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10:25 AM ET, June 21, 2012

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David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Executive privilege poses tricky situation for Obama  —  View Photo Gallery — Eric Holder isn't the first: Other high-profile officials held in contempt: Eric Holder isn't the first government official who has been found in contempt of Congress.  Congressional Research Service compiled …
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Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Nancy Pelosi Slams Contempt Vote: 'I Could Have Arrested Karl Rove ... But We Didn't' … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Darrell Issa, Eric Holder, Karl Rove, Nancy Pelosi, Elections 2012, Video, Darrell Issa Contempt, Eric Holder Contempt, Fast And Furious, Holder Fast And Furious, Issa Fast And Furious, Politics News
Mark Levin / Facebook:
Executive Privilege and how the House should move forward legally  —  As the Supreme Court recognized in US v. Nixon, the Executive Branch has a legitimate interest in confidentiality of communications among high officials so that the President can have the benefit of candid advice.
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Those Fast and Furious documents must be dynamite  —  My friend Bill Otis was a Justice Department lawyer for many years.  He spent a good portion of those years as a prosecutor.  He also served as an attorney in the White House Counsel's shop, so he knows all about dealing …
Investor's Business Daily:
Obama's Executive Privilege Has The Stench Of Cover-Up  —  Scandal: The president illegally asserts executive privilege to protect an attorney general who's either a clueless political hack, malevolent or both, withholding answers of who is responsible for a Border Patrol agent's death.
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
Eric W. Dolan / The Raw Story:   Grayson: Fast and Furious ‘circus’ will backfire on Republicans
Shannen W. Coffin / National Review:
Obama Invokes Executive Privilege
Discussion: NewsBusters.org blogs
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Another retraction: Holder withdraws claim that Bush's attorney general knew about gunwalking
Discussion: Right Wing News
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
House panel votes to place Holder in contempt of Congress
Michael C. Bender / Bloomberg:
Romney Campaign Said To Ask Scott To Downplay Job Gains  —  Mitt Romney's presidential campaign asked Florida Governor Rick Scott to tone down his statements heralding improvements in the state's economy because they clash with the presumptive Republican nominee's message that the nation …
Susanne Craig / DealBook:
Bosses Rein In Banker Who Golfs With Obama  —  One of the biggest banks in the world wants the president's favorite banker muzzled.  —  The banker, Robert Wolf, a top UBS executive in New York, is among President Obama's leading fund-raisers, building more than more than $500,000 for his re-election so far this year.
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
HHS touts health law for creating jobs, expanding care  —  Federal health officials announced that new grants under the the healthcare reform law will expand clinic access to more than 1.25 million Americans and create roughly 5,640 jobs.  —  The grants were awarded Wednesday to 219 local health centers.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Booman Tribune
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Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Distaste for Health Care Law Reflects Spending on Ads
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Mother Jones
Odarcy / d-umn.campusreform.org:
University sponsors campaign to undermine ‘white privilege’  —  The University of Minnesota - Duluth (UMD) is now sponsoring an ad-campaign designed to achieve “racial justice” by raising awareness of “white privilege.”  —  The project disseminates its message, that “society was setup for us …
Barbara Liston / Reuters:
Florida police chief embroiled in Trayvon Martin scandal fired  —  (Reuters) - The Florida police chief whose department failed to arrest neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the February shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin was fired on Wednesday, the city of Sanford said.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Business Insider
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Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
BREAKING: House GOP Leaders Will Ask Supreme Court By the End of June to Take DOMA Appeal  —  Lawyers for the House Republican leadership today told a federal court that the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group plans to ask the Supreme Court to overturn a federal appeals court ruling …
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
Court's decision on healthcare law could put progressives back at ‘square one’
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
NBC Prepares to Replace Ann Curry on ‘Today’  —  NBC executives are readying a plan to replace Ann Curry on the “Today” show, only a year after she became the co-host of the iconic franchise.  —  The planning — which is taking place in secret and has not been finalized …
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
NBC Contingency Plans Are Not Needed as Ann Curry Reports to Work at ‘Today’
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Bias Against a Mormon Presidential Candidate Same as in 1967  —  Four in 10 Americans do not know that Mitt Romney is a Mormon  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Eighteen percent of Americans say they would not vote for a well-qualified presidential candidate who happens to be a Mormon, virtually the same as the 17% who held this attitude in 1967.
William Grimes / New York Times:
LeRoy Neiman, 1921-2012: LeRoy Neiman, Artist Who Captured Sports and Public Life, Dies at 91  —  LeRoy Neiman, whose brilliantly colored, impressionistic sketches of sporting events and the international high life made him one of the most popular artists in the United States, died on Wednesday in Manhattan.
Newt Gingrich / CNN:
Miriam Adelson gets a refund  —  Washington (CNN) - It is not your typical refund.  —  Miriam Adelson, the wife of Nevada casino mogul and major GOP donor Sheldon Adelson, got a $5 million refund for one of her contributions to Winning Our Future, the super PAC that almost single-handedly …
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Jersey Boys  —  The governor and the Boss—a tale of politics, rock and roll, and unrequited love  —  CHRIS CHRISTIE IS, even in moments of tranquility—of which, in his life, there seem to be none—a torqued-up, joyously belligerent, easily baited, and preternaturally exuberant son of New Jersey …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Alexander Burns / Politico:
AP poll: Obama 47, Romney 44  —  The latest Associated Press-GfK poll shows a close race that hasn't changed much since Mitt Romney rallied GOP support after the end of the primaries.  The debate over which candidate is better equipped to turn around the economy remains competitive:
 
 
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
4 Pinocchios for Obama's newest anti-Romney ad
Discussion: GOP 12, Weasel Zippers and ABCNEWS
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Many lawmakers not mentioning word ‘Congress’ in campaign ads
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
New Obama television spot champions Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
Discussion: CNN
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney faces immigration test in speech to Fla. crowd
Discussion: CNN
Mchapman / CNSNews:
$9 Billion in ‘Stimulus’ for Solar, Wind Projects Made 910 Final Jobs — $9.8 Million Per Job
Maine Public Broadcasting Network / mpbn.net:
Battle over Maine's Same-Sex Marriage Ballot Question Intensifies
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SEIU.org:
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
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