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3:15 PM 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 …
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
Noah Bierman / Boston Globe:
Senator Scott Brown says Obama should be ‘transparent’ in ‘Fast and Furious’ controversy
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How Badly Will SCOTUS Screw Up Obamacare? … - Leave it all in place.  — Technically eliminate the mandate to buy health care while leaving in place the fine for not having health insurance.  (Essentially upholding the fine as a tax while technically eliminating the requirement.)
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Distaste for Health Care Law Reflects Spending on Ads
Sarah Kliff / Ezra Klein:
The optimist's guide to repealing the individual mandate
Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
Health insurance plans owe $1.1 billion in rebates
Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg:
Americans Want Health-Law Revisions Rather Than Repeal
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,” …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Pelosi: GOP's contempt move vs. Holder about suppressing voter rights
Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
Charles Barron: David Duke Video Endorsement Of My Congressional Campaign Is “Foolishness”  —  City Councilman Charles Barron, locked in a race with state Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries for the Democratic nomination to succeed outgoing Rep. Ed Towns, says a new video of former Ku Klux Klan leader …
Discussion: Politicker and National Review
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
David Duke endorses leading New York Democrat
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Weekly Standard
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 …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
7 Days And Counting: Romney Refuses To Say If He'd Undo Obama's Immigration Directive  —  Mitt Romney refused to take a stance on President Obama's immigration directive during a speech before the National Association of Latino Elected Officials conference Thursday afternoon …
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. -
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 …
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 …
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Breaking Now  —  We've got the first nuggets out of Mitt Romney big immigration speech coming later today.  And the gist seems to be that he's going to duck the question of whether he's for or against, would keep or change President Obama's new mini-Dream Act.  More soon.  —  Josh Marshall
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Odarcy /
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 …
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.
Tina Daunt / Hollywood Reporter:
Obama Celebrity Fundraiser Barrage Worries Some in Hollywood  —  Some of the president's most ardent entertainment industry supporters tell THR they are concerned that his increasing reliance on stars and celebrity contests could backfire.  —  Barack Obama's recent barrage …
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.”
Daniel Fisher / Full Disclosure:
Supreme Court Says Unions Can't Bill Non-Members For Political Spending  —  Justice Samuel Alito (Photo credit: Wikipedia)  —  The Supreme Court today rejected, on First Amendment grounds, the idea that government-employee unions can charge non-members for political activities, even if they refund the money later.
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.
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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
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Democratic Congressman Schools DEA Agent Over Marijuana During Congressional Hearing
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Gawker and The Raw Story
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Somebody in government finally asks a taxing question about the next war
Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
Lawmaker: 'Don't Ask' issue settled
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Rove ‘Makes A Mockery’ Of Law: Super PAC Co-Founder To Attend Romney Strategy Session This Weekend
Manufacturing, Jobs Reports Add Up to More Bad News
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Hot Air
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High court rules for broadcasters on TV ‘indecency’
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Mitch Daniels officially exiting politics to head Indiana's Purdue University
Discussion: CNN and GOP 12
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
BREAKING: House GOP Leaders Will Ask Supreme Court By the End of June to Take DOMA Appeal