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Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
From the synagogue to the Senate: The busiest Democratic senator you've probably never heard of … Larry Rosen and Doug Emhoff bonded because of their powerful wives.  As two of the only men in the book club for spouses when their other halves served as senators, they became good friends.
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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 …
HuffPost:
Senate Progressives Warn Joe Biden That He Needs Their Votes, Too
Discussion: Politico and Common Dreams
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Joe Manchin and the enemies of democracy
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Democrats befuddled by Joe Manchin
Discussion: Deseret News, CNN, HotAir and Vanity Fair
CNN:
On transformative legislation Joe Manchin should step up
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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Thomas Wright / The Atlantic:
Joe Biden Worries That China Might Win
Washington Post:
Biden administration to buy 500 million Pfizer coronavirus vaccine doses to donate to the world  —  The Biden administration is buying 500 million doses of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine to donate to the world, as the United States dramatically increases its efforts to help vaccinate the global population …
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
Stephen Breyer's Apparent Retirement Plan Will Backfire  —  The New York Times reported last month that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, age 82, has been resisting calls for his retirement from fellow progressives.  The reason?  Breyer apparently worries that retiring in the face …
Discussion: New York Times
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Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
On Supreme Court steps, Dem senator calls right-leaning justices ‘servants’ of dark money interests
CNN:
Trump administration pursued CNN reporter's records in months-long secret court battle  —  Washington (CNN)The Trump administration battled with CNN for half a year to obtain the email records of a reporter and insisted it all take place under an extraordinary order of secrecy, CNN's lead attorney revealed on Wednesday.
Matt Egan / CNN:
Exclusive: US businesses warn crumbling infrastructure is hurting the economy  —  New York (CNN Business)As infrastructure negotiations between the White House and a GOP Senate group broke down this week, business executives are warning that aging infrastructure is holding America back.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Bipartisan Senate group rules out tax hikes on infrastructure
Discussion: CNN and The Western Journal
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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William Saletan / Slate:
Americans Are Dangerously Divided on the Insurrection
Discussion: Just Security and Daily Kos
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
State GOPs Can't Explain Millions In ‘Trump Victory’ Cash  —  “These joint fundraising practices amount to little more than legalized money laundering,” said Brendan Fischer, director of federal reform at the Campaign Legal Center.  —  Months after the Federal Election Commission notified …
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Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
‘Legalized money laundering’: Trump Victory fund exposes GOP state officials  —  Several state Republican parties are still unable to explain major gaps between their 2020 fundraising and spending reports, even after their committees have corrected the discrepancies.
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 …
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Colby Hall / Mediaite:
White House ‘Perplexed’ By Kamala Harris Performance on First Foreign Policy Trip: CNN  —  Unnamed White House “insiders” were left “perplexed” by the performance of Vice President Kamala Harris on her recent trip to Guatemala and Mexico to address the root causes of the immigration problems at the US Southern border.
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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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.
ABC News:
Police did not clear Lafayette Park area so Trump could hold ‘Bible’ photo op: Watchdog  —  The inspector general's findings shed new light on a major controversy.  —  U.S. Park Police did not clear Lafayette Park and the nearby area of protesters on June 1, 2020, so President Donald Trump …
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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Steven Lemongello / Orlando Sentinel:
Val Demings launches 2022 campaign for Senate against Marco Rubio
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.)
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 …
Evan Vucci / The Boston Globe:
The case for prosecuting Donald Trump  —  Saving American democracy for the long run requires a clear condemnation of the Trump presidency.  That means making clear that no one is above the law.  —  Norms in a democracy are only as good as our willingness to enforce them.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Intellectualist
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 …
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.
Medium:
An open letter on U.S. media coverage of Palestine  —  From journalists, to journalists: Why reporting on Palestine has to change.  —  Finding truth and holding the powerful to account are core principles of journalism.  —  Yet for decades, our news industry has abandoned those values in coverage of Israel and Palestine.
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.
Frances Langum / Crooks and Liars:
On What Planet Does Louie Gohmert Live?  —  Louie Gohmert asked, during a climate change hearing, if the Bureau of Land Management was influencing the orbit of the Earth or maybe the Moon or maybe something solar flares.  —  Views:  —  Either Louie Gohmert is the best performance artist on Planet Earth, or he's... Louie Gohmert.
Lee Brown / New York Post:
Oxford student who led ‘woke’ move to remove Queen's portrait is American … The Oxford university student who led a vote to remove Queen Elizabeth II's portrait — sparking outrage in the top tiers of UK government — is a wealthy American private school boy who is a Captain America fan, it emerged Wednesday.
Discussion: NPR, VICE, Breitbart and JONATHAN TURLEY
Gwynedd Stuart / Los Angeles Magazine:
The Curious Rise of Twitter Power Broker Yashar Ali  —  I'm extremely upset.  Yashar Ali delivers this news as he settles into a booth in the lobby of Santa Monica's Proper Hotel.  His eyes are red and puffy—he's clearly been crying—and his voice cracks with emotion when he speaks.
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 …
Discussion: CounterPunch
Lianne Kolirin / CNN:
LEGO gets nostalgic with 2,000-piece classic typewriter — complete with moving keys and carriage  —  Once found in virtually every office across the globe, the trusty typewriter is all but extinct.  —  But now LEGO has gone back in time, launching a 2,079-piece model of the gadget — complete with moving keys and carriage.
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 …
Discussion: National Review
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 …
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: TheBlaze, Forbes and The Hill
 
 
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Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
Judge appoints ex-judge to oversee Giuliani devices' review
Discussion: Slate and Political Wire
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
Story retracted  —  Editor's note (6/8/21): Earlier today, Media Matters published a story stating …
Discussion: The Hill
Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
Idaho candidate for governor endorsed by rightwing militia leader, video reveals
Dharna Noor / Gizmodo:
Lawyer Who Sued Treasury Department for Exxon Nominated to Be Agency's General Counsel
Hillman Foundation:
Ari Berman and Nick Surgey win June Sidney for Exposing Secret Right-Wing Playbook on Voter Suppression
Discussion: Common Dreams
Wilborn Nobles / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed files paperwork for mayoral election bid
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Warren Rojas / Insider:
The Senate Republicans' main fundraising tool for the 2022 elections is now largely devoted to exalting Trump
Edmund DeMarche / Fox News:
Case of mistaken identity during Harris press conference sets internet on fire
The Survey Center on American Life:
Losing a Friend over Politics
Discussion: Breitbart, Newsweek and HotAir