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4:00 PM ET, June 25, 2012


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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.
The White House:
Statement by the President on the Supreme Court's Ruling on Arizona v. the United States  —  I am pleased that the Supreme Court has struck down key provisions of Arizona's immigration law.  What this decision makes unmistakably clear is that Congress must act on comprehensive immigration reform.
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.
Rachel Leven / The Hill:
Supreme Court summarily reverses Montana's Citizens United case
Discussion: CNN, ABCNEWS, Rush Limbaugh and ABCNEWS
Mike Sacks / The Huffington Post:
Arizona Immigration Law ‘Gutted’ In Split Supreme Court Ruling
Discussion: The New Republic
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Justice Scalia rips Obama's deportation directive in dissent on Arizona case
Discussion: CNN and Hot Air
New York Post:   Slapping a friend  —  For the past couple of months …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To ‘Show Me Your Papers,’ Strikes Down Part Of Arizona Immigration Law
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Four Takeaways From Today's Arizona Immigration Decision
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Supreme Court upholds key immigration status check provision of Arizona law
Discussion: Examiner
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.
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.
Garth Johnston / Gothamist:
Crazy Anti-Semitic Elmo Captured In Central Park
Lewis Page / The Register:
Antarctic ice shelves not melting at all, new field data show  —  Crafty boffins got elephant seals to survey for them  —  Twenty-year-old models which have suggested serious ice loss in the eastern Antarctic have been compared with reality for the first time - and found to be wrong …
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 …
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
Benjamin Weinthal / Jerusalem Post:
Last gay Jewish Holocaust survivor dies  —  Gad Beck, a resistance fighter during World War II, passes away in Berlin days before his 89th birthday.  —  BERLIN - Gad Beck, an anti-Nazi Zionist resistance fighter and the last known gay Jewish survivor of the Holocaust, died on Sunday in Berlin.
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