THIS IS AMERICA

Thursday, June 10

By Liza Hearon

BIDEN: ‘THE UNITED STATES IS BACK’ Joe Biden opened the first overseas trip of his presidency by seeking to reassert the nation on the world stage and steady European allies deeply shaken by his predecessor. The first stop on his eight-day trip was a visit with U.S. troops at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England. The Biden administration has agreed with Pfizer to purchase 500 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to be donated to 92 lower-income countries and the African Union over the next year. Today, Biden will meet with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a day ahead of the G-7 summit held in Cornwall. [AP]

KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE SPONSOR ABANDONS PROJECT The sponsor of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline said it is pulling the plug on the contentious project after Canadian officials failed to persuade Biden to reverse his cancellation of its permit on the day he took office. [AP]

PENCE SAVED THE REPUBLIC — WHY ISN’T HE TALKING ABOUT IT?Former Vice President Mike Pence’s refusal to carry out Donald Trump’s demands to overthrow the November 2020 election staved off a constitutional crisis at the very last, and possibly widespread national violence. HuffPost’s S.V. Dáte wonders why no one wants to talk about it — especially Pence. [HuffPost]

BIDEN BAILS ON COVID-19 SAFETY REGULATION FOR MOST WORKERS The White House has decided not to issue a broad emergency safety standard for COVID-19 that would apply to most workers. Instead, it will move ahead with a rule tailored to health care workers. The move is drawing sharp criticism from safety advocates who say Biden is abandoning a campaign pledge. [HuffPost]

REPORT CLAIMS TRUMP PHOTO OP WASN’T WHY COPS CLEARED SQUARE Police violently cleared protesters from a park near the White House last June not so Trump could stage a photo op at a nearby church, but to allow a contractor to install fencing, according to a report by the Interior Department’s inspector general. U.S. Park Police officials made the decision to clear the square “several hours before they knew of a potential Presidential visit to the park.” [HuffPost]

WHAT’S BREWING

CAPITOL POLICE OFFICER RECALLS ‘ZOMBIE’ MOB U.S. Capitol Police officer James Blassingame told PBS about his harrowing experience during the Jan. 6 insurrection and expressed disappointment that he and his colleagues had protected members of Congress but hadn’t been extended the same support. He said that the mob looked “like a sort of — a horde of zombies, just people as far as you could see just salivating … ” [HuffPost]

RUSSIAN COURT OUTLAWS NAVALNY ALLIES A Moscow court outlawed the organizations founded by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny by labeling them extremist, the latest move in a campaign to silence dissent and bar Kremlin critics from running for parliament in September. The ruling sends a tough message one week before Biden meets with President Vladimir Putin. [AP]

‘DOOMSDAY’ DAD PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO MURDER CHARGES Chad Daybell of Idaho has pleaded not guilty to murdering his first wife and two step-children from his second marriage, one year after the children’s bodies were found buried in his backyard. A day earlier, his wife, Lori Vallow-Daybell — the mother of the two deceased children — was committed to a psychiatric facility by a judge for 90 days in hopes of making her competent to stand trial. [HuffPost]

TEXAS LAWMAKERS WANT RACIALLY OFFENSIVE PLACE NAMES CHANGED The Texas House and Senate signed a resolution last month that urges the U.S. Board on Geographic Names to approve name change requests for 16 locations that include the term “negro.” “The perpetuation of racially offensive language is a stain on the Lone Star State,” wrote state Sen. Borris Miles. The panel plans to meet today to vote on the removal. [HuffPost]

SENATE PROGRESSIVES TO BIDEN: YOU NEED US Progressive senators have so far sat quietly on the sidelines throughout infrastructure negotiations. But they’ve gotten more vocal this week about their priorities — such as investments aimed at electrifying the nation’s vehicles in order to combat climate change — being left out of any eventual deal. [HuffPost]

TEXAS LAWMAKERS WANT RACIALLY OFFENSIVE PLACE NAMES CHANGED The Texas House and Senate signed a resolution last month that urges the U.S. Board on Geographic Names to approve name change requests for 16 locations that include the term “negro.” “The perpetuation of racially offensive language is a stain on the Lone Star State,” wrote state Sen. Borris Miles. The panel plans to meet today to vote on the removal. [HuffPost]

SENATE PROGRESSIVES TO BIDEN: YOU NEED US Progressive senators have so far sat quietly on the sidelines throughout infrastructure negotiations. But they’ve gotten more vocal this week about their priorities — such as investments aimed at electrifying the nation’s vehicles in order to combat climate change — being left out of any eventual deal. [HuffPost]

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