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10:25 AM ET, June 27, 2012


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Quinnipiac University:
Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania Swinging To Obama, Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll Finds; Voters Back President On Immigration, Split On Economy  —  This compares to the results of a May 3 Swing State Poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University, showing Obama …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Clings to a Narrow Lead  —  New Poll Shows Him Doing Better Than Romney in Swing States; Both Candidates Face Challenges  —  President Barack Obama has managed to retain a narrow lead in his race for re-election despite a spate of bad economic news and surging GOP optimism …
First Read /
NBC/WSJ poll: Obama, Romney remain in dead heat  —  By NBC News Senior Political Editor Mark Murray  —  President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney remain locked in a tight contest, with each candidate displaying significant strengths and weaknesses four months …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Quinnipiac: Swing states inch toward Obama  —  Quinnipiac University's latest three-state poll of 2012 battlegrounds shows modest improvement for President Barack Obama, after what's been perceived as a rough political month: … Obama is up, 45 percent to 41 percent, in Florida …
Discussion: Washington Wire
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Romney “willing to risk being one-term president”: Portman
Discussion: Business Insider
Investor's Business Daily:
Issa's Right: Tougher Gun Laws Fast And Furious Goal  —  Scandal: The head of the House oversight panel suggests the real reason for the administration's invoking executive privilege in the Fast and Furious case is to hide proof that the operation was part of a push for gun control.
Larry Margasak / Associated Press:
Some Democrats may follow NRA and support contempt  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Now that the politically potent National Rifle Association is keeping score, some Democrats may join House Republicans if there's a vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress in a dispute …
LZ Granderson / CNN:
Don't be nosy about Fast and Furious
Discussion: Hot Air and Hit & Run
Charles McGrath / New York Times:
Nora Ephron |  1941-2012: Nora Ephron, Essayist, Screenwriter and Director, Dies at 71  —  Nora Ephron, an essayist and humorist in the Dorothy Parker mold (only smarter and funnier, some said) who became one of her era's most successful screenwriters and filmmakers, making romantic comedy hits like …
Adam Bernstein / Washington Post:
Nora Ephron, prolific author and screenwriter, dies at age 71  —  View Photo Gallery — Nora Ephron dies: Ephron, who emerged over the past four decades as one of America's warmest and most acute chroniclers of contemporary culture and society, has died.  She was 71.
Liz Smith / wowowow:
Liz Smith on Nora Ephron
Samuel P. Jacobs / Reuters:
Democratic campaign chair tells candidates to avoid convention  —  (Reuters) - The man responsible for getting Democrats elected to the U.S. Congress this fall has a message for his party's candidates: Stay away from the Democratic National Convention.  —  “If they want to win an election …
Pema Levy /
TPM2012  —  Claire McCaskill Will Not Attend Democratic National Convention
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Reid: Negotiators need highway bill deal by Wednesday to beat funding deadline  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) warned Tuesday that a deal between the House and Senate on transportation funding needed to be finalized Wednesday to be approved by Congress in time to beat a June 30 deadline.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
David Catanese / Politico:
Utah Senate primary 2012: Hatch wins in a landslide  —  Sen. Orrin Hatch won the Utah GOP Senate primary in a landslide over an ambitious but underfunded challenger Tuesday night, all but ensuring he'll win a seventh term this fall.  —  With 72 percent of precincts reporting …
Rachel Rose Hartman / ABCNEWS:
Incumbents Rangel, Hatch win primary elections
Discussion: Politico
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Obama Hails The ‘Miami Heats’  —  Unfazed by a partisan spat sparked by his comment on former Red Sox player Kevin Youkilis, President Obama tonight again opined on a professional sports team, publicly praising the NBA champion Miami Heat at a campaign fundraiser in the city.
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE POLL: Women's Health Issues Create Surprising Vulnerability For Eric Cantor's Reelection Bid  —  New polling from Virginia's 7th Congressional District, one of the more reliably conservative districts in the country, shows surprising vulnerabilities for Republican House Majority …
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
The 7 Most Anti-Gay U.S. Representatives
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Diana Marcum / Los Angeles Times:
Stockton to file for bankruptcy, will be largest U.S. city to fail  —  The Stockton City Council halts bond payments, slashes employee benefits and adopts an emergency budget as mediation ends.  The Central Valley city becomes the largest in the U.S. to seek bankruptcy protection.
Discussion: L.A. NOW and Ed Driscoll
Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Stockton braces for possible bankruptcy as key vote looms
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Justices' personal health struggles may influence their decision  —  The Supreme Court justices who will rule Thursday on President Obama's healthcare law have grappled with a wide variety of health issues throughout their lives.  —  The experiences are not expected to play a major role …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Katherine Eban / Fortune:
The truth about the Fast and Furious scandal  —  A Fortune investigation reveals that the ATF never intentionally allowed guns to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.  How the world came to believe just the opposite is a tale of rivalry, murder, and political bloodlust.
Discussion: and Taegan Goddard's …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Barack Obama, Outsourcer  —  President Obama has decided to make the claim that Mitt Romney “outsourced” jobs as head of Bain Capital a major theme of his reelection campaign.  Today in Waterloo, Iowa, Joe Biden repeated the “outsourcing” mantra.  —  I'm not sure that either Obama or Biden …
Dominic Patten /
CNN Sinks To 21-Year Primetime Ratings Low In Second Quarter  —  Coming off its least-watched month in primetime in 20 years in May, CNN has taken another big ratings blow: The cable news network has registered to its lowest-rated quarter in primetime since 1991.
Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
CNN Hits 21-Year Ratings Low in Second Quarter
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Federal court upholds Obama EPA's climate change regulations  —  A federal appeals court has upheld Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) greenhouse gas regulations, a victory for the Obama administration that's also sure to inflame election-year political battles over the White House green agenda.
David Seifman / New York Post:
Mayor rigs wacky A/C to keep his SUV chilled  —  Who's full of hot air?  —  Mayor Bloomberg wants to maintain his politically correct credentials on global warming — but hates to get into a hot car when he leaves an air conditioned building.  —  The solution his aides came up with could easily …
Landon Thomas Jr / New York Times:
Spanish Officials Hailed Banks as Crisis Built  —  As Spain edged closer to a real estate and banking crisis that led to its recent bank bailout, Spanish financial leaders in influential positions mostly played down concerns that something might go terribly wrong.
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The Gallup Organization / Gallup:
Americans' Confidence in Banks Falls to Record Low
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Oklahoma Rep. John Sullivan loses primary
Annie Linskey / Baltimore Sun:
Same-sex marriage foes owe $74K to GOP delegate
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
New York Attorney General Enters Campaign Finance Fray
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Caucus
Bryce Williams / WDBJ-TV:
Carter Machinery owner says Obama administration has hurt his business
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Helen Gao / The Atlantic Online:
The Education System That Pulled China Up May Now Be Holding It Back
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Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Mia Love for Congress
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