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12:40 PM ET, June 24, 2014

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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Testy Exchange Erupts as I.R.S. Chief Is Questioned on Messages  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Darrell Issa of California, the Republican who is leading one of the investigations into the Internal Revenue Service's scrutiny of Tea Party groups, accused the I.R.S. commissioner on Monday of lying …
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Brett Taylor / Twitchy:
‘Just nailed Koskinen to the wall’: Trey Gowdy brings the heat to IRS hearing [video]  —  Conservatives cheered Rep. Trey Gowdy's line of questioning tonight at the House Oversight Committee's hearing featuring IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
As Cochran Courts Blacks, Tea Party Vows to Police Polls  —  FLOWOOD, Miss. — Voters here headed to the polls on Tuesday in a Republican Senate primary that has won national attention as Senator Thad Cochran has made the unusual move of reaching out to black Democrats in an attempt to hold …
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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Will Mississippi mudslinging give Dems a chance in South?  —  If Chris McDaniel on Tuesday knocks off Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), national Democrats will have a rare offensive opportunity in the Deep South.  —  The nasty, divisive primary fight comes to a close in tonight's runoff election …
Emily Wagster Pettus / Associated Press:   Racial Politics Roils Mississippi Runoff
Karoli / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Scott Walker Fan Indicted For Massive Voter Fraud  —  True the Vote was nowhere to be found when Robert Monroe stuffed the ballot box for Scott Walker and Alberta Darling?  —  Repeat after me: Consistently documented voter fraud is a Republican phenomenon, not a Democratic one.
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Bruce Vielmetti / JSOnline:
Shorewood man charged with 13 counts of voter fraud  —  By Bruce Vielmetti of the Journal Sentinel  —  A Shorewood man has been charged with more than a dozen counts of illegal voting, accused of casting multiple ballots in four elections in 2011 and 2012, including five in the 2012 gubernatorial recall.
Discussion: The Raw Story
New York Times:
2nd Bridge Inquiry Said to Be Linked to Christie  —  Investigations into the Christie administration and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have zeroed in on possible securities law violations stemming from a $1.8 billion road repair agreement in 2011, according to people briefed on the matter.
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Hillary Clinton to collect $225,000 for keynote at UNLV fundraiser  —  Hillary Clinton will be paid $225,000 to address an Oct. 13 fundraiser for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a reminder of how much cash the potential Democratic presidential candidate is scooping up on the speaking circuit …
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Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
Hillary Clinton Just Tipped Her Hand About Her 2016 Platform
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
The story isn't that Hillary Clinton is rich, it's that she's an overrated politician
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Obama's Disastrous Iraq Policy: An Autopsy  —  The president ignored the country for years, with tragic results.  And liberals shouldn't be afraid to admit it.  —  Yes, the Iraq War was a disaster of historic proportions.  Yes, seeing its architects return to prime time to smugly slam President Obama …
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CNN:
Sudanese Christian woman rearrested, legal team says  —  (CNN) — A Sudanese Christian woman who'd been sentenced to die for refusing to renounce her faith — and then released — was rearrested Tuesday at an airport as she was trying to leave the African country, her legal team told CNN on Tuesday.
Dennis Welch / KASW-TV:
Pressure builds for Huppenthal to quit  —  PHOENIX — Pressure on the state's top school official to resign continued to mount Monday as more anonymous blog posts from John Huppenthal emerged.  —  Using an online alias, the superintendent of public instruction posted several comments …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Gallup:
After Exchanges Close, 5% of Americans Are Newly Insured  —  More than half of newly insured in '14 got insurance through exchanges  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Five percent of Americans report being newly insured in 2014.  More than half of that group, or 2.8% of the total U.S. population …
ABC News:
Boehner Says He's ‘All In’ to Remain as Speaker  —  Days after House Republicans overhauled much of their leadership team, House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday that he's “all in” to remain as speaker in the new Congress that will meet next year.  —  The Ohio Republican's remarks came …
Discussion: Politico
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Susan Davis / USA Today:
Fundraising assists Boehner's grip on House GOP
Discussion: ABC News
New York Times:
Poll Finds Dissatisfaction Over Iraq  —  Dissatisfaction with President Obama's conduct of foreign policy has shot up among both Republicans and Democrats in the past month, even though a slim majority supports his recent decision to send military advisers to Iraq to confront the growing threat …
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Politico:
The existential crisis of the liberal millionaire  —  David Brock has a message for liberal millionaires: Don't sweat being called hypocrites.  —  Brock, a former “right-wing hit-man"-turned-top-big-money- Democratic-operative, is part of a behind-the-scenes campaign to convince donors it's OK …
Discussion: Althouse and Hot Air
New York Times:
The Supreme Court Correctly Affirms the E.P.A.'s Authority  —  The Clean Air Act is a complex and often confusing piece of legislation, especially when it comes to confronting the challenges of global warming, which were not fully understood when the original law was passed in 1970.
Salon:
Wingnuts' destructive shenanigans — and the media who enable them  —  Here's why one side is to blame — and why it matters  —  The latest Pew Poll deep dive into American political attitudes inspired a very bored Ron Fournier to sigh deeply, dust off his lace cuffs and blithely wave off all concerns about …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jon Murray / Denver Post:
BILL CLINTON OFFERS ADVICE FOR UDALL, TALKS POTENTIAL HILLARY RUN  —  Former President Bill Clinton comes over to chat with the media during his tour of the new Stout Street Health Center and Renaissance Stout Street Lofts June 23, 2014.  Mayor Hancock and John Parvensky …
Discussion: Politico, CNN and OnPolitics
Jay Bookman / Ajc Blogs:
Is the First Amendment only for Christians?  —  Jody Hice, a Baptist minister and talk-radio host, is running for Congress in Georgia's 10th Congressional District as a stern defender of the First Amendment and religious freedom.  But that freedom does not apply to those of the Muslim faith.
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
U.S. Economic Confidence Index Dips to -16  —  Americans more pessimistic about future direction of economy  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Gallup's U.S. Economic Confidence Index lost another point last week, the third week in a row the index has dropped by one point.
Discussion: YG Network
New York Times:
A Thin Rationale for Drone Killings  —  The Obama administration on Monday reluctantly released its justification for killing an American citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki, whom it considered a terrorist, in a 2011 drone strike in Yemen.  But the rationale provides little confidence that the lethal action was taken with real care.
 
 
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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Billionaire activist to meet with White House officials
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Justin Gillis / New York Times:
Bipartisan Report Tallies High Toll on Economy From Global Warming
Matt Lamb / The College Fix:
Gay Activists Target Campus Building Named After Polish Anti-Communist Hero
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Bill Glauber / JSOnline:
If the voters want it, Ron Johnson won't oppose gay marriage
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Emily Gosden / Telegraph:
Greenpeace executive flies 250 miles to work
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
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