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3:50 PM ET, June 17, 2021

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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.
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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 …
Michael Schaub / NPR:
Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's Rise Continues To Fascinate In ‘Dissent’  —  The past 4 1/2 years have been a fever dream in American politics.  —  Donald Trump's administration was marked by unprecedented chaos and drama, with major stories crowding one another out of the news on a daily basis.
Discussion: New York Times and SCOTUSblog
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
‘Obamacare’ survives: Supreme Court dismisses big challenge  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court preserved insurance coverage for millions of Americans Thursday, rejecting the third major challenge to the national health care law known as “Obamacare.”  —  The justices, by a 7-2 vote …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Affordable Care Act survives third Supreme Court challenge, as case from Trump administration and GOP-led states is rejected
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
Bloomberg:
Putin Hails Biden After Russian Senator Questions U.S. Leader's Fitness  — Legislator asked about Russian reports on Biden health  — Putin warmly praises Biden while getting a dig in at Psaki  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed the door on state-media speculation …
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Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Biden politely reads riot act to Putin
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.”
Axios:
GOP Rep. Paul Gosar's family calls Jan. 6 comments “despicable”  —  Tim and David Gosar, the brothers of Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), appeared on CNN Thursday to apologize “on behalf of the actual sane members of our family” for the GOP lawmaker's incendiary claims about Capitol Police and the Jan. 6 riot.
Discussion: The Hill and Insider
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Washington Post:
GOP congressman refuses to shake hands with D.C. police officer who protected the Capitol on Jan. 6
Maxine Bernstein / Oregonian:
Officers, sergeants resign en masse from Portland's Rapid Response Team crowd control unit  —  Officers who serve on the Portland Police Bureau's specialized crowd control unit, known as the Rapid Response Team, voted to resign from the team during a meeting Wednesday night then alerted the chief's office …
Discussion: Associated Press, Insider and ABC News
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Elise Stefanik's post on democracy group board sparked a staff uproar  —  New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, who questioned the legitimacy of the 2020 election and voted against certification of Joe Biden's win, currently serves as a board member for a revered U.S. organization dedicated to the promotion of democracy.
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 …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP crushes Manchin's hopes for elections compromise  —  Joe Manchin wants to remake Democrats' sweeping elections reform bill.  Republicans plan to take it down before he can try.  —  Senate Republicans spent months praising Joe Manchin for his insistence on cross-party compromise.
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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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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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
The Washington Post's Karen Attiah named opinion columnist … Announcement from Deputy Editorial Page Editor Ruth Marcus, Op-Ed Editor Mike Larabee and Manager of Editorial Talent and Logistics Nana Efua Mumford:  —  We are excited to announce that Karen Attiah will be a Post columnist.
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 …
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.
Kristin Tate / The Hill:
Biden approaches economic point of no return  —  In our crowded media ecosystem, the biggest story of the week is one the White House is hoping you won't notice.  Inflation grew by 5 percent last month, the sharpest increase in 13 years.  American families have noticed, with prices of gas …
Discussion: New York Times
Michael Hauser Tov / Haaretz:
Netanyahu Ordered Illegal Shredding of Docs at His Office Before Bennett Took Over, Sources Say  —  The material was kept in safes in the so-called ‘aquarium,’ where prime ministers and their most senior aides sit.  It's unclear which, or how many, documents were destroyed at Netanyahu's orders
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
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
How to Hold Trump Accountable  —  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 only to underscore how little remains known about all the ways in which Trump barreled through traditional limits …
Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace Walloped By Ratings Nosedive  —  Few cable hosts have suffered more from President Donald Trump leaving office than MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace.  —  According to analytics provided by Nielsen Media Research, Wallace's 4 p.m. show Deadline: White House has seen …
Discussion: Twitchy
 
 
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Robin Wright / New Yorker:
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Discussion: National Review
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
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Discussion: Raw Story
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Mel Leonor / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
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Discussion: Washington Examiner
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Media Partisanship in Plain View
Discussion: HotAir and Fox News