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9:40 AM ET, June 16, 2021

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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 …
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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
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson Says Vladimir Putin's Posing ‘Fair Questions’ About Ashli Babbitt Shooting  —  Fox News' Tucker Carlson said on Tuesday night that Vladimir Putin is posing “fair questions” about the shooting of Ashli Babbitt.  —  Babbit was one of the many rioters at the Capitol on January 6th.
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Fiona Hill reflects on ‘terrible spectacle’ of Trump-Putin summit ahead of Biden's meeting with Russian President  —  (CNN)Fiona Hill, once then-President Donald Trump's top Russia adviser, said Tuesday evening that she was so alarmed during Trump's 2018 press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin …
Shannon Pettypiece / NBC News:
Biden prepares for long, tense meeting with Putin
Fox News:
LIVE UPDATES: Biden to meet with Russia's Putin in Switzerland for high-stakes summit
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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Austin Sarat / Slate:
Joe Biden's Craven Death Penalty Reversal in the Boston Bomber Case  —  When Joe Biden took the oath of office as the 46th president of the United States, opponents of America's death penalty, including me, celebrated.  We took heart from his stated opposition to capital punishment …
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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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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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
The Barbara Starr question: Why did Trump's Justice Department want CNN Pentagon reporter's emails?
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
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.
Jim Swift / The Bulwark:
The War on Critical Race Theory: A Quagmire  —  Partisans have been itching for a new culture war.  CRT might be just what they're looking for.  —  The newest front in the culture war is Critical Race Theory (CRT)—and if history is any guide, the fight will be long, arduous, and ultimately unwinnable for either side.
Discussion: RedState, The Federalist and TheGrio
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Kyle Whitmire / al.com:
Alabama lawmaker wants to ban critical race theory, so I asked him what it is
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: Mercury News and Joe.My.God.
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, MyNorthwest.com and Politico
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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.
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
21 House Republicans vote against awarding Congressional Gold Medal to all police officers who responded on Jan. 6  —  Twenty-one House Republicans on Tuesday voted against awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to all police officers who responded to the Jan. 6 violent attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob.
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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.
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 …
Dominic Cummings substack:
The PM on Hancock: ‘totally fucking hopeless’  —  Some evidence re my and Hancock's testimony to MPs  —  Detailed analysis of all Hancock said to MPs would take days.  I'll focus today on just a few things to support what I told MPs and show that No10/Hancock have repeatedly lied about the failures last year.
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.
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.
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
Cole Lauterbach / Washington Examiner:
California removes most restrictions; Newsom keeps emergency powers  —  Even though Californians will be able to fill stadiums, concert venues, bars and restaurants, Gov. Gavin Newsom says the COVID-19 pandemic isn't over.  —  Newsom signed orders rescinding mask mandates …
Discussion: HotAir
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 …
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Why Trump's Continued Focus on 2020 Has Some Republican Strategists Worried About 2022  —  Trump's election attacks are resonating with GOP voters, many of whom say they believe reviews will overturn results  — 74% of GOP voters say they support state-level efforts to review …
Hamilton Nolan / In These Times:
The Leadership Struggle In One of California's Most Powerful Unions Just Keeps Getting Weirder  —  Accusations of cheating, chicanery and violent retaliation dog the SEIU Local 1000 election.  The consequences for labor are very real.  —  Even by the chaotic standards of the past year …
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 ... ” …
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.”
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 …
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 …
David Siders / Politico:
How a Trump ally rode Trump's election fraud lie to political prominence  —  As recently as three years ago, Doug Mastriano was a political nobody who finished fourth in a House primary in Pennsylvania.  —  Now, having hitched himself to Donald Trump's election fraud lie, his fortunes have changed dramatically.
Discussion: Raw Story
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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Camilo Montoya-Galvez / CBS News:
U.S. to allow more parents to petition for their children to immigrate legally from Central America
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Jeff Pegues / Associated Press:
Biden administration to unveil plan to combat domestic terrorism
Discussion: Raw Story
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Best Anyone Can Hope For With Iran Is Pretty Bad
Alejandro N. Mayorkas / USA Today:
Mayorkas on DACA 9th anniversary: When will Congress give Dreamers the lives they deserve?
Austin Sarat / The Hill:
Why the Biden administration must protect the press — even when it exposes government secrets
Discussion: Reuters
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
First He Was a Capitol Rioter. Now He Wants to Be Governor of Nevada.
Discussion: Raw Story
The Hill:
The plan to ‘Build Back Better’ across the globe isn't enough to counter China
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Rantz / MyNorthwest.com:
Seattle cops forced to give personal texts, financial records to city under termination threat
Discussion: Townhall
Brett Tingley / The Drive:
Check Out The Anti-Drone Weapons Carried By Security At Biden's Meeting In Brussels
Michael Gartland / New York Daily News:
Hillary Clinton endorses Tali Farhadian Weinstein for Manhattan DA
Discussion: The Hill and New York Magazine
Washington Post:
Trump administration's hunt for pandemic ‘lab leak’ went down many paths and came up with no smoking gun
Alex Kotch / EXPOSEDbyCMD:
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