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While moderate Democrat Senator Joe Manchin waves the flag of bipartisanship on voting rights, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell again seems intent on acting like a blockade.

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Smerconish: Can Manchin’s voting rights compromise sway GOP?

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday signaled openness to West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin’s proposed changes to sweeping elections overhaul legislation being debated in Congress.

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Sanders signals openness to Manchin’s voting rights compromise

Speaking during a video conference meeting with graduates from Russia’s Graduate School of Public Administration, Russian President Vladimir Putin praised his US counterpart Joe Biden, describing him as a “professional” who is “completely knowledgeable on all issues.” CNN’s Nic Robertson reports.

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Hear Putin offer rare praise for President Biden

The Republican brick wall blocking election overhaul legislation in the Senate is forcing Democratic activists to get creative. They’re striking out on their own in key states, attempting to arm their voters with tools to circumvent scores of new state bills moving through GOP-controlled legislatures that will make it harder for many of their voters to vote.

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The Republican brick wall blocking election overhaul legislation in the Senate is forcing activists to get creative

The House overwhelmingly passed a bill on Wednesday that would establish June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, a US federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

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Here are the 14 House Republicans who voted against a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday

• Claudette is likely to form and make landfall in the US this week • Doctors warn of pavement burns as record heat wave scorches several states

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It’s going to be very hot for a long time, the National Weather Service warns

Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) said that her remarks comparing masks mandates and vaccination passports to the Holocaust were “offensive” and offered an apology for them after visiting the Holocaust Museum. CNN’s Ryan Nobles reports.

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‘Surprise is understatement’: Reporter on lawmaker’s apology

• Top Senate Republicans split on need to investigate secret DOJ subpoenas • Trump-appointed DOJ official who has emerged as key figure in scandal over agency’s pursuit of records to leave post • McConnell dismisses Trump DOJ’s secret seizure of data

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Trump’s DOJ scandal keeps getting worse

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