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12:55 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: HotAir, CNN, Insider, Тел … and Fox News
Bloomberg:
Biden, Putin Conclude Geneva Summit After About 2.5 Hours
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
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
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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Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
White House keeps publicly disagreeing with DOJ decisions while stressing their independence
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
A trove of preposterous emails raises the question: How can Republicans still be loyal to this man?
Sara Gentzler / Omaha World-Herald:
Gov. Ricketts says he is ‘opposed to critical race theory’  —  Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts this week said he is “opposed to critical race theory,” voicing an increasingly common opinion among Republican politicians.  —  The governor was asked about the concept Monday on his monthly call-in radio program …
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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.
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.
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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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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.
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Julian Mark / Washington Post:
Paul Gosar demands name of Capitol officer who killed rioter Ashli Babbitt, saying she was ‘executed’
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, Forceful on Jan. 6, Privately Are in Turmoil  —  The far-right groups face a cash squeeze, internal discord, social-media cutoff and isolation from the financial system  —  The far-right group the Oath Keepers is splintering after board members accused the founder …
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Sarasota Herald-Tribune:
Florida emerges as a cradle of the insurrection as Jan. 6 Capitol riot arrests keep piling up
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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 …
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
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?
Vicky Prodeline / Monmouth University Polling …:
Biden Spending Plans Remain Popular  —  But presidential job rating takes a dip  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Joe Biden's job rating has taken a dip as progress on his spending plans has stalled.  The latest Monmouth ("Mon-muth") University Poll finds a majority of the American public continues …
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
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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 …
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Title IX Protections Extend to Transgender Students, Education Dept. Says  —  Using a Supreme Court ruling as its guide, the department will issue guidance that says discrimination against gay and transgender students is prohibited under the 1972 law.  —  WASHINGTON — A year …
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.
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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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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
 
 
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Leah Feiger / VICE:
Guantánamo Detainees Say Conditions Are Worse Since Biden Became President
Discussion: Insider
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Global Tax Deal Holdouts Face Squeeze Under Biden Administration Plan
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Boebert falsely claims liberals have ‘legalized’ knowingly spreading HIV
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
Greg B. Smith / THE CITY:
Eric Adams Failed to Disclose Co-Ownership of Brooklyn Co-op He Says He Gave Away to a Friend
Discussion: Politico
David Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
California's Last Fire Season Was a Historic Disaster. This One Might Be Worse.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Stable U.S. Moral Ratings Obscure Big Partisan Shifts
 Earlier Items: 
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The Leadership Struggle In One of California's Most Powerful Unions Just Keeps Getting Weirder
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
The Guardian:
Jared Kushner agrees book deal for ‘definitive’ account of Trump presidency
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