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11:40 AM ET, June 17, 2021


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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 …
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
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Affordable Care Act Survives Latest Supreme Court Challenge
Discussion: HotAir and USA Today
Fox News:
Supreme Court sides with Catholic foster agency that excludes same-sex couples in 9-0 ruling
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Sam Baker / Axios:
Supreme Court rejects Republican challenge to Affordable Care Act
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Forbes
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
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 …
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: Insider, 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: Bloomberg, 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
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 and Above the Law
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
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: Washington Post
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.
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 …
Discussion: Sputnik News
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.
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.
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.
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Media Partisanship in Plain View  —  Journalists used to aspire to objectivity.  Now they barely even bother to pretend.  —  The media faces a growing crisis of confidence.  Only 9% of Americans told Gallup last September that they have “a great deal” and 31% “a fair amount” of …
Discussion: HotAir and Fox News
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The New York City Mayoral Primary
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Gothamist
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: Breitbart
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
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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:
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