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9:40 AM ET, June 20, 2012

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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Elizabeth Warren loses it, lashes out at “right wing extremist” (me)  —  As you know, Elizabeth Warren has been caught in a series of at best misleading and at worst false responses since The Boston Herald first broke the story in late April that Harvard Law promoted her as Native American in the mid-to-late 1990s.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and American Glob
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Chris Cassidy / Boston Herald:
Cherokee women to Elizabeth Warren: Stop ducking us!  —  On their first day in the Hub, a group of Cherokees hoping to confront Elizabeth Warren over her Native American heritage claims blasted the Democrat for trying to dismiss the ancestry controversy as a non-issue in the Bay State U.S. Senate race.
Mike Allenand Jim Vandehei / Politico:
Tim Pawlenty's stock soars in Romney-world  —  Tim Pawlenty has jumped to the top of the vice presidential shortlist of several Mitt Romney advisers after emerging as the most effective — and well-liked — surrogate for the GOP nominee-to-be, according to several Republicans familiar with campaign deliberations.
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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney: “Marco Rubio Is Being Thoroughly Vetted”  —  Goes on record after ABC report.  —  (Getty Images / Win McNamee)  —  Mitt Romney makes it official: “Marco Rubio is being thoroughly vetted as part of our process,” he said today, hours after an ABC report said he was not being considered as Romney's running-mate.
Colleen McCain Nelson / Wall Street Journal:
Clues Emerge on Romney's VP Pick  —  Speculation about Mitt Romney's running mate has kicked up a notch, as one possibility seemed to remove himself from the running, another took a more central role in the campaign and a third saw Mr. Romney confirm him as a serious contender.
Discussion: Washington Wire
Michael O'Brien / msnbc.com:
Romney's search for a VP appears to narrow
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Marco Rubio on Obama DREAM Job: ‘It Just Poisons the Well’ …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Balloon Juice
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Rep. Issa ‘disappointed,’ says contempt vote against Holder will move forward  —  A House panel is expected to vote Wednesday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress after a last-ditch effort to reach a deal over documents related to Operation Fast and Furious appeared to fail.
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Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
BREAKING: After Issa and Holder Meet, Still No Documents, Contempt Charges Still Looming
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
No deal: After meeting, Issa says contempt vote on Holder is still on
Discussion: Influence Alley
Maggie Habermanand Alexander Burns / Politico:
The 2012 campaign is the smallest ever  —  For years, operatives, reporters and potential nominees envisioned the 2012 presidential campaign as a titanic clash of media-swarmed combatants with big ideas about the future.  In the Republican primaries, this was almost a mantra: this is the most important campaign in a generation.
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Bloomberg:
Obama Leads In Poll As Voters View Romney As Out Of Touch  —  Barack Obama has opened a significant lead over Mitt Romney in a Bloomberg National Poll that reflects the presumed Republican nominee's weaknesses more than the president's strengths.  —  Obama leads Romney 53 percent …
AJE - Al Jazeera English:
Conflicting reports over Mubarak's health  —  Military denies earlier reports that Mubarak was “clinically dead”, saying deposed president is on life-support machine.  —  Hosni Mubarak, the deposed Egyptian leader, has been revived and is on an artificial respirator after he suffered stroke …
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Washington Post:
U.S., Israel developed Flame computer virus to slow Iranian nuclear efforts, officials say  —  The United States and Israel jointly developed a sophisticated computer virus nicknamed Flame that collected critical intelligence in preparation for cyber-sabotage attacks aimed at slowing Iran's ability …
Hunter Walker / Politicker:
'Joe The Plumber's' Spokesman Explains His Holocaust Theories: ‘Joe Is A Student Of History’  —  Ohio congressional candidate and living 2008 campaign artifact Samuel “Joe The Plumber” Wurzelbacher released a video yesterday in which he cited gun control as a contributing cause for the Holocaust and the Armenian genocide.
Discussion: Gawker
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Toby Harnden / Daily Mail:
Obama's grandfather tortured by the British?  A fantasy (like most of the President's own memoir)  —  A new biography of Barack Obama has established that his grandfather was not, as is related in the President's own memoir, detained by the British in Kenya and found that claims that he was tortured were a fabrication.
Discussion: National Review and UrbanGrounds
Ezra Klein:
Grover Norquist's pledge to increase spending, deficits  —  Over in Bloomberg View, Ramesh Ponnuru passes the mic to Grover Norquist: … You hear this often from Republicans: The reason you can't make a deal that balances both spending cuts and tax increases is that the tax increases happen and the spending cuts don't.
Discussion: The New Republic
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Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Grover Norquist's Endless Campaign
Discussion: The Enterprise Blog
BuzzFeed:
Anti-Romney Protesters Say They're Paid To Heckle  —  Two protesters and an Obama official say “Good Jobs Now” protesters are compensated for their time.  A protest leader denies it.  —  A few of the protesters outside Romney's rally, shortly before filing on to a charter bus parked down the street.
Sam Baker / The Hill:
HHS: 3 million young adults gained coverage under healthcare law  —  More than 3 million young adults have been able to stay on their parents' insurance plans because of President Obama's healthcare law, the Health and Human Services Department said Tuesday.
Discussion: New York Times
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Fix health care after Supreme Court ruling, poll says  —  If the Supreme Court strikes down President Barack Obama's signature health care reform law, 77 percent of Americans want the president and Congress to work on new legislation overhauling the system, according to a new AP-GfK poll on Wednesday.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Lawrence O'Donnell Mocks Ann Romney for Riding Horses to Combat Multiple Sclerosis  —  With each passing day, the Obama-loving media stoop to new lows in attacking the presumptive Republican presidential nominee and his family.  —  On MSNBC's The Last Word Monday, host Lawrence O'Donnell mocked Ann Romney …
Larry McShane / NY Daily News:
Alec Baldwin punches Daily News photographer after obtaining marriage license in New York with fiancee Hilaria Thomas  —  ‘I knew he was going to attack me.  I stepped back, and he kept coming,’ says News lensman  —  Alec Baldwin shoves Daily News photographer Marcus Santos after leaving the Marriage Bureau Tuesday morning.
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Change.org Drops Michelle Rhee Group Under Pressure From Progressives … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Michelle Rhee, éducation, Michelle Rhee, Video, Politics News, Change, Change.Org, Changeorg, Michelle Rhee Dc, Politics News  —  WASHINGTON — In a surprising reversal, Change.org …
Matt Duss / ThinkProgress:
National Review's New Contributor: White Nationalist David Yerushalmi  —  Back in April, National Review finally parted ways with longtime contributor John Derbyshire after Derbyshire penned an especially racist piece advising non-black American parents on how to talk to their kids about black people.
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Neal Rauhauser: Internet Super-Spy!  —  What service is Neal Rauhauser providing to his clients, including Brett Kimberlin's tax-exempt 501(c) Velvet Revolution?  Is Rauhauser paid to sit around all day playing with his Twitter sockpuppets, plotting revenge against Greg Howard …
Discussion: American Power
Indianapolis Star:
At a glance: Purdue's past presidents  —  France A. Córdova, 2007-12  —  Enhanced academic quality of student body through higher SAT and GPAs  —  Córdova also focused on student leadership and increasing retention rates.  In 2010, Purdue climbed to 18th among public national universities …
BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney Is Terrible For Traffic  —  We admit it, and so do other bloggers and editors: Nobody seems to want to read stories about Mitt Romney.  For the candidate, a blessing or a curse?  —  In the war of partisan trash talk that frequently consumes online political media …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Chris Frates / Influence Alley:
Koch Brothers, Cato to Settle Control of Think Tank  —  CORRECTION: A prior version of this story was incorrect.  Freedomworks is not funded by the Koch brothers.  —  The gang at National Journal reports:  —  The Cato Institute and famed Republican donors Charles and David Koch are set …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama: EU crisis could ‘have impact’ on reelection chances  —  President Obama said Tuesday that the economic crisis in Europe could “have some impact” on his reelection chances in November.  —  “I think it's fair to say that all these issues, economic issues, will potentially have some impact …
 
 
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Ron Paul / CNN:
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Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Dem activist slugs GOP congressman's wife with campaign sign
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Post Bulletin:
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Discussion: ThinkProgress
Matthew Shelley / CBS News:
Romney keeps up strong rhetoric on Russia
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Emily Miller / Washington Times:
Gun ownership up, crime down
Discussion: Shot in the Dark and Hot Air
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Obama's Lawyer Demands Information on Group's Donors