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7:00 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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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.
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.
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.
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Any Court Health Care Decision Unlikely to Please  —  Immigration: Public Backs AZ Law, But Also Path to Citizenship  —  OVERVIEW  —  The public is unlikely to be satisfied with the Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on the 2010 Affordable Care Act - no matter what the Court decides.
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.
Dina Rudick / Boston Globe:
John Kerry to play role of Mitt Romney for President Obama's debate prep
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
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
CNN:
Roger Clemens found not guilty of perjury
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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James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Postcards from the Bus-Capade: Romney Road Report
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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.
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, Wired and Politico
Ros Krasny / Reuters:
Romney small town tour preaches mostly to the choir  —  (Reuters) - Enthusiastic crowds waving American flags and holding campaign signs are greeting Mitt Romney on a five-day bus tour but the Republican's first big campaign swing since the primary season ended is reaching out to voters who are already in his column.
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney predicts victory at star-studded bus tour stop in Wisconsin
Discussion: CNN and Jammie Wearing Fools
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 …
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 …
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 …
Daily Mail:
Obama's Harvard law professor says ‘President MUST be defeated in 2012’ (even though he's the man Barack used to have on speed dial)  —  A former professor of Barack Obama has turned against his one-time student and publicly urged voters not to re-elect him.
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.
WBUR:
WBUR Poll: Angus King Heavy Favorite To Replace Sen. Snowe  —  A new WBUR poll shows former Maine Gov. Angus King as the heavy favorite to replace retiring Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe.  Current poll numbers have King, who is running as an independent, with 50 percent of likely voters …
Stacey Szewczyk / DNAinfo.com New York:
Crew of ‘Occu-Pirates’ Gets the Nod to Protest Again  —  MANHATTAN — A scrappy crew of Occupy Wall Street veterans that call themselves ‘Occu-pirates’ sailed out of the 79th Street Boat Basin once again on Saturday morning.  —  The destination was Staten Island, for one in a series …
Keegan Gibson / PoliticsPA:
Obama's WV Problem Stretches Into PA  —  A significant portion of western and central Pennsylvania Democrats declined to vote for Barack Obama in the April primary, an analysis by PoliticsPA has found.  The results there resemble those of Arkansas, Kentucky and West Virginia …
Discussion: Politico and RedState
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: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
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 …
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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Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Eric Hovde, GOP Senate Candidate: Press Should Stop Writing Sob Stories About Poor People
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Wonkette
Orlando Sentinel:
George Zimmerman jail calls: Trayvon Martin shooter tells wife how to move around money
Reza Sayah / CNN:
Taliban to U.S.: End drone strikes in Pakistan, or no more polio vaccines
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BuzzFeed:
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Sally Nelson / The Daily Caller:
Comedy Central host Jon Stewart regularly bashes American …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Betsy's Page
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
GOP strategist: Republicans were ‘caught with their pants down’ on immigration
Discussion: Swampland and Mother Jones
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Two Partisan Warriors, Michael Steele and Lanny Davis, Going Purple
Michael Vlahos / The Atlantic Online:
What ‘Call of Duty’ Shows About How War Changed America
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Greece as Victim  —  Ever since Greece hit the skids …