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8:30 AM ET, June 17, 2021


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USA Today:
Joe Biden, the U.S. president who in Geneva didn't shame America like Trump in Helsinki  —  Our View: Whether real progress ensues remains to be seen.  But America needed to witness its leader engage in necessary diplomacy without humiliating himself.  —  The Editorial BoardUSA TODAY
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Biden politely reads riot act to Putin  —  Modest goal of stabilising US relations with Russia conveys realism that eluded earlier presidents  —  Summitry, contrary to a former British prime minister, is nothing like tennis.  The outcome is rarely “game, set and match”.
Alexander Vindman / New York Times:
The Biden-Putin Meeting Was Progress, But Not Enough  —  Mr. Vindman served as director for European and Russian affairs at the National Security Council, from 2018-2020.  —  The last time an American president held a summit with President Vladimir Putin of Russia — July 16, 2018 …
The White House:
U.S.-Russia Presidential Joint Statement on Strategic Stability  —  We, President of the United States of America Joseph R. Biden and President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, note the United States and Russia have demonstrated that, even in periods of tension …
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Biden wiped the smirk off Putin's face
The White House:
Remarks by President Biden Before Air Force One Departure
Discussion: Townhall, Balloon Juice and Тел …
NBC News:
House passes bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday … The House on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of making Juneteenth a national federal holiday with a 415-14 tally, and Democrats are hopeful President Joe Biden will sign the measure into law by Saturday.
U.S. Representative Matt Rosendale:
Rep. Rosendale Statement on Juneteenth Vote  —  Washington, D.C. — Rep. Rosendale issued the following statement opposing a bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday:  —  “Let's call an ace an ace.  This is an effort by the Left to create a day out of whole cloth to celebrate identity politics …
Marty Johnson / The Hill:
House approves Juneteenth holiday, sends bill to Biden's desk
Discussion: New York Times, Townhall and Roll Call
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.
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
Democrats Should Leap at the Chance to Take Joe Manchin's Deal  —  Sen. Joe Manchin, who thus far has opposed Democrats' big election reform bill, has finally made his counteroffer.  On Wednesday, the West Virginian proposed a series of changes to the “For the People Act” that could win his vote.
Washington Post:
GOP congressman refuses to shake hands with D.C. police officer who protected the Capitol on Jan. 6  —  Rep. Andrew S. Clyde (R-Ga.), who voted against awarding police officers the Congressional Gold Medal for their bravery in protecting the U.S. Capitol against violent, pro-Trump rioters on Jan. 6 …
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
GOP hands Dems a new line of attack: They're for ‘Trump over the cops’  —  Republicans often blast Democrats for wanting to defund the police.  But Democrats have a new rebuttal: The GOP won't defend the police.  —  In the aftermath of the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol attack …
Dean Obeidallah / MSNBC:
The FBI says the Capitol riot was ‘terrorism.’ Democrats (and Republicans) should, too.
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Ends Criminal Inquiry, Lawsuit on John Bolton's Book  —  President Donald J. Trump had pressured the department to use its legal powers to stop his former national security adviser from publishing embarrassing details about him.  —  The Justice Department has closed …
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
White House tries to privately calm Democratic fears on infrastructure deal  —  After being pummeled by progressives for continuing to pursue infrastructure talks with Republicans, the White House is now being offered what's likely the best bipartisan deal it's going to get.
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Torch
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.”
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Jackson Richman / Washington Examiner:
Marjorie Taylor Greene's insincere apology  —  On Monday, Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene apologized for comparing former mask mandates to the Holocaust.  —  “The Holocaust is — there's nothing comparable to it,” said the Georgia Republican following a visit to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Monday.
Myah Ward / Politico:   Congressional Black Caucus backs Ilhan Omar
Michelle Liu / Associated Press:
2 South Carolina executions halted until firing squad formed  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked the planned executions of two inmates by electrocution, saying they cannot be put to death until they truly have the choice of the firing squad option set …
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Pennsylvania's Conspiracy Kiss-Up Contest  —  To win Donald Trump's endorsement, candidates for the state's two major 2022 races embrace his big election lie.  —  Former President Donald Trump is watching Pennsylvania.  —  Like every other campaign observer, Trump knows …
Discussion: Raw Story, HuffPost and Politico
Seth Barron / The American Mind:
New Crime City  —  Progressive posturing in NYC creates a standard of savage permission. … The demonization of the police in New York City and the criminalization of normal police behavior accelerated under Mayor de Blasio.  Social media and cell phones have certainly amplified the tendency.
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
On the Campaign Trail With Andrew Giuliani The Son of Rudy is working out his father issues on the road to Albany.  —  Andrew Giuliani was holding a silver spoon.  He just was.  There's no getting around it.  Sitting in a booth at Mansion Diner on 86th and York — about a thousand feet …
Josh Boswell / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: ‘No yellow!’  Hunter Biden used slur to refer to Asians in 2019 texts with his cousin Caroline who asked if he preferred ‘foreign or domestic’ women - as he's already been blasted as racist for using the n-word  — Hunter Biden referred to Asians with the offensive term 'yellow …
American College Student Freedom, Progress and Flourishing Survey  —  The American College Student Freedom, Progress and Flourishing Survey is an annual survey conducted by the Sheila and Robert Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth.  The survey assesses student perceptions …
Discussion: Power Line
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
Warren P. Strobel / Wall Street Journal:
CIA Names David Marlowe to Run Espionage Operations  —  Will oversee undercover officers who recruit foreign spies, from foreign government officials to members of terrorist networks  —  WASHINGTON—In his first major personnel move, CIA Director William Burns has tapped a 30-year agency veteran …
New York Times:
Victoria's Secret Swaps Angels for ‘What Women Want.’ Will They Buy It?  —  The embattled lingerie giant is attempting the most extreme brand turnaround in recent memory: an effort not just to redefine itself but also the very idea of what “sexy” is.  —  The Victoria's Secret Angels …
POLITICO Playbook: The inside view from the West Wing on infrastructure  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  JUST POSTED: Friend of Playbook Olivia Nuzzi profiles New York gubernatorial candidate ANDREW GIULIANI for the next issue of New York magazine.  Lots of juicy details: DONALD TRUMP is mad at him.
Associated Press:
Aide says former Homeland Security head Tom Ridge had stroke  —  HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge suffered a stroke Wednesday at his home in suburban Washington, D.C., a longtime aide to the former Pennsylvania governor said.
Discussion: The Hill and Fox News
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Biden administration cancels Trump limits on asylum eligibility  —  Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday rolled back a pair of Trump administration legal decisions that had narrowed access to the U.S. asylum system, where caseloads have ballooned in recent years from soaring numbers of claims.
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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: NRCC to accept cryptocurrency donations
Discussion: Insider
Houston Keene / New York Post:
Biden Land Management nominee ‘collaborated with eco-terrorists,’ traded testimony for immunity
Tik Root / Washington Post:
Earth is now trapping an ‘unprecedented’ amount of heat, NASA says
Denise G. Fairchild / The Hill:
To truly build back better, we need a Justice 100 solution
Discussion: The National Interest
Los Angeles Times:
Jean Guerrero to join The Times as an Op-Ed columnist
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Roger Severino / National Review:
Breaking: EEOC Chairwoman Unilaterally Issues Gender Guidelines
Discussion: Breitbart and Power Line
John McWhorter / It Bears Mentioning:
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
Inside Tom Cotton's Insane World Of DNA Theft, Olympic Athletes, And Anti-China Conspiracies
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
How Democrats could win Alaska's Senate seat thanks to ranked-choice voting
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
The Forever-Trump Movement Has Won
Discussion: Opinion Today