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1:15 PM ET, June 26, 2014

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Politico:
Supreme Court strikes down Obama recess appointments  —  In a rebuke to President Barack Obama, the Supreme Court struck down three of his recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board as unconstitutional.  —  The decision Thursday gives the Senate broad power …
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New York Times:
A More Nuanced Breakdown of the Supreme Court  —  This is the time of year that the news media roll out a familiar graphic: Nine head shots of Supreme Court justices, arrayed from most liberal to most conservative.  —  In spacing the head shots at equal intervals, the graphics suggest a steady procession from left to right.
Associated Press:
High court limits president's appointments power  —  The Supreme Court on Wednesday limited the president's power to fill high-level vacancies with temporary appointments, ruling in favor of Senate Republicans in their partisan clash with President Barack Obama.
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
President's Recess-Appointment Power Cut by High Court  —  The U.S. Supreme Court curbed the president's power to make temporary appointments without Senate approval, backing congressional Republicans and dealing a blow to President Barack Obama.  —  The justices ruled unanimously …
ThinkProgress:
The Supreme Court Just Made It Harder For Women To Exercise Their Right To Choose  —  The Supreme Court unanimously struck down Massachusetts' abortion buffer zone law on Thursday, ruling in favor of anti-choice protesters who argued that being required to stay 35 feet away from clinic entrances …
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Richard Wolf / Associated Press:
Supreme Court strikes down abortion clinic buffer zone  —  WASHINGTON — Abortion remains an issue that divides the Supreme Court, but the justices had less disagreement Thursday in defending the free speech rights of abortion opponents.  —  The court ruled unanimously that Massachusetts went too far …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
The Hill:
Odds tilt toward GOP Senate  —  Republicans are in the strongest position to win back the Senate since losing it eight years ago.  —  Over several months, the party has expanded its range of targeted seats, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has helped defeat insurgents …
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
The staggering price of crushing the tea party  —  National Republican leaders are toasting primary season as a smashing success over activist conservatives that has put the hard right on the ropes and given the Washington GOP the slate of candidates it wanted for 2014.
Discussion: WJLA-TV and Hot Air
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
Tea Party's Poll Setbacks Don't Limit Its Washington Clout
Discussion: ABC News
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Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Sales of Hillary Clinton's New Memoir Drop Sharply in 2nd Week  —  Sales of Hillary Rodham Clinton's new memoir, “Hard Choices,” declined 43.5 percent to 48,000 copies in its second week on the shelves, according to Nielsen BookScan.  —  The sales figures put pressure on the publisher …
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Dan Merica / CNN:
Sales of Clinton's ‘Hard Choices’ drop by over 40% in second week
Discussion: Hot Air, Mediaite and Washington Post
Politico:
The mocker-in-chief  —  The sarcastic bear is loose, and he's loving every minute of it.  —  President Barack Obama is letting his inner Don Rickles run free, mocking climate deniers as the crowd who used to think the moon was made out of cheese or spineless dopes who can't or won't listen …
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Glenn Thrush / Politico:
The survivor  —  Why the hell is Eric Holder still around?
Discussion: Washington Post
Numbers / Pew Research Center:
Beyond Red vs. Blue: The Political Typology  —  Even in an increasingly Red vs. Blue nation, the public's political attitudes and values come in many shades and hues.  —  Partisan polarization - the vast and growing gap between Republicans and Democrats - is a defining feature of politics today.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
John Boehner wants to sue President Obama  —  Republicans, after years of squabbling with President Obama, have decided to resolve their differences with him according to a time-honored American tradition.  —  They are going to sue him.  —  “What we have seen clearly over the last five years …
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David Martosko / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Former GOP senate candidate Todd Akin doubles down on ‘legitimate rape’ comment and says ‘hypocrite’ Hillary Clinton ‘de-legitimized’ a 12-year-old rape victim  — Akin said in 2012 that abortion bans didn't need to include exceptions for rape victims because ‘legitimate rape’ rarely leads to conception
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / The Week:
Vox, derp, and the intellectual stagnation of the Left  —  Talk about an epistemic closure problem  —  This wunderkind is now presiding over an empire of derp.  —  S  —  everal long winters ago, when President Obama was thunderously elected amid Messianic fervor, and much of the Right …
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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