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11:35 PM ET, June 16, 2021


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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.
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
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Biden wiped the smirk off Putin's face  —  Seasoning and sobriety are underappreciated virtues in politics.  Voters normally opt for novelty and excitement when choosing a president.  The result is that we usually wind up with foreign policy neophytes in the Oval Office.
USA Today:
Joe Biden, the U.S. president who in Geneva didn't shame America like Trump in Helsinki
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Media melee leaves journalists outside during Biden-Putin summit
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Democrats turn up the heat on DOJ for burying a key Trump document
Discussion: Political Flare and Raw Story
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump has become a cancerous tumor that neither party is willing to excise
Discussion: Truthout, Hackwhackers, HotAir and Politico
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
Still a summit secret: What happened in Helsinki between Putin and Trump?
NBC News:
House passes bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday … The House on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of making Juneteenth a national federal holiday with a 415-14 tally, and Democrats are hopeful President Joe Biden will sign the measure into law by Saturday.
U.S. Representative Matt Rosendale:
Rep. Rosendale Statement on Juneteenth Vote  —  Washington, D.C. — Rep. Rosendale issued the following statement opposing a bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday:  —  “Let's call an ace an ace.  This is an effort by the Left to create a day out of whole cloth to celebrate identity politics …
Andrew Solender / Forbes:
House Overwhelmingly Approves Senate Bill Making Juneteenth A Federal Holiday
Discussion: Insider, The Hill, BuzzFeed News and Newsy
Marty Johnson / The Hill:
House approves Juneteenth holiday, sends bill to Biden's desk
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 …
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
Colorado just won't leave baker Jack Phillips alone
Discussion: The Federalist
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
11 GOP senators back bipartisan infrastructure plan, boosting its chances of moving forward  — Eleven Republican senators now support a bipartisan infrastructure framework, which would give a bill enough votes to pass the Senate if all Democrats get on board.
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:   White House tries to privately calm Democratic fears on infrastructure deal
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 …
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 …
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
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
Jackson Richman / Washington Examiner:
Marjorie Taylor Greene's insincere apology  —  On Monday, Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene apologized for comparing former mask mandates to the Holocaust.  —  “The Holocaust is — there's nothing comparable to it,” said the Georgia Republican following a visit to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Monday.
Myah Ward / Politico:   Congressional Black Caucus backs Ilhan Omar
John McWhorter / It Bears Mentioning:
YOU ARE NOT A RACIST TO CRITICIZE CRITICAL RACE THEORY.  —  Dismiss those pretending that if you don't like what's happening in our schools, you're a jingoistic moron who doesn't want kids to learn about racism.  —  7 hr ago  —  Since a year ago, CRT-infused members of The Elect …
Michael Lee / Washington Examiner:
Majority has an unfavorable view of critical race theory: Poll
Discussion: New York Times, The Hill and RedState
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 …
Associated Press:
Aide says former Homeland Security head Tom Ridge had stroke  —  HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge suffered a stroke Wednesday at his home in suburban Washington, D.C., a longtime aide to the former Pennsylvania governor said.
Discussion: The Hill and Fox News
Washington Post:
GOP congressman refuses to shake hands with D.C. police officer who protected the Capitol on Jan. 6  —  Rep. Andrew S. Clyde (R-Ga.), who voted against awarding police officers the Congressional Gold Medal for their bravery in protecting the U.S. Capitol against violent, pro-Trump rioters on Jan. 6 …
American College Student Freedom, Progress and Flourishing Survey  —  The American College Student Freedom, Progress and Flourishing Survey is an annual survey conducted by the Sheila and Robert Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth.  The survey assesses student perceptions …
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 …
Denise G. Fairchild / The Hill:
To truly build back better, we need a Justice 100 solution  —  The Biden administration has ushered in a new progressive era.  Its “build back better” playbook of policies and initiatives address the serious challenges of our generation: climate change, economic recovery, racial justice and a safety net for struggling families.
Discussion: The National Interest
Los Angeles Times:
Jean Guerrero to join The Times as an Op-Ed columnist  —  The following announcement was sent on behalf of Editorial Page Editor Sewell Chan and Op-Ed Editor Terry Tang:  —  We're delighted to announce that Jean Guerrero, an award-winning journalist, essayist and author, is joining the Los Angeles Times as an opinion columnist.
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.
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Biden administration cancels Trump limits on asylum eligibility  —  Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday rolled back a pair of Trump administration legal decisions that had narrowed access to the U.S. asylum system, where caseloads have ballooned in recent years from soaring numbers of claims.
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The White House:
Remarks by President Biden Before Air Force One Departure
Discussion: Townhall and Balloon Juice
Roger Severino / National Review:
Breaking: EEOC Chairwoman Unilaterally Issues Gender Guidelines
Discussion: Breitbart and Power Line
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
Inside Tom Cotton's Insane World Of DNA Theft, Olympic Athletes, And Anti-China Conspiracies
Warren P. Strobel / Wall Street Journal:
CIA Names David Marlowe to Run Espionage Operations
Rachel M. Cohen / The Intercept:
School Privatization Lobby Places Fake News on Local Stations
Aruna Viswanatha / Wall Street Journal:
Trial of Scientist Accused of Hiding China Work Ends in Hung Jury
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Katie Robertson / New York Times:
New Yorker Union Reaches Deal With Condé Nast After Threatening to Strike
Martin Austermuhle / DCist:
In A First, A Man At The D.C. Jail Just Won A Local Election
Wilson Wong / NBC News:
Royal Caribbean delays cruise ship after 8 crew members test positive for Covid
John McCormick / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Presidential Center Delay to Set Modern Record
Discussion: The Hill
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson's wild, baseless theory blaming the FBI for organizing the Jan. 6 Capitol riot
Lelac Almagor / New York Times:
Why Remote Learning Is a Failure
Discussion: HotAir and Twitchy
Vicky Prodeline / Monmouth University Polling …:
Biden Spending Plans Remain Popular