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2:40 PM ET, June 10, 2021

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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 …
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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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
Discussion: Raw Story and RedState
Jordain Carney / The Hill:   McConnell doesn't expect Manchin to flip parties
Perry Bacon / Washington Post:
Were Biden's bold first 100 days a mirage?
Discussion: The National Interest and Politico
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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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: Mediaite, NBC News and Raw Story
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: Crooks and Liars and 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: CNBC, RedState, Townhall and Political Wire
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Gwynn Guilford / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Inflation Is Highest in 13 Years as Prices Surge 5%  —  The rapid rise in consumer prices in May reflected a surge in demand and shortages of labor and materials  —  The U.S. economy's rebound from the pandemic is driving the biggest surge in inflation in nearly 13 years, with consumer prices rising in May by 5% from a year ago.
Washington Post:
The media called the ‘lab leak’ story a ‘conspiracy theory.’ Now it's prompted corrections — and serious new reporting.  —  Early last year, New York Times science writer Donald G. McNeil Jr. reported on a controversial theory about the coronavirus that had begun to sweep around the planet …
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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
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
Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
These businesses found a way around the worker shortage: Raising wages to $15 an hour or more  —  The owners of Klavon's Ice Cream Parlor had hit a wall.  —  For months, the 98-year-old confectionary in Pittsburgh couldn't find applicants for the open positions it needed to fill ahead of warmer weather and …
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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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.
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Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
“False equivalencies give cover to terrorist groups”: House Dems rip Omar for remarks on Israel, US, Hamas
Benjamin Wittes / Lawfare:
On the Sliming of Susan Hennessey  —  I have made a point of staying quiet as the Trumpist right has gone after Lawfare's former executive editor, Susan Hennessey, following her appointment to a position in the Justice Department's National Security Division.
New York Times:
As U.S. Withdraws, Afghan Interpreters Fear Being Left Behind  —  A program to bring people employed by the American military to the United States is backlogged, with thousands of applicants denied.  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — It was an offhand comment, blurted out in frustration.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The lingering questions about the clearing of Lafayette Square  —  The most important question asked about the clearing of Lafayette Square on June 1 of last year came that day from then-Attorney General William P. Barr.  —  Barr had come out of the White House shortly after President Donald Trump's staff …
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
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: Forbes and Wall Street Journal
USA Today:
Trump State Department appointee Federico Klein offered plea deal in Capitol riot case  —  Kristine Phillips Kevin JohnsonUSA TODAY  —  WASHINGTON - Plea negotiations are underway in the case of Federico Klein, a former Trump State Department appointee who's accused of charging a police line during the deadly Capitol assault Jan. 6.
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
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 …
Discussion: The Keyword and The Verge
Gabby Orr / CNN:
Pence eyes his political future as he tries to make peace with Trump  —  (CNN)Six months after their relationship deteriorated in the midst of an insurrection at the US Capitol, Donald Trump and Mike Pence appear to be on the mend.  —  As Pence drops hints about his White House ambitions …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Lifts Sanctions on More Than Dozen Former Iranian Officials, Energy Firms  —  Action comes amid stalled nuclear negotiations  —  The Biden administration on Thursday lifted sanctions on more than a dozen former Iranian officials and energy firms, an action that comes amid stalled nuclear negotiations …
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
American Greatness:
This Isn't Your Father's Left-Wing Revolution  —  Today's revolutionaries aren't fighting “the Man”—they are “the Man.”  —  Starry-eyed radicals in the 1960s and 1970s dreamed that they either were going to take over America or destroy it.  —  One of their favorite psychodramatic mottos was …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
McGahn Affirmed That Trump Tried to Oust Mueller, Transcript Shows  —  The former White House counsel testified behind closed doors last week about the former president's attempts to interfere with the Russia investigation.  —  WASHINGTON — Donald F. McGahn II, who served as White House counsel …
Newlines Magazine:
New Evidence Links a Far-Right French NGO to War Crimes in Syria  —  SOS Chrétiens d'Orient billed itself as a protector of embattled Christians in Syria and partnered with the French Defense Ministry.  New evidence shows it was secretly financing a sanctioned pro-Assad militia guilty of killing and torturing Syrians
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: The Daily Caller and NBC News
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 …
 
 
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The Daily Beast:
The Far-Right Paramilitary Wannabes Feeding Mike Flynn's Conspiracy Machine
Discussion: Raw Story
Mary Margaret Olohan / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: DeSantis: Media Elevates ‘Wrong’ Liberal Heroes To Sainthood
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ and RedState
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 …
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
Kyle Reynolds / Washington Examiner:
Universities prioritize their racial politics over academics
Discussion: The US Sun
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Frank Figliuzzi / MSNBC:
How the FBI's most wanted Capitol rioters are being hunted online
Alice Yan / South China Morning Post:
Beijing bus stunned by shrieking woman demanding a seat saying she's royalty
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Biden's plans would give families a surprisingly big lift. New data shows how.
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Biden Should Offer the Vaccine to Iran
Discussion: Associated Press
Politico:
Eric Adams wants to be mayor of New York — and swears he doesn't live in New Jersey
Discussion: New York Post
Ben Dreyfuss / Good Faith:
The world is not filled with monsters. It's filled with normal, flawed human beings.