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10:50 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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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 …
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.
Emily Jacobs / New York Post:
Russia provokes US in largest military exercises since Cold War before Biden-Putin meeting
Discussion: HotAir and Fox News
CNN:
Historic talks between Biden and Putin underway in Geneva
Fox News:
LIVE UPDATES: Biden to meet with Russia's Putin in Switzerland for high-stakes summit
Dallas Morning News:
Gov. Abbott signs ‘anti-critical race theory’ bill into law over objections from educators and civic groups  —  Opponents say the Texas law, which goes into effect Sept. 1, will have a chilling effect on schools.  —  Texas on Tuesday became the latest conservative state to bar certain concepts related …
Discussion: The Hill, TheGrio and The Texas Tribune
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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.
Sara Gentzler / Omaha World-Herald:
Gov. Ricketts says he is ‘opposed to critical race theory’
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 …
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
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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Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
No. 3 Senate Republican John Barrasso vows to make Biden a ‘one-half-term president’  —  The No. 3 Senate Republican, John Barrasso of Wyoming, told a group of voters that he wants to make President Joe Biden a “one-half-term president.”  —  “Mitch McConnell's come under a lot of criticism for saying …
Discussion: Politico
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Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Republicans move to block inquiry into Trump DoJ's secret data seizure
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
The Next Escalator Ride  —  “The Republican Party is just a name,” Steve Bannon told me last week.  I had called him to ask about the influence he believes his old boss still carries inside the GOP.  “The bulk of it is a populist, nationalist party led by Donald Trump.”  As for the rest of it?
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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  —  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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Forbes
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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
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Federal judge blocks Biden's ban on leases for drilling on public lands  —  WASHINGTON — In a setback for President Joe Biden's efforts on climate change, a federal judge in Louisiana on Tuesday blocked the administration's temporary ban on new leases to drill for oil and gas on public lands and ordered that lease sales continue.
Discussion: Reuters and Common Dreams
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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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Washington Post:
A trove of preposterous emails raises the question: How can Republicans still be loyal to this man?
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.
Meredith Newman / delawareonline:
May she rest in peace: An in memoriam to Sen. Tom Carper's ‘Silver Bullet’  —  Dear readers, we have gathered here to say our goodbyes.  —  Here she lies: A minivan that knew her worth - more than half a million miles.  A member of the Chrysler family.  An iconic fixture in Delaware politics.
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 …
Associated Press:
For years US Army hid, downplayed extent of firearms loss  —  The U.S. Army has hidden or downplayed the extent to which its firearms disappear, significantly understating losses and thefts even as some weapons are used in street crimes.  —  The Army's pattern of secrecy and suppression dates …
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.
Kelly Jones / abc10.com:
No, there isn't going to be a ‘second inauguration’ for Donald Trump this summer and you can't buy tickets  —  A viral image claims to show tickets for former President Donald Trump's ‘second inauguration’ being sold for $1,200.  —  While Joe Biden decisively won the 2020 presidential election …
Discussion: HuffPost and The Dispatch
Brennan Center for Justice:
Election Officials Under Attack … SUMMARY: Scapegoated for election outcomes that some politicians and voters did not like, election officials have been under unprecedented attack.  Here's a plan to protect them.  —  Donate Amount Donate Type  —  Donate
Discussion: NBC News, Vox and Politico
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.
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.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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.
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 …
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.
THE CITY:
Eric Adams Failed to Disclose Co-Ownership of Brooklyn Co-op He Says He Gave Away to a Friend  —  The mayoral candidate has declared questions about where he lives and owns property settled.  But a broken paper trail raises questions about his holdings and his transparency about them as the June 22 primary approaches.
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
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Alejandro N. Mayorkas / USA Today:
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Discussion: Breitbart
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
CNN:
Government UFO report is the product of years of military infighting over whether to take sightings seriously
 Earlier Items: 
Tammy Bruce / Washington Times:
At G7, Biden is slow, confused and seemingly dazed
Michael Gartland / New York Daily News:
Hillary Clinton endorses Tali Farhadian Weinstein for Manhattan DA
Discussion: The Hill and New York Magazine
Andrew Purcell / Reprieve:
Saudi Arabia executes Mustafa al-Darwish for teenage protests
Discussion: Al Jazeera
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