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8:10 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: Insider, CNN and Fox News
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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 …
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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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Washington Post:
The nation cannot forget Donald Trump's betrayal of his oath
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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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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CNN:
Congressional Gold Medal vote for January 6 police officers overwhelmingly passes House as 21 Republicans vote no
Discussion: NBC News and Denver Post
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
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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Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
13 Progressive Groups Urge Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer To Retire
Discussion: Townhall, USA Today and Washington Post
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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Olafimihan Oshin / The Hill:
Kushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022
Discussion: Associated Press
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.
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
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
Luke Broadwater / New York Times:
F.B.I. Is Pursuing ‘Hundreds’ in Capitol Riot Inquiry, Wray Tells Congress  —  In two separate hearings, the F.B.I. director and Pentagon officials answered questions about the failure to adequately prepare for and respond to the Jan. 6 attack.  —  WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. is pursuing potentially hundreds …
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Politico:
‘Shocking failure’: Pentagon and FBI come under fire for Jan. 6 response
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
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.
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.
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Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Proud Boys descended into dysfunction and finger-pointing as members were arrested in US Capitol riot, new messages show
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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
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
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 ... ” …
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.
Brett Tingley / The Drive:
Check Out The Anti-Drone Weapons Carried By Security At Biden's Meeting In Brussels … Images shared to social media show Belgian security forces wielding a combination of handheld anti-drone weapons to protect a meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and King Philippe of Belgium held on Monday, June 14.
Alex Kotch / EXPOSEDbyCMD:
REVEALED: The Federalist Foundation's Tax Records  —  The Center for Democracy (CMD) has obtained the first 990 tax filing of a new nonprofit linked to the right-wing digital publication The Federalist, as well as the most recent filing from the Real Clear Foundation, another media nonprofit that has ties to The Federalist.
The Hill:
The plan to ‘Build Back Better’ across the globe isn't enough to counter China  —  During the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Cornwall, President Joe Biden and the other G7 leaders announced a global infrastructure plan to counter China's “Belt and Road” initiative.
MacKenzie Scott / Medium:
Seeding by Ceding  —  Sitting down to write this post, I felt stuck.  I want to de-emphasize privileged voices and cede focus to others, yet I know some media stories will focus on wealth.  The headline I would wish for this post is “286 Teams Empowering Voices the World Needs to Hear.”
Andrew Purcell / Reprieve:
Saudi Arabia executes Mustafa al-Darwish for teenage protests  —  In a statement this morning, Saudi Arabia's Ministry of the Interior announced that Mustafa Hashem al-Darwish has been executed.  His family received no advance notice, and found out Mustafa had been executed by reading the news online.
Discussion: Al Jazeera
 
 
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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
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Admin Prepared to Lift Sanctions on Iran's Top Terrorism Financers, Senator Says
David Siders / Politico:
How a Trump ally rode Trump's election fraud lie to political prominence
Discussion: Raw Story and York Dispatch
CNN:
Government UFO report is the product of years of military infighting over whether to take sightings seriously
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:
Rantz: 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
 Earlier Items: 
Luis Ferré-Sadurní / New York Times:
‘A Momentous Day’: New York Lifts Most Virus Restrictions
Discussion: HotAir
Jeffery C. Mays / New York Times:
Battle for Black Voters in N.Y.C. Mayor's Race Centers on Policing
Discussion: HotAir
Wall Street Journal:
Medical-Debt Charity to Buy, Wipe Out $278 Million of Patients' Hospital Bills
Discussion: Insider
David Harsanyi / National Review:
The Myth of Unprecedented Republican Obstructionism
New York Times:
Cuomo's Inner Circle Raised Money for Aide Who Was Convicted of Bribery
Discussion: New York Post