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2:35 PM ET, June 18, 2012


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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.
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:
Kevin Drum Feed:
The Clock Ticks Down on Whether We've Entered a New Era in American Politics  —  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 …
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
The folly of Obamacare  —  We pay our presidents for judgment, and President Obama committed a colossal error of judgment in making health-care “reform” a centerpiece of his first term.  Ahead of the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — and regardless of how the court decides …
Supreme Court's Super Mondays Don't Serve Justice
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Any Court Health Care Decision Unlikely to Please
Discussion: Business Insider
Benjy Sarlin /
TPM2012  —  Whitehouse: ‘Very Little’ Hope For Bipartisan Push …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Campaign 2012
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.
Barack Obama / TIME Ideas:
Exclusive: A Nation of Laws and a Nation of Immigrants  —  The President explains his decision to no longer deport undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children  —  U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks about the Department of Homeland Security's recent announcement …
CNN:   Romney's ‘Doing Fine?’ becomes ‘¿Van Bien?’
Brantley Hargrove / Unfair Park:
A Guide to How Obama's New Immigration Policy Will Work, And a Word of Caution
Discussion: The Reaction
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.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Greece as Victim  —  Ever since Greece hit the skids, we've heard a lot about what's wrong with everything Greek.  Some of the accusations are true, some are false — but all of them are beside the point.  Yes, there are big failings in Greece's economy, its politics and no doubt its society.
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 …
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 …
New York Post:
Businesses make $4M off NYC students by holding their cellphones during school  —  The city's ban on cellphones in schools is taking an amazing $4.2 million a year out of kids' pockets, a Post analysis has found.  —  The students — who attend the nearly 90 high schools and middle schools …
Ibrahim Barzak / Associated Press:
Gazans hand out sweets, celebrate claim of Islamist's win in Egypt presidential election  —  Palestinian Hamas supporters rally along the streets of Gaza city to support Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi, Monday, June 18 2012.  The Muslim Brotherhood declared early Monday that its candidate …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Washington Post:
Egypt's military issues decree giving vast powers to armed forces, but few to president
Michael Vlahos / The Atlantic Online:
What ‘Call of Duty’ Shows About How War Changed America  —  The wildly popular game's latest installment bears the hallmarks of a culture of defeat.  —  What is the legacy of an Iliad-long war?  Has it changed us?  —  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is a wildly popular end-of-war game.
Alastair Jamieson /
Report: World's population is 17 million tons overweight  —  Obesity is threatening the world's future food security, according to a study published Monday that calculated the weight of the global population at 316 million tons.  —  Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Matt McGrath / BBC:
Obesity impacts weight of nations
Discussion: Jezebel
New York Times:
Russian Warships Said to Be Going to Naval Base in Syria  —  MOSCOW — Introducing an unpredictable new element into the Syrian crisis, a Russian news agency said on Monday that two Russian naval vessels with marines on board were ready to head for Syria to protect Russian citizens and a naval base there …
Discussion: and ThinkProgress
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 …
Tara Kelly / The Huffington Post:
Giant Mushroom Cloud In Beijing (VIDEO) (PHOTOS) … FOLLOW:  —  Foreign Affairs, Video, Mushroom Clouds, Beijing, Beijing Mushroom Cloud, Beijing-China, China Mushroom Cloud, China Pollution, Green Haze, Haze, Massive Mushroom Cloud China, Mushroom Cloud Beijing, Mushroom Cloud Beijing Photos, World News
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney predicts victory at star-studded bus tour stop in Wisconsin  —  Mitt Romney's bus tour rolled through Wisconsin on Monday, drawing a star-studded list of top Republican politicians to the latest stop on his swing through six battleground states.  —  The first stop of the day was Janesville …
Discussion: CNN and Jammie Wearing Fools
Robert Costa / National Review:
Rubio's Take on DREAM ‘by Fiat’  —  Senator Marco Rubio of Florida tells National Review Online that President Obama's executive order on immigration is part of a “growing consensus” in American politics about the children of illegal immigrants, but he is troubled by the president's lawmaking “by fiat.”
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Post
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Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Iran's economic pain deepens as new nuclear talks begin
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Disrupting journalism education, too
Discussion: Dave Winer
Declan Walsh / New York Times:
Taliban Block Vaccinations in Pakistan
Discussion: emptywheel
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Cherokees travel to Mass but Elizabeth Warren refuses to meet them
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Two Partisan Warriors, Michael Steele and Lanny Davis, Going Purple
Discussion: New York Magazine
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Newspaper Work, With Warren Buffett as Boss
Rich Schapiro / NY Daily News:
Rutgers webcam spy Dharun Ravi expected for release after serving 20 days in jail
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Council for Secular Humanism:
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Peter J. Boyer / The Daily Beast:
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