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5:45 PM ET, June 25, 2014

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Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
It Looks Like African-Americans Really Did Help Thad Cochran Win  —  Tuesday night, Republican Sen. Thad Cochran defied the polls and defeated tea party challenger Chris McDaniel in the Mississippi Senate primary runoff by a 51 percent to 49 percent margin.  Cochran couldn't have done …
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Erick Erickson / RedState:
The Marionettes Remain Uncut  —  “At some point there will be more people with knives out to cut the strings than there will be puppeteers with checkbooks.”  —  Having been an elected Republican and someone who routinely takes the position of supporting conservatives in primaries and Republicans …
Patrick Brennan / National Review:
The Flier That Got Thad Cochran Elected?  —  It's generally agreed that Thad Cochran squeaked out a win in Mississippi last night in part by getting Democrats, especially African Americans, to turn out.  Here's a flier that was distributed in heavily black precincts suggesting how he accomplished this:
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Defiant Chris McDaniel declines to concede in speech to supporters  —  HATTIESBURG, MISS. — A defiant Chris McDaniel walked up to the podium at his election night headquarters here after the Republican runoff was called for his opponent Sen. Thad Cochran — and then he didn't concede.
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
CHRIS MCDANIEL TO CHALLENGE ELECTION RESULTS  —  HATTIESBURG, Mississippi — State Sen. Chris McDaniel will challenge the results of the Tuesday runoff election where 41-year incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran won by about 6,400 votes, he announced to a room of supporters here at his victory party …
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Sarah Palin hits Thad Cochran ‘shenanigans’
David Weigel / Slate:
Thad Cochran Defeats the Tea Party — And So Does Everyone Else
Domenico Montanaro / PBS:
Establishment order restored in midterm elections
Alexander Burns / Politico:
How Cochran bounced back from disaster
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Says Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant  —  WASHINGTON — In a major statement on privacy rights in the digital age, the Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously ruled that the police need warrants to search the cellphones of people they arrest.
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Orin Kerr / Washington Post:
The significance of Riley  —  I've been mulling over the Supreme Court's new decision on cell phone searches, Riley v. California.  Here are six insta-thoughts on its likely significance.  —  1) The Court's opinion offers a major endorsement of treating computer searches differently than physical searches.
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Opinion analysis: Broad cloak of privacy for cellphones  —  Analysis  —  Treating modern cellphones as gaping windows into nearly all aspects of the user's life and private conduct, the Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously ordered police to get a search warrant before examining the contents …
Politico:
SCOTUS rules warrants needed for cell phone search
Discussion: Daily Kos
Katy Bachman / Politico:   Aereo loses copyright fight at Supreme Court
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:   Supreme Court Delivers Sweeping Ruling For Cell Phone Privacy Rights
Annalyn Kurtz / CNNMoney.com:
3 reasons not to freak out about -2.9% GDP  —  Well, this picture keeps getting uglier.  —  Gross domestic product — the broadest measure of economic growth — contracted at a 2.9% annual rate in January through March, according to the latest revision from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
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Sean Davis / The Federalist:
The Economy Tanked Last Quarter And It's Everybody's Fault But Obama's  —  The U.S. economy shrank at an annual rate of 2.9 percent during the first three months of 2014, government bean counters announced this morning.  That matches the worst non-recession contraction of the U.S. economy in over 40 years.
Jeanna Smialek / Bloomberg:
U.S. Economy Shrank in First Quarter by Most in Five Years
Danny Vinik / The New Republic:   Today's GDP Number Is Not as Bad as it Sounds. But the Recovery Is Still Weak.
Eric Katz / Government Executive:
EPA Employees Told to Stop Pooping in the Hallway  —  Environmental Protection Agency workers have done some odd things recently.  —  Contractors built secret man caves in an EPA warehouse, an employee pretended to work for the CIA to get unlimited vacations and one worker even spent …
The Indianapolis Star, Indystar:
Judge throws out Indiana ban on same-sex marriage  —  A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Indiana's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, immediately allowing same-sex couples across the state to receive marriage licenses.  —  U.S. District Judge Richard Young did not issue a stay on his ruling.
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Charles Wilson / Talking Points Memo:
Judge Strikes Down Indiana Ban on Gay Marriage  —  A federal judge struck down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday in a ruling that immediately allowed gay couples to wed.  —  The court clerk in Marion County, home to Indianapolis, began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couple …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Appeals Court Says Utah Same-Sex Marriage Ban Is Unconstitutional
Fox News:
Boehner plans to file suit against Obama over alleged abuse of executive power  —  House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 24, 2014.AP  —  House Speaker John Boehner announced Wednesday he plans to file suit against President Obama over his alleged abuse of executive power.
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Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Boehner eyes lawsuit against Obama on executive orders
Lauren French / Politico:
Nancy Pelosi: John Boehner lawsuit is ‘subterfuge’
Discussion: Washington Post and Weasel Zippers
Markos Moulitsas / The Hill:
Koch owned and operated  —  If you want to know who each of our two major parties represent, simply look at their donors.  —  According to data compiled by OpenSecrets.org, Democratic Party committees, on both the federal and state levels, have dramatically outraised their Republican counterparts …
waysandmeans.house.gov:
REVEALED: GOP Senator Targeted by Lerner Ways and Means investigation uncovers push to audit Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)  —  f t # e  —  Washington, DC - Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) announced the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) targeting of conservative individuals includes …
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
US: SYRIA MAY HAVE LAUNCHED AIRSTRIKES IN IRAQ  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say there are indications that Syria launched airstrikes into western Iraq Tuesday in an attempt to slow the al-Qaida-inspired insurgency fighting both the Syrian and Iraqi governments.
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
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