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Democratic frustrations flare over flailing infrastructure negotiations
Progressive and moderate Democrats are warning that they may not support a deal that fails to invest enough in clean energy to combat climate change.


Biden nixes Trump proposal that would have kicked 3 million off food stamps - CNN

Biden opens overseas trip declaring ‘United States is back’ - AP

How much companies that paid no corporate income tax spent on lobbying - Politico

House Democrats release former Trump White House Counsel Don McGahn's testimony - CNN

McGahn: Effort to get Mueller fired was ‘point of no return’ - AP

America's oldest allies have become skeptical. Can Biden woo them? - NBC

Biden warns he'll tell Putin 'what I want him to know' as he defines goals of foreign tour - CNN

Federal probe: Protest not broken up due to Trump photo op - AP

The Developer Of The Keystone XL Pipeline Abandons The Project, Ending A Decade-Long Battle - NPR

Biden warns climate change is 'greatest threat' to US security: 'This is not a joke' - FOX

AG defends backing Trump in defamation case - ABC

Russian court bans Alexey Navalny groups, labels them ‘extremist' - Aljazeera

Garland vows to push probe of leak of wealthy Americans' IRS data - Politico

Biden embraces a Trump policy in backing Arab-Israeli deals - AP

Closed cold case murder tied to ousted Tennessee governor - ABC

Graham: Trump would have won 2020 election if lab leak theory was proven - Wash. Examiner


Biden warns Russia against 'harmful activities' at start of first official trip - BBC

McGahn on Trump's pressure: I felt 'perturbed, trapped' - Politico

West Virginia's Democratic drama goes beyond Joe Manchin - The Hill


Meat supplier paid $11 million in ransom after cyberattack, company says - ABC

Ex-White House counsel was worried Trump's handling of Mueller probe would 'spiral' - NBC

READ: Don McGahn's closed testimony to the House Judiciary Committee - CNN

Trump hosts fundraiser for Elise Stefanik in New Jersey - Wash. Examiner

Pentagon makes China its top policy priority with several new classified programs - CNBC

Summit with a 'killer': What to expect out of Biden's meeting with Putin - Yahoo News

Senate's latest attempt at a gun control deal falls apart - Politico

AOC warns a Democrat could flip or die, erasing Senate majority - Wash. Examiner

CBP: More than 180,000 migrants encountered at the border, but fewer unaccompanied children and families - USA Today

AG Garland discusses 'Red Flag' gun laws, says 'This DOJ does not believe in defunding the police' - FOX

Mark Meadows predicts Trump will be on ballot again - Wash. Examiner

Police Did Not Clear Black Lives Matter Protesters For Trump's Photo-Op, A Watchdog Says - NPR

Pentagon to consider authorizing airstrikes in Afghanistan if country falls into crisis: report - The Hill

EPA to expand clean water protections to smaller U.S. waterways, reversing Trump policy - CNBC

Biden takes the lead role he's always craved in his high-stakes first trip abroad as president - CNN

Covid Whistle-blower Rebekah Jones is challenging Rep. Matt Gaetz - USA Today

Texas to reform energy grid in response to fatal blackouts from severe winter storms - ABC

Lunar New Deal: GOP Rep. Gohmert suggests altering moon's orbit to combat climate change - NBC

Keystone XL pipeline nixed after Biden stands firm on permit - AP

Rubio reelection wastes no time getting off the ground in Florida - Wash. Examiner

Preacher slams 'White rage' Republicans at rally attended by progressive Democrats - FOX


Trump administration pursued CNN reporter's records in months-long secret court battle - CNN

IRS now sending millions more additional stimulus checks - CBS

The Drought In The Western U.S. Is Getting Bad. Climate Change Is Making It Worse - NPR

Fewer children, families crossed into US from Mexico in May - The Hill

Watch: Democrats continue voting rights push with Sen. Manchin in opposition - FOX

Bipartisan Senate group moves forward with own plan for infrastructure deal - NBC

Officers charged with misconduct at protests - ABC

Amtrak Has Big Dreams. But Freight Lines Have Other Ideas - NPR

Republican former congressman announces primary challenge to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine - NBC

AP Exclusive: State bar investigating Texas attorney general - AP

This Republican nails why her party can't just move on from January 6 - CNN

First Lady tells Biden to 'pay attention' during her speech in UK - FOX


Chasten Buttigieg calls Pride tweet from RNC chair ‘hypocritical' - Politico

Number of migrants at US border hits new record high - BBC

Marine Corps fires general over deadly training accident - Wash. Examiner

How To See The 'Ring Of Fire' Solar Eclipse On Thursday - NPR

US drops Trump order targeting TikTok, plans its own review - AP

GOP Rep. Byron Donalds says he’s been shut out of the Congressional Black Caucus - FOX


AP: Louisiana police unit probed over Black driver arrests - AP

Bipartisan Senate talks on expanded gun background checks break down - NBC

Airline travel horror stories mount as Americans pack the not-so-friendly skies - Yahoo News

Canadian border to stay closed to nonessential foreign travelers until at least early July - Politico

What's the latest on infrastructure negotiations? - ABC

Five things to watch on Biden's first foreign trip - The Hill


Ilhan Omar slammed by fellow House Dem for 'outrageous and clearly false' statements about US, Israel - FOX


FBI faces its own racial reckoning while leading probes into police shooting deaths - CNN

Dems: McAuliffe win shows ‘roadmap’ for beating Youngkin - AP

Sheriff hopes reward fund will help them find missing Iowa boy - ABC

Virginia governor’s race is a battle of legacies: Trump and Terry - Politico

San Jose mayor proposes gun owners carry insurance, pay annual fee in wake of rail yard shooting - The Hill

Watchdog finds clearing of protesters from Lafayette Park wasn't for Trump photo op - CBS

Florida’s Val Demings launches bid to oust Rubio from Senate - AP

US officials work to stop Iranian vessels carrying arms to Venezuela, Cuba - FOX


Fact check: Gohmert's attempts to connect moon orbits and solar flares to climate change - CNN

Judge appoints ex-judge to oversee Giuliani devices’ review - AP

2 of R. Kelly's defense lawyers withdraw in shake-up just months before trial - ABC

Cicadas were flying; for hours, Biden’s press plane was not - AP

Biden says US 'not seeking conflict' with Russia as Putin meeting looms - FOX


TSA warns of staffing shortages at more than 100 airports - ABC

Democratic senator says his party should move forward on infrastructure without GOP: 'We cannot just sort of twiddle our thumbs' - CNN

Fastly says software bug triggered global website outage - CBS

Nominee to oversee Indigenous affairs has widespread support - AP

California governor hopeful Major Williams says Gavin Newsom politicized COVID-19 for ‘power’ and ‘control' - FOX


Census releases guidelines for controversial privacy tool - AP

Hundreds of mysterious fast radio bursts detected in space - CNN

Deeply divided Peru awaits final results of presidential vote - Aljazeera

Mother accused of killing her children committed to mental health facility - ABC

Arizona governor issues declarations of emergency in response to destructive wildfires - CBS

France is sending a second Statue of Liberty to the US - CNN


Biden ends GOP infrastructure talks, but new group emerges - AP

Senate passes bill to boost US tech industry, counter rivals - AP

Senate Democrats befuddled by Joe Manchin - The Hill

On 1st overseas trip, Biden to assure allies and meet Putin - AP

Democrats pressure key moderates to abandon Senate GOP - CNN

Blunt message, search for answers mark VP’s 1st foreign trip - AP

House Judiciary Democrats call on DOJ to reverse decision on Trump defense - The Hill


Bipartisan caucus endorses its own proposal after infrastructure talks fizzle - FOX


Biden preps for 1st foreign trip as president, summit with Putin - ABC

Small or large, every business is vulnerable to ransomware attacks: DHS secretary - ABC

Biden disliked Putin before it was cool - Politico

Russian court mulls motion to outlaw Navalny's organizations - AP


The political priorities, preferences and fears of Kim Jong Un - "Intelligence Matters" - CBS

Sen. Josh Hawley holds up Biden personnel nominee over critical race theory - CNN

Outreach workers go door to door, looking for separated families - NBC

Jack Ciattarelli wins the New Jersey Republican gubernatorial nomination - FOX

Trump backers lose big as Ciattarelli claims GOP nomination in N.J. - Politico

POLITICO Playbook: Cassidy is the new Capito - Politico

Hostage advocates concerned by US pullout from Afghanistan - AP

Former NJ Assembly member wins GOP berth to challenge Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy - Wash. Examiner

Biden heads for Europe to meet Putin, a pandemic and skeptical allies - NBC

US Senate passes sweeping bill to counter China tech reach - BBC

Hawley, GOP senators delay Biden OPM nominee confirmation over critical race theory, abortion stance - FOX


Senate fails to advance Paycheck Fairness Act amid GOP opposition - CNN

She’s Running for New York City Council. But Newspapers Won’t Publish Her Photo - Politico

The Trump method: How Netanyahu jeopardises Israel’s democracy - Aljazeera

Virginia set to elect first female lt. governor after Ayala wins Democratic nod - The Hill

"Joints for Jabs": Washington state will give you free weed to get vaccinated - CBS

Biden quietly moves to start closing Guantánamo ahead of 20th anniversary of 9/11 - NBC

Biden sets off to Europe on first foreign trip - CBS

NJ Proud Boys member arrested in connection to Jan. 6 riot - The Hill

Harris says she will visit the southern border but does not indicate when - FOX

Officer injured in Capitol riot says insurrection is a 'triggering' word for lawmakers downplaying January 6 - CNN

Rights group: Colombian police cause deaths of 20 protesters - AP

How the Mormon church unlocked medical pot for deep red states - Politico

Greg Abbott signs bills to update power grid after deadly winter storm - FOX


UN warns of ‘mass deaths’ in Myanmar after 100,000 flee fighting - Aljazeera

Elected officials from across country tour Maricopa County election audit - Wash. Examiner


The Memo: Harris, Ocasio-Cortez and the Democratic divide on immigration - The Hill

'Bernie Sanders has real influence': Vermont's longtime outsider has become a trusted voice in the Biden White House - CNN

Florida judge favors pre-dawn partying in rowdy South Beach - AP


Sacramento County supervisors walk out of board meeting over mask violations - FOX


Rebekah Jones floats congressional run to unseat Gaetz - Wash. Examiner

Cryptocurrency industry lobbies Washington for 'regulatory clarity' - The Hill

Why bipartisanship won't get any easier in the Senate - Politico

Syria says Israeli air attacks targeted Damascus - Aljazeera

Jack Ciattarelli wins GOP primary for New Jersey governor, CNN projects - CNN

As VP Harris visits Mexico City, a migrant tent camp grows in border town - NBC

Biden heads to Europe at difficult moment for his domestic agenda - The Hill


Terry McAuliffe wins Democratic gubernatorial primary in Virginia, CNN projects - CNN

Nigeria's Twitter ban: Donald Trump hails Buhari - ABC

Senate crafts Pelosi alternative on drug prices - The Hill

'You're already changing the world': Biden gives surprise speech at Parkland graduation - Politico

Study: Racial diversity stagnated on corporate boards - AP


Supreme Court Rules Tribal Police Can Detain Non-Natives, But Problems Remain - NPR

Here's what happened when private equity, hedge fund firms invested pension cash for Ohio teachers - NBC

White House press corps flight to UK delayed for hours by cicadas - FOX


Private investigator describes how he followed Rep. Mo Brooks' wife into her garage to serve a lawsuit tied to the Capitol riot - CNN

Man charged with impersonating Trump to defraud - ABC

El Salvador approves Bitcoin as legal tender - Aljazeera

Senate passes massive bipartisan bill to combat China's growing economic influence - CNN

A Drug Ring's Favorite New Encrypted Platform Had One Flaw. The FBI Controlled It - NPR

Crews work to reopen Floyd square, activists close it again - AP


Wife of "El Chapo" expected to plead guilty to helping him run his multi-billion dollar drug empire - CBS

Administration officials perplexed by Harris' border answer and worry it will overshadow her trip - CNN

Martha White dies, sparked '53 Louisiana capital bus boycott - AP


Harris hears criticism from all sides amid difficult first trip - The Hill


10 killed in 'heinous' attack on mine-clearing charity in Afghanistan - NBC

McDonald's french fries, carrots, onions: All of the foods that come from Bill Gates farmland - NBC

'The Bachelor' Host Chris Harrison Exits The Franchise After A Race-Related Controversy - NPR

Alyssa Milano considering run for Congress in 2024: 'I’m looking at California’s 4th District' - FOX


Former Olympic figure skater charged with defrauding COVID relief fund - ABC

Dinosaur Found In Australia Was 2 Stories Tall And The Length Of A Basketball Court - NPR

Southern Ocean officially recognized by National Geographic - CBS

Chipotle prices go up to help cover cost of higher wages for employees - NBC




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Coronavirus News and Updates:



Texas hospital suspends nearly 200 workers for refusing to get COVID-19 vaccine - CBS

Florida policy-makers will no longer know about COVID hospitalizations - USA Today

US to provide 500 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to other nations - Aljazeera

Blackburn, Rubio, Cotton demand Fauci resign or be fired by Biden - FOX


'Lockdown' states like California did better economically than 'looser' states like Florida, new COVID data shows - Yahoo News

States begin scaling back daily Covid-19 data reporting as federal officials try to vaccinate more Americans - CNN

Fauci says attacks on him are 'attacks on science' - Wash. Examiner


Biden administration says COVID-19 vaccination not a precondition to work in-person at federal buildings - FOX


Merck signs $1.2 billion deal with US government for experimental COVID treatment - ABC

Biden administration vaccinating migrant children against COVID-19 - The Hill

Fear of severe Covid risks prompted many to lose weight, despite challenges - NBC


EXPLAINER: The US investigation into COVID-19 origins - AP

The Pharmacist Who Deliberately Ruined COVID Vaccine Doses Is Going To Prison - NPR

‘This IS INSANE’: Africa desperately short of COVID vaccine - AP

The Highly Contagious Delta Variant Is On The Rise In the U.S. - NPR

GOP's attacks on Fauci at center of pandemic message - The Hill

EU lawmakers OK virus pass, boosting summer travel hopes - AP

CDC issues updated COVID-19 travel guidance for dozens of countries - The Hill

Watch: Have more young people had Covid in India’s second wave? - BBC

 
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