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8:20 PM ET, June 18, 2012

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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
What It Will Mean If the Supreme Court Strikes Down Obamacare  —  Two years ago, when President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, the idea that its individual mandate provision was unconstitutional was laughable.  There was no case law, no precedent, and frankly …
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Sahil Kapur / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  Scalia Reverses Himself: Now Disagrees With Key Precedent Supporting Constitutionality Of Health Care Reform  —  To observers of the ‘Obamacare’ oral arguments, it would come as no surprise that Justice Antonin Scalia is a likely vote to strike it down.
Avik Roy / The Apothecary:
Scalia and Ginsburg Drop Hints about Obamacare's Fate at the Supreme Court  —  A Tea-Party supporter protest outside the US Supreme Court on the third day of oral arguements over the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on March 28, 2012 in Washington, DC.
Ezra Klein / New Yorker:
UNPOPULAR MANDATE … - FRONT ROW - PHOTO BOOTH - PAGE-TURNER - CLOSE READ - DAILY COMMENT - JOHN CASSIDY - JONAH LEHRER - SPORTS
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Opinion: Defeat of healthcare law would erode voters' trust in Supreme Court  —  Every political strategist working the fall elections sees a game changer coming by the end of the month.  —  That's when the Supreme Court rules on the constitutionality of President Obama's signature legislative accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act.
Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
‘What New Law?’  —  People who would benefit have little idea …
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
The folly of Obamacare  —  We pay our presidents for judgment …
Washington Post:
Obama picks John Kerry to play Romney in mock debate rehearsals  —  President Obama has tapped Sen. John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, to play Republican Mitt Romney in mock debate rehearsals, Obama campaign officials and the senator's office confirmed Monday.
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Ann Romney: ‘I doubt’ we'll take as many overseas vacations as the Obamas  —  Ann Romney, the wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, said Monday that she doubted that she and her husband would vacation overseas as frequently as the Obamas if her husband were to win election.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Allen West says he's ‘dejected’ by Romney's answers on immigration  —  Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) said Monday he was “dejected” by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's performance during an interview Friday in which he was asked repeatedly about President Obama's recently announced policy shift on illegal immigration.
John Kerry / CNN:
Doppelganger alert: John Kerry to play Romney in debate prep
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Ros Krasny / Reuters:
Romney small town tour preaches mostly to the choir
Dina Rudick / Boston Globe:
John Kerry to play role of Mitt Romney for President Obama's debate prep
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James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Postcards from the Bus-Capade: Romney Road Report
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
When Mitt Romney Went To “WaWas”
Discussion: Mediaite
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Media pretty excited about Romney talking up Wawa subs or something; Update: Deceptive editing
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and National Review
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Sen. Brown to debate, if MSNBC drops out  —  Fascinating sign of the times: Sen. Scott Brown announced today that he will accept an invitation to debate Elizabeth Warren at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston, but only on two conditions — one of which is that MSNBC …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Rightnewz
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Noah Bierman / Boston Globe:
Scott Brown accepts Kennedy debate with conditions  —  Senator Scott Brown said today that he will accept a debate at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, but only on the condition that Vicki Kennedy stay neutral in the election and MSNBC drop out as the sponsor.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Rubio Says Own Dream Act Derailed for Now  —  Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said Monday that President Barack Obama's move last week to block deportations for some young illegal immigrants in the U.S. has likely derailed his own similar efforts, at least until after the election.
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CNN:
CNN's GUT CHECK for June 18, 2012
Discussion: Politico, Associated Press and Newsy
Michael Barbaro / The Caucus:
At Party, Bloomberg Tips Hand on Endorsement  —  Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York has remained coy about whether he plans to endorse a presidential candidate this year, even as Mitt Romney and President Obama aggressively court the billionaire media mogul.
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Michelle Obama slaps ‘corporate’ work, ‘fat paychecks’  —  President Obama along with his mother-in-law Marian Robinson and wife Michelle Obama watch a basketball game November 2009 between GWU and Oregon State, coached by the first lady's brother, Craig Robinson, standing at right.
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Sen. Manchin to skip Democratic convention  —  Three prominent West Virginia Democrats said Monday that they would skip the party's national convention in Charlotte, N.C., this September over concerns that links to the party could hurt their re-election chances.
Discussion: CNN
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Alexander Burns / Politico:   W. Va. Dem brass skipping convention
Juliet Macur / New York Times:
Clemens Is Found Not Guilty in Perjury Trial  —  WASHINGTON — Roger Clemens, whose hard throws intimidated even the toughest batters and turned him into one of the best pitchers in baseball history, was acquitted Monday of charges that he lied to Congress in 2008 when he insisted …
Discussion: Mediaite
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Washington Post:
Roger Clemens acquitted of all charges
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
The Official Google Blog:
More transparency into government requests  —  About two years ago, we launched our interactive Transparency Report.  We started by disclosing data about government requests.  Since then, we've been steadily adding new features, like graphs showing traffic patterns and disruptions to Google services from different countries.
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John D. Sutter / CNN:
Google reports ‘alarming’ rise in government censorship requests
Discussion: Washington Post, Politico and Wired
Patrick Gavin / Reuters:
Robert Redford: Democrats are bad storytellers  —  Robert Redford's a long-time supporter of the Democratic Party, but he thinks they could stand to learn a thing or two from his profession: Storytelling.  —  In the latest issue of Outside magazine, the actor and director is asked why …
Bloomberg:
The Obama Campaign Needs an Intervention  —  During a focus group in Denver last week, Jeffrey Penny laid out his “criteria” for giving President Barack Obama his vote this year as he did in 2008.  —  “I just want to see specifics and quit the trash talk,” the 31-year-old web designer …
Daily Mail:
‘How would a Jewish person feel if you put a swastika on a shoe?’  Adidas under fire for unveiling new trainer with orange ‘shackles’ like those worn by black slaves  —  Adidas has sparked outrage and been accused of ‘promoting slavery’ by creating a new pair of trainers which have bright orange 'shackles …
BuzzFeed:
9 Tall Tales From Barack Obama's Memoir  —  1. Hussein Onyango, Barack's grandfather, wasn't really imprisoned and tortured by the British.  —  Source: 1.bp.blogspot.com  —  2. The father of his Indonesian stepfather, Soewarno Martodihardjo, wasn't killed by Dutch soldiers in the fight for independence.
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Allen Pizzey / CBS News:
Egypt generals say they'll “hand over power to the elected president” at end of month  —  (CBS News) CAIRO - In spite of opposition claims that Egypt's cadre of ruling generals is setting up what they say amounts to a military dictatorship, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
 
 
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Boko Haram claims responsibility for Nigeria church bombings
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Discussion: The Daily Caller and Guardian
Keegan Gibson / PoliticsPA:
Obama's WV Problem Stretches Into PA
Discussion: Politico and RedState
Stacey Szewczyk / DNAinfo.com New York:
Crew of ‘Occu-Pirates’ Gets the Nod to Protest Again
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 Earlier Items: 
Reza Sayah / CNN:
Taliban to U.S.: End drone strikes in Pakistan, or no more polio vaccines
Discussion: The Jawa Report
BuzzFeed:
What's Next For Obamacare: A Step-By-Step Guide
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
GOP strategist: Republicans were ‘caught with their pants down’ on immigration
Discussion: Mother Jones and Swampland
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Two Partisan Warriors, Michael Steele and Lanny Davis, Going Purple
 

 
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Financial Times:
Sources: Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner and KKR are in talks to break Axel Springer in two, separating media assets from its digital classifieds business

Phil Lewis / What I'm Reading:
CNN says it has integrated its Race and Equality team of reporters in other areas across its platforms, instead of the team existing in an “organizational silo”

Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: comedian Dax Shepard signs an $80M podcasting deal with Amazon, shifting his Armchair Expert show to Amazon's Wondery service from Spotify

 
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