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10:55 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 …
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Those Fast and Furious documents must be dynamite  —  My friend Bill Otis was a Justice Department lawyer for many years.  He spent a good portion of those years as a prosecutor.  He also served as an attorney in the White House Counsel's shop, so he knows all about dealing …
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:
House panel recommends Holder contempt citation  —  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.
Politico:
‘Furious’ at contempt  —  The Fast and Furious investigation has finally handed House Republicans a prize they've long sought: a legal smackdown of the Obama administration.  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was able to show skeptical conservatives that his spine could stay stiff under pressure …
Discussion: Power Line and Macsmind
John Gramlich / CQ.com:
Contempt Citation Would Carry Limited Legal Consequences
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Another retraction: Holder withdraws claim that Bush's attorney general knew about gunwalking
Discussion: Right Wing News
Byron Tau / Politico:
Holder: Issa wanted to ‘provoke’ conflict
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Des Moines Register:
Iowa's Grassley responds to Obama's executive privilege move on ‘Fast and Furious’
BuzzFeed:   Romney Campaign Says Obama Fast And Furious Decision “Another Broken Promise”
USA Today:
House panel votes to cite Holder for contempt of Congress
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 …
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: Reuters, CNN and Politico
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Newt Gingrich / CNN:
Miriam Adelson gets a refund
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Romney plans posh weekend donor retreat featuring Rove and VP hopefuls
Discussion: ABCNEWS, msnbc.com, GOP 12 and Shakesville
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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Cindy Adams / New York Post:
Bristol Palin: No more sex until marriage  —  Bristol Palin says being a young mother is “hard”, and now she has vowed no more sex until she and her pipeline worker boyfriend are married.  —  Palin, 21, tells In Touch that she is determined to walk down the aisle with Giacinto “Gino” …
Discussion: Mediaite
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in April suggests that the economy has been expanding moderately this year.  However, growth in employment has slowed in recent months, and the unemployment rate remains elevated.  Business fixed investment has continued to advance.
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Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
With Output Stumbling, Fed Takes a Modest Step
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.
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 …
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
‘Persona Management’ for Wackjobs: Rauhauser's Methods of Deception … FROM AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION  —  Brett Kimberlin became a “client” of Neal Rauhauser in 2011.  Rauhauser has described his specialty as “solving problems in the social media work space for political campaigns and causes …
SEIU.org:
A federal attack on your rights at work.  —  Collective bargaining rights are under attack.  Again.  —  The “RAISE Act,” introduced by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), is yet another attempt to undermine the rights of workers to bargain collectively.  The bill, which goes to a vote today …
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
Michael Powell / New York Times:
Andrew Sarris, Influential Film Critic, Dies at 83  —  Andrew Sarris, one of the nation's most influential film critics and a champion of auteur theory, which holds that a director's voice is central to great filmmaking, died on Wednesday morning in Manhattan.  He was 83.
 
 
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Rob Tornoe / Poynter:
‘Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening ends ‘Life in Hell,’ comic that started it all
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CNN:
Sanford police chief fired in wake of Trayvon Martin case
Discussion: Breaking News …
Alex Dobuzinskis / Reuters:
U.S. women in 20s less likely to get pregnant or have abortion
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Wasting Warren Buffett
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Nothing sweet about heckling Obama in the Rose Garden
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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