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Pew Research Center:
America's Image Abroad Rebounds With Transition From Trump to Biden  —  But many raise concerns about health of U.S. political system  —  This analysis focuses on public opinion of the United States in 16 advanced economies in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Kyrsten Sinema gets her make-or-break moment with Republicans  —  Throughout Joe Biden's weeks of infrastructure talks with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito about infrastructure, he was also hearing from another bipartisan broker holding her own quiet talks with Republicans: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema.
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Hayes Brown / MSNBC:
Biden's American Jobs Plan can't afford to get any smaller  —  It's been a little over two months since President Joe Biden unveiled his American Jobs Plan.  It was a $2.25 trillion proposal to shore up America's crumbling infrastructure while investing in critical areas like affordable housing and upgrading child care facilities.
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
The Democratic Senators Hiding Behind Joe Manchin  —  Manchin has long been a “heat shield” for fellow moderates on the thorniest topics, including the filibuster.  He still is, but cracks are beginning to show. … It was March 5, right before the Senate's doomed vote to raise the minimum wage to $15 …
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Sharon Zhang / Truthout:
AOC Blasts Manchin for Dark Money Ties, Suggests He's “Intertwined” With Kochs  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) on Tuesday questioned whether Sen. Joe Manchin's (D-West Virginia) stated reasons for opposing voting rights legislation and filibuster abolition are as straightforward as he claims they are.
Discussion: Raw Story, RedState and Washington Post
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell doesn't expect Manchin to flip parties  —  Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Thursday he has no expectation that Sen. Joe Manchin will switch parties, even as the West Virginia Democrat faces fierce backlash from progressives.  —  “Well Senator Manchin has pointed out over and over again.
Perry Bacon / Washington Post:
Were Biden's bold first 100 days a mirage?
Discussion: The National Interest and Politico
Felix Salmon / Axios:
Half of the pandemic's unemployment money may have been stolen  —  Criminals may have stolen as much as half of the unemployment benefits the U.S. has been pumping out over the past year, some experts say.  —  Why it matters: Unemployment fraud during the pandemic could easily reach $400 billion …
email.punchbowl.news:
THE TOP  —  News: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is expected to file cloture Thursday on Lina Khan to be an FTC commissioner.  Khan is a noted critic of Big Tech, which has won her support on both the left and right.  Schumer's move will set up a vote on Khan's confirmation next week.
Discussion: TheBlaze
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Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
“False equivalencies give cover to terrorist groups”: House Dems rip Omar for remarks on Israel, US, Hamas
Joshua Green / Bloomberg:
Election Denial and $16 Spritzers: Welcome to Florida's Trump Coast  —  Since he left Washington in turmoil in January, Donald Trump has spent the bulk of his brief, contentious post-presidency holed up in what Karl Rove calls his “Fortress of Solitude”—Mar‑a‑ Lago, his private club in Palm Beach.
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
Kadia Goba / BuzzFeed News:
The Congressional Black Caucus Is Blocking A Black Republican From Joining The Group  —  The Congressional Black Caucus is blocking membership to Rep. Byron Donalds, a Republican from Florida who has tried to join the organization, a source familiar with the CBC's plans told BuzzFeed News.
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Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:   GOP Rep. Byron Donalds calls CBC silence on membership delay ‘off-putting’
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
Don't Cry for H.R. 1  —  Amend the Electoral Count Act instead.  —  When Sen. Joe Manchin announced that he would oppose the For the People Act, Steve Benen of MSNBC spoke for many Democrats when he declared that “Joe Manchin is prepared to be remembered by history as the senator who did little …
Discussion: Morning Shots
Jennifer Oldham / Politico:
Where Voters Are Losing Patience With Lauren Boebert  —  Charles Perko gestured past a vine-covered chain link fence toward a hulking steel facility with massive mills and squat brick office buildings.  The 140-year-old complex had forged the iron that built the West, and once was Colorado's largest employer, with some 10,000 workers.
Discussion: Raw Story
Rachel Siegel / Washington Post:
Prices jumped 5 percent in May, continuing inflationary climb.  Policymakers say it's temporary.  —  The most recent inflation figures are unlikely to rattle the Biden administration or Federal Reserve  —  Prices were up by 5 percent in May compared with a year ago, the largest increase since …
Discussion: RedState and Political Wire
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Patrick Maguire / The Times:
G7 summit 2021: Joe Biden accuses Boris Johnson of ‘inflaming’ Irish tensions … President Biden ordered US officials to issue Boris Johnson with an extraordinary diplomatic rebuke for imperilling the Northern Ireland peace process over Brexit, The Times can reveal.
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Patrick Wintour / The Guardian:
Biden arrives with demand that UK settle Brexit row over Northern Ireland
Discussion: IrishCentral and Eschaton
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Only in our anti-truth hellscape could Anthony Fauci become a supervillain  —  Right-wing commentators are pretending that thousands of newly released emails from Anthony S. Fauci represent some kind of smoking gun against the government's top infectious-disease expert, whom they have recently decided to try to destroy.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Forbes
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Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
Dr. Fauci Absolutely Unleashes on His Critics: When You Attack ‘Dr. Anthony Fauci, You Are Attacking Science’
Discussion: Townhall and POLITICUSUSA
Michael Starr Hopkins / The Hill:
The GOP's strategy is galvanizing Democrats ahead of 2022  —  Less than a year after a brutal election that only further divided an already fractured nation, members of both sides of the aisle have begun to turn their attention to the upcoming 2022 midterm elections.
Discussion: Associated Press
Michael Siegel / Ordinary Times:
The Final Stages of the Con: Donald Trump, Stolen Elections, and Delusion  —  In 1986, televangelist Peter Popoff was at the top of his game.  Popoff had a wildly successful ministry which centered around faith healing.  Walking amidst a vast audience, he would approach apparent strangers.
Discussion: Alternet.org
Miami Herald:
The city that's home to Trump's South Florida resort just voted to ban casinos  —  Count Doral among the latest Miami-Dade cities to erect defenses against casino politics as the prospect of gambling — and a Trump-branded casino — creeps closer.  —  The Doral city council on Wednesday voted 4 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Stephen Fowler / Georgia Public Broadcasting:
Georgia 2020 Election Deniers Setting Sights On Higher Office  — Stephen Fowler and - David Armstrong  —  Rep. Jody Hice (R-Greenesboro), one of the leading proponents of misinformation about the 2020 election, is running for Secretary of State of Georgia Brad Raffensperger's seat.
Politico:
Eric Adams wants to be mayor of New York — and swears he doesn't live in New Jersey  —  NEW YORK — Mayoral frontrunner Eric Adams spent Wednesday morning trying to put to bed questions about where he sleeps with a tour of his cluttered basement apartment in Brooklyn and an emotional explanation for his insistence on personal privacy.
Discussion: New York Post
Kyle Reynolds / Washington Examiner:
Universities prioritize their racial politics over academics  —  In recent years, universities have begun to prioritize promulgating their highly progressive racial politics over instilling students with the appropriate academic knowledge.  Colleges, particularly elite colleges …
Discussion: The US Sun
New York Times:
WAKES  —  UP  —  During the pandemic, one of New York City's greatest qualities — its delirious density — became a liability.  New Yorkers had to adjust to a strange new reality, in which avoiding one another was the safe and responsible choice.  But last month, with the vaccination rate soaring …
New York Times:
Google Seeks to Break Vicious Cycle of Online Slander  —  In response to Times articles, the search giant is changing its algorithm, part of a major shift in how Google polices harmful content.  —  For many years, the vicious cycle has spun: Websites solicit lurid, unverified complaints …
Ben Dreyfuss / Good Faith:
The world is not filled with monsters.  It's filled with normal, flawed human beings.  —  Don't be the person who demands to know who has and hasn't suffered.  —  7 hr ago  —  A few years ago I was at a party and people began to talk about whether it was OK for people in other countries …
Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Katie Hill fights to make revenge porn a federal crime and ponders another run for office  —  Katie Hill has faced deep lows since resigning from Congress after nude images of her were disseminated around the globe without her consent.  She feared for her physical safety during her divorce …
Discussion: Fox News
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Val Demings: ‘Marco Rubio is afraid of a tough fight.  I am not.’  —  Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.), one of the House managers during the first impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, made it official on Wednesday.  She's going after the Senate seat now held by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).
Harriet Alexander / Daily Mail:
Biden is to blame: Guatemala's president says border crisis was sparked by president's family reunification vow and reveals he told Kamala to impose tougher sentences on people smugglers to stop flood from South America  — Alejandro Giammattei spoke to Fox News for an interview aired on Wednesday
Mark Schoofs / New York Times:
She Exposed the Truth About ‘Dirty Money.’ Why Was She Sentenced to Prison?  —  Mr. Schoofs is the editor in chief of BuzzFeed News and a visiting professor at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.  —  Last Thursday, President Biden vowed …
Jenny Gross / New York Times:
Yes, Your Employer Can Require You to Be Vaccinated  —  Companies can require workers entering the workplace to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to recent U.S. government guidance.  —  As many Americans prepare to head back to the office, companies are hammering out policies …
Discussion: NBC News and The Daily Caller
Alice Yan / South China Morning Post:
Beijing bus stunned by shrieking woman demanding a seat saying she's royalty  —  The woman quickly became enraged and began shrieking at other passengers, labelling them as ‘beggars’ and ‘uncivilised’ After a video of the incident appeared on social media police detained the woman She came …
Frank Figliuzzi / MSNBC:
How the FBI's most wanted Capitol rioters are being hunted online  —  After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a New York advertising executive conceived of a slogan that was eventually adopted by the newly formed Department of Homeland Security: “See something, say something.”
Discussion: Raw Story and HuffPost
 
 
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Haaretz:
Pompeo Says Sale of F-35 Jets Was ‘Critical’ for Israel-UAE Peace Deal
Discussion: The Times of Israel
Grace Dean / Insider:
Trump's PAC, Save America, is opting supporters into extra ‘surprise’ donations for his birthday
Discussion: The Independent and Raw Story
Michael Farris / National Review:
The Coming Backlash against Woke Public Schools
Discussion: Fox News and Townhall
Bloomberg:
G-7 Eyes Ambitious Shift to Electric Cars and Away From Oil
Matthew Foldi / Washington Free Beacon:
Liberal Group Funded by Swiss Billionaire Spends Big to Attack ‘Billionaires Buying Our Elections’
Discussion: The Hill and Instapundit
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
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Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Mueller prosecutor says Manhattan DA may have ‘insider’ in Trump criminal case
Discussion: ABC News
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Biden Should Offer the Vaccine to Iran
Discussion: Associated Press
The Economist:
The West is passing up the opportunity of the century
Ivan Penn / New York Times:
A U.S. solar company will build a new factory in Ohio, giving Biden a boost.
Washington Post:
Democratic establishment tightens its hold on the party as far-left candidates fall short
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Judge Finds Proud Boy's Pleas to Get Out of Jail ‘Without Merit,’ Highlighting Vulgar Threats He Made Against People Who ‘Ratted’ Him Out
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story