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1:40 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 …
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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
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.
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Politico:
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
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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.
BuzzFeed:
White House: Donors Weren't Booing Obama  —  Booo-urns!  They “were saying ‘Yoooook and not Booo’ for God's sake,” Jay Carney says.  —  Source: youtube.com  —  White House Press Secretary Jay Carney denied that Boston donors to President Barack Obama campaign's booed the president …
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Glen Johnson / Boston Globe:
President Obama booed in Boston after thanking city for Kevin Youkilis trade
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Top Republican Senator Suggests Impeaching Obama Over Immigration Policies  —  Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) floated the possibility of impeaching President Obama over the administration's recent decisions on immigration, during an appearance on Bill Bennett's radio show on Tuesday.
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Donovan Slack / Politico:
Warren blasts Mitt at Obama fundraiser  —  BOSTON — It was almost as if she was behind a lectern at Harvard again, teaching a lesson.  —  Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren took direct aim at Mitt Romney at an Obama fundraiser on Monday, dredging up his remark that “corporations are people.”
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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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.
WRTV-TV:
Confrontation With TSA Agent Leaves Grandpa's Ashes On Floor  —  Indianapolis Man Furious Over Treatment At Florida Airport Checkpoint  —  INDIANAPOLIS — A man's attempt to bring the ashes of his grandfather home to Indianapolis ended with an angry scene in a Florida airport, with the ashes spilled on the terminal floor.
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.
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 …
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Tami Luhby / CNNMoney.com:
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 / msnbc.com:
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 …
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Mitch Bryan / KAJA-TV:
Latest Update No Arrests in Portland Park Shootings
Discussion: Gawker, ThinkProgress and Firedoglake
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.
Discussion: Firedoglake and New York Magazine
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 and Guardian
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Condoleezza Rice: VP offer ‘not going to happen’
Discussion: CNN and Balloon Juice
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
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
Paul Campos / Salon:
Antonin Scalia, ranting old man  —  The conservative judge turned a dissenting opinion into a screed against Obama — and embarrassed the Court  —  Newt Gingrich has been described as a dumb person's idea of a smart person.  I've heard the same remark made about Antonin Scalia, and until today I would have said that was unfair.
Fox News:
GOP senators press Holder for special prosecutor into potential national security leaks  —  GOP senators are putting the pressure on Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special counsel to investigate whether the White House is responsible for national security leaks.
Discussion: The Hill and NO QUARTER
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 …
weaskamerica.com:
VA & CO  —  We Ask America picks up its Big Ten presidential series with the two bookends of the mix: Virginia and Colorado.  —  VIRGINIA:  —  Virginia also has a barn-burner race for the U.S. Senate (that may be greatly influence by the presidential election) pitting Republican former Senator George Allen …
Petula Dvorak / Washington Post:
The U-Va. president drama: Is it the Queen Bee scenario?  —  Let's be honest here.  —  Is the drama over the ouster of the University of Virginia's president so compelling because it makes us stare down the death of our culture's sacred, wood-paneled, leather-bound idea of higher education?
Discussion: Althouse
Dan Savage / The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper:
On Booze, Meth, Suicide... and GOProud  —  Gay people abuse drugs, alcohol, and tobacco at higher rates than straight people do.  We also commit suicide at higher rates.  The haters on the religious right argue that these higher rates of self-harming behaviors are proof that the gay “lifestyle” is inherently dangerous and unhealthy.
 
 
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Jenny Marlar / Gallup:
U.S. Economic Confidence Continues to Slide
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court rules mandatory juvenile life without parole cruel and unusual
Discussion: Via Meadia, Truthdig and New York Times
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
Redefining American government through Obamacare
Jeff Carter / Points and Figures:
Watch Out For More Deflation
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Time to Occupy State Pensions?
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
George Washington's individual mandates
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BuzzFeed:
Black Republicans Attack Eric Holder
Jared Bernstein / Rolling Stone:
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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?
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
John Roberts's big moment
First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: A limit to states' rights
Sasha Issenberg / The Atlantic Online:
Abolish the Secret Ballot
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Betsy's Page
Whitson Gordon / Lifehacker:
Facebook Changed Everyone's Email to @Facebook.com; Here's How to Fix Yours