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11:20 AM ET, June 17, 2021


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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”.
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
Washington Examiner:
Joe Biden's silly Russia summit  —  President Donald Trump's 2018 Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin was a manifest disgrace.  The former president was thoroughly manipulated by Putin into undermining America and its values.  —  And if Helsinki's watchword was shamefulness, Geneva's watchword is nothingness.
Discussion: spiked and The Guardian
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Biden wiped the smirk off Putin's face
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 …
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 …
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 and USA Today
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Affordable Care Act survives third Supreme Court challenge, as case from Trump administration and GOP-led states is rejected
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Officer injured in Capitol riot blasts GOP lawmaker's behavior as ‘disgusting’ after tense exchange  —  Washington (CNN)A DC Metropolitan Police officer who defended the US Capitol on January 6 blasted GOP Rep. Andrew Clyde on Wednesday evening for what he called “disgusting” behavior during a tense exchange.
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 …
Discussion: HuffPost and The Atlantic
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.
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
Democrats Should Leap at the Chance to Take Joe Manchin's Deal
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 …
Discussion: CBS News and Political Wire
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, Politico and HuffPost
Zen Soo / Associated Press:
Editors of Hong Kong newspaper arrested under security law  —  HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police used a sweeping national security law Thursday to arrest five editors and executives of a pro-democracy newspaper on charges of colluding with foreign powers — the first time the legislation …
Apple Daily:
Apple Daily accused of using journalism to endanger national security
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.
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
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.
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 …
Tik Root / Washington Post:
Earth is now trapping an ‘unprecedented’ amount of heat, NASA says  —  New research shows that the amount of heat the planet traps has roughly doubled since 2005, contributing to more rapidly warming oceans, air and land  —  The amount of heat Earth traps has roughly doubled since 2005 …
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The New York City Mayoral Primary  —  Breaking down the political geography of the nation's largest city as voters digest a crowded and sometimes crazy campaign  —  KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE  — New York City's mayors have struggled in their recent efforts to win higher office …
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Gothamist
Nikki McCann Ramirez / Media Matters for America:
On Fox Nation, Tucker Carlson and Charles Murray discuss race science and speculate a race war is possible  —  Murray: “Until recently, I was very skeptical of comparisons with the 1850's”  —  June 16th's episode of Tucker Carlson Today on Fox Nation featured a match made in race science hell.
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.
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 …
Justice Department drops Trump-era investigation and lawsuit over Bolton book  —  The Justice Department on Wednesday dropped a Trump-era lawsuit aimed at regaining profits from former national security adviser John Bolton's book.  —  According to a source familiar with the situation …
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Ends Criminal Inquiry, Lawsuit on John Bolton's Book
John McWhorter / It Bears Mentioning:
YOU ARE NOT A RACIST TO CRITICIZE CRITICAL RACE THEORY.  —  Dismiss those pretending that if you don't like what's happening in our schools, you're a jingoistic moron who doesn't want kids to learn about racism.  —  7 hr ago  —  Since a year ago, CRT-infused members of The Elect …
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’  —  Listen To The Full Interview Below:  —  Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) joined Fox News Radio's Guy Benson Show to discuss his ongoing efforts to spearhead bipartisan police reform on Capitol hill.
Discussion: Breitbart
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: NRCC to accept cryptocurrency donations  —  The Republicans' House campaign arm will begin accepting contributions in cryptocurrency, Axios has learned.  —  Why it matters: The National Republican Congressional Committee is the first national party committee to solicit crypto donations.
Discussion: Forbes and Insider
Dean Obeidallah / MSNBC:
The FBI says the Capitol riot was ‘terrorism.’ Democrats (and Republicans) should, too.  —  On Tuesday, we heard FBI Director Christopher Wray testify before the House Oversight Committee that Jan. 6 was an act of “domestic terrorism” that has “no place in our democracy.”
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Charles Murray /
Identity crisis: how the politics of race will wreck America
Bryan Mena / Wall Street Journal:
Jobless Claims Rose Last Week, Pausing Downward Trend
Discussion: The Daily Caller
POLITICO Playbook: The inside view from the West Wing on infrastructure
Adam S. Minsky / Forbes:
Biden Administration Will Cancel $500 Million In Student Loan Debt — Key Details
Wilfred Reilly / spiked:
The American media care more about the narrative than the facts
Discussion: Poynter and Washington Post
Jackson Richman / Washington Examiner:
Marjorie Taylor Greene's insincere apology
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
Inside Tom Cotton's Insane World Of DNA Theft, Olympic Athletes, And Anti-China Conspiracies
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Discussion: Power Line
Warren P. Strobel / Wall Street Journal:
CIA Names David Marlowe to Run Espionage Operations
New York Times:
Victoria's Secret Swaps Angels for ‘What Women Want.’ Will They Buy It?
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 …