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The Intercept:
Leaked Audio of Sen. Joe Manchin Call With Billionaire Donors Provides Rare Glimpse of Dealmaking on Filibuster and January 6 Commission … West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, in a private call on Monday with a group of major donors, provided a revealing look at his political approach to the most thorny issues confronting lawmakers.
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NBC News:
Manchin proposes compromise on voting bills  —  Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., opened the door to a compromise on voting legislation Wednesday with a memo outlining provisions of federal voting and campaign finance legislation that he would support.  —  Manchin has emerged as a key figure …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Manchin outlines demands on voting legislation, creating an opening for potential Democratic compromise  —  Sen. Joe Manchin III, the sole Senate Democrat who is not sponsoring a sweeping voting rights and campaign finance bill, has outlined for the first time a list of policy demands …
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Daily Kos
Politico:
Manchin privately strategizes with GOP on his party's stalled elections bill  —  As progressives hammer Sen. Joe Manchin for opposing Democrats' signature ethics and election reform bill, the West Virginian is busy working behind the scenes.  —  Manchin organized a Zoom meeting on Monday …
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
Democrats Should Leap at the Chance to Take Joe Manchin's Deal  —  Sen. Joe Manchin, who thus far has opposed Democrats' big election reform bill, has finally made his counteroffer.  On Wednesday, the West Virginian proposed a series of changes to the “For the People Act” that could win his vote.
Houston Keene / Fox News:   Republican senators to blast S1 as ‘Fund the Politicians Act’ on floor
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
Still a summit secret: What happened in Helsinki between Putin and Trump?  —  Democrats say they are no longer pursuing records of the private meeting.  —  Ahead of President Joe Biden's meeting Wednesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, congressional Democrats said they are no longer seeking records …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump has become a cancerous tumor that neither party is willing to excise  —  As extraordinary new revelations of Donald Trump's corruption continue to pour forth, an intriguing tension has developed around the former president's role in Republican politics.
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Fiona Hill reflects on ‘terrible spectacle’ of Trump-Putin summit ahead of Biden's meeting with Russian President  —  (CNN)Fiona Hill, once then-President Donald Trump's top Russia adviser, said Tuesday evening that she was so alarmed during Trump's 2018 press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin …
Bruce Golding / New York Post:
Biden appears to have ‘cheat sheet’ at summit meeting with Putin  —  President Biden appeared to be holding another of his “cheat sheets” at his high-stakes summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Switzerland on Wednesday.  —  Biden seemed to be hiding the notes from Putin …
Emily Jacobs / New York Post:
Russia provokes US in largest military exercises since Cold War before Biden-Putin meeting
Discussion: Fox News, HotAir and Politico
Reuters:
“Pragmatic” Biden-Putin summit agrees to resume arms talks, return envoys
CNBC:
Biden and Putin agree to resume nuclear talks, return ambassadors to posts
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, Forceful on Jan. 6, Privately Are in Turmoil  —  The far-right groups face a cash squeeze, internal discord, social-media cutoff and isolation from the financial system  —  The far-right group the Oath Keepers is splintering after board members accused the founder …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson's wild, baseless theory blaming the FBI for organizing the Jan. 6 Capitol riot  —  It's been more than five months since President Donald Trump's supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, and those seeking to deflect blame still can't figure out exactly how to do so.
Sarasota Herald-Tribune:
Florida emerges as a cradle of the insurrection as Jan. 6 Capitol riot arrests keep piling up
Discussion: Florida Politics and Joe.My.God.
Washington Post:
‘Pure insanity’: How Trump and his allies pressured the Justice Department to help overturn the election  —  New documents and emails reveal how far the president and his supporters were willing to go to try to keep Donald Trump in office in a frenzied three-week stretch that tested Justice Department leaders.
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Michael Lee / Washington Examiner:
Majority has an unfavorable view of critical race theory: Poll  —  A new poll reveals that the majority of people in the United States have an unfavorable view of critical race theory.  —  A majority, at 58%, expressed an unfavorable view of critical race theory, while 38% expressed a favorable view …
Discussion: New York Times, RedState and The Hill
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New York Times:
Justice Dept. Ends Criminal Inquiry, Lawsuit on John Bolton's Book  —  President Donald J. Trump had pressured the department to use its legal powers to stop his former national security adviser from publishing embarrassing details about him.  —  The Justice Department has closed …
USA Today:
Transgender students protected at school by Title IX, Department of Education says  —  Erin Richards Lindsay SchnellUSA TODAY  —  The rights of transgender and gay students are protected at school by Title IX, President Joe Biden's administration said Wednesday, reversing Trump-era guidance …
Discussion: Associated Press and Breitbart
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Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Title IX Protections Extend to Transgender Students, Education Dept. Says
IT IS OBSCENE:
IT IS OBSCENE: A TRUE REFLECTION IN THREE PARTS  —  When you are a public figure, people will write and say false things about you.  It comes with the territory.  Many of those things you brush aside.  Many you ignore.  The people close to you advise you that silence is best.  And it often is.
Discussion: HotAir and Eduwonk
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Republicans move to block inquiry into Trump DoJ's secret data seizure  —  Democrats are pushing for investigations into Trump's justice department for data seizures from Eric Swalwell and Adam Schiff  —  Top Republicans are moving to block a Senate inquiry into the Trump justice department's secret seizure …
Discussion: Politico, PoliticsPA and New Republic
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Steve Benen / MSNBC:
GOP leader vows to make Joe Biden a ‘half-term president’
Julian Mark / Washington Post:
Paul Gosar demands name of Capitol officer who killed rioter Ashli Babbitt, saying she was ‘executed’  —  In a hearing on Tuesday, Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-Ariz.) abruptly turned his questions for FBI Director Christopher A. Wray toward the Capitol Police officer who fatally shot Ashli Babbitt …
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Lelac Almagor / New York Times:
Why Remote Learning Is a Failure  —  Ms. Almagor teaches fourth grade at a public charter school in Washington, D.C.  —  Our prepandemic public school system was imperfect, surely, clumsy and test-crazed and plagued with inequities.  But it was also a little miraculous …
Discussion: HotAir and Twitchy
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
The Forever-Trump Movement Has Won  —  The 45th president lost an election and incited a failed insurrection, but his grip on the GOP is absolute.  What's next for a party at war with democracy — and the future?  —  The heretics left the champagne and orange juice untouched, but the conversation flowed freely all the same.
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
ProPublica:
Leading Manhattan DA Candidate Has Repeatedly Paid Virtually No Federal Income Taxes  —  Tali Farhadian Weinstein, who donated $8 million to her own campaign, and her hedge fund manager husband paid nothing (or almost nothing) to the IRS four times in six years.  —  The Secret IRS Files
Vicky Prodeline / Monmouth University Polling …:
Biden Spending Plans Remain Popular  —  But presidential job rating takes a dip  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Joe Biden's job rating has taken a dip as progress on his spending plans has stalled.  The latest Monmouth ("Mon-muth") University Poll finds a majority of the American public continues …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The folly of bullying Joe Manchin  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  President JOE BIDEN is scheduled to meet Russian President VLADIMIR PUTIN for some five hours of talks in Geneva starting at 7:10 a.m. Eastern time.  It's their first meeting in a decade.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Fox News trying to claim that Tom Hanks was ‘canceled’ is proof of its utter desperation  —  You may have a hard time understanding how Dr. Seuss, Mr. Potato Head and Tom Hanks are connected, but that probably just means you haven't been watching nearly enough Fox News recently
Josh Boswell / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: ‘No yellow!’  Hunter Biden used slur to refer to Asians in 2019 texts with his cousin Caroline who asked if he preferred ‘foreign or domestic’ women - as he's already been blasted as racist for using the n-word  — Hunter Biden referred to Asians with the offensive term 'yellow …
Paul Gattis / al.com:
Mo Brooks gets arrest warrant for man who served lawsuit on his wife  —  U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks said Wednesday his wife has sworn out an arrest warrant for the man who served a lawsuit at their Huntsville home on June 6.  —  The Brooks have said they would seek the warrant for misdemeanor criminal trespassing …
Associated Press:
For years US Army hid, downplayed extent of firearms loss  —  The U.S. Army has hidden or downplayed the extent to which its firearms disappear, significantly understating losses and thefts even as some weapons are used in street crimes.  —  The Army's pattern of secrecy and suppression dates …
 
 
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Christian Datoc / Washington Examiner:
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 Earlier Items: 
Amber Athey / spectatorworld.com:
White House digs deeper on border crisis
Discussion: The Federalist
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Conservative group launches effort to create an ‘NRA for families’
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Kelly Jones / abc10.com:
No, there isn't going to be a ‘second inauguration’ for Donald Trump this summer and you can't buy tickets
Discussion: HuffPost and The Dispatch
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Stable U.S. Moral Ratings Obscure Big Partisan Shifts
Washington Examiner:
Joe Biden's deserved, humiliating loss at the Supreme Court
Discussion: RedState and Fox News