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2:45 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 …
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
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.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Backs Catholic Agency in Case on Gay Rights and Foster Care
Discussion: HotAir and NPR
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
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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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 …
CNN:
Biden finds his comfort zone on the world stage in first international trip as president
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
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Biden to sign Juneteenth bill, creating first new federal holiday in decades  — President Joe Biden is set to sign a bill establishing Juneteenth, the date marking the end of slavery in the United States, as a federal holiday.  — Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are slated …
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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
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Ronan Farrow / New Yorker:
Can Biden Reverse Trump's Damage to the State Department?  —  Reeling from the leadership of Rex Tillerson and Mike Pompeo, career officials wonder whether Secretary of State Antony Blinken can revitalize American diplomacy.  —  Last year, in the early hours of October 27th, Philip Walton …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
 
 
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Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Fact-check: Fox News and Republican lawmakers push new false flag conspiracy that FBI orchestrated US Capitol attack
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
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Discussion: Breitbart
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Elise Stefanik's post on democracy group board sparked a staff uproar
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