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2:40 PM ET, June 21, 2013

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Yahoo! News:
The top 9,486 ways Jay Carney won't answer your questions (interactive)  —  Jay Carney doesn't have an answer for that.  He hasn't discussed that subject with the president.  He will refer you to the Department of [insert agency here].  He refuses to speculate on that.  He'll have to get back to you.
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
McConnell: Obama administration marked by ‘culture of intimidation’  —  (CNN) - The Obama administration is eager to defend progressive efforts to dismantle conservative causes, and it stands ready to “shut up anybody who challenges it,” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday in a hard-hitting speech.
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
White House Offers Stealth Campaign to Support Immigration Bill
Discussion: msnbc.com
The Kickstarter Blog:
We were wrong  —  On Wednesday morning Kickstarter was sent a blog post quoting disturbing material found on Reddit.  The offensive material was part of a draft for a “seduction guide” that someone was using Kickstarter to publish.  The posts offended a lot of people — us included — and many asked us to cancel the creator's project.
Politico:
Inside the border deal that almost failed  —  Sen. Chuck Schumer spent Tuesday privately urging President Barack Obama and the entire Democratic caucus to just be patient — a border security deal they could accept was still within reach.  —  But after a testy, 45-minute call that night …
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Deanreddington / CBS Boston:
Source: Arrest Warrant Issued For Aaron Hernandez  —  BOSTON (CBS) - Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez will be charged in connection with the shooting death of a 27-year-old Dorchester man, a law enforcement source told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 on Friday.  —  According to that source …
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Michele McPhee / ABCNEWS:
Aaron Hernandez Arrest Warrant Prepared on Obstruction of Justice Charge, Sources Say
Discussion: Above the Law, The Week and ViralRead
Michele McPhee / ABCNEWS:
Aaron Hernandez Destroyed Home Security System and Phone, Sources Tell ABC News
Discussion: AL.com, Sports Illustrated and Deadspin
Jake Sherman / Politico:
The dysfunctional House  —  Someone in House leadership screwed up again.  —  The defeat of the farm bill — after both parties were privately bullish it would pass with large margins — shows, once again, how massively dysfunctional the House and its leadership has become.
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Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
Another Boehner Fail: House rejects Boehner-backed farm bill
Christopher Doering / Associated Press:
U.S. House rejects $500 billion farm bill
Andy Pasztor / Wall Street Journal:
FAA to Relax Rules for Gadgets in Flight  —  Airline passengers irritated at having to turn off their devices could soon see some reprieve, with regulators set to allow wider use of gadgets in flight.  —  The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to relax the ban on using some types …
Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Russ Tice, Bush-Era Whistleblower, Claims NSA Ordered Wiretap Of Barack Obama In 2004  —  Russ Tice, a former intelligence analyst who in 2005 blew the whistle on what he alleged was massive unconstitutional domestic spying across multiple agencies, claimed Wednesday that the NSA had ordered wiretaps …
Discussion: Firedoglake, Mediaite and AL.com
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Sibel Edmonds / Sibel Edmonds' Boiling Frogs:
Podcast Show #112: NSA Whistleblower Goes on Record -Reveals New Information & Names Culprits!
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and The Daily Caller
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Preemptive Strike: Conservatives Vow To Defy Supreme Court If It Rules For Marriage Equality  —  George Wallace defied a federal court order to integrate the University of Alabama in 1963  —  Drawing what they called a line “we cannot and will not cross,” more than 200 conservative activists released …
Discussion: The Raw Story
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Guardian:
GCHQ taps fibre-optic cables for secret access to world's communications  —  Exclusive: British spy agency collects and stores vast quantities of global email messages, Facebook posts, internet histories and calls, and shares them with NSA, latest documents from Edward Snowden reveal
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Hundreds Of Texans Stand Up Against Sweeping Anti-Abortion Bill, Block It From Coming To A Vote  —  Protesters projected “End the War on Women” onto the building where the hearing on SB 5 was held.  (Credit: @TaneneAllison)  —  Texas lawmakers are currently rushing an omnibus anti-abortion bill through …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Profits Without Production  —  One lesson from recent economic troubles has been the usefulness of history.  Just as the crisis was unfolding, the Harvard economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff — who unfortunately became famous for their worst work — published a brilliant book with the sarcastic title “This Time Is Different.”
Discussion: Firedoglake and Paul Krugman
Michael Hastings / Rolling Stone:
The Last Mystery of the Financial Crisis  —  It's long been suspected that ratings agencies like Moody's and Standard & Poor's helped trigger the meltdown.  A new trove of embarrassing documents shows how they did it  —  By  —  W  —  hat about the ratings agencies?
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Exclusive: NSA contractor hired Snowden despite concerns about resume discrepancies  —  (Reuters) - Hiring screeners at Booz Allen Hamilton, a contractor for the National Security Agency, found possible discrepancies in a resume submitted by Edward Snowden, but the company still employed him …
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Reuters:
Icelandic Businessman Has Jet Ready For Snowden
Discussion: TechCrunch
uml.edu:
Democrats Advantage Over Republican Rival Gomez is Even Greater Among Women Voters  —  Detailed poll results and analysis are available at www.bostonherald.com and www.uml.edu/polls.  —  UMass Lowell representatives are available for interviews about today's poll.
David A. Lieb / Associated Press:
FEDERAL NULLIFICATION EFFORTS MOUNTING IN STATES … JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Imagine the scenario: A federal agent attempts to arrest someone for illegally selling a machine gun.  Instead, the federal agent is arrested - charged in a state court with the crime of enforcing federal gun laws.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Obama hits a wall in Berlin  —  The question of whether Barack Obama's second term will be a failure was answered in the affirmative before his Berlin debacle, which has recast the question, which now is: Will this term be silly, even scary in its detachment from reality?
Discussion: Power Line
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
New documents reveal parameters of NSA's secret surveillance programs  —  The National Security Agency may keep the e-mails and telephone calls of citizens and legal residents if the communications contain “significant foreign intelligence” or evidence of a crime, according to classified documents …
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Guardian:
Revealed: top secret rules that allow NSA to use US data without a warrant
 
 
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Extremism Rises Among Myanmar Buddhists
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In Syrian chemical weapons claim, criticism about lack of transparency
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