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9:15 PM ET, June 20, 2012

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Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Nancy Pelosi Slams Contempt Vote: 'I Could Have Arrested Karl Rove ... But We Didn't' … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Darrell Issa, Eric Holder, Karl Rove, Nancy Pelosi, Elections 2012, Video, Darrell Issa Contempt, Eric Holder Contempt, Fast And Furious, Holder Fast And Furious, Issa Fast And Furious, Politics News
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Mark Levin / Facebook:
Executive Privilege and how the House should move forward legally  —  As the Supreme Court recognized in US v. Nixon, the Executive Branch has a legitimate interest in confidentiality of communications among high officials so that the President can have the benefit of candid advice.
Discussion: JOSHUAPUNDIT
New York Times:
House Panel Recommends Contempt Case Against Holder  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans on the House oversight committee voted on Wednesday to recommend holding Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress in a dispute over internal Justice Department documents related …
Fox News:
Obama grants Holder request on ‘Furious’ documents as contempt vote looms  —  DEVELOPING ...  President Obama has granted an 11th-hour request by Attorney General Eric Holder to exert executive privilege over Fast and Furious documents, a last-minute maneuver that appears unlikely to head off …
Washington Post:
Fast and Furious scandal: Obama invokes executive privilege; House panel moves forward with Holder contempt vote  —  President Obama asserted executive privilege over documents related to the “Fast and Furious” operation Wednesday as a House panel moved to hold Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr …
Tom Cohen / CNN:
Panel votes to cite Holder for contempt  —  Washington (CNN) — Voting on strictly partisan lines, a House committee recommended Wednesday that Attorney General Eric Holder be cited for contempt of Congress for failing to turn over documents relating to the botched Fast and Furious weapons sting operation.
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
House panel votes to place Holder in contempt of Congress  —  A House panel voted Wednesday to place Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for his failure to comply with a subpoena, defying an assertion of executive privilege from President Obama.
John Gramlich / CQ.com:
Contempt Citation Would Carry Limited Legal Consequences  —  House Republicans have been threatening Eric H. Holder Jr. with a contempt citation for weeks.  But even if he does not turn over information about a controversial gun-tracking operation, the attorney general is unlikely to be sent to jail or suffer serious penalties.
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:   Those Fast and Furious documents must be dynamite
USA Today:
House panel votes to cite Holder for contempt of Congress
BuzzFeed:   Romney Campaign Says Obama Fast And Furious Decision “Another Broken Promise”
Byron Tau / Politico:
Holder: Issa wanted to ‘provoke’ conflict
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Bloomberg:
Obama Leads In Poll As Voters View Romney As Out Of Touch  —  Barack Obama has opened a significant lead over Mitt Romney in a Bloomberg National Poll that reflects the presumed Republican nominee's weaknesses more than the president's strengths.  —  Obama leads Romney 53 percent …
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
NBC Prepares to Replace Ann Curry on ‘Today’  —  NBC executives are readying a plan to replace Ann Curry on the “Today” show, only a year after she became the co-host of the iconic franchise.  —  The planning — which is taking place in secret and has not been finalized …
Maggie Habermanand Alexander Burns / Politico:
The 2012 campaign is the smallest ever  —  For years, operatives, reporters and potential nominees envisioned the 2012 presidential campaign as a titanic clash of media-swarmed combatants with big ideas about the future.  In the Republican primaries, this was almost a mantra: this is the most important campaign in a generation.
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BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney Is Terrible For Traffic
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Obama campaign holds $110 million in cash  —  The Obama campaign spent more money than it raised in May, but is sitting on $110 million in cash, according to a Federal Election Commission filing on Wednesday.  —  Obama for America raised $39.1 million in May and spent $44.6 million.
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Romney plans posh weekend donor retreat featuring Rove and VP hopefuls
Discussion: ABCNEWS, msnbc.com, GOP 12 and Shakesville
Alicia M. Cohn / Ballot Box:
Super-PAC plans to help McCaskill in tough Senate race
Jordan Michael Smith / Salon:
New NSA docs contradict 9/11 claims  —  “I don't think the Bush administration would want to see these released,” an expert tells Salon  —  Over 120 CIA documents concerning 9/11, Osama bin Laden and counterterrorism were published today for the first time, having been newly declassified and released to the National Security Archive.
Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
E-mails show U.Va. board wanted a big online push  —  By  —  E-mail messages were flying among leaders of the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia in the weeks leading up to the ouster of Teresa A. Sullivan as president of the university.  The e-mail messages show …
Discussion: naked capitalism
Benny Johnson / TheBlaze.com:
MSNBC HOST: 9/11 GAVE AMERICA ‘PTSD’, ‘MUSLIM TERRORISTS’ WERE AN ‘IMAGINED RACIAL ENEMY’ FOR WHITE AMERICA  — 9/11 vaulted America into a “nationalist fervor” that was similar to “having post-traumatic stress disorder”  — America “identifies who we are...through our notions of whiteness …
Nick R. Martin / tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMMuckraker  —  Arizona Secretary Of State's Latest Theory: Obama Lied About Being Born In Kenya To Get Into College  —  The top election official in Arizona, fresh off his flirtation with birtherism, has moved on to a strange new conspiracy theory involving President Barack Obama.
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Wayne Schmidt, Michigan GOP Lawmaker: Silencing Lisa Brown Was Like Putting A Kid In ‘Timeout’ … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Abortion, Civil Rights, Video, Lisa Brown, Lisa Brown Vagina Monologues, Lisa Brown Vagina, Michigan, Michigan Abortion, Michigan Abortion Bill, Michigan Vagina …
 
 
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Alex Dobuzinskis / Reuters:
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Nothing sweet about heckling Obama in the Rose Garden
Michael Powell / New York Times:
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Reuters:
Military instructor suspended over Islam course
 Earlier Items: 
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand / The Huffington Post:
Food Stamp Vote In Senate Blocks Bid To Restore $4.5 Billion In Aid
Discussion: Firedoglake and ThinkProgress
New York Times:
Public Workers Face Continued Layoffs, Hurting the Recovery
Kieran Healy / Crooked Timber:
The Declaration of Independence