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3:25 PM ET, June 25, 2012


 Top Items: 
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
5 Signs of a Radical Change in U.S. Politics  —  (Midnight update: This item went up three hours ago with a more blunt-instrument headline than it should ever have had: “5 Signs the United States is Undergoing a Coup.”  I used the word “coup” in a particular way in the longer item this was drawn from.
Kevin Russell / SCOTUSblog:
Court strikes down much of Arizona immigration law  —  This morning, the Court handed down its decision in Arizona v. United States, the case involving Arizona's attempt to supplement federal immigration enforcement through several state law measures.  The Court reviewed four provisions of the statute …
Wall Street Journal:
Supreme Court Upholds Key Part of Arizona Law  —  The Supreme Court upheld a key part of Arizona's tough immigration law but struck down others as intrusions on federal sovereignty, in a ruling that gave both sides something to cheer in advance of November elections where immigration is a major issue.
Sahil Kapur /
TPMDC  —  Justice Scalia Rages Against Obama On Immigration  —  In his aggressive defense of Arizona's immigration law, Justice Antonin Scalia pointedly went after President Obama's recent immigration policy shift and accused him of deliberately refusing to enforce immigration statutes.
New York Times:
Blocking Parts of Arizona Law, Justices Allow Its Centerpiece  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday delivered a split decision on Arizona's tough 2010 immigration law, upholding its most controversial provision but blocking the implementation of others.
Mj Lee / Politico:
Jan Brewer: SCOTUS ruling a ‘victory’  —  Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer celebrated the Supreme Court's ruling Monday on her state's tough immigration law, calling the court's decision a “victory for the rule of law.”  —  “Today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is a victory for the rule of law.
Associated Press:
Supreme Court strikes down key provisions, but not all, of Arizona immigration law  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court struck down key provisions of Arizona's crackdown on immigrants Monday but said a much-debated portion on checking suspects' status could go forward.
Rachel Leven / The Hill:
Supreme Court summarily reverses Montana's Citizens United case
Mike Sacks / The Huffington Post:
Arizona Immigration Law ‘Gutted’ In Split Supreme Court Ruling
Discussion: The New Republic
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Declines to Revisit Citizens United
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Supreme Court's Montana decision strengthens Citizens United
New York Post:   Slapping a friend  —  For the past couple of months …
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Supreme Court Decision On Arizona's Immigration Law Provides Strong Support For Obama's Immigration Order
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Supreme Court upholds key immigration status check provision of Arizona law
Discussion: Examiner
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Four Takeaways From Today's Arizona Immigration Decision
Tom Curry /
High court affirms corporations' right to political spending
Discussion: Cagle Post and Runnin' Scared
Jimmy Carter / New York Times:
A Cruel and Unusual Record  —  THE United States is abandoning its role as the global champion of human rights.  —  Revelations that top officials are targeting people to be assassinated abroad, including American citizens, are only the most recent, disturbing proof of how far our nation's violation of human rights has extended.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Hispanic Voters Put Other Issues Before Immigration  —  Healthcare, unemployment are tops among six issues tested  —  PRINCETON, NJ — U.S. Hispanics prioritize immigration, healthcare, and unemployment to equal degrees, according to a new USA Today/Gallup poll asking about the importance of six national policy issues.
Susan Page / USA Today:
USA TODAY/Gallup Poll: Latinos strongly backing Obama  —  WASHINGTON - President Obama has built an overwhelming lead among Latino voters, a nationwide USA TODAY/Gallup Poll of Hispanics finds, as Republican challenger Mitt Romney faces a difficult path ahead to make inroads among …
Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
DNC Chairwoman Wasserman Schultz Getting Booted  —  Back in April, the Shark Tank floated the likelihood that Democratic National Committee Chairwoman (DNC) Debbie Wasserman Schultz was perhaps on her way out as DNC Chairwoman.  We now have learned that Wasserman Schultz will not be back as DNC Chairwoman after the November elections.
NY Daily News:
Elmo imposter hassles tourists for money and gets booted from Central Park Zoo  —  Man dressed up as furry Sesame Street Muppet gets taken away on ambulance  —  An emotionally disturbed man dressed as Elmo is taken away by ambulance after hassling tourists for money and shouting obscenties at Central Park Zoo.
Discussion: Mediaite and New York Magazine
Garth Johnston / Gothamist:
Crazy Anti-Semitic Elmo Captured In Central Park
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Great Abdication  —  Among economists who know their history, the mere mention of certain years evokes shivers.  For example, three years ago Christina Romer, then the head of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, warned politicians not to re-enact 1937 — the year F.D.R. shifted …
American Research Group:
2012 US President Ballot  —  The following results are based on 535 completed telephone interviews among a statewide random sample of registered voters in New Hampshire.  Of the 535 interviews, 180 were among registered Republicans, 161 registered Democrats, and 194 undeclared voters.
Discussion: GOP 12 and CNN
Climate Guest Blogger / ThinkProgress:
Simple Solutions For Cooling Down Hot Cars  —  by Greg Rucks, via Rocky Mountain Institute  —  On this first day of summer, many car owners are likely to experience the following scenario: enter your car to leave work for the day and the temperature is sweltering—much hotter than outside.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Jill Reilly / Daily Mail:
‘Gentlemen, take tips’: Obama reveals how he romanced Michelle on first date in toe-curling interview (but it's only a stunt to raise cash for his re-election campaign)  — At the end of the clip, Mr Obama grins, looks at the camera and says ‘Take tips gentleman’ before winking
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Lewis Page / The Register:
Antarctic ice shelves not melting at all, new field data show
Associated Press:
Germany rebuffs Obama's advice on euro crisis
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Joe Palazzolo / Wall Street Journal:
Law Grads Face Brutal Job Market
Village Voice Writer: Gay Republicans Like “Jewish Nazis”
Discussion: La Daily Musto and Mediaite
Austin Wright / Politico:
Lockheed Martin eyes layoffs this fall
Discussion: The New Republic
Izabella Kaminska / FT Alphaville:
Central bank existential crisis confirmed
Discussion: Paul Krugman
 Earlier Items: 
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Obama the Campaign Spender
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Anonymous donor to rescue in N.H.
Chris Francescani / Reuters:
Sandusky lawyers may use NBC tape error in appeal
Hal Libby / The Daily Caller:
Shop owners recall more teen Romney pranks: fake stickup, impersonating firefighter
Discussion: PERRspectives and Balloon Juice
Washington Post:
Lawmakers reworked financial portfolios after talks with Fed, Treasury officials