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7:45 AM ET, June 21, 2012


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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 …
New York Times:
House Panel Recommends Contempt Case Against Holder  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans on the House oversight committee voted on Wednesday to recommend holding Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress in a dispute over internal Justice Department documents related …
‘Furious’ at contempt  —  The Fast and Furious investigation has finally handed House Republicans a prize they've long sought: a legal smackdown of the Obama administration.  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was able to show skeptical conservatives that his spine could stay stiff under pressure …
Discussion: Power Line and White House Dossier
Washington Post:
Fast and Furious scandal: House panel recommends contempt vote on Eric Holder
John Gramlich /
Contempt Citation Would Carry Limited Legal Consequences
Byron Tau / Politico:
Holder: Issa wanted to ‘provoke’ conflict
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Romney Campaign Says Obama Fast And Furious Decision “Another Broken Promise”
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
USA Today:
House panel votes to cite Holder for contempt of Congress
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Murdered Border Agent's Family Says President Obama ‘Compounding This Tragedy’ with Executive Privilege Assertion  —  Image credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection/AP  —  The family of slain U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, who was killed with guns tied to the Fast and Furious program …
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
House panel votes to place Holder in contempt of Congress
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Another retraction: Holder withdraws claim that Bush's attorney general knew about gunwalking
Discussion: Right Wing News
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Obama campaign holds $110 million in cash  —  The Obama campaign spent more money than it raised in May, but is sitting on $110 million in cash, according to a Federal Election Commission filing on Wednesday.  —  Obama for America raised $39.1 million in May and spent $44.6 million.
Discussion: Politico, Reuters and CNN
Newt Gingrich / CNN:
Miriam Adelson gets a refund
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Romney plans posh weekend donor retreat featuring Rove and VP hopefuls
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 …
Patrick Wintour / Guardian:
Bashar al-Assad may be offered clemency by Britain and US if he joins peace talks  —  Initiative comes after Cameron and Obama received encouragement from Putin during G20 talks in Mexico  —  Britain and America are willing to offer the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, safe passage …
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Wayne Schmidt, Michigan GOP Lawmaker: Silencing Lisa Brown Was Like Putting A Kid In ‘Timeout’ … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Abortion, Civil Rights, Video, Lisa Brown, Lisa Brown Vagina Monologues, Lisa Brown Vagina, Michigan, Michigan Abortion, Michigan Abortion Bill, Michigan Vagina …
Dan Hirschhorn / The Daily:
Some Democratic incumbents in need of independent voters are skipping the DNC  —  Vulnerable Democrats looking to distance themselves from President Obama have found an easy way to bolster their independent bona fides: just skip Obama's big party.  —  At least half a dozen Democratic officials …
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
‘Persona Management’ for Wackjobs: Rauhauser's Methods of Deception … FROM AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION  —  Brett Kimberlin became a “client” of Neal Rauhauser in 2011.  Rauhauser has described his specialty as “solving problems in the social media work space for political campaigns and causes …
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 …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Mother Jones
Sanford police chief fired in wake of Trayvon Martin case  —  (CNN) — Sanford, Florida, Police Chief Bill Lee, who drew criticism for his department's actions in the Trayvon Martin case, was fired Wednesday.  —  “After much thoughtful discussion and deep consideration for the issues facing …
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
With Output Stumbling, Fed Takes a Modest Step  —  WASHINGTON — In a pattern that has become familiar, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday that the economy was growing more slowly than it had forecast, in part because its efforts to hasten recovery had proved insufficient.
A federal attack on your rights at work.  —  Collective bargaining rights are under attack.  Again.  —  The “RAISE Act,” introduced by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), is yet another attempt to undermine the rights of workers to bargain collectively.  The bill, which goes to a vote today …
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How to Kill the Corporate-Income Tax
Alex Dobuzinskis / Reuters:
U.S. women in 20s less likely to get pregnant or have abortion
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Wasting Warren Buffett
Dave Levinthaland Anna Palmer / Politico:
POLITICO Influence: Maney to BGR
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Nothing sweet about heckling Obama in the Rose Garden
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Nick R. Martin /
TPMMuckraker  —  Arizona Secretary Of State's Latest Theory …
Military instructor suspended over Islam course
Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
E-mails show U.Va. board wanted a big online push
Discussion: naked capitalism