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2:50 AM ET, June 20, 2012

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Michael O'Brien / msnbc.com:
Romney's search for a VP appears to narrow  —  Mitt Romney's search for a running mate appears to have narrowed, as clues of whom Romney might select as his No. 2 begin to pile up in the media.  —  A campaign that prides itself on discipline had, to date, exacted tight control over the process …
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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
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Marco Rubio on Obama DREAM Job: ‘It Just Poisons the Well’ …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Balloon Juice
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Rubio Ally Fingers Romney Adviser As Possible Leak Source
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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Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
Vicki Kennedy rejects Scott Brown's proposed condition for hosting Senate debate  —  Victoria Reggie Kennedy today rejected Senator Scott Brown's request that she remain neutral in the unfolding Massachusetts US Senate race, a denial that could potentially scuttle a debate she proposed …
Chris Cassidy / Boston Herald:
Cherokee women to Elizabeth Warren: Stop ducking us!
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Issa ‘disappointed,’ says Holder contempt vote will move forward  —  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said Tuesday he plans to move forward with a vote Wednesday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.  —  After a meeting with Holder Tuesday, Issa said he was “disappointed” …
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Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
BREAKING: After Issa and Holder Meet, Still No Documents, Contempt Charges Still Looming  —  The meeting between Attorney General Eric Holder and Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa has ended after 20 minutes of discussion.  Holder came with an offer of a briefing on Fast …
Discussion: RedState and American Spectator
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
No deal: After meeting, Issa says contempt vote on Holder is still on
Discussion: Influence Alley and Fox News
Hunter Walker / Politicker:
‘Joe The Plumber’ Blames Gun Control For The Holocaust [Video]  —  “Joe The Plumber” and his shotgun in his new web video.  (Photo: YouTube)  —  Samuel “Joe The Plumber” Wurzelbacher, the 2008 campaign microcelebrity and Ohio congressional candidate, has an interesting theory about the Holocaust.
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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 and The Raw Story
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.
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
Jim Shella / WISH-TV:
Sources: Daniels will be next Purdue University president  —  WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WISH) - Purdue University officials plan to vote on a candidate for the school's next president this week - and WISH-TV has learned Gov. Mitch Daniels is the candidate in question.
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Indianapolis Star:
At a glance: Purdue's past presidents
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.
CNN:
Conflicting reports about whether Mubarak has died  —  Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, 84, is declared clinically dead on Tuesday, June 19, shortly after arriving at a military hospital in Cairo, according to Egypt's state-run news agency.  A military official disputes the report and says Mubarak is in critical condition.
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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
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Andrea Mitchell airs full Romney remarks  —  On her show today, MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell responded to criticism of the network's decision to run an edited tape of Mitt Romney's remarks about the Wawa convenience store chain, but the network has not clarified why it ran the edited version of the tape.
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 …
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Why I Love Surface  —  The company's new tablet could be the iPad rival the tech world desperately needs.  —  I love the Surface.  And that's true even though I know very little about it.  At a top-secret press event in Los Angeles on Monday, I was allowed to spend only about 90 seconds with Microsoft's new tablet device.
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Dem activist slugs GOP congressman's wife with campaign sign  —  It's all fun and games until somebody gets slugged with a campaign sign — at least in Montana, where following the first U.S. Senate campaign debate this cycle, a Democratic activist hit one candidate's wife with a rolled up sign.
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
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
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Obama's Lawyer Demands Information on Group's Donors  —  The lawyer for President Obama demanded on Tuesday that Crossroads GPS disclose its donors, saying in a complaint to the Federal Election Commission that the group is plainly a “political committee” subject to federal reporting requirements.
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
Is the U.S. economy losing jobs again?  —  The private sector is not fine, as some extremely worrisome economic news today emphasizes.  —  The government's April Job Opening and Labor Turnover report was, in the words of JPMorgan economists, “soft, lending some credence to the view …
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 …
Rush Limbaugh:
Bob Turner Stands with Kids as Libs Heckle Them for Singing Lee Greenwood Song  —  RUSH: Bob Turner was the president of Multimedia, which was a company that syndicated TV programs, and they syndicated mine in 1992 through 1996.  Bob Turner was the president, and it was Bob Turner …
Bill Maher:
The Right Shift  —  Good news: last month, for the first time in weeks, Congress passed a bill!  And wait until you hear what you get: by a vote of 78 to 20, the Senate voted to extend the life of the U.S. Export-Import Bank. ...  People, please!  Control yourselves!  —  Yes, the Import-Export Bank.
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 …
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Jana Winter / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Secret Service agents partied like rock stars on Obamas' Vineyard Vacation  —  MARTHA'S VINEYARD, MASS. - Long before President Obama's security detail was scandalized in Colombia and new revelations emerged last week about the Secret Service, members of the elite team earned an …
 
 
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Matt Duss / ThinkProgress:
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Ron Paul / CNN:
RNC calls ‘frivolous’ lawsuit by Ron Paul supporters
Discussion: The Hill
Garry Wills / New York Review of Books:
The Curse of Political Purity
Lawrence Summers / Washington Post:
Avoiding a global catastrophe
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Political Notebook: Ventura offers to campaign against marriage amendment
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 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Shelley / CBS News:
Romney keeps up strong rhetoric on Russia
Emily Miller / Washington Times:
Gun ownership up, crime down
Discussion: Hot Air
Ezra Klein:
Do Democrats have their own individual mandate?
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Can MSNBC Really ‘Lean Forward’ With S.E. Cupp as Host?