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12:00 PM 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, Тел … 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: Politico, HotAir and Fox News
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 …
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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.
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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Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Republicans move to block inquiry into Trump DoJ's secret data seizure  —  Democrats are pushing for investigations into Trump's justice department for data seizures from Eric Swalwell and Adam Schiff  —  Top Republicans are moving to block a Senate inquiry into the Trump justice department's secret seizure …
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Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
No. 3 Senate Republican John Barrasso vows to make Biden a ‘one-half-term president’
Discussion: Politico
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
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Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
Who Is Trump Reaching?  —  “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?
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 …
Discussion: Fox News
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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Washington Post:
A trove of preposterous emails raises the question: How can Republicans still be loyal to this man?
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.
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
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 …
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
MyPillow CEO Says He's ‘Not a Cyber Guy,’ Claims Election Was Hacked Anyway  —  Mike Lindell is organizing a “cyber forensic election symposium.”  Experts say it's a “farce.”  —  Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai  —  Trump loyalist and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell wants to organize …
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.
Paul Gattis / al.com:
Mo Brooks gets arrest warrant for man who served lawsuit on his wife  —  U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks said Wednesday his wife has sworn out an arrest warrant for the man who served a lawsuit at their Huntsville home on June 6.  —  The Brooks have said they would seek the warrant for misdemeanor criminal trespassing …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Leah Feiger / VICE:
Guantánamo Detainees Say Conditions Are Worse Since Biden Became President  —  “Life here is like a nightmare.”  —  President Joe Biden has said he plans to close Guantánamo Bay, the infamous military prison in Cuba, by the end of his term.  But in the months since Biden took office …
Discussion: Insider
Greg B. Smith / 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
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 …
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Global Tax Deal Holdouts Face Squeeze Under Biden Administration Plan  —  Shield rule would target companies from countries that reject minimum corporate levy; potential hurdles are seen in Congress  —  WASHINGTON—Some countries might try to stay outside the emerging agreement to impose …
 
 
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Daniel Dale / CNN:
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Beyond California, a record year for recalls
New York Times:
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Alejandro N. Mayorkas / USA Today:
Mayorkas on DACA 9th anniversary: When will Congress give Dreamers the lives they deserve?
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
 Earlier Items: 
Sarasota Herald-Tribune:
Florida emerges as a cradle of the insurrection as Jan. 6 Capitol riot arrests keep piling up
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
CNN:
Government UFO report is the product of years of military infighting over whether to take sightings seriously
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
Tammy Bruce / Washington Times:
At G7, Biden is slow, confused and seemingly dazed
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
21 House Republicans vote against awarding Congressional Gold Medal to all police officers who responded on Jan. 6