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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.
Discussion: HotAir and Truthout
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 …
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
Politico:
Manchin moves shake up Dem strategy for massive 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.  —  After writing an op-ed against the bill earlier this month …
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.
Discussion: HotAir, Truthout, Hackwhackers and HuffPost
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 …
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Media melee leaves journalists outside during Biden-Putin summit
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Fiona Hill reflects on ‘terrible spectacle’ of Trump-Putin summit ahead of Biden's meeting with Russian President
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
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 …
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Katie Benner / New York Times:
Justice Dept. ends a Trump policy that limited asylum for survivors of gang violence and domestic abuse.  —  Attorney General Merrick B. Garland on Wednesday reversed a Trump-era immigration ruling that made it all but impossible for people to seek asylum in the United States over credible fears …
Discussion: Fox News, WTOP and Daily Kos
ADF Media:
Scardina v. Masterpiece Cakeshop  —  Description: The same attorney who filed an unsuccessful complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission in 2017 commenced a lawsuit in state court over the same custom cake request the attorney made at that time.  The request was for a custom-designed cake …
Discussion: National Review
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Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
Colorado just won't leave baker Jack Phillips alone
Discussion: The Federalist
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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Wall Street Journal:
Judges Need Better Security, Watchdog Says  —  Justice Department inspector general says Marshals Service lacks capabilities, resources  —  WASHINGTON—The U.S. Marshals Service has neither the capabilities nor the resources to adequately protect federal judges at a time when threats …
Discussion: CNBC
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Luke Barr / ABC News:
US Marshals lack resources to keep judges safe: Inspector general report
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, New Republic and PoliticsPA
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Steve Benen / MSNBC:
GOP leader vows to make Joe Biden a ‘half-term president’
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
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
Drew Hinshaw / Wall Street Journal:
Hungary Bill to Restrict How Media Depicts Homosexuality, Transgender Rights  —  Legislation restricts content depicting individuals who are gay or who no longer identify with the gender they were assigned at birth  —  Hungary's parliament approved legislation on Tuesday banning broadcasters …
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RFE / Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
EU, U.S. React Sharply After Hungary Passes Bill Banning LGBT Content In Schools
Discussion: Reuters
Martin Austermuhle / DCist:
In A First, A Man At The D.C. Jail Just Won A Local Election  —  There's a new elected official in D.C. — and he lives inside the D.C. Jail.  —  Joel Caston won an unprecedented election on Tuesday for a seat on a Ward 7 Advisory Neighborhood Commission, besting four other candidates who are also incarcerated in the jail.
John McCormick / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Presidential Center Delay to Set Modern Record  —  Activists have slowed construction of $700 million campus that could see late-summer groundbreaking  —  CHICAGO—Former President Barack Obama, once a community organizer, has gotten a taste of community organizing himself as preservationists …
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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 …
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
How Democrats could win Alaska's Senate seat thanks to ranked-choice voting  —  Republicans need to keep all of their current Senate seats to have a shot at regaining control of the Senate in the 2022 midterms.  A conservative insurgency combined with a new ranked-choice voting system may put GOP control of Alaska in doubt.
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.
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 …
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 …
Wilson Wong / NBC News:
Royal Caribbean delays cruise ship after 8 crew members test positive for Covid … Royal Caribbean International is delaying the inaugural sailing of its Odyssey of the Seas cruise ship after eight crew members tested positive for Covid-19, officials said Tuesday.
 
 
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Max Greenwood / The Hill:
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Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Conservative group launches effort to create an ‘NRA for families’
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Title IX Protections Extend to Transgender Students, Education Dept. Says
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: Politico, RedState and Fox News
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Fox News trying to claim that Tom Hanks was ‘canceled’ is proof of its utter desperation