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7:30 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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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) …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Cassidy is the new Capito  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  In Washington, relationships come and go.  In a quick succession of phone calls Tuesday, President JOE BIDEN exited infrastructure negotiations with Sen. SHELLEY MOORE CAPITO (R-W.Va.) and started them with Sen. BILL CASSIDY (R-La.).
Discussion: CNN, Morning Consult and Blue Virginia
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Biden ends infrastructure talks with Senate GOP, starts engaging bipartisan group
The White House:
Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Negotiations with Congress
Discussion: Insider
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 …
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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.
Shannon Pettypiece / NBC News:
Biden heads for Europe to meet Putin, a pandemic and skeptical allies … WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will touch down in Europe on Wednesday looking to repair relations with America's closest allies in an effort to counter growing threats from China and Russia in his first big moment on the world stage since taking office.
ABC News:
Biden preps for 1st foreign trip as president, summit with Putin
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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Lowkell / Blue Virginia:   Virginia Primary Day 2021 Results: Live Blog
Matt Friedman / Politico:
Trump backers lose big as Ciattarelli claims GOP nomination in N.J.  —  SOMERSET, N.J. — New Jersey Republicans looked past Donald Trump Tuesday, nominating a challenger to Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy who once called the former president a “charlatan” and later acknowledged Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election.
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CNN:
Jack Ciattarelli wins GOP primary for New Jersey governor, CNN projects
Discussion: Breitbart
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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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.
Discussion: ABC News and Washington Post
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Eleanor Mueller / Politico:
Senate Republicans block bill targeting gender pay gap
Discussion: Townhall
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate GOP blocks bill to combat gender pay gap
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and CNN
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
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.
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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.
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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Cicadas Took On Biden's Press Plane. They Won.
Discussion: HuffPost, Washington Post and CNN
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) …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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: emptywheel and Associated Press
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Netanyahu's Trump-style campaign to stop Israel's transfer of power  —  On the verge of being replaced after 12 years in power, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is waging a desperate, Trump-style campaign to de-legitimize the incoming government and accuse its leaders of perpetrating “the fraud of the century.”
Discussion: Al Jazeera and Political Wire
New York Times:
The Criminals Thought the Devices Were Secure.  But the Seller Was the F.B.I.  —  Global law enforcement officials revealed a three-year operation in which they said they had intercepted over 20 million messages.  Hundreds of arrests were made in more than a dozen countries.
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.
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
Not far from Tulsa, a quieter but consequential correction of the historical record  —  In recent weeks, the country has been focused, appropriately, on the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre.  Less than a day's drive to the southeast, meanwhile, another long-overdue reckoning …
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.
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
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
El Salvador becomes first country to adopt bitcoin as legal tender after passing law  — El Salvador's has become the first country to adopt bitcoin as legal tender.  — Lawmakers in the Central American country's Congress voted by a “supermajority” in favor of the Bitcoin Law.
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” …
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 …
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.
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
 
 
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Lisa Kashinsky / Politico:
Charlie Baker is one of the nation's most popular governors. That isn't enough for the GOP.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Tom LoBianco / Insider:
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Discussion: BizPac Review and Raw Story
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Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
In the U.S., vaccines for the youngest are expected this fall.
Discussion: Al Jazeera and Bangor Daily News
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
New Democratic focus groups find many voters aren't sure what the party stands for
George Packer / The Atlantic:
How America Fractured Into Four Parts
Discussion: New York Magazine