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7:20 AM ET, June 14, 2021

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Yaacov Benmeleh / Bloomberg:
Netanyahu Plots Comeback Even Before New Government Sworn In  — 'We'll be back — soon,' he said before successor was sworn in  — Coalition is shaky, but comeback threat might prop it up  —  Benjamin Netanyahu, unseated after a bruising, two-year battle to hold on to his job, is already plotting a comeback.
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The White House:
Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Prime Minister Bennett of Israel
Discussion: JNS.org
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
Netanyahu, ‘King of Israel,’ Exits a Stage He Dominated
Discussion: Los Angeles Times, NPR and Al Jazeera
Haaretz:
Pics: Noam Moskowitz/Knesset, Gil COHEN-MAGEN, Ariel Zandberg
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and New York Times
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
The fall of “King Bibi”
Discussion: Fox News and The Times of Israel
Axios:
Netanyahu is out as new Israeli government survives confidence vote
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Israel Approves Coalition Government, Ending Netanyahu's 12-Year Reign
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Manchin and Sinema still might get their way  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  President JOE BIDEN is at NATO headquarters in Brussels today explaining his decision to pull out of Afghanistan to allies who felt blindsided.  The House is back in session and will soon be debating …
Discussion: CNN, Washington Post, Bloomberg and The Hill
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BBC:
China denounces G7 after statement on Xinjiang and Hong Kong  —  China has accused the G7 of “political manipulation” after it criticised Beijing over a range of issues.  —  In a joint statement at the end of a three-day summit, leaders of the G7 countries urged China to “respect human rights and fundamental freedoms”.
Benjamin Fearnow / Newsweek:
Kayleigh McEnany Claims ‘I Never Lied’ as Trump's White House Press Secretary, Cites Belief in God  —  Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany proclaimed Sunday that her faith in God prevented her from ever telling a single lie during her tenure as former President Donald Trump's chief spokesperson.
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Kaelan Deese / Washington Examiner:
McEnany claims ‘I never lied’ as Trump's press secretary, citing religious faith  —  Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany claimed Sunday her faith in God barred her from ever telling a lie during her time working under former President Donald Trump.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Why The New Yorker's Stars Didn't Join Its Union  —  The 96-year-old magazine, known for its revered writers and sophisticated audience, is being consumed by a labor dispute.  —  Writers for The New Yorker have been known to refer to the editor, David Remnick, as “Dad,” …
Hunter Walker / The Atlantic:
The NYC Mayor's Race Is a Warning for Progressives  —  Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the most prominent progressive politicians in the country, warned last week that her hometown is at high risk of having a decidedly moderate mayor.  Standing in New York's City Hall Park …
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Matthew Neale / NME:
Watch Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and John Mulaney open for The Strokes at Maya Wiley fundraiser
Discussion: Insider and Crooks and Liars
Mihir Zaveri / New York Times:   New York Has a Housing Crisis. How Would the Mayoral Candidates Fix It?
New York Times:
Apple Is Said to Have Turned Over Data on Trump's White House Counsel in 2018  —  The company notified Donald F. McGahn II last month that it had been subpoenaed for his account information three years ago.  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department subpoenaed Apple for information in February 2018 …
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Washington Post:
Trump's Justice Department secretly sought data from Apple on former White House counsel McGahn
Discussion: ABC News, Bloomberg and Politico
Ned Beatty Dead / TMZ.com:
‘Network’ & ‘Superman’ Actor Ned Beatty Dead at 83  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  REMEMBERING NED BEATTY  —  3:28 PM PT — Ned's manager tells us ... his client died around 7:30 AM this morning of natural causes, surrounded by friends and loved ones.  —  Ned Beatty — a veteran character actor …
Marianna Sotomayor / Washington Post:
'I didn't take an oath to defend Donald Trump': Rep. Tom Rice tests whether Republican voters will support a conservative who crossed Trump  —  MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Republican Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina has been a reliable conservative during his five terms in Congress …
Discussion: National Review and Raw Story
Ezra Klein / New York Times:
What the Rich Don't Want to Admit About the Poor  —  I'm not going to pretend that I know how to interpret the jobs and inflation data of the past few months.  My view is that this is still an economy warped by the pandemic, and that the dynamics are so strange and so unstable that it will be some time before we know its true state.
Eric Deggans / NPR:
Tom Hanks Is A Non-Racist.  It's Time For Him To Be Anti-Racist  —  First, I must note how much I love Tom Hanks as a performer, Hollywood citizen and all-around stand-up guy.  —  Of course, he's a consummate actor, with two Oscars and starring roles in landmark films such as Philadelphia and Forrest Gump.
Discussion: Hollywood in Toto and Fox News
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
House GOP prays Trump can kick his habit of 2020 grievances  —  As Republicans strategize with Donald Trump on how to retake the House in 2022, they worry his focus on false claims about the 2020 election will create an uncomfortable litmus test.  —  Sen. Roy Blunt used a recent appearance on NBC's …
Kevin Daley / Washington Free Beacon:
Breyer's Departure Could Make the Supreme Court More Conservative  —  Progressives are pushing the 82-year-old justice to clear the way for a more liberal replacement  —  The recent left-wing push for Justice Stephen Breyer to retire in favor of a younger liberal justice is likely …
Discussion: New Republic
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
‘Full of s—’: Candidates warned not to fake Trump endorsement  —  The former president's team is getting more aggressive about policing GOP candidates who claim Trump's support before he's endorsed.  —  Trump advisers say the former president has relished being courted by candidates and has received hundreds of endorsement requests.
Discussion: Raw Story
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Police union PACs launch text attacks on The Squad  —  A national police union is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars attacking The Squad, records show.  —  Why it matters: The $510,000 in spending by two PACs associated with the International Union of Police Associations …
Discussion: Raw Story and Insider
BBC:
Nicaragua: Five more opposition figures detained ahead of election  —  Police in Nicaragua have detained five more prominent opposition figures, in what critics say is a crackdown on opponents of the country's president.  —  Several former allies of long-time President Daniel Ortega were among those arrested on Sunday.
Katherine Huggins / Mediaite:
Sen. Ron Johnson Claims Jan. 6 Was Not an ‘Armed Insurrection’ Because People Stayed ‘Within the Roped Lines’  —  Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) reiterated his belief Sunday that the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was a “non-violent” gathering.  —  Fox News' Mark Levin asked the senator …
 
 
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Financial Times:
Biden rallies western allies in global ‘contest’ against autocrats
Discussion: The Atlantic and KVIA-TV
H.A. Hellyer / Washington Post:
From Ontario to Bordeaux, Islamophobia and right-wing terrorism must be confronted head-on
Richard Alba / The Atlantic:
The Myth of a Majority-Minority America
Discussion: emptywheel
Christina Zhao / Newsweek:
Calls for Alex Jones' Arrest Grow Louder After His $500K Donation to January 6 Rally Resurfaces
David Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
The Implications of the Lab-Leak Hypothesis
Anthony Izaguirre / Associated Press:
Exodus of election officials raises concerns of partisanship
Discussion: Political Wire
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
This is the Republicans' back-up plan in case they can't suppress enough votes
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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Jay Mathews / Washington Post:
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Travis Andrews / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Althouse
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
Time will tell: Kamala Harris's presidential prospects
Discussion: New York Post and Townhall
Associated Press:
U.K. churchgoers stunned as Bidens join them at Sunday service
Discussion: NBC News