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11:25 AM ET, June 26, 2014

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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
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
Tea Party's Poll Setbacks Don't Limit Its Washington Clout
Discussion: ABC News
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.
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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 …
Discussion: Shakesville
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
The Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Cellphone Privacy  —  Fourteen years ago, the Rehnquist court interrupted a string of law enforcement victories to rule that when looking for illegal drugs, the police couldn't simply walk down the aisle of an intercity bus and squeeze the bags and soft-sided luggage on the overhead rack.
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 …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
Aereo Loses at Supreme Court, in Victory for TV Broadcasters
The Right Scoop:
Chris McDaniel: “We're not going to concede right now, we're going to investigate”  —  Chris McDaniel was on the Mark Levin Show tonight and said that he is not going to concede the election right now.  Rather, there are a couple of things he intends to investigate:
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Sam Levine / The Huffington Post:
NAACP Wants Thad Cochran To ‘Show Some Reciprocity’  —  Black voters played a huge role in helping Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) fend off tea party challenger Chris McDaniel in a runoff election Tuesday, and now the state NAACP is asking the six-term senator to return the favor.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
McDaniel Goes Over the Brink
Discussion: Mediaite
Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
Black Voters Saved Thad Cochran and the GOP Establishment.  Here's What Republicans Owe Them In Return.
Politico:
Barack Obama becomes mocker-in-chief on climate change skeptics  —  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 …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and RedState
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Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Obama mocks climate skeptics at LCV dinner
Discussion: Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:   On N.C.'s Outer Banks, scary climate-change predictions prompt a change of forecast
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
EMAILS: IRS OFFICIAL SOUGHT AUDIT OF GOP SENATOR  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional investigators say they uncovered emails Wednesday showing that a former Internal Revenue Service official at the heart of the tea party investigation sought an audit involving a Republican senator in 2012.
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Fox News:
Lerner sought IRS audit of sitting GOP senator, emails show
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 …
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.
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
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Another agency tells Congress: File not found  —  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the IRS share a problem: officials say they cannot provide the emails a congressional committee has requested because an employee's hard drive crashed.  —  EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy confirmed …
Discussion: Twitchy and BizzyBlog
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Erica Martinson / Politico:
EPA joins IRS lost emails club
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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Karoli / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Darrell Issa On DREAMers: Deport Them!  —  Darrell Issa followed his GOP colleagues down the rabbit hole and called for the President to start deporting DREAM-eligible students.  —  We agree that the whole GOP rebranding thing is deader than a doornail, right?
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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 …
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
EPA Memo To Employees: Please Stop Pooping In The Hallway
Discussion: VodkaPundit
John Aguilar / Denver Post:
BOULDER COUNTY BEGINS ISSUING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LICENSES; AG SAYS NO  —  Boulder County began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Wednesday afternoon, just hours after the 10th U.S. Circuit Court struck down Utah's ban on gay marriage.  —  Two couples were married before the office closed …
 
 
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Mario Moretto / Bangor Daily News:
Susan Collins becomes fourth GOP senator to publicly support same-sex marriage
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