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By Mark Halperin ·Jun 21, 2021

Happy Monday! Smart Brevity™ count: 500 words ... < 2 minutes. Edited by no one.

Situational awareness: This is Mark Halperin, straining to find a clever format on a Monday morning, engaged in homage to the Axios genre.

1. 1 big thing: Biden’s decision

We wait to see what President Biden will do about the bipartisan infrastructure plans in Congress. He will almost certainly have to weigh in this week. In the meantime read:

Why it matters: Manchin is at the center of the debates on infrastructure and voting rights+ that come to a head soon.

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2. Team Biden must see the same polling on crime we do

This event on the White House week-ahead schedule catches the eye:

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

The President will deliver remarks on his Administration’s crime prevention strategy and meet with stakeholders to discuss ways the Biden-Harris Administration is acting to keep our cities and neighborhoods safe.

  • Why it matters: Republican strategists see crime as a sleeper issue for their candidates in 2022.

Between the lines: Look at what Drudge has going:

3. Sullivan says more sanctions against Russia coming 

National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that the Biden administration is preparing another round of sanctions against Russia over the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Why it matters: The news of a potential new sanctions package comes days after President Biden warned Vladimir Putin during their summit in Geneva that if Navalny died in prison the consequences for Russia would be "devastating."

Watch it: LINK

4. Mayoral race in city that never sleeps…sleeps…

A day before determinative Democratic primary, New York Post turns attention elsewhere:

5. Liz Cheney gets the Mark Leibovich treatment

Come for the lede:

Representative Liz Cheney was holed up in a secure undisclosed location of the Dick Cheney Federal Building, recounting how she got an alarmed phone call from her father on Jan. 6.

Stay for the kicker:

Friends say that at a certain point, events — namely Jan. 6 — came to transcend any parochial political concerns for Ms. Cheney. “Maybe I’m being Pollyanna a little bit here, but I do think Liz is playing the long game,” said Matt Micheli, a Cheyenne lawyer and former chairman of the Wyoming Republican Party. Ms. Cheney has confirmed as much.

“This is something that determines the nature of this Republic going forward,” she said. “So I really don’t know how long that takes.”

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6. 1 press thing

Tout le Chevy Chase is talking about this Ben Smith column about Tucker Carlson allegedly being a huge secret source for Dominant Media reporters.

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