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3:00 PM ET, June 17, 2012

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CNN:
Rodney King dead at 47  —  Los Angeles (CNN) — Rodney King, whose beating by Los Angeles police in 1991 was caught on camera and sparked riots after the acquittal of the four officers involved, was found dead in his swimming pool Sunday, authorities and his fiancee confirmed.  He was 47.
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TMZ.com:
Rodney King Dead — Face of L.A. Riots Dies at 47  —  DEAD AT 47  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  UPDATE 9:27 AM PT — According to our sources, King's fiancée is telling friends King had been drinking and smoked weed in the hours before his death.  —  Rodney King — the man who was at the center …
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Romney dodges immigration questions  —  Mitt Romney refuses to say whether he'd repeal the Obama administration's decision to stop deporting certain undocumented immigrants.  —  In an interview with Bob Schieffer aired Sunday on CBS's “Face the Nation,” the presumptive Republican presidential …
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Top GOP Pundit Bill Kristol Praises Obama Immigration Order As ‘The Right Thing To Do’  —  On Fox News Sunday this morning, host Chris Wallace asked Bill Kristol, a leading GOP pundit and apologist for the Iraq War, how he felt about President Obama's recent announcement that the Department …
Ben Geman / Ballot Box:
Immigration ruling ‘fully within’ Obama powers, says adviser Plouffe  —  Senior White House adviser David Plouffe insisted Sunday that President Obama's decision to defer deportation of certain illegal immigrants who came to the country as children was “fully within” the president's authority and not made with the 2012 election in mind.
Reuters:
Romney accuses Obama of political motivation on immigration  —  (Reuters) - Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama on Sunday of political motivation in offering work permits to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children …
Discussion: The Mahablog
Lindsey Boerma / CBS News:
Romney: Immigration needs long-term fix, not stop-gap
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Plouffe denies administration leaked information
Discussion: CNN
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
Europe Breathes Huge Sigh Of Relief, As Conservative Party Appears Likely To Win In Greece  —  There's still counting to do, but it definitely appears that the conservative New Democracy party has won the Greek election.  —  The second wave of exit polls, which came out at 8:30 PM Athens …
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CNN:
Romney sees bright side of rain-soaked campaign event  —  Brunswick, Ohio (CNN) - Everyone was drenched by the time Mitt Romney arrived at his Father's Day pancake breakfast in Ohio, but the GOP candidate turned the lousy weather into a metaphor for the 2012 presidential race.
Discussion: Politico
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John Barrasso / CNN:
Lawmakers mum on health care contingency plans
Discussion: Politico
David Plouffe / CNN:
TRENDING: Immigration change not political, Plouffe asserts
Discussion: Politico
BuzzFeed:
The Real Story Of Barack Obama  —  A new biography finally challenges Obama's famous memoir.  And the truth might not be quite as interesting as the president, and his enemies, have imagined.  —  David Maraniss's new biography of Barack Obama is the first sustained challenge to Obama's control …
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
C.E.O. Pay Is Rising Despite the Din  —  YOU call this a revolution?  —  Probably the most-heard complaint about big business these days, one seemingly tailored for the 99 percent, is how much money corporate C.E.O.'s routinely pull down.  Many ordinary Americans probably cheered when stockholders …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:   Average CEO Pay At Largest Companies Grew Twice As Fast As Worker Wages In 2011, Rising To $14.5 Million
Washington Examiner:
‘Angry’ money gives funding edge to GOP and Romney  —  Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign event at the Cornwall Iron Furnace on June 16, 2012 in Cornwall, Pennsylvania.  Mr. Romney continues hs campaign swing through battle ground states …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Mike Allen / Politico:
Playbook: Prankster Mitt leaves note  —  How ya doin', Knucklesnorts?" http://mi.tt/LS1tAU  —  ROMNEY TO SCHIEFFER: “Europe is capable of dealing with their banking crisis if they choose to do so” ... PLOUFFE TO STEPHANOPOULOS: “This is within the power of the Europeans to act”
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Explain to me again why they are called “reporters”?  —  When Neil Munro shouted out a question to Obama yesterday as Obama was reading a statement in the Rose Garden about his unilateral thumbing of Congress and the American people in the eye, a firestorm of condemnation erupted among media-types on both the left and right.
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John_Frank / Raleigh News & Observer:
Beau Biden takes shot at Mitt Romney, hits Gov. Bev Perdue  —  Beau Biden, the son of the Democratic vice president, went “off script,” as he called it, to fire a shot a Republican Mitt Romney but hit Gov. Bev Perdue at the same time.  —  At the N.C. Democratic Party's annual fundraising dinner …
Shay / CBS Charlotte:
New Law To Keep Booze Flowing For Democratic Convention  —  RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Adding a twist to blue laws in an increasingly red state, North Carolina's Republican-led legislature is toasting a measure intended to keep the booze flowing at the Democratic National Convention.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
Broken Trust Takes Time to Mend  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA caused a stir recently when he said that “the private sector is doing fine” and pinned many of the nation's economic troubles on a decline in public-sector employment.  He cited some interesting numbers, but he didn't draw the right lesson …
Discussion: xpostfactoid and EconLog
Ben Geman / Ballot Box:
Romney says he'd still reject 10-to-1 budget cuts to revenue deal  —  Mitt Romney is doubling down on the now-infamous rejection of a fiscal policy deal that would provide $1 in new taxes for every $10 in spending cuts.  —  During a Republican primary debate last August, all GOP candidates …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
 
 
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Bonnie Kavoussi / Reuters:
Roberto Unger, Obama's Former Harvard Law School Professor, Says The President ‘Must Be Defeated’
Cooper Smith Koch / The Huffington Post:
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Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Team Kimberlin's Busted Hustle Now Beginning to Unravel Rapidly
Sam Dolnick / New York Times:
As Escapees Stream Out, a Penal Business Thrives
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Santorum: On immigration, Obama ‘has not faithfully executed’ the law
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Rachel L. Swarns / New York Times:
DNA Gives New Insights Into Michelle Obama's Roots
Evan McMorris-Santoro / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Alberto Gonzales: Obama May Have Violated His Oath …
Lean Forward / msnbc.com:
The smartest guy in the room
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
 Earlier Items: 
Haaretz:
Officials: Hamas ordered Grad attack on Israel at request of Muslim Brotherhood
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Highway bill running out of gas, as House, Senate negotiations stall
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
44 Senators urge Obama to cut off Iran negotiations unless progress made
Paul West / Los Angeles Times:
Romney: Obama fears Israeli attack on Iran more than Iran nukes
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Israel Matzav
Atrios / Eschaton:
Tom Friedman, The Musical!
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Huckabee Defends Obama's Immigration Policy: 'It's An Admirable Thing'