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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: Fox 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
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
Lowkell / Blue Virginia:   Virginia Primary Day 2021 Results: Live Blog
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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Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Florida Rep. Val Demings officially enters Senate race against Rubio
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:
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: Washington Post
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Washington Post:
White House infrastructure talks with Capito collapse, leading to fingerpointing as Biden shifts strategy
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 …
Discussion: NPR, CNN and The Indianapolis Star
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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 …
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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NBC News:
Biden's infrastructure talks with GOP collapse amid irreconcilable differences
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.
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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spectatorworld.com:   No one will care about the Hunter Biden N-word scandal
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
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: The Daily Beast
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Republicans Are Turning America Into a ‘Democracy With Asterisks’  —  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 …
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
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
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 …
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.
 
 
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Tom LoBianco / Insider:
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Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
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