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7:10 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
Michael Schaub / NPR:
Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's Rise Continues To Fascinate In ‘Dissent’
Discussion: New York Times and SCOTUSblog
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Affordable Care Act survives third Supreme Court challenge, as case from GOP-led states and endorsed by Trump administration is rejected
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Joe Manchin reaches out to Republicans, and they slap him in the face  —  On Thursday morning, leading voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams dropped a big piece of news: She told CNN she supports Sen. Joe Manchin III's (D-W.Va.) compromise bill to protect democracy.  —  Republicans were thrilled.
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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Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Biden politely reads riot act to Putin
CNN:
Strong questioning  —  A media exec recently asked me if I see a path toward persuading …
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 …
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New York Times:   Taiwan Wants German Vaccines. China May Be Standing in Its Way.
Bernie Sanders / Foreign Affairs:
Washington's Dangerous New Consensus on China
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.
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Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Officer injured in Capitol riot blasts GOP lawmaker's behavior as ‘disgusting’ after tense exchange
Orlando Sentinel:
Records link big business group to Florida elections probe  —  Investigators searching for the source of more than half-a-million dollars spent last year in support of spoiler candidates that helped Republicans win three key state Senate races have obtained bank records for an organization tied …
Discussion: Florida Politics
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 …
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: HotAir and SpyTalk
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Libby Cathey / ABC News:
Biden signs bill making Juneteenth, marking the end of slavery, a federal holiday  —  Kamala Harris, the nation's first Black vice president, spoke at the ceremony.  —  President Joe Biden signed a bill Thursday making Juneteenth a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States …
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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
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 …
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 …
Jim Salter / Associated Press:
St. Louis gun-waving couple pleads guilty to misdemeanors  —  ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis couple who gained notoriety for pointing guns at social justice demonstrators last year pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor charges and agreed to give up the weapons they used during the confrontation.
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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