under fierce attack by enemies of democracy who engage in aggressive attacks against voting rights, honest election procedures, and honest vote counting in state after state — their most powerful ally and most valuable player …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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Ezra Levin / Medium:
So What The Hell Do We Do Now? (Joe Manchin Edition)
Discussion: ABC News and Washington Post
Jazmine Hughes / New York Times:
Dianne Morales Faced a Campaign Uprising.  Will It Matter to Voters?  —  Ms. Morales is running for New York City mayor on a platform of tackling inequality and shifting resources away from policing.  But her campaign has been marred by defections and dysfunction.
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Politico:
Burning the midnight oil: Eric Adams' mysterious whereabouts off the campaign trail
Anne Barnard / New York Times:   Eric Adams Draws Fire for Skipping Mayoral Debate
The White House:
Executive Order on Protecting Americans' Sensitive Data from Foreign Adversaries … By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.)
Discussion: CNBC
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Barbara Comstock / New York Times:
My Fellow Republicans, Stop Fearing This Dangerous and Diminished Man  —  Ms. Comstock, a Virginia Republican and a lawyer, was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 2015 to 2019.  —  When Donald Trump, the patron saint of sore losers, appeared at a Republican event on Saturday night …
Discussion: Raw Story
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William Saletan / Slate:
Americans Are Dangerously Divided on the Insurrection
KHQ-TV:
Dog ejected from car during Sunday crash found on sheep farm, herding sheep  —  Tilly, the 2-year-old Border Collie who was ejected from a car Sunday during a crash, has been found.  —  He was found on a sheep farm, where he had apparently taken up the role of sheep herder.
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Cicadas Took On Biden's Press Plane.  They Won.  —  The omnipresent insects filled the engines of a flight set to accompany the president on his trip to Europe, forcing a delay and a new plane and pilot to be called in.  —  WASHINGTON — The plane set to carry dozens of journalists to Europe …
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Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
Biden's press plane was about to head to Europe.  Then Brood X cicadas ‘invaded’ the engines.  —  The Brood X cicadas that rose from the earth after 17 years underground have proved their determination to leave a mark before they die off in a few weeks.  The shrill, winged insects have driven tourism …
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Democratic Rep. Val Demings announces challenge to GOP Sen. Marco Rubio … WASHINGTON — Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., made her Senate bid official Wednesday, announcing that she plans to challenge GOP Sen. Marco Rubio for his seat next year.  —  Demings made the announcement in a three-minute-long video …
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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 …
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Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Record-High 47% in U.S. Think Abortion Is Morally Acceptable  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans are sharply divided in their abortion views, including on its morality, with an equal split between those who believe it is morally acceptable and those who say it is morally wrong.
Discussion: The Hill and Forbes
Richard Bernstein / RealClearInvestigations:
Almost Overnight, Standards of Color-Blind Merit Tumble Across American Society  —  A broad revolution is underway in the United States as traditional standards used to measure achievement and provide opportunity are being rejected by schools, corporations, and governments in favor of quotas based on race and gender.
Jesus Jiménez / New York Times:
In the U.S., hospitalizations are rising in areas with low vaccination rates.  —  Health officials worry that Covid-19 hospitalization rates could increase among the unvaccinated as variants of the virus spread.  —  The coronavirus might be receding in much of the United States …
Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
Justice Department says it can ‘vigorously’ defend religious schools' exemption from anti-LGBTQ discrimination laws  —  The Justice Department in a court filing Tuesday said it can “vigorously” defend a religious exemption from federal civil rights law that allows federally funded religious schools …
Wilborn Nobles / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed files paperwork for mayoral election bid  —  Kasim Reed, who fulfilled his lifelong goal by becoming mayor of Atlanta by the age of 40 and who then left City Hall eight years later under a cloud of controversy and investigation, has officially entered the wide-open mayor's race.
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Trump is sabotaging the GOP's Senate prospects  —  The former president's growing involvement in primaries is jeopardizing Republican chances of winning back the majority.  —  Former President Trump could have been an important asset for the GOP, turning out voters as it seeks to regain control …
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
bellingcat:
Russian Poet Dmitry Bykov Targeted by Navalny Poisoners  — In a December 2020 investigation, Bellingcat and its partners identified seven FSB officers who had tailed Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny on more than 35 trips around Russia since early 2017.
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Daily Beast
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) …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
How Far Are Republicans Willing to Go?  They're Already Gone.  —  Mr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C. on politics, demographics and inequality.  —  Determined to enforce white political dominance in pivotal states like Georgia, Arizona, Texas and North Carolina …
Edmund DeMarche / Fox News:
Case of mistaken identity during Harris press conference sets internet on fire  —  Won't the real Maria Fernanda please stand up?  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for June 8  —  It's something straight out of an Eminem song - won't the real Maria Fernanda please stand up?
NBC News:
Biden quietly moves to start closing Guantánamo ahead of 20th anniversary of 9/11 … WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has quietly begun efforts to close the U.S. detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, using an under-the-radar approach to minimize political blowback …
Laura Miller / Slate:
Bogus Social Media Outrage Is Making Authors Change Lines in Their Books Now  —  Elin Hilderbrand writes novels about people who summer in Nantucket and have lots of family secrets and complicated love lives.  The books—whose covers feature beach scenes with women in sun hats …
Batya Ungar-Sargon / MSN:
The Immigration Debate Shows Progressives Have Abandoned the Working Class  —  Vice President Kamala Harris had strong words for migrants making their way to America's border on her first trip as vice president, to Guatemala.  “Do not come,” Harris said—twice—while speaking to reporters.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Slate
Nathaniel Fischer / The American Mind:
Politics is Interested in You  —  There's no hiding from the Left and hoping they'll go away.  —  You may not be interested in politics, but politics is interested in you.  —  Many Americans—focused on their businesses, careers, home, and family—prefer to ignore the political battles and attendant controversy dividing our country.
The Survey Center on American Life:
Losing a Friend over Politics  —  Although political disagreements are common, few Americans report having stopped talking to or being friends with someone because of their views about government or politics.  Only 15 percent of the public have ended a friendship over politics.
Discussion: Newsweek and HotAir
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Not even ProPublica knows the source who provided blockbuster ‘Secret IRS Files’  —  The non-profit news organization argues the motivations of the tipster don't matter — only that the information was legitimate.  —  ProPublica does not know who to thank for providing the raw material …
 
 
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Jon Brown / The Daily Wire:
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Eleanor Mueller / Politico:
Senate Republicans block bill targeting gender pay gap
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Townhall
Abigail Shrier / City Journal:
When the State Comes for Your Kids
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Kevin Roose / New York Times:
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