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2:30 PM ET, June 16, 2012


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Bill Mears / CNN:
Justice Ginsburg suggests ‘sharp disagreement’ over hot-button cases  —  Washington (CNN) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is predicting “sharp disagreement” as the Supreme Court prepares by month's end to release some of its most-talked-about rulings, including the constitutionality of the health care law championed by President Obama.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
On eve of health ruling, Ruth Bader Ginsburg predicts ‘sharp disagreement’  —  With a wry smile, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg laid waste Friday to all those rumors about the fate of the Affordable Care Act in the Supreme Court.  —  “Those who know don't talk.
Jonathan Allenand Manu Raju / Politico:   Democrats in the dark on post-SCOTUS planning
John Yoo / National Review:
Executive Overreach  —  President Obama's claim that he can refuse to deport 800,000 aliens here in the country illegally illustrates the unprecedented stretching of the Constitution and the rule of law.  He is laying claim to presidential power that goes even beyond that claimed by the Bush administration, in which I served.
Siva Vaidhyanathan / Slate:
Strategic Mumblespeak  —  Er, UVA's Teresa Sullivan was fired for what?  —  In the 19th century, robber barons started their own private universities when they were not satisfied with those already available.  But Leland Stanford never assumed his university should be run like his railroad empire.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Angry Daily Caller person shouts at president  —  Daily Caller writer expresses disapproval of Barack Obama's immigration announcement in a manner you'd expect  —  So.  The president was just giving a Rose Garden address announcing his administration's plan to stop deporting certain immigrants.
In second book, Scalia, Garner warn judicial decisions leading to ‘descent into social rancor’  —  The National Law JournalJune 15, 2012  —  A new book co-authored by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and legal writing expert Bryan Garner accuses judges - including some on the Supreme Court …
Discussion: protein wisdom
The White House:
Presidential Letter — 2012 War Powers Resolution 6-Month Report  —  Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)  —  I am providing this supplemental consolidated report, prepared by my Administration and consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148), as part of my efforts to keep …
Discussion: emptywheel and TBIJ
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Acknowledges U.S. Is Fighting Groups Tied to Al Qaeda in Somalia and Yemen
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Agonist
Tim Mak / Politico:
Sarah Palin mocks Obama on drug use, dogs  —  LAS VEGAS - Sarah Palin ridiculed President Barack Obama at a conservative bloggers conference Friday for his “cocaine snorting” and eating dog as a child.  —  “That cocaine snorting, and what he ate — Fido?  Rufus?” the former Alaska governor said …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Utah's GOP attorney general: Obama immigration move totally within his power  —  A number of Republican officials and conservatives have responded to Obama's immigration announcement by attacking it on process grounds, arguing that the decision to circumvent Congress was an abuse of power …
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Pervy Perp Again Busted For Sex With Teddy Bear  —  Cincinnati man, 28, collared for indecent act with stuffed animal  —  For the fourth time in the past two years, a Cincinnati man has been arrested for masturbating in public with the aid of a teddy bear, records show.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and The Jawa Report
Jennifer Marshall / The Heritage Foundation:
Why the Liberal Intolerance for New Family Structures Study?  —  The author of a new study showing some negative outcomes for young adults whose parents had same-sex relationships is under attack because his findings conflict with what, in some corners, has become conventional wisdom.
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Wis. Gov. Walker hits Obama over economy in GOP weekly address  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker hit President Obama on private sector growth, saying that the administration defined economic success by “how many people are dependent on government.”  —  Walker, fresh off his victory …
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
Associated Press:
Catholic hospitals say Obama compromise on birth control for women employees is unworkable  —  WASHINGTON — Sharpening an election-year confrontation over religious freedom and government health insurance rules, the nation's Catholic hospitals on Friday rejected President Barack Obama's compromise …
Edwin Mora / CNSNews:
GAO: IRS to Spend $881 Million in Implementing Obamacare Over Just Four Years  —  ( - The Internal Revenue Service is expected to use $881 million of taxpayers' money to implement the first four years of Obamacare, including about $500 million that the Department of Health and Human Services …
Washington Examiner:
Obama's amnesia about his first year as president
Discussion: Power Line and Rush Limbaugh
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Jacob Goldstein / NPR:
The Karl Marx MasterCard Is Here. It Needs A Tagline.
Rebekah Kearn / Courthouse News Service:
More Delegates Want to Join Repub Revolt
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Indie Voters Could Sink Obama
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Geraldo Rivera: Romney's A Racist
Discussion: Mediaite
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Daniel Larison / The Week:
Rand Paul's baffling support for Mitt Romney's cowboy foreign policy
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Masked men attempt break-in at home of Penn. rep
Discussion: Politico
Associated Press:
Mont. authorities say hitchhiker shot himself
Discussion: The Raw Story