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1:50 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 …
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Quinnipiac University:
Mack Leads Florida GOP Senate Pack, But Trails Nelson, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Obama Back On Top In White House Race  —  U.S. Rep. Connie Mack has an overwhelming lead over the Republican field for Florida's U.S. Senate nomination, while Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson edges him by a nose …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Romney Campaign Asks Florida Governor To Downplay Good Economic News
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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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
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 …
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Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Rove ‘Makes A Mockery’ Of Law: Super PAC Co-Founder To Attend Romney Strategy Session This Weekend  —  This weekend, Mitt Romney and his campaign will host a retreat for top $100,000-and-up campaign bundlers and donors at a Park City, Utah resort.  The event, dubbed the …
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Moneyball: Romney Closing The Gap (The Note)
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,” …
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
Pelosi: GOP's contempt move vs. Holder about suppressing voter rights  —  Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Republicans are investigating Eric Holder because they want to distract him from stopping voter suppression laws.  —  The argument from the California Democrat is quite unique …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The PJ Tatler
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: Taylor Marsh and Pirate's Cove
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 …
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Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
Health insurance plans owe $1.1 billion in rebates
Sarah Kliff / Ezra Klein:
The optimist's guide to repealing the individual mandate
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Romney offers immigration plan  —  Mitt Romney offered his first concrete plan for immigration reform Thursday, saying “a few common-sense reforms” could end the “bureaucratic nightmare” facing immigrant families.  —  He will outline the details in a speech this afternoon to the National Association …
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First Read / msnbc.com:
Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign event in front …
Discussion: American Prospect
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney faces immigration test in speech to Fla. crowd
Discussion: CNN and Politico
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
David Duke endorses leading New York Democrat
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Weasel Zippers
CNN:
George Zimmerman: Trayvon Martin threatened my life  —  Read the written statement from Zimmerman to police about what happened (PDF)  —  The audio of the February 26 interview, made public late Wednesday, is part of discovery items released by Zimmerman's defense team.
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Barbara Liston / Reuters:
Florida police chief embroiled in Trayvon Martin scandal fired
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Business Insider
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 …
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.
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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.
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 …
Discussion: CNN and New York Magazine
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.
CNN:
High court rules for broadcasters on TV ‘indecency’  —  Washington (CNN) — Broadcast television networks won an important free speech fight Thursday when the Supreme Court said government regulators imposed unfair punishment for isolated profanity and sexual content during evening “prime time” hours.
 
 
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Breaking Now  —  We've got the first nuggets out of Mitt Romney …
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Ktvtdeborah / CBS Dallas:
Police Arrest/Identify Anti-Gay Graffiti Suspects
CNBC:
Manufacturing, Jobs Reports Add Up to More Bad News
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Hot Air
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Mitch Daniels officially exiting politics to head Indiana's Purdue University
Discussion: CNN and GOP 12
Michael B. Mukasey / Wall Street Journal:
Plugging the National Security Leaks
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
Simon Johnson / Economix:
The End of the Euro Is Not About Austerity
Discussion: National Review and New York Times
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Tim Duy / Tim Duy's Fed Watch:
This Is Just Sad
Alexander Burns / Politico:
AP poll: Obama 47, Romney 44