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POLITICO Playbook: Dems face a dilemma on voting rights

DEVELOPING … “G-7 nations attain settlement on 15 p.c minimal international tax price,” by WaPo’s Jeff Stein: “Finance ministers for seven of probably the most highly effective nations on this planet introduced an accord that might reshape the tax obligations of multinational companies around the globe. The deal is a serious breakthrough for the Biden administration because it seeks to enact a ground on the taxes paid by companies worldwide. Treasury Secretary JANET YELLEN has been adamant that the U.S. must work with worldwide counterparts to forestall nations from being performed off one another by corporations in search of decrease tax obligations.”

Completely satisfied Saturday, people!

Right this moment, former President DONALD TRUMP will hit the marketing campaign stage for the primary time since February, as he speaks to attendees of a dinner on the North Carolina GOP conference. He speaks at 7 p.m. EDT, the occasion is ticketed and all 1,250 seats have been bought out (although, tbh, that’s a reasonably small crowd by political rally requirements).

— Right here’s the NYT’s Annie Karni and Maggie Haberman with a pre-speech have a look at a person they describe as “each a diminished determine and an outsized presence in American life.”

In non-public, many elected Republicans will confess that they don’t seem to be wanting ahead to Trump’s return to the marketing campaign path. They fear about him turning off suburban voters and that his speeches will distract from their message. They are saying they’re prepared to maneuver on from rehashing the 2020 election and repeating the Large Lie™ — although I’ve a hunch that Trump will increase the subject at marketing campaign stops.

However whilst some Republicans say they’re prepared to maneuver on, GOP state officers throughout the nation are transferring at a breakneck pace to introduce and enact new voting restrictions within the title of election integrity. And it’s tough to divorce the impetus for these legal guidelines from lies that the election was stolen or thousands and thousands of unlawful votes have been forged.

For months, congressional Democrats and voting rights advocates have argued that the one solution to defend towards all of that is to cross each the For the Folks Act (S1/H.R. 1) and The John Lewis Voting Rights Act (H.R. 4). However because the tempo of adjustments to election legal guidelines has sped up, there’s a brand new urgency amongst Dems to cross one thing — something — to attempt to cease them.

Right here’s the factor: Dems on the Hill have talked up the For the Folks Act for months, and it’s slated to achieve the Senate ground on the finish of June. But it surely’s sweeping in its attain, and a bunch of voting rights specialists and civil rights leaders assume that the smarter legislative technique is to deal with passing the John Lewis Voting Rights Act first.

— Rev. AL SHARPTON informed me this: “I feel the politics of public opinion says that H.R. 4 can be harder for the Republicans to justify opposing. … I feel you want each. However I clearly assume H.R. 4 takes the veil off of these which are making an attempt to hinder voting rights.”

— JESSICA HUSEMAN, an elections professional and editorial director of Votebeat, agrees. “I do not assume it is past the realm of risk that this invoice may create some bipartisan help,” she informed me. “I do not know why the Democrats are doing what they’re doing. I genuinely do not perceive.”

It quantities to a giant and consequential query for Democrats: In the event that they lead with the For the Folks Act and it will probably’t get by means of Congress — and, since Sen. JOE MANCHIN (D-W.Va.) is the one Senate Dem who isn’t cosponsoring the invoice, it’s possible DOA — will that make it tougher to return and attempt to cross the John Lewis Voting Rights Act as an alternative?

— Price noting: The John Lewis Voting Rights Act reauthorizes the unique VRA — one thing Manchin has mentioned he helps. It could resurrect DOJ oversight of voting legal guidelines in states with a historical past of racial discrimination or voter suppression, giving muscle to enforcement — particularly after the Supreme Court docket gutted the VRA’s “preclearance” provision in its ruling in 2013’s Shelby v. Holder. Manchin has mentioned he’d prefer to see preclearance apply to all 50 states.

Voting rights advocates aren’t pollyannaish about this. They know that is an uphill battle given Senate math. However in addition they really feel the stakes. “We maintain making an attempt to barter round the truth that we shouldn’t have the political infrastructure at present on this second that ensures that the voting rights are accessible and might be protected as residents,” says Latosha Brown, cofounder of Black Voters Matter. “Basically, do we wish democracy on this nation or not?”

— It’s a check for Democrats: How do you make good in your guarantees to combat for the voting rights of the constituencies that help your get together? And which is best: combating for a giant change that your supporters need however which gained’t possible cross, or having the ability to understand a extra moderate-but-achievable purpose which may resonate in voters’ lives, even when it falls wanting what the bottom actually desires?

THROWING THE BOOK(ERS) — On Friday, we reported that CNN’s JAKE TAPPER not too long ago determined that he doesn’t wish to invite Republicans who’ve promoted pro-Trump election fraud conspiracy theories onto his weekday and weekend information reveals. Not everybody in media agrees with that call, after all, together with Fox Information’ CHRIS WALLACE.

Since then, a number of distinguished Republicans who’ve publicly toed the road on Trump’s “election fraud” lies got here ahead with claims — and, in some cases, receipts — that regardless of Tapper’s place, they’ve been invited onto his reveals many occasions in latest months.

— Rep. ELISE STEFANIK (R-N.Y.) tweeted out screenshots of emails from CNN bookers requesting her as a visitor on Tapper’s weekday and weekend reveals as not too long ago as Might 5.

— ABIGAIL MARONE, press secretary for Sen. JOSH HAWLEY (R-Mo.), claimed Tapper’s “State of the Union” has invited the Missouri Republican on 18 occasions for the reason that Jan. 6 riot, and posted emails from CNN bookers requesting a visitor spot from Hawley as not too long ago as this previous Sunday’s episode.

— We additionally heard from a supply with Rep. STEVE SCALISE (R-La.) who says CNN bookers have invited the Home GOP whip onto Tapper’s reveals eight occasions for the reason that election, together with as not too long ago as April. The Scalise supply mentioned they’ve declined the requests.

Tapper, for his half, tweeted, “I can’t account for each electronic mail from my glorious bookers whose job it’s to current me with as many choices as potential.” And of Marone’s tweet about Hawley, Tapper mentioned that “if the bookers had come to me and mentioned [Hawley] was an possibility I might have mentioned no, as I’ve for each Election Liar. I solely began explaining to them final month the explanations behind my saying no to each Large Liar. Bizarre to confess that your boss is an Election Liar however okay.”

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BIDEN’S SATURDAY — The president and VP KAMALA HARRIS don’t have anything on their public schedules.


ANOTHER ONE — “Biden rejects one other GOP infrastructure provide,” by Myah Ward and Marianne Levine: “In a cellphone name [on Friday] with the president, Republicans’ lead infrastructure negotiator, Sen. SHELLEY MOORE CAPITO of West Virginia, outlined a brand new plan with about $50 billion extra in [new] spending than the group’s final provide of $257 billion, based on the White Home. It was Biden and Capito’s second assembly this week, they usually agreed to talk once more on Monday.

“Capito had supplied an infrastructure proposal that totaled $928 billion in spending over eight years, however solely a couple of quarter of that was new spending. The provide got here after Biden lowered his preliminary $2.3 trillion demand to $1.7 trillion, and the White Home pushed Republicans to return as much as $1 trillion in new spending. … [B]oth sides stay far aside on the highest line, together with pay-fors and the definition of ‘infrastructure.’ The White Home had outlined a plan to pay for the package deal by revising the 2017 tax invoice and rising the company tax price to twenty-eight p.c from 21 p.c, a non-starter for the GOP.”


BIDEN OK WITH ENDING BEEFED-UP U.I.? — “Biden says it ‘is sensible’ for enhanced jobless help to finish in September,” by WaPo’s Jeff Stein: “In remarks from Delaware about Friday’s jobs report, President Biden mentioned that it ‘is sensible’ for the $300 per week profit to finish in September, marking the primary time the administration has explicitly endorsed their expiration. …

“White Home Nationwide Financial Council Director BRIAN DEESE declined to say whether or not the administration believes the advantages are constraining hiring, but in addition mentioned it’s ‘acceptable’ for them to finish in September. White Home press secretary JEN PSAKI additionally mentioned Friday that Republican governors ‘have each proper’ to curb the advantages, a step greater than two dozen of them have taken in latest weeks.”

NEW JOB ALERT — “Biden contemplating former ambassador to Israel for a brand new Center East function,” by WaPo’s Anne Gearan and Tyler Pager: “The Biden administration is strongly contemplating a former ambassador to Israel for a job as an envoy to the Center East, folks aware of the planning mentioned. … DANIEL SHAPIRO was a Center East specialist for President Barack Obama and later the U.S. ambassador to Israel for the Obama administration. He has lived primarily in Israel for years and had been talked about as a potential ambassador to the nation below Biden.”

Talking of which … “State Division Shuns Time period ‘Abraham Accords,’” by Free Beacon’s Adam Kredo.


FILIBUSTER WATCH — “Democrats, Transformed to Filibuster Foes, Are Set to Power the Subject,” by NYT’s Carl Hulse: “[Senate Majority Leader CHUCK] SCHUMER mentioned he supposed to convey the filibuster showdown to a head starting subsequent week, by forcing votes on a sequence of measures that Republicans oppose, together with one which was blocked by a Republican filibuster in 2014 that seeks to make sure that men and women obtain the identical pay for equal work. Mr. Schumer hinted that he may additionally convey ahead laws on homosexual rights and gun security. Most instantly, he promised a vote earlier than the tip of June on a sweeping voting rights invoice that Democrats say is required to counter new Republican-led voting restrictions being enacted in states across the nation.

“The concept is to point out Democrats refusing to alter the filibuster guidelines that Republicans led by Senator MITCH MCCONNELL, Republican of Kentucky and the minority chief, are going to face in the way in which of laws that has widespread help, and that the one solution to win their adoption is by overturning the foundations.”

MCGHAN TESTIFIES BEHIND CLOSED DOORS — “Don McGahn tells Home panel about Trump’s bid to undermine Mueller probe,” by WaPo’s Karoun Demirjian: “Former White Home counsel DONALD MCGAHN detailed for the Home Judiciary Committee on Friday how former president Donald Trump tried to stymie a federal probe of Russian interference within the 2016 election — bombshell revelations which may as soon as have fueled further impeachment costs … [A] transcript of the interview is just not anticipated to be made public earlier than subsequent week.”


HACK JOB — “Cyberattack on meals provide adopted years of warnings,” by Ryan McCrimmon and Martin Matishak: “Nearly no obligatory cybersecurity guidelines govern the thousands and thousands of meals and agriculture companies that account for a couple of fifth of the U.S. economic system — simply voluntary pointers exist. … Not like different industries which have fashioned information-sharing collectives to coordinate their responses to potential cyber threats, the meals business disbanded its group in 2008. Now, meals producers have to face the truth that disruptive cyberattacks are a part of what Agriculture Secretary TOM VILSACK calls their ‘new actuality.’”


PUTIN POINTS THE FINGER — “Putin Says the U.S. Desires to Maintain Again Russia’s Improvement,” by WSJ’s Georgi Kantchev and Ann Simmons: “‘We’ve no disagreements with the US, now we have just one disagreement: their want to carry again our improvement,’ [Russian President VLADIMIR] PUTIN mentioned Friday on the St. Petersburg Worldwide Financial Discussion board, Russia’s flagship funding occasion. ‘We must always attempt to discover methods to settle Russian-U.S. relations.’”


PILLOW TALK — “MyPillow CEO Lindell’s Lawyer Leaves Agency One Day After Submitting Swimsuit,” by Bloomberg’s Rebekah Mintzer: “Barnes & Thornburg companion ALEC BECK has left the agency, someday after he filed a lawsuit for MyPillow CEO MIKE LINDELL towards digital voting firms Dominion Voting Techniques and Smartmatic. Beck, a labor and employment lawyer in Minnesota, wasn’t licensed to file the go well with, the agency mentioned in an announcement.”

VOTING RIGHTS LATEST — “Republicans wish to change state election legal guidelines. Right here’s how they’re doing it.,” by Zach Montellaro and Daniel Payne: “Evaluating the proposed legislation in Texas to the one which handed in Georgia reveals 5 key areas focused since former President Trump’s defeat.”


BIG GUN NEWS OVERNIGHT — “California’s three-decade-old ban on assault weapons is unconstitutional, federal decide guidelines,” AP’s Don Thompson: “U.S. District Decide ROGER BENITEZ of San Diego dominated that the state’s definition of unlawful military-style rifles unlawfully deprives law-abiding Californians of weapons generally allowed in most different states and by the U.S. Supreme Court docket. … He issued a everlasting injunction towards enforcement of the legislation however stayed it for 30 days to present [California] Atty. Gen. ROB BONTA time to attraction.”

Eyebrow-raising quote from the ruling: “Just like the Swiss Military knife, the favored AR-15 rifle is an ideal mixture of house protection weapon and homeland protection gear. Good for each house and battle.”

THE EYES OF TEXAS — “Why each events are so fixated on a nonpartisan Texas mayor’s race,” by Maya King: “Republican mayors are near extinct in big-city America. And there could be one fewer after Saturday’s mayoral runoff in Fort Price, Texas. Whereas Democrats maintain Metropolis Corridor in Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin, the fifth-largest metropolis in Texas — Fort Price — is a holdout. … As soon as a Republican stronghold, Tarrant [County] has seen its GOP margins decline lately — President Joe Biden’s slim victory there in November marked the primary time in over a half-century {that a} Democratic presidential nominee carried the county. If the county continues to maneuver leftward, it stands to have an effect on the steadiness of energy in statewide elections.”


ABOUT THIS ‘INVESTIGATIVE WATCHDOG BLOG’ — “The brand new journalism — and the PR corporations behind it,” by WaPo’s Elahe Izadi: “At first look, Checks and Balances Challenge appears like a standard if scrappy information website — an ‘investigative watchdog weblog,’ because it payments itself … But a more in-depth look suggests the positioning is just not all the time the unbiased crusader it seems to be. …

“Checks and Balances is investigating an enormous hospital system in Virginia named Sentara, publishing common tales and asking sufferers and workers to ship suggestions … These tales began showing the identical month {that a} medical faculty in a posh dispute with Sentara employed a public relations agency that occurs to share a founder and monetary ties with Checks and Balances. … [T]he relationship was not divulged to readers, nor publicly acknowledged till The Washington Submit inquired about it — an association that unnerves transparency advocates who’ve been protecting tabs on a proliferation of unconventional information websites and watchdog outfits which may be blurring the strains between PR and journalism.”


IMPLICATIONS OF TRUMP’S FACEBOOK SUSPENSION — “Fb needed to flee the Trump entice. A lot for that,” by Cristiano Lima: “The social media large on Friday introduced it could give Trump a means again onto its platforms after serving a two-year suspension, simply in time for one more potential White Home run in 2024. That implies that a technique or one other, Fb will once more need to make a politically hazardous name on whether or not Trump’s posts pose a risk to the U.S. within the run-up to a key election.

“And the high-stakes decision-making would not finish there. Fb additionally unveiled a extra hands-on method for reviewing international leaders’ posts on Friday, the place the corporate will not mechanically give their rule-breaking posts a cross on the premise that they’re newsworthy. That might usher in a deluge of controversies over its dealing with of political speech.”

CLICKER — “The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics,” edited by Matt Wuerker — 15 funnies

GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Ryan Lizza

— “Why Willie Nelson Is America’s Favourite Outlaw,” by Alan Mild for WSJ Journal: “At 88, Willie Nelson remains to be singing, writing, championing the causes he believes in — and staying true to his renegade Texas roots.”

— “‘I took half within the psilocybin trial and it modified my life,’” by Steve Shorney for The Unbiased: “Psilocybin is a non-lethal, non-addictive drug with actual medical potential. Within the race to grasp that potential, Imperial School is operating trials. Volunteer Steve Shorney shares his expertise.”

— “America Has a Ingesting Drawback,” by Kate Julian for The Atlantic: “A little bit alcohol can increase creativity and strengthen social ties. However there’s nothing reasonable, or convivial, about the way in which many People drink at this time.”

— “The Snitch,” by Jordan Michael Smith for The Atavist: “In Scott Kimball, the FBI thought it had discovered a high-value informant who may assist resolve large circumstances. What it obtained as an alternative was lies, betrayal and homicide.”

— “The Child Brokers: Inside America’s Murky Personal-Adoption Trade,” by Tik Root, TIME: “I’ll always remember the way in which my coronary heart sank. It’s important to purchase your individual child again nearly.”

— “Nikole Hannah-Jones, a Mega-Donor, and the Way forward for Journalism,” by John Drescher, The Meeting: “Emails obtained by The Meeting present that UNC-Chapel Hill’s largest journalism-school donor warned towards Nikole Hannah-Jones’ hiring. Their divergent views signify a brand new entrance within the debate over objectivity and the way forward for the sphere.”

— “Kevin Durant and (Presumably) the Best Basketball Crew of All Time,” by NYT Journal’s Sam Anderson: “The Brooklyn Nets have been constructed to be an unbeatable superteam of eccentric basketball superstars. Will they dominate the N.B.A. playoffs?”

— From the archives: “The Peekaboo Paradox,” by WaPo’s Gene Weingarten, Jan. 22, 2006: “The unusual secrets and techniques of humor, concern and a man who makes large cash making little folks chuckle.”

SPOTTED: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan having a glass of crimson wine within the Congressional Nation Membership’s Founders Lounge on Friday night.

TRUMP ALUMNI — Carter Burwell is now counsel at Debevoise & Plimpton and a member of the agency’s white collar and regulatory protection observe. He most not too long ago was counselor to the secretary of the Treasury Division for terrorism and finance intelligence.

TRANSITION — Logan Hoover is now director of legislative affairs on the Nationwide Hospice and Palliative Care Group. He beforehand was legislative director for Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.).

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.) … Megan BeyerKaty Summerlin of Maxar Applied sciences … Mike Heimowitz … White Home’s Todd Zubatkin Rob EngstromElan Kriegel of BlueLabs … Jordan Dickinson of Rep. Dan Kildee’s (D-Mich.) workplace … Kara Hauck of March of Dimes … Dean Pinkert of McDermott Will & Emery … Carol Guensburg … Actual Chemistry’s Cherith CleavesMary Kirchner of Sen. John Kennedy’s (R-La.) workplace … Rob Kelly of Sen. Bob Menendez’s (D-N.J.) workplace … Pew Trusts’ Matt Vasilogambros … Equatorial Guinean President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo John D’Adamo of VenuIQ (3-0) … Abeer Al Otaiba

THE SHOWS (Full Sunday present listings right here):

  • CBS

    “Face the Nation”: Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg … Condoleezza Rice … Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) … Brian Moynihan … Scott Gottlieb.

  • FOX

    “Fox Information Sunday”: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) … Corey Lewandowski. Panel: Doug Heye, Susan Web page and Marie Harf.

  • Grey TV

    “Full Court docket Press”: Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) … Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).


    “The Sunday Present”: Chasten Buttigieg … Al Sharpton … Max Boot … Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kan.) … Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) … Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) … Connie Schultz … Rep. Marc Veasey (D-Texas).

  • ABC

    “This Week”: Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo … Nick Clegg. Panel: Rahm Emanuel, Donna Brazile, Jason Riley and Justin Amash.

  • CNN

    “State of the Union”: Vitality Secretary Jennifer Granholm … Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves … Sen. Angus King (I-Maine).

  • CNN

    “Inside Politics”: Panel: Amy Walter, Kaitlan Collins, Errol Louis and Julie Hirschfeld Davis.

  • NBC

    “Meet the Press”: Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) … Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) … Vitality Secretary Jennifer Granholm. Panel: Kimberly Atkins Stohr, Lanhee Chen, Anne Gearan and Chris Matthews.

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