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7:20 PM ET, June 16, 2021


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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.
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
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 …
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Media melee leaves journalists outside during Biden-Putin summit  —  GENEVA, Switzerland — A scuffle broke out among U.S. and Russian journalists outside the much-anticipated meeting between President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday, leading the media to be largely shut out of the summit.
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 Politico
Aamer Madhani / Associated Press:
Face to face: Biden, Putin ready for long-anticipated summit
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Fiona Hill reflects on ‘terrible spectacle’ of Trump-Putin summit ahead of Biden's meeting with Russian President
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 …
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: The Hill and National Review
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
Colorado just won't leave baker Jack Phillips alone
Discussion: The Federalist
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Republicans move to block inquiry into Trump DoJ's secret data seizure
Discussion: Politico, New Republic and PoliticsPA
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
GOP leader vows to make Joe Biden a ‘half-term president’
Michelle Liu / Associated Press:
2 South Carolina executions halted until firing squad formed  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked the planned executions of two inmates by electrocution, saying they cannot be put to death until they truly have the choice of the firing squad option set …
Discussion: The Hill, and WTOP
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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
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
New York Times:
Victoria's Secret Swaps Angels for ‘What Women Want.’ Will They Buy It?  —  The embattled lingerie giant is attempting the most extreme brand turnaround in recent memory: an effort not just to redefine itself but also the very idea of what “sexy” is.  —  The Victoria's Secret Angels …
Discussion: Page Six, Twitchy and The Daily Caller
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
The White House:
U.S.-Russia Presidential Joint Statement on Strategic Stability  —  We, President of the United States of America Joseph R. Biden and President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, note the United States and Russia have demonstrated that, even in periods of tension …
Aruna Viswanatha / Wall Street Journal:
Trial of Scientist Accused of Hiding China Work Ends in Hung Jury  —  The result points to challenges in a federal government effort to police scientific collaboration with China  —  A federal judge ordered a mistrial Wednesday after a jury deadlocked over whether a former University …
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
New Yorker Union Reaches Deal With Condé Nast After Threatening to Strike  —  Condé Nast, the venerable magazine's parent company, agreed to a minimum salary of $60,000 by April 2023, the union said.  The deal also covers workers at the digital publications Ars Technica and Pitchfork.
Discussion: CNN, more at Mediagazer »
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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Jeff Jacoby Globe / The Boston Globe:
Biden stays out of our face.  Isn't it great?  —  For the first time in decades, America has a president who avoids the limelight.  —  During his first overseas trip as chief executive, President Biden met with foreign leaders at the G-7 gathering in Cornwall, paid a visit to Queen Elizabeth …
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Title IX Protections Extend to Transgender Students, Education Dept. Says  —  Using a Supreme Court ruling as its guide, the department will issue guidance that says discrimination against gay and transgender students is prohibited under the 1972 law.  —  WASHINGTON — A year …
ED News:
Department of Education Announces Approval of New Categories of Borrower Defense Claims Totaling $500 Million in Loan Relief to 18,000 Borrowers  —  Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576,  —  The U.S. Department of Education (Department) announced today the approval …
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Wall Street Journal:
Judges Need Better Security, Watchdog Says
Discussion: CNBC
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Former Rep. Matt Salmon launches gubernatorial bid in Arizona
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Michael Lee / Washington Examiner:
Majority has an unfavorable view of critical race theory: Poll
Christian Datoc / Washington Examiner:
'We're not old friends': Biden says his relationship with China's Xi is ‘pure business’
Discussion: Fox News and The Daily Caller
Roland Betancourt / Washington Post:
Anti-Blackness and transphobia are older than we thought
Mario H. Lopez / The Hill:
Catchy slogans can't improve the harmful effects at the heart of the PRO Act
Discussion: Reason and Vox
James Wigderson / RightWisconsin:
Waukesha GOP to Promote Lindell Stolen Election Conspiracy Sequel
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Danielle Ong / International Business Times:
Woman Who Hunter Biden Fathered Child With Was Sasha Obama's ‘Basketball Mentor’: Report
Discussion: The Western Journal
Hayden Field / Morning Brew:
How Airbnb failed its own anti-discrimination team—and let racial disparities slip through the cracks
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Stable U.S. Moral Ratings Obscure Big Partisan Shifts