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4:40 PM ET, June 21, 2012


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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 …
Romney's Cold War Strategy To Defeat Obama  —  Can the Republican spend him to death?  “Our SuperPACs are our Star Wars.”  —  Romney and his wife Ann, arrive in Holland, MI at the final stop of their swing state bus tour on Tuesday.  —  Image by LARRY DOWNING / Reuters
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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 …
Investor's Business Daily:
Obama's Executive Privilege Has The Stench Of Cover-Up
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
Eric W. Dolan / The Raw Story:
Grayson: Fast and Furious ‘circus’ will backfire on Republicans
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Garrett Epps / American Prospect:
The Court's Scott Walker Moment  —  On First Amendment Thursday, the conservative majority on the Supreme Court delivered an unsubtle warning to public employee unions: You are living on borrowed time.  —  In Knox v. Service Employees International Union, the five—Chief Justice John Roberts …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Daniel Fisher / Full Disclosure:   Supreme Court Says Unions Can't Bill Non-Members For Political Spending
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Distaste for Health Care Law Reflects Spending on Ads  —  DOYLESTOWN, Pa. — Erika Losse is precisely the kind of person President Obama's signature health care law is intended to help.  She has no health insurance.  She relies on her mother to buy her a yearly checkup as a Christmas gift …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How Badly Will SCOTUS Screw Up Obamacare?
Sarah Kliff / Ezra Klein:
The optimist's guide to repealing the individual mandate
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Romney tells Hispanic group Obama takes them for granted  —  Mitt Romney accused President Obama of taking Hispanic voters for granted in a major address Thursday to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.  —  The presumptive GOP presidential nominee said Obama …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Rove: Pelosi ‘sounds like Mad Red Queen’ with arrest threat  —  Karl Rove said Rep. Nancy Pelosi was “dead wrong” when she suggested Wednesday that she could have had him arrested.  —  “The only way I could have been arrested is if the House adopted the resolution, which it did not,” …
Mara MacDonald / WDIV-TV:
Poll shows Obama, Romney in statistical dead heat in Michigan; state called ‘purple’  —  According to poll, Michigan could be pivotal state for Obama, Romney in upcoming election race  —  Michigan looks like pivotal state for Romney, Obama  —  TROY, Mich. -
Hunter Walker / Politicker:
Former KKK Leader David Duke Endorses Charles Barron [Video]  —  Dr. David Duke in his video endorsing Charles Barron for Congress.  (Photo: YouTube)  —  Former KKK Grand Wizard and member of the Louisiana Legislature David Duke released a video yesterday endorsing Charles Barron in his race …
Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
Charles Barron: David Duke Video Endorsement Of My Congressional Campaign Is “Foolishness”
Discussion: Politicker and National Review
Josh Tyrangiel / Business Week:
A Congressional Exit Interview  —  Most politicians leave Congress on the wrong end of an election.  Not so Senators Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Kent Conrad (D-North Dakota), and Congressmen Gary Ackerman (D-New York) and Geoff Davis (R-Kentucky).  They all decided they'd had enough …
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 …
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
C.I.A. Said to Aid in Steering Arms to Syrian Opposition  —  WASHINGTON — A small number of C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey, helping allies decide which Syrian opposition fighters across the border will receive arms to fight the Syrian government, according to American officials and Arab intelligence officers.
Jennifer Epsteinand Josh Boak / Politico:
John Bryson resigns as Commerce secretary  —  John Bryson resigned as Commerce Secretary, calling an end to the medical leave of absence he'd been on since a seizure caused his involvement in two car accidents in early June.  —  “I have come to the conclusion that I need to step …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
4 Pinocchios for Obama's newest anti-Romney ad  —  “Running for governor, Mitt Romney campaigned as a job creator.  But as a corporate raider, he shipped jobs to China and Mexico.  As governor, he did the same thing: Outsourcing state jobs to India.”  —  The Obama campaign apparently loves …
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
GOP Holds Early Turnout Edge, But Little Enthusiasm for Romney  —  Obama Better Liked, Romney Ahead on Economy  —  OVERVIEW  —  Less than five months before Election Day, voters are not as engaged with the presidential campaign as they were at this point four years ago, when interest in the campaign reached record levels.
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The 20 Hottest Conservative Women In The New Media (2012 Edition)  —  Welcome to the 4th annual 20 hottest conservative women in the new media.  Besides myself, this year's new slate of judges included, 1) Ali Akbar from Vice and Victory and National Bloggers Club.  2) Steven Crowder.
Discussion: Wonkette
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 …
Simon Johnson / Economix:
The End of the Euro Is Not About Austerity  —  Simon Johnson is the Ronald A. Kurtz Professor of Entrepreneurship at the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management and co-author of “White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt, and Why It Matters to You.”
Discussion: AEIdeas and National Review
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Democratic Congressman Schools DEA Agent Over Marijuana During Congressional Hearing  —  Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) made drug reformers proud on Wednesday when he went after Drug Enforcement Administration official Michele Leonhart during a hearing on DEA oversight.
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
Boehner to caucus: No ‘spiking the ball’ on health care
Discussion: CNN
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
BREAKING: Texas bank launches constitutional challenge to Dodd-Frank financial reform law
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Discussion: Power Line
Charles Mahtesian / Politico:
Jay Rockefeller's swan song?
G-A-Y / Good As You:
Minnesota for Marriage announces ‘Dump General Mills’; has NOM's fingerprints all over it
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Investor's Business Daily:
No, We're Not Better Off Than We Were Four Years Ago
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
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Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Somebody in government finally asks a taxing question about the next war
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Breaking Now  —  We've got the first nuggets out of Mitt Romney …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Rove ‘Makes A Mockery’ Of Law: Super PAC Co-Founder To Attend Romney Strategy Session This Weekend
High court rules for broadcasters on TV ‘indecency’
Susanne Craig / DealBook:
Bosses Rein In Banker Who Golfs With Obama