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4:20 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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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.
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 …
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Media melee leaves journalists outside during Biden-Putin summit  —  GENEVA, Switzerland — A scuffle broke out among U.S. and Russian journalists outside the much-anticipated meeting between President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday, leading the media to be largely shut out of the summit.
Emily Jacobs / New York Post:
Russia provokes US in largest military exercises since Cold War before Biden-Putin meeting
Discussion: Fox News, Politico and HotAir
Reuters:
“Pragmatic” Biden-Putin summit agrees to resume arms talks, return envoys
CNBC:
Biden and Putin agree to resume nuclear talks, return ambassadors to posts
Bloomberg:
Biden, Putin Conclude Geneva Summit After About 2.5 Hours
The Intercept:
Leaked Audio of Sen. Joe Manchin Call With Billionaire Donors Provides Rare Glimpse of Dealmaking on Filibuster and January 6 Commission … West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, in a private call on Monday with a group of major donors, provided a revealing look at his political approach to the most thorny issues confronting lawmakers.
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Manchin outlines demands on voting legislation, creating an opening for potential Democratic compromise  —  Sen. Joe Manchin III, the sole Senate Democrat who is not sponsoring a sweeping voting rights and campaign finance bill, has outlined for the first time a list of policy demands …
Discussion: Bloomberg, Politico, CNN and Daily Kos
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NBC News:
Manchin proposes compromise on voting bills  —  Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., opened the door to a compromise on voting legislation Wednesday with a memo outlining provisions of federal voting and campaign finance legislation that he would support.  —  Manchin has emerged as a key figure …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Houston Keene / Fox News:   Republican senators to blast S1 as ‘Fund the Politicians Act’ on floor
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.
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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Steve Benen / MSNBC:
GOP leader vows to make Joe Biden a ‘half-term president’
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
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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Washington Post:
‘Pure insanity’: How Trump and his allies pressured the Justice Department to help overturn the election  —  New documents and emails reveal how far the president and his supporters were willing to go to try to keep Donald Trump in office in a frenzied three-week stretch that tested Justice Department leaders.
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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 Twitchy
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 …
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
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: RedState and Fox News
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 …
Danielle Ong / International Business Times:
Woman Who Hunter Biden Fathered Child With Was Sasha Obama's ‘Basketball Mentor’: Report  —  KEY POINTS  — Lunden Roberts had previously filed a paternity suite against Hunter Biden  — Hunter and Roberts settled out of court after a paternity test was conducted
Discussion: The Western Journal
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?
IT IS OBSCENE:
IT IS OBSCENE: A TRUE REFLECTION IN THREE PARTS  —  When you are a public figure, people will write and say false things about you.  It comes with the territory.  Many of those things you brush aside.  Many you ignore.  The people close to you advise you that silence is best.  And it often is.
Discussion: HotAir and Eduwonk
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.
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.
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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James Wigderson / RightWisconsin:
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Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
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Jeff Jacoby Globe / The Boston Globe:
Biden stays out of our face. Isn't it great?
Amber Athey / spectatorworld.com:
White House digs deeper on border crisis
Discussion: The Federalist and The White House
David Eggert / Associated Press:
Michigan Republicans pass bills to add voter ID requirements
Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Conservative group launches effort to create an ‘NRA for families’
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Meredith Newman / delawareonline:
May she rest in peace: An in memoriam to Sen. Tom Carper's ‘Silver Bullet’
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
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Stable U.S. Moral Ratings Obscure Big Partisan Shifts