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10:50 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.
Discussion: European Council …
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Ben Leonard / Politico:
Capito ‘frustrated,’ says White House ‘kept moving the goalposts’ on infrastructure  —  Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) said Wednesday that she was “frustrated” that the White House “kept moving the goalposts on us” after infrastructure negotiations with the Biden administration fell apart Tuesday.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Cassidy is the new Capito
Discussion: Washington Post
Ezra Levin / Medium:
So What The Hell Do We Do Now? (Joe Manchin Edition)
Discussion: ABC News and Washington Post
Washington Post:
White House infrastructure talks with Capito collapse, leading to fingerpointing as Biden shifts strategy
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
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
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
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: CBS News and USA Today
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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.)
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Associated Press:
White House drops Trump orders trying to ban TikTok, WeChat  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has dropped Trump-era executive orders that attempted to ban the popular apps TikTok and WeChat and will conduct its own review aimed at identifying national security risks with software applications tied …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Breitbart
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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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
 
 
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Jon Brown / The Daily Wire:
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Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
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Op-Ed: How to stop hedge funds from wrecking local news
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Kyle Smith / National Review:
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 Earlier Items: 
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Netanyahu's Trump-style campaign to stop Israel's transfer of power
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
Not far from Tulsa, a quieter but consequential correction of the historical record
The Survey Center on American Life:
Losing a Friend over Politics
Discussion: Newsweek and HotAir
New York Times:
The Criminals Thought the Devices Were Secure. But the Seller Was the F.B.I.
Abigail Shrier / City Journal:
When the State Comes for Your Kids
Oliver Willis / The American Independent:
Greene says she knows COVID-19 is a ‘bioweapon’ because evolution doesn't exist
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
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