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1:55 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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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.
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 …
Nicholas Rowan / Washington Examiner:
Supreme Court sides with Nestle and Cargill in child labor case  —  The Supreme Court on Thursday sided with the chocolate companies Nestle and Cargill in an extraterritorial child labor case.  —  The case, which the court heard last year, was one of a series of cases in which noncitizens attempted …
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 and NPR
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
BREAKING: ObamaCare wins the SCOTUS hat trick 7-2 ... on standing  —  Profiles in Courage it ain't, but for Democrats, it will suffice.  The removal of the individual-mandate penalty — the basis for the Supreme Court's 2012 upholding of ObamaCare — didn't get resolved in today's 7-2 Supreme Court dismissal of the challenge.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Affordable Care Act survives third Supreme Court challenge, as case from Trump administration and GOP-led states is rejected
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
Discussion: National Review and Forbes
Michael Schaub / NPR:
Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's Rise Continues To Fascinate In ‘Dissent’
Discussion: New York Times and SCOTUSblog
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
CNN:
Biden finds his comfort zone on the world stage in first international trip as president
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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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 …
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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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Live Updates: House Votes to Curb Presidential War Powers  —  The House repealed an authorization it gave President George W. Bush in 2002 to invade Iraq that was repeatedly applied well beyond its original intent.  The Senate will consider doing so as well, and President Biden has said he would sign it.
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
How to Hold Trump Accountable  —  The extent of the former president's corruption may be too great for Americans to fathom.  —  a torrent of new revelations is filling in the picture of how Donald Trump used, and abused, his authority as president.  But the disclosures may serve …
 
 
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