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7:05 AM ET, June 17, 2021


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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.
U.S. Representative Matt Rosendale:
Rep. Rosendale Statement on Juneteenth Vote  —  Washington, D.C. — Rep. Rosendale issued the following statement opposing a bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday:  —  “Let's call an ace an ace.  This is an effort by the Left to create a day out of whole cloth to celebrate identity politics …
Andrew Solender / Forbes:
House Overwhelmingly Approves Senate Bill Making Juneteenth A Federal Holiday
Marty Johnson / The Hill:
House approves Juneteenth holiday, sends bill to Biden's desk
Discussion: Roll Call, New York Times and Townhall
Alexander Vindman / New York Times:
The Biden-Putin Meeting Was Progress, But Not Enough  —  Mr. Vindman served as director for European and Russian affairs at the National Security Council, from 2018-2020.  —  The last time an American president held a summit with President Vladimir Putin of Russia — July 16, 2018 …
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Biden wiped the smirk off Putin's face  —  Seasoning and sobriety are underappreciated virtues in politics.  Voters normally opt for novelty and excitement when choosing a president.  The result is that we usually wind up with foreign policy neophytes in the Oval Office.
USA Today:
Joe Biden, the U.S. president who in Geneva didn't shame America like Trump in Helsinki
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Media melee leaves journalists outside during Biden-Putin summit
The Intercept:
Leaked Audio of Sen. Joe Manchin Call With Billionaire Donors Provides Rare Glimpse of Dealmaking on Filibuster and January 6 Commission … West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, in a private call on Monday with a group of major donors, provided a revealing look at his political approach to the most thorny issues confronting lawmakers.
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
Democrats Should Leap at the Chance to Take Joe Manchin's Deal  —  Sen. Joe Manchin, who thus far has opposed Democrats' big election reform bill, has finally made his counteroffer.  On Wednesday, the West Virginian proposed a series of changes to the “For the People Act” that could win his vote.
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
White House tries to privately calm Democratic fears on infrastructure deal
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Torch
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Ends Criminal Inquiry, Lawsuit on John Bolton's Book  —  President Donald J. Trump had pressured the department to use its legal powers to stop his former national security adviser from publishing embarrassing details about him.  —  The Justice Department has closed …
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 …
Jackson Richman / Washington Examiner:
Marjorie Taylor Greene's insincere apology  —  On Monday, Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene apologized for comparing former mask mandates to the Holocaust.  —  “The Holocaust is — there's nothing comparable to it,” said the Georgia Republican following a visit to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Monday.
Myah Ward / Politico:   Congressional Black Caucus backs Ilhan Omar
POLITICO Playbook: The inside view from the West Wing on infrastructure  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  JUST POSTED: Friend of Playbook Olivia Nuzzi profiles New York gubernatorial candidate ANDREW GIULIANI for the next issue of New York magazine.  Lots of juicy details: DONALD TRUMP is mad at him.
Discussion: Florida Politics
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
New Yorker Union Reaches Deal With Condé Nast After Threatening to Strike
ADF Media:
Scardina v. Masterpiece Cakeshop  —  Description: The same attorney who filed an unsuccessful complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission in 2017 commenced a lawsuit in state court over the same custom cake request the attorney made at that time.  The request was for a custom-designed cake …
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
Colorado just won't leave baker Jack Phillips alone
Discussion: The Federalist
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 - as he's already been blasted as racist for using the n-word  — Hunter Biden referred to Asians with the offensive term 'yellow …
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 …
Marc Caputo / Politico:
In secret recording, Florida Republican threatens to send Russian-Ukrainian ‘hit squad’ after rival  —  “I really don't want to have to end anybody's life for the good of the people of the United States of America. ...  But if it needs to be done, it needs to be done,” William Braddock says in the clip.
IT IS OBSCENE: A TRUE REFLECTION IN THREE PARTS  —  When you are a public figure, people will write and say false things about you.  It comes with the territory.  Many of those things you brush aside.  Many you ignore.  The people close to you advise you that silence is best.  And it often is.
Discussion: HotAir and Eduwonk
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 …
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
The Forever-Trump Movement Has Won  —  The 45th president lost an election and incited a failed insurrection, but his grip on the GOP is absolute.  What's next for a party at war with democracy — and the future?  —  The heretics left the champagne and orange juice untouched, but the conversation flowed freely all the same.
Discussion: Opinion Today
American College Student Freedom, Progress and Flourishing Survey  —  The American College Student Freedom, Progress and Flourishing Survey is an annual survey conducted by the Sheila and Robert Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth.  The survey assesses student perceptions …
Discussion: Power Line
Warren P. Strobel / Wall Street Journal:
CIA Names David Marlowe to Run Espionage Operations  —  Will oversee undercover officers who recruit foreign spies, from foreign government officials to members of terrorist networks  —  WASHINGTON—In his first major personnel move, CIA Director William Burns has tapped a 30-year agency veteran …
Associated Press:
Aide says former Homeland Security head Tom Ridge had stroke  —  HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge suffered a stroke Wednesday at his home in suburban Washington, D.C., a longtime aide to the former Pennsylvania governor said.
Discussion: The Hill and Fox News
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Biden administration cancels Trump limits on asylum eligibility  —  Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday rolled back a pair of Trump administration legal decisions that had narrowed access to the U.S. asylum system, where caseloads have ballooned in recent years from soaring numbers of claims.
New York Times:
Victoria's Secret Swaps Angels for ‘What Women Want.’ Will They Buy It?  —  The embattled lingerie giant is attempting the most extreme brand turnaround in recent memory: an effort not just to redefine itself but also the very idea of what “sexy” is.  —  The Victoria's Secret Angels …
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
Jean Guerrero to join The Times as an Op-Ed columnist  —  The following announcement was sent on behalf of Editorial Page Editor Sewell Chan and Op-Ed Editor Terry Tang:  —  We're delighted to announce that Jean Guerrero, an award-winning journalist, essayist and author, is joining the Los Angeles Times as an opinion columnist.
Denise G. Fairchild / The Hill:
To truly build back better, we need a Justice 100 solution  —  The Biden administration has ushered in a new progressive era.  Its “build back better” playbook of policies and initiatives address the serious challenges of our generation: climate change, economic recovery, racial justice and a safety net for struggling families.
Discussion: The National Interest
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Houston Keene / New York Post:
Biden Land Management nominee ‘collaborated with eco-terrorists,’ traded testimony for immunity
Wilfred Reilly / spiked:
The American media care more about the narrative than the facts
Discussion: Washington Post
The White House:
Remarks by President Biden Before Air Force One Departure
Discussion: Townhall, Balloon Juice and Тел …
Roger Severino / National Review:
Breaking: EEOC Chairwoman Unilaterally Issues Gender Guidelines
Discussion: Breitbart and Power Line
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
Inside Tom Cotton's Insane World Of DNA Theft, Olympic Athletes, And Anti-China Conspiracies
 Earlier Items: 
Rachel M. Cohen / The Intercept:
School Privatization Lobby Places Fake News on Local Stations
Martin Austermuhle / DCist:
‘I May Be Incarcerated, But My Voice Still Matters.’: Resident At D.C. Jail Wins Local Election
Wilson Wong / NBC News:
Royal Caribbean delays cruise ship after 8 crew members test positive for Covid
John McCormick / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Presidential Center Delay to Set Modern Record
Discussion: The Hill
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
How Democrats could win Alaska's Senate seat thanks to ranked-choice voting