Biden gets real on his jobs plan

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Talks with Republicans collapse.

Talks of a compromise over Biden's infrastructure plan collapse; erosion of democracy in Nicaragua has activists and experts worried.


Tonight's Sentences was written by Gregory Svirnovskiy.



The White House changes plans on infrastructure talks




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  • President Joe Biden is ending talks with a GOP coalition led by West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito after weeks of negotiations over his infrastructure proposal went nowhere. Biden and Senate Democrats are now switching gears to a two-pronged approach. [CBS News / Grace Segers, Jack Turman, and Rebecca Kaplan]
  • Biden is negotiating with a bipartisan group headlined by Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) to bring more Republican votes into the fold. Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is working to get the bill into the Senate via budget reconciliation, a path Biden may be forced to take if bipartisan talks fail to make headway. [Washington Post / Seung Min Kim and Tyler Pager]
  • “It may well be that part of the bill that will pass will be bipartisan, and part of it will be through reconciliation,” Schumer said at his weekly news conference. “But we’re not going to sacrifice the bigness and boldness in this bill. We will just pursue two paths, and at some point, they will join.” [NYT / Emily Cochrane]
  • Capito said she felt like the White House had “moved the goalposts,” and that she'd made it clear she thought infrastructure could be done without corporate tax increases. [Politico / Ben Leonard]
  • For its part, the Biden camp said it negotiated in good faith, and ultimately axed talks with Capito in part because of how far apart the two sides were on spending (about $700 billion). [Washington Post / Seung Min Kim and Tyler Pager]
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Ortega arrests four political opponents in Nicaragua

  • Four political opponents of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega were arrested this week, as the long-term leader of the country heads into an election season with historically low approval ratings. Now he’s trying to survive by curtailing the opposition vote. [Washington Post / Ismael López Ocampo and Mary Beth Sheridan]
  • Just hours after she threw her hat into the ring for the country’s November 7 election, opposition leader Cristiana Chamorro was placed under house arrest on charges of money laundering and “ideological falseness.” Three other opponents are also under house arrest, meaning they can’t effectively launch their campaigns. [NYT / Yubelka Mendoza and Anatoly Kurmanaev]
  • Ortega has also come under fire for his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. Many suspect the government is systemically underreporting sickness and death totals, and just 2 percent of the population had received at least one vaccine dose as of May. [NPR / Carrie Kahn]
  • “Ortega is on the verge of ending all political competition in the country,” Eliseo Núñez, a Nicaraguan political analyst, told the New York Times. “We’re very close to calling this a dictatorship.” [NYT / Yubelka Mendoza and Anatoly Kurmanaev]

US vaccination rates are on the decline, making Joe Biden’s July 4 goal of a 70 percent inoculation rate nationwide look increasingly unlikely. [AP]

  • The richest Americans paid stunningly little in federal taxes, per a report by ProPublica. [ProPublica / Jesse Eisinger, Jeff Ernsthausen and Paul Kiel]
  • With much of the population vaccinated, the UK is preparing for “Freedom Day,” currently set for June 21. But officials are considering another delay to coincide with the end of the school year and allow more of the population to receive second vaccine doses. [Guardian / Warren Murray]
  • Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has again won the Democratic nomination for the state’s governor’s race, and is already taking aim at his Republican opponent, pro-Trump businessman Glenn Youngkin. [CNN / Dan Merica]


“In the U.K., the Delta variant is rapidly emerging as the dominant variant ... It is replacing the B.1.1.7. We cannot let that happen in the United States.”


Gangs and drug cartels killed dozens of candidates in Mexico’s midterm elections. Voters weren’t intimidated. [Spotify]

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