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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) …
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
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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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: Breitbart
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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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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate GOP blocks bill to combat gender pay gap
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and CNN
Eleanor Mueller / Politico:
Senate Republicans block bill targeting gender pay gap
Discussion: Townhall
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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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.
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
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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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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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: Virginia Mercury
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 …
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: emptywheel and 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 …
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.
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
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.
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.
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 …
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.”
Reuters:
U.S. investigates disclosure of tax records on rich Americans  —  The Treasury Department has asked law enforcement authorities to investigate the disclosure of tax records cited in a media report that showed that some of America's richest people paid little to no income taxes, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.
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
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” …
New York Magazine:
What Curtis Sliwa Can't Live Without  —  8 items in this article 1 item on sale! … Paper Mate Flair Felt-Tip Pens, Medium Point, Black (36-Count)  —  The only pens I write with.  I usually have four in my pocket at any given time.  I hate having to ask people for a writing utensil …
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
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.
 
 
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Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
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Rich Mendez / CNBC:
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Karen Townsend / HotAir:
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Sune Engel Rasmussen / Wall Street Journal:
Afghan Soldiers Gird for Taliban to Attack Cities After the U.S. Leaves
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Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
The Mogul and the Monster: Inside Jeffrey Epstein's Decades-Long Relationship With His Biggest Client
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 Earlier Items: 
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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New York Times:
Brad Lander for Comptroller
Jeannie Suk Gersen / New Yorker:
The Importance of Teaching Dred Scott
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
In the U.S., vaccines for the youngest are expected this fall.
Discussion: Al Jazeera and Bangor Daily News
GroundUp News:
It's apartheid, say Israeli ambassadors to South Africa