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12:40 PM ET, June 17, 2021

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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 …
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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 …
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: HotAir, USA Today and CBS San Francisco
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, Marketplace and Kevin Drum
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 …
Washington Post:
Federal employees to get Friday off as Biden signs legislation making Juneteenth a national holiday  —  President Biden, having returned to the White House from his first trip abroad as president, plans Thursday to sign into law a bill creating a federal holiday to commemorate Juneteenth, the day marking the end of slavery in Texas.
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Obamacare Wins For The 3rd Time At The Supreme Court
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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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: Forbes, 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, Forbes and CNBC
Claudia Grisales / NPR:
In Historic, Bipartisan Move, House Votes To Repeal 2002 Iraq War Powers Resolution
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
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
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
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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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
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.
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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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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