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3:40 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.
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 …
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:
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 …
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.
Supreme Court's Super Mondays Don't Serve Justice
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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Brantley Hargrove / Unfair Park:
A Guide to How Obama's New Immigration Policy Will Work, And a Word of Caution  —  President Barack Obama announced Friday afternoon that the Department of Homeland Security will no longer attempt to deport young undocumented immigrants brought here as children, signaling a compassionate shift …
Discussion: The Reaction
CNN:   Romney's ‘Doing Fine?’ becomes ‘¿Van Bien?’
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: ThinkProgress and
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
9 Tall Tales From Barack Obama's Memoir  —  1. Hussein Onyango, Barack's grandfather, wasn't really imprisoned and tortured by the British.  —  Source:  —  2. The father of his Indonesian stepfather, Soewarno Martodihardjo, wasn't killed by Dutch soldiers in the fight for independence.
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
Tim Mak / Politico:
ATF sued for Fast and Furious docs  —  The conservative organization Judicial Watch announced Monday that it was suing the ATF for Fast and Furious records of communications between the agency and the White House.  —  Specifically, the group said that it filed a Freedom of Information Act …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Mexican President Thanks Obama for Immigration Changes  —  At a bilateral meeting in Los Cabos, Mexican president Felipe Calderón thanked President Obama for his Friday announcement not to prosecute young illegal immigrants:
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
GOP strategist: Republicans were ‘caught with their pants down’ on immigration  —  Republicans need to be very careful about how they respond to Obama's new immigration announcement, because Americans view the issue as one about fundamental fairness.  If the GOP loses the Latino vote in the same …
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.
New York Post:
Gore's eco-friendly firm lands $16M contract to manage city pension funds  —  Here's an inconvenient truth: New York is greening the wallet of Al Gore.  —  Embattled city Comptroller John Liu has delivered a $16.56 million contract to the former vice president's environmentally friendly investment firm …
Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
‘What New Law?’  —  People who would benefit have little idea what they may lose if Supreme Court strikes down health law.  —  SEWANEE, Tenn. - As Robin Layman, a mother of two who has major health troubles but no insurance, arrived at a free clinic here, she had a big personal stake …
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Sally Nelson / The Daily Caller:
Comedy Central host Jon Stewart regularly bashes American …
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
In a World of Complications, Obama Faces a Re-election Test
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Hot Air and ABCNEWS
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Iran's economic pain deepens as new nuclear talks begin
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Disrupting journalism education, too
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Declan Walsh / New York Times:
Taliban Block Vaccinations in Pakistan
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Cherokees travel to Mass but Elizabeth Warren refuses to meet them
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney predicts victory at star-studded bus tour stop in Wisconsin
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Council for Secular Humanism:
Research Report: How Secular Humanists (and Everyone Else) Subsidize Religion in the United States
Washington Post:
Egypt's military issues decree giving vast powers to armed forces, but few to president

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Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
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Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
Former Marvel chairman Ike Perlmutter, who backed Nelson Peltz in a failed proxy fight for two Disney board seats, sells his stake of nearly 26M Disney shares

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