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12:30 PM ET, June 26, 2012


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A.W. / Allergic to Bull:
What Happened Tonight  —  So anyone following along on twitter know the basics.  I was SWATted tonight.  My wife was down in the basement, and unknown to me she had fallen asleep in an uncomfortable position while watching TV.  I was just finishing up a post where I was going to share …
Patterico's Pontifications:
Aaron Walker SWATted  —  No joke.  It happened around 6 p.m. Eastern.  I briefly talked with one of the police officers at the scene, who confirmed that someone had called saying he had shot his wife, and sent officers to Aaron's address.  —  I just got off the phone with Aaron and he and his wife are a little shaken up but OK.
Bruce Godfrey / Law Office of Bruce Godfrey:
A Personal Statement About Professional Fortitude  —  Today's tone will be a little earthier and more personal than I am normally willing to indulge here.  If coarse analogies offend, please go read this vulgarity-free light reading instead.  —  Lawyers far more skilled and dedicated …
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
ATF leader's email could be Fast and Furious smoking gun and Holder admitted Obama can't shield it  —  A single internal Department of Justice email could be the smoking-gun document in the Operation Fast and Furious scandal — if it turns out to contain what congressional investigators have said it does.
Issa escalates ‘Furious’ war  —  Rep. Darrell Issa escalated the legal war over Fast and Furious, directly accusing President Barack Obama of either abusing his power by withholding information or having his aides conspire with Justice Department officials to manage the aftermath of the failed ATF gun-walking program.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Issa accuses Obama of involvement in Fast and Furious operation
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Dems seek to recast Holder furor as GOP effort to suppress votes
Steven Musil / CNET:
Google scientists find evidence of machine learning  —  A neural network created by connecting 16,000 computer processors appears to support biologists' theories on how the human brain identifies objects.  Hint: It's all about the cats.  —  Follow @stevenmusil
Discussion: The Agonist and The Daily Caller
John Markoff / New York Times:
In a Big Network of Computers, Evidence of Machine Learning  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Inside Google's secretive X laboratory, known for inventing self-driving cars and augmented reality glasses, a small group of researchers began working several years ago on a simulation of the human brain.
Romney Bus Circles, Honks Obama — Again Mitt Romney's campaign bus circled President Barack Obama's fundraiser tonight in Boston, the second time they've pulled the stunt in two weeks.  —  BOSTON — For the second time in as many weeks, Mitt Romney's campaign taunted President Barack Obama outside a speech.
Glen Johnson / Boston Globe:
President Obama booed in Boston after thanking city for Kevin Youkilis trade
Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Democrats May Drop Speedway Event At Charlotte Convention  —  Democrats are considering canceling their political convention's kick-off event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, as party planners grapple with a roughly $27 million fundraising deficit, according to two people familiar with matter.
Jeanne Marie Laskas / GQ:
Bob Dole: Great American  —  He lived through the Depression, then took a bullet for his country, then served it for 50 years.  Now, at 88, he tells us what lies ahead  —  It occurs to me, sitting in a stately law office with Bob Dole, that Bob Dole is the exact opposite of so many of the politicians …
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Condoleezza Rice: VP offer ‘not going to happen’
Discussion: CNN and Balloon Juice
CBS News:
Condoleezza Rice says “no way” to VP for Romney
Discussion: Washington Wire
Wall Street Journal:
News Corp. Mulls Splitting in Two  —  News Corp. is considering splitting into two companies, separating its publishing assets from its entertainment businesses, say people familiar with the situation.  —  The split would carve off News Corp.'s film and television businesses …
First Read /
First Thoughts: A limit to states' rights  —  Wrapping up yesterday's SCOTUS decisions: A limit to states' rights... Mitt be (no so) nimble, Mitt be (not so) quick when reacting to the Arizona immigration decision... But he transforms into George W. Bush on the issue, promising immigration reform …
Discussion: The Caucus and Guardian
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Homeland Security suspends immigration agreements with Arizona police
Paul Campos / Salon:
Antonin Scalia, ranting old man
Discussion: New York Times and The Mahablog
Tami Luhby /
Government wants more people on food stamps  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — More than one in seven Americans are on food stamps, but the federal government wants even more people to sign up for the safety net program.  —  The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been running radio ads …
Miranda Leitsinger /
Teen lesbian couple found shot in Texas park  —  Police are investing the shooting of two teenage girls in a small Texas community along the Gulf of Mexico.  KRIS reporter Lindsay Curtis has the story.  —  Two teenage girls in a relationship were found with gunshot wounds to the head in a south Texas park …
Mitch Bryan / KAJA-TV:
Latest Update No Arrests in Portland Park Shootings
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Gawker and Firedoglake
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
John Roberts's big moment  —  Chief Justice John Roberts pledged during his Supreme Court hearings to be a mere umpire of the law.  —  But as a legacy-defining decision nears, Roberts is emerging as the court's most intriguing player.  —  Justices are expected to rule Thursday …
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
Suspended reporter tweeted: Racism ‘secret sauce in the Politico sh*tburger’  —  Joe Williams, the White House correspondent whom Politico suspended last week after he made racially insensitive remarks about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, tweeted about his employer on the evening …
Discussion: Mediaite
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Power of the Particular  —  They say you've never really seen a Bruce Springsteen concert until you've seen one in Europe, so some friends and I threw financial sanity to the winds and went to follow him around Spain and France.  In Madrid, for example, we were rewarded with a show …
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
On Orbitz, Mac Users Steered to Pricier Hotels  —  Orbitz Worldwide Inc. has found that people who use Apple Inc.'s Mac computers spend as much as 30% more a night on hotels, so the online travel agency is starting to show them different, and sometimes costlier, travel options than Windows visitors see.
Roxana Tiron / Bloomberg:
Congress Said To Delay Automatic Budget Cuts Until March  —  Republican and Democratic congressional leaders are weighing whether to delay automatic federal spending cuts until March 2013, according to a House aide and industry officials who were briefed on the discussions.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Business Insider
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama lead in Ohio down to 3  —  Barack Obama continues to lead Mitt Romney in Ohio, 47-44.  But that's Obama's weakest showing in the state in PPP's polling since last October.  He had led by 50-43 and 49-42 spreads in our two previous 2012 polls.  —  The big decline for Obama over the last couple months has been with white voters.
Black Republicans Attack Eric Holder  —  Herman Cain and Ken Blackwell team up for a video critiquing Holder's stances with voting rights.  —  Former presidential candidate Herman Cain and conservative commentator Ken Blackwell have joined forces for a video attacking Attorney General Eric Holder for his positions on voter I.D. laws.
Rachel Gordon / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. gay rights advocate arrested over child porn  —  San Francisco police have arrested veteran gay rights advocate Larry Brinkin in connection with felony possession of child pornography.  —  Brinkin, 66, who worked for the San Francisco Human Rights Commission before his retirement in 2010, was taken into custody Friday night.
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
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Discussion: Politico and Taylor Marsh
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Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
Mia Love of Utah hopes to become the first black Republican woman in Congress
Discussion: News Desk
Jared Bernstein / Rolling Stone:
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Discussion: Daily Kos
Dina Temple-Raston / NPR:
FBI Tracking 100 Suspected Extremists In Military
Paul Werdel / Talking Points Memo:
Stuck In A Box  —  Want to better understand the bind Mitt Romney …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Captain America?  —  The most powerful office on earth?
Alan S. Blinder / Wall Street Journal:
Alan Blinder: Stimulus Isn't a Dirty Word
Sasha Issenberg / The Atlantic Online:
Abolish the Secret Ballot
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Betsy's Page
Amy Bingham / Yahoo! News:
Jimmy Carter Accuses U.S. of ‘Widespread Abuse of Human Rights’

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Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
AT&T says it will begin notifying consumers about a data breach where cybercriminals stole phone records of “nearly all” of its cellular and landline customers

Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
Preliminary findings: the European Commission says X's paid blue checkmark deceives users and breaches the DSA; X could be fined up to 6% of its global revenue

Aditya Kalra / Reuters:
In a June 24 report, Indian antitrust body CCI found that Apple exploited its dominant App Store position on iOS and engaged “in abusive conduct and practices”

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