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David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court upholds Obamacare again, rejecting GOP challenge from Texas  —  The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Obamacare for the third time and rejected a sweeping challenge backed by former President Trump and Republican state attorneys.  —  The 7-2 majority found the state of Texas …
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Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
Supreme Court rules on fate of Obamacare health care law  —  GOP-led states challenged the constitutionality of the law's individual mandate.  —  The Supreme Court on Thursday issued a long-anticipated decision in a case challenging the constitutionality of the individual mandate …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Affordable Care Act survives third Supreme Court challenge, as case from Trump administration and GOP-led states is rejected  —  The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act, saying Republican-led states do not have the legal standing to try to upend the law.
Discussion: CNN and Marketplace
Fox News:
Supreme Court sides with Catholic foster agency that excludes same-sex couples in 9-0 ruling  —  Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for June 17  —  The Supreme Court sided unanimously with a Catholic foster agency in a dispute against the city …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Affordable Care Act Survives Latest Supreme Court Challenge  —  The court sidestepped the larger issue in the case, whether the 2010 health care law can stand without a provision that required most Americans to obtain insurance or pay a penalty.  —  WASHINGTON — The Affordable Care Act …
Discussion: NPR, HotAir, USA Today and CBS San Francisco
Sam Baker / Axios:
Supreme Court rejects Republican challenge to Affordable Care Act
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”.
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William Saletan / Slate:
Trump Made the GOP More Friendly to Putin.  It's Sabotaging Biden.  —  President Joe Biden wants to send Russian President Vladimir Putin a message: that the era of Donald Trump is over, that the United States won't ignore Putin's crimes anymore, and that the world's democracies are united against Russian aggression.
Washington Examiner:
Joe Biden's silly Russia summit
Discussion: Insider, The Guardian, spiked and CNN
USA Today:
Joe Biden, the U.S. president who in Geneva didn't shame America like Trump in Helsinki
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Biden wiped the smirk off Putin's face
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.”
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 …
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Melanie Zanona / Politico:
GOP hands Dems a new line of attack: They're for ‘Trump over the cops’
Discussion: HuffPost and The Atlantic
Politico:
House repeals 2002 Iraq War authorization  —  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says he will also put the authorization to a vote this year and President Joe Biden supports its repeal.  —  Rep. Barbara Lee said the nearly 20-year-old war authorization “bears no correlation to the threats we face today.”
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Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
House votes to repeal 2002 authorization for military force with strong bipartisan support and a White House endorsement  —  The House voted Thursday to repeal a 19-year-old military authorization Congress passed to give legal backing to the Iraq War with the support of Democrats …
Discussion: New York Times, Bloomberg and CNBC
Claudia Grisales / NPR:
In Historic, Bipartisan Move, House Votes To Repeal 2002 Iraq War Powers Resolution
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 …
Discussion: Associated Press and Newsy
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 and Politico
Politico:
Senate Democrats weigh $6T infrastructure bill, without GOP  —  Senate Democrats are weighing spending as much as $6 trillion on their own infrastructure package if the chamber's bipartisan talks fail, according to two sources familiar with the matter.  —  Majority Leader Chuck Schumer …
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Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Joe Manchin's sweeping new voting rights proposal, explained  —  The pivotal senator has released a potentially transformative plan to promote fair elections.  —  No voting rights bill will become law without Sen. Joe Manchin's (D-WV) approval, at least in the current Congress.
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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 …
Discussion: Insider and Mediaite
Apple Daily:
Apple Daily accused of using journalism to endanger national security  —  Hong Kong's national security police have arrested two executives and three news staff of Apple Daily, the only pro-democracy newspaper in the city, for foreign collusion, and raided its office.
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Zen Soo / Associated Press:
Editors of Hong Kong newspaper arrested under security law
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
The Trump Administration's Extraordinary Leak Investigations  —  A Times reporter on the news that Democrats' and reporters' phone data were seized by the Justice Department.  —  Last week, the Times reported that, during Donald Trump's Presidency, the Justice Department subpoenaed Apple …
Discussion: The Atlantic and Washington Post
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.
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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 …
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
A Final Column on What it Means to Be a Columnist  —  This is the last of Frank Bruni's regular Opinion columns, but his popular weekly newsletter will live on.  To keep up with his political analysis, cultural commentary and personal reflections, sign up here.  —  I owe Ted Cruz an apology.
Mitchell Ferman / The Texas Tribune:
Gov. Greg Abbott says power grid better than ever as Texans asked to cut back electricity use  —  A number of power plants were inexplicably offline at the same time that Texas was experiencing record June demand for electricity.  ERCOT officials are still working to determine why.  —  Copy link
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
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Charles Murray / spectatorworld.com:
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Discussion: Politico, Gothamist and CNN
Wyatt DobrovichFago / FOX News Radio:
Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC): ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ Police Reform Can Get Done, Says Qualified Immunity For Officers ‘Cannot Be On The Table’
Discussion: NBC News and Breitbart
Seth Barron / The American Mind:
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 Earlier Items: 
Dean Obeidallah / MSNBC:
The FBI says the Capitol riot was ‘terrorism.’ Democrats (and Republicans) should, too.
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: NRCC to accept cryptocurrency donations
Discussion: Forbes and Insider
Politico:
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Tik Root / Washington Post:
Earth is now trapping an ‘unprecedented’ amount of heat, NASA says
Discussion: Gizmodo and Sputnik News
John McWhorter / It Bears Mentioning:
YOU ARE NOT A RACIST TO CRITICIZE CRITICAL RACE THEORY.
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
Inside Tom Cotton's Insane World Of DNA Theft, Olympic Athletes, And Anti-China Conspiracies