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Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
Sinema doesn't support Democrats' $3.5T bill, clinches bipartisan infrastructure deal  —  Sen. Kyrsten Sinema does not support Democrats' $3.5 trillion budget plan that aims to deliver major components of President Joe Biden's economic agenda that Democrats hope to pass after moving …
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New York Times:
The Infrastructure Plan: What's In and What's Out … Sources: Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget; White House  —  The infrastructure bill that started moving forward again Wednesday is undeniably large: It calls for new federal spending of about $550 billion, an amount roughly equivalent …
Discussion: CNN, Insider and Bloomberg
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Bipartisan infrastructure pact clears key Senate vote after breakthrough in talks  —  Measure has White House support.  Portman, Sinema say all significant disagreements have been resolved around roughly $1 trillion package.  —  Senate Democrats and Republicans banded together on Wednesday …
NBC News:
‘A big deal’: $550 billion infrastructure spending deal passes key test vote in Senate … WASHINGTON — A major infrastructure package passed a key test vote Wednesday in the Senate, just hours after a bipartisan working group announced a deal after more than a month of negotiating.
Discussion: RedState
Politico:
Bipartisan infrastructure deal sails through first Senate vote
Washington Post:
As Trump pushed for probes of 2020 election, he called acting AG Rosen almost daily  —  President Donald Trump called his acting attorney general nearly every day at the end of last year to alert him to claims of voter fraud or alleged improper vote counts in the 2020 election, according to two people familiar with the conversations.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
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Politico:
DOJ fires warning shot against ‘unusual’ post-election ballot reviews  —  The Justice Department on Wednesday issued another warning aimed at states conducting or considering audits of ballots tallied in last year's election, reminding election authorities that allowing ballots to be mishandled can violate federal law.
Jen Fifield / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Senate liaison Ken Bennett says he will resign Wednesday from overseeing election audit  —  The main person who has been overseeing the Arizona Senate's review of Maricopa County election results said he plans to resign Wednesday.  —  Ken Bennett, former secretary of state who has served …
Christopher Caldwell / New York Times:
What if There Wasn't a Coup Plot, General Milley?
Mark Phillips / KNXV:   Ken Bennett, senate liaison overseeing Maricopa County election audit, to resign
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump allies blame conservative leader for failed Texas endorsement  —  Susan Wright's defeat in a Republican runoff dealt a blow to Trump's aura of invincibility as a GOP kingmaker.
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David Morgan / Reuters:
McConnell aims to boost U.S. Republican vaccination rate by countering ‘bad advice’  —  U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell blamed misinformation for the low rates of COVID-19 vaccination among Americans, which are fueling a rise in coronavirus cases, particularly in Republican-dominated states.
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Jacqueline Howard / CNN:
Pfizer data suggest third dose of Covid-19 vaccine ‘strongly’ boosts protection against Delta variant  —  (CNN)A third dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine can “strongly” boost protection against the Delta variant — beyond the protection afforded by the standard two doses, suggests new data released by Pfizer on Wednesday.
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trump tries to sabotage the Biden infrastructure deal  —  Donald Trump tried and failed to pass an infrastructure bill so many times over the course of his presidency that his attempts were reduced to a punchline.  Now out of office, Trump is trying to ensure that his successor, Joe Biden …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: This is a BIF effing deal
Piers Morgan / Daily Mail:
Sorry Simone Biles, but there's nothing heroic or brave about quitting because you're not having ‘fun’ - you let down your team-mates, your fans and your country  —  Simone Biles has her own leotard line.  —  She designed it herself to inspire other athletes all over the world …
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Eren Orbey / New Yorker:
The Radical Courage of Simone Biles's Exit from the Team USA Olympic Finals
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Jared Kushner to leave politics, launch investment firm - sources  —  Jared Kushner, a top adviser to former President Donald Trump, plans to launch an investment firm in coming months, a move that will take him away from politics for the foreseeable future, sources familiar with the plan said on Wednesday.
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Megan Hamilton / Political Flare:
Washington Post Calls On House Select Committee to Subpoena Ivanka Trump for Testimony on Jan. 6
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Jim Newell / Slate:
Turns Out Mo Brooks Was Wearing Body Armor to Trump's Very Peaceful Jan. 6 Rally  —  Rep. Mo Brooks may be done with Jan. 6, but Jan. 6 isn't done with him.  —  The Alabama representative, notorious for his speaking role at the Jan. 6 rally leading up to the invasion of the Capitol …
Steven Monacelli / Dallas Observer:
Who's Behind Dallas Justice Now's 'Don't Send White Kids to Ivy League' Controversy?  —  As soon as Casie Tomlin found the FedEx envelope in her mailbox, she knew something looked fishy.  Inside, a flyer from a group called Dallas Justice Now urged parents in Dallas' wealthy — and largely white …
New York Times:
Ben & Jerry's Founders on the Company's Israel Policy  —  Mr. Cohen and Mr. Greenfield founded Ben & Jerry's Homemade Holdings in 1978.  —  We are the founders of Ben & Jerry's.  We are also proud Jews.  It's part of who we are and how we've identified ourselves for our whole lives.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Our democracy is under attack.  Washington journalists must stop covering it like politics as usual.  —  Back in the dark ages of 2012, two think-tank scholars, Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann, wrote a book called “It's Even Worse Than It Looks” about the rise of Republican Party extremism and its dire effect on American democracy.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: What Jim Jordan would have said  —  Welcome to Byron York's Daily Memo newsletter.  —  Was this email forwarded to you?  Sign up here to receive the newsletter.  —  WHAT JIM JORDAN WOULD HAVE SAID.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously banned Republican Rep. Jim Jordan …
Jemele Hill / The Atlantic:
Gentle Encouragement Wasn't Going to Be Enough  —  Here's something I almost never say: The NFL is right.  —  When pro football announced last week that it will impose stiff penalties on teams that experience a COVID-19 outbreak involving unvaccinated players, it exposed a serious vaccination divide among its athletes.
New York Magazine:
What If Vaccines Don't Really Stop the Virus From Spreading?  —  America entered its second pandemic summer full of optimism.  Vaccination numbers were strong, and new cases of the coronavirus were plummeting.  In May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the fully vaccinated …
Stephen Gutowski / The Reload:
ATF Agents Corroborate Existence of Racial Complaint Against Biden Director Nominee, Fear Reprisals and Hit to Agency Effectiveness  —  Multiple ATF sources back up the existence of a complaint alleging President Biden's nominee to lead ATF, David Chipman, made racist comments during his previous stint at the agency.
Discussion: Townhall
W. James Antle III / Washington Examiner:
RNC fact-checks Biden on driving ‘18-wheeler’  —  The Republican National Committee circulated a “fact check” on Twitter of whether President Joe Biden drove an 18-wheeler after a speech on manufacturing to a Mack truck facility in Pennsylvania.  —  “There is *zero evidence* that Biden 'used …
Sky Palma / Raw Story:
Lauren Boebert throws ‘mask in the face of a floor staffer’ as she fumes over ‘totalitarian’ House rules: report  —  Colorado GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert doesn't like masks, as evidenced by her COVID-denialist rhetoric and her history of defying mask mandates in the House chamber.
Discussion: Breitbart
Gawker:
What Do These People Think About Gawker Coming Back?  —  If you are reading this, it means Gawker is back.  We reached out to some of our favorite writers, artists, policymakers, and billionaires to ask them how that makes them feel.  Below are their answers.
Elizabeth Bruenig / The Atlantic:
The New Moral Code of America's Elite  —  Every striver who ever slipped the rank of their birth to ascend to a higher order has shared the capacity to ingratiate themselves with their betters.  What the truly exceptional ones have in common is the ability to connect not only with their superiors …
Myah Ward / Politico:
CDC can't stop the spread of mask politics  —  ‘EMBARRASSING’ — The mask wars are back.  —  Two members of Congress — Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) and Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) — had a tense encounter outside the House chamber after Huffman witnessed Donalds, unmasked, in an elevator …
Emily Jacobs / New York Post:
Don Lemon blasts man who harassed Tucker Carlson in viral video  —  CNN anchor Don Lemon ripped the man who accosted Tucker Carlson in a Montana fly fishing shop, saying he had no right to invade the Fox News host's “personal space.”  —  The liberal Lemon offered his surprising take during his CNN program …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
A Saudi official's harrowing account of torture reveals the regime's brutality  —  Held captive by Saudi agents, Salem Almuzaini, once an official of the regime, was beaten repeatedly on the soles of his feet, his back and his genitals, according to a harrowing account of his torture and captivity filed in a Canadian court.
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Least persuadable unvaccinated Americans are largely white and Republican  —  Parents are heavily resistant to the vaccine.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and HotAir
 
 
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Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Why Newsmax is failing  —  The sudden rise and precipitous fall of Newsmax, explained by an expert.
Discussion: Raw Story and ctv.kwayisi.org
Jason DeParle / New York Times:
Pandemic Aid Programs Spur a Record Drop in Poverty
ProPublica:
The Number of People With IRAs Worth $5 Million or More Has Tripled, Congress Says
Allison Donahue / Michigan Advance:
Report shows Catholic Conference funding opposition against LGBTQ+ rights initiative
Discussion: Raw Story
Bridget Bowman / Roll Call:
Conor Lamb preparing to launch Senate run in August
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Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Ex-cop who stormed US Capitol is jailed after buying 37 guns and posting that ‘violence’ is better than ‘peaceful protest’
Discussion: Forbes
Ray Sanchez / CNN:
'I don't feel any fear going out.' How residents are living in America's most vaccinated state
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Democrats craft revised voting rights bill, seeking to keep hopes alive in the Senate
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic:
The Unraveling of the Trump Era
Discussion: Washington Post
Damon Linker / The Week:
The intellectual right contemplates an ‘American Caesar’
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
A Confusing Message  —  The C.D.C. recommends indoor masking for the vaccinated, but only in some places.