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10:30 AM ET, June 9, 2021

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Politico:
Inside Biden and Manchin's Joemance  —  Civil rights groups can't move him and neither can his colleagues.  If anyone can sway Joe Manchin, it might be Joe Biden.  —  Four months after Biden helped secure Manchin's vote for a party-line, $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief law …
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Ezra Levin / Medium:
So What The Hell Do We Do Now? (Joe Manchin Edition)
Discussion: ABC News and Washington Post
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Cassidy is the new Capito
Discussion: Washington Post
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
29% of GOP Voters Say It's Likely Trump Will Be Reinstated as President This Year
Discussion: European Council …
Washington Post:
White House infrastructure talks with Capito collapse, leading to fingerpointing as Biden shifts strategy
NBC News:
Biden's infrastructure talks with GOP collapse amid irreconcilable differences
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, Fox News and ABC News
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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.
CNN:   US ambassador to Russia warned senators that Biden administration risks repeating predecessors' mistakes in dealing with Putin
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 …
Discussion: USA Today
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Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Florida Rep. Val Demings officially enters Senate race against Rubio  —  Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) officially launched her Senate campaign in Florida on Wednesday, becoming the highest-profile Democrat yet to announce a challenge to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).
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 …
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.
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 …
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William Saletan / Slate:
Americans Are Dangerously Divided on the Insurrection  —  On Tuesday, more than a week after Republican senators filibustered and blocked the creation of an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was asked whether …
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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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Terry McAuliffe Wins Democratic Nomination for Governor in Virginia
Discussion: New York Magazine and Daily Kos
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.
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 …
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Anne Barnard / New York Times:   Eric Adams Draws Fire for Skipping Mayoral Debate
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
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
spectatorworld.com:
No one will care about the Hunter Biden N-word scandal  —  ‘Self-Portrait’ by the celebrated artist Hunter Biden (Hunter Biden)  —  Newly published text messages from Hunter Biden reveal that Hunter Biden...is an American with actual freedom of speech!  How lucky for him!  He might be the last one.
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Josh Boswell / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Hunter Biden addressed his white lawyer as ‘n***a’ …
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Warren Rojas / Insider:
The Senate Republicans' main fundraising tool for the 2022 elections is now largely devoted to exalting Trump  — The 15 GOP senators up for re-election in 2022 needn't bother legislating.  — Senate GOP messaging trumpets former President Trump more than the candidates.
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
Jack McEvoy / Washington Free Beacon:
Amazon Defends Sale of Anti-Cop Merchandise  —  Tech giant sells products featuring ‘Blue Lives Murder’ slogan  —  Amazon has banned T-shirts mocking Vice President Kamala Harris and books critical of transgender ideology, but allows the sale of memorabilia proclaiming “Blue Lives Murder.”
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.
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 …
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 …
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
 
 
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New York Times:
The Criminals Thought the Devices Were Secure. But the Seller Was the F.B.I.
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Oliver Willis / The American Independent:
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The DC Pipe Bomb Suspect
Tom LoBianco / Insider:
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Discussion: BizPac Review and Raw Story