President Biden told U.S. troops upon his arrival in England on Wednesday that he is meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to “let him know what I want him to know.” Biden’s first overseas trip of his presidency will include multiple meetings with allies and a highly anticipated summit with Putin.

Biden left Washington with several of his leading legislative priorities hanging in the balance, including an infrastructure package. On Tuesday, Biden ended negotiations with a group of Republicans after the two sides failed to strike a deal after weeks of talks.

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Ex-congressman Renacci, a Trump ally, to challenge Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine in GOP primary

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Former congressman James B. Renacci announced that he will challenge Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine in the Republican primary next year, accusing the incumbent of being more aligned with President Biden than with former president Donald Trump.

Renacci, a Trump ally, attacked DeWine’s handling of the pandemic, during which the Ohio governor embraced the kind of strict public health guidances that Trump and his supporters opposed.

“Then, covid happened and he made a choice to rule like Andrew Cuomo instead of leading like President Trump,” Renacci says in an ad launching his campaign. “DeWine represented fear over freedom. He cost Ohio big time. So many jobs are gone. Local businesses perished. Shutdowns, schools closed.”

“DeWine defied Trump and was praised by Biden,” Renacci adds before a clip of Biden telling DeWine he was doing a “heck of a job” during a virtual roundtable with governors to discuss the coronavirus.

Renacci began a run for governor in 2018 but then dropped out to run for Senate instead, losing that contest to the Democratic incumbent, Sen. Sherrod Brown. Trump endorsed Renacci in that race. Now, planning to run as a pro-Trump conservative, Renacci has enlisted former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale as an adviser in his gubernatorial run.

“Our fate is up to us, and the choice is simple,” Renacci says in the ad. “We need to dump Ohio’s Cuomo, Mike DeWine, end his Trump-bashing reign and elect an Ohio-first conservative who fights for you.”

After McAuliffe wins Virginia Democratic primary, he and GOP nominee Youngkin come out swinging

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Only a few hours after former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe clinched the Democratic nomination for his old job, he and his Republican opponent wasted no time getting on the attack.

Glenn Youngkin, the GOP nominee for governor, released two ads late Tuesday aiming to paint McAuliffe as a recycled part of the political establishment and using one of the Democrat’s primary opponents to emphasize the need for new leadership.

On Wednesday, McAuliffe shot back with a 60-second spot trying to tie Youngkin, a retired private equity executive, directly to former president Donald Trump.

“I worked with reasonable Republicans to get things done,” McAuliffe says in his video, which touts his efforts as governor on job creation, health care and infrastructure. “But let me be clear: Glenn Youngkin is not a reasonable Republican. He is a loyalist to Donald Trump.”

Ocasio-Cortez urges Senate Democrats to act without GOP, warns clock is ticking on their majority

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) warned Senate Democrats that they are bound to repeat history if they lose time negotiating with Republicans instead of taking advantage of their control of Congress and the White House.

“Dems are burning precious time & impact negotiating w/GOP who won’t even vote for a Jan 6 commission,” she tweeted. “McConnell’s plan is to run out the clock. It’s a hustle. We need to move now.”

Ocasio-Cortez referenced the several months in 2009 when the Obama administration had a Democratic supermajority in the Senate and the majority in the House. That ended in early 2010 when Republican Scott Brown of Massachusetts won the Senate seat held by Ted Kennedy, who had died the previous August.

She suggested that the Obama administration believed it would have a 60-vote majority in the Senate for a while and that officials dragged their feet on their policy agenda by trying to find consensus with Republicans.

Though Democrats do not have a supermajority now, they do have a slight majority in the Senate that gives them power over the legislative agenda.

“Pres. Biden & Senate Dems should take a step back and ask themselves if playing patty-cake w GOP Senators is really worth the dismantling of people’s voting rights, setting the planet on fire, allowing massive corporations and the wealthy to not pay their fair share of taxes, etc,” Ocasio-Cortez also tweeted.

Biden says he’s meeting with Putin to ‘let him know what I want him to know’

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Biden told U.S. troops based in the United Kingdom that at the end of his first overseas trip as president he would meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to “let him know what I want him to know” — a line that received the loudest cheers from the troops.

“And along the way we’re going to make it clear that the United States is back and democracies of the world are standing together to tackle the toughest challenges and the issues that matter most to our future,” Biden said, noting he was there to attend the G-7 and NATO summits.

Biden said after he meets with America’s closest allies, he will sit down with Putin and tell him the United States wants a stable relationship, but will defend itself when provoked.

We’re not searching conflict with Russia, we want a stable, predictable relationship, our two nations share incredible responsibilities,” Biden said.But I have been clear the United States will respond in a robust and meaningful way if the Russian government engages in harmful activities — we’ve already demonstrated that. I’m going to communicate there are consequences for violating the sovereignty of democracies, in the United States and Europe and elsewhere.”

The president said delivering that message to Putin and standing up for U.S. values matters more than ever right now.

“I believe we’re at an inflection point in global history,” Biden said, “the moment befalls us to prove that democracies will not endure, but they will excel.”

Colonial Pipeline was shut down with worst-case scenario in mind, executives say

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Lawmakers called for aggressive action against foreign cybercriminals on Wednesday, as the chief executive of Colonial Pipeline Co. faced a second day of congressional questioning about the company’s handling of a massive breach last month.

CEO Joseph Blount reiterated the rationale behind the controversial decision to suspend pipeline operations and negotiate with the online criminals who’d locked up proprietary data, insisting during a House hearing that swift action was needed to guard against a worst-case scenario.

In the frenzied early hours of May 7, what worried executives most was the possibility that hackers could seize physical control of equipment critical to running one of the nation’s largest pipelines.

“If you even think there is even a one percent chance that that criminal got into your [operational technology] system and could potentially take over control of a 5,500-mile pipeline moving 100 million gallons a day, then you shut that pipeline down,” he said Wednesday.

Garland defends Justice Dept.’s appeal on behalf of Trump in defamation case brought by sexual assault accuser

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Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday defended the recent decision by the Justice Department to continue the Trump-era push to represent the former president in a defamation lawsuit brought by author E. Jean Carroll.

The lawsuit brought by Carroll — who accused Donald Trump two years ago of sexually assaulting her in the 1990s — has been stalled in litigation over whether the Justice Department had standing to represent him on the grounds that his denials in response to her claim were made while performing his presidential duties.

In response to a question from Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing, Garland said he was aware that some have been critical of the move, but that “the job of the Justice Department in making decisions of law is not to back any administration, previous or present.”

“Our job is to represent the American people,” Garland said. “And our job, in doing so, is to ensure adherence to the rule of law, which is the fundamental requirement of a democracy, or a republic, or a representative democracy. … It is that like cases be treated like, that there not be one rule for Democrats and another for Republicans, that there not be one rule for friends and another for foes.”

Garland said that “it is not always easy to apply that rule,” and that “sometimes it means that we have to make a decision about the law that we would never have made and that we strongly disagree with as a matter of policy.”

“But in every case, the job of the Justice Department is to make the best judgment it can as to what the law requires on matters of policy,” he added.

Last year, a federal judge in Manhattan rejected the Justice Department’s effort to enter the case.

Civil Division attorneys began the appeals process while the question lingered as to whether the Biden administration would continue to advance the legal cause, an issue that has the potential to set a precedent for the current or future sitting presidents and, according to the filing’s authors, could leave vulnerable other Executive Office of the President officers and employees.

Report: Park Police didn’t clear Lafayette Square protesters for Trump visit

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When the U.S. Park Police led law enforcement into a crowd of mostly peaceful protesters outside Lafayette Square on June 1, 2020, including officers equipped with chemical irritants and officers on horseback, they did so as part of a plan made days earlier to build a fence around the park to protect officers, not to facilitate the visit minutes later by President Donald Trump to a nearby church, a new inspector general’s report concluded Wednesday.

The report also found that D.C. police officers fired tear gas at protesters as they moved away from the park toward 17th Street, and that Bureau of Prison officials fired pepper spray munitions, both contrary to what Park Police commanders had instructed. Investigators also found that the audio warnings issued to the Park Police before the operation were not widely heard by the crowd and mostly ineffective.

The Interior Department’s inspector general conducted the investigation looking largely at the role of the Park Police but not the Secret Service, which is under the Department of Homeland Security.

Biden pushes protection for more streams and wetlands, targeting a major Trump rollback

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The Biden administration is ready to toss out a rule adopted under President Donald Trump that significantly reduced the number of streams, marshes and other wetlands that fall under federal protection, kicking off a legal and regulatory scuffle over the fate of thousands of acres of wetlands and waterways from the arid West to the swampy South.

Michael Regan, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, said his team determined that the Trump administration’s rollback is “leading to significant environmental degradation.” The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers will now craft a new set of protections for waterways that provide habitats for wildlife and safe drinking water for millions of Americans, according to a joint statement.

With the announcement, the Biden administration is wading into a decades-long battle over how far federal officials can go to stop contaminants from entering small streams and other wetlands.

Biden administration to buy 500 million Pfizer coronavirus vaccine doses to donate to the world

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The Biden administration is buying 500 million doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine to donate to the world, as the United States significantly increases its efforts to help vaccinate the global population, according to three people familiar with the plans.

President Biden is slated to announce the plan at the G-7 meeting in Britain this week amid growing calls for the United States and other wealthy countries to play a more substantial role in boosting the global supply of vaccines. Biden told reporters Wednesday as he boarded Air Force One to Europe that he would be announcing his global vaccine strategy.

The White House declined to comment and Pfizer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Beijing slams U.S. bill to curtail China’s economy and military, preps anti-sanctions steps

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Beijing decried a U.S. bill aimed at curtailing China’s economic and military ambitions, as Chinese lawmakers meet this week to discuss measures to counter U.S. sanctions.

The Foreign Affairs Committee of China’s National People’s Congress issued a strongly worded statement Wednesday against the sprawling $250 billion bill passed by the Senate a day earlier, which supports U.S. high-tech investment and provides funding to counter the political influence of the Chinese Communist Party.

“The bill is full of Cold War mentality and ideological prejudice,” it said. “It slanders China’s development path and its domestic and foreign policies.”

The National People’s Congress, China’s rubber-stamp legislature, is also discussing a bill this week in response to U.S. sanctions.

Sen. Jacky Rosen has concerns about eliminating the filibuster but would support it in one scenario

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Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) shared her reservations about eliminating the filibuster in a lengthy interview with The Washington Post’s Jacqueline Alemany, saying Democrats need to be “careful what you wish for.” But the lawmaker made it clear Wednesday that there is a situation in which she would support getting rid of it.

Rosen is among a handful of Democrats who are not robustly behind their party’s efforts to scrap the filibuster, a Senate process that requires a 60-vote supermajority to pass legislation. But she told The Post on Wednesday that she would support eliminating the filibuster “in the case of protecting democracy,” after previously saying she supported reforming it.

And Rosen was quick to distinguish herself from Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), who has drawn the ire of many Democrats for publicizing his lack of support for the voting rights measure known as the For the People Act in an op-ed this past Sunday.

Manchin works “in the way he thinks he’s going to get the most traction on what he thinks — and I prefer to work behind the scenes with my colleagues,” said Rosen, who supports the For the People Act and another voting rights bill named for the late congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.). “Just because someone chooses to stop in the hallway every day doesn’t mean the rest of our voices aren’t not heard or shared.”

“I’m not a shy person,” Rosen added. “I’m a persistent person. I think there’s many ways to make your position known. And you don’t always have to do it in the public eye.”

Rosen said she will insist on working privately to get enough support from both parties to pass what would be the largest overhaul of U.S. election law in at least a generation.

“I think we just have to continue to talk and to be open and allow people to see that healthy debate on the floor, and we’ll just go from there,” she said.

Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) suggested Tuesday that despite President Biden’s — and some Democrats’ — preference for legislation passed through bipartisanship, Democrats may have to look to using reconciliation, a special step that requires a simple majority to pass certain budget measures, to make the president’s ambitious infrastructure proposal a reality.

“And it may well be that part of the bill that will pass may be bipartisan and part of it will be through reconciliation,” Schumer said. “But we’re not going to sacrifice the bigness and boldness in this bill.”

Boris Johnson plays host at G-7, trying to patch over global tensions with bonhomie

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LONDON — There is little doubt that Boris Johnson will play a jolly, hearty host for this week’s clubby Group of Seven meeting at a seaside resort in Cornwall, England, telling colorful tales, quoting his bits of Latin, ensuring wine glasses are topped up.

Johnson is the ultimate after-dinner speaker. Before he became prime minister, he made a living off his bonhomie in hotel ballrooms — and serving as a guest host for the BBC television quiz show “Have I Got News For You.”

But will Johnson be a convincing champion for his vision for a swashbuckling free-trading Global Britain?

Despite presidential order and congressional demands, most U.S. police departments decline to share information on use of force

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Despite a presidential order, congressional demands and a proposed new law requiring police to tell the FBI how often officers use force, for the second straight year only about 27 percent of police departments have supplied data to the National Use-of-Force Data Collection program launched in 2019. With such a meager response, the FBI will only release a list of participating agencies and no data whatsoever about how often police fire their weapons, cause serious injury or kill people.

It’s a source of ongoing frustration among law enforcement executives, whose only nationwide data on police use-of-force comes from databases created by The Washington Post, and websites such as Fatal Encounters and Mapping Police Violence.

In 2015, then-FBI Director James B. Comey told top policing officials he could get the latest box office data on popular movies, but “it’s ridiculous — it’s embarrassing and ridiculous — that we can’t talk about crime in the same way, especially in the high-stakes incidents when your officers have to use force.”

Analysis: Don’t laugh off the slap of Emmanuel Macron

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France showed the world Tuesday that a Western nation’s famously fractious political class, sharply divided on virtually every major issue the country faces, can still unite in unequivocal condemnation of an act of political violence.

No major figures dismissed the literal slap in the face of President Emmanuel Macron, justified it, wrongly blamed it on antifa, insisted the assailant was basically a wayward tourist, or said other attacks on politicians were worse.

Some wry commenters on Twitter mocked the limp swat, and one Washington Post writer may have joked to a friend that the assault opened up an intriguing new world of options for vaccination incentives, beyond free beer, marijuana or doughnuts.

But French politicians — including far-right leader Marine Le Pen, thought to be the biggest danger to Macron’s hopes for reelection in April 2022 — closed ranks behind the head of state and warned that this could not be tolerated in a democracy.