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1:10 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 …
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.
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
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:   BREAKING: ObamaCare wins the SCOTUS hat trick 7-2 ... on standing
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Obamacare Wins For The 3rd Time At The Supreme Court
Nicholas Rowan / Washington Examiner:
Supreme Court sides with Nestle and Cargill in child labor case
Discussion: Washington Post
Sam Baker / Axios:
Supreme Court rejects Republican challenge to Affordable Care Act
Discussion: National Review 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”.
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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
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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Politico:
House repeals 2002 Iraq War authorization  —  The House voted to repeal the 2002 authorization for the use of military force in Iraq on Thursday, a rare and historic effort by lawmakers to rein in presidential war powers.  —  Thursday's vote brings the U.S. one step closer to ending …
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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 …
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
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
MSNBC employees are forming a union.  —  Employees at MSNBC, the 24-hour cable news channel with a slate of prominent liberal anchors, said on Thursday that they planned to form a union representing about 315 workers including producers, bookers, writers, and fact checkers.
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 …
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, Politico and Mediaite
Chelsey Cox / USA Today:
Who are the 14 House Republicans who voted against a Juneteenth holiday?  And why? … WASHINGTON — Legislation to recognize June 19, or “Juneteenth,” as a federal holiday passed overwhelmingly in the House of Representatives Wednesday.  The bill passed unanimously in the Senate on Tuesday.
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NBC News:
House passes bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday
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.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Backs Catholic Agency in Case on Gay Rights and Foster Care  —  The unanimous ruling was further evidence that claims of religious liberty almost always prevail in the current court.  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously ruled that Philadelphia may not bar …
Discussion: HotAir
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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Mitchell Ferman / The Texas Tribune:
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Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
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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’
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Frank Bruni / New York Times:
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Seth Barron / The American Mind:
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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: NRCC to accept cryptocurrency donations
Discussion: Forbes and Insider
Tik Root / Washington Post:
Earth is now trapping an ‘unprecedented’ amount of heat, NASA says
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John McWhorter / It Bears Mentioning:
YOU ARE NOT A RACIST TO CRITICIZE CRITICAL RACE THEORY.