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2:30 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 …
Bruce Golding / New York Post:
Biden appears to have ‘cheat sheet’ at summit meeting with Putin  —  President Biden appeared to be holding another of his “cheat sheets” at his high-stakes summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Switzerland on Wednesday.  —  Biden seemed to be hiding the notes from Putin …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump has become a cancerous tumor that neither party is willing to excise  —  As extraordinary new revelations of Donald Trump's corruption continue to pour forth, an intriguing tension has developed around the former president's role in Republican politics.
Discussion: Truthout, Politico and Hackwhackers
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
Reuters:
“Pragmatic” Biden-Putin summit agrees to resume arms talks, return envoys
Bloomberg:
Biden, Putin Conclude Geneva Summit After About 2.5 Hours
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 …
Discussion: Politico, PoliticsPA and New Republic
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Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Manchin outlines demands on voting legislation, creating an opening for potential Democratic compromise
Discussion: The Hill
Houston Keene / Fox News:   Republican senators to blast S1 as ‘Fund the Politicians Act’ on floor
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
No. 3 Senate Republican John Barrasso vows to make Biden a ‘one-half-term president’
Discussion: The US Sun and Politico
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
GOP leader vows to make Joe Biden a ‘half-term president’
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson's wild, baseless theory blaming the FBI for organizing the Jan. 6 Capitol riot  —  It's been more than five months since President Donald Trump's supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, and those seeking to deflect blame still can't figure out exactly how to do so.
Sarasota Herald-Tribune:
Florida emerges as a cradle of the insurrection as Jan. 6 Capitol riot arrests keep piling up
Discussion: Florida Politics and Joe.My.God.
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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Julian Mark / Washington Post:
Paul Gosar demands name of Capitol officer who killed rioter Ashli Babbitt, saying she was ‘executed’  —  In a hearing on Tuesday, Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-Ariz.) abruptly turned his questions for FBI Director Christopher A. Wray toward the Capitol Police officer who fatally shot Ashli Babbitt …
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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: Truthout, Reuters and Common Dreams
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Lelac Almagor / New York Times:
Why Remote Learning Is a Failure  —  Ms. Almagor teaches fourth grade at a public charter school in Washington, D.C.  —  Our prepandemic public school system was imperfect, surely, clumsy and test-crazed and plagued with inequities.  But it was also a little miraculous …
Discussion: HotAir and Eduwonk
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Voters Are Slightly More Likely to See Antisemitism in Ilhan Omar's Latest Comments if They Know She Made Them  —  Name, party identification appear more influential to Republicans than Democrats when it comes to perceptions of bigotry  — The share of GOP voters who see antisemitism …
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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
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 …
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?
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 …
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
Ruth Graham / New York Times:
Southern Baptists Narrowly Head Off Ultraconservative Takeover  —  Ed Litton, a moderate pastor from Alabama, won a high-stakes presidential election with the potential to reshape the future of the country's largest Protestant denomination.  —  NASHVILLE — In a dramatic showdown on Tuesday …
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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 …
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.
ProPublica:
Leading Manhattan DA Candidate Has Repeatedly Paid Virtually No Federal Income Taxes  —  Tali Farhadian Weinstein, who donated $8 million to her own campaign, and her hedge fund manager husband paid nothing (or almost nothing) to the IRS four times in six years.  —  The Secret IRS Files
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.
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Conservative group launches effort to create an ‘NRA for families’  —  The American Principles Project is looking to unite families as a political force  —  Virginia parents battle school board over critical race theory  —  A conservative group is launching a new effort to create a …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
BBC:
Israel strikes in Gaza after arson balloons launched  —  Israel says it has launched air strikes against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, after incendiary balloons were launched from the territory.  —  Explosions were heard in Gaza City in the early hours of Wednesday.
 
 
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Insider:
The GOP's culture-war candidate for Virginia governor once praised the Democrats on economic policy
Discussion: Blue Virginia and Political Wire
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
MyPillow CEO Says He's ‘Not a Cyber Guy,’ Claims Election Was Hacked Anyway
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Boebert falsely claims liberals have ‘legalized’ knowingly spreading HIV
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
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
Discussion: HuffPost and The Dispatch
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Hamilton Nolan / In These Times:
The Leadership Struggle In One of California's Most Powerful Unions Just Keeps Getting Weirder
The Guardian:
Jared Kushner agrees book deal for ‘definitive’ account of Trump presidency
The Daily Beast:
Wait, This Is Why a Local Fox Reporter Sabotaged Her Career?