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Carl Willis / WSB-TV:
School district apologizes over yearbook quote incident  —  Sponsored Links  —  CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. —  UPDATE: Paris Gray and her family met with the school's principal and the area superintendent on Tuesday.  They apologized for the miscommunication and said they would not deny her giving a speech at graduation.
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James Hamblin / The Atlantic Online:
The Chemistry Joke That Got a Student Suspended  —  Paris Gray, upstanding vice president of her about-to-graduate high-school class in Jonesboro, Georgia, was suspended last Friday when administrators figured out what her yearbook quote meant.  It read:
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania Same-Sex Marriage Ban  —  “We now join the twelve federal district courts across the country [that] ... have concluded that all couples deserve equal dignity in the realm of civil marriage.”  —  Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett delivers an address …
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David Weigel / Slate:
Rick Santorum Endorsed the Judge Who Just Legalized Gay Marriage in Pennsylvania  —  Gay marriage is legal in Pennsylvania today, following a ruling by U.S. District Judge John Jones.  Pennsylvania had gotten into the pre-emptive-ban game early in 1996, and that ban is now gone …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:   Bush-Appointed Judge Cites Scalia In Axing Pennsylania Gay Marriage Ban
Otto Kitsinger / Associated Press:
Federal Appeals Court Puts Same-Sex Marriage On Hold In Idaho
Discussion: The Mahablog
Maryclaire Dale / Associated Press:
Pennsylvania Gay Marriage Ban Overturned By Judge
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
The Sequel To Rand Paul's Epic Filibuster Is Happening Tomorrow  —  On Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, will filibuster President Barack Obama's nomination of David Barron to fill a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  Paul first threatened to filibuster Barron last week.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Reid Hints at ‘Nuclear’ Summer Over Debate Time
Discussion: Daily Kos and Booman Tribune
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Harry Reid optimistic on David Barron
Discussion: CNN
James Hohmann / Politico:
McConnell wins in Ky.; Dems pick Wolf in Pa.  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell easily defeated his tea party-inspired Republican primary challenger in Kentucky on Tuesday, one of the biggest primary days of 2014 with voters in six states casting ballots.
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Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
Ga., Ky. Primaries: Lots of Attention, Few Votes
Discussion: CNN
Bloomberg:
Businesses Turn Out Workers' Votes to Stomp Tea Party
Discussion: Washington Post
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
CNN President: We Won't Be ‘Shamed’ Into Covering Benghazi  —  CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker on Monday said that the network probably won't be covering the House select committee to investigate Benghazi.  —  “We're not going to be shamed into it by others who have political beliefs …
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Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
Jeff Zucker talks CNN's post-plane plans  —  Last night, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker gave a hint of where the network will go next now thats its two-plus-month coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is subsiding.  —  “I don't think there's any question about our commitment …
Joseph Ax / Reuters:
D'Souza pleads guilty to U.S. campaign finance law violation  —  (Reuters) - The conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a campaign finance law violation, averting a trial that had been expected to begin the same day in Manhattan federal court.
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Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
Quiz: How Dumb Does Obama Think We Are?  —  The Veterans Affairs policy fiasco is magnified by an insulting-public relations strategy.  —  News quiz: President Obama and his communications team hope that Americans are: 1) Dumb; 2) Distracted; 3) Numb to government inefficiency; 4) All of above.
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ThinkProgress:
Biggest Loser: Thawing Greenland Competes With Collapsing Antarctic For Fastest Ice Loss  —  Several new studies underscore scientists' concerns we're headed toward a coastline at least this flooded (20 meters or 69 feet) over many hundreds of years:  —  The worst-case scenario for sea level rise …
Charles Levinson / Wall Street Journal:
Comey: FBI ‘Grappling’ With Hiring Policy Concerning Marijuana  —  Monday was a big day for the nation's cyber police.  The Justice Department charged five Chinese military officials with hacking, and brought charges against the creators of powerful hacking software.
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Al Qaeda's American Fighters Are Coming Home—And U.S. Intelligence Can't Find Them  —  The number of American extremists who have flocked to Syria is higher than previously understood, American intelligence sources say.  And some of the fighters are coming home.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Washington Post
David Folkenflik / NPR:
NPR To End ‘Tell Me More,’ Eliminate 28 Positions  —  NPR announced Wednesday that it would cease broadcast of the weekday program Tell Me More on Aug. 1 and eliminate 28 positions as part of a larger effort to end the company's persistent budget deficits.  —  “These times require …
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Arthur Gelb, Critic and Editor Who Shaped The Times, Dies at 90  —  Arthur Gelb, who by sheer force of personality dominated the newsroom at The New York Times for decades, lifting its metropolitan and arts coverage to new heights and helping to shape the paper in its modern era, died on Tuesday at his home in Manhattan.
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AL.com:
Convicted former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.: Presidential pardons for all ex-offenders  —  Former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., who is serving the end of his federal prison term in a Montgomery federal prison.  —  ctoner@al.com By Casey Toner |  ctoner@al.com
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
David Zurawik / Baltimore Sun:
‘House of Cards’ looking for NSA director, senators, reporters  —  Casting call makes return feel official, after stormy off-season  —  After a politically stormy off-season, the return of “House of Cards” to Maryland becomes a reality with casting call notices like this one going out.
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Mike Cason / al.com:
League of South president wants ‘Secede’ billboard restored on I-85 in Montgomery  —  A billboard ad with the word ‘Secede’ was put up on Interstate 85 in Montgomery on Friday but was removed after complaints.  The League of the South, which paid for the ad, wants it restored.  (Mike Cason/mcason@al.com)
 
 
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Kate Tummarello / The Hill:
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Brian Stelter / CNN:
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David Brooks / New York Times:
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