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11:35 AM ET, June 26, 2012

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A.W. / Allergic to Bull:
What Happened Tonight  —  So anyone following along on twitter know the basics.  I was SWATted tonight.  My wife was down in the basement, and unknown to me she had fallen asleep in an uncomfortable position while watching TV.  I was just finishing up a post where I was going to share …
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Aaron Walker SWATted  —  No joke.  It happened around 6 p.m. Eastern.  I briefly talked with one of the police officers at the scene, who confirmed that someone had called saying he had shot his wife, and sent officers to Aaron's address.  —  I just got off the phone with Aaron and he and his wife are a little shaken up but OK.
Bruce Godfrey / Law Office of Bruce Godfrey:
A Personal Statement About Professional Fortitude  —  Today's tone will be a little earthier and more personal than I am normally willing to indulge here.  If coarse analogies offend, please go read this vulgarity-free light reading instead.  —  Lawyers far more skilled and dedicated …
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
A.W. / Allergic to Bull:
An Important Victory For Freedom of Expression
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
ATF leader's email could be Fast and Furious smoking gun and Holder admitted Obama can't shield it  —  A single internal Department of Justice email could be the smoking-gun document in the Operation Fast and Furious scandal — if it turns out to contain what congressional investigators have said it does.
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Politico:
Issa escalates ‘Furious’ war  —  Rep. Darrell Issa escalated the legal war over Fast and Furious, directly accusing President Barack Obama of either abusing his power by withholding information or having his aides conspire with Justice Department officials to manage the aftermath of the failed ATF gun-walking program.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Issa accuses Obama of involvement in Fast and Furious operation
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Dems seek to recast Holder furor as GOP effort to suppress votes
Steven Musil / CNET:
Google scientists find evidence of machine learning  —  A neural network created by connecting 16,000 computer processors appears to support biologists' theories on how the human brain identifies objects.  Hint: It's all about the cats.  —  Follow @stevenmusil
Discussion: The Agonist and The Daily Caller
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John Markoff / New York Times:
In a Big Network of Computers, Evidence of Machine Learning  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Inside Google's secretive X laboratory, known for inventing self-driving cars and augmented reality glasses, a small group of researchers began working several years ago on a simulation of the human brain.
CBS News:
Condoleezza Rice says “no way” to VP for Romney  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  (CBS News) Condoleezza Rice is not interested in being Mitt Romney's running mate.  —  In an interview with “CBS This Morning,” the former Secretary of State said “there is no way that I will do this” …
Discussion: Washington Wire
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Jeanne Marie Laskas / GQ:
Bob Dole: Great American
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Condoleezza Rice: VP offer ‘not going to happen’
Discussion: CNN and No More Mister Nice Blog
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Homeland Security suspends immigration agreements with Arizona police  —  The Obama administration said Monday it is suspending existing agreements with Arizona police over enforcement of federal immigration laws, and said it has issued a directive telling federal authorities to decline …
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First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: A limit to states' rights
Discussion: The Caucus and Guardian
Alexander Burns / Politico:
The Romney camp's line on Arizona (Updated)
Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Democrats May Drop Speedway Event At Charlotte Convention  —  Democrats are considering canceling their political convention's kick-off event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, as party planners grapple with a roughly $27 million fundraising deficit, according to two people familiar with matter.
Wall Street Journal:
News Corp. Mulls Splitting in Two  —  News Corp. is considering splitting into two companies, separating its publishing assets from its entertainment businesses, say people familiar with the situation.  —  The split would carve off News Corp.'s film and television businesses …
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Tami Luhby / CNNMoney.com:
Government wants more people on food stamps  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — More than one in seven Americans are on food stamps, but the federal government wants even more people to sign up for the safety net program.  —  The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been running radio ads …
Mitch Bryan / KAJA-TV:
Latest Update No Arrests in Portland Park Shootings  —  PORTLAND, Texas - No arrests have been made in a weekend shooting at Violet Andrews Park that left one teen dead and another hospitalized in Portland.  —  Two park visitors stumbled upon the tw... Click to Read More and see additional updates
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Firedoglake
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Miranda Leitsinger / msnbc.com:
Teen lesbian couple found shot in Texas park
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
John Roberts's big moment  —  Chief Justice John Roberts pledged during his Supreme Court hearings to be a mere umpire of the law.  —  But as a legacy-defining decision nears, Roberts is emerging as the court's most intriguing player.  —  Justices are expected to rule Thursday …
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Politico:
On green jobs and DOE loans, the jury is still out  —  The Energy Department's clean-energy loan program hasn't yet yielded the kind of moonshot-style success that President Barack Obama envisions would transform the U.S. economy.  But its results also go well beyond the $535 million collapse of Solyndra.
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
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Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Green company creates three jobs in three years, gets another $80 million from DOE
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
Suspended reporter tweeted: Racism ‘secret sauce in the Politico sh*tburger’  —  Joe Williams, the White House correspondent whom Politico suspended last week after he made racially insensitive remarks about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, tweeted about his employer on the evening …
Discussion: Mediaite
Paul Werdel / Talking Points Memo:
Stuck In A Box  —  Want to better understand the bind Mitt Romney is in with respect to taking a stand on immigration?  Watch his surrogate's twisting this morning to get an idea.  —  Paul Werdel  —  Paul Werdel is an Associate Editor at TPM.  Before joining TPM he was a News Editor …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Roxana Tiron / Bloomberg:
Congress Said To Delay Automatic Budget Cuts Until March  —  Republican and Democratic congressional leaders are weighing whether to delay automatic federal spending cuts until March 2013, according to a House aide and industry officials who were briefed on the discussions.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Business Insider
Whitson Gordon / Lifehacker:
Facebook Changed Everyone's Email to @Facebook.com; Here's How to Fix Yours  —  Facebook just removed everyone's email address from their profile and replaced it with an @facebook.com email address without asking you.  Here's how to easily fix the problem.  —  Facebook launched …
Sasha Issenberg / The Atlantic Online:
Abolish the Secret Ballot  —  For the United States' first century, Americans elected their leaders in full view of their neighbors, gathering on courthouse steps to announce their votes orally or hand a distinctive preprinted ballot or unfolded marked paper to a clerk.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Los Angeles Times
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Power of the Particular  —  They say you've never really seen a Bruce Springsteen concert until you've seen one in Europe, so some friends and I threw financial sanity to the winds and went to follow him around Spain and France.  In Madrid, for example, we were rewarded with a show …
BuzzFeed:
Romney Bus Circles, Honks Obama — Again Mitt Romney's campaign bus circled President Barack Obama's fundraiser tonight in Boston, the second time they've pulled the stunt in two weeks.  —  BOSTON — For the second time in as many weeks, Mitt Romney's campaign taunted President Barack Obama outside a speech.
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Captain America?  —  The most powerful office on earth?  —  Tell that to Barack Obama as he waits this week to learn the fate of his landmark health care legislation, achieved through such fierce effort, meant to be a cornerstone of his legacy, and now utterly out of his hands.
 
 
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