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6:10 PM ET, June 17, 2021

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Washington Post:
Biden signs bill making Juneteenth a national holiday; federal workers to get Friday off  —  President Biden on Thursday signed into law a bill creating a federal holiday to commemorate Juneteenth, the day marking the end of slavery in Texas.  Because June 19 falls on a Saturday this year …
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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
‘Obamacare’ survives: Supreme Court dismisses big challenge  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court preserved insurance coverage for millions of Americans Thursday, rejecting the third major challenge to the national health care law known as “Obamacare.”  —  The justices, by a 7-2 vote …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Affordable Care Act survives third Supreme Court challenge, as case from Trump administration and GOP-led states is rejected
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
BREAKING: ObamaCare wins the SCOTUS hat trick 7-2 ... on standing
Bloomberg:
Putin Hails Biden After Russian Senator Questions U.S. Leader's Fitness  — Legislator asked about Russian reports on Biden health  — Putin warmly praises Biden while getting a dig in at Psaki  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed the door on state-media speculation …
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CNN:
Strong questioning  —  A media exec recently asked me if I see a path toward persuading …
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Biden politely reads riot act to Putin
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Fact-check: Fox News and Republican lawmakers push new false flag conspiracy that FBI orchestrated US Capitol attack
Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP crushes Manchin's hopes for elections compromise  —  Senate Republicans spent months praising Joe Manchin for his insistence on cross-party compromise.  Next week they will almost surely end his hopes for a bipartisan deal on elections.  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell …
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NBC News:
Stacey Abrams backs Manchin's voting rights compromise as Senate eyes vote  —  Voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams threw her support behind Sen. Joe Manchin's voting legislation compromise — including the component requiring a form of voter identification — handing the West Virginia Democrat …
Bloomberg:
Schumer Set to Challenge GOP With Vote to Advance Election Bill
Discussion: Fox News, Newsy and Political Wire
New York Times:
Taiwan Wants German Vaccines.  China May Be Standing in Its Way.  —  The two sides have traded accusations about whether political motivations are keeping the Taiwanese people from receiving immunizations amid the island's first major Covid-19 outbreak.  —  TAIPEI, Taiwan — This is the age of “vaccine diplomacy.”
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Jeff Stein / The Daily Beast:
Rumors of U.S. Secretly Harboring Top China Official Swirl  —  Reports that a top Chinese official defected to the U.S. have swept Chinese-language media this week.  The alleged reason?  Sharing sensitive information about COVID-19 origins.  —  Chinese-language anti-communist media …
Discussion: SpyTalk
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
To push back against Chinese aggression, give Taiwan vaccines  —  At this week's Group of Seven summit, China was a hot topic, with the final communique calling out Beijing's atrocities against Uyghurs in Xinjiang and crackdowns in Hong Kong.  But the world's top democracies were less vocal …
Michael Schaub / NPR:
Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's Rise Continues To Fascinate In ‘Dissent’  —  The past 4 1/2 years have been a fever dream in American politics.  —  Donald Trump's administration was marked by unprecedented chaos and drama, with major stories crowding one another out of the news on a daily basis.
Discussion: New York Times and SCOTUSblog
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
In secret recording, Florida Republican threatens to send Russian-Ukrainian ‘hit squad’ after rival  —  MIAMI — A little-known GOP candidate in one of Florida's most competitive congressional seats was secretly recorded threatening to send “a Russian and Ukrainian hit squad” to a fellow Republican opponent to make her “disappear.”
Axios:
GOP Rep. Paul Gosar's family calls Jan. 6 comments “despicable”  —  Tim and David Gosar, the brothers of Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), appeared on CNN Thursday to apologize “on behalf of the actual sane members of our family” for the GOP lawmaker's incendiary claims about Capitol Police and the Jan. 6 riot.
Discussion: Forbes, The Hill and Insider
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Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Officer injured in Capitol riot blasts GOP lawmaker's behavior as ‘disgusting’ after tense exchange
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Elise Stefanik's post on democracy group board sparked a staff uproar  —  New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, who questioned the legitimacy of the 2020 election and voted against certification of Joe Biden's win, currently serves as a board member for a revered U.S. organization dedicated to the promotion of democracy.
Discussion: Raw Story
Dave Levinthal / Insider:
Here's what $15,000 will buy lobbyists on Sen. Mike Crapo's pay-for-access price list  — Crapo is the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee.  — He offers prospective donors three levels of access at different donation price points.  — One reform advocate called …
Evie Fordham / Fox News:
Missouri gov, attorney general fire back at Biden DOJ over ‘federal overreach’ on 2nd Amendment rights  —  DOJ says that Missouri's law ‘conflicts with federal firearms laws and regulation’  —  Gun rights shielded in Utah  —  Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and and state Attorney General (AG) …
Discussion: RedState, WTOP, The Missouri Times and FOX 2
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Associated Press:
Disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti deserves ‘very substantial’ prison time, prosecutors say  —  Prosecutors urged a judge Wednesday to impose a “very substantial” prison sentence on Michael Avenatti for trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike.  —  Prosecutors noted in a Manhattan …
Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
A Pill to Treat Covid-19?  The U.S. Is Betting on It.  —  A new $3.2 billion program will support the development of antiviral pills, which could start arriving by the end of this year.  —  The U.S. government spent more than $18 billion last year funding drugmakers to make a Covid vaccine …
Michael Hauser Tov / Haaretz:
Netanyahu Ordered Illegal Shredding of Docs at His Office Before Bennett Took Over, Sources Say  —  The material was kept in safes in the so-called ‘aquarium,’ where prime ministers and their most senior aides sit.  It's unclear which, or how many, documents were destroyed at Netanyahu's orders
Discussion: The Times of Israel
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Fox's anti-"critical race theory" parents are also GOP activists  —  One '"everyday American" '"parent" is a GOP consultant who worked for the RNC in 2020  —  Nearly a dozen of the Fox News guests the network has presented as concerned parents or educators who oppose the teaching of so-called …
Maxine Bernstein / Oregonian:
Officers, sergeants resign en masse from Portland's Rapid Response Team crowd control unit  —  Officers who serve on the Portland Police Bureau's specialized crowd control unit, known as the Rapid Response Team, voted to resign from the team during a meeting Wednesday night then alerted the chief's office …
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
Pack-a-day puffer Kathryn Garcia would be first cigarette-smoking mayor since '65 … City Hall hasn't had a cigarette smoker-in-residence since Mayor Robert Wagner left office in 1965 — but that would change if former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia wins the June 22 Democratic primary.
Nathan J. Robinson / Current Affairs:
How To End Up Serving The Right … Journalists Glenn Greenwald and Matt Taibbi have a long track record of work that exposes the crimes of the powerful.  Both were early intellectual heroes of mine; Taibbi was one of the first writers to see through Barack Obama's hollow rhetoric …
Stephen Fowler / Georgia Public Broadcasting:
Fact Check: Fulton County Is Not Missing Ballots Or Hundreds Of Drop Box Custody Forms  —  Contrary to reports from certain media outlets, there is no evidence of widespread fraud in Fulton County's elections.  —  For the past seven months, misinformation and false claims of fraud …
Kristin Tate / The Hill:
Biden approaches economic point of no return  —  In our crowded media ecosystem, the biggest story of the week is one the White House is hoping you won't notice.  Inflation grew by 5 percent last month, the sharpest increase in 13 years.  American families have noticed, with prices of gas …
Discussion: New York Times
Washington Post:
The Washington Post's Karen Attiah named opinion columnist … Announcement from Deputy Editorial Page Editor Ruth Marcus, Op-Ed Editor Mike Larabee and Manager of Editorial Talent and Logistics Nana Efua Mumford:  —  We are excited to announce that Karen Attiah will be a Post columnist.
 
 
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Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
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Discussion: ADF Media
Jim Salter / Associated Press:
St. Louis gun-waving couple pleads guilty to misdemeanors
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Jobless claims show surprise increase to highest level in a month
Discussion: HotAir and The National Interest
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Mitch McConnell Did The Nation A Great Favor By Keeping Merrick Garland Off The Supreme Court
Discussion: National Review
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
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Mel Leonor / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
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Discussion: Washington Examiner
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Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
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Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
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Discussion: Raw Story and Politico