Good morning, it’s Tuesday, June 29, 2021. Heartbreaking personal stories from the South Florida condo collapse continue to emerge, the violent crime wave in America’s big cities is starting to have partisan ramifications, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has introduced legislation for a commission to study the Jan. 6 rampage by Trump supporters at the U.S. Capitol. Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s successor is heading to Wisconsin today to sell his trillion-dollar infrastructure package to the public.
While a presidential trip to the American heartland is always a good idea, it seems that the people whom President Biden must convince are in here in Washington — within his own political party. The Democratic Party’s progressive wing wanted more federal spending on more things. They may eventually get their way, but after some confusing messaging out of the White House last week, it seems that those on Biden’s left flank will have to wait a while. For now, Americans can look forward to massive spending on bridges, roads, broadband, and the required substructure to service a vast increase in electric vehicles.
With that, I’d point you to our front page, which aggregates, as it does each day, an array of columns and stories spanning the political spectrum. Today’s lineup includes Anne Applebaum writing about diversity of thought in democracies (The Atlantic); a Bari Weiss critique of the cheap grace corporations achieve by embracing “wokeness” — while exploiting their own workers (Substack); Joe Concha on where U.S. media outlets rank in trustworthiness (The Hill); and Joe Biden himself on the beauty of bipartisanship and the benefits of the aforementioned infrastructure deal (Yahoo). We also offer a complement of original material from RCP reporters and contributors, including the following:
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States’ Bipartisan Voting Reforms Spotlight Ways to Rebuild Trust. Greg Orman and Nick Troiano see new laws in Kentucky, Vermont and elsewhere as possible templates for Congress to follow.
Voting Rights and the Politics of Bad Faith. Lisa B. Nelson assails the broad brush with which some partisans are tarring those they believe don’t share their goals.
RNC Invests Early in California With Asian Voters. Susan Crabtree has the story.
An Unflinching Guide to Biden’s Immigration Fiasco. Charles Lipson breaks down the administration’s policy changes and their implications.
Antitrust Push Could Harm Tech Device Consumers. At RealClearPolicy, Kir Nuthi warns that bills in the House would result in no Windows on Microsoft computers, and no preloaded Apple apps on iPhones.
Tough Talk on China Must Result in Action. At RealClearDefense, James Stavridis and Frances Townsend advise the U.S. and Europe to make good on their plan to create a Trade and Technology Council to counter Chinese tech ambitions.
Is Inflation the Nail in the Coffin for Biden’s Big Spending Plans? At RealClearMarkets, Stephen Moore and Alfredo Ortiz write that economic red flags should keep Congress from approving the president’s call for a “once in a generation” investment of $4 trillion.
Reject “Purity Culture.” At RealClearReligion, Daniel Frost and Dean Busby examine a strand of thinking in evangelical Christianity which holds that one can never become truly clean or whole after sexual transgression.
If There’s a World War III, Here’s Why the U.S. Would Lose. At RealClearHistory, David Pyne cites decisions made more than 75 years ago by Presidents Roosevelt and Truman.
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Carl M. Cannon
Washington Bureau chief, RealClearPolitics