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9:20 AM ET, June 22, 2012


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DEVELOPING: COURT RULES IN CHAMBER'S FAVOR IN EVERY CASE DECIDED SO FAR THIS TERM  —  As we approach the end of the October 2011 Term, it is hard to think about almost anything other than the Court's impending health care decision.  But there is another developing story that has so far been overlooked.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Mourdock cheers SCOTUS for striking down Obamacare (Updated)  —  Yes, you read that right.  —  Indiana Treasurer and GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock applauds the Supreme Court's decision invalidating the Affordable Care Act in a new video uploaded to his YouTube account.
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Tensions rise as justices kick healthcare ruling to next week  —  The Supreme Court did not rule on President Obama's healthcare law Thursday, raising tensions before a decision next week.  —  The ruling was possible Thursday but not expected.  The court traditionally holds its biggest decisions until …
Discussion: Politico, The Huffington Post and CNN
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Chief Justice Offers Hint at New Timing for Health Care Ruling
Reed Abelson / New York Times:
Billions of Dollars Are in Play Over Health Care Law
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Romney closing the election gap with focus on the economy  —  New polls released this week reveal President Obama holds a very tight lead over Mitt Romney, but that the GOP nominee is closing the gap by focusing on economic issues.  —  According to a Pew Research poll released Thursday …
Latino Decisions:
New Poll: Obama leads Romney among Latinos in key 2012 battleground states  —  New polling released June 22, 2012 by Latino Decisions and America's Voice finds President Obama maintaining a wide lead over Republican Mitt Romney among Latino registered voters in five key battleground states.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Obama pollster: Stop obsessing over the daily horse race polls
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Texas bank challenging Dodd-Frank, consumer bureau in court  —  A Texas community bank and two advocacy groups are filing suit in U.S. District Court to challenge the constitutionality of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law.  —  In particular, the suit will contend that the Consumer Financial …
Wall Street Journal:
Why Dodd-Frank Is Unconstitutional
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Major lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of Dodd-Frank (updated)
Discussion: PointOfLaw Forum
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama looks to capitalize on shift in presidential race's momentum  —  President Obama will look to cap a week in which momentum in the presidential race appeared to shift in his favor with a Thursday address to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials in Florida.
Obama web video accuses Romney of hedging on immigration
Discussion: Politico, New York Magazine and Reuters
Romney's Cold War Strategy To Defeat Obama
Anne-Marie Slaughter / The Atlantic Online:
Why Women Still Can't Have It All  —  It's time to stop fooling ourselves, says a woman who left a position of power: the women who have managed to be both mothers and top professionals are superhuman, rich, or self-employed.  If we truly believe in equal opportunity for all women, here's what has to change.
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Romney's Bain Capital invested in companies that moved jobs overseas  —  Mitt Romney's financial company, Bain Capital, invested in a series of firms that specialized in relocating jobs done by American workers to new facilities in low-wage countries like China and India.
POLL: Most Republicans Still Believe That Iraq Had WMD  —  A new poll conducted by Dartmouth government professor Benjamin Valentino found that 63 percent of Republican respondents still believe that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when the United States invaded in 2003, even though this assertion has been thoroughly debunked.
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
‘The Cycle’: MSNBC's New 3 PM Show Features Four Co-Hosts … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  MSNBC, Dylan Ratigan, Msnbc 3 PM, Steve Kornacki, The Cycle, Toure, Toure Msnbc, Media News  —  MSNBC has found its replacement for Dylan Ratigan's show: “The Cycle.”  —  The new program …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
New MSNBC Show Will Feature a Panel of Political Pundits
Michael Graham / Boston Herald:
Fast and Furious front and center  —  Victim becoming a footnote  —  The two most important words in the current Obama administration scandal aren't “Fast” or “Furious.”  They are “Brian Terry.”  —  In December 2010, Brian Terry — a former Marine and police officer turned Border Patrol agent …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Hispanic population soars in presidential swing states  —  Hispanic populations are soaring in toss-up states that will decide the presidential election.  —  Changing demographics in states not usually associated with Hispanic voters has changed the traditional political calculus heading into Election Day.
Discussion: CNN
POLITICO REPORTER TWEETS ANN ROMNEY PENIS JOKE  —  Politico, the unofficial web-branch of MSNBC, and whose staff spends more time on MSNBC than Chris Matthews, has a so-called reporter named Joseph Williams who all but called Mitt Romney a racist on Martin Bashir's show today.
Robert D. Hershey Jr / New York Times:
Anna Schwartz, Economist Who Collaborated With Friedman, Dies at 96  —  Anna J. Schwartz, a research economist who wrote monumental works on American financial history in collaboration with the Nobel laureate Milton Friedman while remaining largely in his shadow, died on Thursday at her home in Manhattan.
Discussion: EconLog
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Bob Bauer, Obama Campaign's Top Lawyer, Demands Retraction From Karl Rove … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Karl Rove, Video, Crossroads GPS, American Crossroads, Bob Bauer, Bob Bauer Karl Rove, Karl Rove American Crossroads, Karl Rove Bob Bauer, Karl Rove Crossroads, Karl Rove Crossroads Gps, Karl Rove Letter, Politics News
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 …
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Martin Z. Braun / Bloomberg:
Obama Stimulus Aids WorldCom Felon With Health Care Loan
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George Zimmerman says Trayvon Martin's last words were: ‘You got me’
Hanna Rosin / The Atlantic Online:
The End of Men  —  Earlier this year, women became the majority …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
BREAKING: Many Americans Don't Have Any Idea that All-Important Political Gaffes Even Happen
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Discussion: Mother Jones