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Neal K. Katyal / New York Times:
The Supreme Court's Powerful New Consensus  —  WASHINGTON — FOR years, particularly after the 2000 election, talk about the Supreme Court has centered on its bitter 5-to-4 divisions.  Yet it is worth reflecting on a remarkable achievement: The court has agreed unanimously in more than 66 percent …
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Benjamin Bell / ABC News:
Obama Calls Boehner Lawsuit Threat a ‘Stunt’ … Despite Republican House Speaker John Boehner's threat this week to sue President Obama over his use of executive orders, the president refused to apologize for his actions during an exclusive interview with ABC News and took the Republican Party …
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BBC:
Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki: Russian jets will turn tide  —  Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Maliki talks to the BBC  —  Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has told the BBC that he hopes jets from Russia and Belarus will turn the tide against rebels in the coming days.
Discussion: Informed Comment and ParaPundit
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Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
Redrawn Lines Seen as No Cure in Iraq Conflict  —  ISTANBUL — Over the past two weeks, the specter that has haunted Iraq since its founding 93 years ago appears to have become a reality: the de facto partition of the country into Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish cantons.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
More in U.S. Would Decrease Immigration Than Increase  —  Support for increasing immigration is up, yet more would still curb it  —  PRINCETON, NJ — While illegal immigration typically dominates debates over immigration policy, the issue of legal immigration came to the forefront …
Discussion: Politico
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
So Much for Obamacare Not Working  —  Have you been following the news about Obamacare?  The Affordable Care Act has receded from the front page, but information about how it's going keeps coming in — and almost all the news is good.  Indeed, health reform has been on a roll ever since March …
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Lanhee Chen / Bloomberg View:   Obamacare's Prognosis Grows Dimmer
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Fox Panelist: World Cup Is A Way For Obama To ‘Distract People’ (VIDEO)  —  It was only a matter of time before a Fox News panelist suggested the FIFA World Cup presented a convenient distraction from the problems facing President Barack Obama.  —  “I'm suspect,” Dr. Keith Ablow said Thursday on …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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ABC News:
Obama: World Cup Impacting Some Foreign Policy Moves
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
The Maddening Illogic of the IRS ‘Coverup’ Conspiracy Theory  —  We know that there aren't many scientists in the Republican congressional delegation, because if there were, they couldn't use the “I'm not a scientist” excuse to duck questions about climate change.
Discussion: American Spectator and Hullabaloo
Washington Post:
How the Clintons went from ‘dead broke’ to rich: Bill earned $104.9 million for speeches  —  Over seven frenetic days, Bill Clinton addressed corporate executives in Switzerland and Denmark, an investors' group in Sweden and a cluster of business and political leaders in Austria.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Matt Lauer Asks GM CEO If She Can Do Her Job And Be A Good Mom (VIDEO)  —  Today Show host Matt Lauer on Thursday asked General Motors CEO Mary Barra if she felt she could run a company and be a good mother during an interview about the company's controversial recalls.
Discussion: TODAY, Matt Lauer, Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
BREAKING!  There May Be Enough Invalidated Votes to Overturn Cochran Victory ...Update: 800 Hinds County Voters Crossed Over Illegally  —  Breaking...  (Left column: Democrat primary vote; Right column: GOP runoff vote)  —  The Chris McDaniel campaign has identified multiple Mississippi counties …
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Geoff Pender / The Clarion-Ledger:
McDaniel still pondering challenge
Discussion: OnPolitics
Wall Street Journal:
Pentagon to Train, Arm Syria Rebels  —  Program to Train and Equip Moderate Opposition Would Expand U.S. Role in Civil War  —  WASHINGTON—The White House on Thursday proposed a major program to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, in a significant expansion of the U.S. role in a civil war …
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Reuters:   Obama seeks $500 million from Congress to help moderate Syrian rebels Reuters 47 mins ago
David Barton / Salon:
Rise of a right-wing quack: Faux-historian David Barton's shocking new influence  —  Back when Glenn Beck was one of the most admired men in America and Fox News' No. 1 celebrity, he introduced to the nation at large a “historian,” well known among the Christian right, by the name of David Barton …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
Lee Enterprises / La Crosse Tribune:
GOP candidate sounds warning on same-sex marriage  —  • Jourdan Vian jourdan.vian@lee.net  —  A candidate in the Republican primary for the Third U.S. Congressional district said Tuesday that a recent federal ruling striking down Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban could lead to incestuous marriages.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Proud to be an American?  You're probably not a true liberal.  —  Michelle Obama took some heat in 2008 for saying that, “for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country...”  —  As it turns out, that sentiment isn't all that unusual on the far left of American politics.
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Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Beyond Red vs. Blue: The Political Typology
Discussion: CNN
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
China Blocks Hillary Clinton's Book  —  Distributors and publishers impose an “effective ban” on Hard Choices , which is critical of the Chinese government.  “It's outrageous and unfortunate.”  —  Hillary Clinton, then secretary of state, talks with with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi during …
Lauren French / Politico:
Nancy Pelosi to travel to border, meet detained minors  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will travel to the southern border of the U.S. on Saturday to be briefed by Customs and Border Protection on the flood of unaccompanied minors entering the country.
James Hohmann / Politico:
Lawyer clarifies Walker not target  —  A Wisconsin special prosecutor clarified Thursday that GOP Gov. Scott Walker was not the target of his investigation into what he described in earlier court papers as a “criminal scheme.”  —  Francis Schmitz, who is being accused of prosecutorial misconduct …
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Scott Walker / CNN:   Walker not focus of fundraising probe, prosecutor says
David Stout / New York Times:
Howard H. Baker Jr., ‘Great Conciliator’ of Senate, Dies at 88  —  Howard H. Baker Jr., a soft-spoken Tennessee lawyer who served three terms in the Senate and became known as “the great conciliator” in his eight years as the chamber's Republican leader, died on Thursday at his home in Tennessee.
Discussion: CNN
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James Gerstenzang / Washington Post:
Sen. Howard Baker dies at 88; majority leader and Reagan's chief of staff
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
 
 
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