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3:35 AM ET, June 18, 2021

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Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP crushes Manchin's hopes for elections compromise  —  Senate Republicans spent months praising Joe Manchin for his insistence on cross-party compromise.  Next week they will almost surely end his hopes for a bipartisan deal on elections.  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Joe Manchin reaches out to Republicans, and they slap him in the face  —  On Thursday morning, leading voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams dropped a big piece of news: She told CNN she supports Sen. Joe Manchin III's (D-W.Va.) compromise bill to protect democracy.  —  Republicans were thrilled.
NBC News:
Stacey Abrams backs Manchin's voting rights compromise as Senate eyes vote  —  Voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams threw her support behind Sen. Joe Manchin's voting legislation compromise — including the component requiring a form of voter identification — handing the West Virginia Democrat …
Bloomberg:
Schumer Set to Challenge GOP With Vote to Advance Election Bill
Discussion: Newsy and Political Wire
Axios:
Health care ruling saves Republicans from themselves  —  The Supreme Court saved the health care system from imploding Thursday by dismissing a Republican challenge to the Affordable Care Act.  But it also saved the GOP itself from another round of intraparty chaos.
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Washington Post:
Biden signs bill making Juneteenth a national holiday; federal workers to get Friday off
CNBC:
Obamacare survives after Supreme Court rejects latest Republican challenge
Erwin Chemerinsky / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: Giving people a license to discriminate because of their religious beliefs  —  Under long-standing constitutional law, religious beliefs do not provide an exemption from civil rights laws and cannot be used as an excuse for discrimination.  —  Yet the Supreme Court on Thursday …
Discussion: Associated Press
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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
‘Obamacare’ survives: Supreme Court dismisses big challenge
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John Haltiwanger / Insider:
Putin says Biden is of ‘sound mind,’ walking back on Russian disinformation about the president's mental acuity
David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
The Company Eric Adams Keeps He's the candidate of old political-machine guys like Democratic fixer Frank Carone.  What would that mean in City Hall?  —  Heading into Memorial Day weekend, a poll had just shown Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams with his largest lead of the contest …
Washington Post:
Where was the FBI before the attack on the Capitol?  —  Ryan Goodman, a former special counsel at the Defense Department, is a law professor at New York University and co-editor-in-chief at Just Security.  Andrew Weissmann, a law professor at New York University, previously served as general counsel of the FBI.
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
Parents who opposed critical race theory on Fox News are GOP activists, report says … Fox News failed to fully disclose the professional conservative ties of 11 guests featured in numerous segments about the teaching of critical race theory in schools, according to a new report from Media Matters …
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Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Fox's anti-"critical race theory" parents are also GOP activists
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
In first, U.S. charges Jan. 6 defendant with bringing firearms to Capitol under controversial federal rioting law  —  U.S. prosecutors for the first time have charged a defendant in the Jan. 6 Capitol breach with violating a federal law that makes it a crime to transport a firearm or explosive for unlawful use in a riot.
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CNN:
Justice Department releases harrowing new bodycam footage from January 6 attack
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Insider
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
Pack-a-day puffer Kathryn Garcia would be first cigarette-smoking mayor since '65 … City Hall hasn't had a cigarette smoker-in-residence since Mayor Robert Wagner left office in 1965 — but that would change if former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia wins the June 22 Democratic primary.
Gabrielle Bluestone / Insider:
Blade, the Uber for helicopters and chartered jets, had a fake spokesperson for 3 years  — Before Blade went public, spokesman Simon McLaren would rep the helicopter service in publications.  — When Insider sought to confirm McLaren's identity, a Blade employee initially said McLaren was real.
Discussion: The Information and New York Post
Jeff Stein / The Daily Beast:
Rumors of U.S. Secretly Harboring Top China Official Swirl  —  Reports that a top Chinese official defected to the U.S. have swept Chinese-language media this week.  The alleged reason?  Sharing sensitive information about COVID-19 origins.  —  Chinese-language anti-communist media …
Discussion: SpyTalk, The US Sun, RedState and HotAir
Nathan J. Robinson / Current Affairs:
How To End Up Serving The Right … Journalists Glenn Greenwald and Matt Taibbi have a long track record of work that exposes the crimes of the powerful.  Both were early intellectual heroes of mine; Taibbi was one of the first writers to see through Barack Obama's hollow rhetoric …
Bernie Sanders / Foreign Affairs:
Washington's Dangerous New Consensus on China … The unprecedented global challenges that the United States faces today—climate change, pandemics, nuclear proliferation, massive economic inequality, terrorism, corruption, authoritarianism—are shared global challenges.
Orlando Sentinel:
Records link big business group to Florida elections probe  —  Investigators searching for the source of more than half-a-million dollars spent last year in support of spoiler candidates that helped Republicans win three key state Senate races have obtained bank records for an organization tied …
Discussion: Florida Politics
New York Times:
Taiwan Wants German Vaccines.  China May Be Standing in Its Way.  —  The two sides have traded accusations about whether political motivations are keeping the Taiwanese people from receiving immunizations amid the island's first major Covid-19 outbreak.  —  TAIPEI, Taiwan — This is the age of “vaccine diplomacy.”
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Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
To push back against Chinese aggression, give Taiwan vaccines
Discussion: Washington Examiner and HotAir
American Mindset:
We Won the Cold War, Right?  Right?  —  The state trudges on while the soul of the nation atrophies.  —  6 hr ago … - Leo Strauss, Natural Right and History  —  Leo Strauss wrote those lines in 1949 referring to the depressing fact that though Germany had been defeated in war …
Discussion: The Federalist
New York Times:
Many Expected to Shun Iran Vote Seen as Presidential Race of One  —  An ultraconservative judiciary chief appears to have the only real chance of winning after a council of powerful clerics disqualified virtually all the other viable candidates.  —  TEHRAN — Come presidential election time …
Dave Levinthal / Insider:
Here's what $15,000 will buy lobbyists on Sen. Mike Crapo's pay-for-access price list  — Crapo is the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee.  — He offers prospective donors three levels of access at different donation price points.  — One reform advocate called …
Oscar Lopez / New York Times:
Nicaragua Denies Entry to New York Times Journalist Amid Escalating Crisis  —  The refusal to admit the reporter comes amid a nationwide crackdown on journalists, opposition politicians and civil society groups.  —  MEXICO CITY — A New York Times journalist was denied entry into Nicaragua …
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
Democracy Is Surprisingly Easy to Undermine  —  Here's a quiz: Which world leader made the following statements? … If you guessed Donald Trump, you are only one-third right.  The first statement was made by Benjamin Netanyahu, the former Israeli prime minister, soon after his opponents formed a parliamentary coalition to oust him.
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Have Journalists Ever Met the People They Write About?  —  The latest explanation of why workers are staying home is astounding.  —  any business owners," records Axios, “argue that COVID-era enhanced unemployment benefits of $300 a week are keeping would-be workers at home.
Discussion: Fox News
 
 
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Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
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Jim Salter / Associated Press:
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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Maxine Bernstein / Oregonian:
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Michael Hauser Tov / Haaretz:
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Discussion: The Times of Israel
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Michael Schaub / NPR:
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Discussion: New York Times and SCOTUSblog