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8:50 AM ET, June 16, 2021

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Glen Johnson / Axios:
First person: What I learned in the room with Vladimir Putin  —  I had the rare opportunity to watch Vladimir Putin in action during my four-year stint serving as a senior communications aide to former Secretary of State John Kerry.  —  Why it matters: From his timing to his baiting techniques …
Discussion: Politico, Insider, CNN and Fox News
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Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
Still a summit secret: What happened in Helsinki between Putin and Trump?  —  Democrats say they are no longer pursuing records of the private meeting.  —  Ahead of President Joe Biden's meeting Wednesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, congressional Democrats said they are no longer seeking records …
CNN:
Biden's historic opportunity with Putin
Discussion: CBS News and Insider
New York Times:
Trump Executive Could Face Charges as Soon as This Summer  —  An investigation into Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organization's finance chief, appears to be heading into its final stages as prosecutors increase pressure on him.  —  The Manhattan district attorney's office appears to have entered …
The Daily Beast:
Wait, This Is Why a Local Fox Reporter Sabotaged Her Career?  —  Ivory Hecker told The Daily Beast on Tuesday that she's been terminated after claiming on-air that the station has “muzzled” her. … Fox 26 Houston general assignment reporter Ivory Hecker said Tuesday that she has been fired …
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The Guardian:
Jared Kushner agrees book deal for ‘definitive’ account of Trump presidency  —  The untitled memoir by the president's son-in-law will be published in 2022  —  Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of former president Donald Trump and a senior adviser in his administration, has secured a book deal to recount Trump's presidency.
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Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Jared Kushner has book deal, publication expected in 2022
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Olafimihan Oshin / The Hill:   Kushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022
Alana Wise / NPR:
Senate Unanimously Approves A Bill To Make Juneteenth A Public Holiday  —  The Senate unanimously approved a bill Tuesday that would make Juneteenth, the date commemorating the end of chattel slavery in the United States, a legal public holiday.  —  The holiday is celebrated on June 19 …
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
21 House Republicans vote against awarding Congressional Gold Medal to all police officers who responded on Jan. 6
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Forbes
CNN:
Congressional Gold Medal vote for January 6 police officers overwhelmingly passes House as 21 Republicans vote no
Discussion: NBC News and Denver Post
Washington Examiner:
Joe Biden's deserved, humiliating loss at the Supreme Court  —  You may not have heard, but a unanimous Supreme Court just dealt a well-deserved and humiliating defeat to the Biden administration.  —  Legal, criminal, and administrative questions were involved, but the central question was …
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Fox News trying to claim that Tom Hanks was ‘canceled’ is proof of its utter desperation  —  You may have a hard time understanding how Dr. Seuss, Mr. Potato Head and Tom Hanks are connected, but that probably just means you haven't been watching nearly enough Fox News recently
Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Washington Post:
Southern Baptists elect Ed Litton as their president, a defeat for the hard right  —  NASHVILLE — The Southern Baptist Convention elected Ed Litton as its president on Tuesday, signaling a defeat for the hard right within the nation's largest Protestant denomination.
David Rohde / New Yorker:
The Political, Legal, and Moral Minefield That Donald Trump Left for Merrick Garland  —  Some fear that a former judge with a passionate belief in fairness and neutrality cannot effectively counter Trump.  —  Steps away from the Attorney General's office, in the Justice Department headquarters …
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Washington Post:
Democrats raise fresh alarms on emerging Senate infrastructure compromise  —  Biden administration officials believe they will have a better sense of whether a bipartisan deal is possible in next seven to 10 days.  —  A number of congressional Democrats erupted in fresh revolt Tuesday …
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and MyNorthwest.com
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Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Jon Stewart's rant is a reminder: Don't rely on celebrities for covid-19 theories  —  It seems like a long time ago now, but Jon Stewart used to be an immensely important figure sitting at the place where politics and pop culture meet; he turned “The Daily Show” into a hit …
Discussion: IndieWire
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The folly of bullying Joe Manchin  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  President JOE BIDEN is scheduled to meet Russian President VLADIMIR PUTIN for some five hours of talks in Geneva starting at 7:10 a.m. Eastern time.  It's their first meeting in a decade.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Stable U.S. Moral Ratings Obscure Big Partisan Shifts  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Continuing a long-term trend, Americans are discouraged about the state of moral values in the U.S., with 84% calling them “only fair” or “poor” and two-thirds believing they are getting worse rather than better.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Best Anyone Can Hope For With Iran Is Pretty Bad  —  Since Iran and the U.S. held more talks this week to try to revive their nuclear deal, with some progress reported, I want to share my views on this subject: I supported the original deal negotiated by Barack Obama in 2015.
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:   Biden Admin Prepared to Lift Sanctions on Iran's Top Terrorism Financers, Senator Says
Kyle Whitmire / al.com:
Alabama lawmaker wants to ban critical race theory, so I asked him what it is  —  This is an opinion column.  —  There's been a lot of talk about critical race theory lately, and I've felt at a loss.  I've heard so many conflicting things about critical race theory, I've gotten more and more confused.
David Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
California's Last Fire Season Was a Historic Disaster.  This One Might Be Worse.  —  “I personally know probably a dozen people in California, maybe 20, who've had to personally outrun flames.”  —  It's early June, and I am speaking to climate scientist Daniel Swain, who grew up in the state …
Alejandro N. Mayorkas / USA Today:
Mayorkas on DACA 9th anniversary: When will Congress give Dreamers the lives they deserve?  —  Dreamers deserve protection, opportunity and freedom from fear.  I helped create DACA in 2012.  Make it permanent before its 10th anniversary next year.  —  Right now in a community somewhere …
Michael Gartland / New York Daily News:
Hillary Clinton endorses Tali Farhadian Weinstein for Manhattan DA  —  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Tuesday she's backing Tali Farhadian Weinstein's run for Manhattan district attorney — a big coup in a crowded field that has focused much of their attention on criminal justice reform.
Discussion: The Hill and New York Magazine
Ed Z / Ed Zitron's Where's Your Ed At:
Newsrooms Need To Treat Coordinated Online Attacks On Reporters Like Propaganda - And Act Like They're At War  —  The latest in the near-endless flow of bad faith attacks on the media erupted last week in a coordinated attack on New York Times reporter Mara Gay.
Tammy Bruce / Washington Times:
At G7, Biden is slow, confused and seemingly dazed  —  Confusing Libya with Syria no less than three times, the president's slip-ups have national security implications  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  —  “I'm going to get in trouble with mom and dad if I don't do this the right way ... ” …
Austin Sarat / The Hill:
Why the Biden administration must protect the press — even when it exposes government secrets  —  Fifty years ago, on June 13, 1971, the New York Times published the first in a nine-part series of excerpts from what became known as the Pentagon Papers.  That publication exposed to public view …
Discussion: Reuters
Sarasota Herald-Tribune:
Florida emerges as a cradle of the insurrection as Jan. 6 Capitol riot arrests keep piling up  —  Zac Anderson Dinah Voyles PulverSarasota Herald-Tribune  —  Florida is emerging as a cradle of the insurrection as the fallout from the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol building paints a clearer picture of those involved.
CNN:
Government UFO report is the product of years of military infighting over whether to take sightings seriously  —  NASA chief says the agency is investigating UFOs  —  Washington (CNN)Members of the House Intelligence Committee will receive a classified briefing on Wednesday morning …
 
 
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Hamilton Nolan / In These Times:
The Leadership Struggle In One of California's Most Powerful Unions Just Keeps Getting Weirder
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
First He Was a Capitol Rioter. Now He Wants to Be Governor of Nevada.
Discussion: Raw Story
David Siders / Politico:
How a Trump ally rode Trump's election fraud lie to political prominence
Discussion: Raw Story
The Hill:
The plan to ‘Build Back Better’ across the globe isn't enough to counter China
Pam Belluck / New York Times:
Many Post-Covid Patients Are Experiencing New Medical Problems, Study Finds
Discussion: Deseret News and HotAir
Jason Rantz / MyNorthwest.com:
Seattle cops forced to give personal texts, financial records to city under termination threat
Discussion: Townhall
Washington Post:
In new letter, Democratic Rep. Cuellar urges Harris to travel to the border
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Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Insider
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
NY Mayoral Candidate Maya Wiley Hosted Event With Anti-Semite Dropped From Women's March
Discussion: Elder Of Ziyon
Andrew Purcell / Reprieve:
Saudi Arabia executes Mustafa al-Darwish for teenage protests
Discussion: Al Jazeera
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