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Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Rand Paul Fetal Personhood Amendment Stalls Flood Insurance Bill … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Harry Reid , Rand Paul, Video, Floods, Floods, Flood Insurance Bill, Rand Paul Abortion, Rand Paul Abortion Amendment, Rand Paul Fetal Personhood, Rand Paul Personhood, Politics News
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid, McConnell say they have a deal on student loan interest rates  —  Senate leaders say they have a deal on student loan legislation, pending approval by House Republicans, who have unexpectedly balked at Senate deals before.  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) …
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Flood insurance bill snag: Abortion
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Raw Story
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Reid vows to block vote on Paul's ‘life at conception’ amendment to flood bill
Discussion: Wonkette and Guardian
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 …
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 …
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Mhigginscbs / CBS DC:
Hoyer: Some Dems Will Vote To Hold Holder In Contempt For Fast And Furious  —  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 …
Discussion: Nice Deb and The Daily Caller
LZ Granderson / CNN:
Don't be nosy about Fast and Furious  —  Editor's note: LZ Granderson, who writes a weekly column for CNN.com, was named journalist of the year by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and is a 2011 Online Journalism Award finalist for commentary.
Discussion: Hot Air and Hit & Run
First Read / msnbc.com:
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 …
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Sarah Palin / Facebook:
“Death Panel” Three Years Later
Los Angeles Times:
After winning right to spend, political groups fight for secrecy
Discussion: Politico
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Los Angeles Times:
Arizona police see immigration law as enforcement headache
Discussion: New York Times and Hot Air
Pema Levy / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Claire McCaskill Will Not Attend Democratic National Convention  —  Claire McCaskill will not be attending the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, a McCaskill aide confirmed to TPM Tuesday.  McCaskill joins a list of vulnerable Democratic politicians whose home districts …
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 …
Natashajaynesmith / natasha smith:
“Please God.  Please make it stop.”  —  I have been forced to leave Cairo prematurely following a horrific sexual and physical attack in Tahrir Square.  —  The atmosphere was one of jubilation, excitement, and happiness as I walked, accompanied by two male companions for safety along Kasr El Nil bridge.
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Romney “willing to risk being one-term president”: Portman  —  (Reuters) - Republican Mitt Romney would tackle tough debt and deficit problems if elected on November 6 in ways that could leave him at risk of being a one-term president, a potential vice presidential running mate, Senator Rob Portman, said on Tuesday.
Discussion: Business Insider
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Joe Biden / CNN:
Biden: Romney is a job creator in India, China
Justin Sink / The Hill:
McDonnell goes silent on vice presidential questions
Discussion: WTOP.com and Reuters
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Carney: Boston donors weren't booing Obama, they were saying ‘Yoooook’  —  White House press secretary Jay Carney criticized press reports Tuesday that said donors in Boston booed the president when he made a joke about the Red Sox's trade of popular third baseman Kevin Youkilis.
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Rachel Rose Hartman / ABCNEWS:
Incumbents Rangel, Hatch win primary elections  —  Two very different sitting incumbents— New York Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel and Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch— defied the odds Tuesday night and won re-election despite strong primary challenges in their respective states.
Stephanie Gaskell / Politico:
SCOTUS to rule on military lying  —  Is falsely claiming to be a military hero a white lie or theft?  SCOTUS decides Thursday.  Reuters  —  Close  —  The Supreme Court's got more than health care left to decide, including a case about whether it's a crime to lie about being a military hero.
Helen Gao / The Atlantic Online:
The Education System That Pulled China Up May Now Be Holding It Back  —  China wants inventors and entrepreneurs, but its schools, built around the notorious gaokao exam, are still designed to produce cookie-cutter engineers and accountants.  —  On the morning of June 7 every year, Beijing's normally chaotic streets fall silent.
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
George Zimmerman Passed Police Lie Detector Test Day After Trayvon Martin Killing  —  A day after killing Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman passed a police lie detector test when asked if he confronted the teenager and whether he feared for his life “when you shot the guy,” according to documents released today by Florida prosecutors.
Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
CNN Hits 21-Year Ratings Low in Second Quarter  —  Battered by a series of rough weeks and big losses for Anderson Cooper and Piers Morgan, the cable news network sinks with total viewers and in the coveted adults 25-to-54 demo.  —  After several months of bad ratings news for CNN …
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Mia Love for Congress  —  Today's Washington Post contains a front page story about Mia Love, the Republican candidate for Congress in Utah's Fourth Congressional District.  Love, age 36, is the mayor of Saratoga Springs, a rapidly growing Utah town of about 18,000.  She is also Black, Mormon, and quite conservative.
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Rangel Fends Off Challengers to Win Difficult Primary  —  Surviving one of the toughest re-election fights of his career, Representative Charles B. Rangel fended off four challengers on Tuesday to win the Democratic nomination for a 22nd term in Congress.  —  Mr. Rangel's victory capped …
Associated Press:
Obama prepping thousands of lawyers for election  —  OLYMPIA, Wash. — President Barack Obama's campaign has recruited a legion of lawyers to be on standby for this year's election as legal disputes surrounding the voting process escalate.  —  Thousands of attorneys and support staffers …
Kurt Schlosser / msnbc.com:
Author Maurice Sendak spoke of desire to kill Bush, Cheney  —  In one of his final interviews, celebrated children's book author Maurice Sendak said he fantasized about killing former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.  —  The “Where the Wild Things Are” author and illustrator …
Marimer Matos / Courthouse News Service:
Rape Victim Can Sue for Denied Contraception  —  (CN) - A Tampa rape victim can sue the Hillsborough County Sheriff for allowing a jail guard to refuse to give her a prescribed emergency contraception pill because it was against the guard's religious beliefs, a federal judge ruled.
 
 
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Steve Bousquet / Tampa Bay Times:
State won't release larger list of possible noncitizen voters
DAWN.COM:
US drone strike ‘kills at least five’ in North Waziristan
Sarah van Gelder / The Huffington Post:
How to Save Our Homes  —  Foreclosure Crisis , Housing Crisis …
BuzzFeed:
Did Arizona Senate Candidate Jeff Flake Lobby For Apartheid In South Africa?
Discussion: Influence Alley and Daily Kos
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Rate of Killings Rises 38 Percent in Chicago in 2012
James Hohmann / Politico:
Scott Walker wants national role
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
3 Charts Explaining How Moms and Dads Balance Work and Family
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Democrats Cancel Speedway Event at Charlotte Convention
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
A Classic of Inversion  —  I thought reading John Rocker's WND op-ed …
Melissa Healy / Los Angeles Times:
Obese adults should get counseling, federal task force says
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and Weekly Standard
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Pay Those Bills On Time Or Forfeit Right To Vote
Discussion: Mother Jones and American Prospect
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Brown, Warren tied