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10:45 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.
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Opinion: Defeat of healthcare law would erode voters' trust in Supreme Court
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 …
SOOPERMEXICAN:
Another Ridiculous Lie From Liberal Media - Distorting Romney's “WAWAs” Hoagie Speech  —  Another example of how ridiculous the media is in their uncompromising struggle to distort the truth in order to make sure Obama wins and Conservatives lose.  —  Today it's being widely reported …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Media pretty excited about Romney talking up Wawa subs or something; Update: Deceptive editing  —  Via the Corner, this is what happens when the big political story on tap for today — a Syriza win in Greece followed by a global market meltdown over the break-up of the eurozone …
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
When Mitt Romney Went To “WaWas”  —  Romney amazed by the convenience store's hoagie ordering terminals.
Discussion: Mediaite
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Romney's Wawa visit (Updated)
Discussion: Moe Lane and The PJ Tatler
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Postcards from the Bus-Capade: Romney Road Report
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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.
Dina Rudick / Boston Globe:
John Kerry to play role of Mitt Romney for President Obama's debate prep
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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CBS News:
Roger Clemens acquitted on all charges in perjury trial
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Gateway Pundit
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.
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: Scared Monkeys
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Joe Manchin / CNN:   Manchin to skip Democratic National Convention
Alexander Burns / Politico:   W. Va. Dem brass skipping convention
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
Discussion: Daily Kos
Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
Michelle Obama Jokes About Solar Car Explosion at OSU Commencement  —  (CNSNews.com) - First lady Michelle Obama joked about the explosion of a solar-powered car when encouraging graduates of Oregon State University to persevere through life's challenges.  —  The first lady was the commencement …
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Michelle Obama slaps ‘corporate’ work, ‘fat paychecks’
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 …
Gary / View from the Wing:
If You Support Government Subsidies for Amtrak, You Can Pay Less to Ride the Train  —  I received an email this morning offering bonus points and a 10% discount on train travel when you join the National Association of Railroad Passengers.  —  Now, the National Association of Railroad Passengers …
Discussion: National Review
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.
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.
Orlando Sentinel:
George Zimmerman jail calls: Trayvon Martin shooter tells wife how to move around money  —  In a half dozen phone calls between a locked-up George Zimmerman and his wife, the couple talk about their love for each other, their confidence in the future and how to move around money, recordings released this morning reveal.
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 …
Guardian:
G20 summit: Barroso blames eurozone crisis on US banks  —  EC president says European leaders have not come to Mexico to receive lessons on how to handle the economy  —  The opening day of the G20 summit was threatening to deteriorate into a fractious row between eurozone countries …
Dave Levinthaland Anna Palmer / Politico:
POLITICO Influence: Skynyrd at RNC  —  PI SCOOP... SKYNYRD, ADKINS, KID ROCK LINE UP FOR RNC CONVENTION: Liberty Plaza Events has signed on musical acts Lynyrd Skynyrd (Aug. 26), Trace Adkins (Aug. 28) and Kid Rock (Aug. 29) for the Republican National Convention in Tampa …
 
 
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Kate Brannen / defensenews.com:
Experts Say Romney's Defense Plan Doesn't Add Up
Discussion: Daily Kos and ThinkProgress
Jonathan Alter / The Daily Beast:
How Bravo's Andy Cohen Made Obama Plead the Fifth on Michelle's Outfit
Zombie / PJ Media:
Occupy Oakland protests in FAVOR of child sex trafficking
Joe Eaton / iWatch News Latest Stories:
Accounting for limousines: A moving target
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Guardian
Ros Krasny / Reuters:
Romney small town tour preaches mostly to the choir
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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Sara Murray / Washington Wire:
Ayotte, Rubio to Speak at Super PAC Event
Discussion: Washington Post, The Hill and Politico
The Official Google Blog:
More transparency into government requests
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
GOP strategist: Republicans were ‘caught with their pants down’ on immigration
Discussion: Mother Jones and Swampland